The Capacity to Succeed – Book Review

Melvin J. Gravely

How can minority businesses sustain themselves in today’s hyper-competitive world? By building capacity!

In his most candid and revealing book to date, Dr. Melvin Gravely offers well-researched insights and new strategies based upon his own real-world successes and failures. He offers minority business owners, major corporations and community leaders actionable practices they can put into practice immediately. 

“The Capacity to Succeed” advocates for new thinking and different measures of success. The book pushes minority business owners to face certain truths, the biggest of which is "what got us here won’t get us there." Evidence suggests that, increasingly, the business environment will put more emphasis on the business capabilities of a minority business and less on its minority status.

This fast-paced, easy-to-read book articulates the activities, thinking and measures that work.  Learn:

  • What is capacity?
  • Why is supplier diversity unsustainable without it? 
  • How can businesses grow and support it? 

The answers to these and other questions are answered in “The Capacity to Succeed.” Learn how to break free of the constraints that typically hold back minority firms and build the kind of capacity needed to compete.

Gravely is president and CEO of TriVersity Construction Co., a full-service commercial builder and one of the largest construction companies headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking Ltd., a think tank dedicated to improving the results of minority business development activities. The Institute is nationally known for providing thought leadership, and industry changing research on issues at the intersection of business and race.  The Institute is a trusted advisor to Chambers of Commerce, major corporations and community leaders across the nation.

A noted thought leader in minority business development, Gravely has authored eight books, including the popular four-book fable series: “The Lost Art of Entrepreneurship: Rediscovering The Principles That Will Guarantee Your Success,” “When Black & White Make Green: The Next Evolution in Business & Race,” “Getting to the Next Level: Business, Race and Our Common Goal to Be Competitive” and “What is the Color of Opportunity? New Realities at the Crossroads of Business and Race.”

He is a frequent guest on radio stations from Los Angeles to New York and has been featured in many national publications including Black Enterprise Magazine, MBN USA, Entrepreneur Magazine, and American City Business Journals. In addition, Gravely is an active Cincinnati civic leader, including the advisory board of the Minority Business Accelerator, Board of Directors for ArtsWave and the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, Chairman of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Gwen Mooney Funeral Home.

TriVersity Construction is the seventh largest commercial construction company in the tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. It offers full-service construction services, including preconstruction, construction management, general contracting and design build services. The firm builds for clients with complex needs, intense regulatory environments and high standards for quality and safety. TriVersity serves a diverse mix of customers, including health care, higher education, corporate and industrial complexes and urban renewal projects. The firm is known for its focus on the customer experience during the construction process, investment in ongoing innovation and deep commitment to the communities in which it operates.  Everything TriVersity does is fueled by a diverse and empowered team of professionals that strives to create vibrant communities.


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