Diversity & Inclusion
Throughout the year, we take an intentional approach to diversity and inclusion, working to increase the representation of diverse businesses within the Chamber and the community at large.
A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification opens the opportunity for diverse firms to work with government agencies and major corporations. The Chamber continued its support for diverse businesses by assisting 11 new, eligible firms seeking these state, federal and third-party certifications.
In June, DIVERSIFY week featured 111 small and diverse businesses with a series of culturally diverse pop-up markets, making this the largest event focused on diversity in the Chamber’s history. The week concluded with the DIVERSIFY luncheon where Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson spoke to a crowd of more than 700 about the importance of diversity and the history of the African American experience.
In the past year, the Chamber directly or indirectly assisted 16 minority and women-owned firms in securing more than $3 million in contracts and sales.