St. Louis Minority Business Council Ends Certification to Focus on Building Up St. Louis’ Minority Businesses

by Lakesha Mathis | Sep 15, 2017

The St. Louis Minority Business Council LLC, powered by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, announced today the organization has phased out its minority business certification services to focus on strategic efforts to advocate and build capacity for St. Louis regional minority-owned businesses. The Council will be transitioning from a minority business enterprise certification-centered organization to a participatory membership model. A new focus of support, advocacy and education will be sustained through programs, events and services that further the mission to support economic inclusion and development of the diverse business community in the St. Louis region.

The new focus areas include but are not limited to:

1. Acting as a regional resource for all diverse companies.
2. Ending duplication of services (certification, events, programming, etc.) among various organizations.
3. Providing capacity building programs for minority-owned business and their partners.
4. Developing a company ranking program and other strategies to celebrate supplier diversity and help grow minority businesses.
5. Targeting strategies for minority business and corporate relationship building.
6. Developing a regional construction catalog and strategies on how you can get involved, and more.

“Building capacity and helping grow minority businesses is a major economic development issue for the St. Louis region,” said Joe Reagan, President & CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. “We need all of our region’s business to have the right tools, relationships and opportunities to create more jobs, and attract investment and talent to St. Louis. The Minority Business Council’s new focus areas will help us create more economic opportunities and support a stronger business community.”

The St. Louis Minority Business Council LLC merged under the St. Louis Regional Chamber in 2015, but maintains its own board of directors, governance and mission.

For additional information about the Council and its services, please contact the St. Louis Minority Business Council Program Manager, Lakesha Mathis at (314) 444-1165.