Economic Inclusion

St. Louis is home to World Wide Technology, among the nation's largest African American-owned business and thriving Hispanic, Asian, and Bosnian business communities.  But, we know we need to do more, and have set the goal of becoming the fastest growing U.S. metro for immigration by 2020.

Several great regional initiatives are under way toward this end, with the Chamber playing a leadership or partnership role in the two highlighted below.  Check back often as this section of our portfolio will continue to expand.

St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative:

Launched in 2001, the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative assists area companies in building successful diversity and inclusion programs through training, convening and consulting. The Initiative is made up of companies, organizations and agencies committed to attracting, retaining and advancing talented, diverse employees. A diverse workforce and robust multicultural supplier programs are vital to the growth of the St. Louis region and companies doing business here.

The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative has established a series of programs to help companies and minority employees and vendors expand their ways of doing business to be more successful by being more inclusive — from skill-building, to monthly networking opportunities, to sharing of best practices. The initiative also is a conduit to connect minority employees with employers and minority suppliers with purchasers. Hiring and procurement contacts for all members of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative are available at www.stlbizdiversity.com.

St. Louis Mosaic Project:

Launched in late June 2013, the St. Louis Mosaic Project claims an ambitious goal of “becoming the fastest growing U.S. metro area for immigration by 2020.” The Regional Chamber is a full partner in this project.  Here’s a link to the presentation from the public launch, with more information available at www.stlmosaicproject.org.  Watch this one closely … much more to come.

Please contact Valerie Patton, Vice President – Economic Inclusion & Executive Director of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative, for more information on either initiative.