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

    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.

  • Statement Regarding the Jason Stockley Verdict

    Sep 15, 2017

    The court has issued its verdict, finding ex-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of murder.  As we noted last week, opinions on this verdict are divided.  We expect that some of our friends and neighbors will exercise their right to assemble and be heard.  Whether you agree with them or not, we ask everyone to respect the right of all people to demonstrate and call for change. 

    Freedom of speech and assembly are at the core of American beliefs.  We have learned it is vital to listen to those demonstrating to hear the message they are sending.  This is the only way to find common ground, a path forward to bridging the divides between us. This path is what can lead us to positive, lasting change for our country.

    While people have a right to protest, they do not have a right to hurt someone else or their property.  Violence will only further divide our community and set back what progress and healing we have made together over the last few years. We know we must do more.

    We ask a great deal of our law enforcement officers and first responders every day, and know that what we ask them to do now is that much harder.  They are well-trained professionals and we know they are up to the task of protecting the rights of demonstrators while also keeping people and property safe. 

    Our thoughts are with those families who have been affected by this tragedy. Our hopes are firmly planted in our region’s future.  Let us learn from each other’s fear, pain and frustration; let us work together to be the healing path forward.