We believe our regional future is directly linked to becoming one of the most welcoming communities in the nation, if not the world. Several great regional initiatives are underway toward this end, with the Regional Chamber playing a leadership or partner role.
Statement of Inclusion:
The St. Louis Regional Chamber strives to be an organization that exemplifies inclusion. We define inclusion as “an environment where every individual is afforded the opportunity to succeed in the marketplace and fully participate in the benefits of economic development in the St. Louis region. We respect, celebrate, and embrace, the collective mixture of differences and similarities of individuals.”
The St. Louis Regional Chamber makes every effort to ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to focusing on inclusion in our daily practices and policies. We will strive to be a civic model for the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies that advance education, productivity, innovation, and economic growth. Our commitment to this goal is evident in our leadership policies, employment practices, purchasing priorities, business partners and community investments.
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. Applications are being accepted for the 2019-2020 cohort.
St. Louis Regional Chamber Diverse Business Accelerator
The St. Louis Regional Chamber Diverse Business Accelerator is for diverse and women-owned business owners looking to advance their business objectives and build capacity. In the span of three months, the program walks owners through how to develop their business goals, market and communicate their services, make meaningful business connections, and prepare for growth. The Diverse Business Accelerator focuses on teaching business owners how to attract capital, operationally execute contracts, secure funding, find new contracts, and expand existing agreements. Applications are now open.
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.
Please contact Valerie Patton, Senior Vice President – Economic Inclusion & Executive Director of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative, for more information on either initiative.