Minority Business Development Programs

Inclusive regions prosper. According to a new ACCE commissioned report, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY: An Imperative for Chambers of Commerce (Feb. 2017), cities and regions that embrace diversity do better economically. The report outlines the business case for why chambers need a strategy to leverage diversity and champion inclusion.

As the world becomes increasingly diverse, the number of minority-owned businesses is on the rise. This September 2017 ACCE Spotlight blog post highlights two ongoing and successful chamber-led programs that are working to advance the state of minority-owned businesses in their regions, at the West Michigan Minority Contractors Association and the Greater Tampa Chamber Minority Business Accelerator.

Award-Winning Chamber Examples

Minority Business Accelerator - Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

The Minority Business Accelerator is the flagship economic development initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber focused on growing sizable minority firms. The MBA's mission is to accelerate the development of sizable minority business enterprises and strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community. The MBA works with regional companies to increase their utilization of and spending with local minority owned businesses by helping them identify and connect with local minority suppliers who can meet specific needs for products and services.

More info about the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA):

Diversity Bridge - Columbus Chamber

Diversity Bridge is an economic development initiative of the Columbus (OH) Chamber that provides links to beneficial programs for businesses from start-up to growth. The primary goal of this initiative is the creation of jobs and wealth in the minority business community. It provides connection to a one-stop web portal that delivers business resources, a common M/WBE certification application and engages buyers, services providers, and certifying agencies.

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Minority Business Resource Collaborative - Greater Greenville Chamber

The Minority Business Resource Collaborative (MBRC) is a strategic partnership convened by the Greater Greenville (SC) Chamber of Commerce. The Collaborative is made up of about twelve organizations working to provide support to minority businesses in Upstate South Carolina. The Collaborative's objectives are to systematically support more minority businesses and produce better outcomes in the areas of economic development, minority business growth, job creation and wealth creation. The partner organizations work year round to collaborate on best practices, but their signature event, including entrepreneurial workshops, networking lunch and business information fair, takes place in the fall.

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Last Updated: 9/25/2017

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