Survey Results: Supporting Detroit Minority Businesses Through Access to Capital

Recap: Aligning Your External DEI Commitments to Your Internal Organization

Report: Black Women Most Likely to Take Advantage of Educational Options Offered By Employers

Michigan Women Forward’s Annual WomanUp & Pitch Competition Returns, Apply by Nov. 10

Michigan Women Forward (MWF), the only public, statewide foundation devoted to Michigan women and girls’ economic and personal well-being, is looking for women entrepreneurs who want to start or grow…

An Invitation to People Serious About Equity: Founder and CEO of Black Leaders Detroit, Dwan Dandridge, Reflects on the Ride for Equity and Mackinac Policy Conference

How Walker-Miller Energy Services is Changing the Future of Energy Efficiency by Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

All You Need to Know About Becoming a Diverse-Owned Certified Business in Michigan

4 Metro Detroit Companies Chosen for Apple Environmental Sustainability Accelerator

8 Ways to Find Black-Owned Businesses in Southeast Michigan

New Detroit Offering Six-Part Leadership Series on R.A.C.E.

Lowe’s Brings Back Pitch Competition to Support Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Making It…With Lowe’s, a pitch competition for small businesses, is back as part of Lowe’s continued effort to carve out space for minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, and other diverse-owned small businesses…

Amazon Launches Black Business Accelerator to Build Sustainable Equity and Growth for Black Entrepreneurs

In June 2021, Amazon launched a free program for Black-owned U.S. businesses selling on Amazon.com named Black Business Accelerator. To build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs, Amazon’s Black…

Michigan’s Latest Budget Could Help Achieve Equity in School Funding

Huntington Bank commits $1 billion in Detroit region for lending initiative for minorities, underserved, small businesses

6/16/21 Crain’s Detroit Business  By Nick Manes  Detroit commitment part of $40 billion initiative Community Plan to focus on business and personal lending, racial social equity Huntington completed TCF Bank…

Fifth Third Bank boosts investment in Detroit-based First Independence

6/14/21 Crain’s Detroit Business  By Nick Manes Fifth Third announces new $2.5 million investment in Black-owned First Independence Follows $3 million investment in 2008 Larger banks increasingly taking investment positions…

Celebrating Juneteenth Matters for Everyone

Talking About Diversity: Courageous Conversations in the Workplace

Talking about race and diversity can be uncomfortable. However, the injustice exemplified by the tragic killing of George Floyd and too many others over the years calls for us to…

Gov. Whitmer announces school funding priorities to transform K-12 education

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today her funding priorities for K-12 education as the state readies for major investments in our schools and teachers. Due to the American Rescue Plan and the recently announced state revenue increases, a surplus in…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall with Dennis W. Archer Sr. and Dennis W. Archer Jr.

Dennis W. Archer Sr. is chairman emeritus at Dickinson Wright PLLC and was mayor of Detroit from 1994 until 2011, while Dennis W. Archer Jr. is chief executive officer at…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall: Stephen Henderson and Rhonda Walker

On May 18, Stephen Henderson, contributor for One Detroit at DPTV, and host at WDET 101.9 FM, and Rhonda Walker, anchor at WDIV-TV 4, NBC, joined the Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer, Tammy Carnrike for a discussion around…

The Work Continues: With Racial and Social Injustice at the Forefront, Organizations Dive Deeper Into DEI

5/2/2021 Crain’s Detroit Business  By Allison Torres Burtka As racial and social injustices and inequities have become more prominent in the past year or so, organizations have been taking a…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall with University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine Garibaldi

 “The first thing to say is a college education is possible and affordable.” The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) President Antoine Garibaldi joined Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer of the…

Kresge Commits $2M for Vaccine Efforts, Health Equity in Detroit Neighborhoods

Statement from the Michigan Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC) on COVID-19 Protocols and Vaccine Hesitancy in the Black Community

Chamber Statement on Solidarity with the AAPI Community

W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Equity, Opportunity and Hope

March 24, 2021 W.W. Kellogg Foundation  New research is now available on the experiences of Black Americans in the U.S. private sector. Produced by McKinsey & Company, in collaboration with Walmart,…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall with GS3 Chief Executive Officer Lisa Lunsford: Diversity and Equity Must Be ‘intentional’

  The third installment of the Chamber’s Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall series delved into the perspective of Lisa Lunsford, chief executive officer and co-founder of the Michigan-based Global Strategic Supply Solutions (GS3). Lunsford,…

Black Economic Equity

Bernard Parker III, director of government relations at the Detroit Regional Chamber joined council President Jones along with Dr. Ken Harris, President/ CEO of the National Business League, Inc. and…

OP-ED: It’s Critical to Support Small and BIPOC-owned Businesses

By Pamela Dover While the pandemic’s ripple effect has impacted many businesses, a National Bureau of Economic Research from June 2020 revealed Black, Indigenous and People of Color-owned (BIPOC) organizations have taken…

Duke University Study: Governor Whitmer’s Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities “Making Lasting Structural Change”

LANSING, Mich. – A recent study by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices found that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, which is led by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, has…

Gov. Whitmer Proclaims Jan. 19 as Day of Racial Healing

The Detroit News: As COVID-19 Vaccinations Ramp Up, Skepticism Prevalent Among Michigan’s Black Residents

Dec. 22, 2020 The Detroit News Sarah Rahal As doctors and health officials celebrate the long-awaited arrival of the coronavirus vaccine, there’s a divide among Black Americans, especially in the…

Fifth Third Bank Announces $2.8B Investment to Accelerate Racial Equity, Equality, and Inclusion

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank, with 185 locations in Michigan, announced a $2.8 billion commitment that will provide $2.2 billion in lending, $500 million in investments, $60 million in financial…

Top Business Leaders Launch OneTen, Will Create One Million Jobs for Black Americans Over 10 Years

Gov. Whitmer, Racial Disparities Task Force Release Interim Report Showing Progress in Protecting Communities of Color from the Spread of COVID-19

Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah on Supporting Black Owned Business during and after Small Business Saturday

The CEO of The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sandy Baruah, spoke with Fox 2 Detroit to talk about the importance of supporting black-owned businesses. He notes that half the…

New Report Highlights Strategies for Inclusive Recovery, Equitable Future of Work: National Equity Atlas

A new report by National Equity Atlas, in partnership with Burning Glass Technologies and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, highlights the urgent need to center low-income communities and people…

Kresge to Make $8 Million in Grants to Detroit Racial Justice Groups

November 19, 2020 Crain’s Detroit Business By Sherri Welch 20 Detroit groups will share in $8 million in first-round funding Millions more expected for Detroit groups from Troy-based foundation early…