Business Council adds two new groups, including LGBTQ+ and immigrant and refugee business owners.
Davenport, Iowa – The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has announced that it is appointing new business owners to the Minority Business Council.
At the moment, in the room there is a women’s business council and a black business council. The Chamber will add two new groups: the LGBTQ+ Council, as well as the Immigrants and Refugees Council.
“There are national gay chambers. Same for immigrant refugees,” said the room’s director of talent and inclusion, Brandy Poston. “Honestly, immigrants and refugees start their businesses at a greater rate than most of their peers. So, this is a community that we really want to have conversations with and make sure we understand what’s going on among these business owners.”
With the addition of the two groups, Poston said the Chamber is not just re-imagining what a minority business council looks like, but how the council works.
“Initially, when we thought about how we were going to support minority-owned businesses, we had one thing in mind while building relationships,” Poston said. “What we’re finding is that there may be different needs. So, we’re kind of reimagining what it could look like. Maybe it’s through counselling, maybe through a relationship with entities that already exist. We’re just realizing the agency of the people being represented and letting them to lead and tell us what they need in terms of support.”
The Chamber is looking to fill all areas of its Minority Business Council.
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