• Diversity in Business

    SUPPLIER DIVERSITY INITIATIVE MISSON

    The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is a proud supporter of Diversity in Business. Our Supplier Diversity Initiative is a collaborative effort of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the City of Rochester, and the Diversity Council to provide business level opportunities, certification assistance and education to small and diverse area suppliers (minority, women and veteran-owned) who seek access to the Southeastern Minnesota economy and business community. This will help develop mutually beneficial relationships with and between diverse suppliers and buyers in order to source local and regional vendors and thus build economic vitality.

  • SUPPLIER DIVERSITY MEMBER DIRECTORY

    A growing number of Chamber business members are becoming certififed to do business as minority, women and veteran-owned enterprises. Follow the links below to find the certified businesses in each of these categories.

    Minority-owned Business Members
    Women-owned Business Members
    Veteran-owned Business Members

    Supplier Diversity List - If you represent a supply management organization and would like to receive a quarterly list of our diverse supplier database, please contact the Development Director, Paul Richardson or call (507) 424-5663.

  • CERTIFICATION ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

    Minority-owned Businesses:
    North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC)
    111 3rd Avenue South, Suite 240 | Minneapolis, MN 55401
    (612) 465-8881

     

    Women-owned Businesses:
    Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
    250 2nd Avenue South, Suite 106 | Minneapolis, MN 55401
    (612) 259-6584

     

    Veteran-owned Businesses:
    Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MN-PTAC)
    250 2nd Avenue South, Suite 106 | Minneapolis, MN 55401
    (612) 259-6565

     

    Small Businesses:
    U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota District Office
    330 2nd Avenue South, Suite 430 | Minneapolis, MN 55401
    (612) 370-2324

  • SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

    Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI)
    220 S. Broadway, Suite 100 | Rochester, MN 55904
    (507) 288-0208

     

    Small Business Development Council
    Rochester Community & Technical College
    Heintz Center - Office # HC107
    1926 College View Rd SE | Rochester, MN 55904
    (507) 285-7536
    semnsbdc@gmail.com

     

    SCORE – SE Minnesota
    (507) 200-0760
    seminnesota@score-mn.org

     

    Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
    525 Florence Avenue PO Box 695 | Owatonna, MN 55060
    (507) 455-3215

    inquiry@smifoundation.org

  • For more information about Diversity in Business, please contact the Vice President of Development and Operations, Paul Richardson or call (507) 424-5663.

  • Upcoming Events

    Diverse Interests Round Table meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
    Events Calendar

    August 3rd
    Power of Diversity Conference