About the Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database
To increase exposure for certified minority-owned businesses in Kentucky, help businesses looking to diversify their supply chain, expand the number of businesses utilizing the certification process, and provide resources for minority-owned businesses, the Kentucky Chamber Foundation Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has launched the Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database.
This is the first-ever platform in Kentucky that includes all certified minority-owned businesses in one place. There is a multitude of entities that issue certifications to designate a business as minority-owned, and until now, the business listings were all located on separate websites.
The Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database pulls together the following certification lists:
The database features a searchable platform where users can find and filter minority-owned businesses by name, service provided, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) designation, location, and certification type. While each certification process is different, they also carry different levels of legitimacy in determining if they are recognized by federal contractors, state-level agencies, and other entities.
The Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database is free to the public and will be updated monthly with the most recent certification lists.
About the Kentucky Chamber Foundation Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Kentucky Chamber Foundation launched the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2021 to help educate business leaders and transform workplaces across the Commonwealth.
The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion works closely with the Kentucky Chamber Task Force on Racial Inequality, made up of business, education and state leaders, to work toward the Chamber’s goals to make Kentucky a better place to live, work and do business.
In 2021, the Task Force published the “Achieving Equity to Build a Stronger Kentucky” report offering long and short-term solutions to make aggressive progress in addressing racial inequality across the Commonwealth.
The Kentucky Chamber Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and is the philanthropic arm of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is funded by the Kellogg Foundation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc., and Brown-Forman Corporation.
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Generally, diversity refers to the similarities and differences among individuals accounting for all aspects of their personality and individual identity. (Race, age, ability religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.,)
Equity in the workplace refers to fair treatment in access, opportunity, and advancement for all individuals. Work in this area includes identifying and working to eliminate barriers to fair treatment for disadvantaged groups.
The extent to which each person in an organization feels welcomed, respected, supported, and valued as a team member. Inclusion is two-way accountability; each person must grant and accept inclusion from others.