Chamber Partners with The Dayton Foundation and Others to Lead Minority Economic Development in the Region
The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with The Dayton Foundation, the Dayton Business Committee and others to lead minority economic development in the region. Beginning October 15, the Minority Economic Development Council (MEDC) will be incorporated into the activities and offerings of the Dayton Chamber. The fusion of MEDC and the Chamber will help guide efforts in minority inclusion and leverage local MBE firms and minorities to deliver value to the region’s economy.
The activities of the Council can be summed up with the word connections: connecting people and businesses to opportunities, training, resources and more. According to Jim Pancoast, Chamber Board of Trustees chair, "The Chamber’s minority economic development team will provide entrepreneurs and the region’s buying organizations with the information and assistance to help them grow and thrive in the Greater Dayton region."
Channon Lemon, executive director of MEDC, will lead the Chamber’s efforts and report directly to Phil Parker, president and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
"Channon brings tremendous accomplishments and extremely strong skills to lead the Chamber’s Minority Economic Development initiative," Parker said. "She has a tremendous understanding of the minority business network in the region and the ability to match established businesses with sizable, high potential minority firms. She’s the perfect fit for this critically important position."
The program name will change at the same time to the Minority Business Partnership. The new name was recommended to the volunteer council and Chamber by consultant, author and business development leader Dr. Melvin Gravely and symbolizes the positive aspects of businesses and organizations working together to achieve common goals.
"The Dayton Foundation couldn't be more pleased by the Chamber’s new role in supporting and furthering the important work of MEDC," said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. "The Chamber understands better than anyone that if any sector of our region’s economy is underrepresented, it has an impact on the economic picture as a whole. This is central to why the Commission on Minority Inclusion and MEDC originally were established by The Dayton Foundation and the Dayton Business Committee. MEDC has done great work in the three years of its existence, and now the Chamber is poised to take this to a new level. They have the network and commitment to help minority businesses link to a wide range of business entrepreneurs that can only strengthen and enrich our local economy. We commend Phil Parker, Chamber Board Chair Jim Pancoast and the entire Chamber Board for their leadership and vision. "^ top of page
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