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Workforce solutions: Diversity, equity and inclusion

Tangible tools to help your business build and welcome your workforce

The Minnesota Chamber Foundation understands that inclusive workplaces are essential to build and welcome our future workforce. The Minnesota business community plays an important role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statewide, and our goal is to connect you with resources and support you in doing so. If you would like one-on-one assistance to help with your business’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy, please contact Whitney Harvey, our Sr. Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at wharvey@mnchamber.com.

 

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Why is diversity, equity and inclusion important?
Why is diversity, equity and inclusion important?
How to start a DEI journey at your company
How to start a DEI journey at your company
Strategy and implementation
Strategy and implementation
Recruitment and retention resources
Recruitment and retention resources
Workplace best practices
Workplace best practices
Training and education
Training and education
Philanthropy community
Philanthropy community
Supplier diversity
Supplier diversity
Workplace designations
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3 Steps to Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion Strategies
Recommended approach for implementation of a sustainable DEI strategy

Seven Tips For Building An Effective DEI Strategy
Recommended approach for implementation of a sustainable DEI strategy

Employer Guide to Developing a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Workplace
An overview for employers seeking to attract, develop and retain a racially and ethnically diverse workforce
 

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Strategy and implementation

 


3 steps to sustainable diversity and inclusion strategies
Gartner
Recommended approach for implementation of a sustainable DEI strategy

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Seven tips for building an effective DEI strategy
Forbes
Recommended approach for implementation of a sustainable DEI strategy

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Employer guide to developing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace
CareerForce
An overview for employers seeking to attract, develop and retain a racially and
ethnically diverse workforce

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Recruitment and retention resources

 


Hiring people with disabilities
DEED
Workers with disabilities bring skills and add a valuable dimension to most any company.

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Hiring foreign workers
DEED
Foreign labor certification and employer responsibilities when hiring foreign workers.

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Hiring people with a difficult job history
DEED
Fidelity Bonding offers some assurance to employers who would like to take the risk out of hiring. It is no-cost employee insurance that protects employers against employee theft of money or property.

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How to hire a veteran
DEED
How to hire a veteran

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5 steps to improve diversity recruiting
SHRM
5 steps to improve diversity recruiting

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Hidden biases in the workplace: recruiting and hiring
CareerForce
Hidden biases in the workplace: recruiting and hiring

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7 practical ways to reduce bias in your hiring process
SHRM
Reducing Bias in the hiring process

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Onramps guide
Second Chance Business Coalition
Starting points and pathways to build second chance employment into your hiring talent strategy 

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12 ways to improve your diversity recruiting strategy
Recruitee blog
12 ways to improve your diversity recruiting strategy

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13 ways to seek out more diverse candidates for critical positions
Forbes
13 ways to seek out more diverse candidates for critical positions

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4 visa programs that can help employers solve their workforce needs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
4 visa programs that can help employers solve their workforce needs

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Here's what hiring manager should be analyzing on every job candidate's application (and why)
Forbes
Here's what hiring manager should be analyzing on every job candidate's application (and why)

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On-demand webinars to help you find new employees in untapped talent pools

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Workplace best practices
 


Refugee and Immigrant Worker Employment Services
International Institute of Minnesota
Free employment services for employers to connect with refugee and immigrant workers.

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Build a diverse and inclusive workplace
CareerForce
An overview for employers seeking to attract, develop and retain a racially and ethnically diverse workforce

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Veterans resources
CareerForce
CareerForce can help you recruit and hire our nation’s veterans, a highly skilled talent pool who will bring values, leadership and teamwork to the workplace.

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Disability resources
CareerForce
Learn why hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense. Find out how you can create a diverse and welcoming workplace. See what fellow employers have to say about workers with disabilities.

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Hiring migrant and seasonal farmworkers
CareerForce
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development offers help for employers seeking to hire migrant and seasonal farm workers through its Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker program. Migrant Labor Representatives provide services to employers across the state.

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Youth resources
CareerForce
While employers may appreciate the flexibility, enthusiasm and willingness to learn that young people bring to the workplace, there are other factors employers need to take into consideration with younger employees, especially teens.

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How to Launch a Diversity and Inclusion council
Lever
How to Launch a Diversity and Inclusion council

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What is a diversity council and how do you make it a success?
Forbes
What is a diversity council and how do you make it a success?

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Beyond Diversity
University of Connecticut
A roadmap to building an inclusive organization

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Diversity and inclusion employer action guide
City of Duluth and CareerForce
A toolkit to help employers increase diversity and strengthen inclusiveness in recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and retention.

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Leadership Toolkit
Minnesota Compass
Wilder Research conducted a literature review to better understand which diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies and practices in the workplace have been found to make an impact. 

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Increasing access to public meetings and events for people with disabilities
Institute for Local Government
Tips for increasing access 

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Helping military members and veterans living with trauma
23rd Veteran
A toolkit to help employers increase diversity and strengthen inclusiveness in recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and retention.

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Training and education

 


Creating workplace equity for everyone LGBTQ
Mossier
Community for people to listen, test ideas, learn, and grow. We work with organizations to develop employment equity for everyone LGBTQ through in-person meetups, DEI training and education, and our jobs platform. All of these resources help employees design the way they want their workspaces to work for everyone, not to mention how to hold leaders accountable to action

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Disability inclusion bite sized learning modules
CareerForce
Disability Inclusion Bite-Sized Learning Modules for Employers are here to support you in making your organization more welcoming for employees with disabilities.

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The Arc Learning Center
The Arc Minnesota
The Arc Learning Center provides information and advice to support your journey. Learn about issues like employment, education, and self-advocacy through videos, webinars, Arc Guides, and more.

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New learning solutions
Inclusion Inc
A series of training, education and development resources

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Tribal-state Relations Training
2022 Minnesota Department of Transportation
Tribal-state Relations Training

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Philanthropy Community

Greater Twin Cities United Way    
Support Beyond Dollars

How Philanthropy Can Build Anti-Racist Cohort Experiences to Elevate the Genius of Black, Indigenous, and Leaders of Color in Nonprofit Organizations

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity    
Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors     
Diversity, Inclusion, and Effective Philanthropy

D5 Coalition  
Analysis of policies, practices, and programs for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion    

GroundWork USA    
Best practices for meaningful community engagement    
Tips for engaging historically underrepresented populations in visioning and planning
 

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Supplier diversity


Why you need a supplier diversity program
Harvard Business Review
Why you need a supplier diversity program

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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
Minnesota Unified Certification Program (MNUCP)
The goal of the DBE program is to make sure there is equal opportunity in the award of US DOT-FTA-FAA-FHWA assisted contracts for highway, transit, and airport projects. The program is intended to create a “level playing field” on which DBEs can compete fairly with larger non-DBE firms.

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Minority Business Development Agency
U.S. Department of CommerceThe Minnesota MBDA Business Center is a part of a nationwide network of thirty-nine centers. The Center is operated by MEDA, a premier organization that has been dedicated to the development of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) for more than 40 years. The MBDA is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the growth of minority owned businesses in America.

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Disability-owned business certification
Disability:IN 
Certification for disabiilty owned buiness enterprise (DOBE). A disability-owned business enterprise (DOBE) is a for-profit business that is at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a person with a disability regardless of whether or not that business owner employs person(s) with a disability. They do not certify non-profit organizations 

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Women-owned business certification
Women's Business Enterprise National Council
WBENC Certification is the most widely recognized and respected national certification for women-owned businesses in the U.S

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Women-owned business certification
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Women-owned small business federal contracting programThe certification process for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) changed in 2020. SBA implemented Congress’ changes to the WOSB Federal Contracting program, as put forth in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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LGBT-owned business enterprise certification
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
NGLCC helps certified LGBTBE, LGBT Busines Enterprise is modeled on the standards developed by other national diverse certifying bodies, including the NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Diversity Council) and WBENC (Women's Business Enterprise National Council) 

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MN Supplier Match
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Search our database of more than 1000 Minnesota suppliers by keyword or product/service category

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Twin Ports BIPOC Business Directory
Duluth 1200 Fund, Inc
The Northland BIPOC Business Directory exists to celebrate, promote, ignite power, and advance people of color owned businesses and communities. This directory is intended for businesses that are people of color owned and operated in the Twin Ports to provide resources, connections, awareness, and to bring communities of color together.

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Workplace designations

 


Disability Equality Index
Disability In

Cost: $600
Comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Each company receives a score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion

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Corporate Equality Index
Human Rights Campaign

Cost: Free
National benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon designation
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs

Cost: Free
A Yellow Ribbon Company is a broad, organizationally structured company with national, regional and statewide influence. In addition, a Yellow Ribbon Company needs to contain essential areas including a HR Recruiting and HR Policy and Procedure Department, Training and Development and Community and Employee Outreach and Support Departments.

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Racial Equity Dividends Index
Center for Economic Inclusion

Cost: $1,000
Comprehensive tool to help businesses measure their progress towards building racially equitable and inclusive workplaces in Minnesota.

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Intercultural Competence Assessment
Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Cost: $30/per survey organizational
$2,000 for IDI Qualifying Seminar Tuition

IDI Individual Profile Report provides valuable information about your own mindset/skillset toward cultural difference and commonality. The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) is a valid and reliable assessment of intercultural competence. It has been developed and tested using rigorous cross-culturally validated psychometric protocols with over 220,000 respondents from a wide range of cultural groups and countries. In addition, the IDI has been translated into multiple languages using rigorous back translation protocols.

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CEO Action pledge
PwC

Cost: Free
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ aims to rally the business community to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. The CEO pledge outlines a specific set of actions the signatory CEOs will take to cultivate a trusting environment where all ideas are welcomed, and employees feel comfortable and empowered to have discussions about diversity and inclusion. Site contains a series of resources, training tools, and best practice guides 

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Inclusive Workforce Employer (I-WE) Designation
DEED

Cost: Free
A designation to recognize and promote inclusive employers

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