Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In the most recent survey data that we can find from the Federal Reserve, the median income of a white family has a net worth 10 times more than that of a Black family. We can do our part to help change this disparity. And, according to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau data, West Des Moines population estimates are 67,899 of which 4.6% are Black or African American. 

We would like to highlight our area’s diverse community and businesses and encourage everyone to support and become an ally. Resources and ways to get involved are noted below. If you have information you would like to add, please contact us. We will keep a running list and include it here as a reference. A special thank you to Angela Jackson, treasurer for the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and owner of The Great Frame Up for helping us compile this information. 

Resources For Black Business Owners And Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs face a variety of obstacles when starting a new venture, from obtaining financing, hiring a team, marketing their product or service, keeping up with competitors, and so much more. For some Black entrepreneurs and business owners, these challenges can be even harder to overcome. Thank you to Bankers Trust for compiling this guide.

We Heart Diverse WDM/Iowa

The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, led by Angela Jackson, is proud to present an opportunity to wear your support of a diverse region with pride.

Black Mental Health Matters

The intention of this guide, provided by Instagram, is to spread awareness about the importance of Black mental health and to share some useful resources and mental health services available to the Black community.

Free Resources

A list of free movies, shorts and best practices provided by Angela Jackson.

C-Suite Conversations

Important conversations for C-Suite Executives regarding diversity in their organizations and other resources provided by Angela Jackson.

One Economy Slideshow

View this eye opening slideshow presented by Teree Caldwell-Johnson and Deidre DeJear during the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity event.