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. 

Rethink Iowa

Rethink Iowa™ is a community-led research and design fellowship that explores the relationship between philanthropy, economic health, and economic inclusion of historically disenfranchised communities throughout Iowa.

Diversify DSM

Diversify DSM is a coalition of small and medium-sized financial services companies that are committed to helping increase diverse and female representation in the DSM community.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the

IEDA Targeted Small Business Program

The Targeted Small Business (TSB) program is designed to help women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa.

IA Source

IASourceLink is the go-to resource for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who need help starting, scaling, or accelerating their business in Iowa.

WDM Chamber DEI Committee

The WDM Chamber DEI Committee is led by attorney, entrepreneur, and management consultant Angela Jackson. The committee meets once a month to discuss initiatives including the Black & Brown Business Summit.

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.

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.