Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) has been cited by a number of our regions and nations most prestigious companies as the top priority facing our businesses and communities we serve. The Montcross Chamber and the Montcross Chamber Foundation have both listed this as a top focus area and our Montcross Emerge Initiative reports this as a critical factor in a business’ opportunity for growth and success. Unfortunately, businesses and in particular small businesses, do not have the necessary tools for the level of understanding necessary to help their business respond to this need. Our plan is to offer this program to provide resources and a tool kit for small businesses to develop their own DE&I program to offer to their associates and clients. This program will bring together experts from our own area to share their successes and lessons they have learned. We will provide best practices and examples from other businesses. Our target audience is small, micro businesses, most of which do not have HR Departments or staff to assist. We believe we can play a key role in addressing this need where no other chamber or business organization in our area currently provides.