DEI COMMITTEE MISSION

The DEI Committee’s mission is to foster an awareness and understanding of various perspectives and cultures to create a sense of community and belonging for all. The committee will bring people together to continue the evolving conversation on how we can work together to improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Space Coast’s business community.

In 2022 the DEI Committee created the DEI – Professional Equity Program. The goal of this program is to provide potential MRC professional partners in underserved communities and demographics with the opportunity to explore all the benefits the Chamber has to offer. This will result in diversifying our base while offering financial assistance and engaging programming exposure for participating partners. See below for application.

This sponsorship program includes benefits such as a full year’s basic partnership with MRC, one year of SCORE business consultations, five tickets to attend our Good Morning Space Coast monthly breakfast, and one Supporter Sponsorship at a monthly MRC Small Business Council. The DEI Task Force is seeking to sponsor businesses that consist of being a diversely owned small business with 20 or fewer employees, must have been in business for at least six months, is Brevard County-based, and is registered on Sunbiz.

If you are looking to support a small business in need, the DEI Committee has created different levels of sponsorship opportunities. See below for sponsorships.

DEI Application
DEI Sponsorship Opportunities
Jamara Wilson, Chair of DEI Task Force
Jamara Wilson

DEI COMMITTEE

DEI Task Force Logo MRC

A Message from DEI Committee Chair

​The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee was born out of an identifiable need to create professional equity for all businesses across the Space Coast. What started as a conversation amongst a few partners and staff of the Melbourne Regional Chamber to create a space where individuals and organizations could be comfortable discussing topics and issues associated with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace grew into a committee with intentional objectives.

The Melbourne Regional Chamber’s DEI Committee exists to be a facilitator and connector of the best resources for businesses to utilize when seeking to understand diversity, equity, and inclusion. The task force will work to educate and implement best practices on the Space Coast to enable businesses, residents, and visitors to feel respected, honored, acknowledged, and understood.

We are a community of business leaders, business owners, and professionals with diverse backgrounds who will lead by example to create awareness and an environment that empowers positive change.

I am proud to serve as Chair of the Melbourne Regional Chamber’s DEI Committee and look forward to leading the effort in fostering tangible results of its impact in our community with the help of our community.

I encourage you to attend events hosted or promoted by the DEI Committee to further understand what’s needed to create and maintain a workplace conducive to professional equity. I encourage organizations to support the DEI Committee by becoming a sponsor and or committing to cultivating a fair and equitable working environment that is diverse.

We look forward to helping grow businesses in the Space Coast in ways that include the growth of all.

Sincerely,

Jamara Wilson

Progressive Cleaning

Arty Pagan Viera Regional Business Alliance

Jamara Wilson

DEI COMMITTEE

Carrol Samuels, BAC
BAC

Carrol Samuels

Chantal Sheehan, Blue Fox
Blue Fox

Chantal Sheehan

Joslyn Barroso, Leonardo DRS
Leonardo DRS

Joslyn Barroso

Karla Micka, SCORE Space Coast
SCORE Space Coast

Karla Micka

Mark Malek, Widerman Malek, PL
Widerman Malek, PL

Mark Malek

Megan Miller, Space Coast Pride
Space Coast Pride

Megan Miller

Peter Mannino, Bank of America – Merrill
Bank of America – Merrill

Peter Mannino

Robert Mixon, Level Five Associates, Inc.
Level Five Associates, Inc.

Robert Mixon

Embraer Foundation

Monica Newman McCluney

BAC

Carrol Samuels

Blue Fox

Chantal Sheehan

Leonardo DRS

Joslyn Barroso

SCORE Space Coast

Karla Micka

Widerman Malek, PL

Mark Malek

Space Coast Pride

Megan Miller

Bank of America – Merrill

Peter Mannino

Level Five Associates, Inc.

Robert Mixon

Embraer Foundation

Monica Newman McCluney