A Just and Prosperous State with and for Black Minnesotans  
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Who We Are

We are the Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity.

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After the killing of George Floyd, we have seen what cannot be unseen. Systemic racism has taken a toll on Black Minnesotans for far too long. It’s time for the business community to do more to eliminate racial disparities because our state’s future depends on it.

Across a whole range of economic, education, and health measures, the gaps between Black Minnesotans and White Minnesotans are among the widest in the country. The twin forces of rising diversity amidst persistent exclusion from the economy form a core challenge that the business community must address to remain competitive.

At MBCRE, we are different. We are a collective impact organization working with the business community across the state of Minnesota. We believe that through our collective action, we can build an equitable, inclusive and prosperous state with and for Black residents.

We are focused specifically on improved economic outcomes for the Black community in our state.
We work across sectors and levels in the business community in pursuit of prosperity and justice for Black Minnesotans.
We are here to honor existing work already being done in the community.

We hope you will join us in these efforts.

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How We Are Helping

We intend to apply our expertise, experience and resources in three pillars as we work to overcome systemic racism.

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Employment Opportunity
Close the wage gap by hiring, retaining, and promoting Black Minnesotans across all levels in MBCRE member companies.
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Black Business Development
Create wealth in Black communities by improving the success rate of Black-owned businesses by increasing capability, capacity, and visibility.
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Community Well-Being
Strengthen Black communities by advancing just housing, safety and policing practices
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It is incumbent upon organizations committed to racial equity to challenge ourselves to reflect, empathize, act, and learn. We have developed actionable resources and made them easily accessible to organizations, diversity and inclusion practitioners and individual users alike. We developed the Allyship Toolkit as a learning space for our Coalition Members and others to deploy Ally programming within their organization in order to build a community of Allies committed to supporting Black Minnesotans.

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Get Involved

We cannot do this alone.

Get involved, take action and help us eliminate systemic racism.

MBCRE Membership

The Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity (MBCRE) is composed of members acting together to advance our principles. With a focus on businesses and large employers, we invite other organizations to join us to advance our mission.

Member Expectations

Members are committed to:

  • Center Black Minnesotans in the work
  • Participate fully in the work of at least one Pillar
  • Follow the work across all Coalition Pillars
  • Contribute financially to the development of the Coalition
  • Inform leaders in your organization of Coalition work
  • Take bold action to advance racial equity within your organization
  • Share best practices and results with Coalition members
  • Provide expertise and insight to advance racial equity
  • Refrain from leveraging MBCRE for personal or business interests beyond the mission of the Coalition


Managing Director

Tiffani Daniels

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MBCRE Steering Committee

Courtney Schroeder

Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, General Mills
Black Business Development Pillar Co-Chair

Delphanie Daniels

Community Engagement Director, Best Buy
Community Well-Being Pillar Co-Chair

Keisha Powell

Director, Equity & Inclusion, Children's Minnesota
Employment Opportunity Pillar Co-Chair

Samuel Ndely

Philanthropic Advisor, The Minneapolis Foundation
Black Business Development Pillar Co-Chair

Shereese Turner

Chief Program Officer, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Community Well-Being Pillar Co-Chair

Toweya Brown Ochs

Director, Diversity & Inclusion, HealthPartners
Employment Opportunity Pillar Co-Chair

MBCRE Advisory Council

Amelia Hardy SVP, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Best Buy
Bukata Hayes VP, Racial & Health Equity, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN
Darren Harmon Sr. Director, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, UnitedHealth Group
James Burroughs SVP, Government & Community Relations, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Children's MN
Jonathan Weinhagen President & CEO, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Linda Sloan Executive Director, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
Reba Dominksi EVP, Chief Social Responsibility Officer & President, US Bank Foundation
Sean Walker Group President, International, General Mills
Shannon Smith Jones Executive Director, Hope Communities
Susan Bass Roberts VP, Executive Director, Pohlad Family Foundation
Tracey Gibson VP, Chief Diversity Officer, Andersen Corporation

Our Members

Allianz Life
Allina Health
Andersen Corporation
Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
Artic Wolf
Best Buy
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota
Bremer Bank
Carlson Companies
Carlson School of Management
Children’s Minnesota

CHS Inc.
Element Fleet Management
General Mills
Great Clips, Inc.
Land O’Lakes Inc.
Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx
The Opus Group
Piper Sandler
Post Consumer Brands
Red Wing Shoe Company

The Toro Company
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
UnitedHealth Group
Winnebago Industries
Xcel Energy


August 4, 2022
US News: The Minnesota Microcosm – Why a Uniquely Successful State Is Worth Watching Comment icon
By Steve Grove

George Floyd’s murder exposed Minnesota’s racial disparities; the state sees this moment as an inflection point for change.

August 3, 2022 (US News) — Everywhere you look, the American economy finds itself at a significant crossroads. Declining GDP. Growing inflation. Rapid technology growth. The ongoing fight against COVID-19. And a racial reckoning that is changing the conversation about opportunity in America.
For anyone trying to understand this inflection point, I believe Minnesota offers an essential view to understand this moment – and predict what’s next.

The state’s unique economic success story offers many lessons. Moving forward, the way Minnesota responds to the racial disparities that were amplified on a global stage following George Floyd’s murder here will reveal much about how the U.S. will be able to grow.

I came to this view as someone who grew up in the state but spent most of the last 20 years in Silicon Valley working at Google. I returned here four years ago, and began serving as Minnesota’s economic development commissioner under Gov. Tim Walz.

Bringing fresh eyes to a state I’ve always called home, I’ve rediscovered an economy that punches far above its weight – for most people.

U.S. News has ranked Minnesota in the top three of its Best States rankings every year since it began the analysis. This month, the state logged the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded in American history – an eye-popping 1.8%. We also have one of the top labor force participation rates in the country, and a 5-year business survivability rate consistently ranked near the top in the nation.

We’re ranked among the best states to raise a family, the least-stressed states in America, and have ranked number one in voter participation for decades (in a state that’s consistently purple) – all validation of a model that seems to be working well.

However, that wasn’t always the case.

For much of the 20th century, Minnesota ranked below average on many economic metrics. But in the early 1970s, the state orchestrated what’s often called the “Minnesota Miracle” – a dramatic reshaping of state taxes for K-12 schools, reducing their dependence on local property taxes. Combined with a rapid growth in the supercomputer industry here, Minnesota saw its economic and educational prospects soar.

Continued investments in talent have paid off. For example, Minnesota pioneered one of the only state-driven Workforce Development Funds in the country – leveraging a payroll tax on employers to train the workers they need. With some of the strongest graduation rates in America, that talent built the densest Fortune-500 market in the U.S., and one of the most diverse state economies in America.

All these things give Minnesota unique bellwether status.

Want to see how inflation and supply chain woes are affecting business? Look at our retail giants like Target and Best Buy.

Want to see how the country is keeping people healthy in the wake of COVID-19? Look no further than Mayo Clinic, the nucleus of “Medical Alley,” the number one medical technology cluster in the world.

Want to see how startups are building the next big thing? Our innovation ecosystem in the Twin Cities is rapidly growing and recently named a top-5 emerging startup market.

Yet the racial economic disparities here, like America as whole, remain our primary impediment to growth. Just one example: Remember that 1.8% unemployment rate? For Black Minnesotans, the rate is almost three times that of whites.

These disparities have been around for a long time and are mirrored across America. Floyd’s murder brought fresh moral outrage to them. But there’s an economic outrage, too.

America’s racial wealth gap will cost the U.S. economy between 1-1.5$ trillion in GDP by 2028 if nothing changes. In Minnesota, 70% of our population growth in the next 10 years will come from people of color. The future of our country’s economy depends on our ability to transform the systemic racism that is holding it back.

Can Minnesota – the state where the national movement on racial equity has gained new momentum – get it right? The last two years have shown some signs for hope. Galvanized by the global attention and pressure this moment brought, grassroots activists and leaders have been treading new ground.

A few months ago, a group of banking leaders collaborated to bring the first Black-owned bank to Minneapolis, capitalizing it with their own assets. They did so on their own, without government intervention.

Minnesota’s top companies formed the Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity, a group focused on eliminating racial disparities through collective action. And the locally based McKnight Foundation has started the GroundBreak Coalition, a group of business, government and community leaders who’ve come together with a goal to raise $2 billion in capital to focus on equitable economic growth.

Meanwhile, Gov. Walz has been able to collaborate with legislators on several packages that have advanced small business growth in Black and brown communities, including a special fund focused on rebuilding the corridors hit by the civil unrest following Floyd’s murder. With a divided legislature, that hasn’t been easy. But in the past three years, the governor has quadrupled the amount of dollars our agency has funneled to businesses led by people of color.

Just last week, the Governor’s Council on Economic Expansion, comprised of 15 business, labor and community leaders, released its final report: Minnesota’s Moment: A roadmap for equitable economic expansion. It calls out this inflection point in Minnesota and outlines a series of steps that must be taken to transform the economy.

It’s an exceedingly practical roadmap, as applicable in any state as it is here.

How America handles its economy in these next few years will affect the next few decades of growth. In Minnesota, we’re meeting this moment with new focus and energy. If we are able to get it right here, I believe it could offer not just hope for the rest of the country – but a valuable model for success.

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