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Vice President of Diversity Affairs: Nick Harvey Jr., Lenoir County Public Schools

Staff: Laura Lee Sylvester, President

The Diversity Affairs Committee is an extension of the Chamber of Commerce that works to identify and pursue projects that will result in developing and expanding the economic prosperity of diverse businesses within Kinston and Lenoir County.

In 2013, the Chamber’s Lenoir 2020 Committee identified the need for a community lead Human Relations Committee. In 2014, the Chamber, with the help of City and County government, formed the Human Relations Council which acts independently of the Chamber. The appointed group will be responsible for promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment among our residents. As we move forward, the VP of Diversity Affairs with be the liaison between the Council and the Chamber reporting council activities to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Chamber Board may also make suggestions or inquires to the Council through the VP of Diversity Affairs.

Important links: Office of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Institute of Minority Economic Development Resources/Networking Links North Carolina Department of Administration Latin Business Association U.S. Small Business Administration

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