Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, sent a message to the business community earlier this week on the importance of diversity and inclusion in business. The statement comes after a week of unrest across the nation as protesters took to the streets over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"The Chandler Chamber is guided by our mission: to support business and our community by providing vital programs and services that attract and retain business while embracing our diversity," Kimble wrote in the statement. "We promote this mission by deepening our long-held commitment to diversity and inclusion and by finding new ways to listen, understand and build unity."

Kimble said that in a country "divided by fear, anger and frustration," she believes the chamber's commitment to diversity and inclusion "has never been more important."

"Individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultures make Chandler a better place and allow us to serve our diverse business community better," Kimble said. "Discrimination, injustice and violence allow no place for our business community to grow. Our communities are hurting, and we see it as our job to not only help them heal, but also to offer hope."

"As our nation struggles with equality and inclusion issues," Kimble continued, "the Chandler Chamber will continue to work with community leaders to identify opportunities that will generate lasting change—now and for years to come. We are committed to doing our part to provide businesses equal access to high quality services no matter their race, religion, economic or ethnic background. As a business community, let’s be the agents of change and be different together."