BATON ROUGE, La. (May 9, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced recipients of its inaugural Diversity Star Award at its sold-out Diversity in Business luncheon. Civil Solutions Consulting Group received the award for the small business category, and Republic Services of Baton Rouge received the award for the large business category.

BRAC created the Diversity Star Award with a goal of highlighting exceptional business practices taking place in the Capital Region that leverage the value of diversity in organizations. The award seeks to honor and recognize regional businesses that have championed diversity and inclusion at their businesses or in the community.

“We were thrilled with the application response for this award and truly had a difficult time selecting the winners,” said Cheri Ausberry, chair of BRAC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center’s director of community development. “Both Civil Solutions Consulting Group and Republic Services of Baton Rouge are stellar organizations who have incorporated diversity into the fabric of their organizations. We are proud to have them as corporate citizens in our community, and proud to recognize them today.”

Civil Solutions Consulting Group was selected for their dedication to and engagement in the community and for recruiting and retaining talent that reflects the city of Baton Rouge. The company has been intentional in hiring a diverse workforce in terms of gender, race, culture and nationality. Civil Solutions has also been a driving force behind increasing minority-owned business participation in the governmental services procurement process.

Republic Services of Baton Rouge, while a national company, has demonstrated excellence in its local division. The division’s General Manager, Sharon Mann, serves as a leader on the company’s Corporate Mosaic Council, whose mission is to promote diversity at all locations across the country. The local division has a diverse management team and a track record of utilizing minority business subcontractors.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, midsize firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at brac.org. 

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