Diversity Information Resources, a beginning for Black businesses

Date: 
Fri, 1969-11-14

On this date in 1969, Diversity Information Resources (DIR) was incorporated.

This was one of the first business groups in America created to encourage Whites to do business with Black businesses. Known as “TRY US Resources” in its beginning, Diversity Information Resources was founded in Minneapolis in 1968 by H. Peter Meyerhoff. He was an aeronautics engineer at Honeywell. Personally affected by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. he sought to advance race relations by improving economic conditions for Blacks.

Meyerhoff and his wife were European Jews who managed to escape Hitler at the outset of World War II. Themselves victims of discrimination, they launched the “Buy Black” directory (Shown), a 10-page directory of Black-owned businesses. Still operating effectively today, the DIR directory/database has grown to include more than 10,000 certified minority and women-owned businesses. Policy and direction for Diversity Information Resources are set by a board of directors who represent major U.S. corporations. Diversity Information Resources has expanded its operations to include educational seminars, and other publications.

DIR’s Mission Statement is: To be the global leader providing information resources that develops, influences and supports supplier diversity growth.

Reference:
Diversity Resources, Inc.
2105 Central Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Diversity Information Resources