September 27, 2017
NGLCC’s success could not have been achieved without the incredible support from our corporate partners, affiliate chambers, friends, allies, and our 1000+ certified LGBTBE owners. For your unyielding support, we thank you.
Even with this incredible milestone under our belts, our work is far from over. With our recent inclusion in the Billon Dollar Roundtable and the standalone requirement in the HRC Corporate Equality Index to utilize LGBT businesses in the corporate supply chain, we know there is exponential growth still ahead for our LGBTBE certification numbers and for the number of contracting opportunities for our businesses to thrive. We encourage each one of you to talk with a friend or colleague about getting certified and helping us move a little closer to our goal of getting 2000 certified LGBTBEs by 2020.
We look forward to celebrating this, and all the milestones we’ve achieved in our last fifteen years, with you at the 2017 NGLCC National Dinner in Washington, D.C. on November 17, 2017.
The NGLCC is the exclusive, third-party certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBT individuals, and subsequently, grants LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) designation to such businesses as part of its LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative.
By becoming a certified LGBTBE, businesses are able to build relationships with America’s leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients, and collectively team with each other for contracting opportunities. As corporate America becomes more inclusive and further diversifies its supply chain, certification offers the opportunity for LGBT-owned businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBT business community through our internal, proprietary database. LGBTBEs, in turn, have access to over 160 contacts with corporate representatives and supplier diversity professionals to begin building strategic relationships and making preparations to meet face-to-face with them at NGLCC matchmaking and networking events, which are held across the country throughout the year. Certified LGBTBEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools following one year.
- Majority (at least 51%) owned, operated, managed, and controlled by an LGBT person or persons who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents
- Exercises independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise
- Has its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States
- Has been formed as a legal entity in the United States