Certification

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 (SDI). By becoming a certified LGBTBE, businesses can build relationships with America’s leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients, and collectively team with each other for contracting opportunities. Certification fees are waived for members as a member benefit.

Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase spending with the LGBT business community through our internal, proprietary database. LGBTBEs in turn have access to over 90 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.

Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase spending with the LGBT business community through our internal, proprietary database. LGBTBEs in turn have access to over 90 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.

Other benefits include:

Registration in NGLCC’s database that is constantly searched by procurement professionals for their product and service needs

Opportunities for event sponsorship that highlight your certified business and provide increased visibility locally and nationall

Attendance at future NGLCC SDI matchmaking events

Opportunities for vendor tables at our corporate Workplace Alliance events

Does your business qualify?

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

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