The LGBTBE Certification Program: Once you obtain LGBTBE Certification, you’ll find a new wealth of business opportunities with over 140 National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) corporate partners, all of whom have expressed their commitment to the LGBT community through their diverse supplier programs. The LGBTBE certification allows your voice to be heard and represented on a national and international level. Furthermore, through the NGLCC Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI) your LGBTBE business information is entered into the LGBT supplier database in order that corporations seeking to diversify their supply chain can contact you.
So why wait? Contact the NGLCC at (202)234-9181 in order to arrange a site visit from one of your friendly Rainbow Chamber of Commerce board members. And remember, the $400 certification fee is waived if you’re a member of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce.
Get Certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise®
If your business is:
- Majority (at least 51%) owned, operated, managed, and controlled by an LGBT person(s) 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
…you are eligible for certification as an LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE®).
Why Should You Get Certified?
Your LGBTBE Certification gives you access to hundreds of corporate and government agencies that want to do business with you! The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, with which the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is affiliated, is the exclusive, third-party certification body for LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) designation as part of its LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative. By becoming a certified LGBTBE, business 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. Once you are certified, your business benefits from a full menu of NGLCC benefits, including discounted rates to its annual National Business and Leadership Conference, where you will have the opportunity to connect with scores of corporate and government agency supplier diversity and purchasing professionals as well as other LGBTBEs.
Certification is Free to Rainbow Chamber Members!
Through our affiliation with NGLCC, Rainbow Chamber is able to waive the fee for LGBTBE® certification, a $400 value. For more information about LGBTBE® certification and how it can benefit your business, visit their website.