We’re excited to share this recent release from our friends at the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to these Charlotte-area LGBTBE certified businesses!
CHARLOTTE, NC – Eight local businesses have been awarded LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE®) certification through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Supplier Diversity Initiative. The NGLCC is the nation’s exclusive certifying body for LGBT owned and operated businesses. More than twenty additional LGBT-owned businesses in Charlotte are working on gaining their certifications. The CLCC is working to assist with certifying these, bringing the number to almost 30 by spring of 2019.
The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce (CLCC), Charlotte’s local affiliate chamber of the NGLCC, offers this valuable certification at no cost to all Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce business members. Additionally, CLCC mentors interested local businesses through the NGLCC certification process and provide certified business with local support and resources for finding, engaging and winning more business.
businesses awarded LGBTBE® Certification are:
LGBTBE® certification requires a business be 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 and exercise independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise.
This certification will allow certified businesses to participate in corporate procurement and with NGLCC Corporate Partners like IBM, Wells Fargo, NBA, JP Morgan Chase, PGA, AmericanAirlines, TIAA, and more. A complete list of Corporate Partners is available on the NGLCC website.
Nate Turner, owner, Your Custom Catering & Events, noted he expects “to see at least a 40% increase in corporate business” now that his business is certified. Susan Brittain, owner, Susan Brittain Consulting, says she “is excited to be a part of the NGLCC network and looks forward to serving our partners and participating in the NGLCC offerings.”
Ciara Lilly, President, Higher Ground Consulting Group, LLC and Chair of the LGBTBE Certification and Supplier Diversity Committee for the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce remarked, “This certification gives LGBT business owners, like myself, access to procurement opportunities with Fortune-ranked corporations and government agencies eager to include more LGBT businesses in their supply chains. Equipped with the right strategy and the support of the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce, I anticipate new doors of opportunity opening for our certified LGBTBEs.”
“As a diverse group of over 1,060 certified LGBTBEs, we are stronger together” said Daniel Pentecost, Founding Director, CLT Geek, Inc. “I expect to establish additional vendor and contractor relationships with fellow LGBTBEs to allow us to serve our clients more efficiently and increase our capacity to provide exceptional Concierge style support.”
LGBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce (CLGBTCC), formerly known as the Charlotte Business Guild, was organized in 1992 to establish and nurture a network of business contacts and friendships, encourage fellowship and support among business, professional and charitable pursuits, and provide and promote positive role models in Charlotte’s Lesbian and Gay community.
CLGBTCC works tirelessly to promote our Members through marketing initiatives, public relation campaigns, and cooperative advertising that reach local, regional, national, and global markets. CLGBTCC maintains affiliations and partnerships with the Charlotte Business INClusion, Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Charlotte Business Resources, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and Small Business Administration.
For more information about Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce, visit: clgbtcc.org.
LGBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the only national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the economic opportunities and advancements of the LGBT business community. With more than 140 corporate partners, and 59 local, state, and international affiliate chambers, NGLCC is the largest LGBT business development and economic advocacy organization in the world.
The NGLCC Supplier Diversity Initiative connects LGBT businesses with the tens of millions of corporate dollars being spent in the LGBT community each year. Today, the NGLCC has nearly 140 corporate partners who recognize the LGBTBE designation when making procurement decisions and who all share a commitment to ensuring diversity in their supply chains.
information, contact our Supplier Diversity Chair, Ciara Lilly at firstname.lastname@example.org.