Million Mask Challenge: How a Certified LGBTBE® Owner is Saving Lives

March 27 | By Sarah Jester
Change does not occur on its own. For progress to be made, a changemaker must step forward and take action. That is precisely what Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® owner Andrea Ruiz-Hays has done throughout her career, both in the environmental sustainability space and now even more so in an effort to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19

March 25 | By Sarah Jester
We’re currently facing down an unprecedented crisis. It can be quite easy to lose sight of one’s goals and aspirations when the whole world seems to be turning upside down as a result of the spread of COVID-19. However, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the LGBT community has overcome significant challenges in the past. We have persevered through the power of community itself. We know how to take care of each other when times get tough, and this time is no different.
 

NGLCC, Affiliates Lead Call for Inclusive Coronavirus Relief

March 13 | By Jonathan Lovitz
On March 11, 2020, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and a large coalition of NGLCC Affiliate Chambers sent a letter to congressional leadership urging Congress to strongly consider small businesses, nonprofits, associations, and hourly works when drafting any potential aid legislation for industries impacted by coronavirus.  See the text of the letter below, along with the full list of signatories in the images attached. 
 

Professionals in Advocacy and Programming: Washington State's LGBTQ & Allied Chamber of Commerce

March 2 | By Sarah Jester
Washington State's LGBTQ & Allied Chamber of Commerce (GSBA) has made major changes for the LGBT business community since it was founded in 1991, before the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce even existed! Vice President of Membership & Programs Ilona Lohrey is proud of the many accomplishments made by the chamber, especially those relating to its programming and advocacy work.
 

LGBT Businesses Building the Future: Exelon to Award Construction Contract to Certified LGBTBE® Heels and Hardhats

March 2 | By Sarah Jester
Exelon has awarded Heels and Hardhats, a Certified LGBTBE® in the construction industry, a multi-year contract of approximately $21 million.  This follows a series of major contract wins and honors, including their recognition as NGLCC’s 2018 LGBT Business of the Year.
 

Level Up Automation: Transforming The Field

February 19 | By Sarah Jester
Certified LGBTBE® companies can be found doing remarkable work in nearly every industry you can name. One particular place in which Certified LGBTBE® companies thrive is the automation industry, which focuses on constructing technological systems to complete different kinds of tasks. That’s where Jennifer Mallett has helped change the game.
 

Authentique Agency: The Importance of LGBTQ and Multicultural Marketing

February 19 | By Sarah Jester
Nothing captures a potential client’s attention quite like the perfect marketing campaign. That’s where the Authentique Agency, a full-service marketing firm and Certified LGBTBE® located in Atlanta, makes its mark. Founded by Roy Broderick, jr. in 2016, Authentique obtained its certification in 2018.
 

Earles Architects and Associates: Building Inclusivity in the Workplace and Beyond

February 12 | By Kaela Roeder
Over the past 30 years, Dan Earles, founder of Earles Architects and Associates, has built an inclusive and successful architecture and interior design firm. For Earles, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has acted as a platform for Earles Architects and Associates to network, gain industry recognition, and access to integral business resources.
 

SEAATS: Dynamic Furniture Solutions

February 12 | By Sarah Jester
Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers represent a wide range of companies that impact a wide range of people. They might have brewed your morning cup of coffee, designed the building your office is located in, or even selected the chair you’re sitting in right now! That’s where Certified LGBTBE® SEAATS Furniture Solutions comes in for businesses and spaces across America. Founded and certified in 2014, SEAATS is a full-service commercial furnishings company based out of Chicago, Illinois.

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