5 Ways the LGBT Business Builder can Help Grow Your Small Business
| By Andy DiAntonio
The LGBT Business Builder, the historic new partnership between NGLCC and the U.S. Small Business Administration, is a powerful tool to strengthen the LGBT Business Community at both the local and national level.
At the signing event at NGLCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet noted that the LGBT Business Builder is " about ensuring that entrepreneurs who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender have the support they need to excel. I'm here because we cannot separate the fight for civil rights from the fight for market rights and economic empowerment. " Justin Nelson, president and co-founder, NGLCC remarked, “At its heart, America is a country that builds things, especially businesses. …This program will ensure that [LGBT citizens] understand the value of becoming an LGBT-certified business and all the SBA resources that are available to them.”
"At its heart, America is a country that builds things, especially businesses"
In keeping with NGLCC’s mission, the LGBT Business Builder is intended to both further the LGBT movement and economically empower individual LGBT entrepreneurs. In regards to that goal Sam McClure, Vice President of Affiliate Relations & External Affairs, had this to say, “The information and resources from SBA District Offices are a wonderful complement to the [Certified LGBTBE® status] and membership in Local Affiliate Chambers. This triad of resources will support the growth of every certified LGBTBE and reinforce the strong connectivity of the LGBT Business Community. “