Get To Know NGLCC's First LGBTBE Presenting Sponsor: American Meetings, Inc.

July 19 | By Jonathan Lovitz
American Meetings, Inc.'s leaders, Todd Bludworth & Andy McNeill, recently sat with Team NGLCC to discuss their success and what led them to be the first LGBTBE Presenting Sponsor of the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference:   What impact has certification had on AMI’s business? The certification focused AMI on developing a long term diversity and procurement strategy.   This strategy is important as many contracts in our business are contracted through procurement. It also expanded our Tier 2 Strategy around downstream vendors increasing their opportunity.
 

Supplier Spotlight: Zippy Dogs

June 27 | By Jonathan Lovitz
Elise Lindborg and Kelli Henderson started ZippyDogs in June of 2000 with the mission to create cost-effective promotional products and creative branding material for businesses. With a drive for marketing, along with an experienced team of passionate leaders to back it up, ZippyDogs has been creating thoughtful branding for almost two decades.
 

VOTE NOW: LGBT BIZ PITCH Semi-Finalists Need Your Vote!

June 6 | By Jonathan Lovitz
You can help us decide which of these amazing LGBT-owned companies moves on to the final round of conception at the 2017 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference. Get to know our 15 semi-finalists, then VOTE & SHARE! See you in Las Vegas, August 1 -4! Register today at www.nglcc.org/nglcc17 #NGLCC17 MEET OUR 15 LGBT BIZ PITCH SEMI-FINALISTS: http://bit.ly/2qYaS7Y CLICK HERE TO VOTE:  http://bit.ly/2sd7Zjz
 

Supplier in the Spotlight: Socio

May 4 | By Jonathan Lovitz
Jeremy Bellman and Gonzo Araya created Socio to help sourcing professionals, their stakeholders, and suppliers work together as partners – an expression of the passion they have for helping people work better together.  
 

Supplier in the Spotlight: Aviva Spectrum

February 28 | By Andy DiAntonio
Aviva Spectrum is a top management consulting firm located on the West Coast. Sonia Luna, Founder and CEO of Aviva Spectrum, was first introduced to the NGLCC over six years ago when she attended a meeting at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Since she acquired her LGBTBE certification, Sonia received a contract with one of the most reputable CPA consulting firms in the world. “It helped us grow that year by 20% and allowed us to make more investments in our marketing and sales strategies,” she notes.
 

Promoting Inclusion in the Rainbow Nation

May 19 | By Orain Edwards
Promoting Inclusion in the Rainbow Nation; South African Business Owner Reflects on Starting Her Own Business, Business to Business Connections, and the Importance of Perseverance! Affectionately called the “Rainbow Nation,” one could say that South Africa represents the epitome of the modern day struggle for diversity and inclusion, including the fight for LGBT equality. As Africa’s second largest economy, today, South Africa remains one of the continent’s major economic powerhouses and the only country in Africa to decriminalize discrimination based on sexual orientation through its new Constitution in 1996. 
 

Diversity Fulfillment Services: Success Following AB1678

January 11 | By Brent Stewart
In September 2014, NGLCC helped pass AB1678, which opened up many opportunities for certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs). The law mandates that utilities companies doing business in the state of California report the amount of diverse spend they have with LGBTBEs. For Duane Thierry from Diversity Fulfillment Services, this has resulted in new business.   
 

Toast-its Rings in the Holidays with a Nordstrom Partnership

December 11 | By Andy DiAntonio
“Retail is a long game, but I’m very patient and persistent.” — Jeremy Black, Jasper + Black  
 

LGBTBE in the Spotlight: Social Driver

December 10 | By Andy DiAntonio
Social Driver, led by business partners and husbands Thomas Sanchez and Anthony Shop, is a marketing agency that uses social-fueled strategies to drive next-generation results. Social Driver works with leading corporations and nonprofit organizations to connect with their audiences online through social media campaigns, websites, and data visualizations. Social Driver serves major clients across the country and around the globe and was named the 7th fastest growing marketing agency in the United States by Agency 100.  
 

Supplier in the Spotlight: FEMWORKS

October 8 | By Andy DiAntonio
LGBTBEs Forge Unexpected Business to Business Partnership at 2015 Conference Elaine Helms and Tamara Fleming never thought they would help TomboyX win the LGBT Biz Pitch competition at the 2015 NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference.   

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