NGLCC is taking an active part of discussions with legislators and government officials at a federal and state level, where it works to ensure the implementation of pro-business, LGBT-inclusive policies.
LGBT Economic Equality Advocacy
NGLCC ensures that economic arguments for LGBT-equality are heard and that business interests are considered when pursuing LGBT-inclusive policies. NGLCC is proud to represent the interests of LGBT-owned businesses in small business and economic advocacy. We also work with federal agencies to ensure LGBT-inclusive federal procurement.
California Assembly Bill 1678
In 2014, NGLCC and seven affiliate chambers in California backed Assembly Bill 1678, a first-of-its-kind law that requires public utilities in California to extend to certified LGBT business enterprises (LGBTBEs) the same provisions currently granted to women-owned, ethnic minority-owned, and disabled veteran-owned businesses.
Federal Agency Memorandums of Understanding
We actively work with Federal Agencies to ensure procurement and programs are inclusive of LGBT-owned businesses. We currently have Memorandums of Understanding with the following federal agencies:
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Labor
- U.S. Department of Transportation
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Small Business Administration
Essex County, NJ
Essex County in New Jersey was one of the first municipalities to recognize certified LGBTBEs in county procurement practices.
City of Cleveland, OH
In 2014, the City of Cleveland created a business registry for that includes certified LGBTBEs.
The Equality Act
NGLCC stands proudly with Senators Merkley, Baldwin, and Booker and Representatives Cicilline and Lewis who introduced The Equality Act in Congress in July of 2015. This act will ensure federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, promoting equal access to employment, housing, credit, public spaces and services, education, federally funded programs, and beyond.
Small Business Advocacy
We also partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer day-long LGBT Business Builder training sessions across the country, offering business owners the opportunity to learn how to leverage their LGBTBE certification and explore opportunities through SBA’s suite of services around government contracting, exporting, and other SBA initiatives.