2019: A Year in Review

| By Kaela Roeder

2019 was a year of growth for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). We hosted successful events, expanded the network of LGBT owned businesses and corporate partners, and had major advocacy wins across the country.   We could not have done it without YOUR support-- and we thank you!

Here are just some of our favorite highlights of 2019:

We Boosted our Certification and Corporate Partnerships:

  • In 2019, we now have 1,264 Certified LGBTBE® companies-- with over 385 added this year alone!
  • Over the course of the year, there were 757 matchmaker meetings and 155 RFPs shared
  • Our transgener business certification increased by 400%
  • We have partnered with 41 new companies that are dedicated to supplier diversity and LGBT equality in the workplace.


We Expanded Our Network:

  • There are now 51 affiliate chambers throughout the U.S.
  • We now have 15 Global affiliates around the world, imc valuing RWS: India’s Diverse Chamber, which opened this year.
  • We developed our Chamber Leadership Alliance Program. This year, we held 4 in-person and 3 virtual trainings, with 433 total attendees.

We Hosted Stellar Events:

  • Our International Business and Leadership Conference in sunny Tampa, FL was a success: with over 1,300 attendees, 238 supplier matchmakers, and 133 expo hall presenters.
  • The Best-of-the-Best awards honored changemakers and advocates of the LGBT community, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, Schuyler Bailar, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, and Deborah Cox.
  • Our National Dinner was a night of celebration and prosperity for the LGBT community. We honored corporations, Certified LGBTBE® companies, chamber leaders, and advocates who live out our mission of advocacy and equality every day.


We Had Advocacy Wins Around the Country:

This year, the following cities were among the 13 municipalities and agencies who passed policies to include LGBT owned businesses in public contracts:

  • Nashville, TN
  • Orlando, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Orange County, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Long Beach, CA

We Marched and Protested for LGBT Rights & Economic Opportunity:

The NGLCC is proud of the LGBT community and our triumphs of 2019. We are eager to keep advocating for LGBT economic equality in the new year, and the next decade!

Interested in becoming a Certified LGBTBE®? Visit our website to learn more!