4 Ways to Maximize Your Certification in the New Year

| By James Gleason

A new year brings new opportunities for your Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®)! Your certification is a valuable tool and provides your business with access to a variety of resources through NGLCC and our 200+ corporate partners. Here are some easy ways to take advantage of your certification and make the most of NGLCC's resources in 2019:

1. Reach Out to the NGLCC Engagement Center

The NGLCC Engagement Center was formed in 2017 to connect Certified LGBTBE® companies to opportunities from NGLCC's corporate partners and organizational allies. Not only is the Engagement Center your go-to resource for understanding RFP applications as a Certified LGBTBE®, but they also provide a variety of learning opportunities on how to maximize the power of your certification. The Engagement Center's next webinar is only a few weeks away; RSVP today to better understand your certification and learn about some new opportunities or contact the NGLCC Engagement Center for more information.

2. Tap into Your Local Chamber's Resources

Your local LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an excellent place to begin exploring the benefits that LGBTBE certification can offer. If your business is focused on a local customer base, your local chamber is a great resource to network and connect you with new customers, collaborators, and champions for your business. Check out our list of affiliate chambers and click through to your local chamber's website to explore their membership offerings and events schedule. 

3. Make a 2019 Conference Plan

If you haven't attended an NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference yet, you're missing out on countless opportunities to network and pitch your business. The NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference is the largest LGBT business networking event in the world, and it brings together representatives from our corporate partners, fellow LGBT-business owners, government representatives, and more for a week of collaboration around how to uplift Certified LGBTBE® companies like yours. If you haven't already, begin to make a plan around how you or a representative from your Certified LGBTBE® will attend our 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Tampa Bay, FL to take advantage of this incredible week of opportunity. 

4. Check Out Certified LGBTBE® Special Offers from Corporate Partners

Did you know that some of our corporate partners offer special resources just for Certified LGBTBE® companies? Take a look at our Business Resources page for offers from Wells Fargo, Dell, and more for exclusive offers for Certified LGBTBE® companies like yours. Start your new year off right by making the most of the resources our partners have provided for your growing business.