We’ve done it! After 15 years of NGLCC advocating for LGBT business owners and guiding the largest companies in the world towards more inclusive supplier diversity, we’ve hit one of our biggest milestones yet: 1000 Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) companies.
When we started on this journey, we hoped to make a difference in the LGBT business community and to stand up for the often overlooked LGBT business owner. With over 1000 LGBT businesses recognized as Certified LGBTBE® companies, we have incontrovertible proof that we are not the only ones committed to this vision. Our businesses are essential to the economic health of this country – adding over $1.7 trillion dollars to the the U.S. economy and creating tens of thousands of new jobs. We are thriving in every sector and in every corner of the nation because of your commitment, innovation, and pride in our business community.
NGLCC’s success could not have been achieved without the incredible support from our corporate partners, affiliate chambers, friends, allies, and our 1000+ Certified LGBTBE® owners. For your unyielding support, we thank you.
Even with this incredible milestone under our belts, our work is far from over. With our recent inclusion in the Billon Dollar Roundtable and the standalone requirement in the HRC Corporate Equality Index to utilize LGBT businesses in corporate supply chain, we know there is exponential growth still ahead for our certification numbers and for the number of contracting opportunities for our businesses to thrive. We encourage each one of you to talk with a friend or colleague about getting certified and helping us move a little closer to our goal of getting 2000 Certified LGBTBE® companies by 2020.
We look forward to celebrating this, and all the milestones we’ve achieved in our last fifteen years, with you at the 2017 NGLCC National Dinner in Washington, D.C. on November 17, 2017.
With excitement for the next fifteen years of LGBT business success,
NGLCC President and Co-Founder
NGLCC CEO and Co-Founder