Using its national presence, NGLCC takes an active role in discussions with legislators and government officials at all levels of government to advance the economic interests of the LGBT business owner.
In the past several years, NGLCC has established memorandums and shared programming with the U.S. Small Business Administration (2012 & 2015), the U.S. Department of Commerce (2011), the U.S. Department of Labor (2013), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2016) and several other government agencies. NGLCC is also the founding organization behind the National Business Inclusion Consortium (2011), which includes the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Business Leadership Network: Disability at Work, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Black Chamber, and WeConnect International.
Deeply involved in establishing links with corporations and governments to LGBT business owners, NGLCC serves as a bridge between corporate procurement opportunities and small business contractors incorporating LGBT-owned businesses into larger corporate supply chains and government contracting.
SDI in Your Communities
Statewide & Local LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiatives
Every day the NGLCC policy team is coordinating with local legislators to create opportunities for LGBT business owners to contract with state governments just like every other small business.
Federal Agency Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)
We actively work with Federal Agencies to ensure procurement and programs are inclusive of LGBT-owned businesses. We currently have MOUs with the following federal agencies:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- U.S. Department of Labor
- U.S. Department of Transportation
- Small Business Administration
Get Out the Vote
The NGLCC is proud to announce a new social media initiative to get out the LGBT vote during what may be one of the most important election years of our lifetime.
Why does this matter now? Didn’t The Equality Act cover this?
The Equality Act, introduced in July of 2015, originated from a desire to incorporate the LGBT community into the non-discrimination protections ensured by the Civil Rights Act. As such, it aims to bring federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, promoting equal access to employment, housing, credit, public spaces and services, education, federally funded programs, and beyond.
However, it does not address non-discrimination protections for diverse business owners seeking to gain contracting opportunities with federal, state or municipal governments because these protections are not included in the Civil Rights Act. This discrepancy in the law represents a lack of protection for minorities, women, disabled persons, veterans and LGBT persons, and it has kept member members of the diverse community, including tax-paying, law-abiding LGBT citizens, from achieving the American Dream. We hope that action at the local level will ignite more essential conversations that benefit LGBT business owners in addition to the entire diverse community, including nationwide protection from discrimination in government contracting alongside other diverse-owned businesses.