How & Why to Become an LGBTBE Certified Business

Did you know that nearly 200 regional and national corporations, including Wells Fargo, PG&E, Facebook and BART, now recognize certified LGBT owned businesses as part of their diverse and inclusive supply chains? With a membership tailored to Bay Area LGBT business owners, the GGBA has guided nearly 100+ members to national certification as a NGLCC LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) — making San Francisco the home to the 2nd largest number of LGBTBE’s in the country!

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The GGBA works in partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to bring to our members the opportunity to get their businesses certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise.  NGLCC is the exclusive third-party organization for the LGBT Business Enterprises certification.

 Does your business meet the following criteria?

  • Majority (at least 51%) owned, operated, managed, and controlled by an LGBT person or persons who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents
  • Exercises independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise
  • Has its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States
  • Has been formed as a legal business entity in the United States

In 2018, the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index will begin to require that companies make efforts to include LGBTBEs in their supply chains in order to receive a score of 100. Your company can benefit from this historic opportunity.


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About the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business advocate and direct link between LGBT business owners, corporations and government. As the umbrella organization for 62 state and local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) chambers of commerce and business organizations, the NGLCC represents the interests of the more than 1.4 million LGBT owned businesses in the United States.

The NGLCC is the only national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the economic opportunities and advancements of LGBT business community. It is the largest LGBT business development and economic advocacy organization in the world.

As a national organization, the NGLCC is a clearinghouse of ideas and information for and between businesses and organizations. The NGLCC works with state and local chambers and business groups on various issues. Most importantly, the NGLCC is the premier advocate on behalf of LGBT owned businesses, professionals, students of business, and corporations that share in our desire to expand the community’s financial opportunities, economic growth, continued innovation, and equality.

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