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NGLCC Certifies 1,000+ LGBTBEs

After 15 years of NGLCC advocating for LGBT business owners and guiding the largest companies in the world towards more inclusive supplier diversity, they’ve hit one of their biggest milestones yet: 1000 certified LGBT Business Enterprises® (LGBTBEs).
NGLCC Certifies 1,000+ LGBTBEs
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 certified as LGBTBEs, 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 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 the corporate supply chain, we know there is exponential growth still ahead for our LGBTBE 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 LGBTBEs 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.

The NGLCC is the exclusive, third-party certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBT individuals, and subsequently, grants LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) designation to such businesses as part of its LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative.

By becoming a certified LGBTBE, businesses are able to build relationships with America’s leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients, and collectively team with each other for contracting opportunities. As corporate America becomes more inclusive and further diversifies its supply chain, certification offers the opportunity for LGBT-owned businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBT business community through our internal, proprietary database. LGBTBEs, in turn, have access to over 160 contacts with corporate representatives and supplier diversity professionals to begin building strategic relationships and making preparations to meet face-to-face with them at NGLCC matchmaking and networking events, which are held across the country throughout the year. Certified LGBTBEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools following one year.

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 entity in the United States
In order for applicant businesses to be certified, all applicable documentation must be supplied in full accordance with NGLCC SDI Standards and Procedures or an applicant business may be denied approval for certification. Please consult the document, which describes the criteria for certification and the application process.
If you have questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the NGLCC SDI Team directly at 202-234-9181.
Please note: Businesses that are certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) or the United States Business Leadership Network: Disability at Work (USBLN) are eligible for expedited certification. If you are certified by WBENC or USBLN, please contact the NGLCC SDI Team.
Maximize your business opportunities by becoming a member of an NGLCC affiliate chamber. As a member, you can network with local LGBT and allied business owners, have access to local programming and events, and can take advantage of local business opportunities.
Become a member of your local affiliate chamber to not only leverage local membership benefits but also take advantage of complimentary national certification. NGLCC waives the $400 certification fee for businesses that choose to join their local affiliate chamber.
Applicants who wish not to join their local affiliate chamber will be prompted to pay a non-refundable certification/ recertification fee when completing the application for certification.

NGLCC Certifies 1,000+ LGBTBEs

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Connecting Queer Communities

Often, we have ideas rattling around in our brains. It’s the thing they always resurface in quiet moments.  It’s the “I should…” thing that nags you. As a business owner, I am always looking for ways to grow my business. Smart ways to grow my business, not “Build a million followers in a week” kind of stuff, but serious strategies and best practices to build a true business network.

Connecting Queer Communities

I’ve been doing this Marketing thing for close to 15 years, and here is what I’ve learned so far.

  • Most local B2B business happens via word of mouth. As a rule, accountants do get business because they tweet, but because one of their customers was happy with their services and referred them to a business colleague.
  • Social media, websites help reinforce the brand to those who already know the provider.
  • The best networking happens face to face one on one.
  • Networking is work, and most of us would rather dream of Facebook followers than actually go meet real people and make small talk.

OK, so another online network is counterintuitive to all those points.

Well, yes and no. Sometimes, we all need a place to meet like minded folks. A place to share. A place to get started. Our goal is to address the challenges of Queer business networking online to help you in our the real world.  A safe place to share what worked, commiserate over what didn’t and to be inspired to get up and do it again.

This isn’t just our journey. Our job isn’t to tell you to do this, don’t do that.  Our job is to create a place where you can share your challenges and get various feedback from different perspectives.

Will you join us? Q – The Network

Wonder how to grow a network? Follow the behind the scenes story – The Journey

Connecting Queer Communities

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Talking Dating with Dr Frankie

Recently, we caught up with lesbian matchmaker extraordinaire – Dr Frankie of Little Gay Book

Tell us a little bit about your background and how you became a matchmaker.

I grew up in a large Jewish family in Manhattan.  I had many wonderful relationships with my extended family including my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.  From an early age I treasured these relationships and valued the time we spent together.  I have always been a people person and as I became older my interest in human behavior expanded.  After I received my undergraduate degree from Northeastern University I took the plunge and moved to California to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. After about ten years of clinical practice I really felt the pull to branch out and use my talents and training in a less formal setting.  My own long-term relationship with my partner and our relationships with our twins brought me so much joy I wanted everyone to have this experience.  This happened to coincide with so many of my friends having a really difficult time meeting a compatible partner.  I remember the day I told my partner that I wanted to become a lesbian matchmaker, and Little Gay Book was born!  I take a so much pride in the connections and matches I have made, as well as in the company that I have built.

What’s the difference between matchmaking and online dating?

You really can’t compare the two.  When done properly, matchmaking is a very personalized experience.  It is the matchmaker’s job to track down potential matches and screen them for compatibility, which includes red flags.  I often tell prospective clients that it is my job to get stood up, and to go on the bad first dates.  My clients are busy professionals who don’t have time for that nonsense, that’s part of what they pay me for!  A good matchmaker personally knows his or her clients and understands their personalities, dating histories, must-haves, and deal breakers.  A great matchmaker not only understands their clients but also has a strong understanding of human behavior.  They identify their client’s unsuccessful dating patterns and guide them away from repeating that pattern.

How do you decide a good match?

A good match is really based on a myriad of variables.  I look at the compatibility of personality types, interests, religious beliefs, and cultural backgrounds are just a few.  Relationship histories, socio economic status, intro-extro version, sex drive (top-bottom-switch), are also important factors.  And sometimes even when things look great on paper there just isn’t any chemistry.  That’s something that is difficult to quantify, so that’s what makes a matchmaker’s intuition so important!

When should you consult a matchmaker?

I think a great time is when a person is truly ready to be serious about her love life.  Dating, especially online dating, can be such a time drain.  We screen everyone that we consider introducing our clients to during a 90 minute consultation.  This consultation is essentially the professional equivalent of the first date.  I am able to save my clients a great deal of time and energy when they try and meet people on their own.  Many of my clients hire me for both relationship coaching and matchmaking.  I have found this is almost an unbeatable combination.  In general I would suggest hiring a matchmaker when someone feels they have exhausted their dating pool, are fed up with blind dates and online dating, and are serious in their quest to find a life partner.

Are you in a relationship?

Yes, my partner and I are coming up on our tenth anniversary actually!  We have a strong bond based on love and mutual respect.  Like any couple, especially with children, we have seen our share of ups and downs, but we are both committed to our relationship and family.

What do you think of shows like Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger?

I think Patti is good at what she does and I find her show really entertaining.  She makes some really insightful observations and reads between the lines.  She and I have different styles when dealing with clients, but that’s natural.  I think my client’s would say I’m a bit more…tactful, shall we say?

What is your best matchmaking tip?

My number one piece of advice is to not limit yourself by creating excessive must-haves, obstacles and deal breakers.  Understand the difference between a “must-have”, a deal breaker and a preference.  For example, if you are a very accomplished athlete hoping to date someone similar, dating a kayaker, a long distance runner or a snowboarder is a preference.  To maximize your chance of finding someone really compatible, think of the broader category as athletic, and place that in your “must-have” column.  And on a side note, finding love is not a race, it’s a path of self-discovery that will hopefully eventually lead to love.  So if you’re ambivalent about your feelings after one date, give it a second shot and see where things go.  As Oprah says, women are slow cookers and it takes us a while to warm up.  Maximize your chance for success by keeping your heart and mind open.

What should we avoid when first dating?

Two common pitfalls people often find, which both stem from anxiety, are excessive drinking and inappropriate self disclosure.  Limit your alcohol consumption to a maximum of two drinks.  Anything more than two drinks might cloud your judgment and make you sloppy.  Also, have compassion for yourself and try and remember that we all have baggage. Don’t attempt to deal with your baggage by “laying it all on the table” or full disclosure, on the first date.  It can also be a form of self-sabotage, but that’s another issue althogether.

What do you think of online dating?

I think online dating has seen its heyday.  It can be a good way to meet people, but it is also very time consuming.  My friends have told me how they spend hours and hours sifting through suggested profiles, crafting the perfect email that stands out from the slew of other emails without coming across as if they’ve spent too much time trying to make the email special, only to never hear from the person.  I think also that people can get sucked into a cyber relationship with the fantasy of who they want to meet.  People sometimes spend weeks and more communicating back and forth, disclosing very personal information, and ultimately creating a fantasy of what the other person is.  My suggestion to online daters is to keep the emailing, texting and calling minimal and to the point.  The point after all is to meet in real life and hopefully cultivate a relationship, right?

Where can we learn more?

Great question! I encourage everyone to check out my website at littlegaybook.com.  There are links to my radio interviews, magazine articles, and my blog.  I also hope all the single ladies will fill out a confidential profile!  It’s free to be in my database and your profile will never be browsed by clients.  Like I love say, fortune favors the bold!

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Gay Heroes and LGBT Comics

Introducing LGBTQ heroes

GAYSAR Comics is a company that has created a line of gay heroes with the purpose to not only entertain the public, but also raise awareness and to fight for gay rights. The first comic book entitled “The Cure” will be released on November 7th and will have a cost of $4.99 a copy. While they will only be publishing their first issue, GAYSAR Comics has already created a wide variety of gay heroes.

Gay Heroes and LGBT Comics

Gay Heroes and LGBT Comics

A representative from GAYSAR Comics was quoted as saying, “At GAYSAR Comics, we have created gay characters with special powers known as gay-heroes. They may be fictional, but they will help create real life heroes. How? GAYSAR will donate 2% of  comic book issue sales to international and national gay nonprofit organizations.”
Though the characters and story lines may be fictional, they are based on the life experiences of our LGBTQ community. Before each of the characters were created, representatives from GAYSAR Comics met with high school students members of the LGBTQ community to discuss various issues that they face on a daily basis. Many of these issues and discussions inspired the stories in the GAYSAR Universe.

“Each character represents current issues that affect each of us, inside and outside of our community. For example, transgender issues; what these people are going through and what they have to face in a daily basic. Also, in Uganda gay people are being punished with life imprisonment or with death penalty. Kids in Honduras are exploited and used by drug cartels. The global political issues we cover also include social justice, AIDS/HIV, love, awareness, and acceptance.”says a representative from GAYSAR Comics.

Some of the unique gay heroes created by GAYSAR include: Dr. Neveah, a transgender super genius who can  transform into other people. Eron, a latino hero whose brain gives him the power to do unexplainable things; his overall skills become limitless as his brain percentage goes up. Queen Izar a Drag who has the power to give and take life. Nami, a twink who can communicate and become one with technology. Kian, a gay bear motivational speaker for the gay community who has the strength and senses of a bear. Jaseri, a lesbian who has the ability to control the elements of nature. GAYSAR attempts to represent all the members of the gay community such as lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, queers, and sub-community as Bigender, Leather, Butch, Bear and Drag Queen.

In order to find out more about GAYSAR comics, their unique brand of gay heroes, about the goals that the company is trying to reach, or to learn how to get a copy of their first issued comic, visit their website right here. GAYSAR Comics, has also launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to give the first comic book a collection item to those who contribute. If you would like to be part of the success of GAYSAR in our community, please share or contribute here to the campaign and help towards the dream of many LGBTQ artists.

Also, to find out which gay-hero are you with a fun game, click here.

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Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2017

Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2017 – Conference is a unique chance to hear from inspiring people like Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ, and Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London. Our speakers bring our work to life and empower our audiences to create change.  London, UK; Apr 7, 2017

Stonewall Workplace Conference London 2017

People perform better when they can be themselves.

Join over 800 delegates at our CPD-accredited conference in London on Friday 7 April, kindly supported by EY.

Why attend?

Learn best practice

View this year’s breakout sessions

  • We have 21 breakout sessions lead by inclusion specialists. New content this year includes sessions on working in Asia and supporting your bi staff.
  • For the first time, we will have streams on working globally and supporting your trans staff, as well as a stream of senior leaders.
  • Delegates leave with an action plan and access to the latest Stonewall research and resources.

Expand your network

  • Connect with professionals from all sectors committed to equality.
  • Share expertise with top organizations and leading LGBT networks.
  • Learn more about Stonewall’s resources and campaigns and how to use them in your organization.

Be inspired

The conference is a unique chance to hear from inspiring people like Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ, and Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London. Our speakers bring our work to life and empower our audiences to create change.

LGBTQ Conferences bringing together thousands of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, health, advocacy, business and community organizations.

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