LGBT-owned Business Enterprise Certification

 
The NGLCC Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI) offers businesses a tool to make connections and open doors with America's top corporations, several federal government agencies and other certiied businesses. The SDI certifies Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender owned Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) and works to provide opportunities for LGBTBEs to gain exposure within government and corporate procurement processes either as a contractor or a subcontractor.

The LGBTBE certification offers the following opportunities:

  • Registration in NGLCC's exclusive database that is searched by corporations and other LGBTBEs for their product and service needs
  • AGLCC offers to member LGBTBEs such as: an exclusive sponsorship program for LGBTBE that will provide additional visibility locally and nationally
  • Meet face-to-face with potential clients and suppliers at NGLCC SDI matchmaking events
  • The NLGCC offers programs that help LGBTBEs leverage certification

The application for cerification costs $400 but it is FREE to AGLCC business members and sponsors (see notes below).

Eligibility for LGBTBE Certification:

  • Must be 51% owned, managed, operated and controlled by an LGBT individual(s) who are either US citizens or lawful permanent residents
  • Must have its headquarters in the United States
  • Must have been a formed legal entity in the United States
  • Must exercise independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise

Please note that businesses that are already 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.

Application Process:

  • Complete the online application for LGBTBE certification
  • Submit the printed and signed online application with the required supporting documents in accordance with the NGLCC SDI Standards and Procedures
  • The NGLCC's SDI staff will review your application and contact you for more information and once deemed complete, will contact the trained site visitor in your area
  • Host the NGLCC site visitor
  • Site visitor submits recommendations to the NGLCC
  • The National Certification Committee reviews and makes the final decision on your application
  • Once approved, the NGLCC will contact you and send you the certificate

NOTES:

  • To avail of the fee waiver for AGLCC members, provide the NGLCC with a screenshot of your business' directory listing in the AGLCC online directory.  If your business' directory listing cannot be found, please log-in to the AGLCC website and complete the listing or if your membership has lapsed, please renew your membership.
     
  • If you have any questions about becoming an LGBTBE, please contact Jeff Arnold at jarnold@aglcc.org.  
     
  • If you need to obtain a letter from the AGLCC as proof of your LGBT Status, please contact Edgar Gierbolini at egierbolini@aglcc.org.

 

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