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What is LGBTBE Certification?

In 2002, the NGLCC became an entity to support and advocate for diversity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)-owned businesses. The NGLCC Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI) started in 2004 and offers businesses a tool to make connections and open doors with America’s top corporations and each other. The SDI certifies LGBT-owned Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) and works to provide opportunities for LGBTBEs to gain exposure within corporate procurement processes.

The NGLCC SDI offers certification to LGBTBEs, as well as a host of opportunities to enhance LGBT business’ visibility to corporations seeking to do business with LGBT suppliers. Corporations can search for certified LGBTBEs through our exclusive LGBT supplier database, as well as meet face-to-face with potential suppliers at NGLCC SDI matchmaking events, which are held across the country throughout the year. Certified LGBTBEs may also be eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools to help your business grow.

Basic Requirements

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

Steps to Certify as an LGBT Business Enterprise

1) Express interest in certifying locally

Send an e-mail to requesting a letter attesting to your membership in the chamber. This letter is one of your supporting documents and ensure that you will be able to submit your application at no cost, a savings of $400

2) Complete the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce online application form

3) Send supporting documentation to NGLCC

4) Host a site visit

A MBA Orlando representative will contact you about conducting a site visit once we receive approval from NGLCC to do so. This site visit will be held at your place of business.

5) Application is sent to an NGLCC Certification Committee for review 

You will always be the first person to learn about your certification status. NGLCC will communicate this directly to you and not through anyone at the local chamber. We ask that you please let us know once you have received your certification so we can congratulate you and share the news with our fellow members.

How long does it take to certify?

  • Steps 2&3 can take a 1-2 days or much longer depending on how much of this information is readily available. Most members estimate that it takes 2-6 hours to complete.
  • Once the application has been submitted, it will take about 30-60 days for a site visit to be conducted and for the Certification Committee to approve your application.

Other NGLCC Opportunties

The below information has been provided by the NGLCC and is unique to certified LGBTBEs. If you would like to learn more information on how to certify and become a LGBTBE, contact

The NGLCC Mentorship Program connects LGBTBEs with corporate representatives from leading NGLCC Corporate Partners and successful LGBT business owners, where mentees receive expert guidance and industry insights focused directly on individual business’ needs.

“My mentor provided invaluable insights that enabled my firm to gain more attention from other firms. I looked forward to our monthly calls and meetings that provided me with not only a fresh outlook but a more positive posture to move forward.”-Joel Caducio, President of Specialized Pharma Analytics and 2011-‐2012 protégé.

The National Legal Partnership (NLP), connects the NGLCC’s corporate law firms and certified LGBT-‐owned companies in the legal profession␣all to increase mutual business opportunities and advance LGBT inclusion in the legal industry. Apply for a seat on the NLP’s Industry Council by contacting Joanna Dees, who oversees the NLP at

Supplier Innovation Center,  When in our Nation’s Capital, make it a point to visit the NGLCC’s headquarters located at 729 15th Street NW, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. With state-‐of-‐the-‐art equipment aimed at taking your business to the next level, you won’t want to miss this center which is designed entirely for you! Phone conferencing,-‐speed internet, video-‐conferencing and a kitchen area are all at your fingertips.

Apply for the Supplier of the Year Award. The winner of the award is recognized at the NGLCC National Dinner.

Scholarships– Apply to a general fund of up to $5,000 for an accredited business program at a local university of your choice or apply to attend a one-‐week boot camp at Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth or the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Teleconference SeriesListen in on various topics about leveraging your certification and growing your business. Call dates, topics and details are updated monthly.

Women’s Business Initiative (WBI) – Take advantage of the opportunities provided through the WBI, which seeks to provide networking and educational opportunities to LBT business owners, professionals and students of business. Learn more by e-‐mailing