Get Certified Today!
There are many opportunities for your minority, woman, disabled, and/or LGBT owned business to become a certified supplier. Each of these four certifications is offered by four different organizations. All of which work together to ensure a diverse supply chain for corporate America. These organizations work to provide opportunities for LGBTBEs to build relationships and gain exposure within corporate procurement processes. Certification through these various organizations offers the opportunity for diverse businesses to make connections with America’s top corporations and each other.
By becoming certified, it enhances your businesses visibility with corporations seeking to do business with diverse suppliers. Corporate partners can search for certified suppliers through each organizations exclusive supplier database as well as meet face-to-face with potential suppliers.
Certification is an important marketing tool and a critical point of differentiation between your business and your competitors.
Below are the certifying organizations and a brief description
The NGLCC | Certifies LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs)
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) started in November 2002, when Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell realized no one had really considered the economic equality of LGBT people or the impact economics could have on the equality movement. The two co-founders sought to showcase that LGBT people were business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare – that they were a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run and therefore, deserved a place at the equality table. Click here for more information.
The National Minority Supplier Diversity Council | Certifies Minority Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs)
The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. ®
) provides a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses. NMSDC is one of the country’s leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 36 regional councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including most of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The regional councils certify and match more than 16,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations which want to purchase their products and services. Click here for more information.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council | Certifies Woman Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs)
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations. Click here for more information.
U.S. Business & Leadership Network | Certifies Disability Owned Business Enterprises (DOBEs)
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN serves as the collective voice of over 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP) is the nation’s leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. Click here for more information.