Congratulations to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on its 15 year anniversary. The celebration took place this week in Las Vegas from August 1st – 4th and included “1,000 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, leaders from 52 affiliated local chambers nationwide – alongside federal, state, and city government officials from across the country and representatives from around the world”
The NGLCC, which started over coffee now represents 1.4 million LGBT business owners across America with $1.7 trillion in economic impact each year. “NGLCC enjoys the support and participation of more than 150 corporate partners as well as prominent executive leadership in striving to promote pro-business and LGBT-inclusive policies.” With an estimated 10% of business owners identifying with the LGBT community, the NGLCC is in a unique position to advocate and advance many current and potential companies.
In 2004, the organization introduced a best-in-class diversity certification program that, according to NGLCC senior vice-president Jonathan Lovitz, distinguished “the organization [as] the exclusive national third-party certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses. LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) Certification is now in use by more than one-third of Fortune 500 companies, as well as federal, state and local governments.”