Get Certified Today!
The NGLCC certifies lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-owned businesses as Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) and works to provide opportunities for LGBTBEs to build relationships and gain exposure within corporate procurement processes. Certification through the NGLCC Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI) offers the opportunity for LGBT-owned businesses to make connections with America's top corporations and each other.
By becoming certified, LGBTBEs enhance their business visibility with corporations seeking to do business with LGBT suppliers. Corporate partners 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 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.
Certification is an important marketing tool and a critical point of differentiation between your business and your competitors.
Do you meet the following criteria?
- 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
In order for applicant businesses to be certified, all applicable documentation must be supplied in full accordance with NGLCC Standards and Procedures or an applicant business may be denied approval for certification. The NGLCC SDI Standards and Procedures document
describes the criteria for certification and the application process.
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.