If you are interested in contacting an NGLCC representative or being introduced to an LGBT business owner for a story,

please contact [email protected] or call 202.234.9181

 

What is the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)?

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC, formerly the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancement for LGBT people. Founded by Co-Founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned business enterprises (LGBTBEs) and currently represents a membership of over 1000 LGBTBEs. Over 1/3 of the Fortune 500 recognize this unique certification and NGLCC is joined by over 200 corporate partners in our mission to increase diversity within the business community. NGLCC acts as the voice for an estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs globally, and we strive to accurately depict the enormous economic contributions they make to the global economy.
 

Fast Facts:

  • 1100+ Certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs)
  • 200+ Corporate Partners from the Fortune 500
  • 60 affiliate chambers spanning the globe

Our Story

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) started in November 2002 when co-founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell realized that the impact of LGBT people on the American economy had gone largely unnoticed, despite economic equality being an important component of the LGBT equality movement. The two co-founders sought to showcase that as in addition to being LGBT, many LGBT people were also business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare and a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run.
 
An organization literally launched around a coffee table is now the voice for the nation’s 1.4 million LGBT business owners and the $1.7 trillion those enterprises add to the national economy each year. NGLCC enjoys the support and participation of more than 190 corporate partners as well as prominent executive leadership in striving to promote pro-business and LGBT-inclusive policies.

Our Work

NGLCC is proud to represent LGBT business owners and connect them to opportunities to help their businesses grow. Explore a few of our ongoing initiatives to support the LGBT business community:
 

NGLCC Supplier Diversity Initiative

The NGLCC Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI) offers certification to LGBTBEs, as well as a host of opportunities to enhance the visibility of our 1100+ LGBT Business Enterprises to corporations and governments seeking to do business with LGBT suppliers. Corporations & government procurement officers 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 nationwide. Certified LGBTBEs are eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools to help their businesses grow. 
 

Corporate Engagement

NGLCC unites over 200 corporate partners to promote LGBT business and support LGBTBEs. With quarterly meetings and diversity & inclusion education opportunities for corporate partners, NGLCC provides services for our corporate partners past access to our extensive database of certified LGBTBEs. Founded in 2017, the NGLCC Engagement Center serves as a hub for corporate RFPs and connects corporate partners directly with growing LGBTBEs to fit their needs. In conjunction with the National Business Inclusion Consortium, NGLCC names 50 corporations each year to receive the competitive NBIC Best-of-the-Best designation demonstrating the companies' commitment to intersectional diversity and inclusion.
 

NGLCC Global

NGLCC Global establishes and grows international LGBT chambers of commerce and business networks while fostering LGBT-inclusive supply chains throughout the world, all aimed at impacting global LGBT equality through economic advancement. Through a strategic, public-private partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and corporate partners, NGLCC Global extends capacity building and networking opportunities to LGBT entrepreneurs in emerging economies.
 
NGLCC Global also identifies businesses outside the United States that are majority-owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender entrepreneurs in order to help them become suppliers to multinational corporations, in-country companies, government agencies, as well as U.S. based certified LGBT Business Enterprises® (LGBTBEs), and one another. Businesses outside the United States that are at least 51% LGBT-owned and operated can apply to be a Registered International LGBT Supplier and access a valuable suite of benefits.
 

Advocacy & Outreach

As the business voice for the LGBT community, NGLCC ensures that the LGBT business owners have a seat at the table for both federal and local pro-business policy initiatives and interests. Using its national presence, NGLCC takes an active role in discussions with legislators and government officials at all levels of government to advance the economic interests of the LGBT business owner.
 

America's LGBT Economy Report

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce has released the first-ever snapshot demonstrating the economic and social impact of America’s leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs.  The report explores the types and sizes of LGBT-owned businesses currently certified by the NGLCC, the number of jobs they create, their geography, and the personal narratives of successful LGBT business owners who reflect the very best about America’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
 

Key Findings:

  • American LGBT-owned businesses contributed an estimated $1.7 trillion to the US economy.
  • The LGBT community holds an estimated purchasing power of $917 billion dollars.
  • LGBTBEs have created over 33,000 jobs in the United States. 
  • Certified LGBTBEs stay in business longer than the average small business.

Read the full report. 

 

Arranging an Interview with NGLCC

NGLCC is led by a dedicated team of thought leaders and policy experts, many of which are available for interview. Some examples of topics on which NGLCC representative is available to comment:
  • LGBT-inclusive business policy
  • Economic issues facing the LGBT community
  • Creating economic opportunity for LGBT people
  • The state of the global LGBT economy
  • How the private sector can support the LGBT community
  • The benefits of and the path to LGBTBE certification

NGLCC also represents LGBT businesses owners who are also available to give their perspectives on diversity and the issues facing diverse small business owners. If you are interested in contacting an NGLCC representative or being introduced to an LGBT business owner for comment, please contact [email protected] or call 202.234.9181. 

Previous press releases and official statements from NGLCC can be found here.   A comprehensive archive of media clips can be made available upon request.
 

Press Access to NGLCC Events

NGLCC is proud to welcome journalists and news outlets from around the world to our events. An ongoing list of our robust schedule of events, including our annual International Business & Leadership Conference, can be found here
 
Interested in obtaining press credentials?  Contact the NGLCC press team at [email protected].
 
Interested in joining us as a media partner to gain unprecedented access and tremendous visibility amongst the top LGBT business owners and diversity advocates? Contact the NGLCC team at [email protected]