Supplier Innovation Center


The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is proud to unveil the NGLCC Supplier Innovation Center, a dynamic space in the heart of our Nation’s Capitol dedicated to groundbreaking education and networking opportunities for certified LGBT businesses. The SIC captures the spirit of what it means to be an entrepreneur: innovation, leadership, drive, creativity, and vision. As the nexus of certification connections and resources, the Supplier Innovation Center will:

  • expand the certified LGBT supplier network to reach innovative leaders and encourage transformative success for the LGBT business community
  • provide concrete resources to empower business owners to become powerful drivers for LGBT economic equality
  • be a secure home for all certification records, and will allow the NGLCC National Certification Committee to increase in capacity to meet the growing demand for certification as a LGBT Business Enterprise(TM).

The NGLCC Supplier Innovation Center is proud to serve our core constituency groups, especially in the following ways:

  • Business owners exploring the certification process for the first time will find a dedicated team of professionals ready to help them capitalize on certification resources designed to bring their companies to new heights.
  • LGBTBEs will benefit from innovative educational offerings and programs that establish certification as an indispensible designation for LGBT owned companies. A wide range of interactive activities including trainings, seminars, strategic leadership meetings, webinars, video conferencing, matchmaker meetings, networking receptions, and shared workspace for growing companies will bring valuable resources, tools, and experiences to the LGBT supplier community.
  • Affiliate chambers of the NGLCC will also have exciting opportunities to directly engage LGBT businesses through the NGLCC Supplier Innovation Center. Affiliate chambers will have access to leadership training and program development counseling aimed at strengthening local LGBT business communities served by the NGLCC’s network of domestic U.S. and international affiliates.
  • NGLCC corporate partners will have unprecedented access to education and training for supplier diversity professionals, diversity and inclusion leaders, and LGBT Employee Resource groups. The Supplier Innovation Center will provide a permanent platform for connecting corporate America with certified LGBT suppliers in meaningful ways and will provide an innovative incubator for entrepreneurial success for the LGBT business community.

To realize the full potential of the NGLCC Supplier Innovation Center, NGLCC is thrilled to partner with its leading corporate partners. Sponsorship commitments will allow the NGLCC to furnish and outfit the space with state-of-the-art facilities, hire additional staff to effectively realize its full potential, and ensure sustainable support for the programs, trainings, and events that will establish the Supplier Innovation Center as a valuable resource to certified LGBT Business Enterprises.

With sponsorship of the Supplier Innovation Center, NGLCC corporate partners will receive a robust array of branding opportunities, recognition, and program participation. Multi-year commitments* are encouraged, and the NGLCC looks forward to discussing the sponsorship options presented below as well as other unique opportunities.

The NGLCC thanks its current Founding Champions of Innovation for their pledge and support to drive our LGBTBEs to the next level.