Certified LGBTBE® Otis Dental Makes Smiling and Investing Easy

October 29 | By Kaela Roeder
At the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, we are proud to highlight LGBT-owned businesses whose work makes direct differences in people’s lives. For Andrew Lee, founder of OTIS Dental, his company’s work is personal.
 

Sustainable Strategies PLLC: Innovation in the Sustainability Space

October 21 | By
When it comes to fighting the battle against climate change, NGLCC Certified LGBTBE® suppliers are no strangers to the importance of sustainability. Sustainable Strategies PLLC is one certified business paving the way for companies to help identify and manage sustainable innovation. “As educators, we create and deliver educational content and training materials on a variety of topics related to sustainability and health and wellness,” explained founder Nicole DeNamur.
 

Küster Design: Providing Unique Design Solutions

October 21 | By
At the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), we certify LGBT-owned businesses that are just starting out, as well as those that have a very long history. That is the case for Küster Design, which is a 75-year-old Indianapolis based family business with its third-generation owner. “Not very many family owned firms make it past generation two,” said owner & president James Kuester. 
 

MatchMakers: How to Make the Most of Virtual Networking

October 16 | By Sarah Jester
Last month, a series of Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers participated in a virtual MatchMakers event with a wide range of NGLCC Corporate Partners. Each supplier had 15 minutes to chat and network with corporate and federal supplier diversity representatives before moving onto their next meeting.
 

NGLCC Sip & Pitch Fridays: September 25, 2020

October 5 | By Sarah Jester
On September 25, 2020, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Johnson & Johnson were proud to present another installment of the popular Sip & Pitch Fridays program. Sip & Pitch brings business leaders together for a chance to informally present their business to a panel of experts and their fellow business owners for positive feedback and new ideas.
 

The Phluid Project: The intersections of fashion and inclusion

August 19 | By Kaela Roeder
LGBT-owned businesses continually reflect the values we hold most dear at the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC): perhaps most important of them being a dedication to inclusion in all sectors of life. Rob Smith, the founder and CEO of the Phluid Project, is no exception to living up to those values!
 

Skidmore Consulting LLC: Providing Innovative Services

August 14 | By Sarah Jester
Why certify your LGBT-owned business? For Dr. Sarah Skidmore of Skidmore Consulting LLC, the answer was simple. “[I] certified the innovation + leadership + marketing firm to participate in diversity programs, partake in educational opportunities, and grow business relationships,” she explained, having recently become a Certified LGBTBE® owner through NGLCC this spring. “Furthermore, during this pandemic where physical networking is not safe or possible, the NGLCC has provided a powerful series of webinars, talks, and panels that allow for discussion and connection.”
 

Maris Equi: Making Waves in Men’s Swimwear

July 2 | By Sarah Jester
Why should your LGBT-owned business join the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce? For Rian Ismadia and Matthew Chess, co-owners of men’s fashion house Maris Equi, the answer was simple. “We joined the NGLCC because we wanted to be part of an organization where we can be with like-minded people,” said Ismadia. “We want to be a big organization that can be a workplace for people of the LGBTQ community and other diverse groups because we know what it's like to be discriminated against and want to be a positive force in this world.”

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