Republic Restoratives Distillery: From Spirits to Sanitizer in a Time of Need

April 1 | By Sarah Jester
As the spread of coronavirus increases, bottles of hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies have rapidly disappeared off the shelves of grocery stores and pharmacies in nearly every state. Thankfully, a local D.C. distillery has come up with an innovative solution to combat this problem. Certified LGBTBE® Republic Restoratives Distillery has begun making and packaging bottles of hand cleaner to be distributed for free to D.C.
 

Million Mask Challenge: How a Certified LGBTBE® Owner is Saving Lives

March 27 | By Sarah Jester
Change does not occur on its own. For progress to be made, a changemaker must step forward and take action. That is precisely what Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® owner Andrea Ruiz-Hays has done throughout her career, both in the environmental sustainability space and now even more so in an effort to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19

March 25 | By Sarah Jester
We’re currently facing down an unprecedented crisis. It can be quite easy to lose sight of one’s goals and aspirations when the whole world seems to be turning upside down as a result of the spread of COVID-19. However, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the LGBT community has overcome significant challenges in the past. We have persevered through the power of community itself. We know how to take care of each other when times get tough, and this time is no different.
 

MLR: The Business of Beauty

March 23 | By Sarah Jester
It takes a deft, creative set of hands to apply the perfect eyeliner wing, or to style a fabulous blowout. Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® MLR is quite familiar with the skill and drive required to be a successful beauty professional! MLR is a production and management company that provides beauty services to various corporations and brands.
 

NGLCC, Affiliates Lead Call for Inclusive Coronavirus Relief

March 13 | By Jonathan Lovitz
On March 11, 2020, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and a large coalition of NGLCC Affiliate Chambers sent a letter to congressional leadership urging Congress to strongly consider small businesses, nonprofits, associations, and hourly works when drafting any potential aid legislation for industries impacted by coronavirus.  See the text of the letter below, along with the full list of signatories in the images attached. 
 

Professionals in Advocacy and Programming: Washington State's LGBTQ & Allied Chamber of Commerce

March 2 | By Sarah Jester
Washington State's LGBTQ & Allied Chamber of Commerce (GSBA) has made major changes for the LGBT business community since it was founded in 1991, before the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce even existed! Vice President of Membership & Programs Ilona Lohrey is proud of the many accomplishments made by the chamber, especially those relating to its programming and advocacy work.
 

LGBT Businesses Building the Future: Exelon to Award Construction Contract to Certified LGBTBE® Heels and Hardhats

March 2 | By Sarah Jester
Exelon has awarded Heels and Hardhats, a Certified LGBTBE® in the construction industry, a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract.  This follows a series of major contract wins and honors, including their recognition as NGLCC’s 2018 LGBT Business of the Year.
 

Level Up Automation: Transforming The Field

February 19 | By Sarah Jester
Certified LGBTBE® companies can be found doing remarkable work in nearly every industry you can name. One particular place in which Certified LGBTBE® companies thrive is the automation industry, which focuses on constructing technological systems to complete different kinds of tasks. That’s where Jennifer Mallett has helped change the game.
 

Authentique Agency: The Importance of LGBTQ and Multicultural Marketing

February 19 | By Sarah Jester
Nothing captures a potential client’s attention quite like the perfect marketing campaign. That’s where the Authentique Agency, a full-service marketing firm and Certified LGBTBE® located in Atlanta, makes its mark. Founded by Roy Broderick, jr. in 2016, Authentique obtained its certification in 2018.

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