NGLCC Corporate Partnership Growth Accelerates in 2020, Demonstrating Leadership in a Crisis

April 17 | By Jason Vita
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce has continued to strengthen economic impact in light of the economic uncertainty spanning from the rise of COVID-19 around the globe by expanding on the number of corporations joining the chamber as corporate partners. The private sector has stepped up to the plate in light of the pandemic and has doubled down on supporting supplier diversity and D&I initiatives as business imperatives to stay strong together during this crisis. NGLCC has welcomed 11 new corporate partners in the first fiscal quarter of 2020.
 

Top 6 Leadership Competencies Every Leader Should Know and Grow: NGLCC’s Takeaways

April 16 | By Kaela Roeder
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Webinar Wednesday began on April 8 with Dr. Steve Yacovelli, known as the “Gay Leadership Dude” and owner of TopDog Learning Group, LLC. Yacovelli presented “The Top 6 Leadership Competencies Every Leader Should Know and Grow,” which taught LGBT business leaders how to be the best they can be inside and outside the office.
 

Sleeves Up Productions: The Power of Telling LGBTQ+ Stories

April 14 | By Sarah Jester
Video is one of the most dynamic and effective methods used to engage individuals all over the globe. As technology becomes more and more improved and refined, the skills involved in mastering video production become all the more important. Certified LGBTBE® Sleeves Up Productions (SUP) is a growing voice in this field, defining itself with quality work and with a commitment to telling LGBTQ+ stories through video.
 

Diver Collective: Changing the Scope of Digital Strategizing

April 9 | By Sarah Jester
Today, the importance of knowing how to use technology to one’s advantage cannot be overstated. Especially as more and more businesses are converting to online work during the spread of COVID-19, digital media professionals become all the more valuable. That’s where Certified LGBTBE® Diver Collective comes in! Diver Collective is a full service digital strategy firm. Located in Brooklyn, it was founded and certified in 2019 by co-founders Cat Dawson and Gabriel DeFazio.
 

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. 

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