If at any time you need help during this process, please contact the NGLCC SDI Team at 202-234-9181 OR Detroit LGBT Chamber at 313-673-3001
The NGLCC SDI offers certification to LGBTBEs, as well as a host of opportunities to enhance LGBT businesses’ visibility to corporations seeking to do business with LGBT suppliers. Corporations 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, which are held across the country throughout the year. Certified LGBTBEs may also be eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools to help your business grow. This all starts with your membership with your local LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
By becoming a Certified LGBTBE®, businesses are able to build relationships with America’s leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients, and collectively team with each other for contracting opportunities. As corporate America becomes more inclusive and further diversifies its supply chain, certification offers the opportunity for LGBT-owned businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
NGLCC’s LGBTBE certification is modeled on the standards developed by other national diverse certifying bodies, including the NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Diversity Council) and WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council).
NGLCC corporate partners, have made a commitment to investing LGBT-owned businesses, and the certification process ensures those resources are received by this communication. The NGLCC and its governing bodies, including the Procurement & Corporate Advisory Councils (whose members are NGLCC corporate partners and LGBTBEs), determined several standards and procedures to create a transparent process that is authentic and as uniform as possible, in concert with the standard requirements across the supplier diversity industry.
Accordingly, several documents are required to verify two critical points: 1.) that each majority business owner is LGBT and 2.) that said LGBT business owner(s) controls, manages, operates, and owns the company 51% or more. These documents are reviewed by the National Certification Committee, which is comprised of LGBT entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, and allies. A certain quorum is mandated and the process can take up to 90 days to complete, in order to maintain integrity and thoroughness. Each document required demonstrates to the committee the various aspects related to verifying the above and essentially give a picture of the company, in order to prevent any ineligible business to obtain LGBTBE designation.
Note: the NGLCC understands that the confidentiality of the information that is requested and has taken extensive security measures to protect all the and is never released to outside parties. All NGLCC representatives, including staff, site visitors, and National Certification Committee members have signed non-disclosure agreements and hold this information in the strictest confidence. Any individual with access to your information has pledged not to disclose or disseminate that information unless ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction or the government. NGLCC certification does not prove or guarantee the financial viability of any company; it only means that a company has gone through the independent process of verifying that it is LGBT-owned.
All applicants must submit the following into their my.nglcc.org application to be considered. **PLEASE NOTE: If WBENC or USBLN certified, there is an expedited application process. Please contact the Supplier Diversity team for details.
For a downloadable checklist (in PDF): Supporting Documents Checklist
*The NGLCC is proud to report that it waives all fees related to certification provided that the applicant is a member of the nearest affiliated LGBT chamber– To become a member of the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce go to detroitlgbtchamber.com/join/smallbusiness