Thank you for your membership and support of the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce. We truly appreciate and respect your collaboration and partnership! Your membership comes with many very valuable benefits, and we will continue to keep you informed of these so you are able to take advantage of the many opportunities and ways to maximize your membership.
Our affiliation with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is an example of one of these excellent benefits. The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC events gather corporate decision makers, government officials, and business owners from around the globe for premium matchmaking, strategic networking, and professional development opportunities. Real relationships lead to real business. NGLCC creates a forum for meaningful relationships with fellow business owners, corporate partners, and local leaders.
Our relationship / membership with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce also affords our members many benefits and resources. The tool that we will all undoubtedly find useful is a webinar entitled "Using Digital Media to Grow your Business." You can access this interesting and informative webinar through the following link: http://nglcc.org/lgbtbe-teleconference-series
Please take advantage of the many resources available to you and your business through the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Also…we invite you to look into the opportunity to have your business "certified" by the NGLCC. The NGLCC is the exclusive, third-party certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBT individuals, and subsequently grants LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) designation to such businesses as part of its LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative.
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.
Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spending with the LGBT business community through our internal, proprietary database. LGBTBEs in turn have access to over 90 contacts with corporate representatives and supplier diversity professionals to begin building strategic relationships and making preparations to meet face-to-face with them at NGLCC matchmaking and networking events, which are held across the country throughout the year. Certified LGBTBEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools following one year.
We invite you to check out the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce website (http://nglcc.org) and we will continue to provide you with monthly updates and resources available to you as a valued member of the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce.