We are just beginning to scratch the surface of our potential. The first ever “America’s LGBTQ Economy” report confirmed what we’ve observed for more than fifteen years. And that is that America’s LGBTQ business owners are driving our economy upward, and deserve every opportunity to keep creating jobs and innovating our industries.
Open for business
Already, over a third of the Fortune 500 are working with LGBTQ-owned businesses, as well as an increasing number of federal, state and local government agencies. America’s estimated 1.4 million LGBTQ business owners have truly earned a place at the equality table. The nearly 1,000 certified businesses in our network alone have created over 33,000 jobs.
If you are an LGBTQ business owner and not yet certified as an LGBTQ Business Enterprise (LGBTBE), you’re leaving opportunities on the table to help your business and our national economy grow. For the LGBTQ community, this also means we are missing out more accurate data, role models, job creators and future success stories that prove if you can buy it, a certified LGBTBE can supply it.
Our economy only works when the American Dream is accessible to every American. Read the report. Get certified. Join the global LGBTQ business community today.
Justin Nelson & Chance Mitchell, Co-Founders, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), [email protected]diaplanet.com