As one of the many benefits of membership in the MDGLCC, the Supplier Diversity Certification Program is key for opening doors to Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Business Enterprises (LGBTBE’s) to opportunities in the large corporate marketplace.

There are billion of dollars of sales opportunities out there and anything that a business can do to differentiate itself from the competition or have an edge over others is a great strategy to pursue. Why does a Supplier Diversity Certification matter so much, you might ask. Well, certification as an LGBTBE gives your business the opportunity to compete for sourcing contracts with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) Corporate Supplier Diversity Partners. These Corporate Partners are committed to creating a diverse supply chain that is inclusive of LGBT businesses and they have targeted amounts for spending with diverse business enterprises.

Getting your business certified is a necessary element of gaining access to these millions of corporate dollars. The certification also includes these additional benefits: national recognition by America's top corporations as a certified LGBT Business Enterprise, eligibility to exhibit at the annual NGLCC Business and Leadership Conference as well as at regional events, automatic inclusion in the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) online searchable database of certified businesses, use of the NGLCC Certified Business logo on your marketing materials (which identifies your business as a certified LGBT Business Enterprise through the NGLCC to the NGLCC's national network), eligibility to receive sourcing opportunities e-mails from the NGLCC and its Corporate Partners, eligibility to participate in mentorship programs, leadership trainings, and scholarship opportunities presented by NGLCC Corporate Partners, as a member of MDGLCC, NGLCC will waive the $400 application fee.

To learn more about how this certification is working and translating into business we invite you to attend our upcoming "Global Supplier Diversity Panel" Networking Luncheon & Business EXPO sponsored by American Airlines. This incredible panel of Global Supplier Diversity leaders will guide you through the evaluation process and answer your questions. With the participation of the US Small Business Association, American Airlines, Northrop Grumman, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and others. Tuesday March 17, 2015 at the University of Miami’s Student Center Complex. Registration at 11:30 a.m. with luncheon/panel discussion from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost: MDGLCC Members ($35), Others ($45). .

To RSVP for the “Global Supplier Diversity Panel" Networking Luncheon & Business EXPO or interest in joining the MDGLCC, please visit or reach us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 305-673-4440.

Jorge Richa is the Marketing & Programming Director; Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC)