Identifying your LGBT-, women- and/or minority-owned business through national diversity supplier certification adds value to your business by providing another channel through which to market your products or services.
Major U.S. corporations are increasingly demonstrating a commitment to completing the diversity supply chain by not only creating inclusive work environments and marketing to a broad, diverse consumer base but also by purchasing products and services directly from certified businesses.
The following three organizations are the official certifying bodies for LGBT-, women- and minority-owned businesses:
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
The NGLCC SDI offers certification to LGBT business enterprises (LGBTBEs®), as well as a host of opportunities to enhance their 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 them grow.
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National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC)
The National Minority Supplier Development Council is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises. They connect these businesses to their corporate members in an effort to increase procurement and enhance supplier diversity. These businesses are certified by NMSDC's affiliate nearest to the company's headquarters.
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Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
WBENC's world-class certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. WBENC certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women. To achieve WBENC certification, women-owned businesses complete a formal documentation and site visit process, which is administered by one of WBENC's 14 Regional Partner Organizations. WBENC certification gives women-owned businesses the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC corporate members and government agencies.
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