Supplier Diversity and Certification

Get LGBTBE Certified!

What is LGBTBE Certification?

Supplier Diversity and LGBTBE (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Business Enterprises) Certification is more and more coming to the forefront within the corporate landscape as well as various city, county and federal agencies. In Washington State, we are challenging elected officials to include LGBTBEs in their supply chain.


Identifying your business as at least 51% LGBTQ+ owned and operated through national diversity supplier certification adds value to your business by providing another channel through which to market your products or services.


 Becoming a Certified LGBTBE® gives your business the opportunity to compete for sourcing contracts with our partners. These corporate and government partners are committed to creating a diverse supply chain that is inclusive of LGBTQ+-owned businesses, and have targeted amounts for spending with Certified LGBTBE® companies.


GSBA is an affiliate of the NGLCC (National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) , our partner in certification, and we continue to support LGBTQ+ owned businesses to become LGBTBE certified and connect them to supplier diversity officers and procurement departments who understand that equality is good business. 


Getting your business certified is a necessary element of gaining access to these billions of dollars in life-changing business opportunities. Certified LGBTBE® companies are routinely sought after by corporate partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBTQ+ business community through both GSBA and the larger NGLCC database. In turn, Certified LGBTBE® companies have access to hundreds of corporate representative and supplier diversity professional contacts. Through these contacts, companies can begin building strategic relationships and making preparations to meet face-to-face with them at matchmaking and networking events which are held across the country throughout the year.


 NGLCC waives the certification fee ($899) and recertification fee ($499 every 3 years) for applicants who submit proof of valid, current GSBA membership. By joining GSBA you also get the opportunity to network with local LGBTQ+ and allied business owners, have access to local programming and events, and can take advantage of local supplier diversity opportunities. GSBA has also put together a pathway to certification for LGBTQ+ owned businesses including workshops and classes on certification, pitch clinics and a two- day Supplier Diversity Forum held every fall.

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Other Business Certifications

While GSBA’s work focused on LGBTQ+ business certification, there are numerous other business enterprise certifications that could also be relevant. Businesses can have as many certifications as they are qualified for. Our staff is happy to answer questions about certification and what would be right for your businesses, and to connect you to any of our partner organizations.

NMSDC – National Minority Supplier Development Council
Washington State Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises
Washington Department of Veterans Affairs
WBENC – Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

King County E-procurement

To participate in King County’s contracting process, you must register as a supplier.

Visit their supplier website for more information

LGBTBE Certification Process

Step 1

Visit to start your business profile. Tell us more about you and your business. Make sure to include that you are a GSBA member to have your fees waived!

Step 2

Submit your supporting documents. Once you begin your business profile, an NGLCC team member will reach out to you through this step. 

Step 3

Complete a site visit with an NGLCC trained site visitor. The site visitor will corroborate the information in your application and learn more about your business in the process. 

Step 4

Complete the National Certification Committee Review. Our National Certification Committee meets monthly and will review your application to certify your business as LGBTBE.