International Business and Leadership Conference Registration Opens February 16, 2016

Registration for 2016 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Opens February 16
It’s Never too Early to Start Thinking About Summer. Sign up for Conference Pre-Registration
NGLCC is excited to announce that registration for the 2016 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference will open on Tuesday, February 16.

The 2016 Conference promises to be NGLCC’s biggest and best conference to date, so be sure to register early. 2015’s record-breaking conference sold out months in advance.

Those interested in pre-registering can follow the link below to guarantee early bird registration prices when registration opens. Registration pricing, host hotel information, and other conference information will be available on our conference website when registration launches on 2.16.2016.

The 2016 International Business & Leadership Conference will attract over 1,000 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders and government officials from across the country and around the world to meet with LGBT business leaders. The connections made at the conference can be the basis for contracting opportunities and strategic growth for years to come.

The three-day educational conference delivers innovative leadership programming, networking and engagement opportunities, all leading to expansive economic impact and meaningful community services. These cutting edge educational programs will include amazing keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for LGBT Business Enterprises, a chamber development track, marketplace expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings, and much more.

Don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity to grow your business and be a part of the largest LGBT business development event in the world. Pre-register today!
NGLCC and SBA Announce Schedule for 2016 Business Builder
Last week, NGLCC and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the schedule for the 2016 LGBT Business Builder program during a press conference at SBA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The LGBT Business Builder is a hyper-local business education and resource-sharing program first launched in February 2015 as a result of a Strategic Alliance Memorandum between NGLCC and the SBA. In keeping with NGLCC’s mission, the LGBT Business Builder is intended to further the LGBT movement through the economic advancement of LGBT entrepreneurs. The strategic locations of these events reflect the surging momentum of LGBT business inclusion in some of the top entrepreneurial centers in America and bring together the combined resources of NGLCC and SBA to America’s 1.4 million LGBT business owners.

Nine cities across the nation will host events this year, with the first three events taking place in Boston, Houston, and Portland.

Check out this video to learn more about the LGBT Business Builder program
NGLCC Authors Document for Davos LGBT Discussion
This week, some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, intellectuals, and journalists will come together in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the most pressing issues facing the planet at the annual World Economic Forum. This year, in addition to discussing global climate change, income inequality, and escalating regional violence, the participants at Davos will be focusing on the condition of the global LGBT community and exploring economic development as a means to LGBT equality.

During the Forum, Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice-Chair, Public Policy, at EY, is scheduled to lead a session on LGBT economic development. In the lead up to this discussion, representatives from EY, one of NGLCC’s Founding Corporate Partners asked NGLCC to prepare a document outlining the work of NGLCC Global and the current and future outcomes behind our global LGBT advocacy and its success. NGLCC is honored to be part of this discussion and looks forward to being even more involved in the 2017 World Economic Forum.

Check out our Davos document here. It is a fantastic intro to the work of NGLCC Global.
LGBTBE in the Spotlight: Diversity Fulfillment Services
“As corporate America becomes more inclusive, LGBTBE certification will allow you to differentiate your business from competitors” – Duane Thierry, Diversity Fulfillment Services

One year ago, Assembly Bill 1678 became law in the state of California. The law, which NGLCC helped enact, added LGBTBEs to the supplier diversity program for public utility companies throughout California. The passage of AB1678 prompted many LGBT business owners to get certified and has help connect entrepreneurs with major procurement contracts. Duane Thierry, founder of Diversity Fulfillment Services, shares his story of business success in the wake of AB1678.

Read more about Diversity Fulfillment Services and their success with certification at

Upcoming Chamber Training Institute: Charlotte, NC
The first Chamber Training Institute (CTI) of 2016 has been announced and it will take place in Charlotte, NC on January 28 and 29. This free, two-day workshop, sponsored by Wells Fargo and presented in association with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCC) and the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business, will focus on developing strategic relationships in a multicultural marketplace.

Register and learn more about the program at

Wells Fargo Commits $2 Million to LGBT, Other Veteran Business Owners
NGLCC Founding Corporate Partner Wells Fargo is committed to supporting our nation’s veterans, including LGBT veterans. Wells Fargo is dedicated to ensuring that veterans are able to complete postsecondary education programs and return to, and succeed in, a competitive job market.

If you are a veteran or know a veteran, visit to learn more about scholarship and grant opportunities.

Interested in Joining the National Legal Industry Council?
The NGLCC National Legal Industry Council (NLIC) provides a unique opportunity to interact with LGBT and allied members, the LGBT business community, and NGLCC corporate partners who value inclusive diversity measures in the legal profession.

Starting in 2016, NGLCC opened up the NLIC to all LGBTBEs and corporate partners in the legal field. We anticipate that these changes will make 2016 the most successful year yet in the recruitment and retention of LGBT legal talent, cultivation of new clients, and increased purchases that support LGBT legal businesses.

Follow this link to discover more about the NLIC.

Jonathan Lovitz joins host Alex Miranda and a panel of experts to discuss LGBT workplace discrimination and some steps NGLCC is taking to end it.

GayStar News: Meet the Man Who Will Change the Way You Care for Your Dog

DogTelligent, one of this year’s NGLCC LGBTBiz Pitch finalists and LGBTBE, is featured in this business news profile. Owner Patrick Perrine discusses some of the unique challenges faced by LGBT startups and the importance of LGBTBE certification.

MetroFocus: LGBT Group Fights For Business Equality In NYC 

Jonathan Lovitz discusses how NGLCC is leading the agenda for America’s 1.4 million LGBT business owners during MetroFocus on New York’s PBS/Thirteen WNET.
Give Progress a Push!
Join NGLCC at The Economist Events’ Pride and Prejudice event on March 3rd in New York, a global conference that explores the business case for LGBT diversity and inclusion.

You’ll hear from companies that have opted for inclusive strategies that encourage responsible leadership while improving their bottom lines. Join us with a 20% discount and connect with 200 industry leaders and policymakers who are shaping the emerging corporate movement addressing LGBT diversity and inclusion.

Speakers include:
– Arne Sorenson, Chief executive and president, Marriott International
– George Scangos, Chief executive, Biogen
– Margaret Hoover, President, American Unity Fund
– Randy Berry, Special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons, US State Department
– James R. Fitterling, Vice-chairman and chief operating officer, The Dow Chemical Company
– Kathleen Behrens, President, social responsibility and player programs, NBA

Save 20% on tickets with the code PPNGLCC 

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