Thursday, June 28, 2012

NGLCC Seeks Help in Fresno

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is seeking help in the Fresno area. For the first time, the NGLCC will be working in the Fresno area. They are seeking people interested in being site inspectors for LGBT and LGBT Friendly businesses in the Fresno area which could be included in their guide.

Please read below for all the details...

About the NGLCC
As the business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business owners, corporations, and government, the NGLCC represents the interests of more than an estimated 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. We are committed to forming a broad-based coalition of LGBT-owned and -friendly businesses, government representatives, and major corporations for the purpose of promoting economic growth and the prosperity of the LGBT community.

We have four arms: Supplier Diversity, Corporate Relations, Affiliate Relations, and Government Advocacy.

Our Supplier Diversity department works with small, LGBT-owned business to get them certified as businesses who are 51% or more owned, operated, and controlled by LGBT person(s).

Why? Our Corporate Partners have committed to buying back from the LGBT small business community and honor LGBT as a designation when they use them as suppliers in daily operations and purchasing. We are the exclusive organization that grants LGBT certification; we follow similar procedures from our partner organizations, such as the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Women Business Enterprise National Council, U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the National Black Justice Coalition. Together, we identify eligible small businesses so that they may do business with a Corporate America that is inclusive of minority groups.

Call for Site Visitors
As part of the NGLCC’s certification program, the Site Visit is crucial for two reasons: (1.) site visits provide face-to-face contact with our organization, and (2.) site visits corroborate the documents that LGBT owners submit to our headquarters to prove their business is LGBT-owned. This process is rigorous, which is why we need site visitors.

Site visitors tour the LGBT-owner’s site, or business facilities, and conduct an interview of the owners. The whole process takes less than an hour, and as a token of our appreciation, the NGLCC reimburses all travel-related costs, such as mileage, public transport, tolls, and parking.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering as a site visitor, please have them reach me at the number below or this e-mail address. We ask all site visitors to sign a non-disclosure agreement, and undergo a brief, 15-minute, over-the-phone training that discusses the documents we utilize. I’ve attached those documents for any interested folks to peruse

The Fresno Connection
We have our first applicant ever in the Fresno area. This is exciting because this applicant has shown boldness in identifying herself as an LGBT business owner. We expect that she will be an inspiration to others, so we need your help. We hope to increase awareness and presence of LGBT business owners especially in areas that are unexpected.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In sum, we thank you—it’s precisely folks like you that help expand our community and bring it to new heights. I look forward to building a strong alliance and perhaps someday breaking ground on the Fresno Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Best always,
Marcus Markle
Fellow, Supplier Diversity Initiative
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce® (NGLCC) |

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