Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chamber’s Influence Crosses State Lines

Chamber’s Influence Crosses State Lines

Due to popular demand, Webinar Wednesday, NGLCCNY’s lunch-n-learn training seminar designed for certified business owners, is expanding its audience to all National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce affiliates in the Northeastern United States.

During a teleconference of regional chamber leaders on June 18, Jenn Tracz, Executive Director of The Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities and Chair of the NGLCC Council of Chambers and Business Organizations (CCBO) Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions, initiated the request that NGLCCNY open up its registration to the affiliates. This was immediately backed by the NE regional affiliate chamber representatives. The NE CCBO facilitates communication and collaboration among leaders of thirteen LGBT chambers and business organizations in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.

“We were delighted to respond ‘yes,’ and share this valuable, results-producing program with other NGLCC-affiliated trade organizations,” said David Ricciardi, NGLCCNY Supplier Diversity Chair and President of Proximo Consulting Services. “It’s a great opportunity to increase the performance level for member businesses and particularly for the Certified Suppliers.”

The current topics for Webinar Wednesday are designed to prepare Certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) to meet corporate procurement officers at the NGLCC National Leadership & Business Conference in Chicago this August. To date, NGLCC has certified 137 LGBTBEs in the Northeastern United States. 70 of those businesses are based right here in New York and northern New Jersey. Certification proves a business is 51 percent or more LGBT-owned and operated and therefore qualified to compete for valuable contracts with corporations interested in doing business with diverse suppliers.

“Our Chamber is blessed with a pool of talented leaders whose efforts are now reaching beyond our own borders,” said NGLCCNY President Richard Oceguera. “Making an impact on the LGBT business community at large is precisely what we aim to do at NGLCCNY.”

The next Webinar Wednesday is on July 10 at noon. John Borgese of Neil Cerbone & Associates, a leader in corporate training and development and the 2011 NGLCC Supplier of the Year, will present “Navigating the Business Relationship Triad,” a guide to developing relationships with Line of Business heads, Supplier Diversity Managers and Procurement Professionals. Together these three groups are the gatekeepers for supplier contracts.

Register for Webinar Wednesday by visiting For information about becoming a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise contact

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