Thursday, March 5, 2015

Historic Partnership between NGLCC and the U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet visits NGLCC to mark event

Last Thursday, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) entered a historic and strategic partnership intended to strengthen and support the LGBT business community.

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and NGLCC co-founder and President Justin Nelson signed the agreement, dubbed the LGBT Business Builder, at NGLCC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Present to witness the signing were senior members of the SBA, including Deputy Associate Administrator Eugene Cornelius, Team NGLCC staff, certified LGBTBEs, leaders of local affiliate chambers, and members of the media.

The purpose of the LGBT Business Builder is to bring together the expertise and resources of both SBA district offices and NGLCC's 38 local affiliate chambers. Businesses will learn how to leverage LGBTBE certification and explore opportunities through SBA's suite of services around government contractingexporting, and other SBA initiatives.

LGBT Business Builder day-long training sessions will occur over the next 24 months for LGBT business owners in San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Other cities will be announced in the near future.

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