Visibility and Recognition
LGBTBE® certification provides visibility and recognition for queer businesses. For ally businesses, it allows them to proudly display their certification logo, indicating their commitment to diversity and inclusion. This visibility can help attract customers, clients, and partners who actively support LGBTQ+ rights and are seeking to engage with diverse suppliers.
Access to Business Opportunities
Many corporations and government agencies have supplier diversity programs that prioritize working with diverse businesses, including LGBTBE®-certified businesses. By becoming certified, queer businesses can access these opportunities, gaining access to a broader range of potential clients and contracts. Certification can open doors to new markets and help expand the business's customer base.
Networking and Mentorship
The queer community wouldn’t be where it is today without the work of queer elders who came before to pioneer the way for queer businesses to be recognized. Networking, mentorship, and community are vital for LGBTQ+-owned businesses to survive and thrive in this economic and political climate.
Certification often provides access to networking events, conferences, and mentorship programs specifically tailored for LGBTQ+ business owners. These platforms offer opportunities to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs, share experiences, and learn from industry experts. Building relationships within the LGBTQ+ business community can lead to valuable partnerships and collaborations in the future.
Business Development Resources
LGBTBE® certification typically comes with access to business development resources, such as training programs, educational workshops, and online resources. These resources can help queer businesses enhance their skills in areas like marketing, financial management, procurement, and supplier diversity practices. Additionally, certified businesses may receive assistance in navigating the certification process and identifying growth opportunities.
Social Impact and Advocacy
The stronger the LGBTQ+ business community becomes, the harder it is to ignore. By becoming an LGBTBE®, businesses can contribute to social impact and advocacy efforts that seek to strengthen the queer community.
For allies, certification demonstrates a commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion in the business community. Through their participation, LGBTBEs help promote the economic empowerment of LGBTQ+ individuals and contribute to the broader goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive business landscape.