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What is the NGLCC Certification Program?

As a 3RBA member, our partnership with the NGLCC, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, gives you access to the many programs and benefits available through the NGLCC. One of the most important benefits of our partnership with the NGLCC is your ability to take advantage of the NGLCC Certification Program – the NGLCC is the exclusive, third-party certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBT individuals, and subsequently grants LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) designation to such businesses as part of its LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative.

Certification is a journey, not a destination! If you are already certified, continue this investment in your business to creates new avenues of access. Certification is the critical first step in the path of strategic marketing, relationship building, and engagement with corporations. These quick tips will help you get started with making the most of your certification and maximizing your chances of winning a corporate contract.

 Where are you in your journey?

  • Register with our corporate partners. Internal supplier management tools are the first place purchasing managers look.
  • Research our corporate partners. Make sure they actually purchase your product or service.
  • Identify how you fit in with a corporate partner.
  • Bring value to the corporate partner. Offer a quality product at a competitive price.
  • Attend matchmaking events. There is nothing better than a face-to-face meeting.
  • Keep your supplier profile up-to-date.
  • Leverage your certification benefits!

Getting Re-Certified

The NGLCC mandates certified LGBT Business Enterprises must recertify the business every year. The Supplier Diversity Initiative team advises a business to complete the following process at least two months prior to the expiration date in order to ensure the required files are received and processed in time for a National Certification Committee meeting.

Please complete the Recertification Application as thoroughly as possible, as this information is updated in our database, which is viewed by our corporate partners looking to do business with the LGBTBE community.

  • Proof of NGLCC LGBT affiliate chamber membership: The NGLCC waives the processing fee of the application provided that the applicant include proof of current membership; an e-mail receipt is acceptable.
  • Recent IRS Tax Returns: Schedule K-1s or Cs are accepted by the committee. Applicants may redact proprietary information if desired, so long as there remains ample evidence that the company is still financially & majority controlled by the LGBT owner.
  • Site Visit: every third year, a business must host a customary and routine site visit.

  • If the fundamental business structure of the company has changed, applicants are advised to submit documentation to reflect the change, in order to maintain that the business is still majority owned, operated, controlled, governed, and managed by LGBT individuals.

Why get Certified?

By becoming a certified LGBTBE, through the NGLCC in partnership with the 3RBA, your business will/can:
  • Be sought after by NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with LGBT businesses.
  • Build strategic relationships with IBA partners and members, corporate representatives, and supplier diversity professionals.
  • Team with other LGBTBEs for exclusive contracting opportunities nationally and locally.
  • Become eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools.
  • Access 3RBA and NGLCC corporate matchmaking and networking events throughout the year.

Who can get Certified?

Your business can get certified if it meets the following criteria:
  • Majority (at least 51%) owned, operated, managed, and controlled by an LGBT person or persons who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
  • Exercises independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise.
  • Has its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States.
  • Has been formed as a legal entity in the United States.

How do I become Certified?

To obtain LGBTBE Certification the following overview/information are what you need to know to initiate and complete the Certification process.
  1. Review the list of required documentation necessary to begin the certification process.
  2. Ensure your 3RBA Membership is in good standing to receive membership benefit waiving the full certification fee (a $500 value at no cost to you!).
  3. Contact NGLCC directly if your business is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) or the United States Business Leadership Network: Disability at Work (USBLN) – certification with these organizations makes your business eligible for expedited LGBTBE certification.
  4. Complete the Online Application.
  5. Send required supporting documentation to the NGLCC.
  6. Undergo a mandatory site visit by a certified professional.
  7. Await application review by the NGLCC Certification Committee.
  8. Receive your welcome packet and celebrate!

For questions, check out the Frequently Asked Questions on the NGLCC website, review this pamphlet, or contact the NGLCC certification team directly at (202) 234-9181.

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Three Rivers Business Alliance
1735 E. Carson St. #403

Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1705

NGLCC Affiliate Chamber


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