The LGBT Business Builder, the historic new partnership between the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is a powerful tool to strengthen the LGBT Business Community at both the local and national level. And it’s coming to the Central Library on Thursday, June 2nd!
Here are 5 ways the LGBT Business Builder can help grow your small business.
1. Information about LGBT Business Certification.
Members of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) will be on hand to help potential entrepreneurs certify as LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBE®), making the process that much easier. By becoming a certified LGBTBE, businesses are able to build relationships with America’s leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients, and collectively team with each other for contracting opportunities. As corporate America becomes more inclusive and further diversifies its supply chain, certification offers the opportunity for LGBT-owned businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors and access strategic growth opportunities.
2. Learn to Leverage your LGBTBE Certification.
Let’s face it, the goal of LGBTBE Certification is to grow your business! And that’s where the LGBT Business Builder comes in. By providing a forum for business opportunities, we can help entrepreneurs leverage their certification to secure lucrative procurement contracts.
3. Connecting you to SBA District Offices.
The U.S. Small Business Administration isn’t just located in Washington, D.C; check out your local Seattle District Office! For LGBT small business owners, it means convenient access to a dedicated team that knows the local economic and regulatory landscape and can help you grow your business.
4. Access to Capital.
Part of SBA’s mission is to provide access to capital for small businesses by offering a variety of loan programs for specific purposes — everything from loans for equipment modernization to short-term seasonal financing. See if you qualify to participate at https://www.sba.gov/loanprograms.
5. Participation in Small Business Development Centers.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs, with four centers in the Seattle area. These centers offer small business owners a variety of services, from free business consulting to low-cost business training. Hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA, SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace.