Become Certified

Become Certified as an LGBT Business

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.

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. 


Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBT business community through our internal, proprietary database. In turn, LGBTBEs have access to over 160 contacts with corporate representatives and supplier diversity professionals to begin building strategic relationships and making preparations to meet face-to-face with them at NGLCC matchmaking and networking events, which are held across the country throughout the year. Certified LGBTBEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools following one year.

Are you a trans or gender non-binary business owner looking to get certified? Click on here to learn about NGLCC’s Trans+ Inclusion Task Force and access additional resources for our trans and non-binary community members looking to get certified. Contact with any questions or to be connected with the NGLCC trans and non-binary business community. 

Does your business meet the following criteria?

  • A 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


In order for applicant businesses to be certified, all applicable documentation must be supplied in full accordance with NGLCC SDI Standards and Procedures or an applicant business may be denied approval for certification. Please consult the document, which describes the criteria for certification and the application process.


Maximize your business opportunities by joining our NGLCC affiliate chamber. As a member, you can network with local LGBT and allied business owners, have access to local programming and events, and can take advantage of local business opportunities.


By joining our local affiliate chamber, your organization will not only leverage local membership benefits but also to take advantage of complementary national certification.

Get Certified! Build relationships with America’s leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients, and collectively team with others for contracting opportunities.