lgbtbe certification information

LGBT Business Enterprises Certification

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.

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LGBTBE Qualifications

Must be majority (51%) owned, managed, operated and controlled by an LGBT individual(s) who are either US citizens or lawful permanent citizens

Must have its principal place in the United States

Must be formed as a legal entity in the United States

Must exercise independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise

Application Process

Complete the online application for LGBTBE Cerficiation.

Submit the printed and signed online application with the required supporting documents in accordance with the NGLCC SDI Standards and Procedures.

The NGLCC's SDI staff will review your application and contact you for more information. Once deemed complete, the NGLCC will contact the trained site visitor in your area.

Host the NGLCC site visitor.

Site visitor submits recommendations to the NGLCC.

The National Certification Committee reviews and makes the final decision on your application.

Once approved, the NGLCC will contact you and send you the certification.

Register with Metro

All suppliers must register online to do business with Metro

Your user name is your email address

Have all necessary information at hand to register (Tax ID number, etc.)

Select the appropriate products and services codes

Indicate your Business Classification

Complete all required fields

Use magnifying glass search option when available

Contact for assistance

Cost of Certification

The application for certification costs $400, but that fee is waived for members of the NLGBTCC. Find more information about the Nashville LGBT Chamber and join today!

Corporate Partners

These Corporate Partners are committed to creating a diverse supply chain that is inclusive of LGBT businesses and have targets for spend with diverse business enterprises.


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.



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