Resources for LGBTQ Business Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Allies

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In today's increasingly diverse workforce, members of the LGBTQ community hold more leadership positions than ever before and LGBTQ entrepreneurs play a vital role in driving innovation and economic growth. However, members of the LGBTQ community can face unique challenges on their journey to success. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources available to assist you. Whether you’re looking for legal advice, to become an LGBTQ certified business, or simply to network, there are many organizations available to help LGBTQ business professionals navigate challenges, protect your rights, and offer opportunities. In this post, we'll explore some local, regional, and national LGBTQ-focused business resources as well as some local LGBTQ-owned businesses to consider supporting in the Greater Philadelphia area.

LGBTQ-Focused Business Organizations

Independence Business Alliance (IBA)

IBA is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Philadelphia region. IBA provides opportunities, access, and resources to LGBTQ+ professionals and allies by promoting economic development, growth, diversity, and leadership in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties by enhancing financial opportunities, fostering diversity, developing leadership and collaboration, and advocating for positive change.

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Keystone Business Alliance (KBA)

KBA is an award-winning LGBT Chamber of Commerce, connecting businesses to regional and national opportunities and certification. Serving 8 South Central PA counties, KBA is a leading driver of economic development through inclusion in their service region as well as through their network statewide and nationally. KBA is committed to expanding the economic interests of LGBT and allied businesses through education, advocacy, and partnership with the local business community.

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Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

The MBDA Business Center in Philadelphia is committed to supporting minority-owned businesses, including those owned by members of the LGBT community. Through business consulting, access to capital, and networking opportunities, the MBDA helps LGBT entrepreneurs overcome obstacles and achieve success in the marketplace.

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Montgomery County LGBT Business Council

The mission of the Montgomery County LGBT Business Council is to create networking, social and business opportunities for LGBTQ+ business professionals and allies in Montgomery County through education, training, professional development, and policy advocacy.

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National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

NGLCC is the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBTQ people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBTQ-owned businesses. Certification provides opportunities for LGBT-owned businesses to participate in supplier diversity programs with major corporations and government agencies. Over 1/3 of Fortune 500 recognize this certification and partner with NGLCC to create fully LGBTQ-inclusive supply-chains.

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StartOut accelerates the growth of the LGBTQ+ community to drive its economic empowerment, building a world where every LGBTQ+ entrepreneur has equal access to lead, succeed, and shape the workforce of the future.

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National Pride Grant

The LGBTQIA+ National Pride Grant provides eligible small businesses the chance to receive one of 25 grant packages totaling $25,000. Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led businesses generating over $1 million dollars in revenues.

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The Chester County LGBT Equality Alliance

The Chester County LGBT Equality Alliance’s Business Networking Group offers a unique opportunity for LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals to connect, share experiences, exchange ideas, and collaborate on joint ventures.

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