Certification of your LGBT-owned business can offer significant value to your business by providing a dedicated market that recognizes your minority diversity status and seeks to purchase your products or services.
Major U.S. corporations as well as cities know that a diverse supplier commitment is not only good for society but also for their businesses and cities. Knowing that customers and employees are increasingly demanding inclusivity, these companies and governments are leading society to bring equality of opportunity to the marketplace through policies aimed at purchasing products and services from certified LGBT businesses.
Different certifying organizations exist for different diversity minority suppliers, but the exclusive certifier in the US is the NGLCC, which accomplishes its certification through its affiliates, like Hawaii Rainbow Chamber of Commerce.
Certification enhances visibility to corporations seeking to do business with LGBT-owned suppliers, and the database allows for supplier searches, one on one meetings at matchmaking events, and working with other suppliers to leverage certification. The LGBTBE program also provides mentorship and leadership training opportunities as well as other business development tools to help them prosper.
As a member of the Hawaii Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, your certification fees are waived as a benefit of membership. Contact us for more information.
Membership in the chamber allows for LGBTQ+ and allied businesses to be identified and supported by the community. Members are entitled to a wide variety of benefits no matter which level of membership is selected. We welcome businesses to become chamber sponsors of events, seminars and the organization at large so that we may have the most successful positive impact on our member businesses, employees, customers and general society.
The Hawaii Rainbow Chamber of Commerce offers a directory of LGBTQ+ and allies businesses, additional options to increase visibility in the chamber, awards for businesses, a newsletter, and other offerings. In cooperation with other organizations and individuals has educational events to build your business, access to professional services for advice, business builder networking events, and the ability to host and sponsor events and programs.
As an official affiliate member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), all Hawaii Rainbow Chamber of Commerce members have access to conferences, events, programs and certification by the NGLCC which increases the value of membership nationally and internationally. Each year over 1000 NGLCC members gather for the annual conference with an exciting lineup of speakers, workshops and events designed to engage, excite and build your business. We welcome an Aloha contingency en masse at the next conference!
Welcome to the Hawaii Rainbow Chamber of Commerce! We want to allow the widest participation possible by the community and offer a variety of memberships to suit individual and company needs. Please contact us to discuss what membership level would be most appropriate for you. Business and corporate sponsorships are also available--please contact us for details.
As a member of the Hawaii Rainbow Chamber, you have an opportunity for your business to apply to become an LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®), through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. By becoming a certified LGBTBE, business are able to build relationships with America's leading corporations & progressive cities and states, 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 LGBTQ+ owned businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Use of the NGLCC Certified Business logo on your marketing materials that identifies your business as a certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBEs®) to the NGLCC’s national network of affiliated LGBTQ+ Chambers and all corporate partners.
Supplier Diversity National recognition by America’s top corporations as a certified LGBT Business Enterprise. Automatic inclusion in the HIRCC and the NGLCC’s online searchable database of certified businesses which is accessible by LGBTCC and NGLCC Corporate Partners.
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Eligibility to attend and exhibit at the annual NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference as well as regional and local LGBTQ+ events, programming, certification and other offerings.