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SBDC: The SBDC mission is to grow the economic vitality of our community and our State, fostering job creation and retention, capital investments, and dynamic innovations that support an ever-improving quality of life for everyone in our community. This mission is accomplished by assisting local small businesses and entrepreneurs build a foundation for individual and company success through individual counseling, organized business education, and innovative special programs. In support of this mission, and the SDI initiative launched in Jan 2015, the SD/IV Regional SBDC Network has developed a program specific to the needs of the LGBTBE Biz Builder program to assist in the growth and development of LGBTBE certified businesses in this area.

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In partnership with the SDI Initiative, the San Diego/Imperial SBDC Regional Network supports the efforts of LGBTBE certification by:
1) Providing a Program Coordinator to provide outreach of services to the LGBT business community.
2) Providing a local San Diego business resource for LGBT businesses to obtain:

• Funding, and capital infusion resources
• No fee business consulting services,
• Trainings and workshops for general business growth
• Specialized training for LGBTBE certified businesses
• Networking for LGBTBE certified businesses

3) Providing contracting opportunities through SBDC supplier diversity network
4) Providing Statewide resource connections for LGBTBE certified businesses

For more information on the SD/IV SBDC network resources contact:
LGBTBE Biz Builder Program

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What is LGBT-Owned Business Enterprise Certification (LGBTBE)?

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI) offers businesses a tool to make connections and open doors with America's top corporations, several federal government agencies and other certified businesses. The SDI certifies Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender owned Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) and works to provide opportunities for LGBTBEs to gain exposure within government and corporate procurement processes either as a contractor or a subcontractor.

Certification Opportunities

The LGBTBE certification offers the following opportunities: ​

  • Registration in NGLCC's exclusive database that is searched by corporations and other LGBTBEs for their product and service needs
  • Meet face-to-face with potential clients and suppliers at NGLCC SDI matchmaking events
  • The NLGCC offers programs that help LGBTBEs leverage certification
  • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) LGBTBE certification provides registration in the CPUC centralized supplier database which is accessed by participating utilities throughout the state of California.CPUC certification is valid for three (3) years, and is no fee.



  • Must be 51% owned, managed, operated and controlled by an LGBT individual(s) who are either US citizens or lawful permanent residents
  • Must have its headquarters in the United States
  • Must have been a formed legal entity in the United States
  • Must exercise independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise

  • CPUC definition as defined in General Order 156: “LGBT-owned is a business at least 51% owned by a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person or persons; whose management and daily operations are controlled by one or more of those individuals. Certification is limited to United States citizens or legal aliens.”

  • Please note that businesses that are already certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) or the United States Business Leadership Network: Disability at Work (USBLN) are eligible for expedited certification.

  • Application Process


    • Complete the online application for LGBTBE certification
    • 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 and once deemed complete, 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 certificate
    CPUC PROCESS: ​If you are interested in certification and believe your company qualifies as a women, minority and/or LGBT-owned business, carefully read our General Information and Application on our website before submitting a complete, signed and notarized verification application with all required documents to the clearinghouse office. Reading the Supplier Clearinghouse “Questions and Answers” section will also be helpful. Please note: Our program does not accept applications directly. The clearinghouse also accepts women, minority and/or LGBT business certification from agencies with comparable verification criteria.

    If your current clearinghouse certification is expiring, submit a reverification application.

    Certification Fees

    The NGLCC application fee costs $400 to become certified.

    • If you are a member in good standing of an NGLCC chamber affiliate, this fee is waived with proof of membership. If you are a SBDC client, the fee is not waived, however you will receive FREE business consulting services and trainings to assist you in your application process. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) provides an LGBTBE application process that is FREE.