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  • Promoting Equality!

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  • Portland Area Business Association

    PABA's mission is to serve our LGBT community and our allies by providing business and leadership development to expand economic opportunities for our membership.


  • MEMBERSHIP has its privileges...

    • Networking
    • Access to major corporate partners
    • Discounted access to PABA and NGLCC events
    • Membership Directory Listing 
    • Both Online (mobile & desktop) and in GAY PDX print & online editions
    • Promotional opportunities via member-to-member and Hot Deal discounts
    • Exclusive promotional offers and savings via member-to-member discounts
    • and more…

    PABA members also benefit from offers developed in partnership with the NGLCC, such as:

    • FREE LGBT-BE business certification
    • savings on shipping services
    • 20% off car rentals
    • savings on major luxury hotels
    • tuition discounts to leadership development workshops at UCLA Anderson

    Members, log in and then use the 'search' drop-down menu in the Member Portal Dashboard to view these exclusive Member-to-Member savings!


  • What: SHINE: A Celebration of Community & Resiliency
    When: Sunday, November 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Attire: Casual
    Parking: Public parking is available downtown though we encourage you to take public transit as The Nines is located within 1-2 blocks of the Pioneer Square N transit hub.

    ASL: ASL interpretation will be provided by Peter Norland and Dana Walls.  Please let the registration volunteers know if you need reserved seating when you arrive.
    Seating: Seating will be first come first serve.  If you are coming with a friend we advise that you arrive together.  Saving seats is also acceptable.
    First Annual Constellation Awards
    The Constellation Awards go to individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to the Q Center and our community at large.
     Featured Performer: Isaiah  Esquire
    We are thrilled to present performer Isaiah Esquire, who will be providing some entertainment during the brunch event. 
    This exciting entertainer has a unique performance style that is intensely emotive, athletic, and explosive. Esquire incorporates elements of dance,burlesque, drag, and contortion into his stage performance.
    Check out the Facebook Event Page for updates and menu options.


    Google Small Business Supplier Diversity

    NGLCC is excited to partner with Google to get the word out about their Small Business Supplier Diversity Program.

    LGBTBEs qualify if your business is 1) based in the U.S., 2) generates less than $15M in annual revenue, and 3) has 50 or fewer full-time employees. A little bit more about the program:

    Google's Small Business Supplier Diversity program is designed to connect more minority-, women-, veteran- and LGBT-owned small businesses to opportunities within Google, while offering access to tools and training to help them grow on the web. 


    Program participants will:

    • Be included in our supplier database: Googlers use our database to find suppliers for the goods and services they need.
    • Have access to the Accelerate with Google Academy: You may opt into our 12-week program to help your business grow online.
    • Get discounted Google Apps for Work: If you're a new Google Apps user, you'll receive a 25% discount on the Google Apps for Work productivity suite to help run your business more efficiently with Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar, and more.
    • Receive payments quickly: We know reliable payments are crucial for small businesses to thrive. If you're selected to work with us, we'll do our best to pay you within 15 days of invoice approval.

    Learn more and apply at google.com/supplierdiversity


    NGLCC Announces Melissa Etheridge as Conference Keynote

     | By Andy DiAntonio

    Music Legend Melissa Etheridge to Rock the 2016 NGLCC Conference

    NGLCC is thrilled to announce that legendary singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge will perform at the 2016 International Business & Leadership Conference.
    Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as "Bring Me Some Water," "No Souvenirs" and "Ain't It Heavy," for which she won a Grammy® in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, "I Want to Come Over." Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.
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  • NEWS

    Comprehensive coverage and analysis of Governor Charlie Baker's Executive Order extending state contracting programs to LGBT-owned businesses.  
    Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi weighs in on the political, business and social implications of Massachusetts' new Executive Order.
    NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson discusses the need for economic equality for the LGBT community and reiterates the importance of business visibility, all while looking back at the 12 months since Apple CEO Tim Cook came out.
    NGLCC's Jonathan Lovitz sits down with HuffPost Live Reporter to discuss the Massachusetts' Executive Order in a segment highlighting the latest breaking news. 
    Coverage of recent events in Massachusetts, including a call for more states to add LGBT-owned businesses to their supplier diversity programs. 


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