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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!



    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
  • In Case You Missed it: Huge Victory in Massachusetts
    In case you missed the news, last week NGLCC was proud to announce that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, under the leadership of Governor Charlie Baker, became the first state in the nation to issue an executive order including certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) in state contracting and procurement opportunities alongside women and minority owned businesses. 
    For LGBT citizens in Massachusetts, this policy will provide fair and equal access to business contracting opportunities that cultivate innovation, create jobs, and drive economic growth throughout the Commonwealth. Moreover, NGLCC will work to ensure that Massachusetts acts as a model for other states and the federal government.
    For the announcement, NGLCC leadership including Co-Founders Chance Mitchell and Justin Nelson and Senior VP Sam McClure were present at the State House in Boston to witness this historic event. Justin Nelson's speech can be viewed here.
    Executive Director of Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Recognized by Hispanic Executive Magazine
    Gerardo Rodriguez, the Executive Director of the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was recently named one of the Top 10 Hispanic Leaders by Hispanic Executive Magazine. In his interview he discusses the importance of empowering the LGBT business community, his role as an LGBT ally, and how intersectionality enables multiple communities to move forward at the same time. Read the full interview in Hispanic Executive Magazine.
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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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