NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce and TD Bank will hold breakfast for LGBTQ and minority-owned businesses
The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce will host a “Minority-Owned Small-Business Cross-Certification Panel” sponsored by TD Bank. The mission of the event is to educate minority small-business owners on the benefits of certification with professional organizations. The event will be held in partnership with representatives from: The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, NJ State Veterans Chambers of Commerce, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women’s Business Enterprise Council and Disability:IN.
Steven Garibell, Vice President of Business Development for the LGBTQ2+ Community at TD Bank will be facilitating the panel discussion. Each organization will discuss the benefits of becoming a certified minority-owned business. Such benefits include enhanced opportunities to establish contracts with Fortune 500 companies and special access to both federal and state government resources and lending.
“TD Bank has a long-standing commitment to our diverse small-business community,” said Garibell. “Our goal is to help business owners learn how to leverage their identities to build their brand, discover new ways to access contracts, and gain more opportunities to expand their businesses on a local, national, and international level.”
The NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and they offer LGBT-Business Enterprise Certification® as benefit of member business’. Certified LGBT-BEs are sought after by over 250 NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBTQ business community. Certified LGBT-BEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training.
LBGT Business owners generate over $1.7 trillion in economic impact said an NGLCC report. “LGBT-BEs create jobs and innovate business solutions nationwide,” says NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Stephen Blazejewski. “We actively seek to work with corporate partners like TD Bank to host educational events that are critical in ensuring professional success for our members.”
On November 14th, the Minority-Owned Business Cross-Certification Panel will take place at the Stony Hill Inn; 231 Polifly Road, Hackensack, NJ from 8 am to 10:30 am. There is no cost to attend and a hot breakfast will be served. Time will be built in for attendees to network with fellow business owners and professionals.
Interested attendees should register by going to The NJ LGBT Chamber website.