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  • March 29, 2015 4:46 PM | Anonymous


       Business Enterprise Members– $350 (up from $150)

    • For-profit business/organizations up to 50 employees

    • Includes 5 individual memberships for members of your team

    • Fee waiver on LGBTBE application for certification with the NGLCC and recertification fee waiver

    • All other Business Level Membership Privileges, including Membership Directory Listing for your


    • Preferred sponsorship offerings give you the opportunity to layer on additional advertising and event-

      specific sponsorships as desired

      Small Business Members– $200 (new category)

    • For-profit business/organizations up to 50 employees

    • Includes 3 individual memberships for members of your team (no fee waiver)

    • All other Membership Privileges currently attached to business-level membership, including one

      membership Directory Listing for the business

    • Preferred sponsorship offerings give you the opportunity to layer on additional advertising and event-

      specific sponsorships as desired 

      Non-profit Members – $200 (new category)

    • For not-for-profit business/organizations

    • Includes 5 individual memberships for members of your team (no fee waiver)

    • One membership Directory Listing for the non-profit

    • Subject to MOU for cross-promotion.

      Individual Membership – $85 (up from $75)

    • Directory listing

    • Standard membership perks (as before)

    • No LGBTBE fee waiver.

      Student Membership – $25 (new category)

    • For full-time undergraduate and graduate students

    • The same as individual membership, but it does not include a directory listing.

      * Promotional rates are valid until April 1st, 2016 on a first-come first-served basis. Legacy membership classes will be available until April 1st, 2015. 

  • February 28, 2015 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    As you probably know, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider marriage equality this term and this will have major implications for the business community. By June, it will likely decide definitively whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry, and whether states must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who wed elsewhere.

    Background: In 2013 the NGLCC and 300 other business organizations and Fortune 500 corporations were amici on the Supreme Court case of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 that detailed burdens on employers due to inconsistencies in marriage. We anticipate that the business community will make an even stronger showing in this case and Richmond Business Alliance is very proud to partner with the NGLCC again.

    As such, a broad coalition of Fortune 500 companies, business organizations, and other employers will be filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court, setting out the business case for marriage equality. In particular, the brief will explain to the Supreme Court how employers are burdened by the inability of certain employees to marry the spouse of their choice, and by the current patchwork of state laws applicable to same-sex marriage. Those burdens include:

    • Recruiting/retention challenges in those jurisdictions that do not have marriage equality;
    • Corporate administrative and financial burdens;
    • Lack of certainty and business uniformity; and
    • Requiring employers and HR departments to implement government-mandated
    regulations that undermine the corporate mission

    Attached for your review and consideration is the most current draft of the brief, and a summary of the cases can be found here. While the draft will undoubtedly change somewhat between now and filing, the main arguments and topics are included. We very much hope that our local chamber members that are employers will agree to participate in this important brief.

    We encourage each applicable business to take action immediately by contacting the attorneys at Morgan Lewis before March 2nd. There is a simple intake process, please take action today!
    Jawad Muaddi, and Sara Carian,

  • January 30, 2015 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    For further information: Bary Hausrath, 804 482-1649
    Michael Boykin, 804 833-7184

    Two anti-LGBT bills before the Virginia General Assembly were tabled in sub-committee yesterday. Both bills would have been detrimental to Virginia business, according to the leader of a local small business organization.

    “Both bills represented a real threat to LGBT, and LGBT-friendly, business interests,” said Bary Hausrath, president of the Richmond Business Alliance (“RBA”).

    HB1414 would have added a so-called conscience clause to all licenses, registrations, and certificates issued by the state to allow discrimination against LGBT people or people who are perceived to be LGBT. For example, an emergency room doctor who refused to treat a patient they believe is gay could keep his or her license to practice medicine even if the patient died as a result of the doctor’s decision.

    HB1409 would have prevented new public contracts from containing non-discrimination provisions more expansive than those required by existing state statutes. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s first executive order was to expand non-discrimination policy for state government to include sexual orientation and gender identity. That executive order directed annual reviews of the procurement process to ensure. HB1409 would have prevented this process from resulting in additional non-discrimination provisions in public contracts.

    “Both of these bills would have sent the wrong message to LGBT consumers, LBGT-owned businesses, and the many Virginia businesses that appreciate their LGBT employees or sell to LGBT consumers,” Hausrath added.

    “While progress on pro-LGBT legislation has been slow, we sincerely thank our members and allies who spoke out against these bills. as well as the delegates’ decision not to turn back the clock on recent gains for LGBT equality,” Hausrath said. “That’s good for Virginia business, now and in the future.”

    The Richmond Business Alliance is the local affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Both organizations work to encourage businesses large and small to engage in practices that treat all people equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, promote diversity in the workplace. The two organizations recently hosted a roadshow at Capital One to highlight the LGBTBE designation, which is available only to LGBT-owned and operated businesses. Approximately one-third of the Fortune 500 recognizes the LGBTBE designation in procurement decisions as part of supplier diversity initiatives.


    For further information, contact:
    Michael L. Boykin, Communications Coordinator, 804 833 7184
    Bary Hausrath, President, Richmond Business Alliance, 804 482 1649


    Founded in 2002, the NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interest of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. The NGLCC is committed to forming a broad-based coalition of LGBT owned and friendly businesses, professionals, and major corporations for the purpose of promoting economic growth and the prosperity of our members.

    Richmond Business Alliance

    The Richmond Business Alliance is the local affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and supports businesses and professionals affirming to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  The RBA brings together individuals and organizations from across various sectors of the business community to experience unique commercial, educational, networking, and social programming opportunities that increase visibility and promote economic success.

  • January 13, 2015 5:25 PM | Anonymous

    It was wonderful to meet you last week at the NGLCC Roadshow reception!

    As we discussed, Capital One actively seeks and welcomes the opportunity to work with Diverse Suppliers that meet our certification requirements. We accept the following certifications:

    · National Minority Supplier Diversity Council- NMSDC
    · Women Business Enterprise National Council- WBENC
    · National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce - NGLCC
    · US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce- USPAACC
    · City of Baltimore
    · Virginia Minority Supplier Diversity Council (affiliate to NMSDC)
    · National Women's Business Owners Corporation- NWBO
    · MDOT - Maryland Department of Transportation

    If you are currently certified (or once you have) please follow the directions below to register on our portal so that we can to secure additional information and connect you to potential opportunities at Capital One.

    Please contact if you have any questions or need additional information on Supplier Diversity at Capital One.

    How To Register with Capital One’s Supplier Diversity Team
    Additional information needed (along with your Certification):

    • E-capabilities statement (1-2 pages) including:
    • 2013 Revenue
    • Number of Employees
    • Fortune 500 Companies your company has worked with, including any Top 10 Financial Institutions
    • Footprint - Regional (and if so, where?), National, or International
    • Diverse Supplier certification(s)

    Please also take some time to complete or update your supplier registration. To properly identify your company and complete the registration process, please perform the following steps:

    • Click on the following link to register: Supplier Link
    • Click on "Start Now" (located at the bottom of the screen, under "Welcome! Supplier")
    • Enter information on self-registration page PLEASE NOTE:
    • Company Name must be full legal entity name
    • All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required
    • Click Submit

    Upon completion of registration, you will receive an automated response confirming your information has been received. On subsequent visits to this page or to edit any information initially provided, you will be able to log in with your User Name (email address) and password.

    Once you have completed this process, you will be registered in our supplier database. When there is an opportunity available for your services, our sourcing specialists will obtain your information from the database.

    If you encounter any problems, please email:

    Thank you,
    The Supplier Diversity Team

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