LGBTQ-Owned Businesses

Supporting LGBTQ-Owned Businesses

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We are committed to elevating the success of LGBTQ-owned businesses. Below is a curated list of  funding, programs, and resources offered by various organizations who support LGBTQ-owned businesses. If you have any resources that should be added to this list, please reach out to 

Funding Opportunities

Name Type Description
Backstage Capital Investor We invest in overlooked and underestimated startups led by women, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+ founders in all industries. We invest in scalable, venture-backable startups whose founders live and breathe their product or service. We look for founders that are destined to be doing what they’re doing. This can be in a variety of industries or business models.
Gaingels Investor Gaingels is an LGBTQIA+/Allies private investment syndicate, and one of the largest and most active private investors dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion within the venture capital ecosystem.

Business Expertise

Name Type Description
Affinity Magazine Media Organization Affinity Inc is a quarterly print and digital publication focused exclusively on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business community, as well as America’s top organizations with a commitment to LGBTQ equality. As a member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce® and Federal Club Level contributor to the Human Rights Campaign®, we promote and support LGBTQ Business Equality.Affinity Inc is your only national source for comprehensive LGBTQ Business Equality news.
Lesbian Business Community Media Organization The LBC is a lesbian-owned and LGBT-friendly business directory andresource to our community’s businesses and those who want to support LGBTQ owned and operated businesses. Business can build their visibility and brand and consumers can find businesses that align with their values.
Lesbians Who Tech Support Organization Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Is A Community Of LGBTQ Women, Non-binary And Trans Individuals In And Around Tech (And The People Who Support Them).
LGBTQ Inclusion Hub for Small Businesses Resource Page Developed through the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Incorporating Inclusion initiative, the LGBT Inclusion Hub for Small Businesses provides tools, resources, and best practices on LGBT inclusion in the workplace, as well as one-on-one expert assistance on how to foster LGBT-inclusive programs and policies.
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Support Organization The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses.
OutProfessionals Support Organization Out Professionals is the leading nonprofit networking organization for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) professionals in the USA. Our organization and events are open to both established and aspiring professionals as well as supportive community allies.
Reaching Out MBA Support Organization Reaching Out MBA's mission is to increase the influence of the LGBT+ community in business by educating, inspiring, and connecting MBA students and alumni.
StartOut Support Organization Almost every LGBTQ+ entrepreneur has encountered unequal access to key resources needed to advance their business. Since 2009, StartOut has been the champion for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, promoted the successes of our community, and researched the economic impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.
The Gay Pages Media Organization Gay Pages has been connecting LGBTQ community members with gay-friendly companies since 2005.
Tools and resources for LGBTQ-friendly businesses (Google) Resource Page Resource page with tools and resources to help LGBTQ-friendly businesses succeed.