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Certification buzzwords 

Posted: August 4th, 2017 | #LGBTB2B, Columns, Featured | No Comments

By Michelle Burkart | #LGBTB2B  The world of supplier diversity procurement, or government contracting, is full of acronyms (i.e. abbreviations for titles, organizations, certifications) that I call “certification buzzwords.” In our first column, we provided a listing of the “organizational buzzwords” that named the agency players. Since every industry has its own “buzz speak,” I wanted to provide some of the ones you will hear as you begin to certify your business as LGBTBE.

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Let’s work it

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | #LGBTB2B, Columns, Featured | No Comments

By Michelle Burkart | #LGBTB2B

In my article last month (online at bit.ly/2tqHK9d), you were introduced to the opportunities that have grown in the area of LGBT business enterprise (LGBTBE) certification for supplier diversity contracting. You also met some of the players like the NGLCC, CPUC, and the SBDC that are working both nationally, statewide, and locally to help LGBT business owners decide, 1) if they want to become certified; 2) how to get certified, and 3) how to be successful ongoing.

The process of becoming certified can be a confusing one especially for the sole proprietor, or smaller business owner. However, the rewards can provide new avenues of revenue producing opportunities for business growth.

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Pop culture, politics and business

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | #LGBTB2B, Columns, Featured | 1 Comment

By Michelle Burkart | #LGBTB2B Welcome to our new monthly column, #LGBTB2B, embracing the world of LGBT business-to-business (B2B) opportunities through the LGBT business enterprise (LGBTBE) initiatives. And now that I have your attention, the full headline should be “Pop culture, politics and business: How LGBT equality, activism and opportunity have changed over the last 15 years of NGLCC.”

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