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POSTPONED: Business Builder Series: LGBTBE® Certification 101

1717 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027 United States
Amegy Bank of Texas
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (12:00 PM - 1:30 PM) (CDT)


General Admission: $20 in advance; $30 at the door

Members: This program is complimentary to Chamber Members.

Members: Be sure to log in to get the Members Only rate.

Lunch will be provided. 

Event Details

Due to concerns related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and large social gatherings, the Business Builder Series: LGBTBE® Certification 101 has been postponed. We will update you on a new date in the near future.

At this time, we have canceled all events through April 30, 2020. All future events will be reviewed and adjusted accordingly as more updates and information become available. We will notify you of any changes via email and social media as we work through this challenging time together.

We are working on webinar options to keep our members connected during this difficult time. Please check back and keep an eye out for updates via email and social media.

The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber remains dedicated to you, our members, and our mission of supporting the LGBTQ & Allied Business Community. The best interests of you, your families, your employees, and your customers are our primary consideration at this time. A healthy community is essential to a healthy economy, and we will continue to provide resources for you to closely monitor this situation.


LGBTBE® Certification 101

Is your business 51% or more LGBT-owned? If so, you don't want to miss this workshop to learn more about how to become an LGBT certified business entity (LGBTBE®). The LGBTBE® certification gives LGBT business owners a host of opportunities to enhance your visibility with corporations seeking to do business with LGBT suppliers. The LGBTBE® certification allows business owners access to contracting opportunities with many Fortune 500 companies and can help you expand the scope of your business through supplier diversity.

In this workshop, participants will learn more about the LGBTBE® certification and how to get certified from our keynote speaker, Sabrina Gill Kent, Senior Vice President, with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The NGLCC is the official certifying body for the LGBTBE® certification.

Participants will hear from a panel of experts from Chevron, Shell, NGLCC and an LGBTBE certified business owner about how to utilize the LGBTBE® certification including:

  • What are the business opportunities with the LGBTBE® certification?
  • What is the role of a prime contractor versus a subcontractor?
  • How can you do business with Chevron, Shell and other companies that recognize the LGBTBE® certification?  Where do you start?
  • How do businesses integrate the LGBTBE® certification into their overall business development strategy?

Plus, learn more about the upcoming NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas and how LGBTBE® certified businesses can participate in matchmaking and other opportunities at the conference.


Alex Gallardo - Category Manager - Freight & Land Transportation, Chevron

Brian Hall
- Manager, Supplier Diversity & Advocacy, Small Business Liaison Officer, Shell Oil Company

Sabrina Gill Kent - Senior Vice President, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Lianne Lami - CEO, Bocci Engineering and LGBTBE Certified Business Owner

Moderator: Tammi Wallace - Co-Founder & Board Chair, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber

Thank you to our panelists for your participation and to our corporate partners, Chevron and Shell and the NGLCC for your partnership. 

Thank you to our corporate partner, Amegy Bank, for hosting this educational workshop as part of our Inaugural Chamber Educational Series.

Not LGBTBE certified?  Do you want to participate in future opportunities through the LGBTBE® Roundtable Program?  Is your business 51% or more LGBT-owned?  Click here to learn more about how you can apply for the LGBTBE® certification through the NGLCC and how to waive your certification fee.

If you are a member of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber, your LGBTBE® certification fee is waived!  Learn more about becoming a member of the Chamber to take advantage of this benefit and more including some of the best LGBTQ & Allied business networking in the city, plus participation in the LGBTBE® Roundtable Program for LGBTBE certified businesses.


Additional Information
Contact Organization:
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce
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