National Security Advisory Rice Announced Agreement at White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights
In a historic move, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced a nearly $4 million partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to encourage and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business owners and entrepreneurs in developing countries.
- Help create a self-sustaining LGBT Chamber of Commerce in each country. NGLCC will start by identifying a core group of LGBT businesses and corporate sponsors willing to put their own time into establishing the organization. It will then equip them with numerous NGLCC tools and templates to build a critical mass of members, including a Chamber Outreach Campaign Toolkit, a country-specific outreach video and NGLCC's "Connect" e-newsletter.
- Develop and implement an international LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative and link it to NGLCC's current LGBT Supplier and Corporate Partner Database. The registration process will be online, simple, quick and free to encourage participation from a community that faces significant societal, logistic, financial and systemic barriers.
- Provide numerous live capacity-building, partnering and business-development trainings. For each country, NGLCC will first conduct an in-country needs analysis of LGBT small and medium business enterprises and the broader business community. Following these steps, it will co-plan and deliver an LGBT Summit of the Americas where LGBT business owners can build relationships with multinational corporations, small-business associations, diversity-based non-government organizations (NGOs), travel/tourism boards, government small-business/export programs and key U.S. agencies.
- In subsequent years, NGLCC will create a Chamber launch event and training, covering board-building, corporate partnering, and member recruitment and education. It will also create a training session that will include a board retreat providing organizational development training to board members and business development programming to LGBT enterprises specific to that country, based on the needs analysis and member input.
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