Orange County adopts policy to keep track of LGBTQ-certified businesses

By : Lora Korpar
Comments: 0
ABOVE: Orange County government at Come Out with Pride 2019. (from Orange County Government Facebook page)

ORLANDO | Orange County commissioners unanimously agreed to a policy last week that would require county staffers to create a database of LGBTQ-certified businesses.

These businesses must be at least 51% owned and operated by LGBTQ people and be certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce as an LGBT Business Enterprise.

Continue Reading >>

St. Petersburg adds LGBTQ-owned businesses to small business program

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
Comments: 0

ST. PETERSBURG | The City Council unanimously voted to recognize LGBTQ-owned businesses in St. Petersburg’s small business enterprise (SBE) program June 6.

The program certifies SBEs for contracting and procurement opportunities in construction, professional services, goods and supplies. Working in conjunction with The Greenhouse, the city’s facility for starting and growing local business, SBEs are provided business counseling, networking and specialized assistance with access to capital and credit for startups.

Continue Reading >>

St. Petersburg seeks to recognize LGBTQ-owned businesses

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
Comments: 0

ST. PETERSBURG | The City Council will vote on a resolution June 6 to recognize LGBTQ-owned businesses in the city’s small business enterprise (SBE) program to promote a more inclusive economy.

The effort was led by St. Petersburg City Councilmember Gina Driscoll, an advocate for smart development including affordable housing and the city’s reduction of single use plastics. If passed, the resolution will recognize businesses which are at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by LGBTQ individuals and monitor the usage of LGBTQ-owned businesses in St. Petersburg’s procurement of goods and services.

Continue Reading >>