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Business Assistance for LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs

Despite facing numerous challenges and discrimination, the LGBTQ+ business community contributes an estimated $1.7 trillion to the nation's economic output each year, creating thousands of new jobs.   SCORE supports all entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. Tools to support small business owners include 24/7 expert mentoring, resilience training and on-demand educational resources. Visit SCORE.org to learn more.

The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce advances the business interests of LGBTQ+ and allied professionals in the tri-state area. We promote the economic growth and development of our members by providing LGBT Business Enterprise certification, networking opportunities, and a range of other business and professional development resources.

Certification in New Jersey is now available. By obtaining a certification, you may be eligible to participate in select set-aside or goal-based contracting initiatives offered by State agencies. Additionally, certification provides state-backed documentation of your business status, which can be beneficial in pursuing contracting opportunities at the local and federal level, as well as with the private sector. Because the NJ Division of Treasury is committed to broadening opportunities for Small, Minority, Women, Veteran,  Disabled Veteran and LGBTQ+ Owned Business Enterprises,  the $100 fee normally required to apply for certification has been waived indefinitely.  Learn more.

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce gives a voice to LGBTQ+ businesses and provides national certification.

The Small Business Administration is proud to support the LGBTQ+ business community. Find information here.

The U.S.Chamber of Commerce provides links to business directories, networking and advocacy groups, and options for funding. 

Learn about networking opportunities  for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and professionals.

Click here to learn how to support LGBTQ+ businesses.