The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch an LGBT economic empowerment tour for communities of color. Many Faces. One Dream. seeks to bring focus on the communities’ economic power, innovation and creativity in the small business sphere. The tour will occur in 13 major cities throughout the country that have a significant LGBT presence in communities of color, including Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Newark, Oakland/San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
Participants in the program can select one of two tracks. One track will provide training on the key elements of a business plan, loans, marketing and SBA’s program and services. The second will offer information for LGBT firms currently in business seeking expansion.
In each city, “Many Faces. One Dream.” will host a business marketplace featuring financial services, certification agents and access to resources geared for growth. The marketplace includes opportunities to exchange business-to-business products and services information, SBA and SCORE one-on-one counseling for entrepreneurs and small businesses and the opportunity to learn about various certifications available, along with how to do business with the local, state and federal government.
For corporate attendees, the venue is an opportunity to further cultivate supplier databases and demonstrate their commitment to developing LGBT communities of color.