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From the White House to BlueDot Strategies

BY BRENDA MATAMOROS-BEVERIDGE Lars Anderson founded BlueDot Strategies on the hope of helping organizations tell their unique stories through a hands-on approach and personalized attention to issues. Before launching his own company though, he took his talents to the most dangerous corners on our planet, saw some of the most devastating destruction by Mother Nature
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Q&A With PFLAG Interim Director Elizabeth Kohm

Beth Kohm, Interim Executive Director PFLAG National is the nation’s largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ). We sat down with the Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm for an insider’s view on the organization and it’s efforts, what she would say to the leaders
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By |March 14th, 2017|Education, Equality News, Featured Posts, Government|0 Comments

DeVere Kutscher has seen the world and now his world is at home

DeVere Kutscher with Hillary Clinton Born in Israel, Kutscher moved to Long Island, New York as a kid but his trans-Atlantic travels didn’t stop there. “I’m kind of a nomad so the fact that I’ve lived in D.C. for 13 years is a miracle,” Kutscher said. “I was in New York for 4
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Massachusetts becomes first state to include LGBTBEs in supplier diversity initiative

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker In November, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to issue an executive order including certified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business enterprises in contracting and procurement opportunities alongside women- and minority-owned businesses. For LGBT citizens in Massachusetts, this policy provides fair and
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By |December 31st, 2015|Government, Public Sector|0 Comments

SBA’s Inclusionary Efforts – Open to “All” Entrepreneurs

By Melissa Lowery   When President Obama charged the federal government with establishing a coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce in 2011, the U.S. Small Business Administration responded with action and practical application. Under the leadership of Eugene Cornelius Jr., deputy associate administrator for field operations, the SBA developed
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By |November 25th, 2015|Feature Story, Government, Public Sector|0 Comments

Q & A Commissioner of the California Department of Insurance touts diversity

When Dave Jones was elected as Commissioner of the California Department of Insurance in 2011, he brought with him a history of advocacy and a commitment to equality. He began his career as a legal aid attorney with Legal Services of Northern California from 1988 to 1995, providing free legal assistance to low-income, disadvantaged and
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By |November 9th, 2015|Government, Public Sector|0 Comments

City Spotlight  – Many Faces. One Dream.   program lands in Columbus 

Understanding that a city with a high number of LGBT individuals might need a specialized business development program, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Black Justice Coalition took its Many Faces. One Dream. program to the city of Columbus, Ohio, in September. MFOD is an economic empowerment tour for LGBT communities of color.
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By |November 9th, 2015|Featured Posts, Government, Public Sector|0 Comments

HRC hails historic EEOC ruling on employment discrimination

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, praised the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for its July 16 ruling affirming that it considers employment discrimination based on sexual orientation to be prohibited under the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “Discrimination has
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HomeStreet Bank makes first SBA loan through NGLCC/SBA’s LGBT Business Builder initiative

By Brenda Matamoros  Mark Mason, chairman, president and CEO of HomeStreet Bank, along with his wife Tracy and daughter Chloe, joined more than 90 HomeStreet employees who marched in the recent Seattle Pride parade to show their support of the LGBT community.   The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has had much to
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SBA and NGLCC unite to foster LGBTBE growth and opportunities

Recognizing the business imperative to embrace diversity, the U.S. Small Business Administration  and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce launched the first initiative of its kind focused on LGBT business owners. LGBT Business Builder will bring together expertise and resources from staff at SBA district and regional offices, NGLCC’s 38 U.S.-based affiliate chambers and
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