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The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to host a “Minority-Owned Small-Business Cross-Certification Panel” sponsored by TD Bank. The mission of the event is to educate minority small-business owners on the benefits of certification with professional organizations. The event will be held in partnership with representatives from: The National LGBT (NGLCC) and NJ State Veterans Chambers of Commerce, the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC) and Disability:IN.


Steven Garibell, Vice President of Business Development for the LGBTQ2+ Community at TD Bank will be facilitating the panel discussion which will allow representatives from each professional organization to speak about the benefits of becoming a certified minority-owned business. Such benefits include enhanced opportunities to establish contracts with Fortune 500 companies and special access to both federal and state government resources and lending.


“TD Bank has a long-standing commitment to our diverse small-business community,” says Garibell. “Our goal is to help business owners learn how to leverage their identities to build their brand, discover new ways to access contracts, and gain more opportunities to expand their businesses on a local, national, and international level.”


The NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce serves to connect LGBTQ+ and allied business owners and professionals with the resources they need to succeed while also to connecting them with New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community at large. It is also one of NJBIA’s ChamberLink partners. For more information, visit njlgbtchamber.org/. 


As an affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the NJ LGBT Chamber offers LGBT-Business Enterprise Certification ® as benefit of membership with the organization. Certified LGBT-BEs are routinely sought after by over 250 NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBT business community. Certified LGBT-BEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools following one year.


“LBGT Business owners generate over $1.7 trillion in economic impact (per NGLCC’s groundbreaking America’s LGBT Economy Report), create jobs and innovate business solutions nationwide,” says NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Stephen Blazejewski. “We actively seek to work with corporate partners like TD Bank to host educational events that are critical in ensuring professional success for our Members and Future Members throughout the state of New Jersey.”


On November 11th, the Minority-Owned Business Cross-Certification Panel will take place at the Stony Hill Inn; 231 Polifly Road, Hackensack, NJ from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend the event and hot breakfast will be served. Time will be built in for attendees to network with fellow business owners and professionals.


Interested attendees should Pre-Register Here or by going to www.bit.ly/certificationpanel. Questions related to the event can be emailed to Stephen@njlgbtchamber.org