Los Angeles County has introduced a new certification status to enhance its Community Business Enterprise program – the LGBTQQ+ certification for businesses owned by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning individuals.
The LGBTQQ+ certification is the latest addition to the CBE, which helps ensure that businesses owned and controlled by economically- and socially-disadvantaged individuals are engaged in opportunities to compete for county contracts. The county’s CBE participation goal for county contracts establishes more inclusive practices into contracting and purchasing, setting a 25% participation goal for CBE-certified vendors.
To be eligible for LGBTQQ+ certification, a business must be 51% owned and controlled by at least one or more LGBTQQ individuals. They must also have an active certification with the National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce or through the Supplier Clearinghouse as authorized through the California Public Utilities Commission.
“The county wants to improve access to county contracts for LGBTQ-owned businesses,” Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District, said. “We want to make sure that public resources are fairly allocated as a part of helping to strengthen historically disadvantaged communities. L.A. County stands for inclusion and equity in its contracting, including our vibrant LGBTQ communities.”
“I am committed to ensuring that inclusive and culturally competent practices are integrated into all County contracting and procurement policies,” said Chair Hilda L. Solis. “This is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the impact on LGBTQQ and minority-owned businesses. I hope this initiative will further move the County toward true equity in contracting. It’s long overdue.”
Supervisor Holly Mitchell, 2nd District, agreed.
“From our procurement process to the direct services we provide, our commitment to acceptance, equity and doing what’s right must be unwavering,” she said. “It’s imperative that we have suppliers as diverse as the residents we serve.”
For information, call (323)881-3964 or visit bit.ly/LGBTQQCert.
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