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Groups Just for Women

We recently implemented the ability to categorize groups. Now at the top level, you can choose to go to the group list categorized for women.

  • search
  • chat
  • share
  • information
  • support
  • educate
  • engage
  • connect
  • meet
  • thrive together
  • Currently, there are over 240 groups on OutBüro. Each has been categorized
  • Search and join groups that interest you. Create groups and set the group tone
  • Delegate, assign other group members as moderators, as managers, and transfer group ownership

All while shaping your own OutBüro experience and the community. See the What can I do in Groups, and Control Your Experience articles. in the Knowledge Base.

Access to groups is now part of the Yearly/Monthly membership plans.

Here are a few ideas for groups you might create:

  • Lesbian Relationships
  • Lesbian Dating
  • Women’s Health
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • Women In Sports
  • Lesbians in College
  • Lesbian Lawyers
  • Lesbian Realtors
  • Women in Science
  • Women in _________
  • Lesbian Travels
  • Lesbian Bikers
  • Drag Kings
  • Lesbians in Dallas
  • Lesbians in India
  • Lesbian Comedy
  • Lesbian Films/Shows
  • Lesbian Literature
  • Lesbian Surfers
  • Women Who Hike

etc… you get the idea.

If you create it, be direct or creative with the group name, avatar, and cover. Check out the Joining and Creating Groups Knowledge Base article.

Thriving together

We recently refocused the site and allowed active Yearly/Monthly members to optionally be affiliates/influencers and earn a residual income. Check out the Affiliate/Influencer Income Estimator.

Are you interested in the group because you are a writer or content creator? See Get Published on OutBüro.

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Jennifer Brown Consulting Selected as Amerisure Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Amerisure is pleased to work with Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC) to grow and enhance the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

JBC is a women-owned, LGBT-certified consulting firm with more than 16 years of experience working with companies across industries, including Fortune 1,000 organizations, nonprofits and startups. Their key focus areas include DEI assessments and strategies; seminar workshops and keynotes; employee resource group summits and buildouts; and coaching.

The relationship with Amerisure will include a diversity, equity and inclusion assessment, an employee inclusion and culture survey, and the development of an ongoing DEI scorecard to elevate opportunities.

“We are proud of the steps we’ve taken since launching our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and the partnership with Jennifer Brown Consulting will enable us to take our DEI roadmap to the next level,” said Erin Buddie, vice president of human resources at Amerisure. “We are excited to work together with the experts at JBC to build upon our strategy and enhance our efforts and capabilities.”

Embracing diversity, equity and inclusion is strongly correlated with an organization’s profitability and overall value in the marketplace. Companies that support DEI are more likely to attract top talent, improve customer relationships and decision-making, and increase employee satisfaction, according to Mckinsey & Company.

“Our primary focus is making sure that everyone feels welcomed, valued, respected, and heard,” said Jennifer Brown, founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting. “Our team draws upon a broad array of diversity dimensions, professional experiences, and deep commitment to assist our clients in building workplaces of belonging where all of us can thrive.”

About Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC)
JBC is a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm headquartered in New York City. The firm believes in unleashing the power of human potential, embracing diversity, and helping people — and organizations — to thrive. JBC has a global presence, operating everywhere from North America to Southeast Asia. They’ve helped numerous organizations, including Toyota, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Bank of America, continuously drive positive organizational change in today’s rapidly shifting business landscape.

About Amerisure Insurance
Amerisure is a leading provider of commercial property and casualty insurance solutions for U.S.-based construction, manufacturing and healthcare businesses. Licensed in all fifty states and available through an exclusive network of elite independent agents, the company upholds an “A” (Excellent) financial strength rating, industry-leading service scores, and multiple awards for innovation. Amerisure has been in business for more than 100 years and is consistently named among the best places to work in the industry and throughout the nation. To learn more, visit http://www.Amerisure.com.

Media Contact

Marilyn Banes, Amerisure, 2484267914, mbanes@amerisure.com

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Influencer Marketing Leader, Captiv8, Aims to Help Diversify Industry by Launching DEI Initiatives Including Grant Which Offers Pro-Bono Services to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Small Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, leading influencer marketing company, Captiv8, is announcing its public pledge to help Cr8 Change through programs such as a grant for minority-owned SMBs as well as mindful product updates with the goal of taking concrete, small steps to help lead greater DEI momentum and progress within the influencer marketing industry.

Influence Change Grant: applications are now open for Captiv8’s inaugural Influence Change Grant, which is designed to be a twice-yearly SaaS grant to support BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ owned small- to mid-sized businesses who are positively impacting their communities. Those selected will be provided free access to Captiv8’s SaaS influencer marketing platform, including discovery, workflow, intelligence, insights and measurement capabilities, as well as dedicated hours for strategic consulting with a team of in-house experts. In order to qualify, applicants must also meet the following criteria: be located in the United States, be non-for-profit or be a for-profit business with less than $10 million in annual revenue. The first deadline to submit is October 29, 2021, with the first recipients to be announced in December of this year. Captiv8 is currently dedicating over a half of a million dollars of value to this program to help support 10 companies in 2022.

Mindful Product Mapping: Captiv8 is also building features directly into its platform to encourage creator representation through expanded gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation identification options. This will allow creators to self-identify in the most representative manner, and allow brands to partner with creators to diversify initiatives.

“The last few years have made it apparent that there is a need now more than ever for a culturally diverse and representative landscape in the influencer marketing industry. We know this change cannot happen overnight, but we want to make sure we’re dedicating ourselves to taking the right steps to ensure we’re making a positive impact for both creators, and the brands we work with,” said Krishna Subramanian, CEO, Captiv8. “Ultimately, we know that small steps lead to significant progress over time. As a minority-owned company ourselves, we have built our own foundation upon the diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and excellence of our employees, and we want to help lay a similar, inclusive, foundation in others.”

Captiv8, itself, is a minority-owned company, with nearly 70 percent of the team identifying as BIPOC. Diversity extends to the highest levels, with 1 in 2 of its leadership team also identifying as BIPOC.

Those interested in learning more or applying for the Influence Change grant can visit here.

About Captiv8:
Captiv8 is a full service influencer marketing solution that redefines end-to-end, inspiring you to think bigger, enabling you to plan smarter and empowering you to execute better. Through our intuitive workflow, brands can uncover actionable insights on trends, discover and vet influencers, seamlessly activate campaigns at scale, amplify branded content across the digital ecosystem, and prove business impact through our measurement dashboard. Our platform gives you the tools you need to build relationships and effective content, while our teams lend experiences and strategic services to steer you clear of common influencer marketing pitfalls.

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Volt and CEO Linda Perneau Win 2021 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

ORANGE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (“Volt” or the “Company”) (NYSE-AMERICAN: VOLT), a global provider of staffing services, today announced that it has been awarded two Silver Stevie® Awards. The Company won Women-Run Workplace of the Year and Linda Perneau, President and CEO, won Female Executive of the Year – Business Services, in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business 2021.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. For more information, visit https://stevieawards.com/Women.

“On behalf of Volt, I am delighted to be recognized by The Stevie Awards for our laudable efforts over the past year,” said Ms. Perneau. Having overcome extraordinary challenges in 2020, we are proud of our continued positive results and sustained growth through 2021. Being named to these awards in two categories acknowledges not only my own commitment to positive momentum but the tireless efforts of every Volt employee who delivers excellent service to our clients and candidates every day, all of whom are deserving of equal opportunity for advancement in the workplace.”

About Volt Information Sciences, Inc.

Volt Information Sciences, Inc. is a global provider of staffing services (traditional time and materials-based as well as project-based). Our staffing services consist of workforce solutions that include providing contingent workers, personnel recruitment services, and managed staffing services programs supporting primarily administrative, technical, information technology, light-industrial and engineering positions. Our managed staffing programs involve managing the procurement and on-boarding of contingent workers from multiple providers. Volt services global industries including aerospace, automotive, banking and finance, consumer electronics, information technology, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, pharmaceutical, software, telecommunications, transportation, and utilities. For more information, visit www.volt.com.

Contacts

Investor Relations Contact:
Volt Information Sciences, Inc.

voltinvest@volt.com
Joe Noyons

Three Part Advisors

jnoyons@threepa.com
817-778-8424

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New Online Bank PROFIT Helps Minority Business Owners By Doing Bookkeeping and Accounting for FREE

NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PROFIT is the first online business bank account that blends modern banking with accounting software in one platform – automatically completing your bookkeeping and accounting for free.

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Founded by two software engineers who grew up in underserved areas (Newark, NJ & Union, NJ), Vin Montes & Frantz Romain personally know what it’s like to fend for themselves in an underserved financial business environment. Frantz Romain attended New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Vin Montes attended Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in NJ. They recognized the help minority small business owners needed and built a banking platform to help them.

PROFIT’s founders include:

  • Vin Montes, a prior business owner, US Air Force veteran, and software engineer who developed a global financial spend application for UPS.
  • Frantz Romain, a prior business owner, and software engineer who worked with Mr. Montes for two years developing a global financial spend application for UPS. The technology he built with Mr. Montes was awarded Red Hat’s 2018 Global Innovation Award (prior winners include Barclays, Deutsche Bank, & BBVA)

PROBLEM

Minority small businesses continue to be underserved by banks. Lacking support from the financial industry, they struggle to access capital and easy-to-use financial tools. Overwhelmed with responsibilities, most minority business owners lack the time and financial background to manage complex accounting software.

THE PROFIT SOLUTION

PROFIT’s founders decided to build the first All-in-One business bank account with accounting technology that does their member’s bookkeeping and accounting for free.

“We personally know what it’s like to be left behind and fend for ourselves in an underserved environment. This motivated us to build a technologically advanced bank that would take some of the financial burdens away from underserved business owners so they could focus on growing their business the best way they can.” – CEO/Co-founder Vin Montes.

“It is hard for a business owner to know how their company is doing financially compared to their industry. To solve this problem we provide our members with real-time Profit & Loss statements that benchmark their net profit with their industry’s average. This helps the owner understand how their business is doing financially compared to their industry. – CTO/Co-founder Frantz Romain.

PROFIT also captures receipts via text message & automatically matches them to the correct transaction. It then auto-reconciles all their accounts saving their members days of tedious accounting work.

PROFIT GIVES BACK

Black and Latino business owners are half as likely to be approved for bank loans than Whites. That was the case even when Black, Latino, and White applicants were all categorized as low credit risk, according to a 2020 Federal Reserve study. As further validation of the uphill battle Black & Latino’s face in getting the business help they need, Forbes published that 37.9% of Black businesses reported being discouraged from applying for a business loan, compared to 12.7% of white-owned businesses.

PROFIT’s founders experienced this first-hand when they were turned down for a business loan.

To help alleviate the problem, PROFIT offers all their members a 0% interest revolving line of credit. “We take a portion of our revenue and fund a revolving line of credit for all our members. We know what it’s like to be turned down for loans even if you have a good business. We do not ask for a credit check and the funds are available the next business day.” – CEO/Co-founder Vin Montes.

ASK

If you would like to help or support PROFIT’s cause in any way please contact info@bankwithprofit.com.

To sign up for a PROFIT business bank account or to learn more, visit www.bankwithprofit.com.

Contacts

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Vin Montes

CEO & Founder

info@bankwithprofit.com
Media Kit: https://www.bankwithprofit.com/post/media-kit

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$2 Million in New Grants Aimed for LGBTQ+-owned and Ally Restaurants

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Teams Up with Grubhub To Offer String-Free Funds for Struggling Restaurants Impacted by Covid

WASHINGTON and CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — America’s vulnerable LGBTQ+-owned restaurants and bars serving food will find a vital lifeline this fall stemming from the partnership formed by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Grubhub. These small business owners have been among hardest hit by Covid impact with loss of jobs and income over the past two years.

Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace, and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBTQ+ community and certifying body for LGBTQ+-owned businesses nationwide, have opened applications for their NGLCC/Grubhub Community Impact Grant Program. The grants are expected to range from $5,000 to $100,000.

“We often say at NGLCC that ‘If you can buy it, an LGBTQ+-owned business can supply it.’ That is especially true of the LGBTQ+-owned restaurants across America who kept our communities and first responders fed throughout the pandemic. We’re proud to partner with Grubhub in offering these grants to support these businesses throughout the nation. America’s 1.4 million LGBTQ+-owned business owners have shown incredible resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now, in turn, we can help them recover stronger than ever,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson.

Throughout June, NGLCC was named the official partner of Grubhub’s Donate the Change program, which has raised tens of millions of dollars for organizations in need since launching in late 2018. The partnership welcomed Grubhub and Seamless diners to opt-in, round up their order total, and donate the difference, with the company matching eligible donations from Grubhub+ members. The proceeds raised will now be made available through NGLCC to support the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+-owned restaurants.

“As the world starts to return to a new normal, we know many businesses are rebuilding and reopening, especially LGBTQ+-owned restaurants that are often the pillars of their communities,” said Kevin Kearns, senior vice president of restaurants at Grubhub. “We’re thrilled to partner with NGLCC and give back to the LGBTQ+ community – one that has shown incredible strength and support for those in need throughout the pandemic.”

Under the innovative grant program, the NGLCC has set a goal to allocate 30 percent of the funds to businesses owned by people of color and transgender/gender non-conforming individuals.

Restaurants wishing to apply for grants should visit www.nglcc.org/ghgrant

NGLCC and its partners will expertly evaluate applications after the October 12, 2021 closing date. Major grantees will be awarded onstage during the NGLCC Back To Business (B2B) Summit in Hollywood, Florida this November, as well as in local communities.

The NGLCC’s network of more than fifty Affiliate Chambers across America will help amplify this grant opportunity to support local restaurants. Those local chambers will also benefit from this initiative’s newly established “Affiliate Chamber Fund.” This fund will enable any establishment that receives a Community Impact Grant Program that is not currently a member of an NGLCC local affiliate chamber to have one year of membership paid. Additionally, many of NGLCC’s more than 300 corporate partners enhanced their Pride 2021 programming with food orders from Grubhub during their programming with Employee Resource Groups and community partners – a best practice expected to continue throughout future Pride celebrations.

For more information on the Community Impact Grant Program regarding restaurant eligibility requirements, timelines, how to apply, and more, please visit www.nglcc.org/ghgrant.

Contact: press@nglcc.org

About NGLCC
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses, known as Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers.
www.nglcc.org @nglcc

About Grubhub
Grubhub is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com (LSE: JET, AMS: TKWY, NASDAQ: GRUB), a leading global online food delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting more than 33 million diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 300,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.

SOURCE National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

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Gina Battye: Fostering Psychological Safety in the Workplace

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Gina Battye, an out lesbian entrepreneur in corporate diversity and inclusion with a keen focus on psychological safety.

This short description nearly does this robust and in-depth conversation justice. This is a must-watch or listen to casual interview chock full of insights, examples, and personal stories you might relate to.

Gina Battye created the blueprint for psychological safety. From Gina’s observations working with ex-offenders, through consulting and training multinational corporations on psychological safety and LGBT+ inclusion, she could see very clearly that there are 5 key areas that organizations need to address, to ensure everyone can bring their whole self into the workplace.

These are referred to as The 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety.

The Authentic Self Process is the first of the 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety. By raising your awareness about your SELF, you will feel confident and empowered to bring all of who you are into the workplace.

These 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety are the foundations and building blocks being used around the world to create fully inclusive workplaces.

PILLAR 1 – SELF
SELF refers to you. Who you are. What influences your thoughts and behavior. How you cope with life. How you show up in the workplace. The first pillar centers around Gina’s signature Authentic Self Process. The Authentic Self Process is a powerful 3 step system to release the masks you wear and the stories you have created – so you can bring ALL of who you are to work and life.

PILLAR 2. SOCIAL
SOCIAL explores how you interact with colleagues, managers and leadership teams. Imagine everything you have just uncovered about your SELF. The person at the next desk to you has all that going on within them too! Now you know all this, SOCIAL takes you through what is going on behind the scenes of your interactions with others, what influences how you respond and react in conversations and how to use this knowledge to strengthen your interactions and connection with other people.

PILLAR 3. COLLABORATION
COLLABORATION delves into the nuts and bolts of team working and how to cultivate trust and work in collaboration with others. In COLLABORATION you explore the environment, the culture of the organization, and how to empower and enable effective collaboration in teams. Gina takes you through safe spaces, ground rules, conflict resolution plans, the 4 steps to effective communication, and the foundations for exceptional team working – all of which are integral to powerful COLLABORATION.

PILLAR 4. CURIOSITY
CURIOSITY. Didn’t kill the cat. It made the cat wiser. Gina delves into how to create a culture of experimentation, contribution, and reflective questioning. Here mistakes are made and lessons are learned. Constructive and active feedback is sought and received and there is a willingness to learn, both professionally and personally. This is not only actively encouraged but positively practiced – creating a culture of innovation.

PILLAR 5. CREATIVITY
CREATIVITY. “I can’t draw”. No worries, you don’t need to be able to. Everyone is born with innate creativity. But over the years you have been told to “keep your ideas to yourself” and to “not make a fuss.” Hearing these messages you suppress your creativity and don’t speak up. In CREATIVITY you explore how to create a culture where new ideas and alternative perspectives are welcomed. One where everyone has a voice and all ideas are valued, considered, and discussed openly.

Connect with Gina on OutBüro at https://outburo.com/profile/ginabattye/

Join me and Gina on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco. https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/

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B. Danielle Watkins: Lesbian, Author, Screenwriter, Film Maker

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with lesbian entrepreneur B. Danielle Watkins.

Like most professionals, Danielle’s path started on a winding trail lead by her passion for writing. Her writing grew into publishing full novels and a trilogy. A friend asked for her help in writing a screenplay and, BAM she was hooked. This event changed the course of her primary focus to work in the film industry. For a few years, Danielle worked for a production company being a principal screenwriter. As her passion, knowledge, and skill grew Danielle branched off on her own to form her own film production company. Currently, she works on short episodes and short films coving a range of topics while most are underpinned with topics that are raw, tragic, and sheds light on fractions of society underexplored and underrepresented in contemporary media.

To connect with Danielle find her on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/daniellewatkins/

Join me and Danielle on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com Would you like to be featured like this?

Contact the host Dennis Velco. https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/

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Victoria Villasenor: Lesbian Entrepreneur, Author, and Editor

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Victoria Villasenor.

Be prepared to laugh and perhaps tear up a little too. Victoria Villasenor is an out lesbian entrepreneur, award-winning author, editor, author’s coach, community service leader, and simply a wonderful soul. We had such a great conversation.

As she states, “Do well, to do good. I love words. I love molding them, playing with them, learning about them. I love helping other people use them. I love to read and I’m a fan of pretty much every genre out there. Through my work with Global Wordsmiths and Global Words Press, I get to spend all my time doing things with words, which makes me a very happy editor.”

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Global Wordsmiths is a community interest company, meaning a big part of what they do is community-based. This is important to Victoria and evident in our chat. There are so many people who feel unheard and unseen, and finding ways to give them a platform to be heard is seen is vital. To date, they have done fourteen books with organizations like Nottingham Hospice, AGE UK, Trans4me, and the Southwell Workhouse all in where the youth or elderly re dived validation, guidance, and support in sharing their stories. Victoria has an MA in English composition and literature. She has written and published six novels under a pen name, as well as lots of short stories. She teaches workshops for various organizations and lead writing retreats in other countries.

  • 01:15 Brief introduction and overview of Global Wordsmith’s a book editing and author advising company. They also run a community non-profit side that works with community organizations.
  • 05:00 Victoria discusses why authors seek their help and their process 06:00 Victoria is also an award-winning author herself
  • 07:00 We chat about, talkers, ideas, and dreamers versus action and doing.
  • 09:20 Part of taking action is surrounding yourself with others who have common interests, goals, who you can learn from, with and support one another
  • 9:50 Some think, “I can read, so I can write”, but that’s not true. It is a craft and skill that must be developed and honed.
  • 12:00 Working with a professional editor helps hone your product to be the best it can be when released into the world
  • 13:00 Know your audience
  • 20:00 The process Victoria discusses the process of working with authors and the depth of services they seek
  • 25:00 Victoria’s community side works with kids working storytelling to help them connect with their school curriculum
  • 29:00 One community project was working with transgender youth helping them share their story, connect and communicate
  • 31:00 Other community projects have been working with the elderly in group homes to help them connect, share and come together to bond and diminish the feeling of isolation
  • 35:30 Victoria met her wife through the community work. Their shared passion turned into relationship passion.
  • 36:00 Their work touch and changes lives
  • 38:00 Your story matters, you matter, and you are not alone

Connect with Victoria on OutBüro at: https://www.outburo.com/profile/victoriavillasenor/

Join Victoria on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, a.lies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco. https://www.outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/

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LGBTQ Entrepreneurs – Are You Happy

Being an entrepreneur is challenging. The LGBTQ entrepreneur can face additional challenges that our couterparts likely won’t face such as biased limitations to captial funding to launch or grow your business, access to business mentors, hurdles to reach revenue growth due to biases, lack of strong suplier diversity practices, and so much more. This can lead to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer business owner to still in today’s time hide their true self causing yet other stresses.

Happiness is important. There are some LGBTQ entrepreneurs who have sacrificed their health, sanity, happiness, life balance, and personal relationships in pursuit of success. Like all professionals, LGBTQ entrepreneurs who are authentically happy, are those who have found a way to balance all of the various facets of their life.

Happiness matters, more than you might realize. It’s important to your physical and mental health and in your resiliency in the face of challenges and crises. Additionally, your happiness is important to the happiness of those close to you, the community at large, and the success of your business.

Are You Happy?

  • Do you feel you are working on supporting your big “why” that sparked your passion that sparked the idea of your startup in the beginning?
  • Do you feel you have quality time with your life-partner, family, and friends?
  • Are you taking the time to focus on your physical health – taking care of yourself?
  • Are you “out” in your professional life?

Would You Change?

It is often said that no one on their death bed wishes they spent more time at the office, more time marketing and pursuing customers or more time perfecting the fundraising pitch deck. Most say they wish they spent more time being present physically and mentally with those they care about.

Take a moment, now or schedule it. Take a walk and really think about this. Are you happy in all facets of your full life and if not why?

What small changes can you make to work on that? We’d love for you to comment and begin a discussion of the struggles, opportunities, strategies, and success – in happiness you have encountered. Are you putting on your busy calendar time for yourself and time with others? If not, give yourself permission to just do it.

As we are going through the COVID-19 it has added a whole other level of stresses. Things to consider putting on our calender as you can while still being safe:

  • Once a month catch up call with a long distant relative or friend.
  • Weekly or bi-weekly special date night with your life-partner – doing something that makes the day or evening special quality time to stay deeply connected. Share some ideas in the comments.
  • Do you have kids? Consider a board game night or other unplugged activities that allow interaction, discussion, and fun. What other ideas do you have?
  • Consider some alone time too – maybe that is walking around your neighborhood or parks. While walking listen to the birds and crickets, relaxing music, or even podcasts on topics you enjoy. Maybe your alone time is starting or rekindling a meditation practice. What activities work for you that you could recommend to others?
  • Are you involved in any local charities? If not, consider volunteering a few hours a month.
  • Get and stay fit. Exercising releases happy mood endorphins. With COVID-19 you might be stuck in-home workouts, but luckily there are tons of free instructional videos on YouTube with both male and female instructors.
  • Due to COVID-19 are you in or near financial ruin? Have you considered bankruptcy? How are you dealing with that?
  • If not out as a business owner, would you like to talk to others and to get their stories and support?

What resources would you recommend to others? What has been working well for you? What areas would you like to find support in?

Please share those in the comments.

Consider joining the private Out:Startups group here on OutBüro to connect with other business owners, share ideas, methods, and all tactics in a safe space where you can be yourself.