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EverGlade Consulting Receives Certification as LGBT Business Enterprise

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Supplier diversity is the cornerstone to a new era of diversity, equity, and inclusion in today’s evolving business ecosystem. EverGlade Consulting is excited to announce that it has been approved as a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Supplier Diversity Initiative.

Visibility and representation have been shown to be marked characteristics that foster more inclusivity and advance equitable agendas within businesses, organizations, and even governmental entities. As part of this effort, EverGlade Consulting became part of this certification program in the hopes to promote more transparency and visibility within the professional services industry.

“EverGlade Consulting is excited to add this NGLCC certification to its credentials and looks forward to being a proud example of economic opportunity and advancement for other LGBT+ owned businesses,” explained Chairman and President Jerry Jia-Sobota.

“When I started my career in government contracting two decades ago, being out was much more difficult,” explained Eric Jia-Sobota, National Leader of EverGlade’s Consulting Practice. “It was important then and even more important now to be visible as business leader and owner, especially in a field that is not especially known for LGBT businesses,” he concluded.

About EverGlade Consulting

EverGlade Consulting is a Washington, DC based consulting firm that helps clients navigate the federal landscape. We are inspired by technology-driven companies whose focus is to secure non-dilutive funding through the federal government. We offer services ranging from proposal support through the implementation of systems to comply with federal regulations at agencies including BARDA, the DOD, HHS, NIAID, and DTRA.

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The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org

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To celebrate 50 years as Canada’s historic LGBTQ2S+ publisher, Pink Triangle Press and its media outlet Xtra will host an online discussion, “Protest and Pleasure: A Revolution Led By Sex Workers” discussing how sexual liberation and mutual liberation go hand in hand. Join Chanelle Gallant, Xtra contributor and organizer for sex worker rights on Wednesday, September 29 at 5pm EST for a free Facebook Live event with ASL interpretation. 


Joining the discussion are Monica Forrester, the director of Trans Pride Toronto and an award-winning activist who fights for low-income and racialized trans people; and Toni-Michelle Williams, the executive director of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaPCo), an Atlanta-based organization working to build safety and end the criminalization of the Black trans community. Together, they’ll explore a conversation on why trans women of colour sex workers are leaders in the revolution in sexual liberation. 

Host Chanelle Gallant says, “I believe that sex workers have developed the most transformational sexual liberation politics of any social justice movement. But Black trans women sex worker activists like Toni-Michelle Williams and Monica Forrester do not get the recognition they deserve as visionaries dreaming a new world and as political leaders strategizing on how to get us there. This event is an opportunity to listen to Forrester and Williams in conversation as they bring together inspiring political vision with humour, compassion and so much wisdom about sex.” 

“Times have changed since the founding of Pink Triangle Press 50 years ago and it was time to revisit what sexual liberation means today,” Gallant says. “With the Protest and Pleasure series, I set out to explore how power, money and politics shape our sexualities by talking to some of the most brilliant LGBTQ2S+ activists, thinkers and creators who are working toward social, economic justice and sexual liberation.” 

Over this past summer, Xtra has been publishing “Protest & Pleasure,” a six-part series by Gallant in connection to Pink Triangle Press’s 50th anniversary. Pink Triangle Press has always been a leader in the sexual revolution, leading through their journalism that’s been a major part of queer history in Canada and beyond. 

Rachel Giese, director of editorial for Xtra, also connects the event to that queer history: “Fifty years ago, a fiery and idealistic group of activists in Toronto launched the influential (and occasionally infamous) gay liberation newspaper, The Body Politic, leading to the establishment of Pink Triangle Press, the publisher of Xtra. The aim of the founding collective was to advance the cause of sexual liberation—particularly for people who were marginalized. And that work is far from over: whether it’s the crackdown on adult content on sites like Tumblr and OnlyFans, the ongoing criminalization of sex work, or the pearl-clutching response to queer artists like Lil Nas X, many of us still are censured, censored or punished for our desires. So on this very important anniversary of Pink Triangle Press, Xtra wanted to look at what sexual liberation means in the 21st century. Chanelle Gallant—a queer writer and longtime activist for social and sexual justice—was the perfect person to work with on this series.” 

For more information contact 

Mitchell Cheeseman, marketing & brand manager 

Pronouns: he/him 

Pink Triangle Press 

Email: mitchell.cheeseman@ptp.media 

Phone: 647-550-5230 


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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

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.

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Randstad North America Named a 2021 Top Ten Global Champion for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion

This recognition comes as Randstad hires a new leader to further enhance its global supplier diversity and inclusion program

Randstad US (PRNewsfoto/Randstad US)

ATLANTA, June 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Randstad North America today announced that it was named a 2021 Top Ten Global Champion for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, recognizing its commitment to global inclusive sourcing from diverse groups including minority, women, LGBT, and disabled-owned businesses.

Randstad was chosen for the honor based on the success of its supplier diversity program, including senior leadership support, program scope, supplier development and global spend with diverse suppliers.

“Randstad is proud to create economic opportunities for underrepresented communities by supporting diverse-owned businesses throughout our supply chain,” said Karen Fichuk, CEO, Randstad North America and Executive Board Member, Randstad N.V. “We see our supplier diversity program as a way to positively impact minority communities and as a competitive advantage for Randstad and our customers.”

The award is presented by WEConnect International, with support from theNational LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Disability:IN.

“It is very important to us that our workforce and our supplier base represent the individuals that we help find jobs on a daily basis,” said Rebecca Henderson CEO, Randstad Sourceright Global Businesses and Executive Board Member. “Randstad’s commitment to supplier diversity and inclusion is directly aligned with our ongoing efforts to provide equitable opportunities to those who need it most.”

Further underscoring the importance of its supplier diversity program, Randstad North America recently hired Nino Campos as global supplier diversity manager. Campos has more than 13 years of experience building a diverse supplier base and implementing creative strategies to achieve supplier diversity goals. Throughout his career, Mr. Campos has focused on locating, mentoring and developing diverse suppliers as part of sourcing and procurement strategies.

“I am thrilled to welcome Nino as part of the Randstad North America diversity team,” said Audra Jenkins, Chief Diversity Officer, Randstad North America. “Our diverse workforce helps us better understand the needs of those we serve and work with, and Nino’s expertise will further elevate our program.”


Randstad North America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad N.V., a €20.7 billion global provider of flexible work and human resources services. As a trusted human partner in the technology-driven world of talent, we combine the expertise and passion of our employees with some of the most innovative HR technologies on the market today to advance the careers and business success of our candidates and clients.

Randstad’s North American operations comprise 5,700 associates and a deployed workforce of more than 86,000 in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to staffing and recruitment, Randstad offers outsourcing, consulting and workforce management solutions for generalist and specialist disciplines, including technology, engineering, accounting and finance, clinical and non-clinical healthcare, human resources, legal, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration and sales and marketing. Global concepts available to North American client companies include RPO, MSP, integrated talent solutions, payrolling and independent contractor management and career transition services. Learn more at www.randstadusa.com or www.randstad.ca.

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ENSPIRA Earns Certification as LGBT Business Enterprise® from National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Enspira, an innovative human resources (HR) consultancy and technology firm, today announced receiving certification as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Supplier Diversity Initiative. The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community and serves as the nation’s exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned and operated businesses.

Kurt Landon, Founder & CEO, Enspira (PRNewsfoto/Enspira)
Kurt Landon, Founder & CEO, Enspira (PRNewsfoto/Enspira)
Enspira is a Certified LGBTBE®
Enspira is a Certified LGBTBE®

“As a member of the LGBTQ community and Founder and CEO of Enspira, I am proud to see our firm become a Certified LGBTBE through the NGLCC, the largest LGBT economic advocacy and business development organization in the world,” saidKurt Landon. “I have spent much of my career advocating for marginalized communities, and at Enspira, we are committed to making lasting change and work every day with our clients to instill diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) in all aspects of the workplace. Whether providing guidance on DEIB or assisting organizations with their talent and culture needs, as a certified LGBTBE, Enspira is here to help.”

Companies and organizations can engage Enspira for DEIB and other custom HR solutions. With the LGBTBE certification, Enspira can also be the consultancy of choice to help them meet their growing supplier diversity goals and requirements. Over one-third of Fortune 500 companies recognize this certification and partner with NGLCC to create fully LGBT-inclusive supply chains. Enspira brings deep expertise and commitment to DEIB and can serve for-profit and nonprofit organizations of all sizes and industries.

“We are so pleased to welcome Enspira to the ever-expanding network of NGLCC Certified LGBT Business Enterprises and the hundreds of corporations and government agencies eager to put them to work,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson and Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell. “According to NGLCC’s groundbreaking America’s LGBT Economy report, America’s estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners, many of them NGLCC certified, add over $1.7 trillion to the GDP and create tens of thousands of new jobs. We are proud to count Enspira among those who prove every day that LGBT businesses are the future of the American economy.”

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org

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About Enspira:
Enspira started with the simple philosophy in mind: deliver fit-for-purpose, client-focused HR solutions that help people be inspired, grow and thrive, so their organization does too. Founded in 2018 by Kurt Landon, Enspira is an innovative and LGBTQ-owned HR consultancy and technology firm headquartered in Southern California, helping clients with their people needs and consistently delivering the most practical and pragmatic ways to implement them within their organizations. Through the combination of its Startup Studio and Innovation Lab, Consulting Services and Technology Solutions business units, Enspira’s winning team of HR experts collectively bring hundreds of years of diverse, cross-industry and global experience. Learn more at enspirahr.com and follow @enspirahr.

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CONTACT: Diana Campau, Enspira Media Relations, Phone:805-340-4264, Email: media@enspirahr.com