Our work to support the LGBT+ business community extends to ensuring its future.
If you are a young LGBT+ entrepreneur (between the ages of 18-39) with a registered business, CGLCC’s OUT for Business initiative can provide you with the support and guidance to grow your business. We pair you with mentors and leaders in the LGBT+ community who can offer you experience and expertise through one-on-one and team mentoring. Tap into the experience of mentors and navigate the journey of an LGBT+ entrepreneur with sharpened business skills and an expanded network.
Our nationwide program supports a select group of LGBT+ youth entrepreneurs each year.
Applications are currently closed for the 2021 OUT For Business Program. Check back next year to apply.
Are you an LGBT+ business leader who’s looking to give back to your community while expanding your own learning and network? This is a unique opportunity to provide counsel and advice to youth entrepreneurs getting their start. Your insight could be invaluable to shaping their business’ future success. This opportunity is available whether or not you’re a member of CGLCC, but you must be able to commit to a 12-month period of mentorship.
Being part of the OUT for Business mentorship program helped me big time in addressing (our business’) challenges. We’ve become a lot more focused on our own financial sustainability – an area we were not focused on before. As a result, we started offering a new service that would enable us to become more profitable so we can have the financial sustainability to continue doing the good work that we’re doing.
Since being in the OUT for Business program, our business has been flourishing just through the people that we have met, the opportunities that we have gained, as well as using the resources and the tools and the education that we have gained through the whole one-year program. If you didn’t have the program, we wouldn’t be able to get these opportunities.
The program is important to pass on the experience that you’ve gained as a business owner… because there’s a lot to know. The business side of running a business can sometimes be challenging. There’s so many things to know. I love the idea of helping a young entrepreneur, especially in the LGBT+ community, to help them learn from my mistakes or learn from the things that we learned as we were starting out.