LGBT Chamber of Commerce and IFA Form Partnership
The franchise industry is known for its outreach to specific parts of the human herd, most notably with veterans and young entrepreneurs through the VetFran and NextGen in Franchising program. LGBT folks like myself are cheering the latest International Franchise Association (IFA) partnership with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). On a personal level, this is wonderful to see from the franchising industry’s association of record.
With a goal of furthering both organizations’ shared mission of creating business opportunities for all Americans and cultivating diversity and inclusion within franchising, the new partnership is the NGLCC’s first programmatic partnership with a trade association.
“For the past sixteen years, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce has created opportunities for the LGBT business community to gain representation within the larger business community,” said NGLCC co-founder and president Justin Nelson. “The United States is home to an estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners, many of whom own all or part of a franchised business. NGLCC’s partnership with the IFA will bring these LGBT franchise owners one step closer to having their voices heard and securing the LGBT business community an equitable seat at the table.”
In addition to its partnership with NGLCC, IFA will be recognized as a Trade Association Sponsor at the 2019 National Business Inclusion Consortium Best-of-the-Best Awards. Spearheaded by NGLCC in 2011, the NBIC is a coalition of national diverse business organizations, including the United States Black Chambers, Inc., Disability:IN (formerly USBLN), the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, WEConnect International, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
“The story of franchising is one of opportunity, job creation, and community support,” said IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti. “Americans from all walks of life turn to franchising to find first jobs, start new businesses, and learn skills that lead to successful careers. We are excited to partner with the NGLCC to advance the implementation of pro-growth policies that benefit Americans of all identities, backgrounds, and beliefs. Together, we are taking a thoughtful approach to workforce development and connecting business owners with opportunities that will help their businesses grow.”
As part of their partnership, NGLCC and the IFA will continue to explore opportunities to collaborate on issues relevant to the LGBT business community, including advocacy on the state and federal level, as well as programming at each organization’s respective events.