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LGBT Certification

As an LGBT business owner, it can be difficult getting your foot in the door to do business with major corporations. Now more than ever, corporate supplier diversity programs are starting to recognize and include LGBT businesses in the supplier diversity process. As a business owner, you need to set yourself apart by obtaining certification as an LGBT business enterprise. Business certification is normally required by corporations that utilize LGBT suppliers due to the fact that certification validates LGBT status. Diverse Business Solutions is one of only two entities in the United States that offers LGBT business certification. If you are an LGBT business owner, certification can be the best investment you can make to propel your business to the next level!

Diverse Business Solutions is a proud member of the Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce

LGBT Business Certification Facts:

What is LGBT Certification?

LGBT Certification identifies the certified company as a firm that meets the definition of a LGBT Business Enterprise per the procedures established by Diverse Business Solutions LLC.

What are the basic requirements of LGBT Certification?

  • Citizen of the United States of America
  • 51% Ownership by a LGBT qualifying individual of the business
  • LGBT qualifying individual must control the operation

How long does it take for my company to get certified?

The length of time required for certification varies from applicant to applicant. The two major factors determining the amount of time to become certified are:

  • Proper completion of the certification application by the Applicant
  • Submission of all required information and documentation

The usual time required to become certified, after a complete application has been received and processes by our staff is 30-45 days.

How can I receive an LGBT certification application form?

An application form is available on our website or you may contact our corporate office at
(812) 471-2876 and request a copy be mailed to you.

How does your certification process work?

  • A complete application packet is submitted to Diverse Business Solutions
  • Our Certification Department reviews & processes the application
  • Upon completion of the file, an on-site visit is scheduled and performed
  • A final review and recommendation is made as to whether the applicant meets the certification requirements as set forth by Diverse Business Solutions
  • The applicant is either certified or denied certification
  • The certification certificate and letter is processed and mailed to the applicant along with business profile information added to our diverse business database

Who is responsible for certifying my business?

Our trained certification specialists are responsible for the review and processing of your application. However, final determination regarding the approval/denial of your application is made by the President & CEO of Diverse Business Solutions.

What happens once I become certified?

  • You will receive a Certificate of Certification signed by the President & CEO of Diverse Business Solutions which also includes your certification number and expiration date
  • You will receive a signed letter validating your certification status from the President & CEO of Diverse Business Solutions
  • Your company will be added to our database of certified diverse suppliers

Do I need to re-certify each year?

Yes. You must re-certify annually prior to your expiration date. Failure to re-certify with Diverse Business Solutions will result in the revocation of your company’s certification and removal from our list of certified diverse businesses

In addition, any changes in your company must be immediately related to Diverse Business Solutions. Those changes include: ownership, operation, control, subsidiaries, affiliates, product/services provided, key employees, addresses, telephone numbers, etc. Failure to report such changes to Diverse Business Solutions may result in the revocation of your certification.

LGBT Application Processing Schedule

Applications received by:                        Will be processed by:

February 1, 2012                                 March 15, 2012

March 1, 2012                                       April 15, 2012

April 1, 2012                                         May 15, 2012

May 1, 2012                                           June 15, 2012

June 1, 2012                                         July 15, 2012

July 1, 2012                                           August 15, 2012

August 1, 2012                                            September 15, 2012

September 1, 2012                                      October 15, 2012

October 1, 2012                                           November 15, 2012

November 1, 2012                                       December 15, 2012

December 1, 2012                                       January 15, 2013

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