The City of Cleveland’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) in collaboration with Plexus, the Cleveland LGBT Chamber of Commerce, has developed a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Business Enterprises (LGBTBE) registry.
“We believe that the LGBTBE Registry is both a historic and monumental step forward that will contribute towards a stronger business environment and that aligns with the mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity, “to advance economic opportunity for Clevelanders,” said Natoya Walker Minor, Interim Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity.
To apply for the registration, businesses must demonstrate that they are at least 51% owned and operated by an LGBT individual and located and doing business in the Cleveland Contracting Market. LGBTBEs that are registered with the City will be placed on OEO’s online registry. The application for the LGBTBE registration can be found at https://cleveland.diversitycompliance.com.
“We applaud the City of Cleveland on the launch of its LGBTBE registry,” said Michelle Tomallo, board president of Plexus, the LGBT and allied chamber of commerce in Northeast Ohio. “This historic step shows the City’s commitment to advancing the economic well-being of all Clevelanders. Plexus is proud to help the City in these efforts and we look forward to our continued work together to build a stronger business environment.”