The Lesbian Business Community is launching a new website. It’s the first online resource by and for lesbian business owners. Its founders realized that there is a need for such a resource in the U.S., where lesbian owned businesses make up only 1.2 percent of all business, and often do not get the support they need.
And the website is not just for lesbian business owners, but for lesbian customers as well. It features a built in search engine tool that allows users to find lesbian owned businesses and lesbian friendly companies nearby.
The founder, Janet O. Penn, says, “Our business directory and online community enable US-based lesbian-owned and LGBT-friendly business owners to create and build online visibility in ways other online directories simply do not offer.”
“No other directory offers this much flexibility, business promotion, and visibility for lesbian-owned and LGBT-friendly companies,” adds Penn.
Per the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, only 370,000 businesses in the U.S. are owned by lesbians, even though lesbians make up 3-5 percent of the population.
We find that in the LGBT community, it’s easy to see which large companies are gay and lesbian friendly. Fortunately, many of these companies make their support well known and public and receive high ratings per the Human Rights Campaign. However, it’s not so easy to find small or local companies that support LGBT causes or are run by lesbian entrepreneurs. The Lesbian Business Community hopes to change that.
The idea is to bring people with similar goals and ambitions to the same place to meet and develop mutually beneficial relationships.
Penn adds, “The Lesbian Business Community’s Compelling Articles editorial section consists of an extensive, carefully curated database of articles featuring the latest in business and entrepreneurship, coaching and mentoring, LGBT travel and leisure, LGBT arts and entertainment, and lesbian life and style topics. Additionally, the LBC’s LGBT events page provides a comprehensive listing of national and local LGBT social and business events of interest to the community.”