The Business Equality Network (BEQ) is a group of strategic media, consulting, research and business accelerators committed to reaching and empowering LGBTQ, women, minority and other underrepresented, underserved and underutilized business communities. BEQ leverages its dedicated communication platforms to facilitate an increase in cross-sector (public, private, civil society) engagement of diverse professionals, business-owners and entrepreneurs.
BEQ’s Communication Platforms Include
- Print and digital affinity publications for the diverse business community
- Mobile and digital channels dedicated to business programming for a diverse audience
- Long-form content and advertisements in national radio programs focused on business equality issues and interests
- A diverse community of small-to-medium sized businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals
- Fortune-ranked corporations dedicated to diversity & inclusion in their workplace, workforce, supply chain and in the communities they serve
- Advocacy groups, third-party certification organizations and non-profit organizations focused on business equality
- Individual consumers and supporters of business equality
Diversity as a differentiator
Since the late 1960s and the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, corporate diversity initiatives have evolved from simple compliance related efforts to address discrimination in hiring practices to corporate policy and a business imperative. Research shows that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. Diversity is a competitive differentiator shifting market share toward more diverse companies.
The pioneers of diversity in the workplace, marketplace, supply chain and philanthropy have shown a willingness to take on issues of equity, fairness and equal opportunity in the United States and around the world. The identification and inclusion of LGBTQ business start-ups, increased spending power within the LGBTQ community, and growing participation of LGBTQ suppliers in the corporate supply chain are creating new opportunities for astute companies to realize first-mover advantages in both domestic and global emerging markets. In addition, current demographic trends, a favorable political climate for LGBT equality and the global race for talent, compel more organizations to better understand, engage and include the LGBTQ community in their business models.
Corporate diversity leaders are setting new standards and establishing best practices on how to reach and include the LGBTQ community across the enterprise. Their focus on diversity and inclusion has set them apart, positively distinguishing their brands in the marketplace, and attracting some of the smartest and most talented people in the world to their ranks.
Small businesses are the engine of our economy. Small, diverse businesses are starting at unprecedented rates and are expected to play a key role in the health of our national economy in the years ahead. Diversity and inclusion still matter.