2019 Eminence Award Application Period Opens

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The Business Equality Network and the BEQ Pride editorial team are committed to the development and success of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer business community. We place special emphasis on and acknowledge support for organizations and major employers that have made diverse and inclusive workplace, multicultural engagement and supply chain diversity not just a matter of policy, but a matter of practice.

Over the years we have honored organizations that are fostering economic stability in the LGBTQ community through the fair treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ employees, suppliers, consumers and partners in business. These organizations were recognized for their demonstrated practice of Business Equality Excellence.

We originally created the Business Equality Excellence Award to establish a pool of likely candidates for our Annual Corporate Eminence Award. Our goal was quite simple, curate a list of the major brands and employers who are committed to the economic empowerment of all diverse communities while highlighting their commitment to the LGBTQ business community.

The Business Equality Excellence program allowed us to bring attention to the need to align excellence in the workplace (based on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index), marketplace (media and market presence showing LGBTQ engagement), supply chain (corporate partnership with NGLCC) and philanthropy (engaging LGBTQ issues and charitable causes through monetary support). The program was all about clearly identifying the business community and industry leaders engaged in the struggle for full equality for the LGBTQ community through business and economic inclusion.

Hundreds of companies have been added to the Business Equality Excellence ranks over the years and our list has become a standard for demonstrating commitment to the LGBTQ business community. With the recent inclusion of LGBTBE and Supplier Diversity at both the Billion Dollar Roundtable and Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, respectively, we’ve decided to adjust the criteria for our program.

Beginning March 10, 2019, we will be accepting applications for the 2019 Corporate Eminence Award from all major employers and brands that are corporate partners of the NGLCC (or are members of the Billion Dollar Roundtable with a perfect score on the HRC CEI).

Our team has been closely monitoring trends in LGBTQ business equality since 2012. As of 2019 we are widening our lens and adjusting the aperture with an even greater emphasis on Business and Economic Inclusion for the LGBTQ community. Our scope of interest will now include recognizing and amplifying those brands and companies that have elevated supplier diversity and inclusive sourcing from an administrative and compliance function to a strategic and mission critical imperative within their organizations. That means the BEQ Pride Corporate Eminence Award is the high bar for recognition of LGBTQ business and economic inclusion.

Here are a few facts to consider from a recent Gallup Daily Tracking:

  • by 2044, the U.S. will be a majority-minority population
  • currently, 10 million American adults identify as LGBT (4.1%)
  • among millennials, 7.3% identified as LGBT in 2016
  • women make up 55% of LGBT-identified adults
  • racial and ethnic minorities now account for 40% of LGBT-identified adults

These facts dictate that by 2045 an inclusive sourcing model will be the business norm. Are you ready?

The Eminence Award

Our definition of Eminence is a conferred high status or importance due to marked superiority in LGBTQ business and economic inclusion. Corporate Eminence is a designation of distinction for one organization that is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) or a current member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable with a perfect score on the most current HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.

Ideal candidates are actively engaged with both certified LGBTQ business enterprises and in growing their outreach to the overall LGBTQ business community. Candidates consistently demonstrate leadership, creativity and commitment to LGBTQ business development and diversity and inclusion through LGBTQ procurement, technical, operational, and managerial assistance, and/or sponsorship of or to related programs.

Application Questionnaire Deadline

The BEQ Pride Editorial Board must receive your electronic application by 8:00 p.m. EST on May 15, 2019, at Download the application questionnaire (PDF) at

Submission Process

Applications and any supporting documentation must be completed and submitted electronically to on or before 8 p.m. EST on May 15, 2019. All submission information and any financial data is kept confidential. Our 2019 Eminence Award winner will be notified by July 1, 2019. There will be additional recognition of outstanding participants.

Download the Application

Business Equality Pride (BEQPride) is the first publication from the BEQ family of national print and digital magazines exclusively addressing the needs of LGBTQ small-to-medium sized businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals.