The Own It! Program is a virtual entrepreneurial intensive specifically designed to provide education, resources, and space to new transgender & gender expansive (TGX) business owners and aspiring TGX entrepreneurs. Own It! is co-created and maintained by nglccNY, TD Bank, and Destination Tomorrow.

 Sessions for the program will be held on Zoom in September and October of 2024, covering topics such as developing a business plan, assessing your market, and more! The program will culminate with a pitch program as a special edition of NGLCC’s Sip & Pitch Fridays program.

All new and aspiring TGX entrepreneurs across the country are eligible to apply for the virtual program, and a select cohort will be chosen to participate from those who apply. This is a free program for those chosen to participate. NGLCC's LGBTBE® Certification is not a requirement to participate, nor is local affiliate LGBTQ+ chamber membership – business owners who complete the program will have the opportunity to get their certification fees and local membership dues sponsored! We encourage you to share this opportunity with any new OR aspiring transgender & gender expansive entrepreneurs in your network. Additionally, we strongly encourage intersectionally diverse TGX individuals to apply.

The application portal will close on Sunday, July 14 at 11:59PM PT.

For any questions, contact

2024 NGLCC XLR8 Program Application

The NGLCC XLR8 Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE) Capacity Development Program is designed to help LGBT-owned businesses grow and succeed in a highly competitive market. XLR8 will consist of a series of by-application cohorts of NGLCC Certified LGBTBE® companies distinguished by revenue, focusing on businesses ranging from $100,000 to $999,999, $1 million to $3.99 million, and $4 million+ (known as NGLCC’s Platinum Circle) in annual revenues to help them create sustainable and meaningful growth for their companies. Start-up companies and those with less than $100,000 that have high-growth potential will also be considered. Applications for 3rd cohort are due July 31, 2024.

Key areas of focus include: management and leadership innovation, access to capital and financial literacy, cybersecurity, team development, as well as marketing, communications, and branding.

Cohort 3 Schedule (2-3:30pm ET; virtual) 


Tuesday, August 20, 2024 | Session 1

Mark Bertolini - CEO, Oscar Health

Tuesday, August 27, 2024 | Session 2

Robert Schapira - Director of Small Business Diverse Customer Segments, Senior VP at Wells Fargo

Tuesday, September 5, 2024 | Session 3

Ernest Cordova and Glenn Ballard - Dragonfli Group

Tuesday, September 10, 2024 | Session 4

Anthony Shop - Co-Founder of Social Driver, Chairman of National Digital Roundtable, Host of Chief Influencer Podcast

Tuesday, September 12, 2024 | Session 5

Jha Allen - Founder of Endless Marketing

Tuesday, September 17, 2024 | Session 6

Mark Bertolini - CEO, Oscar Health

Applications for 3rd cohort are due Juy 31, 2024.


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