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Business Resources for 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneurs

A recent survey carried out by the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Deloitte, found that 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs still faced discrimination and systemic barriers to their success. According to the study:

  • 21% of respondents faced challenges and discrimination due to their sexual orientation
  • 25% of respondents had lost business opportunities for being part of the 2SLGBTQI+ community
  • 41% identified challenges acquiring funding and financing, and
  • 33% were unable to access mentorship opportunities

Despite facing these impediments to their success, 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs are an economic force to be reckoned with. Canada is home to over 100,000 2SLGBTQI+ owned businesses, employing half a million Canadians, while generating over $22 billion in annual revenues. In other words, 2SLGBTQI+ business is big business, and their continuing success plays an important role in the Canadian economy.

If you’re an 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneur looking to start or grow your own business, we’ve gathered a list of dedicated resources to help you on the road to success.

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Canada 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce

The Canada 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce exists to elevate LGBT+ businesses and foster greater diversity and inclusion across Canada’s economy. They offer inclusivity training and market-preparedness training for serving LGBT+ clientele. SBBC is a proud partner of CGLCC.

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Qmunity

QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives.

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LOUD Business Directory

Formed over 35 years ago, LOUD Business (formerly known as the Gay Lesbian Business Association of BC) creates opportunities for professionals and entrepreneurs within the 2SLGBTQI+ community to network, learn and grow – both professionally and personally.

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Pride at Work

Through dialogue, education and thought leadership, Pride at Work Canada empowers employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We help create safer, more inclusive workspaces that realize the full potential of all employees and bring down barriers to employment.

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TransFocus Consulting

Inclusive workplaces are high performing workplaces, but education often isn’t enough. Real inclusion is strategic and transformative. TransFocus Consulting helps organizations transform from the inside out, bringing systems-thinking to gender inclusion.

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The Dignity Network

Dignity Network Canada is a group of civil society organizations across Canada involved in supporting the human rights of people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) globally. The Network is governed by a Board of Directors and has a number of working groups to advance their collective work.

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Start Proud

Start Proud facilitates the professional development of 2SLGBTQI+ students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the 2SLGBTQA+ community.

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We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.