Small businesses that are members of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada have the opportunity to compete for $5,000 prizes to be used for education or to launch a new idea.
The GLCCNV teamed up with Cox Business to create the competition with the aim to help small business owners improve their leadership skills. Of the two prizes available, one is The Big Idea, a $5,000 entrepreneurial grant to help launch an idea. The other is a $5,000 educational scholarship to use toward business eduction. Recipients will also receive mentoring support from the LGBTQ + business community and from Cox Business.
“What a tremendous opportunity for members of the Chamber to have a shot at financial assistance and professional support to help launch a big idea, expand knowledge or skills,’’ said Tim Haughinberry, president of the GLCCNV.
Haughinberry said that he chamber’s partnership with Cox Business is its first corporate alignment since expanding to become the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of Nevada in 2019, a move, he says, that has led to significant membership growth and to the creation of opportunities for partnerships such as the one with Cox Business.
Cox Business Vice President Derrick Hill said that the partnership reflects the company’s commitment to building and nurturing a culture of inclusion, diversity and equity.
“Inclusion and diversity are part of Cox’s DNA,” Hill said. “For the third year in a row, Cox has been named a 2021 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign and once again received a perfect score on their Corporate Equality Index.”
Interested current and future small business owners, who are also members of the GLCCNV, can obtain application at glccnv.org. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 19.