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Learn How to Ask the Right Questions to Get The Answer

How to ask questions. It seems simple since as humans our first words relied heavily on asking “Why?”. But when it comes to research, journalism, and even podcasting or as a YouTuber, “why” can be a great start, but depending on what comes after that can lead you down a path of connection and discovery or shut your study participant/interviewee down. The latter can happen when the question makes assumptions and may put the person in a defensive mode or worse feeling utterly offended. Ali Mustag is here to help you get to the heart of your research or interview topics with deep insights in a way that is open, respectful, engaging even if you have absolutely no personal connection with the subject matter.

Ali Mushtag is a university professor and out gay entrepreneur Social scientist with a strong background in the higher education industry with skills in data analytics, leadership, qualitative analysis, multivariate statistics, research, and business insights. He is a Doctor of Philosophy – Ph.D. focused in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

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Ali is in the process of finalizing the deployment of a systematic approach to forming questions in a manner that significantly increases getting the answers you seek from your research study participants, sources, or interview guests. This approach is well suited for academic research studies, marketing research studies, commercial product or service studies, reporters, journalists, interviewers, YouTubers, podcasters, recruiters, consultants, mental health professionals and so many more. If you want to get people to open up and provide detailed full informative responses to your questions, Ali’s training is could be right for you.

Join Ali on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

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Building Community: LGBTQ Financial Services – Superbia!

In this conversation with Superbia Services out gay entrepreneur CEO/founder Myles Meyers, we chat about the very long road to bringing his vision to serve the United States LGBTQ community through financial services and products that eliminate discrimination and biases. Further, through using those services, provide much-needed funding for a US-based LGBTQ community organization. With is 30 years of financial institution experience lense in early 2015 Myles sought out a US-based LGBTQ financial services organization and found there was none. Knowing the institutionalized discrimination that many traditional financial services organizations impose on the LGBTQ community and individual biases of staff of otherwise well-intentioned institutions, Myles saw the strong need for a new financial services organization that is focused on the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, interest, asexual, queer, questioning persons and our wonderful community supporting allies. He also understands that most nonprofits serving and supporting the LGBTQ community struggle to meet current operational expenses let alone have the financial option to grow. So, from the outset, Myles set his sights on creating a new financial service organization that supports the individual, small business owners, and community nonprofits.

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In this chat, you’ll get a great overview of the steps taken, progress, next steps, and immense personal commitment of Myles and his team. So far it has been a 4-year journey. It is with good reason a highly regulated industry and therefore Myles and his team been working tirelessly to meet and exceed all state and federal regulations to ensure Superbia Services is a safe and sound financial institution.

Watch or listen to the conversation to learn more. Connect with Myles on at: https://www.outburo.com/profile/myles/ Our first recorded interview with a great overview Episode page: https://www.outburo.com/superbia-1st-in-gay-banking-insurances-and-money-management/

On YouTube: https://youtu.be/DRRUAiqRkMQ Our first article on Superbia in December 2018: https://www.outburo.com/superbia-financial-the-first-lgbtq-community-national-credit-union/

Join Myles on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

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Superbia! 1st in Gay Banking, Insurances and Money Management

Superbia Services, founded by out gay entrepreneur Myles Meyers, is an LGBTQ Credit Union and financial services firm. The credit union is owned and managed by it’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, asexual, gender nonconforming, queer, and or great community allies who join. It provides all the traditional financial and banking services for personal and small businesses. The services side is working to provide life and health insurance as well as wealth management. Mr. Meyers has decades of financial services experience and founded Superbia based on the discrimination and biases many in the LGBTQ community face. Superbia, which is Latin meaning Pride, is designed to serve a community need as well as provide needed funding for LGBTQ community nonprofits. The more you use the services the more that, it can be provided to the community. It is a social impact business that creates an equal financial playing field where all members are treated with dignity and respect. As Mr. Meyers stated, “the world doesn’t need another bank or insurance company, but the world does need one that is focused on serving this community”. 13:50

Connect with Myles on at: https://www.outburo.com/profile/myles/

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Our first article on Superbia in December 2018: https://www.outburo.com/superbia-fina…

Learn more about Superbia Services at: https://superbia.org/

  • 01:30 Myles provides a brief background overview which includes nearly 30 years in the financial services space
  • 02:20 In 2015 Myles investigated LGBTQ focused financial service offerings and found none. He realized the need and the idea was born.
  • 03:00 As a cooperative/credit union the members own and manage the organization. We can benefit the members and the community.
  • 04:00 The credit union obtained it’s charter Sept 9, 2019. They are working on the final operational approvals before that opens live.
  • 04:15 The credit union is the foundation yet Superbia is broadening to life insurance, health insurance, and wealth management. The need is there.
  • 05:00 A member may be voted onto the board
  • 05:30 Superbia will offer small business banking and services
  • 07:00 the national association was launched on July 1, 2020
  • 08:30 It is an online model with a partner network fork local cash withdraws and local cash deposits to reach our members where they live
  • 12:00 Have received international coverage and interest
  • 13:50 the world doesn’t need another bank or insurance company, but the world does need one that is focused on serving this community”

Join Myles on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, a.lies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.

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OutBüro Launches Ambassador Program

Promote LGBTQ Workplace Equality and Earn

We would like LGBTQ workplace equality to spread like wildfire and we applaud entrepreneurs, so today OutBüro launches it’s OutBüro Ambassador program.

What is the OutBüro Ambassador Program

It is an affiliate marketing system that anyone may register for. It is a system that is transparent providing each Ambassador with a unique URL that is customizable to share with prospective employers to use when claiming or adding their OutBüro Employer Listing. Employer listings subscriptions fees are based on a sliding scale depending on the number of current employees worldwide. Therefore it’s cost effective for companies/organizations of any size from 3 – 300,000 or more.

See the OutBüro Ambassador program overview for more information on how it works and the management area just for Ambassadors to track your clicks and successful Employer Listing subscriptions.

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Currently, the Ambassador program offers a 10% commission on successful Employer listings that are claimed or added. The commission is not only on this initial annual subscription yet continues annually for as long as that Employer listing remains active. Therefore you earn an initial plus residual income.

You share your unique link with prospective employers. When they click through your Ambassador account is attributed for up to 90 days. It is in all our best interest to have them sign up as quickly as possible. If another Ambassador shares their link with the same employer you run the risk of the 2nd Ambassador being attributed with the signup. See the Ambassador program description for more detail on this.

Believe you can pull lots or big fish?

Do you believe you can attract a significant number of employers and/or very large employers? OK – contact us to discuss the opportunity.

Who can be an OutBüro Ambassador?

Anyone or any entity really. But some ideal Ambassdors would be the following:

  • An individual who already markets to businesses of any size.
  • A company who already markets to businesses of any size.
  • A company/organization LGBTQ employee who would like to champion their employer to claim or add their Employer listing to OutBüro. Perhaps this is on behalf of an LGBTQ employee resource group.
  • Any for-profit or non-profit that advocates LGBTQ workplace equality.
  • Any non-profit with a membership base such as community centers, chambers of commerce and so forth.
  • Again, really anyone or any entity may become an OutBüro Ambassador.

Are there any restrictions on the the earned commission may be used?

OutBüro does not place any restrictions on how the funds you, your company, or your organization uses the funds earned but here are some ideas:

Diversity and Inclusion Consultants

Same as all below and a very pertinent offering to expand the outstanding services you are already doing. It’s one more thing you bring to the table and earn.

Individual person

  • Hey, use the funds any way you like. Pay bills, add to a vacation fund.
  • Pay your health insurance.
  • Pay other your debt down.
  • Pay for college tuition, book, rent, food, nights out.
  • Take that needed vacation.
  • Donate it to local LGBTQ non-profit charities.
  • It’s 100% up to you.

Small business – B2B marketing

  • Grow your business adding this as one more revenue stream.
  • Add needed hardware – buy a new laptop, etc
  • Pay company bills.
  • Throw a holiday party for staff and/or clients.
  • Invest in your business
  • Take a needed vacation.
  • Donate it to local LGBTQ community non-profits.
  • It’s 100% up to you.

Medium sized business B2B marketing

  • Same as Small Business
  • Support your internal LGBTQ workplace equality efforts
  • Launch an LGBTQ employee resource group
  • Expand your marketing and your exposure
  • It’s 100% up to you

LGBTQ Non-Profits

  • Promote OutBüro to your membership base. They’ll also then be supporting your organization now and every year they retain their membership.
  • Get that needed website update accomplished.
  • Invest in technology to improve internal operations, security and other needed areas.
  • Add paid positions.
  • Expand your service offerings
  • Allocate the funds to annual project goals
  • It’s 100% up to you

OutBüro Gives Back Program

As soon as OutBüro starts a positive revenue track, which with your help as an Ambassador we hope will be soon. We’ll be allocating a percentage of quarterly profits to be donated to global, national and local non-profits that support LGBTQ workplace equality, opportunities for career advancement and training and general LGBTQ community support organizations.

You’re being an Ambassador can do so much good for you, your organization an the community at large.

Review the following to get up to speed

Review the following article from OutBüro to expand your knowledge so that you are ready to talk with employers about the value of being an open and welcoming LGBTQ workplace. Naturally, seek out other resources too for general information on diversity and inclusion.

6 Steps to enhance LGBTQ workplace equality with OutBüro

Beyond the scope, depth and reach of the HRC Corporate Equality Index – OutBüro is an LGBTQ employee driven ratings/review platform for any employer, any size, anywhere in the world. Not just for US Fortune 1000 companies.

LGBTQ employees be a super hero – Your voice matters – rate/review your current and/or recent past employers to applaud them creating an amazing LGBTQ inclusive and welcoming workplace or shine light on areas they can improve.

According to many studies, employers who adopt LGBTQ workplace friendly policies, benefits, and business practices see significant improvement in productivity, creativity, problem-solving, employee happiness and customer loyalty.

Don’t stop there, check out the LGBT Studies area on the OutBüro blog for more great information to prepare you for your employer conversations.

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We are super duper excited

I am so excited to have you considering becoming an OutBüro Ambassador. I’ve built OutBüro and the OutBüro on LinkedIn group with currently over 46,000 global members 100% on my own. It’s been my own time, energy and money to try to build a global resource for the LGBTQ community.

I can no longer do this alone and need you and your business connections. Naturally, I hope you also make every LGBTQ working professional no matter what job they do aware of OutBüro so they come review/rate their employer(s). As the employers are added and employee submits ratings/review OutBüro will become a valuable resource for both the employers, their employees, and future job seekers.

I so much apprecite you.

Dennis Velco
OutBüro – Founder, CEO

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Beyond Scope, Depth and Reach of HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

A simple way to describe OutBüro is as a mashup of Glassdoor.com and HRC’s Corporate Equality Index while OutBüro moves beyond the scope, depth and reach of the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

OutBüro relaunches to enhance LGBTQ employees ability to anonymously rate/review their current and recent past employer(s) at no cost to the employee. The ratings capture many factors both unique to their LGBTQ work-life experience and general employee satisfaction with an intuitive user interface and user guides to make it simple.

72% of LGBTQ employees report mental health issues due to work environment often caused by discrimination and harassment. Today, even in the United States in many states it is still legal to discriminate against LGBTQ workers. Companies and organizations that create an LGBTQ friendly work environment reap the financial benefits according to many studies.

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OutBüro aims to be the open and employee reported source for insight into the LGBTQ friendliness of every employer everywhere. OutBüro is inclusive yet not limited to US Fortune 1000 companies. OutBüro is available to all employers, any type, any size, and anywhere in the world. In the US, most Americans work for small and mid-sized companies as well as government, non-profits, and educational institutions to name a few.

Not only does it indicate if an employer has the following LGBTQ friendly policies, benefits, resources and practices, but it enables the employer to provide links to employer’s and 3rd party sites to socially prove it:

  • Sexual orientation non-discrimination policy
  • Gender Identity non-discrimination policy
  • Domestic partner benefits
  • Transgender-inclusive benefits
  • LGBTQ employee resource group
  • Requires same LGBTQ equality standard in contractors and vendors
  • LGBTQ inclusion competency training
  • Has same policies, benefits, resources and practices throughout the globe and subsidiaries
  • Publicly demonstrates support for LGBTQ quality Globally, Nationally and Locally
  • Appropriately leverages LGBTQ content in it’s marketing year round – not just Pride month

Manage Your Employer Reputation and Brand

Employers may claim their listing if previously added by a current or recent past employee with limited feature. Or an employer may add a new listing themselves to control the content representing their company/organization. It also allows the appointed contact to interact with the anonymous employee reviewers while not having the ability to alter what has been posted. Claim or add your Employer listing now.

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The Gay Veteran Entrepreneur Behind LinkedIn’s Largest LGBT Professional Group

By Andy Smith – Updated May 14, 2019, for current accuracy by Dennis Velco.

First appearing on Edge Media Network

Since 2008, Dennis Velco founded and has nurtured  LinkedIn’s largest LGBTQ networking group from a concept to an international networking resource with over 46,000 global members – that grows daily.  Velco is a social entrepreneur with a passion for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. OutBuro on LinkedIn 46000 global members- Largest LGBT Professional Entrepreneur Networking Community Group Gay Lesbian Bisexual Queer Transgender Network

It was the driving force for Velco to launch the LGBT media crowd-sourced corporate social justice tech startup OutBüro.  Additionally, OutBüro is a growing site of LGBT related business news, information, resources, and stories of careers and business owners.

Velco continues to moderate and grow the LinkedIn group yet now branded as and supported as a service of OutBüro.

For Dennis, creating, cultivating and growing the OutBüro on LinkedIn group has been a persistent and passionate endeavor.

OutBüro on LinkedIn welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT), queer, intersex and questioning professionals and entrepreneurs, along with friends, allies, recruiters and diversity professionals seeking to connect, network and communicate to advance their careers.

A Persistent Pioneer – How it began

“I’ve been on LinkedIn since way before people knew what it was, when I was living in New York City 16 years ago,” says Velco, now based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Back then it wasn’t as prominent as it is today. I put it on the backburner for a couple of years. As more clients began to mention it in casual conversation in late in 2007, I got more involved and did what most people do-I filled it out like a resume and began to prospect on it.”

As he became more involved, Velco began noticing other features of the networking service, especially the preponderance of collegiate alumni association groups listed on people’s profiles.

“I scoured LinkedIn searching for an LGBT Group and looking up very prominent LGBT community members to see if their profiles had any LGBT group listed. I found nothing,” he says. After several patient inquiries and a few months of back and forth, it turned out the site wasn’t hosting an LGBTQ networking group.

Velco contacted LinkedIn providing a strong case for an LGBT group on the site. Eventually, LinkedIn gave the green light, and Velco agreed to be the group’s owner and moderator voluntarily donating his time and resources.

He approached the project with fervor and a sense of mission. “I felt and continue to feel it is vital to have a strong open and out LGBT presence on the world’s largest professional networking site,” he says. “People are much more likely to be out on Facebook yet still hesitant to be out on LinkedIn.” At Velco’s request, all groups on LinkedIn offer the option to hide a group’s membership on public profiles.

Adding Members & Content 

Once LinkedIn signed off, Velco jumped in with both feet, embracing the project, donating hours of time each day – including weekends – to building the group, taking a labor-intensive, trial-and-error approach.

“I would search LinkedIn and find profiles of people that had ‘LGBT, GLBT, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer and so forth’ in their listing and send them invitations to join the group. I’d have to be careful to weed out people who have ‘Gay’ in their names,” he says. “I then would send each person a personalized invitation to join the group.”

Building and maintaining this group has been a labor of love. “My past life partner thought I was crazy in the beginning of building it due to the amount of time and personal money I was investing in the group. The first several years I would spend anywhere from two to six hours a day combing the Internet for pertinent content to post,” Velco recalls.

“March 2018 will mark ten years that I’ve done this voluntarily,” he says.

In addition to writing pieces for the group, Velco searched international news sites to curate LGBTQ-focused, business-oriented pieces. “I would strive to stay non-political and avoid content that would alienate members,” he says. “I’d try to get global content because I didn’t want it to just be an echo chamber of U.S. and Canadian content. I can’t wait until LinkedIn gets automatic translations because I would like all members to be able to contribute, view and participate in their native language. I believe that being an English only site is a deterrent to many. Having such a feature I believe would increase member active participation.”

Nixing NSFW Content

Despite what a handful of aspiring members might think, LinkedIn is not an adjunct to Grindr or a Circuit Party Facebook page. Deflecting accusations of being sex-negative, Velco has spent a fair amount of time screening out applicants who submit genital images as their profile photos. As a business-oriented (rather than social) site, even shirtless pictures are typically verboten.

“Policing the group is important because while Facebook is typically banned at most businesses via the company internet, LinkedIn is not,” he emphasizes.  I want OutBüro main site and our channels such as OutBüro on LinkedIn to remain Fortune 1000 level office friendly.

“I hold to LinkedIn’s terms of service. I’ve had to moderate and get involved with spats and even had a stalker who ended up banned from LinkedIn for life. I’ve had blatant anti-LGBT content in profiles. Every single person’s profile in the group must be reviewed by me to a degree.”

Worthy Endeavors 

Today he’s exploring his new home town of Wilton Manors and the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area.

The group has from high school students through White House staff of both the Obama and Trump administration and every role in between. “Knowing that people at that level value the group enough to have an open LGBT or they are friendly representatives present makes me feel great.  My effort to date has been well spent.”

Nevertheless, Dennis and his passionate quest continue with OutBüro being part of the evolution.  He states, “I feel good because OutBüro is about helping people and companies/organization be better and make good decisions be being a resource and a tool of communication, growth, and change.”

Directly connect with Dennis Velco on LinkedIn.  Use the contact form to send a message or request a 30-minute phone or skype introduction call with him.

Join the LinkedIn LGBT group here.

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Same-Sex Partners 73% Discriminated Against by Mortgage Lenders

Purchasing a home is a significant life event for most. The process is both exciting and stressful To add to that stress a new study suggests home mortgage lenders are less likely to approve gay and lesbian same-sex couples.

Same-sex borrowers may perform better – Gao

The study, by researchers at Iowa State University’s Ive’s
Ivy College of Business, focused on national mortgage data from 1990 to 2015 and found the approval rate for same-sex couples was 3 to 8 percent lower. The research also included more detail dive about applicants’ work history and creditworthiness analyzed from a smaller dataset. Based on this data, same-sex applicants were 73 percent more likely to be denied than heterosexual couples.

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Gay and lesbian same-gender couples who were approved paid higher interest and fees. Co-authors Hua Sun (pictured right) and Lei Gao (pictured in featured image), associate and assistant professors of finance, respectively, say the difference in finance fees averaged less than .5 %, but combined added up as much as $86 million annually.

Another research study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found no evidence that gay and lesbian couples had a higher risk of mortgage default.

“Lenders can justify higher fees, if there is greater risk,” Gao said. “We found nothing to indicate that’s the case. In fact, our findings weakly suggest same-sex borrowers may perform better.”

Protection needed

While mortgage applicants are not required to disclose their sexual orientation, however when two women or two men walk in for a home loan through information causally shared while the couple is just being themselves can lead to discrimination. As indicated in another study by the University of Surrey, indicating that during an employment hiring process, LGBT people are discriminated against based solely on their appearance and/or speech. The Surrey study found that person who may or may not be LGBT but are preceived as being so are less likely to be hired, promoted and paid less than their heterosexual counterparts. This perception is just as damaging in terms of discrimination in the mortgage lending process the researchers say.

Check out this related study by Prudential on the financial health of American by gender, race and sexual orientation.

Sun and Gao say the findings of their Mortgage Lending study illustrate a need for change to make the lending laws fair for everyone. Loan decisions should be not be based on, not skin color, sexual orientation or gender. Lending should be based only on fundamental economic factors. Sun says making sexual orientation a protected class would limit potential discrimination.

The Fair Housing and Equal Credit Opportunity acts prohibit discrimination based on a borrower’s race, gender, marital status or religion, however, neither specifically, list sexual orientation.S

“Policymakers need to guarantee same-sex couples have equal access to credit,” Sun said. “Using our framework, credit monitoring agencies also can take steps to investigate unfair lending practices.”

Mortgage lenders though can move ahead of government and as a business ensure their company polices include being open, welcoming and fair to the LGBT community in their lending practices.

Sun and Gao used data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Fannie Mae Loan Performance to test whether perceived sexual orientation affected mortgage approval, cost and performance. Utilizing these datasets allowed researchers to validate their findings and control for factors such as income, variations in lenders’ underwriting standards and property type, which may influence approval rates.

Co-applicants with the same gender were identified as same-sex couples for the study. The researchers used Gallup and Census Bureau data of geographic distributions of LGBT adults to verify their identification strategy and reported a good matching quality.

Location, location, location

Previous research has shown that recent home purchases or refinancing in a neighborhood can predict defaults, which influences mortgage lending approval and interest rates. To determine if the percentage of LGBT individuals living in a neighborhood contributed to the disparity in approval rates, Sun and Gao looked at county-level percentages of same-sex applicants each year.

What they found was somewhat surprising. In neighborhoods with more same-sex couples, both same-sex and different-sex borrowers seem to experience more unfavorable lending outcomes overall. The researchers say the findings should raise enough concern to warrant further investigation.

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NJ LGBT Chamber: “Business Owner Access to Capital Event”

The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce and TD Bank Partner to Support LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Owners

The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce in partnership with TD Bank is proud to host an “Access to Capital” event to help support business owners throughout New Jersey.  Steven Garibell, Vice President of Business Development for the LGBTQ2+ Community at TD Bank will be hosting the workshop to help business owners identify their company’s financial status, future financial needs, and what financing options are available to them. Light refreshments will be served and time will be built in for attendees to network with fellow professionals.

The NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce serves to connect LGBTQ+ and allied business owners and professionals with the resources they need to succeed while also to connecting them with New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community at large. For more information, visit njlgbtchamber.org/.

“TD Bank has a long-standing commitment to our small business community,” says Garibell. “By working with organizations such as the NJ LGBT Chamber, we are able to bring our Small Business WOW! Zone classes to small business owners in diverse communities. Our work will help LGBT Business Enterprises ® gain greater access to capital thereby strengthening the communities they serve.”

As an affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the NJ LGBT Chamber offers LGBT Business Enterprise Certification ® as benefit of membership with the organization. Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by over 250 NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBT business community. Certified LGBTBEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools following one year.

“LBGT Business owners generate over $1.7 trillion in economic impact (per NGLCC’s groundbreaking America’s LGBT Economy Report), create jobs and innovate business solutions nationwide,” says NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Stephen Blazejewski. “We actively seek to work with corporate partners like TD Bank to host educational events that are critical in ensuring professional success for our Members and Future Members throughout the state of New Jersey.”

On May 1, the Business Owner Access to Capital event will take place at TD Bank’s Jersey City Branch;  125 18th St, Jersey City, NJ from 6-8 p.m.

Interested attendees should RSVP here. Questions related to the event can be emailed to [email protected]

About NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce: The NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce is New Jersey’s only LGBTQ business organization dedicated to strengthening LGBT businesses in the New Jersey tri-state area. The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce increases the economic staying-power of its members and allies and facilitates successful business collaboration. We are a platform for business visionaries, and the first stop for LGBT entrepreneurs and allies seeking to advance and access opportunity and resources. Join the New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce to connect, collaborate & leverage business opportunities. For more information, please visit http://njlgbtchamber.org or connect with the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Healthcare Medical Savings Plans for the LGBT Community

March 15, 2019

Officially launched today, OutBüro Care+Plan is a pre-negotiated healthcare discount savings plan leveraging trusted national networks of service providers. It is unique in that it is specifically targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Believed to be the first of it’s kind.

OutBüro Care+Plans are for individuals, couples, and families residing in the United States regardless of citizenship status. It has opportunities for independent entrepreneur, small business owners and non-profits with a member base. OutBüro Care+Plans is focused on the LGBTQ community, however it’s not exclusive – we aren’t meanies. We’d welcome anyone to the OutBüro Care+Plans who meet the general plan requirements.

OutBüro Care+Plan is a result of the partnership between OutBüro and Atlas Benefits.

Why focus on the LGBTQ community?

There are other similar plans out there that anyone may use. OutBüro’s focuses its content and service on the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur community. It is difficult or impossible to be your best on the job or tending to your client as an LGBTQ entrepreneur when you have health concerns. Your sinuses may be killing you, or you met a hot guy and all you can think about is your erectile dysfunction.

“When AtlasCare management reached out to me, within our first call my interest was high. I had already written articles based on studies including lack of access and high health risk LGBTQ people face,” Velco states.

An LGBTQ person who has a fear of going to medical facilities due to past negative experiences, for many things may utilize the medicine doctor as part of the plan, stop by a lab if ordered, and have their prescription mailed or picked up locally. But anyone on the OutBüro Care+Plan can typically save time and money leveraging the Telemedicine option.

Discounted services through nationwide networks

  • Doctor Visits
  • Patent Advocacy
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescriptions
  • Laboratory
  • MRI & Imaging
  • Dermatology
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Chiropractic
  • Diabetic
  • Telemedicine

For more information visit https://www.outburo.com/outburo-careplans-info-sign-up

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Americans dropping health insurance

Recent reports indicate that a large number of persons residing in the United States don’t have health insurance or are considering dropping it in 2019. This is partially in part due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate repeal that removed penalizes Americans on federal taxes. LGBTQ persons are part of that group although we have not found any study quantifying that to date.

Health insurance as emergency only plan

Velco states, “I personally know many people who have health insurance but due to the every rising costs they can only afford a plan with a very high annual deductible, say $5,000. They treat their health insurance as an emergency only plan.

They could leverage the OutBüro Care+Plan for out of pocket cash payment discounts that can still count toward the health insurance annual deductible. Why pay full walk-in or insurance billing rates when you are trying to reach your high heath insurance annual deductible if under normal routine care you likely won’t reach it?

Undocumented immigrants

There are LGBTQ immigrants and likely some are undocumented too. For most in that status it can be challenging to impossible to even get health insurance no matter how much they are willing to pay. The OutBüro Care+Plan is not an insurance plan, but it can help reduce costs.

My own proof

Velco continues, “As I learned more I quickly added up my own health care cost I racked up over the past 3 months and found that had I had this plan, I would have used the exact same vendors and would have saved enough to have covered a full year of cost of the plan. I thought that if this makes no brainier sense to me it’s going to hit home with others.”

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Personal Financial Training for LGBTQ Community

Debt Free Guys, David Auten and John Schneider III, have recently launched the first in a planned series of witty, informative and results-oriented online courses. Debt Free Guys focus their personal finance insight on the LGBTQ Community. Learn a little more about Debt Free Guys in a past article we wrote about them.

Where to start?

David and John felt that starting with How to Pay Off Credit Card Debt is something a vast majority of Americans deal with and know it’s a problem in the gay, lesbian, bisexul, transgender and queer community.

In the first course you are :

  • provided a QUEER MONEY view on finances
  • taught how to change financial behaviour
  • will complete it with an actionable plan
  • grow toward personal financial freedom

Take Action

Join David, John and your LGBTQ peers in creating peronsonal and community strenght through personal financial health.

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When you enroll, use the code DEBTFREE2019 for $100 off the already low course price.

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