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WHY JOIN?


CORPORATE NON-PROFIT INDIVIDUAL


CIBOR’s mission is to empower and support our LGBT-owned and allied member businesses and professionals. Our goal is to create an inclusive Central Illinois community and provide you with exposure to this large, loyal, and allied LGBTQ consumer market.

We offer five core benefits:


LGBTBE Certification

We are working towards becoming an affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and we pay for our members to pursue LGBT Business Enterprise Certification. Once completed, your certification connects you with the NGLCC’s international network of affiliates, expanding your business referral network around the globe.

ADVOCACY

You have the power and voice of CIBOR’s advocacy with the local municipalities of Central Illinois and with our State government in Springfield.

SAFE COMMERCE PROGRAM

You receive Safe Commerce designation that informs LGBT consumers that yours is a welcoming place of business. By displaying our sticker, your business is immediately identifiable as welcoming to the LGBT community.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS AND EDUCATION

Our annual LGBT Career Expo, our printed member directory, member networking events, and training seminars put you in touch with the people, services, and knowledge you need to dialogue with the local LGBT community.

SAVINGS

You can take advantage of discounts offered by fellow CIBOR member businesses, as well as offer your own discount. Your membership also entitles you to substantial discounts on display advertising in our print directory and exhibitor fees at our annual LGBT Career Expo.