Press Release: June 2, 2011
Raleigh, North Carolina
For Immediate Release
Stan C. Kimer
Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, Inc.
Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer Officially Certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise
The NGLCC’s Supplier Diversity Initiative has Helped Hundreds of LGBT Business Owners Connect with Corporate America, the Government and Each Other
Total Engagement Consulting becomes only the second certified company in the state of North Carolina
Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, Inc. is now officially certified as an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) owned and operated business through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI). The NGLCC is the nation’s exclusive certifying body for LGBT owned and operated businesses.
“America’s top corporations are eager to do business with the LGBT community,” said Justin G. Nelson, President and Co-Founder of the NGLCC. “Our community has a demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and is a $743 billion consumer market.”
The Supplier Diversity Initiative began in 2006 in response to Corporate America’s growing to engage more deeply with the LGBT business community. Today, the NGLCC has over 120 corporate Supplier Diversity Partners who recognize the LGBTBE designation when making procurement decisions and ensuring diversity in their supply chains.
The NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between LGBT business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. They are the only national certifying body for LGBT Business Enterprises.
Even though there are now 225 businesses certified as LGBT Business Enterprises, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer is only the second such certified business in the state of North Carolina. “I am excited be certified by the NGLCC and strongly feel that my increased access to NGLCC’s corporate Supplier Diversity Partners will help drive exponential growth in my business,” said Stan C. Kimer, founder and president of Total Engagement Consulting. “And I also feel proud to be a diversity pioneer in the south and often to refer to LGBT Diversity as ‘the new diversity frontier for the New South.’”
After a successful 31-year career in IBM in various staff, management and executive positions, including four years as IBM’s global corporate GLBT Diversity Manager, Kimer founded his new consulting practice in October, 2010. His three service offerings areas are:
• Diversity Management with a specialization in LGBT workplace and marketplace
• Employee career development using an innovative “career road mapping” methodology
• General organizational effectiveness and project management consulting
In addition to his consulting practice, Kimer serves on several community boards including as President of the North Carolina Council of Churches and on the City of Raleigh’s Human Relations Commission.