Incorporating Inclusion Washington, D.C. Regional Forum
March 3, 2020
Registration and Networking Breakfast
Where We Are, Where We Are Going: Research Perspective
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will discuss its latest research report, “Business Success and Growth Through LGBT-Inclusive Culture”, which examines the motivations and structure surrounding the adoption of LGBT-inclusive practices by companies. The research is currently being reframed to more deeply consider the issues of small and medium businesses. In this short presentation, USCCF’s Director of Research Lawrence Bowdish will outline the impact of inclusion on companies and communities, with special attention to the impact on small companies.
Working Together: The Role of Industry Associations
Washington, DC is home to many trade associations, who represent companies of all sizes in a particular industry. During this panel discussion, we want to discuss how associations are helping companies of all sizes make the case for inclusion—discussing the ripple effect it has on community success, the life experience of employees, and educating other companies on how they, too, can be an ally.
The LGBT Business Economy: A Snapshot
LGBTQ Inclusion in DC
Small Business Industry Focus: Food/Service
Restaurants and Caterers are unique in the private sector in that they require more employees than most other businesses to operate—averaging 18.8 employees per establishment compared to the national average of 16.4. However, the 617,000 companies in the restaurant space (industry codes 7223// and 7225//) tend to be smaller than average, 98.7% of registered restaurants have fewer than 100 employees compared to 94.5% of all U.S. companies. In addition, serving communities of all shapes and sizes requires companies in the food service industry to take inclusion seriously, not only for their own employees, but to encourage increased patronage and build good relationships with their community. During this panel discussion, we aim to share how and why LGBT inclusion implementation strategies in the food service industry are important for success, and how they can serve as a model for other companies.