Biz Briefs: Blue Ridge Pride debuts LGBTQ+ business alliance

Blue Ridge Pride, a nonprofit supporting the LGBTQ community in Western North Carolina, launched an online business directory for LGBTQ-owned and inclusive businesses called the Blue Ridge Pride Business Alliance on June 25.

The directory, available at BlueRidgePride.org/Business, includes retail, food and drink, leisure and services and other categories. Businesses listed in the BRPBA directory can also choose to identify as woman- or minority-owned.

The BRPBA launched in tandem with a new Blue Ridge chapter of the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce. The CLGBTCC, which serves WNC and South Carolina, is a professional membership organization that provides business development and networking opportunities.

Blue Ridge Pride began discussing the creation of an LGBTQ chamber of commerce for the area last summer, says David Perry, the nonprofit’s director of development and business programs. During the winter of 2021, CLGBTCC contacted Blue Ridge Pride…

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