Why Join Plexus?
Meet potential customers. Network with corporate partners. Interact with potential employees, customers, and vendors. With Plexus, you’ll grow your business, access professional development for managers and staff, and support (and be supported by) the business community of Northeast Ohio.
We provide unique programming and membership for the following professionals and organizations:
The RE/source Task Force launched in early 2022 focuses on supporting LGBTQ homebuyers through educational programming, referrals, and networking designed specifically for real estate professionals. The aim of RE/source is to increase awareness of programs serving LGBTQ and other underserved populations impacted by continued discrimination.
Plexus LGBTQ+YP is our Young Professional & Campus programming that creates social experiences and safe spaces for queer-identified young professionals and colleges students to connect.
For mid to large-sized organizations membership provides a number of benefits, most notably, inclusion in the Employee Resource Group Council. This programming supports DEI and ERG leaders through networking, training, and best practice resource sharing. The ERG Council represents nearly 40 corporate partners and LGBTQ-focused affinity or business groups.
Chamber membership includes valuable networking events, educational programming, sponsorship opportunities, and more.
We offer programs, events, and training to strengthen and support people in their business efforts and professional lives. We provide opportunities for individuals and companies to amplify their voices and promote their values.
- Our membership roster includes non-profit and for-profit leaders, businesses from all sectors, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders.
- Genuinely enjoy networking events again. At Plexus, we pride ourselves in growing meaningful professional and social connections.
- Strengthen regional economic prosperity by supporting diversity and inclusion.
What makes Plexus different?
MUTUAL EMPOWERMENT. We create opportunities for our members to reach each other, the LGBTQ market, and major corporations committed to supplier diversity. In 2019, the LGBTQ community’s estimated buying power was measured at $3.7 trillion. That number grows year over year and can empower your business too.
CHAMPION YOUR COMMUNITY. More than half of all LGBTQ consumers choose to do business with companies that have made a commitment to diversity and equality. When consumers know that a small business is a member of the local LGBT chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services in the future.
SUPPORT YOUR TEAM. Plexus offers professional development, networking, and ongoing learning. No other ‘employer perk’ can keep your team as excited about learning, growing, and supporting your organizational mission. The Plexus Education Foundation offers cutting edge workshops and trainings designed to meet the needs of your leadership, staff, and D&I specialists.
CONNECT IN THE WAY THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU. We offer training events, networking events, social events, as well as accessible digital programming. Our mobile membership directory connects customers, partners, vendors, and team members immediately. Access your membership, profile, and other resources from our secure site.
Elevated Membership Levels
For larger businesses with more complex needs, Elevated Membership can provide more comprehensive connections, resources, and solutions. Every Elevated Membership package includes membership in the Plexus Employee Resource Group (ERG) Council, a group of more than 30 regional corporate LGBTQ Employee Resource Group leaders. The Council offers quarterly in-person meetings, regular resource sharing, and trainings that specifically address corporate initiatives and needs. Elevated Memberships also include opportunities to host events, sponsorship offerings designed for you, and brand placement within Plexus and affiliated media.
Any business that is 51%+ owned and operated by LGBT individual(s) can become certified. As a certified Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender owned Business Enterprise (LGBTBE), certification increases visibility of your company. LGBTQ community and allies want to spend in accordance with their values. Certification and listing on our Directory is a simple and affordable investment in marketing.
The application for certification costs $400, but it is FREE to Plexus Business Members. Certification can help your business:
- Connect with vendors, service providers, and potential clients through the NGLCC’s exclusive database.
- Access exclusive programming in your geographic region, increasing your local visibility through sponsorships and marketing initiatives.
- Invitations to exclusive NGLCC SDI matchmaking events, for face-to-face connections with potential clients and suppliers.
- Programmatic ways to leverage your Certification and increase the profile of your business.