LGBTBE Owner - Charles Billone
Being an owner of software and payment solutions company for almost 30 years, although I am, I never labeled myself as an LGBT business owner. In 2019, I was approached by a large, well-known Fortune 100 company looking to use RhinoFit Software. To get approved as a vendor, I was asked about diversity and our ownership. I had never been asked that before, but I have never wanted it to hinder me. Who knew? Decades after starting my company and hiding that fact, I would actually be able to be honest!
By chance the NGLCC's convention was the same month in Tampa Bay. So, I took the time to check out the event. Hundreds of small business owners and non-profits attended the event and diversity was forefront! I thought I had died and gone to heaven.