in your community.
Why should you sponsor the OutCenter?
Small businesses across southwest Michigan were hit hard in 2020 and 2021. In fact, minority-owned and small businesses seem to have been disproportionately impacted and we feel it’s important to note this and address it. The Board, staff and volunteers of the OutCenter want to provide you new opportunities to promote your business throughout 2022. When your company sponsors OutCenter Southwest Michigan you are investing in a richer diversity of talent and community that impacts LGBTQ+ employers, employees, and families. And this means an improvement in the quality of life for everyone including you, your family, and your employees and their families. Research shows that when community areas and employees represent the rich diversity of our human community we see:
- Growth in consumer markets through increased tourism and population growth
- Increased support from state and regional governments
More inclusive communities through:
- Improved mental and physical health
- Decreased stressors regarding discrimination and safety
- Improved quality of life for employees and their families
We remain committed to our work – even in our new landscape. We strive to create an inclusive and rich diversity across our area, where LGBTQ+ are included and contributing members of the economy and so much more:
1st Inclusive Nondiscrimination Ordinance in the area (March 2019, Seat of Berrien County – Saint Joseph)
422 inclusive and equitable policies & practices promoted, modified, enacted in 2020
11,454 youth of all identities in elementary through college age students were positively impacted from our work with schools in 2020
282 family members & school staff received assistance, saving lives and relationships, in 2020
76 partner organizations were organized to provide more robust and equitable responses to the needs of youth in 2020
Let our local community know that you care. Please sponsor us today!
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