The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce(NGLCC) to encourage and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business owners and entrepreneurs in developing countries. The partnership aims to provide business development training and build new networks to help economically empower the LGBT community in places where being gay or transgender are targets of slurs, torments and violence. The initiative also creates an avenue for U.S. LGBT businesses to become trading and strategic partners with LGBT business owners in program countries, including Mexico, Colombia and Peru. It will also encourage program country businesses to become suppliers to multinational corporations, in-country companies, and government agencies. Through this partnership we will also encourage intra-regional trade and teaming with LGBT-owned businesses in the U.S. to respond to multinational contracting opportunities. In addition to funding provided by USAID, NGLCC has raised almost $3 million in private sector funds and in-kind services for the partnership. Private sector partners include Wells Fargo, MillerCoors, Google, American Airlines, 1st Choice Financial Group, American Language Technologies, Fourth Wall Events, GayHills, JTraczDesigns, L7z Group, LinguiSearchNeil Cerbone Associates, and Site, Search & Select.