Since this is the Bay Area, the nexus of the LGBT civil rights movement and home to one of the largest LGBT populations in the country, shouldn't the host committee for Super Bowl 50 be doing something to specifically give some of the many lucrative contracting opportunities to LGBT-owned businesses? This is the question the Business Times is asking, since the committee is already making an effort to spread the wealth to minority-owned, women-owned, and disabled veteran-owned companies. Shouldn't LGBT be in there somewhere too, even if this is the NFL we're talking about?
Interested businesses that are minority-, women-, or disabled veteran-owned are supposed to apply for contract consideration here and attend one of two kickoff workshops, the first on November 17 at Levi's Stadium, and the second on November 19 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Applications for the program will be taken through the end of April, and competitive bidding for contracts will begin in June 2015.
As previously announced, Super Bowl 50 will happen at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016. The event is expected to bring in hundreds of millions in revenue to Bay Area businesses, and the NFL's Business Connect program has previously "helped small businesses score deals ranging from catering and selling flowers to providing audio-visual services and transportation," as the Business Times notes.
Maybe some local LGBT business owners should get together and descend on that Moscone Center workshop to make sure their voices are heard?
Anyway, back to the World Series...