Kimer gets enterprise seal

RALEIGH — Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, Inc., (TECBK) has received certification as an LGBT-owned and operated business through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI). The NGLCC is the nation’s exclusive certifying body for LGBT owned and operated businesses.

“I am excited to be certified by the NGLCC and strongly feel that my increased access to NGLCC’s corporate Supplier Diversity Partners will help drive exponential growth in my business,” said Stan C. Kimer, TECBK founder and president. “And I also feel proud to be a diversity pioneer in the south and often to refer to LGBT Diversity as ‘the new diversity frontier for the New South.’”

TECBK specializes in diversity management with a specialization in LGBT workplace and marketplace; employee career development using an innovative “career road mapping” methodology; and general organizational effectiveness and project management consulting.

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Etiquette book released

CHAPEL HILL — Call him Mr. Manners! Or, how about Mr. Petrow? A former same-sex wedding expert for The New York Times, this syndicated etiquette columnist, along with writing essays for The Huffington Post, has just published “Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners For Every Occasion.”

With the rise in returning to the finer points of etiquette, this how-to book is chocked full of tidbits on how to survive with style in the LGBT community and elsewhere.

He told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that he wrote the book “to help straight people who find themselves in…situations they’ve never had to deal with before and how to maneuver around them with this guide.”

This venture took him two-and-a-half years to complete. He spoke to a plethora of experts along the way to make sure that everything was spot on. His intention was to have a useful guide, not one that was chastising. It is peppered with humor and gives the reader every possible scenario for dealing with issues like kids, bullying, dealing with families and more.

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