- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker is trying to expand opportunities for businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, the disabled and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Baker on Tuesday announced changes to a state program to ensure that companies bidding on contracts come from a wide range of backgrounds.

Baker said his administration is committed to ensuring diversity as the state works with business suppliers and contractors to extend economic prosperity to more communities throughout Massachusetts.

Baker said the changes include what he described as a first-in-the-nation LGBT-owned business certification partnership between the state and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s certification process which he said is recognized by many Fortune 1000 companies.

The changes also include a first-time certification of businesses owned by those with disabilities.

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