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Knowledge is Power — Reaching Out MBA

By Melissa Lowery Matt Kidd, executive director of Reaching Out MBA, or ROMBA, is on a mission to educate, inspire and connect LGBT MBAs and develop the next era of leaders who live authentically at all levels of business. “We need more people like Trevor Burgess of C1 Financial who really was out his entire
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Fort Lauderdale chamber pleased to host NGLCC conference

By Genny Hom-Franzen Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is one of the country’s top destinations when it comes to food, fun and sun, and it is also the site of the 14th Annual National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce International Business & Leadership Conference at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa. The gathering
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NGLCC selects Lovitz to lead external relations and NY subsidiary

Jonathan D. Lovitz, an advocate for LGBT equality who has served as a spokesman for GLAAD, Queerty Inc. and StartOut, is now the vice president of external affairs at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and director of NGLCC’s New York chapter. “I am so incredibly honored to join team NGLCC as the
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HomeStreet Bank makes first SBA loan through NGLCC/SBA’s LGBT Business Builder initiative

By Brenda Matamoros  Mark Mason, chairman, president and CEO of HomeStreet Bank, along with his wife Tracy and daughter Chloe, joined more than 90 HomeStreet employees who marched in the recent Seattle Pride parade to show their support of the LGBT community.   The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has had much to
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SBA and NGLCC unite to foster LGBTBE growth and opportunities

Recognizing the business imperative to embrace diversity, the U.S. Small Business Administration  and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce launched the first initiative of its kind focused on LGBT business owners. LGBT Business Builder will bring together expertise and resources from staff at SBA district and regional offices, NGLCC’s 38 U.S.-based affiliate chambers and
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Certified for success

By DeVere Kutscher, Publisher, Affinity Inc Magazine. Happily, today more companies than ever, and even government agencies, welcome — and in fact seek out — lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-owned businesses as part of their supply-chain diversity strategy. LGBT business enterprises are increasingly joining the ranks of other diverse suppliers such as women, veterans, Hispanic, disabled
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PG&E, Prudential and Wells Fargo receive 2015 Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the National Business Inclusion Consortium, presented the 2015 Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards to three honorees in February. The evening began with a reception on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony. This year’s award
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LGBT entrepreneurs present their businesses to investors at StartOut Demo Day

Left to right: JP Benini, Elemental Path; Jessica Lawrence, New York Tech Meetup; and Stephenie Harris, Maven Cocktails StartOut, a nonprofit organization that promotes equality in the business world, hosted Demo Day + Networking in February in New York City. The day was a forum for the most innovative startups from the StartOut
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Athlete Ally promotes inclusiveness on and off the field

By Melissa Lowery Soon after enrolling at the University of Maryland, Hudson Taylor befriended lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in his theatre classes and became increasingly aware of the pain caused by homophobic behavior. After years of witnessing the use of homophobic language and demeaning humor — especially in sports — he knew he
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Zurich and Aon cohost NGLCC-NY mixer celebrating expansion of corporate partnerships

By T.J. Chernick The ongoing development of corporate alliances has been an ongoing highlight for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce-New York as it supports the growth and partnerships of LGBT businesses and their corporate allies. The growth of these alliances were celebrated during the chamber’s mixer, co-hosted by the organization’s corporate partners
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