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  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NGLCC: The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce | Breaking News Alert


    BREAKING NEWS

    US House of Representatives Recognizes NGLCC and the Contributions of LGBT Business Owners

    U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) have introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) entrepreneurs and small business owners to our nation’s economy. 

    Murphy, Ros-Lehtinen, and Pocan (the only LGBTBE serving in Congress) introduced the resolution as a final honor during LGBT Pride Month, which takes place each June and celebrates the LGBT community in the United States and around the world.





    "We are so pleased that this resolution affirms what we have observed at NGLCC since our founding nearly twenty years ago: that America’s LGBT business owners are driving our economy ever upward and deserve every opportunity to keep creating jobs and innovating our industries that benefit all Americans. The estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners NGLCC advocates for and certifies as LGBT Business Enterprises have truly earned a place at the table of opportunity in both the public and private sectors. We thank Representatives Stephanie Murphy, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Mark Pocan for their leadership, and to all Members of Congress who believe in a fully inclusive economy that celebrates the diversity of America."

    -NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson

    and Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell

    We look forward to celebrating this milestone, and all of the accomplishments of the LGBT business community, at the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, August 14-17 in Philadelphia.To learn more and register, visit www.nglcc.org/nglcc18
  • Monday, June 04, 2018 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    NGLCC Decries SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling, Will Continue Asserting American Businesses Must Not Use Religion Against the LGBT Community

    June 4, 2018

    Washington, DC -- The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to pave a path toward the stripping of rights of LGBT Americans in the wake of its decision on the Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. Despite the court’s narrow decision focused on the specifics of the Colorado law, NGLCC continues to assert that religious or personal convictions are not a valid reason to deny services or benefits to the LGBT community anywhere.  The Court’s decision did affirm the importance of nondiscrimination laws and the need to protect LGBT people from discrimination, but leave the ultimate questions about LGBT equal protection unanswered.

    The Masterpiece Cakeshop proceedings have always been about more than just cake. As the arguments were presented, the Supreme Court weighed the rights of LGBT people to freely access American businesses against the beliefs held by some store owners that their religious convictions preclude their businesses from serving LGBT people. Unfortunately, the Justices did not come down on the side of progress with a decision that could ultimately jeopardize the right of LGBT people and other diverse communities to freely patronize businesses and access public opportunities in their community.  

    “The success of America’s society and economy depend on us upholding the social contract of mutual accountability and respect, yet the Supreme Court has now given a path toward state-sanctioned license to discriminate in this country. The LGBT community is a vital part of the American economy and deserves equal treatment under the law, and NGLCC will continue to advocate for our community’s right to live their lives free from discrimination in their places of business and in their local communities,” said NGLCC co-founder & President, Justin Nelson

    While this decision is undeniably a potential step backward for LGBT rights in the United States, it also threatens a larger framework of protections for other minority groups, including people of color, the differently abled, and women. As a direct result of this decision, civil rights laws across the country may now be reconsidered or potentially nullified if found to be similarly applied against religious intolerance.

    “As NGLCC’s work has demonstrated, LGBT inclusion is associated with higher levels of entrepreneurship and is linked to GDP growth, whereas LGBT discrimination goes hand-in-hand with a decline in productivity and success. This decision by the Supreme Court to add additional potential barriers for LGBT Americans who only wish to contribute to the US economy as full and equal citizens will damage the American economy and the economies of the businesses who participate in this discrimination,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell.

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 13:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Original Story  from The Washington Press

    There’s green in being gay: LGBT businesses contribute $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy

    By Gene Marks January 23, 2017 Email the author

    The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), a trade group that represents businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders, reported this week that the typical LGBT business has been in business, on average, for more than 12 years and that LGBT businesses contribute more than $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy and have created more than 33,000 jobs.

    The report serves as a reminder of the enormous and growing role LGBT entrepreneurs and business owners have in the United States. But it also sends a message to the community: if you’re an LGBT business then get certified as one. Otherwise, you’re missing out on some money.

    More than 10 years ago the chamber created a certification program to recognize its best-in-class members. According to the chamber’s press release “over a third of the Fortune 500, many top federal agencies (including the Small Business Administration, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Agriculture), the Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, major urban municipalities (including King County, WA; Essex County, NJ; and San Francisco, CA), and the Public Utilities Commission of California actively seek out certified LGBT businesses

    Is it wise for a gay business owner to shout out their sexual orientation to the world? After all, many in this country have objections to their lifestyle. The publicity could be harmful. Customers could be lost.

    Then again, there’s customers to be won.

    My takeaway?  If you’re an LGBT business owner, then get certified as one.  There’s green in being gay!

    Gene Marks owns the Marks Group, a Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based consulting firm that helps clients with customer relationship management. Marks is an author and a certified public accountant, and he writes regularly for The Post’s On Small Business blog. For more about Marks, visit genemarks.com.
    Follow @genemarks

  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 17:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • Wednesday, November 01, 2017 18:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sign Up for Our Medical Marijuana Educational Session

    The event starts promptly at 6 pm at Advanced Advanced Individualized Medicine of Naples, 720 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 204, Naples, FL  34102.

    We will provide information about Medical Marijuana from 6 pm to 7 pm and from 7-9 pm will be individual consults for those interested.

    Register here as space is limited and RSVP is required

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017 00:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    See what business strategist Jenn T. Grace has to say about LGBT small businesses Resources, Supplier Diversity, LGBT Certification and even The benefits of a local LGBT chamber of commerce



  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017 06:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Second Annual “NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week” To Be Convened in Washington, DC Nov 14-17, 2017

    For Immediate Release

    October 24, 2017

    Washington, DC—The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is proud to announce NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week in Washington, DC, November 14-17, 2017. Hosted by NGLCC in partnership with leaders and organizations committed to expanding global LGBTI economic opportunities, it will be the second annual summit to bring together global leaders, economic development and human rights experts, governments, and the private sector to cultivate a more socially and economically inclusive world.

    This dynamic, multi-day series of events will focus on sharing new thought leadership and existing best practices for global LGBTI economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, and development. In this, it will highlight innovative and cutting-edge technological solutions to promote entrepreneurship, showcase a dynamic partnership that seeks to fill the evidence-base on LGBTI economic development, and share expertise on using businesses as agents of change. 

    “NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week speaks to the heart of the mission of NGLCC Global: to build an inclusive global economy in which LGBTI entrepreneurs and their allied business partners are free to trade, develop, and succeed. Governments, multinational corporations, and small business each play a role in the critical connection between LGBTI human rights and economic development,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson. “As nations move toward greater inclusion and opportunity, the result is a proven boost in a national economic output. We’re so pleased to present the second year of this annual week of celebration and education focusing on sustainable equity and economic strength for the global LGBTI community. Together with our global partners, we will ensure our community thrives on every continent.” 

    Presenting partners for this historic week include the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) of the United States, as well as the OAS Department of Social Inclusion, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) LGBTI Rapporteurship, the Embassy of the República Oriental del Uruguay, the United Nations Office Of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Business Council for the United Nations, and the United Nations Foundation.

    The findings of the week will be presented at the NGLCC National Dinner in Washington, DC, to highlight the ever-growing contributions of the LGBTI community and its global allies to create jobs, grow economies, and dramatically improve perceptions about LGBTI people in their countries.
    More information, agenda, and registration can be found here.

    # # #

    NGLCC MEDIA CONTACT:

    Jonathan Lovitz
    Senior Vice President
    National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce® (NGLCC)
    jlovitz@nglcc.org |1.954.695.5896

    NGLCC GLOBAL CONTACT:

    Phil Crehan
    Director, NGLCC Global
    National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce® (NGLCC)
    pcrehan@nglcc.org | 1.202.234.9181

    # # #

    ABOUT NGLCC:

    The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org | @NGLCC

    ABOUT NGLCC GLOBAL:

    NGLCC Global, the international division of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, connects LGBTI-owned and -allied companies, multinational corporations, and international affiliate chamber leaders and members. Together they promote the growth of small businesses and provide the quickest and most effective path to broad-based economic advancement and empowerment of the global LGBTI community.


  • Tuesday, October 03, 2017 15:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out SWFL Pride site for additional information and/or changes to the event.

    Saturday, October 7th:
    SWFL PRIDE 2017 from noon – 5:30pm at The Alliance for The Arts (10091 McGregor Blvd).

    The festival will include plenty of on-site and nearby free parking. SWFL Pride is a family friendly event, the vendor market will include service organizations, local and national community organizations, social organizations, area non-profits, supportive religious organizations, games & activities, shopping plus plenty of food and drinks.

    Additionally, the amphitheater stage will be filled with fabulous entertainment, featuring national touring artist Kelly Neff, B103.9’s DJ Mad Mel, DJ Kooshie, DJ Nickolas Quartez, local drag queens and kings and so much more! Please bring a chair, CASH and please no coolers! As much as we love our furry friends… due to insurance reasons, we ask you to please leave your animals at home (rain or shine).
    Suggested $5 donation.


    Sunday, October 8th: SWFL Pride Tea Dance from 2:00pm -6:00pm at Celsius in downtown Fort Myers (2213 Main St.).

    On the Sunday following SWFL Pride, Pride-SWFL will be sponsoring a Tea Dance. The theme for this year’s Tea Dance coincides with the theme for SWFL Pride in a celebration of sunny Florida and a recognition of the Pride that fills each year’s annual commemoration, through a coming together in an expression of resilience.

    Attendees will join in dancing, fun, and good music. There will be a cash bar, drag show and featured DJs such as DJ Mad Mel, DJ Kooshie, and DJ Nickolas Quartez. 
    Suggested $5 donation.


  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Get-IT network will be holding their next meeting October 7th and will have a guest speaker from the Florida Legal Rural Services and will discus how to legally change your name and official documents for free!

    This is both for adults and children/parents. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Get-IT network or FL Legal Rural Services.

    Join them and please share this if you know someone that might be interested

    Contact Get-IT at:
    info@get-it.network

    http://get-it.network/
  • Friday, September 15, 2017 05:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Arlene Goldberg, founding member and board member of the Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce, joined demonstrators from across the U.S. to participate in the annual Equality March in Washington, D.C: “This is personal for me. No one should experience the fear and anxiety [my late wife] Carol and I endured for so many years.”

    June is National LGBT Pride Month. This year, I joined several thousand demonstrators from across the U.S. to participate in the annual Equality March in Washington, D.C. It was an amazing show of solidarity to support equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

    Sadly, this year’s celebration also marks a somber occasion, as we remember the 49 victims killed and others injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando one year ago. Many of the victims were LGBT Hispanic young people. This horrific event underscores the need to stamp out hatred toward LGBT people and all minority communities to prevent future targeted acts of violence.

    This month, we also celebrate the two-year anniversary that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide. This ruling was a milestone for the LGBT community and our fight for equality under the law. I wish my late wife, Carol, had been with me on that day to see it happen. Carol and I were partners for 47 years before she passed away in 2014, one year before the historic decision was delivered.

    Carol and my marriage was the first same-sex marriage to be recognized by the state of Florida. We were married in a legal ceremony in New York in 2011. But when we returned to our home in Fort Myers, our marriage was not recognized at that time in our home state. Following Carol’s death, with the help of the ACLU of Florida, I challenged the state of Florida in court to be listed as Carol’s surviving legal spouse on her death certificate and prevailed. Carol’s death certificate was amended to recognize us as a married couple. Four months later, in January 2015, the Florida Supreme Court allowed marriage equality to proceed for same-sex couples in the state. Continue reading on News-Press.com

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