Washington, D.C. (08/13/15) – The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) recognized excellence in local chambers on Thursday, August 13th
at the 2015 International Business & Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Top honors went to the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Each year, the Chamber of the Year is seen as a role model for other chambers and an example of what an LGBT chamber or business organization should be.
“The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is creating new and exciting opportunities for members and for local businesses,” said Justin Nelson, NGLCC Co-Founder and President.
“Executive Director Jason Rae and the dedicated board of directors have fostered consistent growth in members and in corporate partnerships, and they have responded remarkably to the needs and interests of the community. We are proud to have them as our Local partner.”
The Rising Star Award honors a chamber that has exhibited a steep trajectory of growth, new vitality and relevance in their local LGBT business community and a demonstrated commitment to being part of the broader national movement. This year, NGLCC honored the Mid-America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
(Mid-America GLCC). “Mid-America GLCC is an incredible resource for LGBT business enterprises in Kansas City and beyond,” said Chance Mitchell, NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO. “In only three years, founder Dan Nilsen, the board and staff have created an organization with impressive impact through original programming, networking events, and local advocacy. We are thrilled to recognize their accomplishments with the 2015 Rising Star Award.”
The NGLCC also recognized chambers for innovative leadership programming and meaningful community impact. NGLCC presented four Chamber Excellence Awards, including:
Excellence in Communication
Excellence in Programming
Excellence in Community Impact
“NGLCC affiliate chambers are beacons guiding and nurturing LGBT allied business communities,” said Sam McClure, NGLCC Senior Vice President. “These affiliate leaders are the backbone of the LGBT business equality movement, and I am proud to recognize their achievements.”
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