Wells Fargo and NGLCC Award $67,500 to Affiliate LGBT Chambers of Commerce

August 3, 2017
Washington, D.C. – The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, awarded 15 grants to local affiliate LGBT chambers of commerce on August 3 at the 2017 International Business & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by NGLCC, these grants are targeted towards programs that foster the development, growth, and sustainability of Certified LGBT Businesses Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) companies.
NGLCC Local Affiliate Chambers applied for available grants ranging between $1,000 to $10,000 to support and expand upon the success of an existing program benefiting the NGLCC’s 1,000 Certified LGBTBE® companies. Applications were judged based on overall chamber strength, growth in members and community presence, engagement with NGLCC and the LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative, strength of the program, and outlined goals and metrics.
“We are extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with Wells Fargo. They have been an incredible supporter of our programs and initiatives and I am thrilled to bring this opportunity to our affiliate chambers,” said Justin Nelson, NGLCC Co-Founder & President. “Wells Fargo has been with us from the beginning and their commitment to helping the LGBT business community is underscored by this exciting grant program.”
NGLCC awarded 15 grants to the following local chambers for their innovative programming:
Golden Gate Business Association
Greater Seattle Business Association
Miami – Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Independence Business Alliance
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Mid-American Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Twin Cities – Quorum
Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Desert Business Association
Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley
“Wells Fargo is a proud, long-time supporter of NGLCC, and we share their commitment to helping small business owners succeed financially,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo head of Small Business. “We are dedicated to providing funding that will support their entrepreneurship and leadership training programs, along with educational tools and resources to help diverse-owned business in communities across America grow and thrive.”
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The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global 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
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $2 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo serves approximately 3 million small business owners across the United States and loans more money to America’s small businesses than any other bank (2016 SBA government data). To help more small businesses achieve financial success, in 2014 Wells Fargo introduced Wells Fargo Works for Small Business®     – a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services for business owners – and a goal to extend $100 billion in new lending to small businesses by 2018. For more information about Wells Fargo Works for Small Business, visit: WellsFargoWorks.com. Follow us on Twitter @WellsFargoWorks.
Jonathan Lovitz
Senior Vice President

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