What is the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce?
The Chamber is the leading voice for the LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community in the Greater Houston region.
Mission: The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce accelerates economic opportunity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + business community through a strong network of business allies, innovative programs, strategic partnerships and advance policies that foster economic inclusion and equality.
The Chamber launched in 2016 to ensure representation for the LGBTQ+ Business Community. The organization was founded by Co-Founders Tammi Wallace and Gary Wood. The Chamber is supported by members and Corporate Partners that invest in the mission of the organization.
- Grown every year since the launch of the organization
- Only business organization in the region focused on supporting and growing the LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community
- Working with the Chamber and the NGLCC, the City of Houston is the first city in Texas to recognize LGBT-owned businesses
- Largest number of Certified LGBTBE® businesses in the State of Texas
Chamber Enters Strategic Alliance with HCC
Organizations will work together to strengthen small business in region
The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce has entered into a strategic alliance with the Houston Community College System with the aim of fostering local small business development.
The organizations signed a two-year agreement that calls for information sharing, cross-promotion of activities and training opportunities and more. According to the agreement, the Chamber and HCC are “joined by a common mission: helping start, maintain and expand small businesses.”
This new agreement comes as the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber celebrates its third anniversary. The organization now serves nearly 150 member companies.
"In 2016, we held the Chamber launch event at the Houston Community College (HCC)-West Loop campus so we could not be more proud to announce this strategic partnership. HCC is dedicated to helping businesses grow and thrive," said Tammi Wallace, Chamber Co-Founder & Board Chair. "The Chamber continues to focus on developing strategic partnerships to support our members. This strategic partnership with HCC offers tremendous resources for our members such as educational initiatives and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. We appreciate HCC's strong commitment to the LGBTQ business community"
With multiple campuses across the region, Houston Community College System now serves more than 75,000 students annually.
“On behalf of HCC, we are thrilled to sign an MOU with the LGBT Chamber of Commerce to support and promote the collaborative work of both organizations," said Dr. Maya Durnovo, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer for Houston Community College. "Our goal is to build the capacity of businesses to foster success and economic growth!”
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Listen to Chamber Leadership talk about the important work of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce focused on economic inclusion for the LGBTQ+ & Allied Business Community. The Chamber is at the intersection of business + community!
The Chamber provides tremendous value to member businesses through business development opportunities, marketing exposure to businesses and consumers, including the LGBTQ+ market, representation in the regional and national LGBTQ+ and business communities, resources for business growth and operation, and advocacy for equal rights and business-friendly public policy.