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OutSmart Magazine: Chamber Recognized as Favorite Local LGBTQ Community Organization (October 2020) 

Dallas Voice: Texas LGBTQ Chambers introduces Out To Vote Early (September 2020) 

Houston Business Journal: LGBT Chamber Chair: Cos' have to put in the work' after Supreme Court's job discrimination ruling (June 2020)

Greater Houston Partnership: Empowering Houston's LGBT Business Owners and Allies (June 2020)

Houston Business Journal: For Montrose, Pride amid Covid-19 evokes complex emotions (June 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Will Corporate Sponsors Show Up for Pride 2020? (May 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Local LGBTQ Businesses Come Out …of Quarantine (May 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: LGBTQ Organizations Adapt to the Pandemic (April 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Anniversary Party (March 2020)

RocketsWire: Houston Rockets announce first annual Pride Night for April 2 (February 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Rockets Host Their First-Ever Pride Night (February 2020)

KPRC2: Baseball is for everyone': Houston Astros to host Pride Night in June among other special days (February 2020)

Houston Chronicle: Astros to host Pride Night during 2020 season (February 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Astros to host an LGBTQ Pride Event (February 2020)

NGLCC: Building Resources for a Robust LGBT Business Community (February 2020)

InnovationMap: Houston software entrepreneur discusses company growth and the importance of remembrance during Pride Month (June 2019)

Houston Business Journal: Op-ed: Stonewall paved the way for Houston's LGBTQ community (June 2019)

InnovationMap: Houston Business Leader on the Importance of Engaging the LGBTQ community (June 2019)

OutSmart Magazine: New LGBTQ Coalition Seeks to Hold Politicians Accountable (June 2019)

BEQ Magazine: Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce scores big for local businesses (March 2019)

OutSmart Magazine: Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce Unite (March 2019)

Houston Business Journal: Yes, Texas LGBT business leaders advocate for social issues, but focus just as much on economic ones (February 2019)

Houston Business Journal: LGBT business groups link up with state lawmakers to push for greater protections in Texas (February 2019)

Dallas Voice: Texas LGBT Chambers form coalition (February 2019)

OUTINSA: Four Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce Join Forces to Advocate for Equality (February 2019)

OutSmart Magazine: Author Mark David Gibson Brings "Living Authentically" Discourse to Houston (January 2019)

OutSmart Magazine: Constable Rosen’s Office to Offer Self-Defense Training to LGBTQ Community (December 2018)

KPRC2: 'It's an Act of Hate': Police Investing defacement of Houston's Pride Wall. (November 2018)

Houston Business Journal: Op-ed: Supreme Court ruling isn't the end of the religious freedom in business debate (June 2018) 

Houston Business Journal: Houston companies make some strides in LGBTQ equality, but still lag behind other cities (June 2018) 

Houston Public Media: LGBT and immigration activists from Houston go to Austin to criticize SB4 and SB6 (March 2017) 

Houston Chronicle: LGBT chamber, small business agency form partnership (September 2016) 

Houston Business Journal:  New Houston LGBT chamber of commerce forms (February 2016)

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October 2020 - Gayest & Greatest Winners, Out to Vote Early, LGBTQ Bar Polling Location

September 2020 - President & CEO and Board Leadership Announcement, Member Spotlights, National Small Business Week

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July 2020 - Chamber Champion, Consulate General of Mexico in Houston Partnership, Harris County Small Business Recovery Fund, PPP Deadline Extended

June 2020 - Pride Month, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Conference, PPP Funds Still Available

May 2020 - How To Get LGBTBE Certified, New OBO Director, Upcoming Events

April 2020 - ChamberCares, Bank of America Accepting PPP Applications, New Webinars

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February 2020 - Chamber 4th Anniversary, Pride Nights, New Corporate Partner

January 2020 - Chamber of the Year, NGLCC 2020 Conference

December 2019 - End of Year Message, Small Business Award Nominations

November 2019 - Holiday Party, October Event Recap

October 2019 - National Coming Out Day, Upcoming Events

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August 2019 - New Corporate Partner, Member Spotlights

July 2019 - Inaugural Education Series, member gets special recognition

June 2019 - Celebrating Pride, Upcoming Events & More!

May 2019 - Pride in Business, LGBTBE® certification

April 2019 - NGLCC Conference Registration, United Leading the Way

March 2019 - Chamber 3rd Anniversary, New Strategic Partnerships

February 2019 - Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce Unite, Welcome Jonathan Marrs

January 2019 - Special event with Mark David Gibson, Regions Bank ribbon cutting

December 2018 - New Silver Corporate Partner Comcast, happy holidays

November 2018- New Chamber site, sponsorship opportunities and more

October 2018- Chamber Board Chair transition, SBA Strategic Partnership

September 2018- UH Small Biz Development Workshops, Entrepreneurial Bootcamp

August 2018 - Thank you to corporate partners, member gets special recognition

July 2018 - Prepare for natural disasters and countdown to conference

June 2018 - Pride in Business, Pride calendar and more

April 2018 - NGLCC mentorship, Contemporary Relationships Conference

March 2018 - NGLCC Early Bird rates, Facebook workshops

February 2018 - Women's Business Workshop and Philly bound

January 2018- Value of the gay dollar and recent event photos

Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston

6/25/2020



HOUSTON, TX (June 26, 2020) – The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston. Consul General Alicia Kerber-Palma, Tammi Wallace, Co-Founder and President & CEO of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber and Chamber Board of Directors participated in an online signing event highlighting the collaboration between the two entities. The MOU was officially signed during Pride Month.

The collaboration includes many areas focused on economic collaboration and inclusion including support of LGBTQ+ Mexican and Mexican-American entrepreneurs.  The MOU creates intentional and purposeful work between the Consulate and the Chamber and recognizes the positive impact of the members of the LGBTQ, Mexican and Mexican-American communities on the economy of the Greater Houston area.

“As an organization, we are committed to supporting Mexican and Mexican-American LGBTQ business owners to help them not only to succeed but to thrive in our great city,” said Tammi Wallace, Chamber Co-Founder and President & CEO.  “We will help them succeed because of this incredible collaboration with the Consulate to ensure they have access to resources, networking and community.”

"This MOU creates commitment to a better exchange of different ideas and more collaboration with the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce," said Consul General Alicia Kerber-Palma. "What better day than today to sign the MOU than during Pride Month. For Mexico, it is very important to highlight the diversity and important contributions that the LGBTQ community has on the economy of the United States and specifically the Mexican community in Houston."

One of the Chamber’s key strategic focus areas is collaborations and partnerships.  The Chamber fully understands the power of collaboration to build community and create economic opportunity and promote understanding.  With this Memorandum of Understanding, it is in that spirit of collaboration, partnership and friendship with the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston.  The MOU promotes commercial, investment, technology transfer and strategic alliance projects in specific sectors and mutual interest.

Click the links below to download the MOU in English or Spanish.

MOU – English                        MOU - Spanish

View the Virtual Signing at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=348677146118989


Formal remarks as delivered during the virtual signing event below Tammi Wallace, Chamber Co-Founder and President & CEO

Thank you, Consul General Kerber. First, let me wish everyone a Happy Pride especially on this 5-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision recognizing marriage equality in the United States. How special is it to be making this announcement during Pride Month and on this particular day?

Consul General Kerber, on behalf of the Board of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce and our members, we are deeply honored to enter into and commit to this valued collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston. Thank you for your collaboration and your friendship.

When we launched the Chamber, we committed to five key strategic focus areas which includes collaborations & partnerships. We included collaborations & partnerships as a key strategic focus area because we fully understand the power of collaboration to build community and create economic opportunity and promote understanding. With this Memorandum of Understanding that we are signing today, it is intentional, and it is purposeful.

It is with this commitment to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston, a document that is in that spirit of collaboration and partnership. We look forward to working with you to support your important work in Houston. We will work with you; we will be a resource; we will learn from you; we will collaborate on shared goals and we will grow through our mutual support. 

As a Chamber, we are dedicated to supporting a thriving LGBTQ and Allied business community in the greater Houston region. The Chamber is working every day to build and empower this network of business owners. What we know is that economic opportunity and economic inclusion are key for the LGBTQ community. Our economy simply does not work without full participation and making sure that everyone has a seat at the table. Social progress cannot be achieved without economic progress.

As an organization, we are committed to supporting Mexican and Mexican-American LGBTQ business owners to help them not only to succeed but to thrive in our great city.  We will help them succeed because of this incredible collaboration with the Consulate to ensure they have access to resources, networking and community.

We give our members a collective voice for the LGBTQ business community and that includes EVERY LGBTQ business owner and access to economic opportunity at EVERY level. We know that when Mexico succeeds, Houston wins and with Houston succeeds, Mexico wins. We are honored to sign this MOU today.

Final Concluding Remarks:

Consul General Kerber, thank you again for your friendship, your collaboration and your commitment to the LGBTQ community and to LGBTQ inclusion. We appreciate all you and your staff have done to forge this strong partnership. We are excited about our work together. On behalf of our board, thank you for your support of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. We know great things are ahead!


About the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Established in February 2016, the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to accelerate economic growth for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business community using an entrepreneurial approach. The Chamber aims to achieve its goals, including advancing policies that foster inclusion and equality, by building a strong network of business allies and developing innovative programs and strategic partnerships.

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