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
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber Celebrates LGBTQ+ Business Community and Recognizes 2022 Pride In Business Honorees
“The Pride In Business Award Honorees this year are a remarkable group of individuals and organizations.”
HOUSTON, TX (June 23, 2022) – The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce held its signature event, Pride In Business, on June 22, 2022 at the Downtown Aquarium, a Chamber Corporate Partner. During the luncheon event, the Pride In Business Award Honorees were announced.
The event takes place annually during Pride Month and is a unique occasion to celebrate LGBTQ+ and Allied businesses in the Greater Houston area with a focus on LGBTQ+ economic inclusion. The Pride In Business Awards illustrate the collaborative nature of the LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community in advancing a better Houston.
The Pride In Business event was emceed by Melanie Lawson, Anchor, with ABC13. The event included special guests:
- Minister Mike Freer, UK, Minister for Exports and Minister for Equalities
- Reggie Greer, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons, U.S. Department of State
- UK LGBTQ+ Trade Mission Delegation
During the event eleven individuals and organizations were recognized as the 2022 Pride In Business Award Honorees. The Pride In Business Awards recognize the contributions made by Chamber members, Corporate Partners and other key stakeholders in building a more diverse and inclusive business community in Houston and the region. The awards spotlight deserving companies and individuals and showcase the amazing work they are doing to support the LGBTQ+ community.
“The Pride In Business Award Honorees this year are a remarkable group of individuals and organizations,” said Tammi Wallace, Co-Founder, President & CEO. “Their work and advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community is intentional and meaningful in terms of supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion. As a Chamber, we are proud to honor these 2022 recipients for their contributions.”
The 2022 Pride In Business Award Honorees include:
Chamber Advocacy Award: City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity
Corporate Partner of the Year: Silver Eagle Distributors Houston
LGBTBE® Certified Business of the Year: Crom Rehabilitation
Corporate LGBTQ+ Ally of the Year: Gretchen Sheirr, President of Business Operations, Houston Rockets
Allied Business of the Year: Sesh Coworking
Nonprofit Member of the Year: Legacy Community Health
Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year: David Feldman, Supply Chain Advisor – Supplier Diversity, Corporate Procurement, Chevron Services Company
LGBTQ+ Business of the Year: Hawthorne Capital
Employee Resource Group of the Year: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center LGBT Network
Chamber Champion Award: Tim Jeffcoat, Houston District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
Community Legacy Award: Dalton DeHart
Learn more about the Pride In Business Awards at – http://houstonlgbtchamber.com/pib-honorees-2022
Learn more about the Pride In Business Celebration at http://houstonprideinbusiness.lgbt/.
About Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce accelerates economic opportunity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) business community through a strong network of business allies, innovative programs, strategic partnerships and advance policies that foster economic inclusion and equality. Learn more at www.houstonlgbtchamber.com.
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.