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 Launches In Houston
Group aims to increase economic opportunity for local businesses
HOUSTON (February 24, 2016) – A group of local business leaders have launched a new chamber of commerce in Houston aimed at increasing economic opportunity for LGBT-owned area businesses.
The chamber was officially launched at an LGBT Business Builders event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Other partners for the event, which was held at Houston Community College – West Loop, included Affinity Magazine, Houston Community College and OutSmart Magazine.
Chamber Co-founders Tammi Wallace and Gary Wood announced the launch of the organization and unveiled its logo before a crowd of roughly 100 business owners and stakeholders. Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen also addressed the crowd, noting the historical significance of the new organization and its vital mission of improving economic prosperity for minority business owners.
Wallace said it’s important that the fourth-largest city in the nation have such a chamber. “With a primary focus on business development and growth for LGBT business owners, we will work to make sure that the LGBT business community is well represented in the region,” she said.
With the chamber’s launch, said Wood, the foundation is laid to create a strong network of LGBT business owners and allies. “We will be a powerful voice for our members and drive growth for their businesses through education, networking, collaboration, partnerships, leadership development and advocacy.”
Click here to see NGLCC’s press release about the launch of the Chamber.
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. The Chamber is an affiliate chamber of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber.
Media Contact : Tammi Wallace (she|her|hers) / 713-301-2266/ email@example.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.