In the News
OutSmart Magazine: ’Tis the Season for Giving (December 2020)
Community Impact Newspaper: Greater Houston LGBT Chamber hosts holiday food drive (November 2020)
OutSmart Magazine: Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce Hosts ‘Pride Across Texas’ Today (November 2020)
Dallas Voice: LGBTQ chambers hosting statewide networking event (November 2020)
KRPC2: Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions (October 2020)
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)
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)
December 2020 - Closing out the Year, Chamber Holiday Food Drive, Corporate Partner Highlight
November 2020 - Gratitude, Chamber Holiday Food Drive, Alley Virtual Holiday Celebrations
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
August 2020 - Gayest & Greatest, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Board Member Spotlight, New YouTube Channel
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
March 2020 - COVID-19, Support Local, Upcoming Webinars
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
September 2019 - Tropical Storm Imelda, NGLCC Conference Recap
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
U.S. Small Business Administration and Chamber Renew Strategic Alliance
The strong collaboration between the Chamber and the SBA help LGBTQ+ and Allied owned businesses thrive and succeed.
U.S. Small Business Administration and Chamber Renew
“The SBA has been a tremendous strategic partner with the Chamber starting quite literally from day one to support our mission of economic inclusion for the LGBTQ+ business community.”
HOUSTON, TX (January 7, 2021) – In a virtual signing ceremony, the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce and its strategic partner, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), officially renewed the long-term strategic alliance between both entities. The signing of the Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) continues the strong collaboration between the Chamber and the SBA to help LGBTQ+ and Allied owned businesses thrive and succeed.
Through the strategic alliance, the Chamber collaborates with the U.S. Small Business Administration and closely with the Houston District Office throughout the year on various areas including programming, resources and other key focus areas to support Chamber members.
“The SBA has been a tremendous strategic partner with the Chamber starting quite literally from day one to support our mission of economic inclusion for the LGBTQ+ business community,” said Tammi Wallace, Chamber Co-Founder, President & CEO. The SBA was one of the Chamber’s participating organizations for the launch of the organization in 2016 through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) & SBA LGBT Business Builder Program.
“We are thrilled to be renewing and expanding our formal relationship with the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber,” said Tim Jeffcoat, U.S. Small Business Administration, Houston District Director. “SBA was honored to be involved in the founding of the Chamber and has been delighted to watch it evolve and grow to be one of the most impactful, dynamic LGBT chambers in the nation.”
“Under the leadership of Houston District Director, Tim Jeffcoat, the relationship between the SBA and the Chamber has grown tremendously since the start of the strategic alliance. “We appreciate the tremendous support and commitment from the SBA to support LGBTQ+ businesses and the strong collaboration with the Houston District Office. The support from the SBA has been invaluable over the years and even more so during the pandemic,” said Wallace.
The commitment between both entities through strategic alliance is to partner and share resources and ideas to help LGBTQ+ businesses achieve the American dream of small business ownership. The U.S. Small Business Administration has a wealth of information to support businesses from loan programs, to educational programs and mentoring. The SAM Agreement marks a renewal for two years through 2022.
The virtual signing, including other SBA Strategic Alliance Partners, was recorded and is viewable by clicking the image below.
The full Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) can be reviewed here.
Read the recent Chamber Chat Blog Post with SBA Houston District Director, Tim Jeffcoat.
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 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.