Volume 41 | April 9, 2021

Members and Supporters,

Can you believe it's April? We hit the ground running in January, and we haven't stopped! It's already been a very busy and packed year of events and more, and there is so much more ahead in 2021.

Speaking of…in this issue, check out the Save The Date for Pride In Business in June. We’ll have some great announcements coming up about the Pride In Business celebration which will also be a celebration of the Chamber’s milestone 5 Year Anniversary. Also, read further to see the highlights of more inaugural members who have supported the Chamber since year one. We are grateful for their support and commitment to the Chamber.

Can you guess which member has a video that has gone viral millions and millions of times? Read further to learn more about her good work and view the video. Also, we have another book author in the Chamber Family. Keep reading…

Let's go Rockets! Get ready for Pride Night with the Houston Rockets and participate in a virtual panel event as well. The Pride Night Ticket Package...sweet! Read more below.

There is not a better time to join the Chamber! We have a ton of opportunities to connect and support your business. Your support helps the Chamber with its mission focused on economic inclusion for the LGBTQ community. Join the Chamber today and get connected to a network of support and resources for you and your business!

With Pride,
Tammi Wallace
Co-Founder and President & CEO
SAVE THE DATE!
June 24, 2021 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Held during PRIDE month, the Pride In Business event is a unique opportunity to celebrate the important role of LGBTQ and Allied businesses in the Greater Houston economy. The event underscores how the LGBTQ+ & Allied business community works with the broader business community and public officials to realize a better Houston. The celebration of PRIDE IN BUSINESS this year is also a virtual celebration of the Chamber's milestone 5 Year Anniversary! Keep an eye out for more announcements including the keynote speaker!

This Chamber Signature Event is a great opportunity to promote your business during PRIDE month and with the LGBTQ+ & Allied business community. The Pride In Business celebration is the only event in Houston focused on the LGBTQ+ business community during PRIDE month. Inquire about sponsorship opportunities via info@houstonlgbtchamber.com or call 832-510-3002.
With the Chamber's 5 year anniversary, we will be highlighting the milestone celebration as well as our Inaugural and Founding Members and Corporate Partners throughout the year. We’ve set-up an Anniversary Page to capture the year of celebration. Click here to see photos from the past five years, a list of inaugural members, recognition and more as we capture the milestone 5 year celebration.
In 2021, we are highlighting our amazing Inaugural Corporate Partners, Inaugural Members and Founding Members. Thank you for your support over the past 5 Years!  
Thank you to Chevron for being one of our Inaugural Corporate Partners. Learn more about Chevron.
Thank you to Bocci Engineering & Construction LLC for being a Chamber Founding Member and LGBTBE® Certified businesses. Learn more about Bocci Engineering & Construction.
Thank you to Dalton DeHart Photography Foundation for being an Inaugural Business Member. Learn more about Dalton DeHart Photography Foundation
WELCOME NEW CORPORATE PARTNERS!
BRONZE CORPORATE PARTNER
Cadence Bank is a regional bank that excels in two specific areas – above and beyond. Operating 98 branch locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, we provide corporations, middle-market companies, small businesses and consumers with a full range of innovative banking and financial solutions. 

At Cadence, we are committed to helping our clients succeed financially. We take the time to discover more about your banking needs and your pain points, giving us the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships that work. By combining high tech and high touch, we deliver personalized attention with leading-edge online and mobile banking solutions that meet our clients’ ever-evolving needs. Visit cadencebank.com to learn more.

Thank you to Cadence Bank for your support of the Chamber and the LGBTQ+ & Allied Business Community!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
The Chamber continues to grow! Welcome to our newest members.   
Business Plus Level Members
Business Connect Level Members
Come out for Pride Night with the Houston Rockets and root for our hometown team! The Chamber is proud to partner with the Houston Rockets for Pride Night! The Houston Rockets will play the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center on Wednesday, April 14 at 8 PM. Purchase your tickets here!

Scheduled activities and events include LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Sports + Workplace panel, concourse community activation featuring the LGBTQ Banner Project, plus in game elements such as First Shot for charity, National Anthem and special recognitions - all from members of the LGBTQ+ community.
11:30 - Networking | 12:00 PM - Panel Discussion (virtually). Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/LGBTQSportsPanel.
Pride Night Ticket Package, including 1 ticket, 1 beverage (beer/wine/soda) and 1 commemorative t-shirt. is available starting at $25 per person. To view details and purchase tickets for Pride Night, click here.
***Reduced capacity be enforced for the game to allow for proper distancing between groups of guests.***
It's going to be a busy couple of months leading up to Pride Month! Check out the upcoming events below and get the dates added to your calendar. 


Check out the events calendar for more events coming up!

Most Chamber events are virtually via Airmeet. Airmeet lets YOU control your networking experience.

We LOVE guests! Please join us at an upcoming event and learn more about the Chamber. Contact the Chamber Office at 832-510-3002 or info@houstonlgbtchamber.com for complimentary registration.
MARCH EVENTS RECAP
Thank you to our amazing presenters and event sponsors for our March events. The Chamber hosted a terrific webinar on March 9 with our partners, The Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) and The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) covering How to Get LGBTBE® Certified and more! Check out this video to learn more about the steps to get your business LGBTBE® Certified plus hear more about incredible resources available to LGBTQ-owned businesses.
Thank you to Chamber Member, Ajana Therapy & Clinical Services, for sponsoring Brewing Up Business on March 10. Ajana Therapy & Clinical Services is an inclusive and multiculturally competent practice offering online counseling in Houston. They provide mental health therapy, consultation, supervision, assessment, and training. Click here to learn more about Ajana Therapy & Clinical Services.
We closed out the month with our Biz Connect Mixer on March 25, sponsored by Chamber Member, Crunch Consulting LLC. Crunch Consulting provides expertise in accounting, finance, and tax preparation services. Click here to learn more about Crunch Consulting. Thank you to Crunch Consulting for your support of the Chamber!
HAPPY CHAMBERVERSARY!
The following members are celebrating their Chamber Anniversary. We appreciate your continued support of the Chamber!
Founding Member
Business Premium Level
Increase your visibility with the LGBTQ+ consumer market! If you’re looking for a new domain name, why not consider a .LGBT domain; and why not consider registering it from an LGBT-owned business that sells domain names. That’s double rainbow stuff right there.  Receive a 10% discount on new .LGBT domain names registered at www.pridelife.lgbt with coupon code HOUSTON. PrideLife will also donate 10% to the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
CORPORATE PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
In light of recent attacks against Asian Americans, Bank of America announced that it has increased its $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity to $1.25 billion over five years. The increase includes an immediate $1 million commitment to support increased advocacy, dialogue and engagement with the Asian American community. In Houston, the bank is contributing over $150,000 that includes support of the Chinese Community Center and Asia Society Texas, in addition to continuing its longstanding support of the Asian Chamber of Commerce. 

Read more here about Bank of America’s commitment. Yet, another reason why the Chamber is proud to call Bank of America a Corporate Partner!
MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS
Congratulations to Lianne Lami with Founding Member, Bocci Engineering & Construction, who co-authored BUSINESS SUCCESS SECRETS which was released in early March. Purchase your copy and read about Lianne’s business success secrets in her chapter "Lead With Love"!  
Members doing good and giving back! We are so proud of Corrie Domingo with Chamber Member, Balani Custom Clothiers, for spearheading a donation of the first batch of magnet shirts to the United Spinal Association of Houston. The donation of the shirts was made possible by a generous donation from James Ellis. Corrie posted a video about her work with a client to create adaptive clothing for people with disabilities that went viral and has been seen millions of times. Check out the KHOU Channel 11 coverage here. Way to go Corrie!
ADVERTISE IN THE NEW CHAMBER
DIGITAL MAGAZINE, INTERSECTIONS!
As we celebrate the Chamber’s milestone 5 Year Anniversary this year, the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce is launching a new magazine, Intersections, that will be published quarterly.

Intersections, the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber Magazine, will be focused on the LGBTQ & Allied Business Community and spotlight the stories of our Chamber members as well as initiatives and leadership. The new digital magazine, published by MetroMedia Inc., is scheduled to launch during Pride Month in June. It’s perfect timing to launch the first issue to celebrate Pride, the Chamber's 5 Year Anniversary and highlight members and Corporate Partners!
 
With the launch of the magazine, our members will have an added benefit of membership with a new way to gain exposure for our members through advertising and added visibility. Members can also take advantage of advertising space (with member-only rates) within each edition of the magazine. Tammie Easson from MetroMedia, Inc. will be contacting our members regarding advertising opportunities. You can reach her at teasson@metromediapublishers.com or 417-629-7935.
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BRONZE CORPORATE PARTNERS
CORPORATE PARTNERS
FOUNDING MEMBERS
PRESIDENT'S CIRCLE MEMBERS
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