Volume 27 | February 13, 2020
You know that saying “time flies?” Well time has certainly flown as the Chamber is set to celebrate our 4 th year Anniversary this month! It’s been an amazing four years and we wouldn’t be where we are at today without the generous support of our Corporate Partners and Business Level Members. Thank you!
Let’s celebrate! We’ll kick up our Biz Connection Mixer a notch this month to celebrate this milestone. Join us on Thursday, February 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for our Anniversary Celebration, hosted by Chamber member, The Alley TheatreRSVP today to reserve your spot for the Anniversary Celebration.
A huge thank you to our Anniversary Celebration Event Sponsors:
Check out our recent Chamber Chat Blog Post with Lane Lewis, Owner of Lane Lewis Agency.
The Alley production, Camp David, will start at 7:30 p.m. right after the celebration. Once you register for the Chamber Anniversary Celebration, we’ll send you a special discount code for Chamber members and guests joining us that evening. 
We are proud to partner with The Alley Theatre on this special event and we’ll be rolling out more great opportunities this year to enjoy shows, etc., as part of our strong partnership. Read further to check out more details on our new partnership with the Alley Theatre!
Did you hear the news? The Houston Astros have announced their first-ever PRIDE NIGHT on June 24 at Minute Maid Park against the Minnesota Twins. Chamber Leadership worked with the Houston Astros on this historic decision. Check out some of the coverage about the historic announcement via the Chamber’s press release, Houston Chronicle, OutSmart Magazine and KPRC.
The Houston Astros will join our long-time corporate partner , Houston Dynamo & Houston Dash , in hosting a PRIDE NIGHT in June. The Houston Dynamo & Houston Dash have held a PRIDE NIGHT for a number of years and the Chamber is proud to collaborate with them on this special night. Keep an eye out for more details! Get ready – PRIDE Month is going to be amazing!
It was a busy January as we kicked off 2020!
Thank you to Chamber member, Share Wellness & MediaSpa for hosting the January Brewing Up Business. What a great way to kick-off 2020! Check out the event photos .
The Chamber is all about helping our members learn and grow! Thank you to our presenters, REFUGE Marketing & Consulting , for speaking about SEO at our January Chamber Educational Series event sponsored by our Corporate Partner, Amegy Bank . Check out the event photos .
What a night with our good friends at EPAH! This was our fourth year to collaborate with EPAH on a joint networking event. It was a wonderful evening hosted by our corporate partner, Regions Bank . Thank you to Regions Bank for “rolling out the green carpet” and hosting the Biz Connect Mixer and the Power Hour . Check out the event photos ( Biz Connect Mixer / Power Hour ) to find out who won the Regions Bank bicycle!
We are proud to highlight the generous support of our event sponsors, without whom these events do not happen. Now is the time for you to confirm your event sponsorship.  Get in front of Chamber members and showcase your brand! Click here to learn more about sponsoring a 2020 Chamber event and complete the sponsorship form. We are quickly booking sponsorships for 2020 events so confirm your event sponsorship opportunity today!
Missed the photos from a past Chamber event? Check out the event albums on Facebook . 
The Chamber has some outstanding upcoming events planned over the next couple of months including our first Business Breakfast Series : Economic Outlook - What's Ahead for our Region? with Patrick Jankowski, Regional Economist with the Greater Houston Partnership, hosted by our corporate partner, Maggiano’s and sponsored by corporate partners, Comcast and East West Bank. Patrick will share insight about the regional economy and what the forecast looks like for 2020 and beyond. This is a MUST attend event for any business owner in terms of business planning and understand the local economy. Seats are filling up so register today!

Much appreciation to our generous hosts and sponsors for supporting these upcoming events!
We are excited to announce Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio as our newest corporate partner! Founded in 1892, Poggenpohl is the world’s leading luxury kitchen brand. Open to the public as well as the architectural and interior design community, the Poggenpohl showroom offers full service kitchen design and installation – taking your dreams and making them a reality from conception to execution. Don't miss the chance to explore this beautiful showroom at our March Brewing Up Business.
Thank you to our generous Corporate Partners who have renewed their support and investment in the Chamber.

The Chamber is proud to welcome our newest members who joined in recent weeks. Thank you for supporting the Chamber and the LGBTQ & Allied Business Community!

President’s Circle
Welcome to our newest President’s Circle Member, The Houston Club! The Houston Club was founded in 1894. The Houston Club continues a tradition of excellence in an atmosphere steeped in history with a comfortable elegance that generations of Houstonians have come to expect.
Thank you to The Houston Club for hosting and sponsoring our recent President’s Circle Lunch. Looking for a special location for your next event? Reach out to The Houston Club!
Business Level Members
Business Plus

Business Connect
Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join the Chamber! Check out membership benefits and levels.
Thank you to the following members who have renewed their membership. We appreciate your continued support of the Chamber!
METRO Business NOW – Briefing on Future Business Opportunities
Join our Executive Level Member, METRO , for a briefing on future business opportunities on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the AC Hotel Houston Downtown, Zoe Ballroom, located at 723 Main Street. RSVP online at https://metronext.org/events Check-in will be open at 8:30 a.m.
Topics will include engineering / construction, finance / bonding, planning, procurement, risk and small business.
Inaugural Business Matchmaker Event

Date: March 6, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: HCC Eastside Campus, 6815 Rustic Street

  • Over 40 large businesses, federal, state, and local government agencies will be on-hand to meet with qualified small businesses from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm 
  • Professional matchmaking software for optimal matches - meet only the businesses that make sense for your organization
  • Educational workshops concurrent with matchmaking; one provided by Google!
  • Small business support resources will be on-site
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments provided

Reserve your free spot - https://mbmapp.com/event/sbdc. Some of the buyers already confirmed include Chevron, Houston Community College and many others. Check out the full list at https://mbmapp.com/event/sbdc.
We are proud to announce our new partnership with Chamber Member, Alley Theatre .  Through our partnership with the Alley Theatre, our members have access to discounted tickets to Alley shows and other benefits including:
  • Promotional code for discounted tickets to Alley shows
  • Discounts for groups of 10 or more
  • Access to add-on experiences including behind the scenes tours, pre- and post-show receptions and meet and greets with the cast
  • Access to discounted rates for event rental space
The Chamber is proud to be a sponsor of  ActOUT , the hottest LGBTQ theatre event in town! Join the Chamber for this fabulous pre-curtain event before certain shows. Patrons enjoy fabulous pre-performance mixers with music, socializing, complimentary cocktails and appetizers. Learn more about  ActOUT  here and get more information on purchasing tickets.  
Check out the upcoming ActOUT event, 1894 , on March 19 and purchase tickets. Visit  www.alleytheatre.org  to learn more about the Alley Theatre including upcoming shows and programming. Check out this  video  created by the Alley's Artistic Director Rob Melrose. Thank you to the Alley Theatre for your partnership!
We love reading about the recognition our Chamber members receive in the community! 
Three of our Chamber members were recently highlighted in Chamber Founding Member OutSmart Magazine’s February 2020 issue . Way to go!
Christopher Barry , Owner, Buddy’s one of our newest Chamber mem bers shares about his hard work to start Buddy’s one nail at a time! Join us at Buddy's on March 26 for a great night of networking and fun.
Derrick Brown , Chief Development Officer with AIDS Foundation Houston Learn more about Derrick including his philosophy on connecting with donors and his work to help start the New York LGBT Chamber!
Shenice Brown and Shan Randle , Owners of  Empower Financial , an LGBTBE certified business. OutSmart Magazine recognized Shenice and Shan as a Queer Power Couple! Read more to find out where they first met! Hint: Chamber event
Do you have some good news to share? From time to time, the Chamber highlights significant accomplishments, big milestones and other good news about our members. Please submit your news via the Chamber website.
There are a few key dates and deadlines to remember for the March 3 Primary Elections. Visit www.hctax.net/Voter/Registration  for information on registering to vote and  harrisvotes.com  for election information. Click here for more voter resources including a link to check your voter registration.

It's your turn to submit applications to lead a session at the upcoming NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas. Not only is this an excellent opportunity to share your expertise with the 1400+ members of the LGBT and allied business community in attendance, but it's also a great way to connect with fellow thought-leaders in your space and secure new connections at the 2020 Conference. The deadline for proposal submissions is Sunday, March 15, 2020. Click here to see examples of sessions presented during the 2019 Conference.
Enter by March 2 to shine a light on your business

You dreamed it and you built it. How much further could you take your vision with $50,000? Enter the 2020 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest for a chance to elevate your business.
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