Volume 34 | September 15, 2020

Members and Supporters,

Since the Chamber launched almost five years ago, the organization has grown tremendously including the number of members, corporate partners and strategic and collaboration partners. The board of the Chamber is committed, more than ever, to economic inclusion, growing a thriving LGBTQ & Allied Business Community and supporting our members. With this commitment is the need for leadership and investment as the Chamber looks to both the present and the future. Read the announcement in this issue about the formalized President & CEO role and Board Leadership updates to support the work of the organization going forward. 

Speaking of looking forward, there is no argument that this election is the most important election of our lifetimes. Our vote is our voice whether the LGBTQ+ community, the LGBTQ+ business community specifically, or LGBTQ+ Allied community. There is much work to be done in terms of LGBTQ+ economic inclusion and making sure the LGBTQ business community has a voice and helping to ensure that right is our vote. The deadline to register to vote in Texas is October 5. Read further in the newsletter to learn more and links to register.

Thank You! To our members, corporate partners, strategic and collaboration partners, we say thank you for your continued support. Many of you have renewed your commitment to the Chamber during these most challenging of times and it speaks volumes. We appreciate you and are here to support you.

After you read this edition of the Chamber Connection, head over to the Member Facebook Group, and share a video, offer or update about your member business. The Member Facebook Group is set-up to give members another way to share out more about your biz.
Tammi Wallace
Co-Founder and President & CEO
GREATER HOUSTON LGBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NAMES PRESIDENT & CEO AND BOARD LEADERSHIP
In recognition of the progress made in advancing the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s strategic goals and the need to dedicate resources to achieve the longer-term vision for the organization, the Board of Directors has established the position of President and Chief Executive Officer to lead, manage, and execute day-to-day operations of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Coincident with this announcement, the Board has appointed Tammi Wallace to the position of President & CEO of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. 

With Wallace’s appointment, the Board has also named Jonathan Marrs to the position of Board Chair and Jason Rocha to the position of Vice Chair. Shenice Brown has been named as Treasurer and Tiffany Tosh has taken on the role of Secretary.

Read more about the announcement here.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE - OCTOBER 5TH!
 
Check out our Chamber Voter Resources via https://www.houstonlgbtchamber.com/public-policy/.
Searching for Small Business Grants? Look no further, the NGLCC has proudly partnered with Hello Alice to bring you Business For All Grants of up to $50,000 to support business growth. Don’t wait too long! Applications close September 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm CT: http://ow.ly/PXjM50BbRyj--

Congratulations to LGBTBE® certified and Chamber member, Sunshine Tomato, on graduating from the NGLCC Mentorship Program. Way to go!
BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - THOMAS LOPEZ
Check out our recent blog post highlighting Thomas Lopez who serves as a board member for the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce and co-chairs the Marketing & PR Committee. Thomas is one of our newest board members and he has been an outstanding advocate for the Chamber. 

Read more to learn how Thomas sees the important work of the Chamber and how he believes that we can have a significant impact with a collective voice. As you read more about Thomas, you’ll see how he uses his talent in many ways to support the LGBTQ+ community including through his podcast, Let’s Talk About Gay Stuff, which is part of the podcast family through ListenWerks LLC, one of our Chamber members.

Check out the recent article in the Houston Chronicle highlighting the Let’s Talk About Gay Stuff podcast.

We appreciate Thomas and express our gratitude for his tremendous dedication and service to the Chamber!
Grab Virtual Coffee with another Chamber Member – Connect with other members virtually over a cup of coffee (or your favorite drink!) to learn more about their business and find ways to work together. A great way to get to know other Chamber members! 
Take Action: Identify your Top 10 Chamber members today that you want to connect within the next 30 days.

Missed all 10 Tips to Connect with Other Chamber Members? Check your email for the full list or the Member Facebook Group. We share solid tips (10 of ‘em to be exact!) and action items you can take now to support business development and maximize your Chamber membership!

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Congratulations to Marcus Davis, President of Chamber member, The Breakfast Klub on this well-deserved recognition from his alma mater!
Roy Rivera, Jr., CEO and Director of Rehabilitation with Chamber member, Crom Rehabilitation LLC was recognized in Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 HonoreesHe has made tremendous contributions to the community the Crom Rehabilitation, which stands strong with our LGBTQIA+ community through their partnership with Legacy (another Chamber member!) and the Ryan White Foundation. Crom Rehab is some of the first in the nation to address outpatient transgender rehabilitative services.
Congratulations to Stephen Brent May with Chamber member, One Foot Over, for being accepted as part of Leadership Houston Class XXXIX! Leadership brings together leaders from different communities to increase dialogue, and foster collaboration on projects that would improve the quality of life for all Houstonians. 
Way to Go! Doug Winnie, with Chamber member, ActionCOACH, was awarded Global Master Coach of the Year and a Finalist for Senior Partner of the Year at ActionCOACH’s Global Conference in August. 
Chamber Corporate Partner, Bank of America, Announces Fall Scholarship
Bank of America and Communities Foundation of Texas are pleased to announce the 2020 Fall cycle of The Supplier Diversity Small & Diverse Business Scholarship Program, sponsored by Bank of America and funded through the generosity of Bank of America’s vendors. This cycle, which launched on September 1, will award scholarships to business owners of qualified certified small and diverse businesses for targeted training and development to enhance their business. Deadline is October 30. For more information, click here.
REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Due to COVID-19, the Chamber has moved all events for the remainder of the year to an online format.


If you have an idea for an upcoming webinar please email info@houstonlgbtchamber.com or if would like to present, please complete the Program Proposal Form.
AUGUST EVENTS RECAP
Thank you to Chamber member Julie Fischer with Beth Wolff Realtors for sponsoring Brewing Up Business on August 12. Did you catch the recent Chamber Chat blog with Julie?
On August 19, the Chamber hosted an informative and timely workshop, Planning Your Business - In Good Times and Bad, presented and sponsored by Chamber Corporate Partner East West Bank. Thank you East West bank for offering this partner-directed event!
We closed the month's programming and events on August 27 with the quarterly Pride Across Texas event in collaboration with our Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce colleagues, Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to the Houston Dynamo and Dash for securing our special guest speaker, Jane Campbell, goalkeeper and co-captain with the Houston Dash and owner of Ace of Spades Apparel.

Check the events calendar for registration information for upcoming webinars and networking events.
THANK YOU TO OUR RENEWING CORPORATE PARTNERS
Thank you to Bank of America for renewing at the Corporate Partner Bronze Level! We appreciate your long-time support of the Chamber!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
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!
THANK YOU RENEWING MEMBERS
Thank you to the following members who have renewed their membership. We appreciate your continued support of the Chamber!
NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK
GOLD CORPORATE PARTNERS
SILVER CORPORATE PARTNERS
BRONZE CORPORATE PARTNERS
FOUNDING MEMBERS
PRESIDENT'S CIRCLE MEMBERS
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