Volume 8 | August 23, 2018
August News and Updates
Message from Gary and Tammi
What a week we had at the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce conference in Philly! The sold-out conference brought together more than 1,200 LGBT business owners, corporate partners, chamber leaders and other allies with the theme of LGBTUNITY - #NGLCC18. 

Our Chamber was well-represented with various members and corporate partners attending, many for the first time. Each attendee has a story to tell about this inspiring conference that went beyond networking to provide a better understanding of the incredible economic opportunities ahead for the LGBT business community.  

Read more about the conference in this e-newsletter, see photos and posts from the conference on social media via #NGLCC18 and check out the links to the photos from the conference. 

Finally, SAVE THE DATE FOR #NGLCC19! Make your plans now for #NGLCC19 in Tampa, August 13 - 16. 
A Special Thank You to Conference Sponsors and Chamber Corporate Partners
The NGLCC conference wouldn't be possible without fantastic sponsors. We are lucky to count a number of those national sponsors among our own Corporate Partners here in Houston. See the logos to the right and please help us thank and support those partners where possible.

A special shout out to our friends at United who helped get our board members to the conference.

Also we thank our Corporate Partners with Dow and Mass Mutual for participating in the LGBT Biz Marketplace & Expo at the conference.
Naomi Scales Recognized as LGBT Veteran Business Owner
The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) announced the 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year at the NGLCC conference.

NaVOBA recognized two exceptional 2018 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year, including Greater Houston LGBT Chamber Member Naomi Scales, owner of MarFran Cleaning. 

A huge congratulations to Naomi and MarFran!

Chamber Member Takes Conference by Storm with Startup
Khaliah Guillory isn't one to let an opportunity pass her by. The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber member attended the 2018 NGLCC conference and made the most of it by participating in the conference's LGBT Biz Pitch competition with her startup concept Nap Bar. Learn more about Nap Bar via her pitch video and check out our Q&A with Khaliah.

Why did you decide to participate in the Biz Pitch?
I operate from a standpoint of “why not”. I had an opportunity to take a shot and I took it! The pitch allowed for exposure and the opportunity to test market viability for Nap Bar…Mission accomplished!

Was the experience rewarding?
Yes! I’m beyond grateful for the experience and the support not only by my local chapter (in Houston) but by new friendships, potential partnerships and connections made as a result of participating in the pitch.

What was the most difficult component of the competition?
Preparing for the unknown.Simply put, I don’t know what I don’t know. Now, having a pitch under my belt and receiving poignant feedback, I know exactly what to prepare for going forward.

What would you do differently?
If hindsight is 20/20, I would’ve reached out to the previous winners of the pitch and picked their brain. This would’ve allowed for me to incorporate critical components and button up the presentation prior to taking the stage.

Would you recommend participating to another entrepreneur?
Absolutely. Nap Bar is four months in the pre-revenue phase and having the opportunity to share the stage with incredible entrepreneurs who have been in business for 2+ years was priceless. The experience alone created space for me to learn valuable lessons that will be implemented immediately.
Photos from the NGLCC Conference
A number of Houston Chamber members were able to join us for the NGLCC conference in Philly. Click the link below to see photos on our Facebook page. And click here to see additional photos from the conference from NGLCC.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Aug. 30: Chamber Happy Hour
Come join Chamber members at our upcoming Happy Hour. This month's event is hosted by our member Guava Lamp. 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Sept. 12: Brewing Up Business
Don't miss the Chamber's monthly Brewing Up Business. Our member company Houston Media Source will host the event in September. 8-9:15 am. Complimentary for our members!
Silver Corporate Partners
Bronze Corporate Partners
Founding Members
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce | 832-510-3002 | info@houstonlgbtchamber.com | houstonlgbtchamber.com