Volume 18 | May 23, 2019
May Chamber News
In honor of Pride Month, the Chamber presents its signature  PRIDE IN BUSINESS  Celebration. As we celebrate Pride Month, this is a unique opportunity for LGBTQ and allied businesses to illustrate the important role our businesses play in the region's economy and how we can work with the broader business community and public officials to realize a better Houston. You won't want to miss this event! Network with other Chamber members, corporate partners, event sponsors and elected officials.  
 
We celebrate PRIDE IN BUSINESS on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising , which served the catalyst for the modern-day LGBTQ liberation movement. A half-century later, we will recognize the LGBTQ business community in Houston and our contributions to our city and region. Join us to celebrate on this special occasion!  Register Today! Space is limited.
Thank you to our PRIDE IN BUSINESS Celebration event host and corporate partner, Hyatt Regency Houston .
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this signature Chamber event. Please contact the Chamber at info@houstonlgbtchamber.com or 832-510-3002 for more information.
Thank you to our event sponsors for your generous support.
LGBT Biz Pitch – Vote for Chamber member, Sunshine Tomato Company!
Chamber member and certified LGBTBE®, Sunshine Tomato Company, is one of the semi-finalists for the LGBT Biz Pitch entrepreneurial competition, the NGLCC’s own version of the hit show Shark Tank for the LGBT business community.

The process began with dozens of hopeful LGBT entrepreneurs submitting their business pitches for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes on the main stage of the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Tampa Bay, FL.

The LGBT Biz Pitch Judging Panel has selected these 15 Semi-Finalists as the best among the applicants, and now it’s time to vote. Check out each of the one-minute pitch videos and vote for the entrepreneurs, pitches, and ideas you think have the most potential to bring an amazing pitch to our stage. We’re kinda partial to Chamber member, Sunshine Tomato Company! #GoSunshine

These votes will make up an important piece of the selection of the top three finalists who will be invited to the main stage at the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference to go head-to-head for the chance to win $50,000 in cash and prizes.

The LGBT Biz Pitch competition takes place on Thursday, August 15 at 9:30 AM at the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Tampa Bay, FL. For more information about the conference or to register to see the competition unfold live, visit nglcc.org/nglcc19.
Member Spotlight
Check out our recent Chamber Chat with Robin Dobbins of Robin Dobbins Interiors and learn more about learn more his entrepreneurial journey which starts with finding his purpose and passion through giving back to the community.
Is Your Online Chamber Directory Profile Complete?
Don’t forget to set-up your online Chamber Directory listing through the Info Hub! The Online Chamber Directory is a good way for members and the public to learn more about your business! The Chamber’s website, www.HoustonLGBTChamber.com is search engine optimized to provide your business with the greatest amount of web exposure possible. To update your Directory listing, go to the Chamber homepage and click on “Member Login” in the upper right corner.  Check out the online tutorial to learn more about navigating the Info Hub.
BofA Diverse Business Scholarship Program – Apply Today!
The Bank of America Supplier Diversity and Responsible Sourcing Team has announced that applications are being accepted for the Diverse Business Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by Bank of America, funded through the generosity of Bank of America vendors and administered by Scholarship America.
 
The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31, 2019 at 3 p.m. central time. Apply today via https://www.scholarsapply.org/bofabusiness/.
 
Another way our fantastic corporate partner, Bank of America, is supporting the LGBTQ business community!
April Events - Recap!
Thank you to our April event hosts and sponsors!
 

Register for these upcoming events!
 

More great events are in the works! Is your business interested in hosting or sponsoring a Chamber event and maximizing your visibility? Check out host/sponsorship opportunities and complete the form!
Welcome New Members!
The Chamber is proud to welcome our newest members who joined in recent weeks. Thank you for supporting the Chamber!






Learn more about our member companies via our Online Directory.
Newly certified LGBTBE ® Members!
Congratulations to the following Chamber members who have received their LGBTBE ® certification!
 
 
Learn more about the how your business can become LGBTBE ® certified.
Member Benefit Highlight
Are you using an email marketing service? You could save up to 25% with a prepaid Constant Contact account simply by registering your account through the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Log in to the Member Information Center for more details. Click here for more information.
Check out the Chamber on Social Media!
Are you following the Chamber on social media? Don’t miss out on great content for your biz! Share the love and invite your friends to like the Chamber on Facebook! Check out the Chamber on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Thank you to our Chamber Social Media sponsor, REFUGE Marketing & Consulting , who makes sure our social media channels are humming! REFUGE partners with business owners to create a holistic marketing strategy to grow your business and exceed your goals. At REFUGE marketing is their priority so you can focus on what you do best - running your business.
Be Prepared!
Hurricane season starts June 1. Is your business ready? Check out the information from the SBA on emergency preparedness .
Memorial Day
As we observe Memorial Day, we celebrate, honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 
 
In observance of Memorial Day, the Chamber Office will be closed on Monday, May 27. We wish you and your family a safe holiday.
Silver Corporate Partners
Bronze Corporate Partners
Founding Members
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