Volume 12 | November 21, 2018
November News and Updates
New Chamber Website
The Chamber recently launched a new website and Member engagement tool. The new site is easier to navigate, includes feature opportunities via a blog and more robust functionality for our members. We're excited to show it off. Check out the new site and share any feedback or issues with us via info@houstonlgbtchamber.com
Upcoming Events
December 5: Chamber Holiday Party

Members and their guests are invited to our annual Holiday Party. Enjoy festive nosh and spirits and mingle with fellow members as we toast another successful year. Thank you to our Silver Corporate Partner Amegy Bank of Texas for hosting this year's event.

January 16: Brewing Up Business

Kick-start your morning and your business with Brewing Up Business. Grab some coffee and some new business contacts! This is going to be a special Brewing Up Business to kick off the new year so please save the date! Check back on the link soon for location information.

Welcome Our Newest Members
The Chamber is proud to welcome our newest members who joined in recent weeks. Thank you for supporting the Chamber!

Business Connect Members

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Join the Chamber Today!
If you are not already a member but are considering joining the Chamber, there's no better time than now. Get a jump start on growing your business in 2019 and use the Chamber to increase contacts and business leads as well as your knowledge base. Click the link below to determine which benefit level is the best fit for your business.

Op-Ed: Shop Small a Big Deal to Small Businesses
Saturday, November 24, 2018 is Small Business Saturday® – please join the SBA in supporting the over 600,000 small businesses in Houston and Southeast Texas that employ many of your friends and neighbors and have helped our area achieve a 3.8% unemployment rate.

Photos from Recent Events
Earlier this month, Chamber members and guests were able to "kick-start" the morning with our monthly Brewing Up Business event. Thank you to our member James Craig Furnishings for hosting this event in their lovely new showroom. We were also proud to do a "ribbon cutting" at this amazing new space.

In late October, we enjoyed the last monthly Chamber Happy Hour of 2018. Thank you to Chamber member, Guava Lamp, for hosting!

New Survey Offers Insight into LGBT Decisions at Work
The survey published by Bespoke Surgical and reported on by Instinct magazine indicates 57% of LGBT individuals are out at work, with women (58%) a bit more likely to be out than men (55.3%). Millennials (58%) are more likely to be out at the office than Baby Boomers (51%).

Make Your Business Count in the Economic Census
Completing the Economic Census allows the U.S. Census Bureau to provide free and quality data that can benefit your business. Your response is not only required by law but it is valuable and important to our organization as well. The Census Bureau began collecting responses to the 2017 Economic Census earlier this year. Although the official due date has passed, responses are still being collected. Please take the time to respond if you received a request for information.

Interested in Sponsoring?
Interested in sponsoring a Chamber event in 2019? Gain fantastic exposure for your company by helping us bring great events and programming to other member organizations. Contact Chamber board member and Programming & Events Chair deborah lawson today at  deborah@lawsonlegal.net   for more information. 
12 Simple Ways to Make Your Workplace More Trans Inclusive
The transgender community faces an unemployment rate of about 15%, according to a 2015 report by the National Center for Transgender Equality, or three times the overall unemployment rate at the time. Three in 10 survey respondents who’d had a job in the past year said they had been terminated, denied a promotion or endured some other type of workplace mistreatment related to their gender identity or expression; meanwhile, 77% reported taking steps like delaying or hiding their gender transition or quitting to avoid workplace mistreatment.

City of Houston Meet the Buyer Forum
The City of Houston's Meet the Buyer Forum is the ultimate opportunity for small businesses to connect and network with City procurement agents. Business owners who attend the event will have the opportunity to learn about upcoming contract opportunities and gain insight on how to do business with the City of Houston and other government agencies.

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