Volume 22 | September 19, 2019
Tropical Storm Imelda & September Chamber News
Tropical Storm Imelda
Dear Members and Friends,

Our hearts go out to those impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda, with many people are dealing with tremendous loss and devastation. For those of members who have been impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda, the Chamber is here to support you. We will be sharing disaster assistance information in the coming days and months for any of our members who are impacted. We will be reaching out to check on members and will keep you updated on information related to disaster assistance resources specifically for the business community. 

One immediate resource is from our strategic partner, the U.S. Small Business Administration, which offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Learn more

I know that our city and region will recover...we always do and we will be better and stronger than ever but that recovery will take time. To our members who have been impacted, the Chamber is committed to supporting you through this recovery effort. If you need assistance, we are only a phone call or email away to help you and your business. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Chamber office at 832-510-3002 or email us at info@houstonlgbtchamber.com. Our thoughts are with you.

Tammi Wallace
Co-Founder & Board Chair
What a Week at the NGLCC Conference!
Did you check out the photos from the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) 2019 International Business and Leadership Conference? What a fantastic week in Tampa with the NGLCC, Chamber Leaders, Corporate Partners and LGBTQ Entrepreneurs from across the globe! The week included the general conference as well as the Chamber Leadership Program. The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber was well represented by many of our members and corporate partners.

Much appreciation to our corporate partner, United, for the "ride" to Tampa for #NGLCC19!

Save the Date! Next year's #NGLCC20 will be in Las Vegas, July 28-31, 2020. And remember - if you are a member of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber, you get a discount on conference registration. Join the Chamber (if you haven't already!) and start planning for 2020!
Chamber Inaugural Education Series - A Success!
Our first workshop as part of the Chamber Inaugural Education Series, was held on September 5 and sponsored by Amegy Bank. It was a great learning opportunity for our members. Thank you to our speaker and Chamber member, Tom Jackobs, with The Impact Pilot. Tom led a terrific workshop "How to Use Your Personal Story to Grow Your Business,” giving attendees a great framework to connect personal stories to help promote and grow their businesses. Speaking of... the Chamber's goal is to help YOU grow your business so keep an eye out for more Chamber Education Series workshops. Thank you to corporate partner, Amegy Bank for their support! Check out photos from the workshop.

Also, be sure to check out Tom’s recent “ Chamber Chat” on the Chamber blog to learn more about The Impact Pilot.
Register to Vote – Upcoming Deadline
If you are not registered to vote, the last day to register is October 7, 2019 to be eligible to vote in the November 5, 2019 election. 

Through the work of Harris County Clerk, Diane Trautman, and approval of Harris County Commissioner’s Court, this November, you can vote at any location in Harris County during Early Voting and on Election Day.

Quick Links:

Find A Voting Center and Sample Ballot or find a location near you by texting VOTE to 1-833-YES (937)-0700.

Not in Harris County?  Register to Vote (Other Texas Counties)
Welcome New Members
The Chamber is proud to welcome our newest members who joined in recent weeks. Thank you for supporting the Chamber!

Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join the Chamber! Check out membership benefits and levels.
Thank you Renewing Members
Thank you to the following members who have renewed their membership. We appreciate your continued support of the Chamber!

Member Benefit Highlight - Constant Contact
The Chamber has partnered with Constant Contact to offer a discount for email marketing services. Members can save up to 25% with a prepaid Constant Contact account simply by registering your account through the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Learn more.
Did You Catch the Event Photos for August? 
Congratulations to The Cannon on the opening of their new building, Houston’s Campus for Entrepreneurs, a coworking ecosystem for Houston’s entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelances, and creatives! The Chamber held the August Brewing Up Business and Ribbon Cutting at The Cannon’s stunning new building located at 1336 Brittmore Rd. Check out the event photos.
It was an amazing evening with Chamber member, Truluck's Seafood Steak Crabhouse at the August Happy Hour & Power Hour! Thank you to our August Happy Hour sponsor, Chamber founding member Adams, London & Weiss, LLC for their support.  
We had an informative Power Hour session, "Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?," presented by Chuck Abell with the Small Business Administration (SBA), one of the Chamber's strategic partners.
Check out all the photos from the August Power Hour and Happy Hour. Be sure and tag yourself in the event photos!
Register for these upcoming events!
 

For more events, check out the Chamber’s event calendar.

 Do you want to get in front of Chamber members and showcase your brand? Sponsorship is a great opportunity to raise your brand visibility and support the Chamber. Win-win!  Learn more about sponsoring a Chamber event and complete the online sponsorship form
Did you know the Chamber is the leading regional advocate for the economic and civic interests of the LGBTQ business community? Now is a great time to be part of one of the fastest growing chambers in the region. Chamber membership is comprised of a wide array of entrepreneurs, executives, small businesses, and Fortune 500 firms. Visit the Chamber website and learn more about membership benefits and levels.
Member Spotlight
We love hearing about the recognition our chamber members receive in the community! 
Congratulations to Raed Gonzalez, Chairman & CEO with inaugural Chamber member, Gonzalez & Olivieri LLC, on being recognized as a Super Lawyer 2019 in immigration by Reuters and one of the best 100 Houston Lawyers regardless of practice area. Way to go Raed!
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.
Silver Corporate Partners
Bronze Corporate Partners
Founding Members
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