In August 2017, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) hosted its annual International Business and Leadership Conference, which celebrated the great strides made in the LGBTQ business community over the past few years as well as the organization’s fifteenth year in operation. This year’s conference in Las Vegas was NGLCC’s largest ever with over 1,200 attendees from LGBT-owned businesses, corporate partners, and affiliate chambers from across the globe.
NGLCC welcomed LGBT business icons such as renowned designer and author Tim Gunn, philanthropist and entrepreneur Mitchell Gold, and the world’s first openly gay royal, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla, India, to speak about their experiences as leaders in the LGBT business community. Celebrity businesswoman and ally, Lisa Vanderpump, celebrated her involvement with the LGBTQ community and offered her top tips for entrepreneurship. Gunn, Prince Gohil, and Vanderpump were joined by an impressive array of LGBTQ businesses owners, entrepreneurs, journalists, and authors who shared their stories and business knowledge throughout the week.
NGLCC also honored attendees who made significant strides in supporting the LGBTQ business community, including the conference’s 2017 Chamber of the Year awardee Metropolitan Business Association of Orlando and International Affiliate of the Year awardee Cámara de Comercio & Negocios LGBT de Uruguay. In conjunction with corporate partner Wells Fargo, NGLCC additionally distributed over $60,000 in grant money to affiliate chambers based on programs to advance the LGBTQ business community.
NGLCC’s annual conference holds a B2B Boot Camp for certified LGBT-owned business enterprises, a series of affiliate chamber development seminars, a marketplace expo with its corporate sponsors and top LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs), and a series of one-on-one matchmaker meetings to ensure lasting business connections between attending LGBT-owned businesses and corporate partners.
The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses in the United States, and has affiliate programs on five continents around the globe.
NGLCC’s 2018 International Business and Leadership Conference will take place in Philadelphia from August 14–17, 2018. Follow NGLCC on social media for updates and announcements at @nglcc.