Sep. 29, 2022 | Volume 58

In This Issue

  • LGBTQ+ History Month Panel & Reception
  • Business Intersections Fall Issue
  • New Member Benefit
  • Small Business Credit Survey
  • OUT & About
  • Upcoming Events
  • Member Spotlights
  • Individual / Professional Memberships
  • New & Renewing Partners and Members
  • Newest LGBTBE® Certified Member
  • Connect with the Chamber on Social Media

Upcoming Events



September 29 - Ribbon Cutting for Sesh Coworking


October 4 - Out & Open Succession Planning Workshop


October 4 - Biz Connect Mixer with LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance


October 6 - hOUsTon Industry Mixer


October 7 - First Friday Meet & Eat at Urban Eats


October 13 - LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance Fall Reception


October 27 - LGBTQ+ History Month Panel & Reception - Celebrating & Reflecting



Visit the event calendar for more events and information.

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Dear Houston LGBT,


Are you ready for some amazing events and opportunities to make great connections? The Chamber has so many ways to engage over the next few months with some not-to-be-missed events and programming. Check out the upcoming events on the events calendar here


Our Highlight Event in this issue is the LGBTQ+ History Month Panel & Reception where we will host a wonderful panel of LGBTQ+ Historians and showcase the LGBTQ+ History Banner Project.


With so much ahead, we've also had a very busy September! Check out the OUT & About section in this newsletter plus we have some amazing Member Spotlights and share their great news and accomplishments. We have so many members who are doing great things and we are celebrating with you.  

 

Thanks to our great partners at Sesh Coworking we are rolling out an amazing member benefit this month. Check out the details in this issue.

 

Plus…there is so much more great information in this month’s newsletter. Take a few minutes and find out the latest in this issue.


With Pride,

Tammi Wallace (she/her/hers)

Co-Founder and President & CEO

If your company is not part of the Chamber, now is a great time to join. The Chamber is active all year long! With a full calendar of events and other opportunities, it’s a great engagement opportunity and brand visibility for your business. Want to join in the fun? Become an individual member of the Chamber and tap into great professional networking!


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LGBTQ+ History Month Panel & Reception

Join the Chamber as we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month in Houston. LGBTQ+ History Month is an annual month observance of LGBTQ+ history held every October. As part of the celebration, The Banner Project will be on display and two new banners will be unveiled as part of the celebration.

Before the reception and unveiling of the banners, a panel of some of Houston's LGBTQ+ historians will share more about their work to preserve Houston's LGBTQ+ history. These individuals have dedicated countless hours for decades to ensuring that current and future generations of Houstonians understand Houston's LGBTQ+ history.

Thank you to Chamber Corporate Partner, Bank of America, for hosting the event. Join us at the Bank of America Tower in the beautiful Full Assembly + Sky Park spaces for this event.

Event Details

Sponsor this event! Get visibility for your biz and showcase your support for the LGBTQ+ community and the arts! Sponsorship levels start at $250.00.

Sponsor This Event!

Check out the Business Intersections Fall Issue

The next issue of the Chamber's digital magazine, Business Intersections, is now available to read online.


The "Coming Out" issue celebrates the coming out stories of some of our Chamber members, including allies, through their personal coming out stories and/or as a business owner.

Read More

New Member Benefit!

We’re excited to announce a new member benefit from President’s Circle Member, Sesh Coworking! 


MEMBER BENEFIT: Work at Sesh Coworking for a day! Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to visit Sesh once a month complimentary Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm. Your complimentary day pass includes access to our super fast wifi, bottomless coffee & tea, phone booths and ability to reserve private meeting spaces for a small fee. 


Learn more about this member benefit on the Chamber’s Special Savings page and check out other member benefits.


Sesh's mission is to provide creative women and genderqueer people with a workspace that nurtures personal and professional growth, supports their natural lifestyle and working habits and fosters community through collaboration, learning and advocacy. Learn more about Sesh at https://seshcoworking.com/

Federal Reserve's 2022 Small Business Credit Survey

Owners and key financial decision makers of for-profit businesses, share your recent experiences. Did your business seek financing such as loans or lines of credit in the last 12 months? How would you rate the financial condition of your business?


The Federal Reserve’s 2022 Small Business Credit Survey is open for responses, and the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce is a partner on this effort. By taking the survey, you contribute to data that directly informs the Fed, federal government agencies, service providers, policymakers, and others—ultimately benefitting your business and other businesses like yours. Take the 10-minute survey now.


The survey is open to businesses currently in operation, those recently closed, and those about to launch. All responses are confidential.

 

The survey closes November 4, 2022. 

Chamber Leadership met with the representatives from the Houston Community College (HCC) College of Entrepreneurial Initiatives to talk about future collaboration. The Chamber is proud to call HCC a strategic partner since year one of the Chamber!

Chamber Board Member, Thomas Lopez, represented the Chamber at Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon.

The Regional LGBTBE® Roundtable Program, sponsored by Shell USA, with the 2022 Cohort of LGBTBE® Certified Chamber members was held at Sesh Coworking. 

9.8.22 LGBTBE Roundtable
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Chamber Corporate Partner, Houston Dash, hosted their Annual Inspiring Women’s NightTammi Wallace, Chamber Co-Founder, President & CEO, was honored as one of the four 2022 Inspiring Women along with Carolyn Comer, President, Shell Energy Americas, with Chamber Corporate Partner Shell USA.

Chamber Leadership participated in the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration LatinTech Pitch hosted by the Consul General of Israel along with partners, the Ion, Texas Association of Business, and Latinx Startup Alliance.  

Register for Upcoming Events!

There are plenty of ways to engage with the Chamber coming up and great opportunities to make some connections and even have fun! Register for these upcoming events TODAY!

The Chamber events calendar is regularly updated so check back often and keep an eye out for event announcements.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for various programming throughout the year. Click here to learn more and become a sponsor.

For in-person events, please review the Chamber’s Health & Safety Policy and COVID Waiver.
Member Spotlights

Way to go! A huge congratulations to Chamber Member and LGBTBE® Certified member, Crom Rehabilitation, on being a finalist for the U.S Chamber of Commerce LGBTQ-Owned Business category for the Dream Big Awards. The awards celebrate the achievements of small businesses and honor their contributions to America’s economic growth. Crom Rehabilitation is one of 27 finalists that were chosen from a record-setting 3,000+ applications submitted from small businesses across the country. One finalist will be chosen as the Small Business of the Year Award winner for receiving the top score after several rounds of judging and receive a $25,000 cash prize. We are keeping our fingers crossed for Dr. Roy Rivera, Jr. and the Crom Rehabilitation Team!  

Crom Rehabiliation was also recently recognized at one of the Houston Business Journal's finalists for 2022 Fast 100, celebrating fast-growing companies. 

Congratulations to Tiffany Tosh, Chamber Board Chair and Founder of Chamber Member and LGBTBE® Certified business, REFUGE Marketing & Consulting! She was selected, as one of 27 business owners, to participate in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Houston program. We are proud to call Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business one of our Chamber Members as well!

We’re watching! Maggie Segrich, co-founder and CFO, with President’s Circle Member, Sesh Coworking, was recently recognized as one of Houston Business Journal’s Women to Watch. Maggie exhibits leadership, passion and commitment to supporting diverse entrepreneurs! Well-deserved, Maggie!  

Congratulations to one of our newest members, Nap Bar, on winning the Dell Dream Tech Contest. The company won $40k in tech powered by Dell. Way to go Khaliah Guillory! 

Congratulations! Nonprofit Member, The Normal Anomaly Inc., has been accepted to the Inner City Capital Connections program! ICCC is a leadership training program to help small businesses in underserved communities build capacity and resiliency for long-term growth! The Chamber is a partner on the ICCC program and nominate the organization for the program. Ian Haddock, Executive Director, The Normal Anamoly will be participating in the program.

Congratulations to Claudia Gee Vassar with Chamber Arts + Business Member, Houston Botanic Garden, on being honored as the 2022 Most Admired CEO Honorees by the Houston Business Journal. 

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 and Corporate Partners. Please submit news about your member business via this form

Individual / Professional Memberships Available

Individual/Professional Memberships are available for non-business members who would like to connect with community and who do not have or promote a business. The individual membership level is a great option for those wanting to support the Chamber as a "friend and supporter" of the Greater Houston LGBTQ+ business community but also make great professional connections.


Individual/Professional Members will receive instant connections with a powerful local and national network of LGBTQ+ and Allied business owners, professionals, non-profits, and Corporate Partners that share common business and community interests.

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Renewing Corporate Partners

Thank you to our Silver Corporate Partners Amegy Bank and Shell USA who have renewed their investment. We appreciate your continued support of the Chamber!

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Congratulations to our newest LGBTBE® Certified member!

Is your business 51% or more LGBT owned? Then check out the LGBTBE® Certification! Access the Chamber’s LGBTBE® Certification Resource Page here to learn more about the how your business can become LGBTBE® Certified.  

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Make sure your business is included in the online Chamber Directory where the community finds LGBTQ+ supportive businesses. Show your support and get more visibility for your business in the LGBTQ+ community!

Don’t own a business? Join and take advantage of great networking through the Professionals Membership!

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