Feb. 28, 2023 | Volume 63

In This Issue

  • Celebrating 7 Years!
  • GrubHub Application Open Now
  • Day at the Capitol Wrap Up
  • Congratulations to Jack Berger
  • New Member LinkedIn Group
  • Featured Event - Chamber Office Open House
  • Congratulations Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher
  • Final Four is Coming to HTown
  • Chamber Job Board
  • Member Benefit Spotlight
  • Advertise in Business Intersections
  • OUT & About
  • Member Resource - ADP
  • Recent Chamber Events
  • Texas State University LGBTQ+ Texans Survey
  • Individual / Professional Memberships
  • Upcoming Events
  • Member Spotlights
  • New & Renewing Partners and Members
  • Connect with the Chamber on Social Media

Upcoming Events



March 3 - Chamber Office Open House


March 3 - First Friday Meet & Eat at Sesh (registration required)


March 5 - Walk to End HIV


March 16 - 3rd Thursday Community & ConnXions at Harold's


March 19 - Houston Rockets Pride Night


March 28 - AM Power Connect at Crōm Rehabilitation


March 30 - Drag Bingo at Eureka Heights



Check back in early March for more events!


Visit the event calendar for more events and information.

Become a Member Today!

Dear Houston LGBT,


Last week, we celebrated the Chamber’s 7th Anniversary, and it was an amazing evening! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the celebration. As I shared in my remarks, we would not be where we are at in terms of the Chamber’s growth and impact if it wasn’t for our Members, Corporate Partners and other supporters. Thank you for supporting the Chamber! We appreciate you.

 

Speaking of impact, we are so excited the Grubhub Community Impact Grant Program is back for 2023 to support the restaurant community. Last year, we gave away $70,000 to restaurants in partnership with Grubhub and the NGLCC. We want to give away even more this year! The first step…apply! Read more below about the grant program.

 

It was another successful Day at the Capitol as the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce visited Austin on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, on a day where love is celebrated, the lack of recognition with a formal resolution for the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce and our members across the state was met with opposition. Read more about the resolution controversy below.

 

Pride In Business Awards nominations are now open! Nominate your member business for one of the Pride In Business Awards. Learn more about the awards and how you can submit a nomination.

 

New Chamber Office! We are so excited to announce that the Chamber has a new office thanks to our wonderful President’s Circle Member, Sesh Coworking. We have collaborated with Sesh over the years with even more coming in the months ahead. Join us this Friday to check out the new office, see the Sesh space (members get one day a month free!). Plus, enjoy food at the First Friday Meet & Eat which is combined this month. Read more in this issue about the events and be sure and register for the lunch.

 

Check out details on the new Member LinkedIn Group as well! We know many of our members utilize the platform and we want to give as many opportunities to connect and share information about member businesses as possible. Details below!

 

As always, we have some fantastic events coming up. Whether you are a small business, LGBTQ+ professional or supporter…join us! We have a great time at Chamber events and we love connecting community! There is much more to share in this issue so catch up on the latest updates.

 

As we finish up this anniversary month, I will repeat what I shared during the Chamber’s 5 Year Anniversary…we are just getting started! If you are not part of the Chamber, it’s truly a great time to get engaged.


With Pride,

Tammi Wallace (she/her/hers)

Co-Founder and President & CEO

Get engaged with the Chamber! 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!


Select your membership type below to get started!

Business Level Membership (99 employees or less)
Corporate Partnership (100 employees or more)
Individual / Professional Membership

Celebrating 7 Years!

February is the Chamber’s Anniversary Month. Did you know the Chamber launched on February 24, 2016? 


Thank you to our members and supporters who have invested in the Chamber.  The Chamber is growing, thriving and making an impact because of YOU!  We appreciate your support.


Check out the Chamber’s accomplishments over the years here

GrubHub Application Open Now Through March 8!

APPLY TODAY!

Grubhub and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) announced the return of their partnership with the 2023 Community Impact Grant Program supporting LGBTQ+ and Allied-Owned restaurants. Last year, this grant program gave out $70,000 to greater Houston area LGBTQ+ and Allied owned businesses. This year the program is back and better than ever! Grants are expected to range from $10,000 to $25,000 and funds can be used for things like updating security and security protocols, updating/purchasing new equipment, community involvement, marketing and PR services, updating digital/e-commerce presence, purchasing product, staff training programs, employee pay and/or staff incentivized wages, COVID-19 recovery, and maintenance/updating of current infrastructure, etc.

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Apply Now

Day at the Capitol Wrap Up

On Valentine’s Day, Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce, a coalition of the Austin, Greater Houston, North Texas, and San Antonio LGBT Chambers of Commerce gathered in Austin to meet with our elected officials. 


While the overall day was successful, unfortunately, the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce was not recognized with House and Senate resolutions as is customary.  And the reason? Blatant discrimination. Read the Chambers’ message about the resolutions here and the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce statement here.


We have so much more work to do in Texas, and the Chamber will continue advocating for our members and the LGBTQ+ community.

Check out some of the photos from the Day at the Capitol.

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Day at the Capitol

While our Day at the Capitol is over, you can still have a voice this legislative session. With over 75+ anti-LGBTQ+ bills filed, your voice is needed now more than ever.  Contact your legislators using the Chamber's Digital Advocacy Toolkit throughout the session, which runs through May 29.

Digital Advocacy Toolkit

Congratulations to Jack Berger on His New Role with the Chamber!


The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Jack Berger (he/him) is taking on an expanded role with the Chamber as the Director of Programming & Events. He assumed this role on February 1, 2023. He previously served as the Director of Sales & Business Development and, prior to that, was the Vice Chair on the Chamber’s Board of Directors.


In this new role, Jack will oversee all programming and events for the Chamber. He will manage existing programming and events as well as launch new programming.


Welcome Jack! The Chamber Board and Executive Administrators are excited about this next step for the organization and the opportunity to engage such a passionate and dedicated change maker to support our members.

New Member LinkedIn Group

There is now a new Member LinkedIn Group! Members can access the group to regularly post about their member business or organization. Members can request to join the group here.

The Member Facebook Group is still active! If you haven’t joined the Member Facebook Group, you can request access here.


We want to hear from our members!  Use the groups to share the latest about your member business or organization.


The Chamber Team will be processing Member LinkedIn Group requests as quickly as possible. We expect a large number of requests so we appreciate your patience. As a reminder, you must be a member to access the Member Facebook or LinkedIn Groups and listed on the member account.

Featured Event: Chamber Office Open House &

First Friday Meet and Eat

Join us at the First Friday Meet & Eat and the Chamber Office Open House!


We are excited to announce that the Chamber has opened a new office located at Sesh Coworking. We appreciate the generous collaboration with Sesh Coworking, a President's Circle member and longtime member. Stop by anytime between 9:00am - 3:00pm. Tours will be available of the entire Sesh Coworking space.


The March First Friday Meet & Eat has a different twist! Join us at Chamber Member, Sesh Coworking, to check out the Chamber's new office space and enjoy connecting with members and guests. Enjoy a delicious lunch* from one of our newest members, Mombasa Street EATS. They are the first Swahili Cuisine in the nation with an amazing fusion of African Indian and Mediterranean flavors. Chamber Member Dessert Gallery will provide sweet treats for dessert. Note: Registration required for the lunch.

* Registration is required for lunch

Register for Meet & Eat
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Sponsor This Event!

Sponsor a First Friday Meet & Eat and get visibility for your organization and showcase your support for the LGBTQ+ community!

Sponsor Opportunities
Sponsor Form

Congratulations Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher!


Congratulations to Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher on her new role as the Vice Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus! We appreciate her service and for taking on this important leadership role and for all she has done for the LGBTQ+ community over the years. 


She is a champion for the LGBTQ+ community, including LGBTQ+ owned businesses, as well as the Chamber. We cannot think of a better choice considering her representation of Montrose, her longtime support of the LGBTQ+ community and her commitment to equality.


We look forward to continuing our work with Congresswoman Fletcher in this new role.


Read the full press release here.

Final Four Is Coming to HTOWN!


Houston is hosting the Final Four March 31 – April 3!  Chamber Leadership has been participating with various committees to support the Final Four planning.  Check out the upcoming events hosted by the Final Four.

Upcoming Events 

Men's Final Four 4-Miler Registration is Live

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Men's Final Four Dribble presented by Buick

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The 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four Houston Local Organizing Committee is seeking 2,500 friendly Houstonians to volunteer during National Championship week, March 31 - April 3! Volunteering is a great way to be a part of the fun and excitement the Men’s Final Four has to offer.


Volunteer
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Members are Hiring!

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Did you know the members can post open job positions to the Chamber Jobs Board? Learn how by watching the overview video

Member Benefit!

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum, houses the historic art deco terminal building that once served the City of Houston as the Houston Municipal Airport. The museum's mission is to demonstrate the impact of aviation on Houston's history and economic development through the prism of architectural beauty.


MEMBER BENEFIT: Through our partnership with the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, our members receive free admission (including guests) to the museum.

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Advertise in the next issue of Business Intersections

Reserve Your Ad Now

Talk about a win-win! Advertising in the Chamber magazine is a great way to bring visibility for your business and support the Chamber! 🙌 


Members can take advantage of advertising space (with member-only rates) in each edition of the magazine.


The quarterly magazine is promoted on the Chamber's website, through social media, newsletters and more. Business Intersections creates 45,000 impressions for each edition of the magazine. Plus, it is regularly promoted via email signature lines for the Chamber Team!

Legacy Community Health Press Conference with Congressman Al Green – Congratulations to Chamber Member, Legacy Community Health on securing $1M in federal funding to upgrade its electronic medical records software. Congressman Al Green announced the federal funding. Check out more photos here.

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Houston Business Journal Economic Forecast Breakfast - Chamber Leaders attended the Houston Business Journal Economic Forecast Breakfast.  The event included several speakers highlighting the regional and national economy. 

Mayor's Rodeo Breakfast - Chamber Leadership celebrated the kick-off of Rodeo Season at Mayor Turner’s annual breakfast.

Yee haw! 🤠

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Celebrating LifeSmiles by Dr. Randy Mitchmore 45 Year Anniversary – Milestone Anniversary! What a fun time presenting Dr. Randy Mitchmore and his team with an award recognizing their 45 Year Anniversary. Congratulations Dr. Mitchmore! 

And so much more... Check out all of the photo albums from recent events on the Chamber's Facebook page.

Member Resource!

Have you not filed or are unsure if you eligible for the Employee Retention Tax Credit for your small business? Chamber Corporate Partner, ADP (link to our ADP landing page), can help with tax credits and more! 


Please reach out to Jaime Sellman at Jaime.Sellman@ADP.com for more information. 

Check out the Photos from Recent Chamber Events

Check out recent photos from some of the latest events!

January 26, 2023 - Pride@5 with EPAH at Eureka Heights

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February 3, 2023 - First Friday Meet & Eat at Urban Eats

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February 16, 2023 - 3rd Thursday Community & ConnXions Breakfast at Harold's

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February 22, 2023 - Chamber Anniversary Celebration

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Share Your Experiences as an LGBTQ+ Texan!

Researchers at Texas State University are looking for feedback from LGBTQ+ Texans!. Share your insight!

Complete the Questionnaire

Professional Membership! Join Today!

Did you know the Chamber has a professional membership level? Don't have a business but want to be part of all the great work (and fun) with the Chamber? Join as a professional member today!

 

Learn more here and join today!

Join Now
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.



Show your support for the LGBTQ+ community! The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce offers numerous sponsorship and marketing opportunities throughout the year. This Sponsorship Guide outlines the various opportunities to increase your brand visibility with Chamber members and the LGBTQ+ community.


Click here to learn more and become a sponsor. Use this form to inquire about 2023 Sponsorship Opportunities!

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

Member Spotlights

Congratulations to Chamber Member, LifeSmiles by Dr. Randy Mitchmore, on celebrating their 45 Year Anniversary! We salute Dr. Mitchmore and the amazing LifeSmiles team on this remarkable milestone. Learn more about LifeSmiles at https://lifesmiles.us/

A huge shout out to Chamber Member, Derrick Brown, on obtaining his national accreditation by SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) as a "Senior Certified Professional", (SHRM-SCP)!  

Congratulations to Chamber Member, ONE Innovative Homes, on the opening of their newest branch of ONE Innovative Studios in January.  The studio is located in The Woodlands Market Street providing green screen video production for podcast and promotional videos.  Learn more about ONE Innovative Homes at www.oneinnovative.net.  

Do you have good news to share about your member business of an individual member milestone? From time to time, the Chamber highlights significant accomplishments, big milestones and other good news about our Members and Corporate Partners. Please submit your news here.

Renewing Corporate Partners


Thank you to our Corporate Partners who have renewed their investment. We appreciate your continued support of the Chamber!

Happy Chamberversary!

Thank you to the following members for their continued support of the Chamber!  

Business Plus

Business Connect
Welcome New Members!

We are thrilled to welcome our newest members to the Chamber!

Executive Level

Amaro Law Firm is comprised of trial lawyers who represent injured parties and insurance claimants. They handle car wrecks, 18 wheeler wrecks, work incidents, & insurance claims. Learn more about Amaro Law Firm.

Business Premium

Business Plus

Business Connect

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The Chamber is growing! It’s a great time to be part of our growing and thriving Chamber community. Join today!

Channel Highlight - YouTube

Check out the Chamber’s YouTube page for past events, resources and more.

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Also, check out the Facebook and LinkedIn Member Groups where member can post information about their organizations. Are you a new Chamber Member? Post up an intro video and let us know about you and your member organization!

It's a GREAT time to be part of the Chamber!

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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ADP

UPS

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Wells Fargo

KBR

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