Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gay City News: Big Gains In Gay Chamber (NGLCCNY)

Big Gains In Gay Chamber
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY) is boasting 79 new members in 2011, representing a 56 percent growth for the business and professional group founded in 2008.

NGLCCNY officials said that most of the new members are small businesses, but noted that some among the recent recruits are global corporations –– including Avon Products, Inc., JP Morgan Chase, and the Debevoise & Plimpton law firm.

The organization includes both LGBT-owned and focused companies and allied partners that serve a broader customer base.

“Companies large and small are seeking innovative and strategic ways to maintain or increase growth,” said Richard Oceguera, the group’s founding president. “NGLCCNY members have discovered the power of community in developing new business connections, leading to sustainable sources of profitability that are boosting bottom lines in this challenging economy.”

He added that the addition of so many new members is particularly notable given that a good many companies are looking to cut costs and might be inclined to shy away from new corporate memberships.

In fact, the organization has never known anything but an adverse economy, with the housing market dive already in full force at the time of its founding.

Jay Dellacona, the owner of Focus Events and Catering, said, "As a small business owner I thought it was more important than ever to join the NGLCCNY community. With the economic times as strained as they are, it makes sense to utilize a resource like the chamber of commerce to help me grow my business."

NGLCCNY events run the gamut –– from monthly mixers to educational programs that feature the wide array of skills the members bring to the organization.

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