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

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Big Gains In Gay Chamber BY PAUL SCHINDLER 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 add

Member Insider: Peggy Marion of Rennert

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The name Peggy Marion may not immediately sound familiar but you are no doubt familiar with her work. From her work as a copy editor in trade magazines such as Variety, to the countless individuals with HIV/AIDS she has served, to her trailblazing work in both the NGLCC and NGLCCNY, Peggy has set an unrivlaled standard of compassion, contribution, and community. Please join me to learn more about this generous and devoted role model. Damon L. Jacobs: Tell me about yourself and your work with Rennert. Peggy Marion: I am the Director Of Marketing at Rennert, a position I have held here for six years, and prior to that I was in the Translation Department. But I started my career in Journalism with the Buffalo Evening News and the Daily News Record , a men’s wear trade publication. I developed a freelance business and worked for some pretty cool publications. Variety was my favorite. I did not interview movie stars, but I got to spend almost the entire day talking about movies

Clinton Makes It Clear: Foreign Aid For LGBT Rights

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Clinton Makes It Clear: Foreign Aid For LGBT Rights NGLCC Co-Founders Attend Historic Speech U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a bold and powerful statement at the United Nations in Geneva that the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are as central to the U.N.’s founding principals of equality as race, gender, and religious affiliations. In addition, she vowed to use foreign aid to promote LGBT rights abroad—a strong reprimand to countries that support or flirt with criminalizing homosexuality. Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, NGLCC co-founders, where invited to attend the speech as part of the organization’s work with the Council for Global Equality. They were among a select group of LGBT Americans invited to witness the groundbreaking speech and to meet with Secretary Clinton and U.N. human rights officials. “As the economic advocate for LGBT business owners and employees in the U.S. and abroad, we are honored to have b

NGLCCNY Membership Survey

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The NGLCCNY is running a member survey that will be critical to our success in 2012. This survey is expected to take you up to 10 minutes to complete, and we at the Chamber appreciate the time you will invest. The questions cover several topics, amongst the most important of which are about the details of your business, from finances to employees to business outlook. ALL RESPONSES ARE COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL . No one will be able to associate individual responses to you and your company. We are collecting this information so that we can report on the NGLCCNY members as a group, which will allow us to tell corporations and government WHO WE ARE and how much business we are responsible for generating. We will also be able to benchmark our LGBT business group to peer groups. Our goal is to have 100% of our members respond to this survey. This survey will be an extremely valuable tool for NGLCCNY in 2012, and we look forward to sharing with all of our members the findings of this survey