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American Airlines and Startup America Partnership Launch Second Annual Flights Camera Action Contest

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Small- and Medium-Size Businesses Can Enter for a Chance to Win 80 Round-Trip Award Tickets* to Elevate the Success of Their Business NGLCCNY Corporate Partner American Airlines is teaming up with Startup America Partnership to launch the second annual “Flights.Camera.Action.” contest to support the growth of small- and medium-size businesses. Eligible businesses are encouraged to submit videos explaining how air travel facilitates important connections for their company through in-person meetings, onboard technology and Wi-Fi; as well as connections made through the travel experience. Video entries can be submitted at  www.AA.com/FlightsCameraAction . To enter the contest, which runs from July 17 through Aug. 10, 2012, companies are encouraged to submit a one-minute video explaining the importance of connections made through air travel on the contest website. The first 400 businesses to enter the contest through the website, and in compliance with the Official Rules, w

Corporate Insider: American Airlines

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This month’s highlight focuses on American Airlines, NGLCCNY’s first-ever Gold Corporate Partner.  Over nearly two decades, American Airlines has consistently demonstrated unyielding support for the LGBT community.  We are especially proud that American was among the founding corporate partners of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). George Carrancho, Manager of Diversity Markets, has been with American Airlines for more than 18 years and is recognized as one of the driving forces behind American Airline’s strong reputation within the LGBT community.  George is also a co-chair of NGLCCNY’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) Roundtable initiative that encourages key leaders from NGLCCNY Corporate Partners to share thought capital and best practices , including  how to connect diverse suppliers to procurement and buying decision makers.  We are happy to report that American Airlines will host the Chamber’s July ERG Roundtable.  American’s Rainbow team was f

Continuing Legal Education ("CLE")

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CLE Program Moves Chamber into New Territory The Legal Industry Council held a panel discussion of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on June 19 th , at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s Midtown Manhattan office. Fifty attorneys attended and received 1.5 credits toward the New York State Bar’s continuing legal education requirements. Panelists Mark Califano, Vice President and Managing Counsel for Litigation at American Express; Jonathan Green, Complex Commercial Litigation Counsel at NGLCCNY Corporate Partner Kaye Scholer LLP; and Jonathan Tuttle, Partner at NGLCCNY Corporate Partner Debevoise & Plimpton LLP discussed the applicability of the Act, best practices for compliance, and pitfalls to be avoided by entities under investigation. Tim Wirch of Kurzon LLP moderated the panel. “We are proud to deliver such an important and high-caliber program for our first CLE,” said Jack Osborn, Chair of the NGLCCNY Legal Industry Council. “The panelists we assembled are the legal-worl

Pride Luminaries Brunch, did you attend?

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First Annual Pride Luminaries Brunch A Fantastic Success On Sunday, June 17, NGLCCNY kicked off Pride Week by co-hosting the first annual Pride Luminaries Brunch in partnership with NYC Pride. The brunch filled a rooftop with accomplished LGBT business owners and professionals. When NYC Pride invited NGLCCNY to co-host the event everything was set – except the work of inviting guests. Naturally when it came to inviting the LGBT business and professional community, NGLCCNY was the place to call. Jack Osborn, Chair of the Legal Industry Council, jumped at the opportunity to promote the Luminaries event. He and Tim Wirch created a team to dial Chamber members and other personal friends. Within a week the event was completely sold out. New York Life Insurance, an NGLCCNY Bronze Corporate Partner, sponsored the brunch along with The Art of Shaving, Barefoot Wine and HSBC. More than two-hundred people attended the brunch on the rooftop at Mondrian Soho and enjoyed brillia

Trade Mission to Colombia

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NGLCC Announces Trade Mission to Colombia   By Simon McNorton, Policy Fellow NGLCC Do Business with the NGLCC in Colombia! As a business owner, you’re constantly looking for ways to expand your business to find new customers. For many businesses, moving onto the international stage is a natural step in the growth of a business. After all, 95% of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S. But as an LGBT business-owner, you might have concerns about working abroad – how accessible are international markets to LGBT-owned small businesses? And just how do you approach the lucrative global marketplace? This fall, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is sending LGBT business leaders and entrepreneurs on the first ever U.S. Government-certified LGBT trade mission, taking place from September 11 to 15. We’re inviting NGLCCNY’s LGBT-certified members to join us. The NGLCC-led mission will travel to the Colombia capital of Bogotá and is of particular i

Go West!

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Go West! (Mid-West, that Is!) Secure your spot with the New York contingent at NGLCC’s Ninth Annual Business & Leadership Conference in Chicago! Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran will wow us as keynote speaker. And Janet Mock, the important writer, trans advocate, and People.com staff editor will moderate a roundtable discussion on women breaking through workplace barriers. The three-day Conference at the brand new Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago features business symposia, keynote speakers, panel discussions and special events designed to educate and connect attendees. The conference agenda features several NGLCCNY members such as Neil Cerbone and his powerful Business Development Boot Camp and Jennifer Brown’s workshop on Employee Resource Groups. Executive Committee members David Ricciardi, Gonzalo Araya and Robyn Streisand and Corporate Partner representatives from Pfizer and Novartis are also facilitating a variety of workshops and panels you don’t want to m

Chamber’s Influence Crosses State Lines

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Chamber’s Influence Crosses State Lines Due to popular demand, Webinar Wednesday, NGLCCNY’s lunch-n-learn training seminar designed for certified business owners, is expanding its audience to all National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce affiliates in the Northeastern United States. During a teleconference of regional chamber leaders on June 18, Jenn Tracz, Executive Director of The Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities and Chair of the NGLCC Council of Chambers and Business Organizations (CCBO) Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions, initiated the request that NGLCCNY open up its registration to the affiliates. This was immediately backed by the NE regional affiliate chamber representatives. The NE CCBO facilitates communication and collaboration among leaders of thirteen LGBT chambers and business organizations in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont,

Member Insider: Cutting Edge Elite

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What would you do if your boss sent you out to do a job without telling you what to do, where to go, or how to dress? If you are a resilient entrepreneur like Lucas Mendieta and Nathan Perry, you use those experiences to build your own staffing company that is founded in integrity, class, and respect for all individuals. Find out in this interview how these two ambitious young professionals have started Cutting Edge Elite during the worst recession in recent history, coped with inner fears and insecurities, all the while giving back to LGBT themed organizations and charities. Damon L. Jacobs: So tell me how Cutting Edge Elite got started. Lucas Mendieta: I was working in the business catering, assisting where I could, and freelancing. I knew I wanted to get more involved. While this was happening I met Nathan and we became great friends. I was staffing, assisting different caterers, event planners, on a tiny basis here and there. Nathan and I had a friendship, we t