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LGBT Weddings in Mexico

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Planners in Mexico Embrace LGBT Weddings by Bernadette Coveney Smith  In late June, I flew down to Mexico to teach wedding planners and other wedding industry professionals all about same-sex weddings.  I talked about the laws and policies, language and terminology, data, wedding trends, differences between gay and straight weddings, and marketing information. The first day, in Mexico City, there were about 80 people in the room, including event sponsors from United Airlines and JW Marriott Hotel.  The second day, in Cancun, there were around 30 people, mostly wedding planners and people who work at wedding venues. I spent a full day with each group and the enthusiasm around same-sex weddings is amazing.  These are people who truly want to do the right thing, believe in equality, and want to treat their same-sex couple clients with the respect that all couples deserve. While there, I also did some interviews with newspapers, tv and websites who are reporting on th

NGLCCNY Receives National Recognition

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NGLCCNY Receives National R ecognition The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York became an award-winning organization this morning when it received two Chamber Excellence Awards at the NGLCC National Business and Leadership Conference in Chicago. NGLCC affiliates from across the country submit nominations for their programs and also have the ability to nominate their peers. Winners are vetted and selected by a panel of NGLCC affiliate leaders and staff. NGLCCNY was recognized for creating innovative effective programming that reaches both diverse and targeted audiences. The Excellence in Programming Award was received for Certified Superstar and the Excellence in Communications Award was garnered for the Chamber’s monthly newsletter Excelsior! “NGLCCNY is a world class organization and this is an extraordinary acknowledgement of our dedication and the quality of the work we produce here in New York,” said Chamber President Richard Oceguera. “All of

Shining Stars 2012: A Star Is Reborn

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Shining Stars returns in a dramatic new incarnation October 25, 2012. The new Shining Stars is an afternoon of supplier diversity-focused business development and an evening of community building programming for NGLCCNY Members and Corporate Partners. Superstar Connection Center A powerful keynote session kicks off the afternoon, setting the stage for a day and evening of creating new connections. Immediately following, NGLCCNY rolls out the new Superstar Connection Center. As an NGLCCNY certified LGBT Business Enterprise owner you have a special opportunity to meet face-to-face with Procurement, Line Buyer, Supplier Diversity and Diversity & Inclusion teams. All NGLCCNY certified businesses in good standing are encouraged to exhibit in the “reverse-marketplace” inspired Superstar Connection Center. All NGLCCNY Corporate Partners are invited to visit the Superstar Connection Center.  Connection Reception Your opportunity to forge new business relationshi

Unstoppable Community

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Unstoppable Community by Jackson Simmonds @jacksonsimmonds On Wednesday, July 18th, the oasis-like Beekman Beer Garden and Beach Club at South Street Seaport hosted the Chamber’s M3: Members’ Monthly Mixer. Members and guests enjoyed delectable hors d’oeuvre (think, crab cakes, coconut shrimp, spiced chicken tenders, and bruschetta) and sipped signature cocktails. The Beekman staff was friendly and accommodating, moving through the crowd during the course of evening with seemingly endless trays of treats. We definitely embraced the beach theme by turning out in brightly hued shorts, natty piqué polos shirts, tank tops, boat shoes and designer flip flops galore, despite (or because of) torrential rains and hail just prior to M3. Hope you didn’t miss this one because it will probably be next summer before you get to wear shorts to an M3 again! Beekman’s waterfront locale with breathtaking views of Brooklyn Bridge was the perfect backdrop for new members Joe Cote,

Bright New Partnership on Horizon

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Bright New Partnership on Horizon On Wednesday, July 25, Chamber President Richard Oceguera and Chief of Staff Henry Jones held a phone conference with New York State government officials Yrthya Dinzey-Flores, Chief Diversity Officer, Alphonso David, Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights and a representative from the Empire State Business Development Corporation. The conference was an initial introduction between NGLCCNY and the State, and explored possible collaborations between the two. New York has a hundred million dollars in special funds and programs for new and established businesses. The resources, offered by Empire State Development, are available free of charge and support all aspects of business development, from creating a business plan and funding a startup, to navigating tax incentives, to expanding into international export activity. Mr. Oceguera proposed creating a business development workshop to verse NGLCCNY members in navigating the State’s vast array of sma

NGLCCNY Announces New Members

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NGLCCNY Announces New Members for January through June 2012 Fast-Paced Growth Trend Continues at New York’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce New York, NY (July 24, 2012) – The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY) is seeing steady membership growth in 2012. Forty-six businesses joined New York’s LGBT Chamber from January through June 2012. This is a 64% increase over the 28 new memberships produced in the first half of 2011. “Our growth is natural given the high quality of programming and business results our members are enjoying,” said Chamber President Richard Oceguera. “ Chamber membership is highly industry-diverse. The new members span fields ranging from film production to beauty to international economic development. An abundance of attorneys, hoteliers, event planners, public relations and marketing agencies, and human resources companies are new members this year. “I joined NGLCCNY for more than networking – I’m here to be part of a community,” s