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Take Action: How the Fiscal Cliff Affects You

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This article originally appeared as " Take Action: How the Fiscal Cliff Affects You ," published in   NGLCC Connect ,    the newsletter of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce,    on November 29, 2012. Image (c) 2010 David Maiolo Source:  picasaweb License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0 On January 2, 2013 a series of automatic federal spending cuts and tax hikes will go into effect if Congress does not reach a bipartisan budget resolution. While this scenario will affect everyone, the impact on LGBT people and small businesses will be particularly sharp. This week the White House Business Council will hold a call to address specific action steps you can take as business leaders. The NGLCC invites you to this call: What: White House Business Leader Call When: Friday, November 30, 2012 Start Time: 12:00pm EST Dial In:  800-288 8976  Conference ID: 270474 Note: This call is off the record and not for press purposes If sequestration ta

Support Your Local Small Business on Saturday

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Small Business Saturday® is November 24th and  NGLCCNY is a Proud Partner! Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the  businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.  It’s Small Business Saturday, and this year, it’s happening on November 24th. Shop Small this November 24th, and let’s make this the biggest day of the year for  small business. And you can start by supporting an NGLCCNY business by perusing our Business Directory . To learn more about Small Business Saturday, visit ShopSmall.com.

Thank You to the Creators of Shining Stars 2012

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photo Jeffrey Holmes Photography While this was the third Shining Stars, it was in a very real sense the first. Shining Stars was completely re-invented for 2012. The new Shining Stars featured a brand-new marketplace for our certified suppliers in the afternoon, and the first-ever Shining Stars Awards  in the evening . The day of programming was exponentially more complex to plan and execute than in years past. The work of producing Shining Stars 2012 took a team of highly committed volunteers and financial contributors. Each of these remarkable men, women and organizations made an indisputable difference in the creation of Shining Stars 2012. NGLCCNY gratefully acknowledges the participation of the following, without whom Shining Stars 2012 would not have happened: Superstar Connection Center Robert D'Errico,  Mad Multimedia Doug Jensen, Avon Jeffrey Holmes, Jeffrey Holmes Photography Dan McGuire, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Sharon Melnick, Horizon P

Stars Shine Brightly at Awards!

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by Henry Jones The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY) held its third annual Shining Stars Awards on October 25, 2012 at The Box, a world-famous entertainment venue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Shining Stars Awards was the end cap of a day of events which included an afternoon of business development and community building. Jeremy Lovitz, John Osborn and Richard Oceguera. Photo: www.JeffreyHolmes.com The 2012 Shining Stars Awards were presented to Jack Osborn, founder and chairman of the eponymous law firm Osborn, and Dan McGuire, Senior Project Manager at Marsh & McLennan Companies. The awards recognized Osborn and McGuire for their outstanding leadership and contribution to the Chamber community. Dan McGuire and Richard Oceguera. Photo: www.JeffreyHolmes.com “This was our third Shining Stars – but the first year for the Awards,” remarked NGLCCNY President Richard Oceguera. “Without the dedication and contributions

Beyond Expectations: NGLCC’s Tenth Anniversary Dinner to be Held in Washington, D.C.

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Beyond Expectations: NGLCC’s Tenth Anniversary Dinner will be Held in Washington, D.C. on November 16. More than 800 people have registered for the event, including many New Yorkers. Fewer than five tables remain unreserved, and the Mayflower, host hotel for the Dinner, is now sold out. To reserve a seat at the Dinner, write to NGLCC's VP of Meetings and Education,  Rick Fowler  (rfowler@nglcc.org). For a place to stay, consider one of Washington, D.C.'s beautiful Kimpton Hotels. Book at kimptonhotels.com  using the NGLCC Discount Rate Code:  GLC  and receive 10 percent off the best available rate. The night will be full of amazing speakers and entertainment. In addition to honoring  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  with the NGLCC Pinnacle Award for her courageous commitment to promoting equal human rights for LGBT people around the world, NGLCC will honor select individuals and organizations for their leadership and dedication to the LGBT busine

Make a Difference as a Volunteer Site Visitor

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The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, NGLCCNY's parent organization based in Washington, D.C., is looking for volunteers to conduct site visits in New York for potential LGBT-owned Business Enterprise certifications. One of the Chamber's primary missions is certifying LGBT-owned businesses. The certification permits companies to: receive national recognition obtain access to NGLCC Corporate Partners be advocated for as NGLCC and NGLCCNY increase awareness of the interests of LGBT-owned businesses. The certification process is highly rigorous. It follows protocols designed by NGLCC to maintain integrity and transparency to the satisfaction of Corporate Partners utilizing LGBT-owned businesses in their supply chains. Site visits are a critical component to the certification process. They are conducted in order to corroborate the information provided by the applicant. A site visit is the final step before an application moves to the national certifi

Give a Swish this Holiday Season!

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Ever wanted to answer a kid’s letter to Santa? Here’s your chance! Gay-straight alliance Swish is teaming up with Hetrick-Martin Institute, NYC’s leading provider of social support and programming for at-risk LGBTQ youth, to grant holiday wishes to their community. HMI’s services have made an impact on the lives of thousands of young people: Over 2,000+ youth participate in HMI Programs annually. 200 youth participate annually in job-readiness training. Close to 100% of HMI youth take part in HMI’s innovative Health and Wellness Program, including HIV-prevention. 10,000 hot meals were served last year. 92% of Harvey Milk High School seniors graduated in 2008. Wishes could include new shoes, a book, movie tickets, ice skating at Central Park, a winter coat, or a job interview. Donors will also have the opportunity to deliver their gifts in person! Sign up to grant a holiday wish to one of HMI’s youth members at  http://bit.ly/holidayswishes . And please join Swish a

10 Questions with Mark Buhrmester of New York City Anti-Violence Project

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By Richard Oceguera Subject: Mark Buhrmester, Major Gifts Officer Name of Business: New York City Anti-Violence Project Helping People Since: 1980 Number of Employees: 24 staff and over 100 volunteers Location: 240 West 35th Street, Suite 200, New York, NY 10001 Web: www.avp.org What is the New York City Anti-Violence Project and what services do you offer? AVP is a nonprofit organization that empowers the HIV and LGBTQ communities to end all forms of violence through education. And we support the survivors of violence through counseling and victims’ advocacy.  For instance, if a person has been affected by violence, our counselor/advocates will advocate on behalf of our clients. It’s important for people to know that our counseling services are available 24/7. AVP also is also proactively educating first responders and the district attorney’s office to end violence and prevent it from happening in the first place. How has Hurricane Sandy Impacted you or AVP? Well,

Letter from NGLCCNY President Richard Oceguera

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Dear NGLCCNY Members and Friends, The events of the past two weeks have been nothing short of historic. Americans exercised their right to vote and caused indelible shifts in the social and political landscape. From the re-election of President Obama to the record numbers of women and LGBT candidates who won races, to the four big marriage equality wins in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, the voice of the people ushered in a new era. We will never be the same .  NGLCCNY President Richard Oceguera Clearly our community has much to celebrate, and it is well deserved. Acknowledgment is especially deserved by those individuals and organizations which have worked for years to advance equality in America. Yet amid this jubilation stands the stark reality of the impact Superstorm Sandy made throughout our region. As I write, there are millions still without power in New York, New Jersey and beyond. Moreover, thousands do not have homes at all. We have all bee

Superstar Connection Center a Gleaming Success!

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by Henry Jones The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY) held the Superstar Connection Center – New York’s first-ever marketplace for certified LGBT-owned Business Enterprises – on October 25, 2012. Avon, an NGLCCNY Copper Corporate Partner and Supernova Presenting Stakeholder, hosted the event at its elegant 3rd Avenue offices. Photo: www.JeffreyHolmes.com “The Superstar Connection Center was a first for New York,” said David Ricciardi, NGLCCNY Supplier Diversity Committee Chair and President of Proximo Consulting Services. “Our suppliers represent a broad variety of commodity groups, and our Corporate Partners were excited to engage with them.” Ricciardi headed the team that produced the successful event. Representatives from major corporations such as Aon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Home Box Office, New York Life, Novartis and WilmerHale attended the Superstar Connection Center to meet potential suppliers. Twenty businesses, each a member of NGLC