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5 Ways the LGBT Business Builder can Help Grow Your Small Business

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By Andy DiAntonio ,  Digital Media Manager National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce The LGBT Business Builder, the historic new partnership between NGLCC and the U.S. Small Business Administration, is a powerful tool to strengthen the LGBT Business Community at both the local and national level. At the signing event at NGLCC headquarters in Washington, D.C . SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet noted that the LGBT Business Builder is " about ensuring that entrepreneurs who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender have the support they need to excel. I'm here because we cannot separate the fight for civil rights from the fight for market rights and economic empowerment. " Justin Nelson , president and co-founder, NGLCC remarked, “At its heart, America is a country that builds things, especially businesses. …This program will ensure that [LGBT citizens] understand the value of becoming an LGBT-certified business and all the SBA resources that are avai

We Can Work It, Out

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By Danny Lopez,  Her Majesty’s Consul General & Director General,  UK Trade & Investment USA This weekend, for the third year running, I’m proud to be a part of the only foreign government organization participating in NYC Pride. My staff at the  British Consulate General  and  Ambassador Matthew Rycroft’s team at the  UK Mission to the United Nations   will join some two million people on Sunday’s march, celebrating how far we’ve come in the fight for LGBT rights while remaining conscious of how much further we have to go. This year, our Embassy Network is marching in Pride in eight cities across the US; Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott  led the British Embassy’s efforts in Capital Pride just a couple of weeks ago. And I’m pleased to say, in my dual capacity as Her Majesty’s Consul General and the Director General for  UK Trade & Investment USA , that our LGBT-friendly policies in the UK are backed up by a business community that is embracing diversity like never

A Message from NGLCCNY's New Director, Jonathan Lovitz

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Dear NGLCCNY Members & Supporters, It is with tremendous excitement that I send you this introductory note as your new NGLCCNY Director.   I look forward to shaking hands with each one of you at our upcoming  NGLCCNY   June M3  event sponsored by  MassMutual Financial Group New Jersey-New York  and hosted at  Pranna , on Wednesday, June 17th.  That evening, I’ll be sharing our vision for the future of NGLCCNY and how we will be redoubling our efforts and programming offerings to ensure  your business succeeds like never before. The reputation of this Chamber is one of which you should be extremely proud. For nearly a decade, NGLCCNY has provided its members with transformational networking and educational opportunities that increase the financial, intellectual, and social capital of the LGBT business community in NYC.  This organization has become one of the preeminent networking groups in the region, fostering a climate of growth and success.   As the LGBT communit

Texas Couple, George Carrancho and Sean Franklin, say “I Do” on Marriott #LoveTravels Parade Float

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(L-R) Sean Franklin and George Carrancho Photo Credit Jose Savinon Marriott International’s #LoveTravels Social Movement is Full of PRIDE with Pop-Up Wedding in Washington, D.C. Officiated by TV Personality Ross Mathews   Bethesda, Maryland — June 9, 2015 — Marriott International is continuing its #LoveTravels campaign , sharing inspiring stories of notable and every day travelers. #LoveTravels not only encourages travelers to explore their personal passions, but celebrates their unique stories. Marriott, the official sponsor of the Capital Pride Parade, will bring #LoveTravels to life with TV personality Ross Mathews, who will officiate a very special marriage ceremony with George Carrancho and Sean Franklin, a couple of nearly ten years, who met in their home state of Texas and now reside in New York . “ Capital Pride welcomes thousands of visitors each year in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and allies,” said Stacey Milne, VP Por