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NYC's Premier LGBT Chamber of Commerce Sees Strong Membership Increase in Q1 & Q2 2012 Fast- Paced Growth Focuses on Certification of LGBT Owned and Operated Businesses. New York (I- Newswire) July 25, 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 during the same period in 2011. "Our fast- paced growth is natural given the high quality of programming and business results our members are enjoying," said Chamber President Richard Oceguera. "And we are especially committed to identifying LGBT owned and operated businesses in the New York area that can be certified as diverse suppliers." The new members span fields ranging from architecture to film production to international economic development. An abundance of attorneys, hoteliers, event planners, public relations and marketing agencies, and human resources companies are among the savvy new NGLCCNY members. "I joined NGLCCNY for more than networking - I'm here to be part of a community," said award- winning architect Chad Smith. "My firm is expanding, and one reason I became a member is for the LGBT Business Enterprise certification that will open further avenues of economic opportunity." All NGLCCNY Business Members are eligible to apply for certification as LGBT Business Enterprises. If approved, this valuable designation gives business owners unique access to corporate contract opportunities and specialized training designed to prepare them to compete on the supplier diversity playing field. While many small LGBT businesses are drawn to the certification program, a growing number of large mainstream firms are getting involved to develop relationships on a B2B level. "I was impressed by the caliber of the Chamber members," said Manager Michael Civello of Plum Benefits, a Silver Business Member. "A local hospital was a potential client until my contact there left. I thought the deal was lost - and then I met their human resources staff at an NGLCCNY event. We're discussing a contract now." NGLCCNY provides monthly professional community building and educational programming for LGBT businesses, non- profits, their allies and major corporations in New York. Visit nglccny.org to learn about membership and upcoming events. NEW NGLCCNY MEMBERS Q1 & Q2: Platinum Business Member Zurich Insurance Group Silver Business Members Dorchester Collection Insignia National Title Agency Plum Benefits Bronze Business Members Chad Smith Architect LLC Eolo Lumina Films Hotel Pennsylvania Copper Business Members 1-800- TRAVLER LLC Affordable Health Plans Anthony Termine M.D. Balady Promotions, Inc. Branding for the Future, LLC Brillon Associates CapsulePen Diversity Partners LLC Etcetera Etcetera Evolved People Media, LLC Femworks, LLC Fleurs Gellis Associates Gotham- Beauty.com GSF Technologies LLC Hlabeard Productions Iris Libby Recruitment Consultants, a division of Altsearch Recruitment Consultants Jeffrey Goldman, Esq. Ken Jewell, Esq. King Ferry Winery, Inc. Law Office of Michael Bond McDermott Will & Emery Mediacy Inc. Metro Ink Metropolis Risk Management Advisors Odyssey Leadership Perfect Pitch Media Relations, Inc. Remarkable Meetings Romer Debbas, LLP Scholastic Strategic Remedy UGL Services Non- Profit Community Partners Anti- Violence Project In the Life Media Swish Pride Leslie- Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Additional Resources About National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York: The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY), New York's premier LGBT Chamber of Commerce, provides valuable business development opportunities and educational resources to LGBT and allied businesses. As the official New York affiliate chamber of Washington, DC- based National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, NGLCCNY is the voice of thousands of LGBT- owned businesses and actively promotes and


The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY), New York's premier LGBT Chamber of Commerce, provides valuable business development opportunities and educational resources to LGBT and allied businesses. As the official New York affiliate chamber of Washington, DC- based National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, NGLCCNY is the voice of thousands of LGBT- owned businesses and actively promotes and creates supplier diversity and procurement opportunities for its growing base of corporate partners and business members. For more information, visit www.nglccny.org. Company Contact Information: National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York Richard Oceguera, President 116 W 23rd St Suite 5 New York NY 10011 Phone: 646-383-6043 Published in: Non- profit Tags: Zurich Insurance    Dorchester    Insignia Title    Plum Benefits     Published on: July 25, 2012 Original Source: NYC's Premier LGBT Chamber of Commerce Sees Strong Membership Increase in Q1 & Q2 2012


NYCs Premier LGBT Chamber of Commerce Sees Strong Membership Increase in Q1 Q2