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nglccSacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional business organization, but what many RCC members don’t know is that we are also part of a broad national and international movement aimed at creating economic prosperity within the LGBT community. RCC is one of six LGBT chambers of commerce in California, and one of over 60 LGBT chambers nationwide.

RCC’s affiliation with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce benefits our local chamber members in many ways. First and foremost, businesses that are RCC members and are at least 51% LGBT-owned qualify for certification as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The best part: as an RCC member, the $400 certification fee is waived! Certification connects your business with a network of more than 100 corporate partners—from Wells Fargo to Office Depot to American Airlines—and hundreds of other certified businesses, all seeking ways to do business and partner with certified LGBTBEs.

RCC-NGLCC-McClure-DickinsonNGLCC Director of Affiliate Relations & External Affairs Sam McClure has made several visits to Sacramento, Los Angeles and the Bay Area to share business opportunities with California LGBT chambers. Most recently Sam attended the RCC Board of Directors retreat at the Ryde Hotel and met with members of the RCC board to discuss the San Francisco Transbay Center Project in San Francisco, California. This large-scale, multi-year infrastructure project is envisioned to be the “Grand Central Station of the West,” and comes with more than $4 billion in contracting opportunities—and 22 percent of those opportunities are allotted for small business contracts. Read more about this opportunity here: http://www.nglcc.org/blog/historic-federal-infrastructure-project-brings-lgbt-entrepreneurs-table.

One of the best ways to connect with this powerful network of LGBT business owners and their corporate partners is to attend an NLGCC event.

Coming up this month is the NGLCC 2013 National Dinner on Friday, November 22, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. On November 21 and 22, in conjunction with the dinner, NLGCC will host the Policy & Procurement Forum: Vision for the Advancement of LGBT-Owned Businesses. This two-day event will bring together NGLCC corporate partners, government affairs leaders, federal contracting representatives, local affiliate chambers, members of Congress, and certified LGBT Business Enterprises®.

And much closer to home, save the date for the NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference 2014, July 29 through August 1, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas (another NGLCC corporate partner!) This conference is open to any business owner or professional as well as chamber leaders and corporate partners from all over North America! Let’s win the prize for Sacramento as the largest city contingent in 2014!