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MISSION STATEMENT — The Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV) advances the prosperity, equality and inclusivity of Nevada's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied business community through referrals, education, networking, advocacy and supplier diversity opportunities.
 

President's Message

As you probably know, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider marriage equality this term and this will have major implications for the business community. By June, it will likely decide definitively whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry, and whether states must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who wed elsewhere.

Background: In 2013 the NGLCC and 300 other business organizations and Fortune 500 corporations were amici on the Supreme Court case of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 that detailed burdens on employers due to inconsistencies in marriage. We anticipate that the business community will make an even stronger showing in this case and the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV) is very proud to partner with the NGLCC again as the only Affiliate Chamber in Nevada.

As such, a broad coalition of Fortune 500 companies, business organizations, and other employers will be filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court, setting out the business case for marriage equality. In particular, the brief will explain to the Supreme Court how employers are burdened by the inability of certain employees to marry the spouse of their choice, and by the current patchwork of state laws applicable to same-sex marriage.

Those burdens include:

  • Recruiting/retention challenges in those jurisdictions
    that do not have marriage equality;
  • Corporate administrative and financial burdens;
  • Lack of certainty and business uniformity; and
  • Requiring employers and HR departments to implement
    government-mandated regulations that undermine the corporate mission.

GLCCNV continues to move ahead.

Please Save the Following Dates:

June 29th — GLCCNV’s First Annual Drive Fore Success Golf Tournament at TPC Summerlin
April 7th — GLCCNV’s First Members Only Annual Meeting, time and location to be provided under separate invite

And of Course... Don’t forget to register for Tomorrow’s Networking Luncheon at Panevino!

This Chamber is about YOU!
Who do YOU want to connect with to grow your business?
Why are you part of the GLCCNV?
What’s YOUR success?
~ Let us know....

DINA PROTO
President

Drive Fore Success Registration is Open!

We've made it easy to register TODAY as a golfer and/or a sponsor for GLCCNV's inaugural golf tournament, Drive Fore Success, on June 29 at TPC Summerlin. Just visit us online at www.glccnv.org/driveforesuccess and complete the online form. Questions? Just email driveforesuccess@glccnv.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

GLCCNV Networking Luncheon


This event is open to the public, so bring a friend
and Let's Generate Business Together!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015
11:00am–1:30pm



Panevino Ristorante
in the Chianti & Barolo Room
246 Via Antonio Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119

 

 


$25 per person in advance
$30 at the door

 


 

GLCCNV Business Education Forum


GLCCNV members are invited to attend our Business Education Forum, a collaboration with College of Southern Nevada (CSN), on the third Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at The Center.


*** PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LATER TIME ***
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
8:00–9:30am

Professor Maria Schellhase, CSN Department of Business Administration, will present at the next breakfast. She will discuss “ HP Life” (http://www.life-global.org/en), the On line Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs. There are FREE online business courses, modules and templates for Business Plans and a world-wide forum to get help, advice and connect with other business owners.
 

 

The Center
401 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

 


$15 per person
Limited to 15 attendees

 

 

Upcoming Opportunities Alert

 


 

MGM Resorts International is seeking certified suppliers in select industries


Supplier Diversity is seeking certified diverse owned businesses that currently provide products and services for the categories listed below. For eligibility and inquiry please complete the form at the link below. Eligible company inquiries will be contacted by Supplier Diversity for next steps.

• Amenities
• Document Destruction
• Glass & Mirror Repair
• HVAC Services
• Stirs, Straws, & Picks
• Upholstery Services
 
 

From the NGLCC...

 


 

Historic Partnership between NGLCC and the U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet visits NGLCC to mark event


Last Thursday, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) entered a historic and strategic partnership intended to strengthen and support the LGBT business community.

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and NGLCC co-founder and President Justin Nelson signed the agreement, dubbed the LGBT Business Builder, at NGLCC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Present to witness the signing were senior members of the SBA, including Deputy Associate Administrator Eugene Cornelius, Team NGLCC staff, certified LGBTBEs, leaders of local affiliate chambers, and members of the media.

The purpose of the LGBT Business Builder is to bring together the expertise and resources of both SBA district offices and NGLCC's 38 local affiliate chambers. Businesses will learn how to leverage LGBTBE certification and explore opportunities through SBA's suite of services around government contracting, exporting, and other SBA initiatives.

At the signing, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet stated, "Today's announcement 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. This agreement is not about what we will do here in D.C., but what we will do together in all 50 states to help LGBT entrepreneurs grow their revenues and their payroll."

“At its heart, America is a country that builds things, especially businesses. It is gratifying to know the leadership of the Small Business Administration sees the value of LGBT citizens who have wondered for too long how they can also gain a seat at the table. This program will ensure they will understand the value of becoming an LGBT-certified businesses and all the SBA resources that are available to them. We commend Administrator Contreras-Sweet for putting an unprecedented focus on harnessing the potential of LGBT-owned businesses,” says Justin Nelson, president and cofounder, NGLCC.

LGBT Business Builder day-long training sessions will occur over the next 24 months for LGBT business owners in San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Other cities will be announced in the near future.


 



Register now for the NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference


The 2015 NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference is set for August 11-14, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! Attendance at last year's conference increased by 30% from 2013 and you can be sure that this year's event will be a sellout as well. Don't miss out on the largest LGBT business development event in the world.

Registration is now open, along with special early bird discounts. For additional event information, please contact events@nglcc.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact corporaterelations@nglcc.org for more information.
 

Chamber Member News


Prolinx Services joined as a business member
American Lung Association joined as a new non-profit member

GLCCNV Board of Directors

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