After a year of organizing and planning, the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce will debut on June 14. The newly formed chamber brings together LGBT and allied businesses, professionals and individuals throughout the state of Maryland.
The chamber will offer networking opportunities, business development efforts within the LGBT community, and educational programming to its members. The goal is to create more business opportunities for the LGBT+ community by connecting corporations with suppliers, teaching how to navigate within the federal and state government for contracts, and ensuring that workplaces are safe and welcoming.
“Our mission is to empower and promote LGBT professionals and business owners in the Maryland marketplace,” said Betsy Cerulo, president of the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce, in a statement. “Our goal is to connect LGBT and gay-allied businesses in the state with government and provide economic opportunities for our members. If all our diverse businesses and business groups win, ultimately, Maryland wins.”
The event marking the launch will take place on June 14 at 6 p.m. during “Win’ed Up Wednesday”—an official Baltimore Pride event—at Flavor (15 East Centre St. in Baltimore). Cerulo and David Imre, the chamber’s founders, will introduce the newly formed chamber, its mission, goals and its upcoming programming.
There will be entertainment, wine, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and raffles while networking with LGBT business owners, allies and supporters. Tickets benefitting the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), offers individual memberships beginning at $100 and small businesses starting at $250. There is a $65 discount for students.
Information can be found at mdlgbt.org.