Allies and Supporters:
Welcome to the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce. It has been a challenging year for every individual and business in our country. We, too, had to learn new tools to shift from building our connections from in person to virtual. We had to put aside known methods of interaction to reach beyond our comfort zones to touch our community. It has been a learning experience and we appreciate how our members and sponsors have stood with us through the transition. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I cannot thank you enough for your generosity.
I am happy to say that our virtual events are temporary and before you know it, we will be back together again in 2021.
This Spring and Summer we are holding a Supplier Diversity Event, an informative panel discussion to honor the Transgender community as well as valuable opportunities for making new business connections. It’s our focus to help our community jumpstart businesses impacted by COVID. We are offering opportunities for members to connect with corporate sponsors to help accelerate business introductions towards growth. We have testified to Baltimore City and the State of Maryland to add LGBT certified businesses to the MBE/DBE certification program to open more doors of opportunity to bid for contracts. Every step we are taking in 2021 is towards prospering our members and putting you in front of large corporations eager to find LGBT businesses and our allies to provide products and services.
We invite you to take a look at our Chamber, join and be part of a growing group of talented business owners and executives eager to support each other to success. We wish you good health and prosperity.
Our Mission and Vision for the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce empowers and promotes the economic well-being of the LGBT+ community in the Maryland marketplace through education, networking and advocacy. As a vital link between government, businesses and our allies, the Chamber facilitates equality, prosperity and inclusivity for all members of the LGBT+ community.
Our vision is to be the leader in the economic fabric of Maryland, working to unite LGBT+ professionals and businesses with business, government and community entities for the common goals of inclusivity, fairness and prosperity for all of our members in their business endeavors.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terri L. Hett President | Jayson Williams Vice President | Ricky Adams Treasurer | Darlene Niccoli Secretary | Adrian Cox Member-at-Large |
Erica Frazier Member-at-Large | Lyndsae’ Peele Member-at-Large | Rafael Ortiz Member-at-Large
Tom Koerber Immediate Past President | Betsy Cerulo Executive Advisory Board Chair/Co-Founder | Dave Imre Executive Advisory Board Chair/Co-Founder
Keron R. Sadler Chief Executive Officer
Many, many thanks to all the volunteers who have been working hard behind the scenes to build this chamber!