Greetings Members, Allies
As we quickly approach our third year as an organization, the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce has solidified itself as a leading advocate for LGBT-owned and operated businesses within the state of Maryland and the surrounding region. We are proud to be a membership-based advocacy organization dedicated to the business-equality movement, focusing on business growth and professional empowerment. We now have over 175 Members throughout the state.
The Members of the Maryland LGBT Chamber take pride in their membership, as it is looked upon as being one of the most creditable opportunities that small businesses, nonprofits and aspiring entrepreneurs utilize to demonstrate their expertise. They are equally able to authentically share values that promote safe spaces in the Maryland marketplace through education, networking and advocacy. Because of the continued support of our membership, the Chamber was named the Rising Star Chamber at the NGLCC National Conference in 2018.
We are equally, as fortunate to have astonishing sponsors assisting us in remaining relentless when it comes to opening doors to and within communities, which includes providing monthly networking events, ongoing educational settings for professional successes, cultivating new relationships while sustaining existing partnerships across a multifarious spectrum, along with other annual signature activities. The best outcome from all these wins is, as our Chamber grows and wins…so do our members and allies!
We encourage you to visit our member directory to learn more about the various LGBT-owned and operated businesses that belong to the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Another member perk is, many of our member organizations are hiring, so please take time to view our job board — you never know, you may find your next position or new hirer on the site.
Membership into the Chamber gets you discounted or free access to many of the networking and educational events we host throughout the year, and allies/supporters are always welcome. Therefore, I look forward to seeing you at one or more of our many events throughout the year as we continue to educate, advocate, and empower LGBT-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.
For some, it is about cultivating existing relationships and building new partnership, as we continue to grow communities we particularly look forward to the limitless possibilities of this partnership as we continue to connect, empower and educate.
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
Keron R. Sadler Chief Executive Officer
Tom Koerber Chairman | Terri Hett Vice Chair | Keith Snyder Treasurer | April Rancier Secretary
Joan Cox Immediate Past President | Betsy Cerulo Advisor/Co-Founder | Dave Imre Executive Advisory Board Chair/Co-Founder
Winnie Hull Member-at-Large, Northern Maryland | Nancy McDonald Member-at-Large, Eastern Maryland
Wil Graham Member-at-Large, Western Maryland | Gavriel Legynd Member-at-Large, Southern Maryland
Carlton Smith Member-at-Large, Central Maryland | Darlene Niccoli Member-at-Large | Ricky Adams Member-at-Large
Many, many thanks to all the volunteers who have been working hard behind the scenes to build this chamber!