NGLCC Honors Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce with National Chamber Excellence in Communication Award

Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the chamber was honored for excellence in communication on Thursday, August 25th at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)’s 2016 International Business & Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, California.

“This is the age of social media. Every organization has to use it so we challenged ourselves to use it as effectively and as often as possible including our marketing efforts for our Welcoming & Inclusive Campaign,” said Jason Rae, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “It is an honor to receive this recognition, and we hope our model for using social media can be replicated throughout the LGBT business community.”

NGLCC recognized the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce for its innovative use of social media as well as its Welcoming & Inclusive Campaign, a newly launched campaign using decals to help promote the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber as well as businesses that are welcoming to all. Social media tools like the Chamber’s Facebook page and other social media campaigns featuring #ChamberPride helped to support programs including the Welcoming & Inclusive Campaign allowing for over 170 decals to be sold.

“The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce has done an incredible job of engaging the community with its Facebook page and other social media outlets,” said Sam McClure, NGLCC Senior Vice President. "They have implemented a useful and innovative program that has great value for members as well as the wider LGBT business community. We are pleased to honor their success.”

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is also proud to announce that the chamber was awarded a $7,500 grant funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the NGLCC. This grant will expand capacity for the chamber while offering technical assistance in order to foster the development, growth, and sustainability of certified LGBT business enterprises (LGBTBEs®).

ABOUT WISCONSIN LGBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-allied businesses, corporations and professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. It offers networking opportunities, business development efforts within the LGBT community, and educational programming to its members. The organization has more than 430 members from around the state. In 2015, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce received the National Chamber of the Year Award from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber is proud to be an affiliate of NGLCC. More information, visit http://www.wislgbtchamber.com.

ABOUT NGLCC: The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org