Wells Fargo and NGLCC Award $7,500 to Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the chamber was awarded a $7,500 grant on Thursday, August 25th at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) 2016 International Business & Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, California. 

Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the NGLCC, this grant was awarded to expand capacity and offer technical assistance to the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber’s Lunch & Learn Series. The main goal of the series is to foster the development, growth, and sustainability of certified LGBT business enterprises (LGBTBEs®). 

“The LGBT Lunch & Learn Series continues to be a vital resource to our members as they develop their businesses and engage in strategic planning, giving them the tools and resources needed to succeed,” said Jason Rae, Executive Director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from Wells Fargo and NGLCC which will allow us to keep expanding and enriching our program.”

“Wells Fargo is a proud, long-time supporter of NGLCC, and we share their commitment to helping small business owners succeed financially,” said Lisa Stevens, head of Small Business for Wells Fargo. “We are dedicated to providing funding that will support their entrepreneurship and leadership training programs, along with educational tools and resources to help diverse-owned business in communities across America grow and thrive.” 

 “The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is excited to see the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce grow as an organization and a voice in the LGBT owned and allied businesses. They have shown tremendous growth in the size of their business membership and outreach programs, embodying the mission that NGLCC has continuously strived for,” said Sam McClure, NGLCC Senior Vice President. 

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is also proud to announce that the chamber was honored for excellence in communication. NGLCC recognized the chamber for its innovative use of social media as well as its Welcoming & Inclusive Campaign.

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


The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit 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. 


Jonathan Lovitz
Senior Vice President


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