BY BTL STAFF
DETROIT – A group of LGBT professionals from around the state have gathered to create a Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce (DRLGBTCC) that will host an upcoming event open to the public.
For the past 18 months, board members have been preparing to create immediate value for LGBT chamber members in southeastern Michigan. Membership to the chamber offers an opportunity to engage new customers, partners and vendors into becoming more LGBT inclusive.
On Jan. 28 the DRLGBTCC will host the Michigan Membership mixer, better known as the M3, hosted by General Motors in the Renaissance Center’s Innovation Exchange. The event is to explain why, what, who and how the chamber works in southeast Michigan.
From 6-8 p.m. attendees will have a chance to meet the board and explore the benefits in joining the chamber. La Feria Detroit, the chamber’s newest restaurant member, will host an After Glow from 8-11 p.m. to keep the networking moving so that large and small corporate members have a chance to discuss supplier diversity, workplace equality and meet LGBT people from around Metro Detroit.
This chamber has been recognized as a non-profit since October of 2013 and has expanded its board membership to nine as of October 2014, covering Genesee, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Saint Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Over the past year the chamber has worked to cement relationships with corporate leadership like GM, Comerica, Chrysler, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Merrill Lynch, Pride Source and the City of Detroit Police Department.
In the upcoming year the coalition will be geared towards leveraging to provide economic resources for a more LGBT inclusive southeastern Michigan. The DRLGBTCC will advocate on behalf of its community of professionals and entrepreneurs to foster a competitive workforce. LGBT professionals, students, small businesses and corporations that seek to establish an air of inclusion for a new Detroit during the 2015 calendar year are encouraged to become members in the chamber.
Complimentary attendance for the event has been provided for any southeastern Michigan resident who would like to become more connected with the LGBT business community. Register for the event by going to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-regional-lgbt-chamber-m3-michigan-membership-mixer-tickets-15067393981.
The Renaissance Center is located at 100 Renaissance Center, Detroit. Contact CEO of DRLGBTCC, James Felton Keith, at [email protected] or 313-749-9006 for more information.