The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber is holding a specialized training in Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 28029.

Chamber sets training date

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) will hold a training institute from Jan. 28-29 , 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Omni Hotel, 132 E. Trade St.

An institute reception will take place on Jan. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

The event is hosted by the University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business. The institute is a free two-day training program, exclusively funded by Wells Fargo, that provides executive-level learning to chamber of commerce leaders from across the country. Chamber leaders that complete the training will receive a certificate of completion from Notre Dame. It is intended to foster collaboration across diverse segments of the business community and bring together local affiliate chamber leaders from NGLCC, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Black Chamber.

Registration is available online at

The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce is a chapter member.

This is the first stop of the year for the program which will also stop in Austin, Texas, Chicago, Ill., San Diego, Calif., Philadelphia, Penn., and New Orleans, La.

For more information about the event or attending, email Courtney Mott at

In other news, the NLGCC’s national dinner held in November 2015, made history when U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and chamber co-founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NGLCC and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Castro signaled that HUD would stand in solidarity with and support the LGBT business community at the end of the signing ceremony.

This MOU follows a series of other agreements made between NGLCC and various federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. These agreements are part of NGLCC’s larger policy priority of including certified LGBT Business Enterprises in federal procurement opportunities.


Fest volunteers sought

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 8th Annual GayCharlotte Film Festival, being held this year from April 21-24 is seeking volunteers for involvement in this LGBT community event.

Informational meeting will be held on Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Charlotte Pride office, 1900 The Plaza.

Those interested in learning more would benefit from attending the informational session.

The festival is a non-profit entity which engages the community in a myriad of volunteer options. It will take place at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd.

To learn more, email


HRC on story quest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) North Carolina is holding “In Vino Veritas”: Women, Wine & Truth on Jan. 7, 6 p.m., at Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, 224 E.  7th St.

In this celebration of the role of women in the fight for equality, participants will be able to share their stories through videography.

This is being organized so that community voices can be heard during the upcoming gala set for Feb. 20.

The steering committee will be on hand to discuss ways to support HRC in the local community.

Waldron Law Firm, PLLC serves as sponsor for the event.


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