Member Benefits & FAQ


FAQ

What is the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce? 

The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce is a chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals and their allies in the Charlotte metro region. Like any chambers of commerce, CLGBTCC provides programming and services designed to help member businesses succeed and grow, including monthly networking mixers, educational and professional development workshops, government contracting opportunities, and partnerships with other community and business organizations. In addition, CLGBTCC works closely with government agencies and community-based organizations to help build a diverse, inclusive and prosperous business environment in our great City and State. The Chamber also works to build relationships with other diversity organizations and to support policies and laws that promote LGBT equality. The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce is one of two LGBT chambers in North Carolina affiliated with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

 

How do I become a member of Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce?

You may join CLGBTCC by completing our online application.

 

How much does it cost to join the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce?

Membership dues depend on the size of your business and the level of membership benefits you wish to receive, ranging in cost annually from $100 to $750.  Corporate partnerships are available at a cost ranging from $2,500 to $15,000. For information about the membership and corporate partnership levels, please contact CLGBTCC directly.

 

What are the benefits of becoming a Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce member?

All members are invited to attend monthly networking mixers and other CLGBTCC events at no cost or at a discounted rate. All members are invited to create a profile in our online Member Directory complete with your company logo, URL and contact information, hours of business, discounts and specials offered to other Chamber members, photos, and more. CLGBTCC members are invited to participate with the Chamber in numerous community events such as Charlotte Pride, Charlotte Black Gay Pride, Small Business Showcase and our annual Pride in Business EXPO. Perhaps most importantly, by becoming a Chamber member you become part of a regional and national movement to foster diversity, inclusion, equality and economic prosperity for all people. 

 

Do I have to be a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person to join the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce?

No. CLGBTCC welcomes members of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Many of the most active Rainbow Chamber members are not LGBT people, including several past and present Chamber board members.

 

Why would a person who is not LGBT want to join the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce? 

The reasons people join the CLGBTCC are as diverse as our membership. Some business owners and professionals are interested in reaching an audience or customer base they might not otherwise have access to. Studies show that LGBT people prefer to do business with those who market specifically to them and who show support for equality by supporting LGBT events and organizations—even when it costs more to do so.  Others join as a way of showing support for LGBT equality. Still others join to meet and network with talented, savvy business owners, or because the CLGBTCC offers programs and events to help them grow their businesses or professional practices.

 

Do I have to own a business?

No. The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce is a group of professionals, business owners, and other professionals in the Charlotte area. While many members own businesses, many do not. Business ownership is not a requirement for membership.

 

When do you meet?

Check out our monthly schedule for upcoming programs, workshops and events.  In addition to exhibitions at Charlotte Pride, Charlotte Black Gay Pride, The Business Showcase and other area events, we have monthly opportunities for participation:

Monthly Morning Mixers:  Second Wednesday of each month at 8:00am

Monthly Event:  Fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting:  Second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm 

 

Is the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce active in the community?

Yes. We are active in Charlotte’s LGBT community as well as Charlotte’s growing business community. We continue philanthropic efforts within our community through funding and volunteerism. The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce is also a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Diversity Partner and is an Affiliate of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.