We have partnered with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Illinois office and SCOREChicago. We created, the first of its kind relationship, that allows the nation’s premier mentors from SCORE to give our members access to their collective wisdom, guidance and expertise through one-on-one consultations for free. This ongoing collaboration with SCOREChicago and the SBA will continue to help bring resources from the SBA to the Chambers’ members.
On November 29th, 2017, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois granted awards to our strongest partners at our Winter Soirée event held at the prestigious Stratford on the Park.
Corporate Partner of the Year
Baker McKenzie has been a constant champion and supporter of the LGBT community and the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois. Baker McKenzie was recently recognized for its contributions to the United Nations Standards of Conduct for tackling LGBTQ Discrimination.
LGBT Entrepreneur/ Small Business of the Year
SMB Help Desk
This Certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) is one of the top rated cloud services companies in the country, recently having been named #843 of the Inc 5000 fastest growing companies. They are located in three different cities around the country and are incredibly focused on giving back to community.
LGBT Community Partner of the Year
Since 1991, Equality Illinois (EQIL) has focused on civic engagement and public policy for LGBT issues, including marriage equality and trans rights. They are also an ardent supporter of the chamber in our mission to create business parity for LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs).
Sponsorship opportunities are available for our Virtual Member Directory. The virtual directory is the online version of member directory and offers interactive opportunities for your business.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for our placing online advertising on the Chamber website. Possible locations include the Homepage, and the Directory. We can customize placement based on your partnership.
Summer Partnership Series
The 2017 Summer Partnership Series is a great opportunity to market your services with the Chamber’s assistance across multiple popular events over the course of the summer.
Logo placement on our Summer Partners banner which will be displayed during both days of the fest. Volunteer opportunities for your representatives to promote the GL Chamber and your business. As a partner, you can hand out your own company materials directly to all attendees.
Chicago’s Annual Pride Parade
Logo placement on our Summer Partners banner which will be displayed on the LGBT Chamber parade vehicle. Company representatives will be able to march with the LGBT Chamber in the parade. All participants marching in the parade will wear a LGBT Chamber supplied T-shirt with Summer Partner names listed as 2017 supporters. Summer partners can produce a premium item of your own to be tossed to the crowd for this memorable event.
Northalsted Market Days®
Your business will be listed on our banner that will be on display during both days of the fest and your representatives will be able to volunteer to promote the Chamber and your business.
Annual Private Chamber Boat Cruise
Logo placement on our Summer Partners banner which will be displayed prominently on the boat. Company representatives will have access to a special discounted rate on tickets to the boat cruise. Summer Partners can bring literature on the boat cruise to promote their business.
Summer Partnership T-Shirts will be worn at Pride and given away throughout the rest of the year at various events for promotional and advertising purposes. Each company receives five T-Shirts for Pride.
Raffle Prize Opportunity
Donate a valuable prize and gather contact information for your company at Midsommarfest and Market Days. Minimum prize value of $100. The LGBT Chamber will implement the raffle and collect names and contact information.
Each Summer Partner can produce a dedicated and personalized email that will be distributed to the LGBT Chamber’s list of current and associate members and business professionals. Your email is subject to Chamber approval and must run prior to September 30, 2017.