Without the generosity of our trusted partners, we wouldn’t be able to operate. We need your support to continue the work of creating business parity for LGBT businesses and growing all businesses that support equality.

Partners

Partnerships

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.

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Chamber Awards

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

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

Equality Illinois

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).

Community Partner of the Year

SCORE Chicago

SCORE is a nonprofit that helps startups and small businesses throughout Chicago via mentoring, workshops and consulting. It is completely free of charge and is staffed entirely by volunteers, and has been a partner of the Chamber since 2015.

Chamber Directory

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.

Online Advertising

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

Your LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois is a Proud Sponsor of our cherished and well-appreciated outdoor festivals that we affectionately call our Summer Sponsorship Series.  As a Valued Member, you too can be a part of engaging grass roots marketing program for your business in our High-Profile Tent at the Venues listed below. 

 

Sign up and pay by April 30th and receive a 10% discount.

SUMMER EVENTS

Andersonville’s Midsommerfest
June 9th & June 10th – 11am-6pm, Saturday/Sunday

49th Annual Pride Parade
June 24th – See 2018 Pride Details section.

Northalsted Market Days®
August 11th & 12th – 11am-6pm, Saturday/Sunday

Fahrenheit Chicago & Equality Illinois at Oakwood Beach
August 25th & 26th –  11am-6pm, Saturday/Sunday

Member Opportunities Summer Sponsorship Series (Grass Roots)

  • Representatives from your company can sign up to host the LGBT CC of Illinois tent. Your company and no more than one other Member company will be in the booth for any given (3) hour time. As a member in our booth we want you to embrace community, enjoy the events as a representative of your company and your chamber, wearing your own company apparel.  You could also distribute your company literature or premiums throughout your allocated time. Time periods will be issued on a first come first serve equitable basis
  • At each venue, a 2018 table cloth banner will include all Summer Sponsorship Series Sponsors
  • You company logo will appear on all marketing communications that the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois executes

Raffle Prize Opportunity

Donate a valuable prize of a minimum of $100 in value to be to be a part of a Chamber giveaway at the end of each day’s activities.  Total of 6 giveaways- two prizes per giveaway. The LGBTCC of Illinois will collect names and contact information that you as a sponsor of our Summer sponsorship series will be provided as well.

Email Blast

As a sponsor of our Complete Summer Sponsorship Series, your company will be allowed to create an email about your business that will be sent to over 2,000 registered members.  Your email must be submitted to the LGBTCC of Illinois for approval and must run no later than November of 2018

Participation Options

  • Complete Summer Sponsorship Series $1,000. Register by April 30th for 10% discount.
  • Summer Sponsorship Series (without Pride) $500
  • Summer Sponsorship Series (Pride Only) $600

2018 Pride Details

  • As a 2018 Pride Sponsor, you are invited to march with us in the parade, wearing the Chamber supplied 2018 Pride T-shirts.
  • Your company logo will appear on our 2018 Pride Banner on our Trolley
  • Your member name will appear on our 2018 Pride t-shirts printed for Pride
  • Up to four (4) representatives from your company can walk the 2018 Pride Parade, Enjoy the festivities, tossing beads to the crowd supplied by the Chamber (There is a waiver and rules for Pride that will be provided to each Pride Sponsor)
  • As a 2018 Pride Sponsorship, you will receive a total of ten 2018 Pride T-shirts per company