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Wells Fargo honors Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT chamber at national conference

Keith Blackburn, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Richard Gray, LGBTQ managing director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Justin Nelson, co-founder and president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hold a $5,000 check presented to the Fort Lauderdale chamber at the NGLCC national convention Aug. 23-26, 2016, in Palm Springs, California.
Keith Blackburn, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Richard Gray, LGBTQ managing director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Justin Nelson, co-founder and president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hold a $5,000 check presented to the Fort Lauderdale chamber at the NGLCC national convention Aug. 23-26, 2016, in Palm Springs, California. Via Facebook

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on Friday received a $5,000 check from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce at the latter group’s annual convention held this year in Palm Springs, California.

The grant, from Wells Fargo, will support the Fort Lauderdale Chamber’s Business Connect program, said Keith Blackburn, the local business group’s president and CEO.

“The main goal of the program is to foster the development, growth, and sustainability of certified LGBT business enterprises,” according to national gay chamber news release.

Blackburn describes the Business Connect program:

“The GFGLCC Business Connect program has become a vital resource to our members as they develop their businesses and engage in strategic planning,” Blackburn said. “The program supports our mission of supporting our members through business growth, education, and advocacy. We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from Wells Fargo and NGLCC which will allow us to expand and enrich our program.”

Wells Fargo is a long-time supporter of members belonging to national and local LGBTQ chambers.

“We share their commitment to helping small business owners succeed financially,” said Lisa Stevens, head of Small Business for Wells Fargo. “We are dedicated to providing funding that will support their entrepreneurship and leadership training programs, along with educational tools and resources to help diverse-owned business in communities across America grow and thrive.”

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