Tampa to Host the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Conference in 2019

Tampa, FL — The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce will host the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference in Tampa, FL. This world-renowned conference is the largest LGBT business event in the world and provides networking and engagement opportunities for business owners in the LGBT community. The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce (TBDCC) won the 2019 bid over all other applicants to secure the NGLCC 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference for the city of Tampa. 

To kick off The 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber will be hosting the Opening Night Reception on the evening of August 13, 2019, at the Italian Club in historic Ybor City.  The Conference will be hosted at the Tampa Bay Convention Center, with its host hotels; Marriott Water Street downtown Tampa & Embassy Suites. 

Additionally, the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual awards gala, “Diamonds in Diversity,” scheduled for October 18, 2019. More information on this event including tickets and sponsorship can be found at www.diversitytampabay.org/events. Be sure to follow the Chamber on social media at @diversityTB 

“We’re working hard planning for 2019—we’re ready to do more than ever before,” said Justice Gennari, President of Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce. “Celebrating 35 years, we are honored to host the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference. We are dedicated to doing all we can to building trusted connections and to expanding economic opportunities for all! We thank all our members for their ongoing support of the Chamber.” 

“The NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference is the largest LGBT business event in the world, and we’re thrilled to work with the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce as we bring our annual conference to Tampa,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson. “With its rich history and reputation as a regional business center, Tampa will make an excellent host for the over 1,400 LGBT business owners, corporate thought leaders, and public and private sector decision-makers that the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference convenes each year.” 

The 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference brought together over 1,200 business leaders to the city of Philadelphia, PA. Attendees heard from media icon, entrepreneur, and LGBT ally Martha Stewart, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who delivered special remarks on the importance of including of LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) in public and private sector contracting. Throughout the week, attendees attended discussions with many of the world’s top corporate and government leaders committed to LGBT business development and opportunity. With the help of the International Business Alliance (IBA),  the economic impact of NGLCC’s 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference was estimated at roughly $7.8 -8.2 million dollars and made a lasting impact on the region’s hospitality and tourism industry.