MDGLCC, Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Miami Beach, FL


About the MDGLCC

The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) is the largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for gay and lesbian businesses. With membership on the rise, the Chamber's mission is to promote a unified and thriving, gay and gay-friendly, business and professional community throughout Miami-Dade County. 

The goal of the MDGLCC is to promote networking within the existing gay and gay-friendly business and professional community, to promote business opportunities for Chamber members, to promote Miami as a year-round, gay and gay-friendly tourist destination, to provide resources for their members, and to provide outreach from the greater Miami community to other organizations.

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MDGLCC's Digital Media Strategies for Brand Growth Luncheon
MDGLCC hosted their latest Luncheon at Hialeah Raceway, which celebrated the career of George Neery and featured a panel discusson on Digital Media Strategies for Brand Growth. 
MDGLCC Mixer at The Shelborne
MDGLCC (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Mixers hosted their latest Spotlight MegaMixer was held the Shelborne Hotel on South Beach.
MDGLCC's 'Ruby Gala' at the Hilton Miami Downtown
MDGLCC's "Ruby Gala" was held in Miami at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Presented by Wells Fargo, the event honored The Seminole Hard Rock Casino with Business of the Year, Regent Bank's Vicki Brail for Business Person of the Year, and The YES Institute for Non-Profit Organization of the Year.
MDGLCC's State of Our Community Luncheon
MDGLCC hosted their latest Luncheon at the Miami Airport Marriott.  This 7th annual luncheon featured talks from State Representative David Richardson,
​Mayor Francis Suarez (City of Miami), Mayor Dan Gelber (City of Miami Beach), ​Steve Adkins (MDGLCC), ​Stratton Pollitzer (Equality Florida), and ​Tony Lima (SAVE).
MDGLCC's 'The Topaz Gala' at the Hilton Miami Downtown
MDGLCC's "The Topaz Gala" was held in Miami at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Presented by Wells Fargo, the event honored such companies AT&T with Business of the Year, Regent Bank's Bill Warrren for Business Person of the Year, and the ALCU for Non-Profit Organziation of the Year.
MDGLCC Luncheon at Hyatt Regency Miami
MDGLCC (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) hosted their latest Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Miami featuring a panel discussion with the Superintendant of Schools of Miami and the Presidents of Miami Dade College and FIU.
MDGLCC Mixer at Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
MDGLCC (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Mixers are held in Miami Beach, FL. Their latest Spotlight MegaMixer was held the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay and featured great food and lively networking.
2016 Pink Flamingo Awards
The MDGLCC's (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) 2016 Pink Flamingo Awards was recently held at Jungle Island with hostess Julie Goldman. The event honored several local people for their work in the community.
MDGLCC 2016 Amethyst Gala
MDGLCC's "The Amethyst Gala" was held in Miami at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Presented by Wells Fargo, the event honored Hotspots Media Group (Business of the Year), Damian Pardo (Business Person of the Year), Jackson Health Systems (Non-Profit of the Year), and Raquel Matas (Bob Balsam Civic Achievement).

MDGLCC 6th Annual Holigay Celebration and Toy Drive
MDGLCC (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) hosted their 6th Annual Holigay Celebration & Toy Drive at the LGBT Welcome Center on Miami Beach, FL. This fundraising event helped out local children and featured Grey Goose drinks, holiday songs, and the chance to sit on Santa's lap.
MDGLCC 2015 Sapphire Gala
The MDGLCC's (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) 2015 Sapphire Gala was held in Miami, FL. The night honored Mayor Phillip Levine and Cindy Brown.
MDGLCC Spotlight Megamixer in Miami
MDGLCC (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Mixers are held in Miami Beach, FL. Their latest Spotlight MegaMixer was held aboard the Lady Windridge and took a tour of Biscayne Bay at night.
2014 Pink Flamingo Awards
The MDGLCC's (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) 2014 Pink Flamingo Awards was recently held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The event, hosted by Comedian Ant, highlighted and celebrated the community's businesses, organizations, and people.
MDGLCC 13th Annual Emerald Gala
The MDGLCC's (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) 2014 Emerald Gala was recently held at the Hilton in downtown Miami, FL.
MDGLCC Mixer at The Shore Club
MDGLCC (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) host Mixers in Miami, FL. Their most recently one was held at The Shore Club and was a fundraiser for Miami Beach Pride.
MDGLCC 12th Annual Yellow Gala
The MDGLCC's (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) 2013 Yellow Gala was recently held at the Hilton in downtown Miami, FL. This was their 12th annual gala and celebrated HGTV's Design Star David Bromstad with the Regions Bank Person of the Year Award.
MDGLCC (Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Mixers are held in Miami Beach, FL and is the largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for gay and lesbian businesses.

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