Celebrating NGLCC’s Inaugural LGBT SIP & PITCH Fridays Program

| By Kaela Roeder

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) was pleased to launch the LGBT Sip & Pitch Fridays program last week on April 24, an opportunity for LGBT business owners to informally present business ideas and network with fellow businesses, chamber members, and corporate professionals. Even in this time of uncertainty, NGLCC is increasing digital networking events and business opportunities for the LGBT community globally.

“It is amazing that we can have our NGLCC family reunion, even in these times of uncertainty and hardship,” said Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson, as the video call with nearly 100 LGBT business stakeholders began.

The LGBT Sip & Pitch Fridays program consisted of a panel of experts to give positive, constructive feedback to the businesses pitching their ideas. This panel included Carol Attak, NGLCC Board Chair and Senior Manager of Global Supplier Diversity & Sustainability at BMO Harris; Theresa Harrison, Director of Inclusive & Sustainable Procurement at EY; and Terrez Thompson, Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity at Coca-Cola Company.

The event consisted of two rounds of LGBT business pitches, each round with presentations by three companies. The first round included Braxton Fleming of Stealth Bros & Co, Cate Phillips of B2B Dynamix, and Aaron Peiva Leyton of TourGuidePERU. The second round of the program included Abby Sugar of Play Out Apparel, Javier Santos of the House of Purpose, and Morris (Paul) Turner-Butler of Macher Logistics.

Each business had five minutes (or less!) to present their business or innovative ideas. Although the presentations were mock pitches, each business was able to receive no-cost constructive feedback and enjoyed a safe space to practice their businesses pitches before NGLCC’s panel of expert judges.

Some businesses came with a formal pitch to rehearse, like Abby Sugar of Play Out Apparel. Others, like Cate Phillips of B2B Dynamix, came to seek advice from our judging panel on rebranding and renaming her business.

After the two rounds of stellar business pitches and ideas, the NGLCC community all poured a drink and networked with one another virtually. Amy Tiller, Co-Founder & CEO of NGLCC Platinum Circle Certified LGBTBE® Inspired Results, Inc., was spotlighted for her company’s personal protective equipment (PPE) efforts in conversation with NGLCC’s Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson.

“The entire NGLCC team is ecstatic to bring Sip & Pitch Fridays to the LGBT business community to network and learn from one another virtually,” said NGLCC Senior Vice President Sabrina Kent. “The resilience of the LGBT business community during uncertain times like these is inspiring,” she added.

Given the success of the inaugural program, NGLCC will shift the LGBT Sip & Pitch Fridays program to a bi-weekly model to hear more amazing ideas from the global LGBT business community.

Want to learn more about LGBT Sip & Pitch Fridays or apply to present your businesses ideas? Click here to learn more or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

For additional ways to help you, your business, and the LGBT community during this time, visit the NGLCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for the LGBT Business Community.