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Historic Partnership Announcement

North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce Selected for Historic Trans/Gender Nonconforming Business Development Partnership with
Wells Fargo & National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
 
September 13, 2022 | For Immediate Release
 
DALLAS, TX --  The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community and certifying body for LGBTQ+-owned businesses nationwide, in collaboration with an NGLCC Founding Corporate Partner, Wells Fargo, has chosen the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce to be in its first-ever cohort of affiliated chambers producing innovating programming specifically for the transgender and gender nonconforming (TGX) business communities. 
 
“The NGLCC is proud to expand our collaboration with one of our longest-standing, most trusted partners in LGBT economic opportunity, Wells Fargo. Together we will ensure our transgender and gender-nonconforming entrepreneurs have every resource they need to scale and thrive. Most importantly, we are excited to work closely with our affiliate chamber partners to elevate a new generation of inspiring, ceiling-shattering role models for future TGX business leaders," said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson.
 
Signature elements of this initiative include:
 
Pitch Your TGX Business for Success Workshops:
Transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive business owners are invited to attend a workshop on perfecting your business pitch! We’ll also explain how you can apply to be LGBTBE Certified for free after attending this workshop.
 
TGX Pitch Program
Transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive business owners are invited to participate in a mock pitch event where they’ll receive constructive feedback from business leaders and Corporate Partner representatives on how to best pitch your TGX-owned business. TGX business owners have the opportunity to apply for LGBTBE Certification and Affiliate Chamber membership for free after attending the event!
 
“Wells Fargo is proud to expand our support for the transgender and gender expansive small business community in partnership with LGBTQ+ chambers across the country,” said Roby Schapira, Director of Small Business Diverse Customer Segments at Wells Fargo. “This year we are celebrating 30 years of commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, and over these three decades we have provided more than $55 million in financial support and countless volunteer hours to LGBTQ+ organizations including the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). We look forward to working hand in hand with each chamber to bring this program to life and support the participating businesses to achieve new levels of success.”
 
Wells Fargo will generously endow the participating chambers with support grants to deliver and maximize this initiative. This grant funds innovative local programming for TGX business owners around the country hosted by local NGLCC Affiliate Chambers. It will also provide TGX competency training to all 17 Affiliate Chamber leaders, as well as any of NGLCC’s other 36 (53 total) Affiliate Chamber leaders who would like to participate. Lastly, this program will provide the opportunity for participating transgender and gender-expansive business owners to become both LGBTBE Certified and members of their local Affiliate Chamber, free of charge to them, through the $25,000 scholarship fund provided by Wells Fargo.
 
We are extremely grateful for Wells Fargo’s commitment to the LGBTQ+ community in North Texas and our partnership with NGLCC,” said Tony Vedda, President and CEO of the North Texas LGBT Chamber. “We look forward to partnering with both of them to provide equitable support for TGX and Ally-owned businesses.”
 
To learn more and get involved in this program, please visit nglcc.org or email info@nglcc.org today.
 
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About NGLCC
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses, known as Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers.
www.nglcc.org @nglcc 
 
About North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce fosters an inclusive business community that promotes economic vitality, connects members, and advocates on their behalf. Since 2005, the Chamber has been the leading voice for LGBT and allied businesses in North Texas.
 
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is a leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 37 on Fortune’s 2021 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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