In the late ‘80s our friends at 4th Tuesday organized an Expo designed to promote LGBT owned businesses. This continued for several years and eventually, the thought was that the Expo would spin off into its own group, specifically founded to promote Gay owned/friendly businesses in Atlanta.
In 1994, 4th Tuesday leadership in partnership with the Atlanta Executive Network created the Greater Atlanta Business Coalition (GABC) and the organization’s non-profit status was established, creating the first recognized LGBT Chamber of Commerce in the entire US!
For a few years, the focus was on the annual Business Expo, but then in addition to that, in1998, the first Awards dinner was held!
In 2002, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) was founded to serve as the national advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding the economic opportunities and advancements of the LGBT business community. The National Chamber is headquartered in Washington, DC.
In 2003, locally, the decision was made to change the name of the GABC to the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and to join the NGLCC as a local affiliate chapter.
Over the next few years, the AGLCC worked closely with the NGLCC to further expand opportunities for AGLCC members with fellow members, corporate partners, and non-profit organizations through networking and educational opportunities both locally and nationally.
In 2007, The AGLCC was selected as the 2007 National Chamber of the Year by the NGLCC!
In 2008, the AGLCC held the first-ever LGBT event at the world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium. That event was the 2008 Community Awards Dinner.
In 2014, the AGLCC won Best in Programming from the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) for our educational series AGLCC University.
In 2016, The AGLCC was selected again as the National Chamber of the Year by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
In 2016, the AGLCC launched our Procurement Spotlight series which specifically targets LGBTBEs and companies considering certification—to connect procurement and supplier diversity professionals to LGBTBEs through networking followed by an interactive presentation of best practices for working with our host company for the event.
In 2017, the AGLCC held its first LGBT Business Summit | Rise of the Rainbow Economy. The highlight of the Summit was the Atlanta Mayoral Candidate panel. Over 200 LGBT business leaders from around the Southeast were in attendance. The Summit is now an annual event and one of the largest gatherings on the East Coast focused on empowering LGBT business inclusion and development
In 2018, the AGLCC launched its new Tourism pillar at the Annual Business Summit focused on the growing impact of LGBTQ tourism in Atlanta, connecting our current partners and members to greater networks tourism networks throughout the US.
In 2018, the AGLCC won Best in Programming from the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) for our educational series AGLCC University and our LGBT Business Summit.
In 2019 the AGLCC will be celebrating our 25th anniversary.
Over the last several years, the AGLCC has worked hard with the National Chamber to promote business for our members. Through this ongoing partnership, opportunities now exist for LGBT business certification; scholarships, networking and education and more.