Detroit LGBT Chamber Mature Business Academy Enrollment Opens

DETROIT - In an effort to continue its mission to promote and empower their metropolitan Detroit LGBT, allied business members, non-profit members, corporate partners and their employees through leadership, advocacy, and education, the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their Mature Business Academy.

This four-month, four-course, four-hour training series is of the most up-to-date and pertinent business information within our market and globally. Topics are specifically focused on retail and small B2B businesses. Classes start Feb. 25 for which enrollment is open.

The Class Schedule

Feb. 25

Marketing, Advertising & Technology

March 25

Financing & Auditing

April 29

Space Development

May 20

Back Office Management

Last year, at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's 2016 International Business & Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, California the chamber was awarded a $2,500 grant to support this program.

Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the NGLCC, this grant will

expand capacity and offer technical assistance to the Detroit MBA program, which fosters development, growth, and sustainability of certified LGBT business enterprises.

"The program has become a vital resource to our members as they develop their businesses and engage in networking," said Kevin Heard, DRLGBTCC president. "The program supports our mission of supporting our members through business leadership, advocacy, and education. We are thrilled to receive this generous grant, which will allow us to expand and enrich our program."

The MBA will become the standard training program for all LGBT and ally professionals in the region.

"Wells Fargo is a proud, long-time supporter of NGLCC, and we share their commitment to helping small business owners succeed financially," said Lisa Stevens, head of small business for Wells Fargo. "We are dedicated to providing funding that will support their entrepreneurship and leadership training programs, along with educational tools and resources to help diverse-owned business in communities across America grow and thrive."

"We are excited to see the DRLGBTCC grow as an organization and a voice in the LGBT-owned and allied business community. They have shown tremendous growth in the size of their business membership and outreach programs, embodying the mission that NGLCC has continuously strived for," said Sam McClure, NGLCC senior vice president.

The cost is $250 for the program, but is complimentary with a small business membership. Individual classes are $75. The classes will include professional speakers from, the City of Detroit Mayor's Office, Well Fargo Advisors, ATS advisors, and Pridesource Media Group. Enroll or visit DRLGBTCC online for more information.

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