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2019 International Business and Leadership Conference

Tampa, FL -- The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce will host the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference in Tampa, FL. This world-renowned conference is the largest LGBT business event in the world and provides networking and engagement opportunities for business owners in the LGBT community. The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce (TBDCC) in partnership with Visit Tampa Bay won the 2019 bid over all other applicants to secure the NGLCC 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference for the city of Tampa.

“We are excited to host the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference,” said Santiago Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “Hosting this event will elevate the entire Tampa Bay community in the eyes of the world and showcase Tampa as a major LGBTQ destination capable of putting on a significant, high-quality international event.”

To kick off The 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber will be hosting the Opening Night Reception on the evening of August 13, 2019 at the Italian Club in historic Ybor City.

Over the coming weeks, the Chamber will be providing updates and information about sponsorship's for this milestone event. Inventory is limited so don’t delay on securing your spot.

“We’re working hard planning for 2019—we’re ready to do more than ever before,” said Justice Gennari, President of Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce. “Celebrating 35 years, we are honored to host the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference. We are dedicated to doing all we can to building trusted connections and to expanding economic opportunities for all! We thank all our members for their ongoing support of the Chamber.”

Founded in 2002, the NGLCC was created as a resource to support the LGBT business community and showcase the diversity of talent, skills, and expertise that the LGBT community has to offer. The 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference is expected to convene more than 1,300 LGBT and allied entrepreneurs, business owners, government & corporate representatives, and LGBT chamber leaders from across the country and around the globe. Attendees will take part in three days of symposia, panel discussions, development seminars, and special events designed to generate business opportunities and build strong relationships.

“The NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference is the largest LGBT business event in the world, and we’re thrilled to work with the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce as we bring our annual conference to Tampa,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson. “With its rich history and reputation as regional business center, Tampa will make an excellent host for the over 1,300 LGBT business owners, corporate thought leaders, and public and private sector decision-makers that the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference convenes each year.”

The 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference brought together over 1,200 business leaders to the city of Philadelphia, PA. Attendees heard from media icon, entrepreneur, and LGBT ally Martha Stewart, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who delivered special remarks on the importance of including of LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) in public and private sector contracting. Throughout the week, attendees attended discussions with many of the world’s top corporate and government leaders committed to LGBT business development and opportunity. With the help of the International Business Alliance (IBA),  the economic impact of NGLCC’s 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference was estimated at roughly $3.6 million dollars and made a lasting impact on the region’s hospitality and tourism industry.

For more information about TBDCC, visit Be sure to like the TBDCC on Facebook and follow along on Twitter and Instagram @diversityTB. Learn more about NGLCC at, and find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @NGLCC.

About Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce:

The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce began over 35 years ago to provide an environment for business owners and local organizations to build an inclusive community based on shared goals, friendship, and trust. We serve the entirety of Tampa Bay, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and as far north as Tarpon Springs. The TBDCC is an official affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).


The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. @nglcc


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