The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education. The Mid-America GLCC’s purpose is to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations, thereby fostering a more inclusive and vibrant economy in Mid-America.
In November of 2010, Dan Nilsen, CEO of Bishop-McCann, gained certification as a gay owned business with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) at the encouragement of a large client of his company. The NGLCC’s mission resonated with Dan so much that he took on the challenge of starting an affiliate chamber to serve the Kansas City LGBT community and their allies. Dan assembled a board of talented business professionals from a variety of backgrounds, and brought on Michael Lintecum as Executive Director. This group of passionate leaders worked to lay the foundation for what the chamber has become today. On May 31, 2012, the Mid-America GLCC officially kicked-off with a major community celebration. Since then the chamber has experienced rapid growth, and members have come together to connect at monthly networking events, grow their knowledge at the annual Business Equality Conference, gain LGBT certification and collaborate to solve problems through Master Minds sessions.
The Mid-America GLCC is a proud affiliate of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The NGLCC is a long established business advocate and a direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business owners, corporations and governments. There are 52 NGLCC affiliate chambers across the United States.