Welcome to the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce


Welcome to the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce (also known as the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber of Commerce) website! The TBDCC began over 35 years ago to advance common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace and society for its LGBT and allied businesses, corporations andprofessional members by providing educational, networking, andcommunity engagement.

Since 1983, the TBDCC has been premier voice of the Greater Tampa Bay Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender business community, representing over 250+ businesses, community groups and individuals in seven counties, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco,Manatee, Sarasota, Polk or Hernando. 

Please pardon our dust as we are currently revamping our website to provide more content. We hope you’ll join us as we continue to expand regionally and partner with LGBT and allied businesses throughout the state. 

Through social, educational and networking events, the TBDCC is the place to come together to: 


1. Find the guidance you need to pursue a new career. 

2. Interact with LGBT community leaders

3. Talk to future clients, customers, or employers

4. Build your leadership skills and mentor others

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  • August 14, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Washington, DC - The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is proud to announce the City of Tampa, FL has approved a policy to include NGLCC certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) in contracting and procurement opportunities, as well as capacity building and educational programs from small businesses throughout the city. For LGBT citizens of Tampa, this inclusive policy provides fair and equal access to contracting opportunities and economic development programs that drive innovation, create jobs, and promote economic growth throughout the region.

    Openly LGBT Mayor Jane Castor made the announcement of her Executive Order onstage at the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Tampa, FL -- the largest LGBT business event in the world.

    This policy makes Tampa the second city in Florida to intentionally include LGBT-owned businesses in municipal contracting and procurement opportunities, a best practice of the private sector and of an ever-growing number of states and municipalities. This landmark policy for the City of Tampa was enacted thanks to the advocacy of NGLCC and its local affiliate chamber partner, the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, NGLCC, in collaboration with local affiliate chambers and advocacy leaders in California, enacted the first ever legislation that included certified LGBTBEs in public sector opportunities (AB1678); that policy paved the way for this historic announcement and many more like it.

    “I couldn’t be prouder of this historic moment for Tampa to now recognize certified LGBT-Owned Businesses, and as only the third city in the south to do so. We are eager for our members to take advantage of new opportunities with the NGLCC and TBDCC, which offer many programs, business development trainings, and networking opportunities to further support LGBTBEs in Tampa,” said Justice Gennari, President & CEO, Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce

    “Thanks to the collaboration between NGLCC and our local affiliate chamber, the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber, LGBT entrepreneurs in one of Florida’s largest and most inclusive cities will now have the opportunity to create jobs and develop innovations that benefit all who live there," said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson. “Mayor Castor has declared Tampa os “open for business” with all diverse communities, and has affirmed that ‘if you can buy it, a certified LGBT-owned business can supply it.’ We are excited to see LGBTBEs in every field from construction to catering and everything in between help grow the economy of Tampa and beyond."

    In 2018 and early 2019, NGLCC won the inclusion of LGBTBEs in Orlando, FL; Nashville, TN; Baltimore, MD; Jersey City, NJ; and Hoboken, NJ, while also advancing statewide bills in New York and New Jersey. Currently, California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania also include certified LGBT-owned businesses, along with major cities like Seattle, Newark, Columbus, and Philadelphia.

    “I couldn’t be happier for Tampa to be the third city in the south to include LGBTBE’s and the second in Florida, alongside our neighbors of Orlando.” Said Gennari.

    “Florida has always had one of the strongest networks of NGLCC Certified LGBTBEs and LGBT-owned companies, and Mayor Castor’s policy will bring Tampa to the forefront of economic opportunity statewide. We know this policy in Tampa will encourage more mayors and city councils to proactively include the LGBT community for the optimum social and economic health of their cities. Collectively, LGBT-owned businesses contribute to the $1.7 trillion dollars that the LGBT business community puts into the national economy. Progressive and inclusive leadership as we are seeing in Tampa and across the country will ensure greater access to the American Dream for every American,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & CEO Chance Mitchell.

    “Our LGBT businesses play an important role in our local economy,” Says Mayor Jane Castor, “When we foster the type of environment where everyone feels included, that’s when real success and real growth can occur. This executive order will ensure LGBT entrepreneurs have a chance to work with our city just like any other certified vendor.”


    TBDCC MEDIA CONTACT:

    Justice Gennari

    President & CEO, TBDCC

    Admin@diversitytampabay.org

    727-755-8390


    ABOUT TBDCC:

    The mission of the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce (TBDCC) also known as the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber of Commerce is to provide an inclusive community for equality-minded business owners and professionals to connect and collaborate.

    www.diversitytampabay.org or @diversitytb


    NGLCC MEDIA & ADVOCACY CONTACT:

    Jonathan Lovitz

    Senior Vice President, NGLCC

    press@nglcc.org

    954-695-5896


    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 LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs). www.nglcc.org @nglcc


  • July 18, 2019 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    By Allyson Parco

    Our 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference is fast approaching! Thinking about attending and still haven’t registered? Don’t wait! We will sell out, and we don’t want you to miss the biggest and best opportunity for LGBT business success on the planet.

    Among the highlights of the NGLCC Conference is getting to know the host affiliate chamber tasked with welcoming the world’s top LGBT business leaders to their city. NGLCC recently spoke with Justice Gennari, President & CEO of The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce (TBDCC), to share his personal experience with Conference and all that Tampa Bay has to offer! In conversation with him, NGLCC discusses our upcoming International Business and Leadership Conference, TBDCC’s major developments, advice for LGBT business owners, and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.

    Justice Gennari is the first full-time staff member to lead the TBDCC, whose mission is to provide an inclusive community for equality-minded business owners and professionals to connect and collaborate. When Gennari attended his first NGLCC conference in Philadelphia last year, he arrived as a board chair with an open mind. He recalled exactly how he felt in saying, “Conference was not just what they said, conference was so much more. It just really went above and beyond. Everything from the events and experience, to the graphics and the field, to the momentum, and to the genuine connections that you meet.”

    During Conference, Gennari invites attendees to explore St. Pete’s famous Central Avenue, America’s most beautiful beaches, the Cuban and Italian heritage that has shaped Tampa culture, and the bars, restaurants, and shops that are also members of the chamber. His piece of advice for constituents and LGBT individuals starting businesses is to be involved with your local chamber. He brings up his pride in the LGBT community’s $1.7 trillion contribution to the U.S. economy and encourages connections amongst other LGBT business owners and businesses. “Get involved, get registered, and certified as a LGBTBE. That’s going to speak volumes because LGBTBEs are up on the rise, cities are recognizing the need to be a part of their certification process, and Tampa is on that rise as well.”

    In addition to encouraging others to experience Conference, Gennari spoke about how excited and appreciative he is of Wells Fargo, the Chamber Leadership Alliance, NGLCC, and other diverse chambers. Within the last two years, the TBDCC has grown 52% in membership, added six new programs, and started a partnership with the Tampa Bay Business Journal to showcase inclusive businesses. He explains how this collaborative partnership and the information from last year’s program resulted in several accomplishments. “Without NGLCC, I’m not sure that the Chamber would be as reliable and as resourceful for its community as it certainly is and I’m very thankful for that.” Fast forward to one year later, Gennari shares how proud he is that TBDCC now has a grant to be able to open that opportunity up to so many other chambers.

    “I get goosebumps because we’re able to give those programs and these learning opportunities to so many more organizations out there and develop it into more of an experience.”

    Outside of the TBDCC, Gennari talked about the inclusivity of Tampa Bay and the recent election of his good friend, Mayor Jane Castor. He described Mayor Castor as sweet and gracious, bringing up a story about dinner with NGLCC’s executive team and herself. As somewhat of a local celebrity in the area, Gennari also mentioned how supportive she’s been of the chamber, from socials to award galas. He fondly recalled small details of her inauguration, from the sparklers and balloons to seeing Mayor Castor with her partner and two sons in front of the city. “The city had been know for being inclusive before and we had a great mayor to pass the torch down, but as previous police chief and warrior to the LGBT community, the limit doesn’t exist to see where we’re going to go moving forward.”

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