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The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their Mature Business Academy (M.B.A.) classes start Saturday, February 25th, 2017 and enrollment is open. This four-course 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 and include:

  • Marketing/Advertising & Technology Feb 25, 2017

  • Financing & Auditing March 25, 2017

  • Space Development April 29, 2017

  • Human Resources Management May 20, 2017

The Mature Business Academy will become the standard training program for all LGBT and ally professionals in the region. The cost $250 for all four classes but is complimentary with a small business membership. Individual classes are $75. Includes Continental breakfast and Lunch.

Last year, at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) 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 was awarded to expand capacity and offer technical assistance to the Detroit Mature Business Academy program. The main goal of the program is to foster the development, growth, and sustainability of certified LGBT business enterprises (LGBTBEs®).

“The Mature Business Academy program offers concrete value to small business members interested in NGLCC Certification that need to make improvements to their business model and processes, as well as those for whom certification may not be of much business benefit. It is a great way to raise awareness and share valuable information critical to the success of our stakeholders,” said Kevin Heard, Detroit President. “The program supports our mission of supporting our members through business leadership, advocacy, and education. We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from Wells Fargo and NGLCC which will allow us to expand and enrich our program.”

“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.”

“The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is excited to see the Detroit Regional LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce grow as an organization and a voice in the LGBT owned and allied businesses 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.

About Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce:

Founded in 2013, the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce strives to promote and empower their Metropolitan Detroit LGBT, allied business members, non-profit members, corporate partners and their employees through leadership, advocacy, and education, provide opportunities, access and resources to LGBT professionals and allies. Detroit proudly serves as the voice for the Detroit Metropolitan area LGBT business community and champions opportunity, development, and advocacy on behalf their members. For additional information, visit www.detroitlgbtchamber.com.


The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 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. www.nglcc.org | @NGLCC


Jonathan Lovitz

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Wells Fargo serves approximately 3 million small business owners across the United States and loans more money to America’s small businesses than any other bank (2002-2014 CRA government data). To help more small businesses achieve financial success, in 2014 Wells Fargo introduced Wells Fargo Works for Small Business® – a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services for business owners – and a goal to extend $100 billion in new lending to small businesses by 2018. For more information about Wells Fargo Works for Small Business, visit: WellsFargoWorks.com. Follow us on Twitter @WellsFargoWorks.

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