Someone in my professional network recently mentioned how much identifying as an LGBTQI+ owned business has helped them. This month, I’m sorting out the various professional memberships and organizations that I belong to or sign my business up for.
It occurred to me to look into whether it made sense to join an LGBT Chamber of Commerce (whether national or local affiliate). I can’t imagine this is more effective than other basic marketing, but I know there are clients who want to support LGBTQI+ owned businesses & feel more comfortable using them.
To me - This looks really expensive for what it is (approx. $500/annual), although I bet during COVID you can apply and request a fee waiver/reduction. It also seems like social media and online platforms have changed so much since the chamber of commerce model made any sense or procured much benefit.
My quick searching of the benefits suggests that this is also one of those corporatization of queerness things that rubs me the wrong way (e.g., letting the privileged gays support one another and acting like more capitalism is good for the gays).
But I am a cynic - I do love connecting with other LGBTQI+ small business owners, esp in my field!