The first Utah LGBTQ+ Economic Summit, “Raising the Rainbow Economy” will be held this month to help educate, enlighten and develop businesses in the LGBTQ+ community.
The Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event for LGBTQ+ and ally business owners Friday, September 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gail Miller Conference Center on the Salt Lake Community College Sandy Campus.
Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson will kick off the event to speak on what the future holds for businesses in the county.
Jason Rae, director of affiliate relations of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce will talk on how to procure more contracts from national suppliers by certifying as an LGBT Business Enterprise.
Utah native Bobby Edwards, CEO of Squatty Potty will share how he developed his pitch that won over Lori Greiner from the hit TV show, Shark Tank and how businesses can hone their message to increase their visibility and sales.
The afternoon will include sessions on best practices for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, social media management, employment specialists, funding opportunities for small businesses, the 10K Small business program, the Chamber’s revamped SafeZone program, and the newly formed LGBTQ+ Chamber Foundation.
Tickets to the event, which include morning coffee and lunch, are $35 or $25 for Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber members. Sponsorships are available for $250.
Tickets are available at utahlgbtqchamber.org. (Chamber members must log in to get the lower rate.)
QSaltLake Magazine is a member of the Chamber, and its publisher, Michael Aaron, is founder and currently on the board of directors. QSaltLake is also a certified LGBTBE.