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San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce NEWSLETTER SA LGBT Website Business Directory Contact Us MAY PROGRAM vol.1. no.5/May 2011 Headlines . . . San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce announces its’ new officers: New officers were elected at the Annual General Meeting March 25, 2011 held at the El Tropicana Hotel. The current Board of Directors and Officers is as follows: President: DeeDee Belmares Phillip Barcena Vice-President: Rodric Fitzgerald Tracye’ Hall President-Elect: Chad Nall Darrell Parsons Treasurer: Daniel Morgan Brian Schoeman Secretary: Elizabeth Schleigh In This Issue: * News You Can Use * Chamber April Breakfast Meeting Report * Membership Update * May/June Events vol.1. no.5/May 2011 News You Can Use . . . Chamber Collaboration MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL OFFER! Spread the word to non-members of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce! During the period April 2011 to end of June 2011, the Chamber is offering reduced membership rates to new members on the Networking, Business, and Corporate levels. Check the Chamber website. REMINDER: Website Advertising Please contact us at http://www.sagaychamber.com/ if you are interested in advertising on our new upcoming, refurbished website. A great idea is to offer coupons and special offers to attract attention to your business. Get noticed! PROMOTIONAL IDEAS FOR YOUR BUSINESS The SA LGBT Chamber of Commerce is giving Chamber Members an op- portunity to gain further exposure by offering your business products as Door Prizes at our Monthly Mix & Mingles. Offerings will be limited so contact us as soon as possible. Congress Repeals 1099 Requirement Millions of small businesses across the country will bene- fit from the repeal of the 1099 requirement! Congress voted recently to repeal one aspect of the new health care legislation that would have required businesses to file Form 1099 tax forms for every vendor that sold them in excess of $600 in goods. Though not related to the health care law, the Form 1099 law—slated to take effect in 2012—would have helped pay for part of it. Chamber Sponsorship You can SPONSOR a SA LGBT Chamber of Commerce event by providing a locale or contributing appetizers, refreshments, or Most Recent New Members even entertainment. This is an ideal oppor- tunity to gain exposure, tell us about your- self and/or business/non-profit in coopera- tion with other sponsors and event Susy Williams Entertainment - Business organizers. Rusty Beanland - Network Emily Persyn – AXA Financial Advisors - Business We want to know about you so, contact the Jim Cottone – Network Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest or obtain further information. 2 vol.1. no.5/May 2011 San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce April Breakfast May Events Meeting Report. Mix & Mingles May 27, 6:00— 8:00 PM The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce April Business Networking Hosted by PRIDE SA @ Farris Foto Breakfast was held at the Plaza Club of San Antonio on the 21st floor of the Frost Bank Tower, Tuesday 12th April. The guest speaker was Darryl Freeman, on 110 Broadway, Suite 60 Counselor at San Antonio SCORE (sanantonioscore.org). San Antonio, TX 78205 Darryl introduced himself (a true entrepreneur and experienced businessman) and SA LGBT Chamber of Commerce explained who SCORE is, how to contact the organization, and proceeded to give Meetings: valuable advice to small business owners as well as to those who are contemplat- May 17, 6:30 – 8:00 PM ing small business start-up. LGBT Chamber Joint Committee Meeting Location: TBA Starting off with a Business Plan - your very own map in pursuit of your business idea - SCORE will help in assembling this document with the business owner. A Volunteer Kick-Off Meeting well thought out Marketing Plan is just as important. While it may seem as May 3,, 6:30 – 8:00 PM though there is a lot to consider all at once, Darryl pointed out that there is literature freely available. For example, a condensed and comprehensive guide San Antonio LGBT Chamber Volunteer for start-up and existing businesses in San Antonio and documentation outlining Meeting the essential elements of a business plan are available by contacting SCORE or Location: Luthers Café on Main Street. the San Antonio LGBT Chamber. In addition, there are no pre-requirements be- fore you consult with SCORE and you are encouraged to contact them as early as Snacks and refreshments sponsored by Re- possible in the start-up process. source Printing Services. Join us to see what You can do for Your organization in a volun- A very relevant topic was also covered - Business Lending. Darryl pointed out teer capacity and support Your community. the surge in development in the Greater San Antonio metro area and thus the Welcome! possibilities "out there". Viable business ideas can compete for various forms of financial assistance. Darryl's message was - "They are lending! There is Growth!"There are business workshops for a nominal fee or even free! Further- more, SCORE counselors who have extensive experience as entrepreneurs and HEADS UP!! June 24, 6:00— 8:00 PM executives are available, totally FREE, to assist with a myriad of aspects The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of confronting small business owners. Commerce June Mix & Mingle is being hosted by Spurs Sports & Entertainment - Considering the fact SCORE services are free and there is access to experienced WNBA Silver Stars @ AT&T Center, business people willing to assist, the presentation gave us an assuring and com- San Antonio, TX 78219. forting feeling of not going it alone! Furthermore, it was a breakfast well worth attending! I highly recommend business owners and those contemplating start- Join us for an evening of networking and meeting business colleagues followed by the ups that were not present to visit www.sanantonioscore.org for more information. event of the evening. Discount tickets for reserved seating are available for purchase at A special Than You to Susy Williams of Susy Williams Entertainment LLC for the Mix & Mingle event. hosting this event. Corporate Sponsors Upcoming SA LGBT Chamber of Commerce Luncheon June 9, 11:30 AM -1:00 PM San Antonio Library. Guest Speaker: To be announced. Community Calendar 3
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