The Mid-America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MAGLCC) has received this award today at the National Conference in Florida. MAGLCC issued the following press release today:

Local chamber named "Rising Star" today by National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) was honored today with the Rising Star Chamber Award at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)'s 2015 International Business & Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Rising Star Award is given to a chamber that exhibits vitality and relevance in its community, brings a unified voice to the LGBT business community and their allies as well as proves its commitment to being part of the broader national business equality movement.

"The professional support that NGLCC leadership has shared with us over these first four years has been incredible and one of the key reasons we are out for business today. This recognition is very important to us," said Dan Nilsen, Founder and Board President of Mid-America GLCC. "In addition to the growing number of passionate members, our success is also due to our corporate sponsor partners. Kansas City was definitely ready to support our new chamber. Just about every major corporation in the Metro Kansas City area enthusiastically agreed to join our efforts to ensure that LGBT professionals and entrepreneurs are able to bring their whole selves to work," continued Nilsen.

"The NGLCC is proud to recognize the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce with the 2015 Rising Star Award," said Chance Mitchell, NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO. "Mid-America GLCC has experienced incredible growth in members and corporate partners over the past few years, and they have pioneered new programs and advocacy efforts to engage with the local business community. We are excited to see what they will do in the future," added Mitchell.

The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education. Mid-America GLCC's purpose is to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations, thereby fostering a more inclusive and vibrant economy in the Midwest. For additional information, visit

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