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Invitation to Indulgence

The Chamber readies its annual awards dinner with an emphasis on entertainment and opulence

Think you know what to expect at a typical awards dinner? Great, but that's not what you'll find when the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (aka the Chamber) celebrates its 24th anniversary and honors a diverse group of local business and community leaders at its Annual Awards Dinner and Gala on Friday, April 25, at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. Chamber Vice President Katie McElroy, owner of the event-planning company Katie Rose LLC, says this year's event has ... [Read]

The Culture of Cash

Career and money coach to speak about the real impact of money mindsets

It's not your imagination. In a 2010 study by the American Psychological Association, 73 percent of respondents indicated that money was the chief cause of stress in their lives. ''When we don't stop to examine where this stress is coming from, we deny access to a wealth of knowledge, well-being and financial security,'' observes Cindy Morgan-Jaffe, a career and money coach. {Cindy Morgan Jaffe (Photo by Marvin Mansilla)} On Friday, Feb. 28, Morgan-Jaffe will speak at the monthly Business Matters ... [Read]

It's Mega Networking Time

Professional partnerships amplify the Chamber's 6th annual LGBT networking and social event

For the sixth year in a row, the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC) will host the LGBT Mega Networking and Social Event at Town Danceboutique. The event, coming up Feb. 26, has grown by leaps and bounds every year with more than 1,600 area movers and shakers attending in 2013. ''There is uniqueness to us that makes this event successful,'' says Mark Guenther, executive director of the Chamber. ''In our community, one can make a deep ... [Read]

Fashion Forward

Maybe Miranda Priestly and The Chamber do have a little in common

In The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly is quick to correct Emily No. 2 when she dared to say she did not care about fashion. She traced the color of her frumpy cerulean sweater from catwalk to clearance rack to explain why Emily No. 2 was wearing it. Once and for all, she set the record straight on the cultural significance of fashion from the point of view of the trickle-down theory. My goal is to explain in less than ... [Read]

Wowing with Women's Wednesdays

Upcoming Chamber event looks at DOMA ruling's effect on long-term care

Among the chief benefits of membership in the Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, aka The Chamber, according to many members, are the numerous opportunities for networking with fellow business owners and executives in the Washington area. From the monthly Networking Thursdays to the annual g.life event, The Chamber offers a diverse range of regularly scheduled happenings designed to link LGBT business leaders with potential clients, employers and corporate alliances. One of these events bringing together members of ... [Read]

Pop-Up Panorama

Plan for life, for work and for fun at g.life 2013

It's one of the largest LGBT events in the D.C. area, it's free and it's got information, advice and entertainment. It is g.life, produced by the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC), a once-a-year giant pop-up at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Saturday, Nov. 9. Major changes will be apparent in g.life U, co-chaired by Ted Smith, a D.C.-based Realtor, and Suzanne Coates, president of Techcentric Design Group LLC. All are based on feedback from last year's ... [Read]

Building Wealth with Rentals

Holding on to that property could provide a retirement windfall

Many potential sellers in the last few years have had to face the question of whether to sell or rent out their house or condo. This has been a particularly difficult situation coming on the heels of record property values of the late 2000s. The prospect of selling the property for less than it was purchased is forcing many potential sellers to opt for renting their properties. This is what I call becoming a landlord by chance, not by choice. ... [Read]

Jackson & Campbell Stands with LGBT Business

Leading D.C. law firm to host next Networking Thursday, continue its ''g.life'' sponsorship

The D.C. area has long been known for its diverse and dynamic LGBT business community. And much of the community's energy comes from its supporters, allies included. One of its most prominent supporters is the prestigious law firm of Jackson & Campbell P.C., which, among other activities it conducts on behalf of the community, sponsors special events designed to promote LGBT business. Two upcoming examples of the firm's support are the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's (aka ... [Read]

Enter the ''Success Zone''

With some coaching, most can master an optimal networking mindset

Networking may seem easy, even natural. Especially for seasoned business professionals whose livelihoods rely on cultivating and maintaining vast networks of professional contacts. But as many of us know all too well, it's just not that easy. Likewise, many of us have probably experienced pre-networking event jitters. {Scott Sullivan (Photo by Photo by Drongo Photo)} Perhaps you suffer from sweaty palms or spend hours grappling with an elevator pitch that is coherent, professional and warm. Perhaps you're more comfortable sticking ... [Read]

Navigating Taxes After DOMA

Business Matters Lunch set to tackle tax impact on same-sex couples

For the first time in history, the Supreme Court has opened the door for same-sex married couples to receive federal tax-related benefits previously available only to opposite-sex couples, including income-tax benefits, estate- and gift-tax benefits, and taxpayer-friendly employee benefits. But as much as the LGBT community is proud of the repeal, all that glitters is not necessarily gold when it comes to the promise of new benefits, warns the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, aka the Chamber. ... [Read]

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