Starting in the late ’80s, a group of Atlanta locals organized an expo designed to promote LGBTQ-owned businesses. After several years of continued growth, the Greater Atlanta Business Coalition was established, creating the first recognized LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce in the entire country. In 2002, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce was founded to help expand economic opportunities and advancements of the LGBTQ business community. A year later, Atlanta members changed their organization’s name from Greater Atlanta Business Coalition to the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

In 2007, the AGLCC was selected as the National Chamber of the Year by the national organization. Since then, they’ve won several awards and have created business opportunities to members in the Atlanta metro area and across the country. This year, they celebrate their 25th anniversary!

This year’s Community Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, September 20 at 6:30pm at the Four Seasons Atlanta Hotel. Below, nominees for this year’s awards are listed!


2019 Business Person of the Year

Mindy Dawn Friedman InterContinental Hotels Group

Robin Rayne ZUMA Press Atlanta Bureau

Kim Sorrells  The Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc.

2019 Business Woman of the Year

Suzanne Baugh Q&A Events

Janaya (Jai) Davis BoxFit Fitness & Performance Studio

Katie Leikam True You Southeast

Erica Wright U First, Inc.

2019 Business Man of the Year

William Duffee-Braun Creative Approach

Jim Farmer Out On Film

Chip Ivie Compass

Jack Kinley The Collabo Group

2019 Rising Star Award

Malik Brown City of Atlanta, Office of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

Buzz Busbee A Better Buzz – Brand & Experience Design

Joshua Grizzle Kaiser Permanente

Joshua D. Lorenz MAAP Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals

Norma V. Nyhoff Nicholas House, Inc.

2019 Guardian Angel Award

AID Atlanta

Latino LinQ

Out On Film

Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia

U First

2019 Corporate Ally Award

Cox Enterprises, Inc.


The Coca-Cola Company

Turner Broadcasting System


2019 Member of the Year

Justin Cullifer Aligned Partner Group

Dan Dunlop Dunlop Productions

Luis A. Ruiz Continuon Services

Jan Stepp Pizazzz Promotions, Inc.

2019 Small Business of the Year

A Better Buzz Brand & Experience Design

Aligned Partner Group

Pizazzz Promotions, Inc.

The Collabo Group

Tiger’s Eye Barbershop

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