On behalf of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) we would like to wish our members and the community at large a prosperous New Year ahead. May this be a year of personal and professional growth where businesses continue to thrive in order to contribute to our economy and the progress of our city. $7 Billion – That is the estimated LGBT purchasing power in Miami-Dade County. We encourage the LGBT community to support those businesses that invest in our community needs. It is from this support that we thrive and have a voice in the policies that shape our nation, our state, and our local communities.

As an organization that has been the voice of the LGBT businesses and its allies in south Florida for more than a decade now, we begin this New Year 2014 with a “Fresh Start.” Our First quarter Clarity business magazine will carry this theme and in it you will find many interesting articles from our members on how they incorporate a Fresh Start philosophy in their businesses. Look for your free issue of Clarity in over 130 high traffic LGBT locations in south Florida, at the LGBT Visitor Center (www.gogaymiami.com), or visit claritymag.com for our online archive.

The MDGLCC will also begin the New Year with a Fresh Start in regards to our membership levels, benefits, and pricing. After a thorough evaluation by our Membership Committee we are excited to expand our offerings to our existing members and prospects. There is a wider opportunity for anyone (gay or allied) to join our Chamber. You can join as an Individual, Retiree, Student, Non-Profit, Business, Corporate, Corporate Partner, or Corporate Partner Plus.

Any level of membership allows you to make use of, over a period of 12 months, the multiple Marketing tools and Networking opportunities we offer through our programming. Each level has unique offerings to meet the individual or company’s need. A new price structure will accompany each level. The change will be rolled out to our existing members through 2014. We look forward to communicating all these changes and more Fresh Start initiatives in the coming weeks.   In the meantime, to become a member of the MDGLCC or to learn more about our members and calendar of events, please visit gaybizmiami.com or contact us at 305-673-4440 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jorge Richa is the Marketing & Programming Director for Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce