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Miami Chamber Awarded Affiliate Of The Year

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Steve Adkins was in Washington, D.C. recently to accept a major award for the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re excited,” Adkins said.

Adkins, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to accept the 2018 Affiliate Chamber of the Year award at Friday’s National LGBT Chamber of Commerce “Elevate Awards Gala.” The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, in business for 19 years, has grown into the 11th largest chamber in South Florida and second largest LGBT chamber nationally, Adkins said.

“Everything we do at our chamber is for the betterment of our members and their businesses,” Adkins said.

Its territorial agreement with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce permits the Miami affiliate to do business in Miami-Dade County only. The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce has more than 55 affiliate chambers. In selecting its Affiliate Chamber of the Year, the national chamber hired an outside panel to evaluate applications based on growth, sustainability and leadership in the LGBT business equality movement, Adkins said.

Other honorees at this weekend’s event include Bank of America (Corporation of the Year), American Airlines (Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year) and Heels & Hardhats Contracting Corp. (Supplier of the Year). The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is a collection of businesses that contribute $1.7 trillion to the U.S economy and created more than 33,000 jobs, the Washington Post reported.


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