The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce celebrated National Small Business Week last week by gathering LGBT chamber leaders from Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, Spokane and Minneapolis in Washington D.C.

Tony Vedda of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce was among those that met.

“My leadership role in NGLCC allows me to be an advocate, not only for people in my region, but for LGBT chambers around the country,” said Vedda

Chamber members strategized new ways to strengthen affiliate LGBT chambers and drive small business growth among the organization’s 29,000 members.

NGLCC has been a vocal proponent for President Obama’s Small Business Agenda, which calls for “improved access to government contracts [for small business] as well as avoid contract bundling,” according to a statement released by NGLCC.

NGLCC also signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. Department of Commerce in January to “promote cooperation and collaborative action” and “to identify LGBT-owned businesses for the Department’s outreach and contracting requirements.”

— David Taffet