Skip to content

Utah LGBTQ+ Economic Summit

"Raising the Rainbow Economy"

The mission of the Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber is to provide resources and improve the lives of LGBTQ+ and Ally business owners throughout the state. We are therefore excited to announce our very own, inaugural event, the Utah LGBTQ+ Economic Summit "Raising the Rainbow Economy."

To be held on Friday, September 27th from 8AM-2PM at the Salt Lake Community College Sandy Campus-Gail Miller Conference Center. The day will feature education, enlightenment and business development- oh and we will feed you coffee in the AM and lunch in the afternoon:). Whether you are an inspiring business owner,  new business owner, or been in business 50 years, there will be a nugget or two for you to expand or start your business!

Left to right: Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Director of Affiliate Relations Jason Rae, and Squatty Potty rep. Bobby Edwards

We are excited to kick start our event with SL County Mayor, Jenny Wilson. She will give us an overview and what's happening with business in the County.

All the way from Washington D.C.-We are excited to welcome Jason Rae from the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) who will educate us on how to procure more contracts from national suppliers with the LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) designation.

The afternoon will continue with the following topics: diversity and inclusion workforce best practices, social media management, employment specialists, funding opportunities for small businesses, the 10K Small business program, our revamped SafeZone program and the newly formed LGBTQ+ Chamber Foundation.

We will end the day with none other than Utah native, Bobby Edwards, co-founder of Squatty Potty! Bobby will share with us his pitch that won over Lori Greiner from the hit TV show, Shark Tank.

Tentative schedule: We are incredibly humbled by these amazing professionals who have taken time out of their busy schedules to educate us on their expertise.

7:30-8:00: Registration- fruit and coffee

8:00: Tracey Dean, chairwoman LGBTQ+ Chamber

8:20: Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson

8:45: Rob Moolman, Utah Pride Center (being inclusive)

9:00: Chris VanGarrett, VanGarrett media (social media authenticity)

9:25: Adrien Drake/Melissa Nagata, Celtic Bank (new microloans)

9:45: BREAK

10:00: Jason Rae, Director of Affiliate Relations at the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (LGBTBE®certification)

11:00: Deb Bilbao, Goldman Sachs 10k small businesses (Programming and leadership)

11:25: Alex Maturin-DiDomizio/Diana Young, PrincePerelson (attracting and retaining solid employees)

11:55: Trey Edwards, LGBTQ+ SafeZone Chair (new Chamber Foundation and resources)

12:10: LUNCH and networking

1:00: KEYNOTE: Bobby Edwards, Squatty Potty (revealing THE winning PITCH from Shark Tank)

2:00: Depart with LOTS of great information

Interested in getting in front of all these great business owners? A limited number of sponsorships are available. Click on the registration for tickets, including sponsorships.

General public: $35

Chamber Members: $25 (Corporate sponsors will receive 4 complimentary tickets, silver & gold members will receive 1 complimentary ticket)

Sponsorship: $250 Includes 4 tickets to the event, social media shout-outs, mention at the event and logo in brochure.

Still have questions?