About MBA Orlando
With close to 400 members, the Metropolitan Business Association of Orlando is proud to be Central Florida’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Governed by an 11-member volunteer board of directors, and 3 staff members, MBA Orlando seeks to promote diversity and business equality for the LGBT community. This is achieved through several different events and initiatives that all seek to further the Orlando Business Community and the LGBT community of Central Florida.
MBA Orlando has been successful with the launch of it’s Small Business Initiative and its Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. They offer key resources to two of our important constituents: Corporate Partners and Small Business Members. These initiatives capitalize on the strengths of MBA Orlando and the Orlando Business community: diversity and small business. The Small Business Initiative provides small business owners with the resources necessary to further their business, while the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative provides our corporate partners with the tools to develop and strengthen their LGBT Employee Resources Groups, and HR Best Practices.
MBA is also proud to host monthly Networking Mixers. These provide members new opportunities to connect, engage, and develop skills among others in Orlando’s business community. The Quarterly Pride in Business Luncheons attract guest speakers from all over the Nation to educate, enlighten, and inform the Central Florida community on the LGBT Business Equality movement. Every year, MBA Orlando holds the Pride in Business Awards Gala where we seek to honor those who have served our community through the promotion of business equality and diversity. This is a celebratory event to look back on all of the hard work our business community has completed.
As an affiliate chamber of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), we assist in the certification process of LGBT owned businesses enterprises and helpopen opportunities for corporations and governments to include them in their supply chains.
MBA Orlando operates the Referral Exchange Development (RED) Group, the chamber’s category exclusive networking group that has generated more than $7,000,000 in sales for its members.
To lead the way for development, advocacy and growth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender business community and its allies.
We will accomplish this through building our small businesses, working with professionals in corporations, supporting our non-profits and encouraging the general community to support those that support their rights.
The guiding principles of the MBA are as follows:
- To establish and nurture a network of business and professional resources for LGBT and allied communities.
- To encourage fellowship and support among businesses, professionals, individuals, and charitable pursuits in the LGBT and allied communities.
- To oppose prejudice in society at large and within the LGBT and allied communities on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- To foster communication, acceptance, and mutual support among LGBT persons and the allied communities.
- To provide positive role models in the LGBT and allied communities.