The Equality Chamber of Commerce DC Metro Area's mission is to advocate, empower, promote and facilitate the success of LGBT businesses and their allies in the Metro DC region.
About the ECCDC
Originally founded as the Potomac Executive Network (PEN), we started out when being associated with an organization that had “gay” in its name would end a career or business. Eventually rebranding to the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, our members were proud to “come out” as an organization.
With the continued advancement of the LGBTQ rights movement, however, “gay and lesbian” no longer reflects where we should be as a community nor where the Chamber is as an organization. We could not think of a better time than this special Pride to announce that we are changing our brand to reflect both the progress we’ve made in being a more inclusive Chamber and where we want to continue to grow.
The diverse LGBT business community is acknowledged and well recognized as a key driver in a thriving Metro DC economy.
This is happening because of the Chamber’s work to build the common economic interests and synergies between LGBT business owners, LGBT professionals and organizations intent on doing business with the LGBT suppliers and professionals.
Business acceptance and business equality for the LGBT community is resulting in economic prosperity for all people in the DC Metro region.
Engaged: it takes a connected group of people to fulfill the mission.
Respectful: all people of all backgrounds are appreciated and served.
Fun: advancing business is good and ought to be fun to do.
Civic Minded: we care about our communities and their well-being is tied to our success.