Think business networking mixers are stuffy and a little dull? That wasn’t the case at a Virginia-Highland business on Friday when a gay business group settled in for its monthly 4th Friday Networking.
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a happy hour at Vivid Hair Salon on North Highland Avenue for its monthly mixer. There was food, fun and even a few margaritas to pass the time.
The gay business group also used the occasion to announce the more than two-dozen nominations for the five honors it will present at its Community Awards Dinner on Aug 20. The annual event draws hundreds to celebrate the success of gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses.
The awards and nominees include:
Business Woman of the Year
(Female business leader who has made valuable contributions to the Atlanta LGBT community business community.)
State Rep. Simone Bell
Laura Douglas-Brown, editor and co-owner of the GA Voice
Cindy Gardner, Life Touch Coaching
Renee Weese, Minerva Planning Group
Kelly Spurgeon & Pam Ridgway, Advantage Graphics
Business Man of the Year
(Male business leader who has made valuable contributions to the Atlanta LBGT business community.)
Matt Hennie, co-owner of Project Q Atlanta
David Hober, Hober Realty
Rick Kern, MixIt Marketing
Gary Raches, Midtown IT
Thomas Ryan, Carma Productions
Member of the Year
(AGLCC member who is an innovative and inspiring entrepreneur in the Atlanta LGBT community.)
The Artmore Hotel
John Benthal, The Mission Motif
Georgia International Convention Center
Perry Phillips, PerriSparkle Cleaning Services
Pam Schloemer, Schloemer Bookkeeping
(Outstanding corporation that has shown strong leadership and support for the Atlanta LGBT community.)
The Coca Cola Company
Cooper Atlanta Transportation
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
(Non-profit leader or organization who provides exceptional service to the LGBT community.)
For the Kid In All of Us
Gay Fathers of Atlanta
Out on Film
Stonewall Bar Association
On June 25, the gay chamber ventured to Castleberry Hill for its 4th Friday Networking at No Mas Cantina (top three photos).