Follow Us
Click to join our facebook group! Follow us on Twitter. Click to join our linkedin group! Click to join our linkedin group!

 

News

Results Found: 50
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Pilgrim Congregational UCC | Bridget Kent Marquez  Bridget Kent Marquez has been the Property Manager of Pilgrim Congregational UCC located in Tremont for five years. Her role at the church consists of two main areas: coordination of the care for the building structure itself and coordinating with the various of community groups and rentals of the building’s various spaces. The congregation was ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Monday, April 25, 2016
Plexus held a workshop on Tuesday, April 26 as a part of our Supplier Diversity Series. The workshop focused on sharing basic information with LGBT business owners about supplier diversity and how it can impact the bottom line, business opportunities and other growth.  
Monday, September 14, 2015
2015 NorthCoast 99: Shades of GreatRead on Inside BusinessThree NorthCoast 99 winners demonstrate how diversity fuels a great workplace.Like a work of art, great workplaces are crafted with a broad palette of employees with varying backgrounds and life experiences. Diversity isn’t just a required training topic; it’s a critical part of creating an environment in which top performers can thrive. ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Education, General News Article
Monday, September 14, 2015
Niche chambers zero in on member needsBy: Rachel Abbey McCafferty Read on Crain's Cleveland   Different demographic groups have specific challenges that can be difficult to bring up in a mainstream chamber, says N. Michael Obi, chairman of the recently formed Presidents’ Council Business Chamber. For African-American-owned businesses, that can include the challenges of becoming certified as ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, General News Article, Community
Friday, September 04, 2015
As National Coming Out Week approaches, Plexus builds on the momentum created by last year’s Gay GamesBy: April Miller, CBC MagazineRead article on CBCMagazine.com If the 2014 Gay Games had happened in Washington or Boston — the second and third host city runner-ups — “that would have just been another gay event in a large LGBT market,” according to Michelle Tomallo, the board president of the ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
LGBT small businesses getting a diversity boost with corporate vendor supportBy: Marcia Pledger, The Plain DealerRead article on Cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio – Gil Kudrin didn't have a business plan when he purchased with credit cards a bunch of white T-shirts and started printing his own designs. For him, entrepreneurship started with a street vendor's license, business partners, an ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, General News Article
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
NEWS RELEASEPlexus LGBT & Allied Chamber of Commerce PO BOX 91697, Cleveland, Ohio 44101 Phone: 888-753-9879 Email: info@thinkplexus.org www.thinkplexus.orgCONTACT:       Michelle Tomallo, Board President                             216-583-5044 | president@thinkplexus.org2014 Gay Games Spend Report Shows the Power of Buying Local and DiverseCleveland, Ohio – August 19, 2015    The 2014 Gay ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Press Release
Monday, August 10, 2015
Plexus hosted two workshops in July and August to expand knowledge on the LGBT buying market and provide a basic overview of LGBT cultural competency as it relates to the workplace. For more information on bringing a session like this to your business, department or team contact us. Workshop HandoutsLGBT Cultural Competency Business Development Takeaway GuideGenderbread PersonDiversity WheelHuman ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Education
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Board President Michelle Tomallo discusses the challenges some companies may face with healthcare benefits under the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality in Crain's Cleveland article.   
Categories: Chamber, Political, Community
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Crain's Cleveland ran a great article showing why LGBT workplace inclusion policies should become 'front burner issues' for all organizations.
Categories: Chamber, Community
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Plexus partnered with LakewoodAlive, Equality Ohio and Small Business Majority for a panel discussion on lived versus actual equality in Lakewood, Ohio.  Read more
Categories: Chamber, Community
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Crain's Cleveland Editorial:  There's a new civil rights battle brewing in Indiana, and it should be a wake-up call for Ohio. Indiana has been under the hot glare of public scrutiny since March 26, when Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a piece of legislation described as a religious freedom bill that would allow individuals and businesses to deny services to people if doing so violates their ...read more
Categories: Political, Community
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
By John Kosich of News Net 5 As the list of businesses in Indiana upset with the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act grows, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown joined mayors from around the state on Wednesday in sending them a message. “If companies want to leave Indiana because their legislature said its okay to discriminate against gay people, we welcome those businesses to come to ...read more
Categories: Community
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Plexus joined 379 other businesses, corporations and organizations in filing a pro-marriage amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States. We are honored to speak our voice as part of this historic case. Even moreso moved to see members and sponsors such as FIT Technologies, Ernst & Young, Rockwell Automation, Nationwide Insurance, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Political
Sunday, March 01, 2015
Plexus has joined Small Business Majority’s strategic partnership program—a network of more than 125 business organizations across the country working together to educate small business owners about national and state-level legislation and how it impacts their business.Read the full release
Categories: Press Release, Chamber
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The City Club hosted a forum on the challenges our trans community face everyday in Cleveland. Moderated by Connie Schultz, panelists included: Susan J. Becker, Professor of Law Emerita, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University Henry Ng, M.D., MPH, FAACP, FACP, President, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association; Clinical Director, PRIDE Clinic; Assistant Professor, Case Western ...read more
Categories: Community
Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Gay Games released the final report at a City Club forum on February 19.Read "By the Numbers" final reportFrom Crain's Cleveland: The Gay Games that took place in Cleveland last summer generated $120,000 for the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund at the Cleveland Foundation and $27,000 for the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, according to a report issued Thursday, Feb. ...read more
Categories: Community
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Plexus member, Ray Jasinski, wrote a letter to the editor called "All Ohio workers derserve protection from discrimination." Read more
Categories: Chamber, Political, Community
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Tonie Snell, a Plexus member and certified LGBT business owner, was named by Cleveland Magazine's one of Cleveland's Most Interesting People for 2015.
Categories: Chamber
Friday, October 31, 2014
Women's Business Enterprise National Council President's Report had an LGBT Focus in October, featuring Plexus members Micki Tubbs and Michelle Tomallo of FIT Technologies.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/10-31-2014 Women's Business Enterprise National Council President's Report - FIT Tech feature.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Plexus Member Tonie Snell is featured in NGLCC Op Edhttp://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/09-30-2014 Tonie Snell NGLCC Article.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Monday, September 15, 2014
Some highlights and images from the 2014 Gay Games.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/GG9 Recap Report (Plexus).pdf
Categories: Chamber
Friday, September 12, 2014
Quorum Magazine highlights the benefits of certification. For more information about LGBT business certification or the City of Cleveland’s LGBT registry, contact president@thinkplexus.org.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/09-01-2014 Quorum Magazine - Be Counted- Corporate Certification Opens Doors.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Monday, September 08, 2014
Inside Business Magazine features Plexus and the importance of diversity & inclusion in the workplace.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/9-01-2014 Inside Business- Open Minds Article.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Friday, August 15, 2014
Cleveland Magazine celebrates Gay Games by examining Cleveland as an inclusive place to live, work and love. Be sure to check out the Pride Players profile of Michelle Tomallo, board President of Plexus. bit.ly/CleMagOutLoud
Categories: Chamber
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Instructions on signing up for a shift to volunteer.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/VOLUNTEER AT COMMUNITY PARTNERS BOOTH at FESTIVAL VILLAGE1.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Friday, May 16, 2014
GG9 is less than 90 days away. Find out all the ways you can get involved now and how to stay informed of where the activity, support, and parties are happening leading up to August.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/GG9 Community Update 2.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Plexus invites any and all businesses in the seven-county area that are 51% or more owned by LGBT individual(s) to register online, create business opportunities, and shine a spotlight on diversity in our region.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/LGBT-Owned Business Registry News Story.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Historic opportunity! For the first time ever, athletic teams and cultural delegates from El Salvador and Colombia will be participating in the international Gay Games (Aug 9-16, 2014) because of the efforts of the Cleveland-Latin America LGBT Solidarity http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/Gay Games Fundraising Letter on IRTF letterhead.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Kent State is completing a research project that will analyze LGBTQ populations in Ohio's seven major cities. This is the first study to focus on an entire state and the researchers are seeking LGBTQ individuals who live or have lived in urban areas or gahttp://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/LGBTQ Neigh narrative.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Friday, April 18, 2014
The City of Cleveland made history recently with the launch of its LGBT-Owned Business Registry as one of only a few municipalities in the country to host this type of registry.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/LGBTBE_Registry_PRESS_RELEASE.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Your help is needed to pass ENDA in the U.S. House. Find out more about ENDA and how you can assist.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/ENDA Facts and Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Saturday, February 01, 2014
The Board of Plexus at the Annual Meeting (1/30/2014) appeared in CBC Magazine.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/02-01-2014 CBC Annual Meeting Photos.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Categories: Chamber
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Join Plexus members Todd Lloyd and Abby Stancik to discuss the new financial landscape that has emerged as a result of the rulings on same-sex marriage.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/DOMAeducationalseminar.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Monday, September 30, 2013
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Gay Games 9 (GG9) announced that for the first time in its 30-year history, the Games is making a commitment to a fully inclusive supply chain. The 2014 Games will promote participation of LGBT ahttp://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/Historic Opportunity For LGBT2.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Monday, September 30, 2013
Categories: Chamber
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Co-Founder Eric Lutzo shares insights about Plexus and the power of the LGBT business community.http://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/Diversity--Plexus.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Plexus was honored with the Rising Star award which is given to a relatively young chamber that exhibits vitality and relevance in its community, brings a unified voice to the LGBT business community it serves, and proves its commitment to being part of thttp://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/RisingStarAward.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Monday, August 15, 2011
NGLCC honored excellence in local affiliate chambers at the 2011 Out For Business Conference. Plexus named Rising Star Chamber of the Year.
Categories: Chamber
Monday, January 24, 2011
Categories: Chamber
Monday, January 10, 2011
Categories: Chamber
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Categories: Chamber
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Linear Creative, a member of Plexus and an LGBT-certified business, was featured on the home page of the National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) in the Member Spotlight. The column highlighted Linear’s expertise in advertising, marketing, web deshttp://www.thinkplexus.org/pdf/LinearNGLCC.pdf
Categories: Chamber
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
David O'Malley, the former police chief of Laramie, Wyo., looked a lot like the people he was speaking to Monday morning. He's broad-shouldered, square-jawed, every inch a cop.  Read more
Categories: Chamber
Friday, July 30, 2010
Now Plexus -- meaning "network" -- has 50 members and about 1,600 followers through corporate memberships and social media. It takes time to identify gay-run businesses and corporations interested in diversifying workplaces and suppliers.  Read more
Categories: Chamber
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Categories: Chamber
Monday, July 07, 2008
Categories: Chamber
Friday, February 09, 2007
Plexus, the new chamber of commerce, was started with a $30,000 grant from the Civic Innovation Lab, the Cleveland Foundation's effort to spur economic development in Northeast Ohio.  Read more  
Categories: Chamber