Q: Must one be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) to join TBDCC?
A: Anyone who supports TBDCC's mission and Code of Ethics is eligible to join. Those who support our mission but are not LGBTQ are considered allied.
Q: Where can I find information about TBDCC's membership benefits?
A: You can find information by clicking on our join tab or please call the TBDCC office at (727) 755-8390 to request a membership brochure.
Q: What if I'm not in business or a professional? Can TBDCC still offer me anything?
A: TBDCC members work in the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors representing business and professional leaders who are self-employed, business owners, CEOs, elected officials, government employees and students and retirees. Membership provides more than business networking and marketing opportunities - TBDCC offers visibility, advocacy, connection with the nonprofit community and support for the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders through the TBDCC Foundation. TBDCC is a thriving and diverse community.
Q: If I live or work outside of Tampa Bay, does it still make sense for me to join TBDCC?
A: TBDCC is the only chamber of its kind in the Tampa Bay area. Since its founding over 35 years ago, it has grown to become a strong regional chamber as much as a Tampa Bay specific - chamber. TBDCC’s membership has grown beyond Tampa area and has members, from Miami to Tallahassee. Having a large, broad constituency also helps TBDCC more effectively advocate for those who live or work in less inclusive areas of the Tampa Bay area.
Q: Do I have to be a TBDCC member to attend TBDCC programs and events?
A: Everyone is welcome to attend TBDCC's programs and events, but only members may advertise in TBDCC publications and enjoy the benefit of significantly reduced fees to participate in events.
Q: What makes TBDCC different than other business chambers?
A: TBDCC is as much a community as it is a business chamber. TBDCC members are loyal and steadfast in their commitment to a code of ethics that stands for diversity and inclusiveness, providing quality services and products and a commitment to philanthropy and investing in the future through the TBDCC scholarship program. Most of our 400+ members say they may have joined first for business reasons but remain connected to TBDCC because of the sense of community the organization was founded on and is still known for today.
Q: Why is it important to use pronouns?
A: We use pronouns to talk about someone indirectly in a conversation. Words like (he/him/his), (she/her/hers), (them/them/their), (ze/zer/zir), etc. These words are usually in the place of a person’s name. Pronouns are important to ask and share, if comfortable, because it allows people to talk about others in an inclusive and affirming way.