CAGLCC Celebrates the Outstanding Debut of the First-Annual Pop-Up Metropolis

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 21

Contact: Mark Guenther, 202.436.2028, mguenther@caglcc.org


G.LIFE IS A SUCCESS
CAGLCC Celebrates the Outstanding Debut of the First-Annual Pop-Up Metropolis

For one autumnal Saturday afternoon, the Marriott Wardman Park transformed into an indoor metropolis celebrating the diversity of the Washington area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community for the exciting and outstanding debut of g.life - One Day in DC, All Things LGBT. An estimated 2,000 visitors strolled the "avenues," buying gifts from vendors, learning about community organizations and taking "classes" at g.life U on personal growth and business development strategies.

The first-annual g.life was produced by the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC) on Saturday, November 17, 2012, and immediately drew rave reviews from sponsors, vendors and attendees.

"As the proud presenting sponsor of the inaugural g.life pop-up metropolis, we at Cocova want to say a heart-felt 'Thank you' for your tremendous support," says Robert Cabeca, owner of the Adams Morgan boutique chocolate shop, Cocova, the presenting sponsor of g.life. "We loved the parks, the music, the vendors, and the magic."

Participating vendors found a crowd of visitors eager to learn more about services from LGBT-owned - and welcoming - businesses.

"My first-time experience as a vendor at g.life was super positive!" says financial advisor Michele L. Pennypacker. "My partner Tony and I talked almost all day long with very qualified individuals who were very interested in building wealth and planning for retirement. I was surrounded in a fantastic atmosphere with wonderful people and will be looking forward to g.life 2013!"

Kim Rosenberg, president of Mixology - Matchmaking with a Twist, found she was able to not only introduce people to her business, but that some people came specifically to introduce themselves.

"One gentleman came straight to the Mixology booth and said, 'I came here just to meet you and find out more about Mixology.' We spoke for quite some time and have already touched base since the event," she says.

With so much on tap for participants, attendees still found time for g.life University or g.life U, a two-track series of workshops designed for both personal and professional development. From financial planning for LGBT families to community organizing, g.life U provided its "student body" with learning opportunities in a vibrant and energetic setting.

"I walked out of my session feeling happy and proud to have been a participant at g.life U and also to see this extraordinary event come to life after so much thought and planning went into it," says Silvia Tergas of Prudential.

g.life was also a day where the Chamber's community partners could reach out with information about their services and recruit attendees to volunteer and participate in Washington's broad array of LGBT organizations.

"Once again, CAGLCC provided a forum where LGBT-affirming business, arts and services industries conversed and galvanized with common interests," says Taunee Grant of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington. "The Chorus will benefit from the rich networking opportunities shared at g.life."

The successful debut of g.life is an important moment in the continued growth of CAGLCC, recently named as one of the top 20 chambers of commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area by the Washington Business Journal.

"This truly was the next step for the Chamber," says CAGLCC executive director Mark Guenther. "g.life is where our mission of supporting, advocating and facilitating business opportunities for our members intersects with the greater LGBT community and helps to solidify our standing as the leading LGBT business experts. The creativity of our sponsors and vendors, and the enthusiasm of our g.life attendees prove that we're onto something big here."

The success of g.life is a central part of the Chamber's continuing efforts to take on new challenges in seeking ways to promote the success of LGBT business.

"Over a year in planning, g.life became much more than a business expo," says CAGLCC president Ernesto Santalla. "The exhibit space was buzzing with conversations between new, renewed and old acquaintances. Attendees and vendors were excited to make new contacts and our distinguished panel of experts had a forum in which to connect with the community at large. CAGLCC is pleased to announce that our most ambitious project in our 22-year history was a huge success. Here's to g.life 2013!"

As the 2012 National Lesbian and Gay Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) "Chamber of the Year," CAGLCC is the Washington metropolitan area's voice for LGBT businesses and allies. With deep roots in the community, over 400 members and more than two decades of proven service and results, CAGLCC means business.

For more information about g.life and other Chamber events, call Mark Guenther at 202.436.2028 or email him at mguenther@caglcc.org. To see the full range of CAGLCC's events, services and programs, visit www.caglcc.org.