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Just in time for Mega Women’s Wednesday, Tagg Magazine has partnered up with the Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) as the official media sponsor of Women’s Networking Wednesdays.

The Chamber is the nonprofit, largely-volunteer network of over 430 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally members. The Chamber’s primary focus is to “further the acceptance of LGBTQ people and facilitate the common economic interests of all the commercial enterprises of LGBTQ businesses, professionals and their allies.”

Over five years ago, the Chamber’s board recognized the need for more women to get involved with the business organization. Spearheaded by past board members Eboné F. Bell and Kimberley Rosenberg, the monthly networking event has become the “go-to” for women business leaders and professionals.

Eleasa Du Bois, owner of Tight Body Makeover and Chamber Vice President Katie McElroy have continued to provide a space for LBTQ professional women to network and make connections.

As the lesbian and queer women’s publication in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Tagg was the perfect fit to help promote and support the monthly Women’s Wednesdays events.

When asked about the partnership with Tagg, Du Bois stated, “I am so incredibly excited because we have women all across the board from all diversities that are coming together not just to network, but to connect and bond as women are programmed to do.”

The Chamber is a membership-based organization, which welcomes both members and non-members to their monthly events. Along with Women’s Wednesdays, the organization also hosts Networking Thursdays, a Smart Networking series, Business Matters Luncheons, and networking events in Virginia called Chamber Virginia.

“Some people are under the impression that you have to have a business to join the Chamber of Commerce and that’s not true. All of us are consumers and it would be great to be able to have that resource to go to,” says Du Bois. “If you want a plumber, if you want an architect, if you want a hairstylist or if you want a realtor and you want to keep that patronage in the community being a member of the chamber is the best thing.”

“Women’s Wednesdays has always been a great opportunity for me to engage with other business leaders in the community. Tagg is all about connecting and supporting the queer women’s community, so this partnership was right in line with our mission,” says Bell. “Coming on as a sponsor will allow Tagg to meet and profile many of these women professionals.”

This Chamber women’s event takes place every third Wednesday of the month at different locations. Mega Women’s Wednesday is October 21 at the Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. at 6:30 p.m.

“Definitely attend the Mega Women’s Wednesday. It’s one of the few free events that the chamber offers. This is definitely an opportunity to come and connect for free and also get a wonderful meal and wonderful spirits,” says Du Bois.