Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis

The GLBX (Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange) of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will present its second annual Business Community Ally (BCA) Awards hosted by Truluck’s Fort Lauderdale (2584 East Sunrise Boulevard) on Wednesday, October 2, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This event will recognize and showcase individuals and corporate entities that are successfully doing business with the LGBT+ community, defining and implementing diversity and inclusion policies and/or supporting worthy related causes. 

This year’s honorees are The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale (Business Ally Award), Michael Berry of Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina (Business Leader Award), Brenda Hartley of BankUnited (Impact Award), Tim Hart of R3 Accounting (Advocate Award), Michael Goodman of GPR | Goodman Public Relations (Legacy Award) and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis (Visionary Award).  

“Now, in its second year, The GLBX Council is pleased to honor Broward County’s individuals and corporate community leaders who are paving the way toward a more inclusive LGBT+ community,” said Andy Rogow, GLBX board chair. “Today, more than ever, it’s important for us, as a council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, to spotlight those who are progressively embracing diversity, challenging standards and contributing toward a more robust business economy for all.” 

Guests will enjoy a networking cocktail reception as they mix and mingle with community movers and shakers at Truluck’s. Culinary delights and entertainment will complement the awards ceremony which will be presented by local business leaders and sponsors. 

“It is a privilege for us to support a diverse business community and The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce that helps to make Fort Lauderdale a great place to live and work,” said John Wyner, general manager of Truluck’s. “We are delighted to host this awards program while we provide a taste of our delicious food and top-notch service.”

The GLBX Business Community Ally Awards are sponsored by Truluck’s Fort Lauderdale, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, the City of Fort Lauderdale, Hotspots! magazine and GPR | Goodman Public Relations.

Tickets for the GLBX BCA Awards at Truluck’s Fort Lauderdale are $55 for members and $65 for non-members (includes two drinks and lite bites) and can be purchased at Complimentary valet parking is included in the ticket price. As a special offer, attendees are invited to stay post-event and enjoy a three-course dinner for $50. Reservations for dinner only can be made by calling (954) 396-5658.

About the Gay & Lesbian Business Exchange (GLBX)

Since 2010, GLBX of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has fostered the business development of LGBT+ businesses and allies to harmoniously work together. Through networking, training platforms and signature events, GLBX has established itself as a viable economic driver aligned with the overall mission of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. This active organization unites and connects businesses, offering an inclusive voice for a more prosperous business environment. LGBT-owned businesses and allies in Greater Fort Lauderdale are encouraged to attend events and join the chamber by calling (954) 462-6000 or visit