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The Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber has its roots in the Connecticut community due to its previous life existing as the Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities. CABO has been a fundamental part of our business Community since its founding members opened the doors in October 2007. Dena Castricone, inspired after attending an NGLCC regional event, breathed life into the organization, and quickly built an enterprise that we can all be proud of.

Your support and involvement in our Chamber has earned us the prestigious “Rising Star Chamber-2009” and “Chamber of the Year-2011” award, from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. With your continued support, there is no limit to how robust and vibrant our Chamber and our business Community will become!

It is because of the strong vision and leadership of our founding Board Members, along with the unwavering support of the members and allies in our wonderful state, that we are ready to take the next big step in our evolution. We are incredibly grateful for “Our Roots” as a business resource for the LGBT community of Connecticut.

We are additionally grateful for our current Board of Directors for their service and commitment to the direction of our organization. A special thank you to Monica Sumner for working her magic in creating the new CTGLC logo and branding for this website and everywhere else you see our new look!

Below you will find links to previous information, stories and articles about CABO which are very much a relevant and vibrant part of who we are today.


 

From Hypnosis to Atomic Bombs, CABO’s Matthew Craver has the “Write Stuff”

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in March 2012.

 

By Dan Weaver

For three-time author and freelance commercial writer Matt Craver, there are few topics he hasn’t tackled.  As Founder and Principal of the Bloomfield, CT based Talcott Mountain Media, Matt specializes in outsource writing services for professionals and businesses.  He’s been known to put words into […]

CABOgraphy – MetLife’s Dynamic Duo: Kathy & Lana

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in February 2012.

 

Move over Batman and Robin…make way for New England Financials’ Lana and Kathy!
By Dan Weaver

They may not have capes and batphones or live in Gotham city, but this dynamic duo are every bit as energetic, creative, positive and passionate about their mission. And their pleasant persistence has […]

Kristin Andree is ready to step into new Today Show shoes!

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in January 2012.

By Dan Weaver

Besides Bon Jovi and Big Apple, what else does Kristin Andree love? Shopping for accessories.  It’s a good thing because she fills a lot of shoes.  She’s President of Andree Media and Consulting, […]

Triple Crown Winner Dena Castricone Proud To Make Strides On LGBT Track

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in September 2011.

Triple Crown Winner Dena Castricone Proud To Make Strides On LGBT Track

Secretariat. Seattle Slew. Diamond Dena. This year she joins a distinguished list of Triple Crown winners. CABO President and Founder Dena Castricone has nabbed Connecticut Magazine’s “40 under 40” honor, landed one of the Best LGBT […]

Nutmeg Federal Credit Union CEO John Holt Loans Wealth of Info on Credit, CABO, and Community

While some kids were out playing, John Holt was watching the stock market reports. His piggy bank grew, along with his passion for finance. Today, he boasts a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Western New England College and is currently President and CEO of Nutmeg Federal Credit Union, celebrating 75 years of service this year. “CABO […]

Stacy Morataya-Pilkington

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in June 2011.

One of her many impressive Hospitality industry titles is “Director of Remarkable Experiences”. That nicely sums up her personal journey as well.

She’s traveled a unique career yellow brick road with scenic stops at top entertainment and hotel destinations from Las Vegas and Denver, to Boston and now MGM […]

Gricel Martinez Ocasio: CABO Turns the Table on this TRT Publisher

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in April 2011.

Her own story is worthy of a banner headline. Publisher Gricel Martinez Ocasio is one half of the tour d’ force behind the Rainbow Times, the leading LGBT publication in New England. Sharing top billing is her editor in-chief, co-owner, wife and “love of her life, Nicole Lashomb. […]

Diana Lombardi: Making Her Mark in TransGender Advocacy

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in March 2011.

Diana Lombardi has a boundless spirit in life. A devoted Boy Scout in Berlin, CT in her youth… a passionate photographer, a graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology… a determined Engineer and Electronics specialist working with companies like Westinghouse and Toshiba. Now, she’s enjoying a second act of her […]

Melissa Romanaux of Planet Bark

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in April 2012.

The CABOgraphy series is our opportunity to put a member in the spotlight and let them tell us what they get out of belonging to CABO and, equally importantly, what they can offer other CABO members. This month, we turn that spotlight on Melissa Romanaux.

Melissa Romanaux is the Owner/General […]

From his Career to the Kitchen: The Winning Ways of Anthony Cervoni

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in February 2011.

Anthony Cervoni approaches everything he does like a seasoned athlete. In the Non Profit world, he’s flexed his muscles as a fundraiser/event planner, everywhere from the Mark Twain House and New Britain Museum of American Art, to the Hillstead Museum and Hartford Hospital. Scoring big as a top producer […]

Adrienne Micci-Smith: A Career Worthy of Several Curtain Calls!

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in January 2011.

Adrienne Micci-Smith has woven quite a life for herself, as bright and diverse as the patterns, shades and fabrics she offers at Curtain Call, her retail custom window treatment workroom serving the northern Fairfield County and New Haven County. She is also an accomplished pianist, has been a psychiatric […]

Legal Eagle Victoria Ferrara: From Punk Stage to the Connecticut Supreme Court

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in December 2010.

She was a rebellious Catholic teen who found a friend in her guitar. With a passion for punk, Victoria Ferrara left law school to perform in a band. Thankfully she found her way back to law, and today she has her own prestigious law firm in Fairfield, and […]

New CABOgraphy Series: Printing Super Salesman Rob D’Errico Makes His Own Headlines in Life

This post was previously displayed on the CABO website in November 2010.

Rob D’Errico, seasoned printing salesman for CABO member GHP Media, the largest commercial printer in southern Connecticut, has put thousands of businesses’ names in print over his successful sixteen year career. But his own story is worthy of press… and an interesting conversation at our next Outreach Event! […]

CABO Wins National Chamber of the Year Award for Efforts in CT Business Community

New Haven-based CABO wins “Chamber of the Year” Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

NEW HAVEN—With their annual “Chamber of the Year” Award, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) recognizes one outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender chamber or business organization that continually stands out for their exceptional efforts and leadership within their community. […]