RACINE — The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce made its first Racine appearance Tuesday night when Executive Director Jason Rae spoke to residents about the new group’s goals and mission at local martini and wine bistro Henry & Wanda’s, 501 Sixth St.

“The main goal is really trying to build a pro-fairness and pro-business atmosphere across the state,” Rae said Tuesday before the event.

The group, comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-allied businesses, professionals and individuals, officially launched in September and has since been working to introduce itself to communities throughout the state who may not even know it exists, Rae said.

He was joined by Mayor John Dickert, who also spoke at the event.

On Tuesday afternoon, Dickert said it is important for him to be at community events such as this to show businesses his support.

“I think what’s important is that I want to get out in front of groups like this if they’re looking to expand business here and show them that they have a partner in this city,” Dickert said.

The Chamber offers networking opportunities, business development efforts and educational programming to more than 60 members. The group recently won an award for excellence in community impact from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday’s event in Racine served as the Chamber’s fifth community visit since its inception, preceded by Milwaukee, Appleton, Madison and Stevens Point.

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