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In brief: Members 1st is gay and lesbian chamber's first investor


Members 1st Federal Credit Union has become the first corporate investor of the Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

"That's the mission of Members 1st — to care for everyone in the community," said Debra McClain, the chamber's president.

Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County-based Members 1st has been a chamber member since 2010. Companies pay at least $2,500 to be corporate investors, according to the chamber website.

Members 1st has gone beyond money in its commitments, McClain said. The company is a consistent partner in supporting businesses and its own employees in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, she said.

The chamber, with offices co-located in Harrisburg at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber, was founded in 2007 and has grown to 182 members. Last year, membership grew 26 percent, McClain said.

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