The White House has invited a special guest to attend President Obama's State of the Union address: Trevor Yager, the openly gay founder and co-owner of TrendyMinds, a successful advertising and public relations firm based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The President will feature the agency for its growth and charitable contributions in 2009, and as an example of a business that has benefited from White House policies. TrendyMinds grew by over 200 percent during 2009, doubled the number of people it employs, gained 15 new accounts and awarded $50,000 worth of in-kind work to eight nonprofits, all at a time when many businesses were barely scraping by, or going out of business entirely. Huffington Post Editor Bill Browning attributes TrendyMinds' success to the Obama administration's "welcoming climate for small business, including many initiatives under the Recovery Act." TrendyMinds is a National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) certified gay-owned business. The NGLCC submitted Yager's name to the White House as a possible guest for the speech. First Lady Michelle Obama chose Yager and his business to attend the talk.
By Anne Landman on January 27, 2010