Over 80 Members, guests and LGBT professionals from around the region packed the roof top deck of 12th Street Gym last night on a beautiful summer evening for July’s IBA ConnX networking mixer. Thank you to Frank Bear, the 12th Street Gym Staff and the folks at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar for your hospitality and for providing such a great space for some real quality networking for our members to market themselves, their product or services.
If you haven’t been to an IBA ConnX event, come out and join us and find out why so many LGBT professionals and allies use ConnX to make those vital connections in order to sustain and grow their business.
The Independence Business Alliance (IBA), the Greater Philadelphia Region’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce that it has been honored with the 2014 Chamber of the Year Award at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)’s 2014 National Business & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rich Horrow, IBA President, Tom Cavanaugh, IBA Executive Administrator, and other IBA members were present at the convention to receive the award on behalf of the Independence Business Alliance.
NGLCC recognized IBA as a role model for other chambers and an example of what an LGBT chamber should be. Through its monthly networking ConnX and Women In Business (WiB) programs and corporate partnerships, the IBA understands that a chamber of commerce provides introductions with members and other local businesses, big or small, while supporting the community with volunteering and scholarships.
The IBA was founded to provide opportunities, access and resources to LGBT professionals and allies in the Greater Philadelphia area. To promote financial growth, diversity and leadership in our region, the IBA is committed to expanding the economic interests of LGBT-owned and allied businesses through advocacy, education, and partnerships with the local business community.
On Tuesday, August 19th, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, the ConnX and WiB networking events will combine to celebrate this achievement with all members (and prospective members). Please mark your calendars and look out for more information!
On June 25, the White House announced that the US International Aid Agency (USAID) will contribute $1,250,000 to a historic NGLCC-led initiative for the global economic empowerment of LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs.
According to Joanna Dees, Vice President of Global Programs and Corporate Relations at the NGLCC, “This partnership creates an avenue for U.S. LGBT businesses to become trading and strategic partners with LGBT business owners in program countries, including Mexico, Colombia and Peru. It will also encourage program country businesses to become suppliers to multinational corporations, in-country companies, and government agencies. Through this partnership we will encourage intra-regional trade and teaming with LGBT-owned businesses in the U.S. to respond to multinational contracting opportunities.”
In addition to the $1.25MM in support from the USAID, the NGLCC has raised nearly $3MM in private sector funding and in-kind commitments for the initiative.
One of IBA’s own local members, LinguiSearch, has committed $250,000 in market research services to the NGLCC for this initiative. LinguiSearch, a boutique market research consultancy, is a charter member of the IBA, and an NGLCC-certified LGBT-owned enterprise. “LinguiSearch is proud to be one of the NGLCC’s private sector partners in this groundbreaking initiative” said David Schellenberg, President and CEO of LinguiSearch.“Our investment in this initiative will not only contribute to the economic growth and influence of LGBT businesses worldwide, but will also allow LinguiSearch to develop new domestic and international trading partners, to the benefit of the bottom lines of all involved.”
The IBA is pleased to share that we are issuing a Request for Proposals for the redevelopment of our website. The submission due date is August 13th, 11 AM EST. All questions regarding the RFP must be submitted via email by July 24th, 11 AM. Answers to all questions will be emailed by July 30th.
Questions and responses should be submitted via email to:
Tom Cavanaugh Executive Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally built in 2007, the current website was updated in 2010. It has since outgrown the design, features and functionality. The site presently serves 225 members, business professionals, community and corporate partners as well as the organization’s staff, Board and the region’s LGBT Business community at large. Over the past year, the IBA has experienced a 30% growth in membership and we anticipate this trend to continue. We therefore require a scalable solution that will sustain the continued growth of this pace. The desired launch date for the new website is January, 2015.
More about the IBA:
The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Philadelphia region. The IBA is a membership-based business advocacy organization, dedicated to making the Philadelphia region an influential and diverse LGBT business community with an impact on economic development, equal rights and policy issues.
The mission of the Independence Business Alliance is to promote Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT business and leadership communities to:
Late last month, the IBA held its Annual Membership Meeting at which time the General Membership of the Chamber elected 6 new members to its Board of Directors. The Annual Meeting was hosted and sponsored by new IBA Corporate Partner—Comcast & NBCUniversal in the exclusive Ralph’s Café on the 43rd Floor of the Comcast Tower at 17th & JFK Boulevard.
More than 125 members, business professionals, Community & Corporate Partners and guests attended the event, making it the most well attended and largest Annual Meeting the IBA has ever had.
The event also coincided with last month’s IBA ConnX. The region’s only LGBT monthly business networking series, launched earlier this year, has become very well known in the area and quite popular among LGBT & allied professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Business community.
During the course of the evening, IBA Board President, Rich Horrow, Esq. reviewed some of the highlights of the Chamber’s successes during the past year—including the launch of IBA ConnX, being recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the region’s top 25 business networking associations, as well as one of the area’s top 25 Chambers of Commerce, not to mention adding 4 new Corporate Partners to its ranks: Elsevier, AstraZeneca, Comcast & NBCUniversal and the law firm Flaster/Greenberg.
IBA Governance Committee Chair, Jeremy Gussick conducted the election proceedings, at which time the 6 nominations to the Board were ratified by the General Membership. The 6 newly elected Board Members are:
Deb Cassidy, Director of Sales, Marketing & Family Services, West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home
Greg DeShields, Executive Director, Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress
Mike Fanelle, Director of New Business Development, Bozeken
Samantha Giusti, Executive Director, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
Rob Nonemacker, Events Manager, Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance
Christopher Whibley, Executive Assistant, Information, Security& Data Protection, Elsevier
The IBA Membership also re-elected for a 2nd term Board Secretary, Tom Streeper and Membership Committee Co-Chair, Conrad Kuhn—bringing the total number of Directors to 18. For more on the Board of Directors for the IBA, click HERE.
The Philadelphia Business Journal, in its June 20th issue, recognized the IBA in its annual listing of the Top 25 Chambers of Commerce in the Philadelphia Region. For the first time, the IBA is included in this prestigious Top 25 list at #23! Currently, the IBA stands at 230 members and growing thanks to the continued support of our Members, Corporate & Community Partners, Volunteers and the entire LGBT business community. We are very proud!
The IBA is thrilled to welcome Flaster/Greenberg as its newest Corporate Partner! The newly forged partnership was announced at the IBA’s Annual Meeting last month hosted and sponsored by Comcast & NBCUniversal.
As the IBA’s first Corporate Partner from the legal industry , Flaster/Greenberg will help the IBA provide education and resources concerning the legal issues important to IBA Members.
A business law firm with approximately 65 attorneys, Flaster/Greenberg has been providing legal services to individuals, entrepreneurs, privately held and family owned businesses, and publicly traded corporations for four decades. They serve clients in dozens of industries and practice areas including business and corporate, real estate, labor and employment, employee benefits, healthcare, IP, bankruptcy, tax, trusts and estates, and family law. Named one of only 20 “hot mid-sized law firms” in 2013 by The National Law Journal, Flaster/Greenberg has six offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cherry Hill and Linwood, New Jersey; Wilmington, Delaware; and two locations in New York.