Month: February 2015

Historic Partnership between NGLCC and the U.S. Small Business Administration

On Thursday, February 5th, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) entered a historic and strategic partnership intended to strengthen and support the LGBT business community.

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and NGLCC co-founder and President Justin Nelson signed the agreement, dubbed the LGBT Business Builder, at NGLCC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the LGBT Business Builder is to bring together the expertise and resources of both SBA district offices and NGLCC’s 38 local affiliate chambers. Businesses will learn how to leverage LGBTBE certification and explore opportunities through SBA’s suite of services around government contracting, exporting, and other SBA initiatives.

To read the full article on this historic initiative, click HERE.

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The IBA Welcomes its Newest Corporate Partner: Independence Blue Cross

The IBA is pleased to welcome Independence Blue Cross (Independence) as its newest Corporate Partner. Independence is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With its affiliates, Independence serves 9.6 million people nationwide, including 2.5 million in the region.

For more than 75 years, Independence has been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities it serves by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. Independence is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Amid an ever-changing health care landscape, Independence will provide IBA members expert advice and special training sessions about health insurance basics, the Affordable Care Act, health care coverage, and more through this vital partnership. For more information, visit

Welcome aboard, Independence Blue Cross!

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IBA Launches New Website:

The IBA, along with IBA member business and web developers, YIKES, Inc., is thrilled to announce the launch of the new IBA website!

There are many improvements and new features for our members and visitors to the site. Some of the highlights include:

  • Enhanced Member Profiles with more opportunities for our Members to promote themselves, their products or services
  • Improved user experience easy navigation, including effortless interaction for searching the member directory
  • Smooth and secure event RSVP process
  • RFP Board – List your RFPs for wide exposure to IBA members and visitors
  • Member login will provide access to post exclusive member-to-member discounts, RFP posting board, and other member-only benefits.

And much, much more!

The IBA extends its thanks to Tracy Levesque and her team at YIKES, Inc. for providing the region’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce with a website that will be the resource for the area’s LGBT Business Community and its Allies.

Finally, we are pleased to share that you can now find us at! This new name invites all members and visitors to think of the IBA when doing business in Greater Philadelphia.

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