Month: May 2016

IBA Unveils a Brand Refresh

For the past several months, our Brand Refresh committee has been planning and developing a new look for the IBA. While our mission to enhance financial opportunities; foster diversity; develop leadership and collaboration; and advocate for positive change will remain unchanged, our new look will be a more vibrant one representing who the organization has become over the last 9 years and who we strive to be, moving forward.

Our new logo is somewhat of an homage to our old one. We took the stars from the past and made them interconnected as a way to represent the IBA as a community that is connected by our commonalities and compelled to network for mutual benefit. We took the green and blue colors of the past and implemented brighter versions of them. We also added new colors, like shades of purples and reds. All the colors together represent our vibrant future , a youthful vibe, and a diverse outlook. We are a chamber on the move and we are open to anyone who shares our Mission.

new logo IBA

The new shapes, colors and sizes show that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is truly at the forefront of everything we do. Our outreach after today begins with this logo and the excitement that comes with it. We’re proud to unveil it today, and we’re grateful that our membership, helped inspire it.

The committee who put this together was led by IBA Board Member and Marketing Committee Chair Mike Fanelle and Board Member Emeritus David Jeffreys. Their years of experience in this space and hours upon hours of volunteer work for the IBA helped us put together a very competitive RFP process which helped us select a winner whose creative expertise bore this brilliant design that we’ve come to love. Their hard work and dedication were instrumental in the brand refresh.

iba skyline

The designers of the logo – and all of the many changes that come with it from business cards to social media to our website – were Roni Lagin & Company with designers Roni Lagin and Georgena Senior. They listened to us and instinctively knew the direction we wanted to go. The winning logo was among the ones they presented on the very first round of entries. They’ve been patient, thoughtful, and tremendously creative, and we thank them for ushering the IBA into our next chapter.

Again, this new look won’t change was the IBA has always done. We are still committed to providing opportunities, access and resources to LGBT professionals and visible allies in the Greater Philadelphia area. But now we’ll be doing it with a little bit more style and with a more inclusive, vital look facing forward. After today, we will communicate that, like the Greater Philadelphia area we represent, we are truly OPEN for business.

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Integrity Staffing Solutions Partners with Independence Business Alliance to Create ‘Business Integrity Award’

Award honors a local IBA-member business that upholds high standards of behavior towards LGBT customers, suppliers, shareholders, community, and/or employees.

In partnership with Integrity Staffing Solutions, the Independence Business Alliance (IBA), Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the inaugural “Business Integrity Award”. The award will be presented to an IBA-member business in the 11-county Delaware Valley area that demonstrates and upholds high standards of behavior towards LGBT customers, suppliers, shareholders, community, and/or employees.

Applications for this extraordinary opportunity for recognition will be accepted through June 10, 2016. Participating businesses can be nominated (or may self-nominate) using the nomination form below. Applicants will be asked for name and history of the nominee business and a short essay about why this business upholds high standards of behavior towards LGBT customers, suppliers, shareholders, community, and/or employees.

“This award is an exciting way to shine a light on the way our local businesses have been advocates for LGBT inclusiveness, whether that’s holding themselves out as LGBT-friendly to consumers or leading by example by hiring LGBT individuals,” said Zach Wilcha, IBA Executive Director.

Criteria and considerations for the winner of the award include:

• Employment policies and efforts to be inclusive and diverse.
• Community giving – how they give back to the LGBT community. Volunteerism and philanthropy.
• Participation in the business community. Active IBA membership and other memberships.
• Business reputation, mission, and vision.
• Active appeal to LGBT customers. Creating a safe space for LGBT communities.

The winner will be an IBA-member business selected by a diverse group of representatives from Integrity Staffing Solutions and the IBA. The inaugural presentation of the Business Integrity Award will take place at the IBA Annual Meeting in June. This honorarium award will include two complimentary registrations to the 2016 National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) International Business & Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, California, August 23 – 26. 2016, valued at $1000.00!

A longtime Corporate Partner of the IBA and champion of the LGBT community, Integrity Staffing Solutions has built mutually beneficial relationships with qualified suppliers from all segments of the communities in which they operate. Their supplier diversity program includes large and small minority, veteran, woman and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered–owned businesses from all across the country.

“We are proud to partner with the Independence Business Alliance to honor a fellow IBA member that shares our commitment to integrity, diversity and inclusion within the business community. These qualities are central to the way we do business and are important assets to our mission of generating opportunities for people to exceed expectations and to advance careers, companies and communities,” said Todd Bavol, Co-Founder, President & CEO of Integrity Staffing Solutions.

Download here: 2016 Business Integrity Award Application

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