Month: May 2017

2018 NGLCC Conference To be Held in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA (May 2017) – On Wednesday, May 10 at the Independence Business Alliance 10th Anniversary Celebration, it was announced the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) will host their 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, PA. This world-renowned conference provides networking and engagement opportunities for business owners in the LGBT community. Philadelphia won the 2018 bid over other cities nationwide with the help of the IBA, PHLCVB, PHLDiversity, and Visit Philadelphia.


“This is an incredibly meaningful honor for our organization and for the Greater Philadelphia Area that we serve,” IBA Board President, Rich Horrow remarked. ” As an organization that has provided countless business opportunities for LGBT and allied businesses in the region, we will be thrilled to host affiliates, businesses and entrepreneurs from all over the country and world to share in the business equality movement.”


Founded in 2002, the NGLCC was created as a resource to supports LGBT business and showcase the diversity of talent, skills, and expertise in the LGBT community. The 2017 NGLCC Conference is being held in Las Vegas, NV from August 1-4, registration is available here. More than 1,000 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government officials from across the country and around the world are expected to attend. NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson is excited to bring the same exciting experience and opportunity to Philadelphia.


“We are elated to bring the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference to Philadelphia, and to partner with the Independence Business Alliance and our presenting sponsors to continue expanding the reach and impact of the largest LGBT business event on the planet,” said Nelson. “Solidarity and success in our community has never been more vital that it is now, and so it’s fitting that we bring the entire NGLCC family to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection in 2018 to create unprecedented opportunities for LGBT-owned businesses to thrive.”


For more information about the Independence Business Alliance (IBA) visit Be sure to like the IBA on Facebook and follow along on Twitter and Instagram @Think_IBA. Learn more about the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) at, and find them on social media, @NGLCC.

About Independence Business Alliance

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) provides opportunities, access, and resources to LGBT professionals and allies in the Greater Philadelphia area. The organization promotes economic development, growth, diversity, and leadership throughout the region. The IBA is a membership-based business advocacy organization, dedicated to making the Philadelphia region an influential and diverse LGBT community with an impact on economic development, equal rights, and policy issues. The IBA is an official affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).


The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses.

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IBA Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Philadelphia, PA (May 2017) – The Independence Business Alliance held their Tenth Anniversary Celebration (IBA10) presented by PNC Bank at the Down Town Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. In previous years, the IBA hosted an annual Business Leaders Luncheon, but this year, they commemorated 10 years of growth and achievement in the Greater Philadelphia LGBT business community with a record-shattering evening gala.

The evening featured a presentation of the 7th annual PNC Bank $10,000 LGBT Business Award, given by PNC Bank to an LGBT or allied IBA-member business that is poised to grow, innovate, and give back to the community. This year marked the first transgender winner – Jayne Keyser of Bustard Advertising. 

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Past IBA Board Presidents, Bill Gehrman and Evan Urbania were honored in the IBA10 program, with Gehrman receiving an official proclamation from the City, presented by LGBT Affairs Director Amber Hikes.

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MSNBC and Washington Post journalist Jonathan Capehart was honored with the first IBA Influencer Award for his contributions to the LGBT business community nationally.

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Before the evening concluded, Co-Founder and President of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Justin Nelson, joined the IBA to announce Philadelphia as the host city for the 2018 NGLCC Conference!

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