Month: May 2018

IBA to Host Opening Night Reception for NGLCC18 – Presented by TD Bank

As the Host Affiliate Chamber for the 2018 NGLCC Conference, the IBA will be hosting the Opening Night Reception – presented by TD Bank – for up to 1,000 Conference attendees at the Reading Terminal Market on Tuesday August 14th from 7-9 PM. This event will showcase our great City and business community on the national and international LGBT stage in style with exceptional food, drink and local entertainment (and maybe some surprises!)

So, how can you be a part of this special event? All event sponsors will receive complimentary tickets to the reception, at the rates detailed in our sponsorship packet. And of course, admittance to the opening night reception is included with your NGLCC Conference Registration!

Contact us to reserve your sponsorship now!


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Announcing IBA’s Newest Corporate Partner: Bristol-Myers Squibb!

May 2018 – The IBA is thrilled to announce our newest Silver Corporate Partner: Bristol-Myers Squibb!

With their commitment to supplier opportunity, access, development and community impact generating extraordinary results, BMS is a perfect fit with other IBA Corporate Partners. They are a presenting sponsor of the NGLCC Conference here in Philadelphia, and their participation in the NGLCC mentorship program introduced them to the winner of last year’s PNC Bank LGBT Small Business Award, Jayne Keyser from Bustard Advertising.

Over the past several years, BMS leadership grew the company’s overall diverse spend and advocated for greater inclusion of LGBT-owned businesses within the supply chain. Rondu Vincent, Director of Supplier Diversity, has also inspired the Global Procurement team and others to embrace supplier diversity as a core business strategy and standard business practice company-wide. It’s no wonder that Vincent was named NGLCC’s 2016 Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year.

The IBA looks forward to growing our relationship and deepening our involvement with Bristol-Myers Squibb – and we thank them for their generous support.




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IBA Honors Mitchell Gold with 2018 Influencer Award

Each year, the IBA honors an influential LGBT individual who has achieved great acclaim in their field, and used their platform to advance the national dialogue around issues impacting the LGBTQ business community.

The IBA is thrilled to present the 2018 honor to someone who exceeds these qualifications: Entrepreneur and LGBTQ+ rights activist, Mitchell Gold.

Mitchell Gold, Co-Founder and Chairman of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, is a different kind of man running a very different kind of business. In every aspect of his personal and business life, he strives to make a difference.

Founded in 1989, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams based its manufacturing in Taylorsville, NC, and remains there today, with a modern factory, warehouse, and distribution center spanning close to one million square feet of space to support the brand’s growing retail, wholesale and contract/hospitality sectors.

At the company headquarters, Mitchell and Bob established a not-for-profit, education-based daycare center (first in the residential furniture industry) and a health-conscious gourmet café run by the company’s corporate chef. The company also provides health fairs, an on-site nurse, and college scholarships for children of employees.

In addition to running a multi-million-dollar company, Mitchell serves on the Board of Directors for The Tyler Clementi Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ending online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities. He also served on the Board of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for seven years.

Everyone who knows Mitchell, a longtime advocate for LGBTQ equality, knows he wears his personal beliefs for all to see. Recently, he gave a powerful TEDx Talk encouraging others to take a stand against bullying. Watch Mitchell’s Talk “What’s Next? NO Bullying from Anyone” here.

Mitchell is also a published author. His first book, co-authored with Bob Williams, “Let’s Get Comfortable: How to Furnish and Decorate a Welcoming Home,” was published in March 2007. In honor of the companies 20thanniversary Mitchell and Bob published a second decorating book in 2009, “The Comfortable Home.” In 2014, “Who We Are” was released as a 25thanniversary coffee table book. Mitchell is also the editor of “Youth in Crisis: What Everyone Should Know about Growing Up Gay,” published in 2011.

Mitchell, along with Bob, also introduced a home furnishings collection inspired by CBS’s Emmy-winning legal drama The Good Wife. The first license for a television series, it was developed in collaboration with set decorator Beth Kushnick, and was expanded through the seventh and final season in 2016. A second collaboration with Kushnick – The Good Fight Collection – debuts in Spring, 2018 with designs that reflect the sophisticated aesthetic and warm styling created for the sets of The Good Fight, shown exclusively on CBS All Access.

Mitchell has been widely featured in the media, from CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning to the New York Times, Time, Wall Street Journal, Library of Congress and Architectural Digest.  

Mitchell resides in North Carolina with his husband, Tim Gold, and their incredibly sweet Doberman, Zola. (Follow Zola on Instagram at @AmazingZola.)

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Congrats to 2018 PNC LGBT Business Award Winners, YIKES Inc!

Philadelphia, PA (May 2018) – The Independence Business Alliance held their Business Leaders Luncheon presented by West Laurel Hill at the Down Town Club on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, commemorating the growth and achievement in the Greater Philadelphia LGBT business community with a full house of LGBTQA leaders.

The afternoon featured a presentation of the 8th 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, the award went to certified LGBT and Women owned business, YIKES Inc!

YIKES, Inc is a collaborative, results-driven Philadelphia web design and development agency with the knowledge, qualifications and skills to understand complex virtual needs and provide expert solutions. Specializing in WordPress development and design, YIKES, Inc. builds websites builds websites with a robust content management system (CMS) to easily maintain site content. Our expertise includes custom themes and plugins, web-based applications, ecommerce with a specialty in extending WooCommerce, WordPress Multisite, third-party integrations such as MailChimp, Square, Salesforce and more.

Founded in 1996 as a sustainable, ethics-based business, YIKES, Inc. is a Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation and a certified B Corporation. Dedicated to sustainable business practices, YIKES observes the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. YIKES is committed to building a more socially, environmentally and financially sustainable local economy.

YIKES will use the $10,000 award to further development of its Level Playing Field WordPress plugin that anonymizes job applications to fight bias in employment, thereby promoting true merit-based hiring.

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