Month: May 2020

IBA COVID-19 Resource Guide

In an effort to best serve our members and the LGBTQ+ business community, we have complied a PDF of relevant resources related to implications of COVID-19.
We will keep this document updated as changes are made. If there is something that you believe should be on this list, please forward the information to kai@thinkiba.com.

PDF File:
IBA COVID-19 Resource Guide

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Member Spotlight: Braxton Fleming (he/him/his)

Description of product or service:
We are a luxury supply company that specializes in Hormone Replacement Dopp Kits for the transgender and allied communities. Our mission is to give shot day a better overall experience, by offering a sleek product that keeps your HRT/Personal Needs organized and prepared no matter where you are. We are travel friendly but also used right at home. We know how stressful life can be and adding on medication weekly, or biweekly. We make taking your shot a breeze, no matter where you are.

How many years have you been with company or in business?
3

What company or organization you respect most and why?
The organization that I respect the most is NGLCC, they have welcomed me into the chamber like I was their son. There is no other business-related organization of such caliber that makes you feel like family as much as the members of NGLCC.

Which business leader or innovator do you most want to emulate and why?
I look up to Gary Vaynerchuck hands down the greatest entrepreneur of our time, his whole persona and go getter attitude with the most gracious empathy for all people while creating and making heart-felt content. The fact he honors and respects his parents for raising him the way they did, for him to become such a great influencer of our time. This is special to me because I believe both of my parents had a major impact on my current status as an adult today. I owe them everything that is coming to me because they place the wisdom, integrity and strength within me to make it this far.

What is the most important business decision you’ve made to date?
The very first business decision I made was the most important, it was to weigh the risk with reward to start this brand. Without taking that huge risk of losing it all was one of the biggest decisions to get this brand started.

What is the most important life decision you’ve made to date?
Most important life decision was to transition, I honestly felt as though I was in fetus form before my transition. It was necessary to become who I am today because I wouldn’t be where I am at this very moment, that major life shift has put me on a track where I feel my most confident and focused.

When and why did you join the IBA?
I recently join the IBA in 2020, because I was invited to NYC Chamber Event in late 2019 and the warmth and networking connections there made me want to became a member of Chamber within my own community.

Since joining the IBA, what has been the greatest advantage to you and your business being a member of the Chamber?
The networking opportunities and the ability to help people reach one another within our LGBTQ community even if their current status doesn’t hold value to you, it may be of help to someone else you know. The sharing and caring of business is the greatest advantage.

What is your proudest moment, honor, or achievement?
My proudest moment was when I was explaining this business idea to my father who is also an entrepreneur, and I said “Dad I ordered 300 bags to kick start my business!” and when I explain what I was doing and the business plan behind it, he replied “Do you think 300 bags is enough?!” At that moment I knew I had something of great need for my community and not only did I know it but the man I always looked up to confirm its’ greatness.

What programs, outreach, or organizations are you involved in that give back to the community?
We have worked with several transgender own businesses to help promote and give back to the community. Such as Point of Pride Organization, Black Trans TV, Flavnt Streetwear and many more. We also have a special fund where portions of our sales goes to our Stealth Bros Support Fund, where we give back yearly to the transgender community whether it be help with Top Surgery Funds or ordinary transgender supplies that are needed for our daily living.

What is a little known fact about you?
I am obsessed with the gym; it is an essential part of my daily growth and overall mental health.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I do love to indulge on a good cigar with a nice glass of cognac on ice.

To date, what has been your most favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot thus far has to be California, I truly love California.

What is the last book you read?
7 Daily Habits of Highly Effective People

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