Zach Wilcha

Independence Business Alliance Announces Promotion of Zach Wilcha to CEO

Promotion Marks First Ever CEO for Regional LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

(PHILADELPHIA) – Independence Business Alliance (IBA) Board President Brian McGinnis announced today that the IBA Board has voted to promote Zachary Wilcha, the organization’s long-serving Executive Director, to the position of Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Wilcha, who made history as the IBA’s first ever full-time staff employee upon his hire in 2015 now makes history again as the IBA’s first ever CEO—in recognition of his many contributions to the LGBTQ+ business community in the Greater Philadelphia, South Jersey, and northern Delaware areas.  

“We are thrilled to announce this well-earned promotion.” said McGinnis, “Since joining the Board in 2017, I have seen firsthand Zach’s passion for advocating for LGBTQ+ businesses and their interests. In the face of unprecedented challenges, he brings a mix of passionate advocacy, steadfast dedication, and a keen vision for the future. I have no doubt Zach will prove an excellent CEO for the IBA, for our members, and for the LGBTQ+ community.”

Zach has consistently shown that he has the work ethic, the strategic know-how, and the thoughtful community engagement that are essential for our organization,” added IBA Board Vice-President Gregory DeShields. “His promotion to CEO is a reflection of not only his excellent work but is also a statement of intent in how the IBA will lead the way on LGBTQ+ business issues for years to come.”

The IBA is the LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Philadelphia region and is the official affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) for Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania; Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Burlington, and Mercer Counties in New Jersey; and New Castle County in Delaware.

“This job has been the opportunity of a lifetime to work with and for the LGBTQ+ community and expand the breadth and perception of what chambers of commerce can do for communities,” Wilcha remarked. “I’m honored and humbled by my Board’s and membership’s trust in me, and I’m energized to take the IBA’s work of advocating, educating, and connecting to the next level.”

Wilcha’s decorated tenure as Executive Director has overseen many excellent achievements including:

  • Launching a regional Diverse Chambers Coalition, of which the IBA is a flagship member;
  • A strong dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts, including the organization’s successful Intersections program;
  • The launch of IBA’s first-in-the-nation TransWork program;Successfully steering the organization through the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Providing consistent excellence in advocacy for and services to LGBTQ+ business in the region; and
  • Significant growth of the IBA to record numbers of overall members, members officially NGLCC-certified as LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBT-BEs), revenue, and organizational reach and influence.

Wilcha’s promotion to CEO comes as the IBA is in the process of hiring an Operations Coordinator and a Transwork Administrator and as the organization undertakes a long-term strategic planning mission involving the Board, IBA membership, and key community stakeholders.

Brian McGinnis, IBA Board President

Greg DeShields, IBA Board Vice President

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The IBA Is Hiring!

Job Search Announcement

The IBA is hiring.

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA), the Greater Philadelphia Region’s LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce that a search is underway for two full time positions, an Operations Coordinator, and a TransWork Administrator. These positions present exciting opportunities for independent, resourceful, and eager professionals to facilitate the continued growth and development of our membership-based organization and its TransWork program. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of backgrounds and experiences are core institutional values of the IBA and are reflected in our goals for Board, staff, and membership.  

For the detailed Job Descriptions, including the required skills, professional qualifications, and application guidelines for these positions, please download here:

The Operations Coordinator position will entail a full range of activities covering all facets of the IBA, including, but not limited to, the following: attracting and retaining members, managing member fees, developing, managing, and marketing programs and events, social media and communications, managing and overseeing day-to-day IBA operations, and conducting community outreach. Download full Operations Coordinator job description.

The TransWork Administrator position will execute the vision of the TransWork program, including, but not limited to, the following ways: developing, managing, and marketing programs and events, social media and communications, managing and overseeing day-to-day IBA operations, active fundraising, grant writing and management, and conducting community outreach. Download full TransWork Administrator job description.

For consideration, interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current resume/CV

Submissions should be made electronically in a single PDF document to: iba@thinkiba.com

The subject of your email should indicate the position for which you’re applying. (e.g Operations Coordinator Application or TransWork Administrator Application.)

Finalist candidates should be prepared to submit three work (3) references (with current contact information), including past direct supervisor(s). 

The IBA is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. The IBA prohibits discrimination and harassment of employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is Greater Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce, which provides opportunities, access and resources to LGBTQ+ professionals and allies. The IBA is a membership-based business advocacy organization focused on making the Philadelphia region an influential and diverse LGBTQ+ business community with an impact on economic development, business equality, and policy issues. The IBA is an official affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The IBA serves the LGBTQ+ and business communities of: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania; Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties in New Jersey; and New Castle County in Delaware.

The TransWork program fills a critical gap in addressing the economic disparity in the transgender community by connecting job seekers, entrepreneurs, and workforce development entities to a network of supportive, trans-competent employers and business partners. TransWork is a program of the IBA and represents its commitment to helping all members of our community, across the gender spectrum, to access economic opportunity. 

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The IBA is Hiring an Operations Coordinator

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA), the Greater Philadelphia Region’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce that a search is underway for a full-time, highly motivated Operations Coordinator to support the IBA’s Executive Director and the work of the volunteer Board of Directors in moving the IBA’s mission forward.

Description:  Full-Time Operations Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

The Independence Business Alliance is looking for a full-time Operations Coordinator. This position includes working with the IBA Executive Director in his work of supporting the mission of the IBA through the IBA Board President, Board of Directors, Members, and Corporate Partners.  High-level contact and exposure to sensitive information will require considerable use of tact, diplomacy, discretion, and judgment.  This Operations Coordinator position, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, will perform a variety of duties independently.  These duties require a professional approach, great accuracy, flexibility to work in many different work environments, and strong business communication and organizational skills.  Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are essential for this position.  Experience working in the nonprofit field is preferred. Competitive salary and benefits.

 

For the detailed Job Description, including the required skills, professional qualifications, and application guidelines for this position, please click here: IBA Operations Coordinator Job Description 2019

For consideration, interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current resume/CV

Submissions should be made electronically in a single PDF document to:  zach@thinkiba.com.

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Sellers Dorsey Wins Inaugural Business Integrity Award

At the IBA Annual Meeting for 2016, Sellers Dorsey was the recipient of the inaugural Business Integrity Award.

The 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 IBA developed the award to honor the strong work that its member businesses do. Todd Bavol and Sean Montgomery, CEO and COO of Integrity Staffing Solutions, were on hand for the first-ever presentation of the award.

The award was presented to an IBA­ members, Sellers Dorsey, at Monday evening’s Annual Meeting. Sellers Dorsey is a national healthcare consulting firm providing a fully integrated suite of services to clients. The firm has a deep understanding of Medicaid, having consulted on a range of financing, policy, and operational projects.The firm has worked in over thirty states, with leading Fortune 100 Companies, and other leading healthcare companies, providers, advocacy organizations, and foundations to leverage opportunities within Medicaid and other public healthcare programs. Its record of philanthropy and championing the LGBT community through leadership and policies led to its selection by the committee to choose the winner. Marty Sellers, Founder and CEO of Sellers Dorsey, accepted the award on behalf of his company.

IBA Executive Director Zach Wilcha remarked, “The Business Integrity Award was created to recognize an IBA-­member business that upholds high standards of behavior towards LGBT customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, and community. Based on their hiring practices, management policies, community involvement, philanthropic work, and business reputation, Sellers Dorsey is an outstanding choice for the inaugural presentation of this award and will raise the bar for future winners.”

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IBA Announces Board for 2016-2017

The IBA gathered at the Sonesta Hotel on Monday, June 27, 2016 to elect the Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. We are proud to announce the roster below. Congratulations to our new Board!

President

C. Richard Horrow, Esq.
Attorney-At-Law

Secretary

Danielle Ryan, Esq., Board Secretary
Fox Rothschild, LLP

Treasurer

Mark Bradford, CPA, CFE, Forensic Accountant
Asterion, Inc.

Executive Committee Members-At-Large

Jeremy Gussick, Financial Advisor
LPL Financial

Joan Manuel Rivera
CITYSPACE

Board Members

Katrina Aikin, Assistant Vice President, Senior Investment Associate
TD Wealth Management

Michael Albany, Owner/Photographer
Michael Albany Photography & Boudoir Philly

Jonathan Barnes*
Integrity Staffing Solutions

Brad Button*
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Greg DeShields, Executive Director
PHLDiversity Multicultural Affairs Congress

Mike Fanelle

Stacia Fischer, Principal
M3 Group

James Gaddy*
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Samantha Giusti, Executive Director
DVLF

Marcus Iannozzi, Founder and Principal
Message Agency

Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin*
Comcast

Robert Nonemacker, Founder
Headlight

Rafael Perez*
The Business Route/Do It Better Wellness

Mary Sparacino*
Kershner Furniture

Rosalind Sutch*
Drucker & Scaccetti

*New Board Member

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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.

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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.

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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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The IBA Has Moved Locations!

The IBA has moved! We’re excited to announce that we are now located in the Industrious Workspace, a co-working office space in Center City Philadelphia.

While all other information – phone number and email addresses – remain the same. Please update your records to show that our new address is:

Independence Business Alliance
Industrious Workplace
230 S. Broad Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

We look forward to showing off the new space at an event in the future. In the meantime, take note of the change and plan to visit us soon!

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IBA in Search of Candidates to Fill Administrative Assistant Position!

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA), the Greater Philadelphia Region’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce that a search is underway for a full-time, highly motivated Administrative Assistant to support the IBA’s Executive Director and the work of the volunteer Board of Directors in moving the IBA’s mission forward.

Description:  Full-Time Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director

Reports to: Executive Director

This position includes assisting the IBA Executive Director in his work of supporting the IBA Board President, Board of Directors, Members, and Corporate Partners.  High-level contact and exposure to sensitive information will require considerable use of tact, diplomacy, discretion, and judgment.  This Administrative Assistant position, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, will perform a variety of duties independently.  These duties require a professional approach, great accuracy, flexibility to work in many different work environments, and strong business communication and organizational skills.  Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are essential for this position.  Experience working in the nonprofit field is preferred. Competitive salary and benefits.

For the detailed Job Description, including the required skills, professional qualifications and application guidelines for this position, please click here: Admin Asst Job Description IBA.

For consideration, interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current resume/CV

 Submissions should be made electronically in a single PDF document to:  zach@thinkiba.com OR via first class mail to:

IBA Admin Search
ATTN: Zachary Wilcha, Executive Director
Independence Business Alliance
Industrious
230 S. Broad Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

Applications will be accepted through April 11, 2016 at 5pm.  Finalist candidates should be prepared to submit two work references (with current contact information), including past direct supervisor(s).  No phone calls will be accepted about the position.  To learn more about the IBA, visit www.ThinkIBA.com.

 The IBA is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff.

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IBA and PNC Bank Partnership Wins Brotherly Love/Sisterly Affection Award from PBJ

The IBA and PNC Bank partnership has helped several local small LGBT businesses with its Annual PNC Bank LGBT Small Business Award. Now that partnership has received recognition from the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the recipients of the inaugural Brotherly Love Sisterly Affection Awards. In being honored, the IBA and PNC Bank will join other will local partnerships among for-profit and nonprofit organizations that help the city of Philadelphia.

The winners were chosen based on monetary donations, social impact and community involvement that’s taken place in the last 18 months.

PNC Bank joined the IBA as its initial Corporate Partner in 2007. In 2011, they approached the IBA about creating an award to help small LGBT businesses and directly impact the local LGBT business community. In 2015, PNC Bank doubled its commitment to the program by making it a $10,000 award. The annual Award honors an IBA Member-owned business that demonstrates a well-defined plan for growth, including innovation, sustainability, and ongoing contribution to the community. To learn how to apply for this year’s PNC Bank award, click here.

The first ever Brotherly Love, Sisterly Affection Awards program will take place on Thursday, April 7 at the Ballroom at the Ben. Learn more about the IBA and PNC Bank and other partnership honorees here.

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IBA Announces Borgata as New Corporate Partner

The IBA used the annual Holiday Party to announce that Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa have joined as Corporate Partners of the organization. Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of Operations for Atlantic City’s market-leading casino-resort , was on hand to make the announcement. In addition to being one of the country’s top destinations–Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa have recently earned a perfect score of 100 percent on The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. Borgata is recognized as one of 2016’s “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” Under Joe’s direction, Borgata was thrilled to debut its OUT at Borgata campaign earlier this year, designed to embrace Borgata’s LGBT travel enthusiasts, team members, and friends through special events, promotions, and entertainment.
We are excited for the Borgata to join as a Silver Level Corporate Partner and look forward to working with them in 2016.
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IBA Seeks Proposal for Logo Design and Style Guide Development

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is accepting proposals to design the organization’s logo and develop the brand/style guide. IBA is seeking the creation of a new logo / visual identity that captures the values and mission of the organization and is distinctive and memorable. IBA’s membership and work encompasses LGBT initiatives and communities across Greater Philadelphia’s 11 counties which include southern New Jersey and Delaware. This logo will be incorporated into a revamped website, our Facebook page and Twitter account and other possible future web presence that IBA may have. It will also be used on letterhead, business cards, brochures, banners, and other print materials as needed. It is expected that the development of the new logo will evolve as part of a conversation with IBA staff and steering committee members. A ‘creative strategy’ or brand document will be produced capturing how the existing mission, values and priorities of IBA are reflected in the proposed logo.

You are invited to submit a proposal for our logo design and style guide development project in accordance with the requirements set forth in the attached request for proposal (RFP).

If you intend to respond to the RFP, a letter of intent, which is not binding but will greatly assist in planning for proposal evaluation, must be submitted in writing by e-mail, and be received no later than December 1st, 2015. Proposals will not be accepted if you submit without a completed letter of intent within the specified time period.

The original, copies, and an electronic version of your proposal must be received not later than December 14th, 2015 or your proposal will otherwise be disqualified.

The provider whose proposal is the best solution for our project will be selected on or around December 21st, 2015. We will notify all providers, whether they are disqualified, rejected, or unsuccessful although responsive.

Please use Zach Wilcha as the point of contact for all inquiries and correspondences. All questions will be forwarded to our Marketing Committee. Please copy David Jeffreys on proposal submissions using the information in the attached full RFP.

Thank you for your time, effort, and interest in our project.

For more information and the link to the full RFP, click here.

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