|Philadelphia, PA (May 2022) – The Independence Business Alliance is excited to announce the recipient of the 12th Annual PNC Bank $5,000 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 goes to LGBTQ-focused Beyond the Bell Tours in Philadelphia!|
Beyond the Bell tours are a social enterprise committed to “Putting the People Back in People’s History.” They create inclusive historical walking tours of Philadelphia highlighting marginalized communities, peoples, and histories. They tell stories of people they love and admire. People who have shaped our city through movements, activism, and resistance.
Rebecca Fisher (she/her/hers), who co-founded the business with Joey Leroux (he/him/his), had this to say about what the $5,000 means to their organization: “In this moment while anti-LGBTQ+ laws are being passed across the country, we are heading towards light and love by celebrating our LGBTQ ancestors who have fought for our rights before us on our 2022 Pride Trolley Tour. We are grateful to IBA and PNC for their support in helping us tell LGBTQ stories with pride this June.”
IBA Executive Director Zach Wilcha says, “We are incredibly grateful for PNC’s commitment to our organization and the our community’s small businesses. As a founding corporate partner of the IBA, their PNC LGBT Business Award has impacted innovative and creative businesses for 11 years now, and we can’t wait to celebrate future winners.”
Congratulations to Beyond the Bell Tours, and all of the other incredible applicants!
April 25, 2022 | For Immediate Release
Greater Philadelphia — Grubhub, a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community and certifying body for LGBTQ+-owned businesses nationwide, are embarking on a multi-state series of events celebrating LGBTQ business resiliancy, featuring a visit with Independence Business Alliance.
On May 10 at noon our annual Business Leaders Luncheon will take place at City Winery Philadelphia, featuring outstanding business owners and community leaders from our region, as well as guests from the NGLCC, Grubhub, and partner organizations. Business resources and opportunities will be shared with the community, as well as a presentation of grants to honorees. To learn more and register for this event, visit here: bit.ly/IBABLL2022
The NGLCC’s network of more than fifty Affiliate Chambers across America, of which the Independence Business Alliance is a proud partner, helped amplify this grant opportunity to support local restaurants. Local chambers will also benefit from this initiative’s newly established “Affiliate Chamber Fund.” This fund will enable any establishment that receives a Community Impact Grant that is not currently a member of an NGLCC local affiliate chamber to have one year of membership paid.
“We’re incredibly proud to be a partner of NGLCC and GrubHub for their Community Impact Grant program. So many of our hospitality partners were disproportionately adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and programs like these that help restaurants and other food providers get back on their feet are essential to our region’s economic comeback. Our hope is that other companies will model GrubHub’s actions and create opportunities for small businesses – which are the backbone of our region’s and nation’s economy,” said Zach Wilcha, the Executive Director of the Independence Business Alliance.
The NGLCC & Grubhub Community Impact Grant program provides a financial lifeline to those impacted by COVID-19 with grants expected to range from $5,000 to $100,000.
Throughout the month of June 2021, NGLCC was the official partner of Grubhub’s Donate the Change, which has raised tens of millions of dollars for organizations in need since launching in late 2019. The partnership welcomed Grubhub and Seamless diners to round up their order total and donate the difference, with the company matching eligible donations from Grubhub+ members. The proceeds raised will now be made available through NGLCC to support the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+-owned restaurants.
“We often say at NGLCC that ‘If you can buy it, an LGBTQ+-owned business can supply it.’ That is especially true of the LGBTQ+-owned restaurants across America who kept our communities and first responders fed throughout the pandemic. We’re proud to partner with Grubhub in presenting these grants across America. America’s 1.4 million LGBTQ+-owned business owners have demonstrated incredible resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we can back to help them recover stronger than ever,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson.
“As the world starts to return to a new normal, we know many businesses are rebuilding and reopening, especially LGBTQ+-owned restaurants that are often the pillars of their communities,” said Jessica Burns, vice president of brand and creative at Grubhub. “We’re thrilled to partner with NGLCC and give back to the LGBTQ+ community – one that has shown incredible strength and support for those in need throughout the pandemic.”
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses, known as Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers.
About Independence Business Alliance
The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is the LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and an affiliate of the NGLCC. Providing opportunities, access, and resources for LGBTQ+ businesses, employees, and our visible allies, the IBA advocates for, educates, and connects our LGBTQ+ and business communities. The IBA is a member of the Diverse Chambers Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Grubhub is a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, as well as 33 million active diners. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features over 300,000 restaurants and is proud to partner with over 280,000 of these restaurants in over 4,000 U.S. cities. The Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, LevelUp, AllMenus and MenuPages.