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IBA Wins 2017 NGLCC Chamber Development Grant

Philadelphia, PA – The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, awarded the Independence Business Alliance (IBA) with a $5,000 Chamber Development Grant for its SDI Programming at the 2017 International Business & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the NGLCC, this grant is awarded to support and provide increased visibility to the LGBT Business Summit. The main goal of the program is to foster the development, growth, and sustainability of NGLCC’s 1,000 certified LGBT Business Enterprises® (LGBTBEs®). “The NGLCC is excited to see the Independence Business Alliance grow as an organization and a voice in the LGBT owned and allied businesses community,” said Sam McClure, NGLCC Senior Vice President. They have shown tremendous growth in the size of their business membership and outreach programs, embodying the mission that NGLCC has continuously strived for.” “Wells Fargo is a proud, long-time supporter of NGLCC, and we share their commitment to helping small business owners succeed financially,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo head of Small Business. “We are dedicated to providing funding that will support their entrepreneurship and leadership training programs, along with educational tools and resources to help diverse-owned business in communities across America grow and thrive.”

“The SDI Programming has become a vital resource to our members as they develop their businesses and engage in strategic planning,” said Zach Wilcha, Executive Director of IBA. “The program furthers our mission of supporting our members through business growth, education, and advocacy. We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from Wells Fargo and NGLCC which will allow us to expand and enrich our program.”

ABOUT NGLCC: The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 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. www.nglcc.org | @NGLCC

ABOUT WELLS FARGO: Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $2 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo serves approximately 3 million small business owners across the United States and loans more money to America’s small businesses than any other bank (2016 SBA government data). To help more small businesses achieve financial success, in 2014 Wells Fargo introduced Wells Fargo Works for Small Business® – a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services for business owners – and a goal to extend $100 billion in new lending to small businesses by 2018. For more information about Wells Fargo Works for Small Business, visit: WellsFargoWorks.com. Follow us on Twitter @WellsFargoWorks.

ABOUT INDEPENDENCE BUSINESS ALLIANCE: The mission of the Independence Business Alliance is to promote Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT business and leadership communities to enhance financial opportunities, foster diversity, develop leadership and collaboration and advocate for positive change.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jonathan Lovitz, Senior Vice President, NGLCC jlovitz@nglcc.org 954-695-5896

Zach Wilcha, Executive Director, IBA zach@thinkiba.com 215-557-0190

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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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Wells Fargo and NGLCC Award $5,000 to IBA for Supplier Diversity Initiative

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is proud to announce that the chamber was awarded a $5,000 grant on Thursday, August 25th at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) 2016 International Business & Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, California.

Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the NGLCC, this grant was awarded to expand capacity and offer technical assistance to the IBA ConnX Supplier Diversity Initiative. The main goal of the program is to foster the development, growth, and sustainability of certified LGBT business enterprises (LGBTBEs®).

“The IBA ConnX Supplier Diversity Initiative has become a vital resource to our members as they develop their businesses and engage in strategic planning,” said Rich Harrow, IBA President. “The program supports our mission of supporting our members through business growth, education, and advocacy. We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from Wells Fargo and NGLCC which will allow us to expand and enrich our program.”

“Wells Fargo is a proud, long-time supporter of NGLCC, and we share their commitment to helping small business owners succeed financially,” said Lisa Stevens, head of Small Business for Wells Fargo. “We are dedicated to providing funding that will support their entrepreneurship and leadership training programs, along with educational tools and resources to help diverse-owned business in communities across America grow and thrive.”

“The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is excited to see the Independence Business Alliance grow as an organization and a voice in the LGBT owned and allied businesses community. They have shown tremendous growth in the size of their business membership and outreach programs, embodying the mission that NGLCC has continuously strived for,” said Sam McClure, NGLCC Senior Vice President.

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NGLCC Honors IBA with National Chamber Excellence Community Impact Award

 

 

Philadelphia, PA – The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is proud to announce that the chamber was honored for excellence in community impact on Thursday, August 25th at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)’s 2016 International Business & Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, California.

 

“We are proud to receive recognition for both our Awards and Philanthropy Initiative as well as our Women in Business program,” said Zach Wilcha, IBA’s Executive Director. “Every year, we work hard to make a difference in our community. We’ve collaborated with small businesses, corporate partners and philanthropic groups in order to shine a light on the importance of diversity and giving back to the community and we don’t plan to stop now. We look forward to growing these programs so that we can leave an even greater impact on our community.”

 

NGLCC recognized the IBA for its Awards and Philanthropy Initiative, a program of awards dedicated to shining a spotlight on the local Greater Philadelphia LGBT business community, giving back to the community at large and building the leaders of tomorrow. In that effort, IBA has partnered with various community, philanthropic and corporate partners to create an exemplary awards program that includes an annual LGBTQ Scholarship in partnership with The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, the LGBT Business Award in partnership with PNC Bank, the Business Integrity Award in partnership with Integrity Staffing, and many other empowering endeavors. “NGLCC affiliate chambers like the IBA are using their relationships with corporate partners and advocacy groups to open doors for LGBT professionals creating more inclusive communities,” said Sam McClure, NGLCC Senior Vice President. “It is what makes IBA a role model for other LGBT Chambers.”

 

NGLCC also recognized the IBA for its Women in Business (WiB) program, designed specifically to increase the involvement of women in IBA activities and programs as well as the LGBT community at large. Over the past three years, the number of women who have join the IBA has risen exponentially greatly increasing the visibility of LBT women in IBA and the LGBT business community at large.

 

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Philadelphia Business Journal: LGBT Awards

IBA media partner, Philadelphia Business Journal, presents the 2016 LGBT Awards. This event will recognize the top 25 LGBT owned companies as well as the top LGBT Business Advocates.

 

Update: Nominations have closed as of Friday, September 16th. Mark your calendar for November 10th’s award ceremony.

Ticketing: IBA members receive discounted tickets with codeIBA2016″ – available for purchase here.

2016 Honorees

Chip Alfred
Philadelphia FIGHT

Rachel Stevenson
OutWord Today
LGBT Equity Alliance

Brian Seaman
Stradley Ronon

Danielle Ryan
Fox Rothschild

David Huting
PNC Wealth Management

Jason Derstine
Alura Business Solutions

Jade Gasper
Mark It Alternatives

Angela Giampolo
Giampolo Law Group

Rosalind Sutch
Ally/Advocate
Drucker & Scacetti

Sean Montgomery & Todd Bavol
Integrity Staffing Solutions

Scott Gray
Gray Consulting International

David Schellenberg
LinguiSearch

David Jefferys
Altus Agency

Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin
Comcast

Marc Coleman
Tactile Group

Tracy Levesque & Mia Levesque
Yikes Inc.

LGBT Companies

These companies are either headquartered or do a substantial amount of business in Greater Philadelphia. They all received a perfect 100 score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation on corporate equality.
American Airlines

Bank of America

Blank Rome LLP

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Caesar’s Entertainment Corp.

Campbell Soup Co.

CBRE Inc.

Chubb Corp.

Comcast NBCUniversal

Dechert LLP

Deloitte LLP

EY

Exelon

IKEA Holding US Inc.

KPMG LLP

Lincoln National Corp.

Merck & Co. Inc.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Pepper Hamilton LLP

PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

Reed Smith LLP

SAP America Inc.

TD Bank N.A.

Vanguard Group Inc.

Wells Fargo & Co.

Questions about the event?  Contact Jason Garrison at jgarrison@bizjournals.com

Sponsorship Inquiries? Contact Ron Maver at rmaver@bizjournals.com

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IBA Recognized as a Top Business Networking Association

The Philadelphia Business Journal, in its November 14th issue, recognized the IBA in its annual listing of the Top Business Networking Associations and Groups in the Philadelphia Region. For the second year in a row, the IBA is included on this prestigious list, ranked at #15, with 235 members (as of September, 2014). Currently, IBA membership stands at 250 and growing thanks to the continued support of our Members, Corporate Partners, Volunteers and the entire LGBT and allied business community. We are very proud!

For more information on how to become a member of the IBA, contact IBA Executive Administrator, Tom Cavanaugh at 215-557-0190 or IBA@ThinkIBA.com

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IBA Recognized as One of Region’s Top 25 Chambers of Commerce by Philadelphia Business Journal

The Philadelphia Business Journal, in its June 20th issue, recognized the IBA in its annual listing of the Top 25 Chambers of Commerce in the Philadelphia Region. For the first time, the IBA is included in this prestigious Top 25 list at #23! Currently, the IBA stands at 230 members and growing thanks to the continued support of our Members, Corporate & Community Partners, Volunteers and the entire LGBT business community. We are very proud!

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2014 PNC Bank LGBT Business Award Winner Announced

On May 12th at the IBA’s Annual Business Leaders Luncheon, Bill Mills, Regional President, PNC Bank, Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, presented the 2014 PNC Bank LGBT Business Award to IBA Members, Roger Harman & Vincent Whittacre of The Gold Standard Café.

The PNC Bank LGBT Business Award, now in its 4th year, is a program designed to directly impact the local LGBT business community.It is a one-time $5,000 grant awarded to one business that demonstrates a well-defined plan for growth, including innovation, sustainability, and ongoing contribution to the community.

Best of luck and congratulations, Roger & Vince

View more photos of the the presentation of the 2014 PNC Bank LGBT Business Award and Annual Business Leaders Luncheon.

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