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IBA ConnX Celebrates Halloween

On Tuesday, October 28th, IBA Members, guests and business professionals from around the region gathered to celebrate a very special Halloween IBA ConnX – on the grounds of West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful autumn-evening walking tour of this historic property, discovering the final resting places of some of the region’s most notable notables – not to mention some mouthwatering Halloween treats, provided by the very imaginative and creative David Hall of Joshua’s Catering.

Special thanks to IBA Corporate Partner, West Laurel Hill: Cemetery & Funeral Home for hosting this event and providing a really fun and unique venue for our guests to do some great networking! Thanks also to IBA Member Walgreen’s, our food & beverage sponsor for the event, for providing some fantastic door prizes for the evening!

View more photos of all the fun and networking that evening!

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IBA ConnX Boards the Moshulu

IBA Members & Guests gathered down on Penn’s Landing aboard the world famous Moshulu for September’s IBA ConnX networking mixer. This legendary sailing vessel—the world’s oldest and largest still afloat—was the perfect setting for attendees to make those vital business connections that will help them grow their businesses.

View more pictures from the evening.

For more information on how the IBA ConnX monthly networking series can help you network better to make those connections to help you grow your business, contact 215-557-0190 iba@independencebusinessalliance.com

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IBA ConnX Takes Networking to a Whole New Level

Over 80 Members, guests and LGBT professionals from around the region packed the roof top deck of 12th Street Gym last night on a beautiful summer evening for July’s IBA ConnX networking mixer. Thank you to Frank Bear, the 12th Street Gym Staff and the folks at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar for your hospitality and for providing such a great space for some real quality networking for our members to market themselves, their product or services.

If you haven’t been to an IBA ConnX event, come out and join us and find out why so many LGBT professionals and allies use ConnX to make those vital connections in order to sustain and grow their business.

View more photos of the event.

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IBA ConnX Crosses the Delaware!

In April, IBA ConnX, the region’s only monthly networking series for Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT business community and its allies, found itself crossing the Delaware for some high level networking, compliments of our host—IBA Member, Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.

IBA Members, guests and business professionals from across the region gathered in the Aquarium’s magnificent Currents Ballroom on the beautiful Camden waterfront and enjoyed a spectacular view of the Philadelphia skyline and a fascinating look into their 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit, which features hundreds of amazing fish and over 20 sharks.

One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of the 2013 DVLF/IBA Scholarship to Kevin Morrison—a Temple University student working toward his degree in actuarial science. Kevin was selected to be the recipient of last year’s scholarship from among a dozen area college and university students after a rigorous application and selection process. Upon winning the scholarship, Kevin had this to say, “My experience with the IBA and DVLF exemplifies the strength of the Philadelphia LGBTQ community. I was grateful for the warm welcome I received from my interviewers and from everyone at the networking event which I attended with the IBA and DVLF. The scholarship money makes such a great difference for me as a student working to pay toward my tuition and other school expenses. The scholarship allows me to spend more time devoted to study and professional development, which I greatly appreciate”.

DVLF Executive Director, Samantha Giusti and IBA Board President, Rich Horrow were on hand present Kevin with a check for $1,000 which will assist him in his studies at Temple.

View more pictures from the evening. (Photo credit: Thom Duffy Fine Art)

Membership in the IBA and attending IBA ConnX events can help business owners and professionals make those connections which are vital to the growth and sustainability of their businesses—so said Stacy Steffen, Catering Sales Manager for Adventure Aquarium and host of April’s IBA ConnX event. “Since joining the IBA, I have attended many of the events and have hosted a ConnX event. The IBA is a great group consisting of all professional individuals looking to network and make connections. I have met a lot of great people who have assisted me in making connections and promoting my event space. From my contacts and connections through the IBA, I have obtained two events for my venue! The events are fun, fresh and always produce more great connections.”

For more information on IBA ConnX contact 215-557-0190 or events@independencebusinessalliance.com

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IBA ConnX Launch Event

In January, IBA Members, guests & members of the former Greater Philadelphia Professional Network (GPPN) packed U BAR on one of the coldest nights of the year for the launch of IBA ConnX—the newest evolution of professional networking for the Greater Philadelphia region’s LGBT business community, its allies and friends! View photos from this launch event.

February’s IBA ConnX event attendance only grew when IBA Members, guests and business professionals packed MANNA‘s kitchen for the latest in the new monthly networking series’ event. Guests were treated to a wine tasting by Moore Brothers Wine Company and some delicious selections from the menu of Di Bruno Bros. View photos from the February ConnX event.

The goal of IBA ConnX, the region’s only monthly LGBT networking series, is to be that place where connections are made, business happens, partnerships are built and to help LGBT business professionals find a sense of community within the business world.

Check out the IBA website to find out the dates and locations for these monthly networking events and join us each month at IBA ConnX to make those connections that are vital to your business’ growth.

To find out how you can be a host venue for an IBA ConnX event, contact Joan Manuel Rivera at iba@independencebusinessalliance.com

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