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2018 NGLCC Conference To be Held in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA (May 2017) – On Wednesday, May 10 at the Independence Business Alliance 10th Anniversary Celebration, it was announced the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) will host their 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, PA. This world-renowned conference provides networking and engagement opportunities for business owners in the LGBT community. Philadelphia won the 2018 bid over other cities nationwide with the help of the IBA, PHLCVB, PHLDiversity, and Visit Philadelphia.

 

“This is an incredibly meaningful honor for our organization and for the Greater Philadelphia Area that we serve,” IBA Board President, Rich Horrow remarked. ” As an organization that has provided countless business opportunities for LGBT and allied businesses in the region, we will be thrilled to host affiliates, businesses and entrepreneurs from all over the country and world to share in the business equality movement.”

 

Founded in 2002, the NGLCC was created as a resource to supports LGBT business and showcase the diversity of talent, skills, and expertise in the LGBT community. The 2017 NGLCC Conference is being held in Las Vegas, NV from August 1-4, registration is available here. More than 1,000 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government officials from across the country and around the world are expected to attend. NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson is excited to bring the same exciting experience and opportunity to Philadelphia.

 

“We are elated to bring the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference to Philadelphia, and to partner with the Independence Business Alliance and our presenting sponsors to continue expanding the reach and impact of the largest LGBT business event on the planet,” said Nelson. “Solidarity and success in our community has never been more vital that it is now, and so it’s fitting that we bring the entire NGLCC family to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection in 2018 to create unprecedented opportunities for LGBT-owned businesses to thrive.”

 

For more information about the Independence Business Alliance (IBA) visit https://www.thinkiba.com/. Be sure to like the IBA on Facebook and follow along on Twitter and Instagram @Think_IBA. Learn more about the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) at  www.nglcc.org, and find them on social media, @NGLCC.

About Independence Business Alliance

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) provides opportunities, access, and resources to LGBT professionals and allies in the Greater Philadelphia area. The organization promotes economic development, growth, diversity, and leadership throughout the region. The IBA is a membership-based business advocacy organization, dedicated to making the Philadelphia region an influential and diverse LGBT community with an impact on economic development, equal rights, and policy issues. The IBA is an official affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

ABOUT NGLCC:

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global 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

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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. 

Photo by BG Productions.

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.

Photo by BG Productions.

MSNBC and Washington Post journalist Jonathan Capehart was honored with the first IBA Influencer Award for his contributions to the LGBT business community nationally.

Photo by BG Productions.

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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2014 Annual IBA Holiday Party

On Tuesday, December 16th, The IBA rang in the Holiday Season with its largest ever Holiday Party! Over 150 members, guests & friends of the IBA came together to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. IBA Member, Hilton Garden Inn was host to this year’s annual event and provided a wonderful setting in their 10th Floor Grille for an evening of great networking, some holiday cheer and to toast the Greater Philadelphia region’s vibrant & successful LGBT and allied businesses community.

Special thanks to all who helped make this annual, not to be missed event another HUGE success – particularly to the over 20 IBA Member Businesses who donated to this year’s gift bag received by each of the attendees.

View more photos of the evening’s festivities.

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IBA/DVLF Host 1st Scholarship Fundraiser Event

On November 13th, the IBA, in partnership with the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) and founding sponsor LinguiSearch, Inc., held its first fundraiser to enhance its annual Scholarship Award at Molly Malloy’s in the Reading terminal Market.

The purpose of the event was not only to raise funds to increase the award’s cash value, but also to raise awareness of the scholarship itself in order to make it a more robust program and a greater benefit to an area college student.

The scholarship is awarded to a local, undergraduate student currently enrolled in a business related discipline within the Philadelphia region. IBA, DVLF and LinguiSearch, Inc. view this collaboration as a tremendous opportunity to work together, enabling a community minded and business focused student to take one step closer to their goals.

Read more on the IBA/DVLF scholarship and its eligibility requirements.

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event at Molly Malloy’s.

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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 Fall Member Welcoming Event

IBA Members and the Board of Directors welcomed the newest members to the Chamber on October 22nd at the Fall Member Welcoming Event! A great night of networking was had thanks to the hospitality of the William Way Community Center! We are grateful to our friends and long-time, loyal Members at the William Way for helping us welcome our newest members to the IBA!

Thanks also, to so many of our newest members who came out to join us! It was great to see that the IBA continues to grow in numbers and in the representation of the great diversity in the LGBT business community throughout the region!

Special thanks to Thom Duffy Fine Art for providing such a beautiful backdrop for the evening with so much of his stunning artwork – which was hanging in the main lobby of the William Way – and to our food & beverage sponsors for the evening: Agio Brand Solutions, Assurance Construction, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox Roach Realtors and United Northern Mortgage Bankers.

View more photos from the evening.

For more information on the IBA and the benefits of membership in the Chamber, contact 215-557-0190 or join@independencebusinessalliance.com

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The IBA Thanks Corporate Partners and Higher Level Members

On October 14th, The IBA welcomed executives and business professionals from across the region to the annual IBA President’s Breakfast. Here corporate representatives gathered for networking and updates about Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the national LGBT business movement.

IBA President, Rich Horrow, and the Board of Directors hosted this year’s event in the Plaza Ballroom of Philadelphia’s magnificent Ritz Carlton Hotel. The annual event is an opportunity for IBA leadership to thank its higher level members and Corporate Partners for their significant support of the work and mission of the IBA.

View more pictures of this year’s event.

The President’s Breakfast is a member benefit offered to Executive, President, and Chairman level members and the Corporate Partners of the IBA. For more information on these levels of membership and opportunities for corporate partnership, contact IBA Executive Administrator Tom Cavanaugh at 215-557-0190 or iba@independencebusinessalliance.com

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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 Celebrates Winning National Achievement

Up in the Ascend Lounge of Tavern on Camac, over 80 IBA members, business owners and Community & Corporate Partners enjoyed an evening of great networking and champagne to toast and celebrate the recent awarding of the 2014 Chamber of the Year Award to the IBA! Thank you to the WiBs and ConnX (the IBA’s 2 monthly networking series) who helped make this event possible! A very special thank you goes also to founding and charter members Stephen Carlino and Dennis Fee for hosting us and providing such excellent food and atmosphere! The event was a huge success particularly because of the great folks, members and business owners who came out to celebrate and to network on this very special occasion.

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

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The IBA Welcomes New Members to its Ranks!

IBA Members and the Board of Directors welcomed the newest members to the Chamber on June 4th at the Spring New Member Networking Social! A great night of networking was had thanks to the hospitality of Jeff Alexander and Beneficial Bank! We are grateful to our friends and long-time, loyal Members at Beneficial for helping us welcome our newest members to the IBA in style!

A special thanks to so many of our newest members who came out to join us! It was great to see that the IBA continues to grow in numbers and in representing the great diversity in the LGBT business community throughout the region!

View more photos from the evening.

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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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2013 IBA Holiday Party

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013 over 125 members, guests & friends of the IBA came together to celebrate the Holiday Season. IBA Member, Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia was host to this year’s annual event and provided a wonderful setting in their new Philadelphia Room for an evening of great networking, some holiday cheer and to toast the Greater Philadelphia’s vibrant & successful LGBT businesses community.

View some more photos of the evening’s festivities. Photo credits: HughE Dillon.

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