Announcing the 2017 HRC Corporate Equality Index

The IBA is proud to recognize our Corporate Parters at Borgata, Comcast, Exelon (PECO), PNC, and TD Bank for their perfect scores in the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

We are also excited to see this year’s report reflect the strides that are being made nationwide towards inclusion of LGBT Certified Businesses in corporate contracting. See below for more on the CEI’s efforts to include LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiatives in their ranking system:

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce began certifying LGBT-owned small businesses in 2002, a process that requires substantiation of majority LGBT ownership in a business and verification of a business’ good standing in the community. Supplier diversity initiatives are a win-win relationship for both the LGBT-owned small businesses and the businesses that contract them. By courting LGBT-owned businesses, over one-third of this year’s rated companies and law firms demonstrated their commitment to LGBT inclusion and now reap the benefits of working with businesses in the diverse communities in which they operate. While the CEI criteria will not prescribe the addition of a supplier diversity program nor NGLCC membership, it is seen as a best practice by many leading companies with world-class supplier diversity programs.

For CEI 2017 (calendar year 2016) and CEI 2018 (calendar year 2017):

● Participants will continue earning credit for having an LGBT supplier diversity program as one of their three efforts to earn 10 points under Public Engagement. Starting with CEI 2019 (calendar year 2018):

● Participants with a supplier diversity program must include LGBT suppliers in their outreach efforts to maintain full credit in this section. Participants with a supplier diversity program that does not include LGBT diversity will lose 5 points under Public Engagement.”

With all of the progress being made by national players like HRC and NGLCC, there has never been a better time to get certified. The first step towards certification is joining your local chamber – that’s the IBA for all those in Greater Philadelphia.  Contact us now to learn more about growing your business with LGBTBE Certification!

Read the full CEI report here.

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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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2016 DNC: Commitment to Diversity and Opportunity

As the 2016 Democratic Convention draws nearer, the DNC Host Committee has been putting on events, webinars, and town halls to engage the Philadelphia business community in their efforts. While many of the opportunities for local vendors are yet to be announced, the DNC Host Committee is laying the foundation for a successful convention by preparing local businesses now.

Tiffany Newmuis of the DNC Host Committee says, “We are committed to working with local vendors to fulfill specific service needs for the Convention. Some needs will be publicized via a Request for Proposal and some will be made known as the need arises. It is our goal to communicate appropriate opportunities with the local business community as much as possible. We look forward to working with many organizations from throughout the Philadelphia region, including diverse vendors and contractors. We encourage such business owners – including minorities, women, veterans, and members of the LGTB and disabled communities – to register for contract consideration. “

The best way to get involved in potential opportunities is to register for the 2016 Vendor Directory. The process for doing so is simple: go to the DNC website, and click on the “vendor” button at the top right of the page. That will take you to a form asking you to provide your contact information, the name of your business, the kind of services you offer, and similar details.

Currently there are 1,500 vendors registered in the Host Committee vendor directory. Of those, 35% vendors identify as diverse. 68% are based in Pennsylvania, and 45% are based in Philadelphia. The vendor directory will be used by the Host Committee and the DNCC for needed services to help present the Convention. It will also be provided to third parties that may be interested in holding events during Convention week, and that have contracted needs in order to put on those events.

From services, the DNC Host Committee will go through the RFP process but it is their goal to communicate these needs in advance of opening the RFP so that interested businesses have the time and information that they need to submit a proposal for the RFP. RFPs will be announced and then posted to the Host Committee’s website at When a registered applicant matches a need of the DNC Host Committee, they will get a notification.

Once the Convention ends, the vendor directory will be provided to local partners such as the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Philadelphia, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity for future contract needs. This is why it’s very critical for businesses to register even if you do not think your business will be able to offer services needed specifically for the Host Committee’s needs or the DNCC’s needs.

Not only will the directory provide the Convention team with suppliers leading up to and during the event, but it will also offer a comprehensive listing of vendors that can be used for a variety of events and by an array of entities beyond this event.

IBA members should take advantage of this incredible opportunity today. The DNC website will be constantly updated. The DNC Host Committee is committed to making the Philadelphia Convention the best in history, but they can’t do it without the help of our local business community.



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