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The IBA Celebrates 10 Years

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is commemorating 10 years of growth and achievement in the Greater Philadelphia LGBT business community. The Tenth Anniversary Celebration (IBA10), presented by PNC Bank, will be hosted at the historic Down Town Club on Wednesday, May 10.

The evening will be commemorated by 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 poised to grow, innovate, and give back to the community. Special guest Jonathan Capehart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post and MSNBC journalist, will be presented with the IBA Influencer Award to honor his career. As one of the area’s largest LGBT event of its kind, notable attendees include local and state government officials, Mayor James Kenney, and leaders from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

IBA members and non-members are all invited to join IBA10. This night of celebration is a toast to the past, present, and future of our LGBT business community. Take in the Down Town Club’s stunning décor, Colonial spirit, and incredible views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and Independence Mall. Enjoy delicious food and top-self open bar provided by IBA member and culinary expert, Cescaphe Event Group.  

Since their inception in 2007, IBA has grown from only 10 members to more than 300. This growth has been crucial to the economic empowerment of the region’s LGBT business community and the city of Philadelphia. After an amazing decade, the IBA is bringing several new initiatives to the table in 2017. IBA Executive Director Zach Wilcha is proud to introduce the organization’s new programs and partnerships.

“Launching in 2017, these unique programs will help the IBA diversify within the LGBT community: a collaboration with PHLDiversity in programming to focus on intersectional, racial diversity  and a program we’re calling TransWork which will focus on helping trans individuals find employment and entrepreneurial resources,” explains Wilcha. “Now, more than ever, we must be intentional with our efforts to reach all parts of our community to help build business and develop economic progress.”

Tickets for IBA10 are on sale and can be purchased here.


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