The IBA promotes Philadelphia’s LGBT businesses in an effort to foster diversity, financial opportunities and advocate for change. IBA members who know of a friend or colleague that could benefit from the IBA’s network of businesses and programming can refer and connect them to the IBA to be entered in a raffle.
One lucky entrant will win a two-night stay at Borgata, tickets to see Kathy Griffin Feb. 17, dinner for two at Bobby Flay Steak and VIP entry to Premier Nightclub.
Zach Wilcha, IBA executive director, said Borgata has been very supportive of the LGBT chamber of commerce’s efforts to promote and encourage LGBT businesses.
“We have a very good relationship with the Borgata as one of our corporate partners,” he said. “They’ve always been very generous in offering us tickets to some of the events they have for us to use in creative ways. Since we have been trying to ramp up membership here, we wanted to combine the two and see if we could incentivize our current members to bring in new members to the organization.”
Wilcha added that now that the Trump administration could sanction discrimination against the LGBT community, the work of the IBA is even more needed.
“With the shifting political landscape, we want to provide a safe space for people to be able to succeed in business. We’ve already had an uptick in membership since the election and we expect that it will continue,” Wilcha said. “We’ve heard not only from our LGBT businesses but also from ally businesses asking how they can help the LGBT business community. I think that we are capable of connecting people with the right resources that they need, and we plan to continue to do that.”