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  • January 25, 2017 10:01 AM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)

    For further information: Bary Hausrath, 804 482-1649

                      

    The Richmond Business Alliance is pleased to announce the Richmond Business Alliance (“RBA”) Job Fair at Diversity Richmond on March 25, 2017.


    The Richmond Metro area’s first annual job fair to connect local employers with LGBTQ-identifying job seekers, the fair is the concluding event in the inaugural RBA Career Readiness Series, a multi-week series of educational programs, workshops, resources, and services geared towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/gender nonconforming (LGBTQ) job seekers.

     

    RBA president Bary Hausrath explained, “the job search process is inherently intimidating, even for many qualified applicants.  The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair aims to address this.  Exhibitors have demonstrated commitments to inclusion and diversity for LGBTQ employees. From the job seeker’s perspective, having confidence that their sexual orientation or gender identity is neither a liability nor a threat to their livelihood is incredibly important.”


    The RBA Career Readiness Series includes workshops on resume building, mock interviews, conveying an appropriate professional presence online and in-person, programs around navigating identity issues in the job search and workplace, and even wardrobe and styling assistance. 

    Bill Harrison, Executive Director at Diversity Richmond observed that the “project is so needed as employment is an issue with many, especially the transgender community. Also, the classes that are being offered are invaluable to job-searchers. We are very proud to play a role in this endeavor.”


     “Recognizing the employment difficulties faced by so many in the LGBT community, Equality Virginia is proud to be a part of this job fair that will provide days’ worth of practical and meaningful assistance to members in our community who are seeking to provide for themselves and their families,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia.

     “In addition to our community partners that are helping spread the word, the donations from RBA members and other for and non-profit service providers have made the RBA Job Fair at Diversity Richmond, long a goal for many community activists, a reality,” Hausrath added.


    The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair and Career Readiness Series are collaborative efforts involving representatives of community organizations including the Richmond Business Alliance, Equality Virginia, Diversity Richmond, Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic), Nationz Foundation, and Richmond Transformers. The effort is funded in part by a grant from Diversity Richmond. 


    Community partners include Diversity Richmond, Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic), and Equality Virginia.


    Vendor inquiries should be directed to jobfair@richmondbusinessalliance.com


    Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to sponsorship@richmondbusinessalliance.com


    More information about the Job Fair and Career Readiness Series can be found online at www.richmondbusinessalliance.com


    Details:

    Address: Event Hall (Entrances 2 & 3) at Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond VA 23220.

    Parking: Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to Entrances 3 and 4; free overflow parking on the street will also be available.

    Date: Saturday March 25, 2017

    Time (Exhibitors) Setup between 9 and 10 a.m.; The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair at Diversity Richmond runs until 2 p.m.

    Schedule for Job Seekers:

    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast (sponsorship still available)

    9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Panel discussion: How to Make the Job Fair Experience Rewarding and Successful

    10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Coffee break (sponsorship available)

    10:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair at Diversity Richmond


    Community partners:

    The Richmond Business Alliance

                      

    The Richmond Business Alliance is the local affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.  Both organizations work to encourage businesses large and small to engage in practices that treat all people equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, promote diversity in the workplace.  The RBA provides a pathway to the NGLCC-administered LGBTBE designation, which is available only to LGBT-owned and operated businesses.  Approximately one-third of the Fortune 500 recognizes the LGBTBE designation in procurement decisions as part of supplier diversity initiatives.

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    For further information, contact:

    Bary Hausrath, President, Richmond Business Alliance, 804 482 1649 


    NATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    Founded in 2002, the NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interest of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. The NGLCC is committed to forming a broad-based coalition of LGBT owned and friendly businesses, professionals, and major corporations for the purpose of promoting economic growth and the prosperity of our members.


    Richmond Business Alliance


    The Richmond Business Alliance is the local affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and supports businesses and professionals affirming to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.   The RBA brings together individuals and organizations from across various sectors of the business community to experience unique commercial, educational, networking, and social programming opportunities that increase visibility and promote economic success.

  • January 07, 2017 6:49 PM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)




    Governor Terry McAuliffe signs new executive order on  

    nondiscrimination in public services and state contracting   


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 5, 2017

    Contact: Joseph Papa, jpapa@equalityvirginia.org;  804.643.4816


    CHARLOTTESVILLE – Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 61 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by Virginia’s contractors, subcontractors, and state employees.  “In addition to keeping Virginia a place with a commonsense, pro-business government, today’s Executive Order is a huge leap forward in our goal toward becoming a state that is a safe, welcoming, and equal place for all Virginians. We are grateful for the continued leadership demonstrated by Governor McAuliffe on gay and transgender issues,” said Equality Virginia’s executive director James Parrish, adding that “This policy is simply good business practice—taxpayers should expect that their money will not be used to support organizations that discriminate.” A 2015 study by the Williams Institute at UCLA showed that 80% of Virginians support workplace protections for gay and transgender individuals. 


    Today’s Executive Order affirms and extends the Commonwealth’s nondiscrimination policy by prohibiting discrimination by state contractors against LGBT Virginians in employment, subcontracting, and the delivery of goods and services. Furthermore, the Executive Order prohibits discrimination in the provision of state services, meaning that state employees cannot discriminate against LGBT Virginians. In addition to protecting LGBT people from discrimination, the Executive Order extends similar protections based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, political affiliation, disability, and veteran status.   

         

    Members of Virginia’s Gay and Lesbian Chambers of Commerce welcomed the news.  “The Governor’s executive order is an important step toward opening the contracting and grant opportunities provided by the Commonwealth and assuring that all Virginians have an equal ability to participate in those opportunities” said Bary Hausrath, president of the Richmond Business Alliance, an organization of LGBTQ business owners and allies. “We look forward to working with Equality Virginia and the General Assembly to make sure that discrimination on the taxpayers’ dime has no place in the Commonwealth,” he added.


    Parrish further praised the actions of the Governor, stating, “This Executive Order goes a long way towards keeping Virginia competitive to businesses and aligns the Commonwealth’s practices with those of most Fortune 500 companies.” The vast majority (89 percent) of Fortune 500 companies in the United States—and 17 of Virginia’s 18 Fortune 500 corporations—have nondiscrimination protections in place for gay and transgender employees.  Parrish added, “Executive Order 61 is a critical step forward and will increase the number of individuals protected from discrimination.  Comprehensive statewide legislation, however, remains a necessity for achieving uniform and complete prohibition of discrimination across the state.”  


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    Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians.  Since 1989, EV has worked to end discrimination, protect families and build safe communities.  More information is online at EqualityVirginia.org.  Connect on Facebook.com/EqualityVA or Twitter @EqualityVA.

  • June 22, 2015 4:22 PM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)



    There’s a group of consumers coming to the forefront other than Millennials that are growing in buying power and advancing to the forefront of marketing minds.  The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, while still bearing the ‘Millennial’ tag, has it’s own unique concerns and ambitions when it comes to home buying.  A recent survey done by Better Homes and Gardens along with the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) was the first of it’s kind, having over 1,700 respondents of LGBT potential home buyers and sellers.  The majority of the LGBT community believes that buying a home is a good investment and a future aspiration.  In honor of June, LGBT pride month, I thought I’d share some findings of this groundbreaking survey.

     

    All age groups, including the Millennial and LGBT consumer segments, believe homeownership as a worthwhile investment and desired goal.  However, the motivations for home buying differs between the LGBT and non-LGBT communities.  Non-LGBT motivations include personal finance goals as paramount to buying a first home, specifically saving for the down-payment.  Priority among the LGBT community to buying a first home is moving to a better city or neighborhood.  This finding is underpinned by a primary concern for safety.

     

    The top concerns for LGBT respondents were safety and discrimination.  Moving to a neighborhood that was progressive, had low crime and in a state with anti-discrimination laws, were ideal preferences for home buying.  Further, discrimination was a factor in LGBT concerns when it comes to all aspects of the housing market.  From property management companies to home sellers, agents to neighbors, the high ratio of concern took surveyors by surprise.  The NAGLREP seeks to remedy these concerns by continuing their work in supporting progressive legislation and advocacy.  They have created a public online database of LGBT-friendly real estate professionals.  This concern presents a new opportunity to educate the real estate industry when it comes to providing great customer service and an excellent home buying experience for LGBT buyers.

     

    Another factor that will potentially effect the market is the Supreme Court decision on LGBT marriage.  Historically home buying is increased by achieving social equality as it helps members of that group feel more protected and confident in their investment.

     

    As we achieve these milestones, the LGBT community still remains a huge buying power (around $840 billion) and growing.  This is just the beginning of refining market knowledge for LGBT consumers.  These findings are just the beginning, opening up a meaningful dialogue for real estate professionals to be proactive in creating a tailored experience for LGBT buyers. I am a strong believer of equality. It shouldn’t matter whether you are black, white, gay or straight -  all deserve to be treated equality and more importantly feel safe in their homes. 

  • June 07, 2015 4:05 PM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)

    On June 3rd, the Richmond Business Alliance had the opportunity to meet with several representatives from iHeart Media. The event began with a tour of iHeart Media’s facilities. Following the tour, was a luncheon featuring a presentation led by, account executive, Rae Berryman on “The Power of Radio.” Berryman discussed iHeart Media’s role in helping to promote local businesses through radio and social media advertisements. She highlighted the company’s involvement with LGBT establishments such as: Godfrey’s, Babes, and other companies in our community. We also had the pleasure of meeting Q94’s Jackson Scott. He shared his positive experiences as an openly gay radio personality. It was very uplifting to hear that this multimedia nationally known company has such a strong connection with the LGBT community. This continues to prove how far we’ve come in terms of business equality. 


    Congratulations to long-time-alliance member Cecilia Rich for winning $1,000 worth of free radio advertising! Here's what she had to say about her experience:

    "Boy, has radio changed! The Lunch and Learn at iHeart Media was a wonderful opportunity to meet other business owners and to see how radio could possibly enhance my business. Hats off to the RBA and iHeart Media for a job well done. The event was informative and extremely entertaining. To top it off, Rae pulled my name out to Win a $1000 Gift Certificate towards FREE Advertising on any of the 7 stations.  RBA, thank you for presenting this opportunity to me. I look forward to my meeting with Rae to see how she can help brand my business!" 

    -Cecilia Rich, co-owner of Rich's Stitches


    iHeart Media has extended an offer to all members of the Richmond Business Alliance for its “Summer Sale” packages. The deadline to take advantage of this deal is Friday June 19th at 5:00PM. To learn more about iHeart Media advertising and the Summer Sale deal, click here!


    Overall, the event was a huge success! We had a great time interacting with the staff and radio personnel at iHeart Media. We look forward to partnering up with them in the future!

  • May 28, 2015 10:29 PM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)



    The sole jeweler member of the Richmond Business Alliance in Richmond, Virginia, Adolf Jewelers is a long-standing supporter of the LGBT community with a commitment to inclusion and making customers comfortable. 


    Adolf Jewelers is also the sole local dealer of Rony Tennenbaum’s line of engagement rings and wedding bands designed with LGBT couples in mind (https://ronytennenbaum.com/).  But getting the line was no small task.  Explaining his journey to get Rony Tennenbaum to distribute through Adolf, Ronnie Adolf described a long courtship of building trust, comfort, and mutual respect.  Tennenbaum, who normally shuns dealers and distributors, ultimately agreed to let Adolf distribute his line.


    Says Adolf, it’s not about steering customers towards one particular line of jewelry just because the customer is in a same-sex coupling.  Rather, his company’s pairing with Tennenbaum is about making sure that as a customer, you have the options you need so that you can get what you want. Of course, they also have more classic options like the your parents and grandparents’ wedding bands.  


    True jewelers, Adolf can handle everything from sales of pre-made rings, earnings, and everything in between, to custom jewelry design, to watch and jewelry repair.


    With inventory galore and styles running the gamut from traditional to fun, there is no shortage of choices.  But Adolf Jewelers is perhaps best known for its friendly and no-pressure sales staff. “You can teach anyone about jewelry, but you can’t teach people to be nice,” Adolf explained while describing his approach to selecting his salespeople.


    It all comes down to their slogan: “Relax. We’ll make you happy.”








  • May 28, 2015 10:27 PM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)

    The Richmond Business Alliance thanks our member businesses and the community for helping us raise funds for local AIDS Ride/Lifecycle participant Stephanie Rittmeyer.  With your help, the Richmond Business Alliance contributed $2175 towards Stephanie's personal funding goal!  You can follow Stephanie’s journey via her Facebook page, where she will post pictures and updates throughout the 7-day, 545 mile bike ride.


    Thank you and everyone with the RBA for making the fundraiser such a huge success. - Steph

  • May 28, 2015 7:14 PM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)

    Style Weekly released the “Best of Richmond” list and you will find several RBA members included. Adolf Jewelers, Diversity Thrift, Mongrel, and more earned this year’s distinction.  


    Check out the full article here


    PartyRVA, RBA member and LGBT BE Certified, won the first place prize and the designation of Region's Best Startup 2015! The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce hosted this start up competition in May and winners earned cash awards for their businesses. 


    Read more details about this event here 


  • May 28, 2015 7:12 PM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)

    Email nominating@richmondbusinessalliance.com with a statement of interest and your resume or a brief summary of relevant experience.  


    Whether you would like to serve on the board, as an executive officer, or as a member of our events, sponsorship, communications, membership, or finance committee, we look forward to hearing from you!

  • April 30, 2015 5:53 PM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)



    Throughout April, Equality Virginia has been encouraging housing professionals and companies to join a multi-state campaign titled “Equality Means Business.” This campaign is designed to showcase businesses that know how vital LGBT customers and employees are to their success in a modern economy.  Housing professionals including Weinstein Properties, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Second Act Communities, and Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation are among the newest members of “Equality Means Business.”


    A signature piece was the Fair Housing Breakfast reception. The event was sponsored by the Weinstein Properties and promoted by Richmond Business Alliance. Read more about the breakfast and the “Equality Means Business” campaign here.

  • March 29, 2015 4:46 PM | Enrique Mendez (Administrator)

    Membership 


       Business Enterprise Members– $350 (up from $150)

    • For-profit business/organizations up to 50 employees

    • Includes 5 individual memberships for members of your team

    • Fee waiver on LGBTBE application for certification with the NGLCC and recertification fee waiver

    • All other Business Level Membership Privileges, including Membership Directory Listing for your

      company

    • Preferred sponsorship offerings give you the opportunity to layer on additional advertising and event-

      specific sponsorships as desired


      Small Business Members– $200 (new category)

    • For-profit business/organizations up to 50 employees

    • Includes 3 individual memberships for members of your team (no fee waiver)

    • All other Membership Privileges currently attached to business-level membership, including one

      membership Directory Listing for the business

    • Preferred sponsorship offerings give you the opportunity to layer on additional advertising and event-

      specific sponsorships as desired 


      Non-profit Members – $200 (new category)

    • For not-for-profit business/organizations

    • Includes 5 individual memberships for members of your team (no fee waiver)

    • One membership Directory Listing for the non-profit

    • Subject to MOU for cross-promotion.


      Individual Membership – $85 (up from $75)

    • Directory listing

    • Standard membership perks (as before)

    • No LGBTBE fee waiver.


      Student Membership – $25 (new category)

    • For full-time undergraduate and graduate students

    • The same as individual membership, but it does not include a directory listing.


      * Promotional rates are valid until April 1st, 2016 on a first-come first-served basis. Legacy membership classes will be available until April 1st, 2015. 

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