WBA LGBT Economic Summit comes to Northern California

WBA LGBT Economic Summit comes to Northern California

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a long-standing member of the Western Business Alliance(WBA), a coalition of LGBT and allied business chambers.  With the WBA and neighboring LGBT Chamber the Golden Gate Business Association, we are honored to be holding the second annual LGBT Economic Summit on March 16, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. The summit will address the economic factors and policy agendas that affect LGBT and allied businesses and communities in the western U.S. and Canada.

The full-day summit, including breakout sessions an “Power Lunch” will explore topics such as: needs of millennial LGBT entrepreneurs, LGBT homeless issues/solutions from a regional perspective, creating new LGBT entrepreneurs via ‘disruptive technologies’, removing barriers to Transgender economic development,  accessing capital for LGBT businesses, and expanding LGBT participation in government/business contracting.

Through keynote presentations and panel discussions, attendees will share information, provide critical input to regional challenges, and build relationships with other LGBT and allied business leaders from 20 chambers throughout North America.
The Board of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is actively participating in this event and its planning efforts. We encourage any/all interested parties to join this historic, and meaningful, event. It is sure to spark a new level of momentum in the LGBT economic equality movement.


MARCH 15, 2018 6:00pm—8:00pm: VIP GALA RECEPTION



 $125 Full day (includes Power Lunch, Break-outs and both receptions)


The Western Business Alliance, formed in 1994, is a coalition of LGBT and allied chambers of commerce located in 21 cities and 11 states in the western United States and Canada. WBA chambers are committed to expanding economic opportunities for the LGBT and allied community by promoting equality through business. Through cooperation and sharing best practices, our chambers are integral to the economic health of our region and proudly connect the more than 4000 businesses we represent located throughout the western U.S. and Canada.
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber (Sacramento, CA)
Rainbow Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale, CA)
Portland Area Business Association (Portland, OR)
LOUD Business of Vancouver BC (Vancouver, BC)
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Los Angeles, CA)
Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Long Beach, CA)
Lambda Business Association (Las Vegas, NV)
Inland Northwest Business Alliance (Spokane, WA)
Greater Seattle Business Association (Seattle, WA)
Golden Gate Business Association (San Francisco, CA)
Desert Business Association (Palm Springs, CA)
North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce (Dallas, TX)
Greater San Diego Business Association


Founded in 1974 as the world’s first LGBT chamber of commerce, the GGBA holds a special place in the history of the ever-changing economic landscape on the local, national and international levels.  GGBA uses its affiliation with many organizations to build recognition for today’s vibrant LGBT business community and to foster the growth of similar organizations throughout the world

Darrick Lawson Named Rainbow Chamber’s 2015 Business Leader of the Year

Darrick Lawson, Rainbow Chamber Business Leader of the Year 2015Dr. Darrick Lawson, owner of Healing Touch Chiropractic, civic leader and LGBT activist, has been named Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Leader of the Year.

Lawson is a former board member and past president of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and founded the organization’s RainbowPAC. He was instrumental in helping to pass AB 1960 in 2012, which requires the state Department of General Services to collect and report voluntarily submitted information on LGBT-owned companies who contract with the state.

“I am proud to have built a successful business as an openly gay man, and to have worked with organizations such as the Chamber, the Stonewall Democrats and other institutions to create a diverse, inclusive economic environment in Sacramento where all people can be valued for their contributions rather than excluded for their differences,” Lawson said. “I am honored to receive the Business Leader of the Year recognition.”

“Darrick is an example to all of us of someone who has succeeded in business, in his family and personal relationships, and in his community,” said Chamber President Paul Weubbe. “Despite the demands of running a thriving practice Darrick gives generously of his time and leadership experience. He is an excellent choice for our 2015 Business Leader of the Year.”

The Business Leader of the Year is selected by a panel of Chamber and community leaders and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership success within his or her business and the business community as well as within the Sacramento LGBT community and who has and will continue to serve as a role model for the Greater Sacramento community.

Lawson received his doctorate from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1991, passed his state exam and joined a Central Valley practice, where he became a partner within one year. In 2000 he relocated to Sacramento, helped build a successful practice in Orangevale, and in 2003 opened his own Midtown Sacramento office, which has grown steadily every year since.

Lawson has served on the Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission for six years and is a former chair of the commission. He was appointed by then Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg to the Capitol Area Committee, which oversees development of state-owned property located near the Capitol. He has served on U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner’s Hate Crimes Task Force.

Lawson is a founding vice president and former president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento and a co-chair of the LGBT Redistricting Committee, which helped establish Sacramento’s LGBT community as a “community of interest” for city and county redistricting purposes. He is a 2012 recipient of the Stonewall Democrats Founder’s Award.

Rainbow Crosswalk Project Update

You’ve made a lot of progress, but there’s still a long way to go…

To date individuals and organizations have contributed nearly $13,000 to the Lavender Heights Rainbow Crosswalk Project. The rainbow-striped crosswalks to be installed at the intersection of 20th and K streets are projected to cost approximately $35,000 for installation and maintenance.

Why does it cost so much? Because it’s not just a matter of slapping down some paint: the crosswalks must meet city codes for street construction and signage. Colored stripes will be embedded into depressed strips in the asphalt of the street; the paint will have a long-lasting, durable rubberized texture and will be luminescent for night-time safety. Cost estimates are based on projections from a contractor who has installed similar crosswalks in other cities.

Will the project come to fruition? It all depends on you. While we have the support of the Midtown Business Association, Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen and local business owners and residents, the project will be funded from private donations. We must raise $35,000 before construction can begin.

Want to help? Share the news with your friends. Like us on Facebook. Make a donation. Or consider hosting a fundraising event or party at your home. The Rainbow Chamber Foundation has agreed to serve as the fiscal agent for the project and has made a $500 contribution. Because the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, contributions to the project are tax-deductible.

For more information about the Lavender Heights Project and the rainbow crosswalk, visit our Facebook page and share it with all your friends, or contact the Chamber office at businessmanager@rainbowchamber.com or 916-266-9630. Help us spread the word about this historic project commemorating the heritage of Sacramento’s LGBT community.

Rainbow Crosswalk Donors
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
Sacramento LGBT Community Center
David Carr
John Woodward
Michael Sestak
Ian Montgomery
Paul Weubbe
Bonnie Osborn
Heath Buckmaster
Falcon F. Lee
Gary B. Ferderer
Jason McCoy
Eric Brummer
Michael Olman
Nicole Ruszczycky
Ralph West
John Linker
Catherine Smith
Robert Longer
Patrick Riordan
Mark Peters
Adele Sakler
Elizabeth Campbell
Aaron Avery
Laura Braden
Charles Malone & Roger Lundberg
Jacques Graber
First United Methodist Church
Lumens Light + Living
Mayflower Building Partners
Jewish Community Foundation from the Rosenbaum Family Philanthropic Fund
Richard Hernandez

Sacramento Rainbow Chamber Adopts Drag Queen Bingo for Local Charities

July 1, SACRAMENTO—The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce has taken over operation of Sacramento’s long-standing monthly charity fundraising event, Drag Queen Bingo. Under the management of Outword Media Marketing Events, the Bingo fundraising event has raised more than $100,000 for local non-profit organizations since its inception in August 2009. Under the Chamber’s management, it will continue to be held monthly, from 7 to 9 p.m. on first Thursdays at Mango’s, 1930 K Street in Midtown Sacramento, with a different organization benefiting each month. The Thursday, July 2, event will benefit the Chamber’s non-profit Rainbow Chamber Foundation, which provides academic scholarships for LGBT and LGBT-supportive students. The August 6 game will benefit the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF), and the September 3 game will benefit Camellia Gay Softball Tournament.

“The Outword team and I are very proud of the support we have provided for local non-profit organizations with Drag Queen Bingo,” said Fred Palmer, president and publisher of Outword Media Marketing Events. “One of the best things about the event is that it has raised funds for all kinds of organizations and has brought together people from all Sacramento communities.

“The event is still successful and more popular than ever. But I have taken on other business and personal commitments, and it is simply time for us to let another organization take it on. We felt very strongly that we wanted to be sure Drag Queen Bingo would be operated by an organization with a solid staff and volunteer base and the infrastructure to keep it going and make it even better,” Palmer continued. “We have confidence that the Chamber will be a good steward of the event.”

Sacramento Rainbow Chamber President Paul Weubbe said Chamber board members and volunteers will run the monthly games and plan to preserve the event’s somewhat bawdy ambiance. Drag personalities Rusty Nails, Felicity Diamond and Do Me Moore will continue to emcee the events.

“The Chamber board is honored to take on the mission of continuing this great event that has done so much good in our community,” Weubbe said. “We’re excited to have the opportunity and want to use it as a way of connecting our LGBT community and causes with the greater Sacramento community. And we know it will be a lot of fun!”

A broad range of organizations have benefitted from the Bingo fundraisers, including WEAVE, Alzheimer’s Association, NorCal AIDS Cycle, Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, Sacramento LGBT Community Center, Gender Health Center, and Front Street Animal Shelter, to name just a few. Beneficiaries currently are scheduled through the end of 2015. The August 6 game will benefit the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF), and the September 3 game will benefit Camellia Gay Softball Tournament. Each beneficiary organization is responsible for providing Bingo prizes and volunteers to staff the event. Organizations typically raise between $500 and $1,500 per game.
Organizations wishing to be beneficiaries of future Drag Queen Bingo events may email businessmanager@rainbowchamber.com or call the Rainbow Chamber office at 916-266-9630.

Established in 2001, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals in a six-county area, as well as straight allies who support our mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate.