Candidates, RCC Members Connect at RainbowPAC Kickoff Brunch


PAC Chair and RCC Board Member Paul Weubbe
Photo: Monica Neumann Lunardi Photo Artist

More than 60 Rainbow Chamber members and supporters and 15 candidates for public office mixed and mingled Saturday, January 25, at the RainbowPAC Kickoff Brunch. The event was held at the Dante Club, which generously sponsored mimosas, sparkling wine and a delicious brunch buffet.

Candidates, who made brief introductions, included Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, candidate for Senate; Maggy Krell, candidate for Sacramento County District Attorney; Cyril Shah, candidate for Sacramento City Council; Patrick Kennedy, candidate for Sacramento County Supervisor; Diana Rodriguez, candidate for State Assembly; Rosalyn Van Buren, candidate for SacramentoCity Council; Bill Slaton, candidate for SMUD Board; Anne Marie Schubert, candidate for Sacramento County District Attorney; Steve Cohn, candidate for State Assembly; Elizabeth Emken, candidate for Congress; Abe Snobar, candidate for Sacramento City Council; Sacramento City Councilmember Darrell Fong, candidate for State Assembly; and Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, candidate for re-election.

Steve Cohn and Jeffery K. Dorso of Pioneer Law Group gave an update on the status of the proposed Entertainment and Sports Center project. Project developers have worked with area business organizations, including the Black, Hispanic and Asian chambers of commerce, to provide opportunities for small and local businesses.


Congressional candidate Elizabeth Emken and Cyril Shah, candidate for Sacramento City Council
Photo: Monica Neumann Lunardi Photo Artist

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce launched RainbowPAC in 2012 as a non-partisan political action committee supporting business-positive candidates who are supportive of diversity and LGBT equality. RainbowPAC will also host informational voter forums and endorse public policy and ballot initiatives that have a positive impact on the Greater Sacramento LGBT community and the business environment of the region. Chamber Board Member Paul Weubbe serves as PAC Committee Chair, and committee members include Carlos Marquez, Joe Klegseth, Scott Patterson, Griselda Barajas, Alan Lofaso, Dennis Mangers, and Dr. Darrick Lawson.

“We believe RainbowPAC provides an important voice for our community,” Weubbe says. “For anyone who embraces the twin goals of equality and a strong business environment, participating in RainbowPAC is a great way to make sure your voice is heard.”

Upcoming PAC events include a mixer on Tuesday, February 25, 6-8 p.m. at Griselda’s Catering. RainbowPAC endorsements for the 2014 primary election will take place on Wednesday, March 26, 6-9 p.m. at UC Davis Extension, Sutter Galleria. Candidate endorsements will be made by a vote of Rainbow Chamber members in good standing.

For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and RainbowPAC, visit

Click here to view more photos of the RainbowPAC Champagne Brunch.

Opening Our Doors – Wide Open!

Cares_LOGO_rgb_transparent_pngFor the last 25 years CARES has been the leader for HIV care in Sacramento. We’re proud of that legacy and have no intention of changing our commitment to comprehensive care for people with HIV/AIDS. But with the changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act, we have had no choice but to broaden our scope.

That means that CARES is now Cares Community Health, a comprehensive primary care clinic open to everyone!

Sacramento now has a clinic that understands the issues of gay men and women.  You don’t have to hesitate about telling our doctors who you have sex with. You don’t have to hesitate when discussing your partner. We are gay-friendly and proud of it.

What does Cares Community Health offer?  Here is a list of our services:

Primary Medical Care
Infectious Disease Care
Nutritional Counseling
Psychiatry & Mental Health Counseling
Substance Abuse Treatment
On Site Pharmacy & Laboratory
Benefits Counseling
Community Resource Connection
Referrals to Specialty Care
Free HIV/STD Testing

We take most major insurance plans. If you need help finding care under the Affordable Care Act, we can help with that, too.

We’re conveniently located in Midtown at 1500 21st Street (between O and P Streets).

Call us at 916 443-3299 to schedule an appointment today.


State of the Chamber Message to RCC Members


Dear RCC Members,

On behalf of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber Board of Directors, I’m wishing you a healthy, happy and successful 2014.

As we begin this year, the Board and I felt it was important to share with you some upcoming changes to our staffing and infrastructure and tell you about some exciting new programs and opportunities designed to help your business succeed and grow.

Executive Director Resignation

To begin with, we report with mixed emotions that Nikki Whitfield has resigned her position as Chamber Executive Director in order to pursue a new opportunity with St. John’s Women’s Shelter in Sacramento. Although we are saddened to lose Nikki’s charismatic leadership, energy and talent, we also understand that Nikki is following her heart in serving an organization that makes such an important contribution to our community. We wish her every success in her new position.

We are fortunate that Sara Freid continues to serve as our Business Manager. The Board is considering our staffing requirements pending a decision about recruitment for an Executive Director position.

RCC Website Redesign

Another big change is one that will be welcomed by many of you. Our Board and staff has heard from members that our Chamber website is not as user-friendly and easy to navigate as it could be. You spoke, and we listened.

We are pleased to announce the Chamber has contracted with LimeWorks Inc., an RCC member, to completely redesign our website. We also are in the process of converting our existing membership management system to ChamberMaster®, a powerful and easy-to-use system utilized by many of our sister LGBT chambers of commerce and other business organizations throughout the United States. As with any construction site, we know there will be a little bit of dust during the project, but once the new site is up and running, we will have a dynamic, informative website offering a greatly improved experience both for our members and members of the public who want to learn more about RCC. We expect the new site to be completed in spring 2014. The contract for website redesign was awarded to LimeWorks Inc. following a competitive RFP process.

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Affiliation & Opportunities

RCC’s affiliation with NGLCC offers a number of opportunities benefiting our members and their businesses. Businesses that are at least 51% LGBT-owned are eligible for NGLCC’s LGBT Business Enterprise Certification, the only LGBT certification recognized by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. Certification puts you in touch with potential opportunities to do business with scores of NGLCC’s corporate partners in every major industry—names such as Wells Fargo, Ernst & Young, Wyndham Hotels, and IBM, to name just a few. Thanks to our affiliation with NGLCC, the cost of the $400 certification is waived for Rainbow Chamber members.

In 2014, NGLCC’s 11th Annual Business Leadership Conference, which brings together several hundred LGBT-certified businesses and the major corporate partners who want to do business with them for a three-day networking dream, will be held in Las Vegas, July 29-August 1. It’s affordable, close to home, and we hope to have a large contingent of RCC members in attendance. It is one of the best business conferences you will ever attend.

Last but not least, NGLCC is inviting RCC member businesses to participate in a remarkable internship program of the Add Us In Coalition. Participating employers will be matched with a prescreened, qualified intern whose education and skills meet the employer’s business needs. The best part is that a portion of the stipend paid to the interns will be reimbursed by Add Us In. One of our own RCC members, WriteAway Communications Services, hired two interns from the Add Us In program in 2013, with outstanding results. NGLCC’s Director of Affiliate Relations and Add Us In program staff will hold a free informational workshop about the program here in Sacramento on February 19th. We’ll keep you posted on time and location.

$25 Discount on Exhibit Space at LGBT Wedding Expo

RCC is teaming up with member Outword Media Marketing & Events and Details Details Events & Conference Planning to co-host the second Sacramento LGBT Wedding Expo Tuesday, February 18th, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel. This event will correspond with RCC’s February Monthly Mixer, and we hope all of you will attend and enjoy the party! Attendance is free for both members and guests, but be sure to let us know you’re coming by registering at

As event co-sponsors, RCC members will receive a $25 discount off the $350 exhibit space. Hundreds attended the first expo, held in August 2013, and many of the couples attending found photographers, caterers, venues, décor, wedding couture and jewelry to create the weddings of their dreams. February’s mixer will be a great place to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cake and wine tastings and the sounds of dueling DJs while your friends strut and model in House of Fashion’s bridal fashion show.


RainbowPAC is the Chamber’s non-partisan political action committee founded in 2012. Under the leadership of PAC Chair Paul Weubbe, we are launching a broad-based outreach campaign targeted both to members of the LGBT community who are not currently members of RCC and to members of allied communities. RainbowPAC fills a unique role in our city and state by marrying the values of equality, diversity and inclusion with support for pro-business candidates and ballot initiatives. Stay tuned for news about upcoming fundraising events and candidate endorsement meetings. Only RCC members will be able to vote on candidate endorsements.

Our first RainbowPAC event of 2014 will be a Champagne Brunch fundraiser at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, generously hosted and sponsored by the Dante Club! We hope to see all of you there. To register, please visit and click on the registration link.

Rainbow Chamber Foundation

Our non-profit Foundation, led by Chamber Vice President Joey O’Shea, is starting the year with an outreach campaign to Sacramento-region high schools, community colleges and universities. Since 2007, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation has awarded 22 scholarships to LGBT or LGBT-supportive students, funded entirely by Chamber fundraising efforts such as our Annual Gala and raffles at our monthly mixers.

For 2014, we are proud to announce a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) Scholarship, generously funded by RCC corporate sponsor SMUD!

Monthly Mixers

Our new Events Committee, led by RCC Board Member David Andersen, is busy making plans for exciting mixers and other events in 2014. Our Monthly Mixers will continue to be held every third Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at a different member-provided location each month.

We look forward to seeing all of you at our New Year Mixer on Tuesday, January 21, at Jackson Catering & Events, 1120 Fulton Avenue, Suite N, Sacramento, CA 95825, sponsored by A&A Music Events. Visit our events calendar for more details and to register.


The members of the RCC board and I are honored to have the opportunity to help our Chamber and our Sacramento business community thrive and grow. Yet, we can’t be successful without the support and participation of our members. Let us know how we can provide you and your business better value for your membership. What new educational programs, networking events, community resources or advocacy do you need to succeed?

Finally, we need your help to provide the future leadership that will enable our Chamber to continue growing. We need committee members, event volunteers, community ambassadors and future Board members. One of the best ways to benefit from your RCC membership is to get involved, by contributing your time, skills and business savvy to strengthen our Chamber. Let’s make new friendships, build more relationships and discover the potential customers and partners that will help our businesses succeed in 2014.



Michael Sestak
President, Board of Directors

UC Davis Executive Leadership Program

Transform. Inspire. Achieve.
The 2014 UC Davis Executive Leadership Program

Whether you lead a company, a team or a community, the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is a personal and professional growth experience that will help you inspire, motivate and move forward. Plus, as a Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce member, you’ll receive a $500 discount on program tuition.

The program’s eight, highly interactive seminars will provide you with practical new approaches to leadership, help you learn to better adapt and thrive in the face of change, and advance yourr leadership ability.

  • Master practical tools and techniques designed to turn successful managers and executives into exceptional leaders
  • Learn from experienced business professionals who understand the leadership challenges you face every day
  • Engage in real-world case studies, hands-on exercises and insightful peer discussions that have an immediate, positive impact on the way you lead
  • Thursdays, March 13-May 1, 2014, 1:30-8 p.m. at the Sutter Square Galleria
  • All materials, including gourmet meals, provided
  • Apply online

We are hosting a free online information session on January 16 from 4-5 p.m. (PST), which I encourage you to sign up for. To get a better sense of the quality of the program and its instructors, watch this video on emotional intelligence by Executive Leadership Program instructor Dr. Mitchel Adler. It demonstrates the kind of practical techniques, effective strategies and personal insights you’ll experience as part of the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program.

Leadership skills benefit every aspect of your life. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to explore and achieve your potential.

If you have any questions, please give me a call.

John O’Neill
Marketing Director, UC Davis Extension



nglccSacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional business organization, but what many RCC members don’t know is that we are also part of a broad national and international movement aimed at creating economic prosperity within the LGBT community. RCC is one of six LGBT chambers of commerce in California, and one of over 60 LGBT chambers nationwide.

RCC’s affiliation with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce benefits our local chamber members in many ways. First and foremost, businesses that are RCC members and are at least 51% LGBT-owned qualify for certification as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The best part: as an RCC member, the $400 certification fee is waived! Certification connects your business with a network of more than 100 corporate partners—from Wells Fargo to Office Depot to American Airlines—and hundreds of other certified businesses, all seeking ways to do business and partner with certified LGBTBEs.

RCC-NGLCC-McClure-DickinsonNGLCC Director of Affiliate Relations & External Affairs Sam McClure has made several visits to Sacramento, Los Angeles and the Bay Area to share business opportunities with California LGBT chambers. Most recently Sam attended the RCC Board of Directors retreat at the Ryde Hotel and met with members of the RCC board to discuss the San Francisco Transbay Center Project in San Francisco, California. This large-scale, multi-year infrastructure project is envisioned to be the “Grand Central Station of the West,” and comes with more than $4 billion in contracting opportunities—and 22 percent of those opportunities are allotted for small business contracts. Read more about this opportunity here:

One of the best ways to connect with this powerful network of LGBT business owners and their corporate partners is to attend an NLGCC event.

Coming up this month is the NGLCC 2013 National Dinner on Friday, November 22, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. On November 21 and 22, in conjunction with the dinner, NLGCC will host the Policy & Procurement Forum: Vision for the Advancement of LGBT-Owned Businesses. This two-day event will bring together NGLCC corporate partners, government affairs leaders, federal contracting representatives, local affiliate chambers, members of Congress, and certified LGBT Business Enterprises®.

And much closer to home, save the date for the NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference 2014, July 29 through August 1, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas (another NGLCC corporate partner!) This conference is open to any business owner or professional as well as chamber leaders and corporate partners from all over North America! Let’s win the prize for Sacramento as the largest city contingent in 2014!