Announcing 2018 Boas & Bow Ties

Join area business and community leaders for Sacramento Rainbow Chamber’s Boas & Bow Ties Annual Gala.

  • Featuring 2018 Business Leader of the Year Award
  • Honoring 2018-19 Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholars
  • Installation of 2018-19 Rainbow Chamber Board
  • ​Fabulous Live & Silent Auctions Benefiting Scholarships for LGBTQ & Allied Students

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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.

SUMMIT AGENDA

MARCH 15, 2018 6:00pm—8:00pm: VIP GALA RECEPTION
SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL ROTUNDA

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 8:30am – 5:30pm BREAK-OUT SESSIONS AND POWER LUNCH IV
HYATT REGENCY SAN FRANCISCO

CLOSING RECEPTION
TRANSAMERICA PYRAMID – 44th FLOOR

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

 ABOUT THE WESTERN BUSINESS ALLIANCE

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.
THE WBA CHAMBERS INCLUDE:
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

ABOUT OUR HOSTS AT THE GOLDEN GATE 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

2017 Sacramento Rainbow Chamber Biz Expo

2017 Sacramento Rainbow Chamber Biz Expo

For Vendors:
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Biz Expo is the perfect opportunity for businesses and organizations to showcase services and products to Sacramento-area residents and businesses. The Biz Expo is an opportunity as part of your membership investment in SacRCC with free booths to members.  However, booth space is limited, so to leverage this event to get in front of potential customers, students, and businesses you’ll need to sign up now.

For Guests:
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber Biz Expo brings together businesses with a wide variety of goods and services from throughout the region. The Expo features engaging exhibits, breakout workshops, and a wine reception finale. Admission is free and so is parking!  See Workshop details below.
Classroom space is limited so register now for a workshop track. Expo guests are not required to pre-register but are invited to check-in for free drink tickets.

Cost:
Workshops and Expo free to the public, Free vendor space to members; $25 non-members

REGISTER as a vendor OR a workshop student

Contact

When:

Thursday, October 12, 2017 3pm – 6pm
CHECKIN BEGINS AT 2:30pm: Workshop students need to be in class by 3pm. Vendors MUST be checked in by 3:30.

Where:

University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law campus
3200 5th Ave,
Sacramento, CA 95817

Registration:   https://business.rainbowchamber.com/events/details/business-expo-282

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Workshop Track #1 Business Planning: The 5 Biggest Legal & Employment Mistakes that Business Owners and Newly-formed Companies Make
Speaker: Richard Molsby, Managing partner The Law Offices of Molsby & Bordner, LLP

Richard Molsby is the managing partner of The Law Offices of Molsby & Bordner, LLP, a regional law firm (affectionately known as MOBO) with offices in Truckee, Sacramento, Reno, South Lake Tahoe, Roseville and Tahoe City.  MOBO practices in several areas including business law, construction law, estate planning, family law, intellectual property, real estate law, and bankruptcy. Using his prior experience as a business consultant and manufacturer’s representative, Molsby grows MOBO and its clients’ business in smart ways.  While managing his practice at MOBO, he has also been a professor at Cal Northern School of Law in Chico. In addition to being an attorney, Rich is also a commercial and residential real estate broker.

Workshop Track #2 Marketing: Can Your Customers Find You Online? Key Strategies to Effective Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Speaker: Kammy Caruss, CEO, YNot Web

In this workshop you will learn:
• How to measure if your website is working for you
• Semantic SEO, Technical SEO, and Content SEO methods you can implement for any business online
• A Checklist of items to request of your technical and marketing teams to take your business or organization to the next level
• Bad SEO methods that may be hurting your visibility and how to correct them
• How to track improvements: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Kammy Caruss is the founder and CEO of YNot Web, Inc., a local digital marketing firm established in 2003. YNot Web helps businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs get more visibility on the web with online marketing services such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), paid search (SEM), and social media marketing (SMM).

Steven Walker, Jason Russell Are 2017 Business Leaders of the Year

Steven Walker, Jason Russell Are 2017 Business Leaders of the Year

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the selection of its 2017 Business Leader of the Year Award to Steven Walker, founder and CEO of computer managed services company Fast Break Tech, and Jason Russell, owner of Russell CPAs, a married couple. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s 15th Anniversary Crystal Gala, Thursday, September 14, at the Dante Club.

The award marks the first time the Chamber has named two recipients to receive the annual honor. The couple, both of whom served for as Chamber board members and officers in its formative years, met for the first time at a Chamber meeting in 2005 and have been together since. They married in October 2015.

“We are excited and proud to recognize Jason and Steven as our 2017 Business Leaders of the Year,” said Chamber President Richard Hernandez. “Together they did so much to build a solid foundation for our Chamber. The growth, the community partnerships, our advocacy and legislative work, all rests on their shoulders. None of it would be possible had they not put the organizational infrastructure into place.”

As a Chamber board member and volunteer, Walker used his technological skills to modernize Chamber operations, setting up and maintaining its first website, membership database and email system. Russell served as Chamber Treasurer for several years and continues to serve as the Chamber’s accountant.

The Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the Chamber and demonstrated leadership in the LGBT and business communities. Honorees are chosen by a selection committee consisting of past honorees.

Walker says he ran Fast Break Tech from his bedroom and the trunk of his car from 1999 to 2004, before moving into a brick-and-mortar location in 2005. Between 2005 and today, the company has grown to a team of eight to 10 technicians. Russell joined the accounting firm of Marcia Fritz & Co. early in his career, later becoming a partner in the business, then taking it over following Fritz’s retirement.

Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce 15th Year Crystal Gala

Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce 15th Year Crystal Gala

Come and enjoy an evening of 1960s nostalgia at our 15th Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Gala, supporting the the Rainbow Chamber Foundation scholarship program.  This annual dinner is our largest event of the year, and will be held Thursday, September 14th, at Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Boulevard, beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:30pm. Individual seats and whole tables are available at early bird pricing until July 31st.

Indulge in amazing cuisine by Joy Reinhardt of the Dante Club while being entertained by Master of Ceremonies Rob Stewart of Grammy-winning “Rob On the Road,” KVIE Public Television’s highest-rated locally produced program. Experience an extensive LIVE auction presented by Pacific Auction Company, Steven Godfryd, featuring sports memorabilia, fine art, travel, admission to local attractions and much more!

Installation of the new board members will be performed by Sac State President Robert S. Nelson. The Business Leader of the Year award will be presented by Chamber President Richard Hernandez and 2016 Business Leader of the Year and past-President Michael Sestak.

Disco into the 1970s at our VIP after-party, where you will be swept back to a time when disco balls and Studio 54 were all the rage. Don’t let this evening of excitement and opportunity pass you by!


RSVP for a seat or table
 today!

Thank you to our top sponsors!

Emerald Sponsor SMUD

Crystal Sponsor Wells Fargo

Crystal Sponsor Wells Fargo