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

March Message from Richard Hernandez

March comes roaring in with a full schedule of Rainbow Chamber events, beginning with Drag Queen Bingo benefiting West Sacramento Historical Society on Thursday, March 2, at Mango’s, with some extra special prizes!

Congratulations to our Chamber corporate sponsor, Outword Media Marketing Events, on presenting the 5th Annual LGBT Wedding Expo Saturday, March 5, noon to 4 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Since the first expo in 2013, just a month after the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning California’s Prop 8, the Wedding Expo has been an annual celebration of love and equality for the Sacramento community, featuring free food and wine tastings, music and an LGBT bridal fashion show. Please join us if you can! If you’re a Chamber member, please consider volunteering to work a shift in our Chamber booth, where you can display your business materials and meet and greet potential clients or customers. Contact me at 916-801-8787 or email me at rhernandez@rainbowchamber.com if you’re interested in being part of this exciting community event.

We have two multi-chamber events coming up in March–a Chamber Orientation & Lunch March 9 at Dante Club and How to Do Business with SMUD and RT on March 15 at University of the Pacific Sacramento campus. These events are presented as part of an exciting new partnership between Rainbow Chamber and the Sacramento Black and Hispanic Chambers and City of Sacramento Economic Development. Don’t miss these opportunities to broaden your network of potential customers and colleagues!

Chamber member Badlands will host our March Madness Mixer, 6 to 8 p.m. on the 21st!

The 2nd Annual RainbowPAC Crab Feed Feb. 25 at Dante Club was a roaring success, raising a record sum to support LGBT- and business-friendly candidates and legislation. Check out event photos here and in our Facebook album! Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed!

We can’t wait to see you at an upcoming Chamber event!

 

Donate to Lavender Heights/Rainbow Crosswalk Project

Donate to Lavender Heights/Rainbow Crosswalk Project

Lavender Heights Rainbow CrosswalkThe Rainbow Crosswalks, dedicated at 20th and K Streets on Oct. 10, 2015, is part of the community-wide effort to officially designate Sacramento’s historic LGBT neighborhood “Lavender Heights.” The project was completed through the efforts of a broad coalition of organizations and community leaders, including the office of Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and the Midtown Business Association and individuals including community activist Gary Ferderer, business owner Terry Sidie and many others. The crosswalks project was funded by private donations.

To donate to the Lavender Heights Project, checks should be made payable to Lavender Heights Project and mailed to Rainbow Chamber Foundation, P.O. Box 160126, Sacramento, CA 95816. Or donate online here.

 

 

Donations are tax deductible, and all donors will receive a letter of acknowledgement for tax purposes.

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
CGNIE
Lumens Light + Living
Mayflower Building Partners
Jewish Community Foundation from the Rosenbaum Family Philanthropic Fund
Richard Hernandez
Faces
Badlands
Sacramento Greater Coalition, Councilmember Hansen

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
CGNIE
Lumens Light + Living
Mayflower Building Partners
Jewish Community Foundation from the Rosenbaum Family Philanthropic Fund
Richard Hernandez