Last Week for Scholarship Applications!

Need money for college or post-secondary school? Applications are still being accepted for the 2017-2018 Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Program for LGBTQ & allied youth! Hurry! The application Deadline is days away on June 30th.


Scholarship requirements:

  • Open to LGBT and LGBT-supportive scholars
  • Must reside in or plan to attend university, college or qualified vocational school in Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, or Yuba counties.
  • Must be enrolled in university, college or a qualified vocational school by Fall 2017.
  • Must have a minimum of 2.9 cumulative GPA
  • Must apply by June 30th and be selected by the Scholarship Committee

2017 Business Leader of the Year Nominations

2017 Business Leader of the Year Nominations

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year is an outstanding business leader, Chamber member and role model who has demonstrated leadership success in his or her business and in the Sacramento business community, as well as leadership success within the Sacramento LGBT community.  The Business Leader of the Year honoree is selected by a committee of former honorees and Chamber members.

To nominate a current member of the Chamber, please fill out our Business Leader of the Year form.

Completed Nominee Applications are due by August 14, 2017, and the selection will be made prior to September 14, 2017.

The 2017 Business Leader of the Year will be honored at the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Gala on Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Dante Club in Sacramento.  They are also included in the 2018 Sacramento Pride parade and may be asked to participate in photos and videos to be used on the website and other SacRCC promotional materials.

Rules of Application for Business Leader of the Year:

  1. Member in Good Standing with the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
  2. Nomination Application, with Picture and One (1) Letter of  Reference
  3. Signed Letter of Commitment by Nominee


Call for Board of Directors Nominations

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is now seeking candidates for the Rainbow Chamber Board of Directors. Five board seats are open for election in August. Each new board member will be elected to a two-year term. New board officers—president, vice president, secretary and treasurer—will be appointed by the newly elected board at the September board meeting.

All candidates for the Chamber board must be an SacRCC member in good standing and must be nominated by another chamber member in good standing. The easiest way to nominate someone is to fill out the online Nomination Form. Once nominated, each candidate must fill out and submit a Board Application Form. Nominations must be made online or in person by the end of the Chamber mixer on July 18th where the list of all nominees will be submitted to the membership at the SacRCC. Nominations may be made by members from the floor at this mixer and will mark the close of nominations.

Electronic voting will begin one week prior to the Rainbow Chamber August Mixer on August 15. Each voting member in good standing will receive an e-mail containing log-in information in order to vote. Only one designated voting member is allowed for each member business. In-person voting also will be available at the SacRCC August Mixer on Tuesday, August 15. Winning candidates will be announced that night.

For more information about nominations or board elections, call the SacRCC office at 916-266-9630 or e-mail businessmanager (at)

Rainbow Chamber Applauds Federal Court Ruling Protecting LGBT Employees

Richard A Hernandez, Rainbow Chamber PresidentSacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Richard Hernandez has released the following statement on behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors in regard to the April 4 ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination:

“Yesterday’s historic federal court decision confirms for the first time that the Civil Rights Act, in prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex, also extends to discrimination based on sexual orientation—the only logical interpretation of the law’s intention,” Hernandez said. “Since one branch of our government, Congress, has refused for years to extend standard workplace protections to LGBTQ people, it is appropriate that our judicial branch act to ensure all U.S. residents have the right to work without fear of being fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Equality under the law allows LGBT parents and heads of households to provide for their families, contribute to their communities, and pay taxes. We applaud the court’s decision and fully expect the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold this wise and fair ruling.”

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals across the Sacramento Valley, as well as straight allies who support its mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, visit


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 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!


WBA LGBT Economic Summit 2017

WBA LGBT Economic Summit 2017

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the Western Business Alliance, a coalition of LGBT and allied business chambers.  With the WBA, we’re honored to join our colleagues across the Western United States as the Greater Seattle Business Association hosts the first-ever LGBT Economic Summit on March 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. 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, Working Together for Shared Prosperity, will explore topics such as: leveraging the power of LGBT businesses; Blue State tourism; maintaining Left Coast politics in the post-election era; working together to promote diverse supply chains; and unlocking the power of bringing marginalized communities together.
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 Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and British Columbia.
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.
Download the WBA 2017 Economic Summit flyer.


March 16 | 8:30am – 7:00pm | Renaissance Seattle Hotel | 515 Madison St

  • Breakfast Panel: Leveraging the Power of LGBT Businesses
    A panel of successful and diverse LGBT-owned business leaders.
  • Plenary Session: Working Together to Promote Diverse Supply Chains

Luncheon and Panel on Left Coast Politics in the Post-election Era
  • Unleashing the Power of Bringing Diverse Communities Together
A discussion with ethnic and minority chambers.

  • Plenary on the future of Blue State Tourism
  • Power Connect reception (21+ only)
 $95 Full day (includes Luncheon and Power Connect reception)

$50 Luncheon only



The Western Business Alliance, formed in 1992, is a coalition of LGBT and allied chambers of commerce located on the west coast of the 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 3000 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)


Established in 1981, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) is the world’s largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce. GSBA represents over 1,200 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share GSBA’s values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing the community together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business, promoting LGBT tourism with its Travel Gay Seattle initiative, and investing in the next generation of leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit