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!

 

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.

SUMMIT AGENDA

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)
REGISTER HERE

$50 Luncheon only

LUNCHEON ONLY

 ABOUT THE WESTERN BUSINESS ALLIANCE

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.
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)

ABOUT OUR HOSTS AT THE GREATER SEATTLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

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 www.theGSBA.org.
LGBT-owned businesses add $1.7 trillion to US economy

LGBT-owned businesses add $1.7 trillion to US economy

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has released the first ever snapshot demonstrating the economic and social impact of America’s leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs. NGLCC’s groundbreaking “America’s LGBT Economy” report suggests LGBT Businesses add $1.7 Trillion to US economy and create tens of thousands of jobs nationwide! Explore the impact of certified LGBTBEs on our economy by reading the report in the below link.

America’s LGBT Economy

 

Six Easy Ways to Support LGBT-Owned Businesses

Six Easy Ways to Support LGBT-Owned Businesses

Support LGBT-friendly candidates and proposalsThe Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce serves a diverse membership of LGBT and allied business owners—those who support the Chamber’s values of diversity, inclusion and equality—from an eight-county region. Many non-LGBT business owners and professionals join the Chamber and attend our events to network and build business relationships with an audience they might not otherwise reach.

Recent advances in equal rights, including legalization of same-sex marriage and legislation and policies that provide new opportunity for LGBT businesses, have strengthened the economic profile of the U.S. LGBT population. According to the latest report from Witeck Communications, the buying power of LGBT Americans rose to $917 billion in 2015, an increase of approximately 3.7 percent over 2014 figures. Economic prosperity translates to family stability, economic development and jobs creation, and political influence. In a nutshell, equality is good for business… and a strong, prosperous business community is good for equality.

Here are a few ways that Chamber members and non-members can support LGBT equality and help us continue to build a diverse and inclusive Sacramento business community:

  1. Support LGBT-owned and allied businesses with your dollar. Looking to buy a gift, send flowers, hire a DJ, book a vacation, or find a new bank? Consider looking first for a LGBT-owned or allied business that can meet your needs. Use our convenient online Member Directory. Pick up a copy of Chamber member Outword Magazine, and see who is advertising there. Or visit MyRainbow Pages, another Chamber member. The businesses you will find there are ether LGBT-owned or those that care about reaching out to and serving the LGBT community.
  2. Join the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. The majority of the Chamber’s annual budget comes from membership dues. Anyone can become a Chamber member—annual cost of an individual (non-business) membership or non-profit membership is only $100; cost of a business membership, which includes listing in our online member director, free admission to Chamber mixers and events, and much more, starts at just $250 per year.
  3. Support RainbowPAC. Founded in 2012, RainbowPAC is the Chamber’s non-partisan, business-positive political action committee, dedicated to supporting LGBT-friendly candidates, legislation and public policy. Funded entirely by private donations, RainbowPAC was instrumental in the election of Sacramento’s first openly LGBT councilmember, Steve Hansen, and in the passage of state laws that have expanded opportunities for LGBT-owned businesses contracting with the State of California and corporations that do business with the state. Support RainbowPAC by attending our fundraising house parties and events, including our annual Crab Feed.
  4. Get LGBTBE Certified. If your business is at least 51 percent LGBT-owned, you are eligible for certification as an LGBT Business Enterprise through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Cost of certification is regularly $400, but the fee is waived for Rainbow Chamber members.
  5. Sponsor an LGBT organization or event. Sacramento Rainbow Chamber offers a number of event sponsorship opportunities, ranging from our quarterly Membership Orientations to our annual installation and awards dinner held every September. Sacramento Pride held each June, the Gender Health Center’s annual Gender Bender Ball, Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, and Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival all offer opportunities for table sponsorships, program ads or auction donations—all great ways to spotlight your business and support the LGBT community.
  6. Advertise your own business or event in the LGBT media. The Sacramento area is fortunate to have Outword Magazine, published twice monthly in print, and RainbowPages, which produces a yearly printed directory of LGBT-owned and allied businesses as well as an online directory.
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LGBT Chamber Will Work to Defend Recent Advances in LGBT Equality

LGBT Chamber Will Work to Defend Recent Advances in LGBT Equality

RCC-Current-LogoChamber President Richard Hernandez: Potential Loss of Legal Protections Would Harm LGBT Families, Business Owners & Economy

Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Richard Hernandez has released the following statement on behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors in regard to the 2016 Presidential election:

“The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce fully supports the U.S. electoral process and holds the will of U.S. voters in the highest regard. (more…)

Rainbow Chamber Awards 10 Scholarships in 2016

Rainbow Chamber Awards 10 Scholarships in 2016

2016 Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Winners and Presenters

Photo Credit: Monica Neumann Lunardi photo artist

The Rainbow Chamber Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliate of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, recently awarded scholarships to 10 LGBT and LGBT-supportive students from the Sacramento region or attending local educational institutions.

2016 scholarship recipients, their schools and fields of study are:

  • Jill Hagey, University of California, Davis, Animal Biology
  • Andrew Henkin, California State University, Sacramento, Social Work
  • Victoria Tan, University of the Pacific, Music
  • Kimberly Angulo, UC Davis School of Law
  • Kevin Roux, Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, Juris Doctor
  • Jonathan Taylor, Drexel University, Criminal Law
  • Brett Wenck, American River College, Hospitality Management
  • Casey Jordan, American River College, American Sign/Deaf Studies
  • Michael Dransfield, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Digital Arts
  • Monica Vasquez, Makeup Designory, Cosmetology

The scholarship presentations were made at the Chamber’s annual awards dinner Sept. 15 at Dante Club. “We are so proud of our 2016 scholars and grateful for the community support that allowed us to award a record number of scholarships,” said Rainbow Chamber Foundation Chair Diana DePaola. “These young people represent the future of our community, and we are honored to support them on the path to many future achievements.”

Since its founding in 2008, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation has awarded scholarships to 42 LGBT, questioning or allied students. In its first funding year, 2009, the organization awarded only two scholarships; in 2015, with the addition of a SMUD STEM program scholarship and a named scholarship funded by private donors, the Foundation awarded scholarships to seven deserving students. In addition to its scholarship program, the Foundation supports other local organizations that provide assistance to LGBTQI youth, including the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and the Gender Health Center.

For more information about the Rainbow Chamber Foundation or to access the online scholarship application, visit https://www.rainbowchamber.com/about-the-foundation/.