The Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce

Advancing Diversity, Inclusion & Growth


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  • July 14, 2019 5:19 PM | Stephen Donaldson (Administrator)

    Our first member spotlight is on Cautionary Tale by Dean.  Dean and his company were one of our first members to successfully complete the LGBTE certification process.  We sat down with Dean to find out more about his business!!

    1. Tell me about your business? 

    I call it custom art embroidery. It’s not just machine embroidery. I can create custom art for a customer, digitize it for embroidery and then stitch it out for them. I have specialized software that allows me to create the files for the embroidery machine. I have access to thousands of apparel and other items. You can put embroidery on just about any item. 

    2. What made you interested in your industry? 

    Ever since I was a kid, I liked art and creating new things. I have a degree in graphic design and Information Science. I thought what a great way to combine the two. I enjoy taking my drawings and sketches and turning them into something to embroider. I see embroidery as painting with thread. Each stich is a brush stroke. I am very into a technique called watercolor. It’s where you have open stich patterns that overlap and blend to create new colors and textures. It’s very much like pointillism regarding putting colors next to each other to get a new color. 

    3. How did you get your start? 

    I bought a used high-end home machine and was off and running! I studied many videos, books and tv shows about embroidery to get a good grasp of the process and other materials needed. 

    4. Why did you join the 3RBA? 

    I joined 3RBA to learn how to run a business, get access to resources and to network/socialize. I knew many businesses and corporations have embroidered products like polo shirts or jackets. I thought why shouldn’t they give me their business? I thought this organization will be a great way to network within the LBGT and Pittsburgh business communities. 

    5. How has the 3RBA helped you in growing your business and advancement? 

    Getting certified to NGLCC and attending the conference was a huge boost. I’ve met people from various careers. There are people who know about finance, legal, running a small business and logistics/supply chain. Ron helped me by getting my company turned into a corporation and getting all the paperwork done with the state. My next step is to find an expert who can help with putting copyrights on my designs to protect them. 

    6. What would you tell others that are thinking about starting their own business or joining the chamber? 

    I would encourage anyone with a small business to join. The wealth or knowledge and access to resources is invaluable. If you’re starting a business write up a business plan. That will help with getting all the legal documents done. Have a specific goal for your business. Members helped me by sharing templates for many of these start up documents. Every member of the organization has something to contribute and is so willing to help. It’s a great place to feel you are going for your dream and having a community to help you. 

    7. Why did decide to get certified as an NGLCC LGBTBE? 

    This was the next step in going from thinking about my business locally to thinking about it globally. That might sound scary but it’s not. You are not making a global conglomerate but you are tapping into global businesses. Being certified to NGLCC allows me access to their database of corporate members and sponsors. I can find contact information and ways to get into corporate supply chains. My next goal is to get with some boutique hotels to monogram embroidery for their pillow cases. Some hotels do that for each guest with the guest's initials for them to keep. With NGLCC I’ll be able to access people that can make that happen. Not something I could do on my own. 

  • June 08, 2019 7:32 AM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    A year after its launch, Three Rivers Business Alliance (3RBA) has established a charitable foundation to assist 3RBA fund its educational programming and allow 3RBA to concentrate on being a membership association.

    Named Three Rivers Business Alliance Foundation, its mission is to educate, inspire and empower members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and other nonconforming persons (LGBT+) business community and their allies in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny region and build a stronger overall economy and community. 

    The Foundation's goals are to:

    • Provide professional and business development education and programming for LGBT+ business professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and their allies;
    • Fund scholarships and grants to deserving LGBT+ residents so that they may develop skills and become more successful;
    • Fund studies and reports on the impact of LGBT+ businesses in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny region; and
    • Engage in activities that foster diversity, inclusion and growth.
    Some of the projects the Foundation is looking to fund are:
    • $1,500 for a Lunch & Learn for 30 participants. $6,000 for 4 lunches in 2019/2020;
    • $5,000 for a pull out section in the Pittsburgh Business Times or other similar publication to highlight LGBT+ business owners;
    • $2,500 to video our programs and post them on our website; and
    • $10,000 in scholarships for LGBT+ business owner development and skills training.

    The Foundation has established the following donation levels:

    Diamond: $25,000+
    Ruby: $10,000 - $24,999
    Emerald: $5,000 - $9,999
    Sapphire: $2,500 - $4,999
    Garnet: $1,000 - $2,499

    You can donate by mailing a check to:

    Three Rivers Business Alliance Foundation
    535 Smithfield Street, Suite 1300
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Also, you can contact 3RBA to become a sustaining donor.

    Three Rivers Business Alliance Foundation is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation that is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3).  Here is a copy of its IRS exemption letter

    To learn more about the Foundation and its activities, click here.

  • May 16, 2019 8:17 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Arthur Perkins of Uzuri Enterprise/UE Promotions!  Art is the winner of 3RBA's $50 VISA Gift Card Giveway that was conducted at 3RBA's booths at the Ohio Valley Pride Festival and Pittsburgh Business Show between May 11-15, 2019.  

  • May 13, 2019 11:03 AM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    Three Rivers Business Alliance is pleased to announce that Jessica Eberley has been named a director to fulfill a three year term, ending December 31, 2021.  

    Jessica is the Founder and Chief Executive Office of HRT Solutions, LLC.  Founded in 2016, HRT Solutions' mission is to ensure that every organization it partners with has a laser focus on its organization’s greatest asset: its people. HRT Solutions works directly with its clients to understand their mission, vision, and values, and through this partnership, HRT Solutions customizes its service offerings to bridge gaps and develop the right solutions for its clients.  HRT Solutions service offerings include Recruiting Process Outsourcing, University Relations Outsourcing, and Human Resource Process Outsourcing.  Jessica was awarded the Pittsburgh Business Choice Award for HR services and SCORE Business Championship winner for the state of Pennsylvania.

    “3RBA is delighted to have Jessica as a Director,” said Ronald L. Hicks, Jr., a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP and President of 3RBA. “She is a successful entrepreneur having grown her company’s client base to support team growth from 5 to 12 employees in under two years.  We look forward to working with Jessica and her company to improve the LGBT+ business community in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny region and to continue the advancement of entrepreneurship in the region.”

    Jessica joins 3RBA’s ten other directors. 3RBA thanks Jessica and all of its directors and officers for lending their time and expertise to 3RBA as it grows over the next three years. 

  • April 26, 2019 5:25 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    As April 2019 comes to a close, Three River Business Alliance (3RBA) starts its second year of existence with almost all of its original members having renewed their memberships.  Also, 3RBA has welcomed new or renewed memberships from many companies, including UPMC, Highmark/AGH, FNB Corporation, K&L Gates, Merrill Lynch, HRT Solutions, and RedTree Web Design, LLC, to name a few.  To see a complete list of our members, visit our online Directory.  

  • April 26, 2019 4:14 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    As June 2019 fast approaches, Three Rivers Business Alliance is proud to be participating in or sponsoring local Pride events and other regional organizations that support the LGBT+ community in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny region.  Some of the events that 3RBA has sponsored or will be participating in over the next several months include:

    Renaissance City Choir's 2019 Concert Season

    Morgantown Pride Block Party - Apr. 13, 2019

    Persad's Art for Change - May 6, 2019

    Ohio Valley Pride Festival - May 11, 2019

    Pittsburgh PrideFest - June 8-9, 2019

    Please check our Events page for more information on the above events.  Also, if you would like 3RBA to consider sponsoring or participating in your event, please send an email message to


  • April 20, 2019 3:49 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    Three Rivers Business Alliance (3RBA) is proud to announce Meyer, Unkovic & Scott has renewed its sponsorship for both 3RBA and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).  

    In the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott is a business law firm whose diverse clientele includes Fortune 100 companies, significant financial institutions, small venture enterprises, and individuals. The lawyers of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott are engaged every day – whether in the courtroom or at the conference room table – in providing their clients with creative, insightful and cost-effective legal advice that is targeted to resolve problems and add value to the bottom line.  

    “3RBA is delighted that MUS has renewed its sponsorship of 3RBA and the NGLCC,” said Ronald L. Hicks, Jr., a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and President of 3RBA. “Meyer, Unkovic & Scott is committed to fostering a diverse environment in all aspects of its work and culture and believes that its ability to retain and serve its clients and their diverse needs is enhanced by supporting organizations like 3RBA and the NGLCC.”

    To learn more about Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, visit

  • April 17, 2019 9:57 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)
    On April 10, 2019, Pennsylvania Youth Congress (PYC) launched Pennsylvania Values as its new campaign to secure statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections! Please visit the Pennsylvania Values website to learn more on this issue. For the first time in nearly a decade, we have a promising path forward to advance LGBTQ nondiscrimination legislation in Harrisburg.

    There are several ways you can help:

    Contact Your Legislator. You can use PYC's action tool here on the Pennsylvania Values website to send your legislator a message directly.

    Ask all businesses you know to sign onto the Pennsylvania Values Business Pledge here. Over a 1,000 businesses signed onto a supporter statement several years ago, and PYC wants to far surpass that number.

    Ask all faith leaders you know to sign the Pennsylvania Values Faith Leader Open Letter here. PYC invites pastors, imams, rabbis, and all leaders of faith-based institutions to share their support. 

    Ask key local and county elected officials you know to support LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections here.

    PYC would like stories from LGBTQ Pennsylvanians about why this law is important. PYC invites folks to share written reflections of their experiences with discrimination, or a positive message of why nondiscrimination protections have been helpful (if in one of the 55 municipalities that currently has a local ordinance).

    Pennsylvania Values has been created by the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, and is in partnership with the ACLU of Pennsylvania. PYC was founded in 2011 as our first and only statewide LGBTQ youth organization, and is headquartered directly across the street from the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

    As many of you may remember, the last organized effort for this legislation came together in 2015-2016 but was unsuccessful. PYC was not part of that work, as we generally focus on LGBTQ-youth specific legislation. With this opportunity, PYC has come forward to lead and bring together our nearly 10 years of relationships and expertise in Harrisburg so that we press ahead with our strongest plan possible.

    Why Now is Different: In January, the former chairperson of the House State Government Committee, who had refused to bring the bill for a vote, was reassigned to lead another committee. An ally of our ours has the bill currently in her committee in the state Senate. PYC has been working around the clock these past few months to set up an advocacy path in the General Assembly, and design and build the Pennsylvania Values campaign. It's an exciting time, but we have months of heavy lifting to move forward.

    PYC's approach is vastly different than the 2015-2016 effort. PYC is focusing on local messengers and small town Pennsylvania. It is no longer referring to this legislation as the "Fairness Act" but rather simply LGBT nondiscrimination protections, and when the final bill emerges, the "Pennsylvania Values Act." While it's still an uphill climb, PYC is cautiously optimistic about advancing this legislation.

    For now, it's all hands on deck. Last week, PYC convened a meeting in Philadelphia with the ACLU, Freedom for All Americans, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and HRC to brief them and begin discussions on future collaboration. However, it is only through you as local and regional leaders that we will be successful in our state.

    If you would like to support PYC's work in this effort, 3RBA invites you to donate to Pennsylvania Youth Congress Foundation here (a 501(c)(3) organization) and the Pennsylvania Youth Congress here (non-tax-deductible donation for our political work).

  • March 09, 2019 7:13 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    3RBA congratulates Setting Entertainment LLC and Missie Berteotti for recently becoming certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as LGBT Business Enterprises® (LGBTBEs®).  Setting Entertainment is owned by Brad Setting and provides event planning, entertainment consulting, and event marketing services.  Missie Berteotti is LPGA Golf Professional who helps women and other clients get their financial life in balance. 

    Both Setting Entertainment and Missie Berteotti became certified as LGBTBEs® through 3RBA’s Let's Get Business Together! program.  Funded in part by the NGLCC and Wells Fargo, 3RBA’s Let's Get Business Together! program seeks to expand the number of certified LGBTBE® in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny region. 

    To learn more about the LGBTBE® certification process, visit our Get Certified page.  Also, check out our Events page for all Let's Get Business Together! events.

  • February 24, 2019 2:33 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    Three Rivers Business Alliance (3RBA) is proud to announce TierPM LLC has joined as a corporate partner.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, TierPM is an NGLCC-certified audio visual and IT workforce solutions company offering recruiting, staffing, application development and project management solutions for clients nationwide.  

    “3RBA is delighted to have TierPM as a corporate partner,” said Ronald L. Hicks, Jr., a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP and President of 3RBA. “TierPM's owner, Mark Winner, served on 3RBA's Steering Committee, and he is one of our original board members.  We look forward to continue working with Mark and his company to improve the LGBT+ business community in the Pittsburgh and Greater Allegheny region and to continue the advancement of entrepreneurship in the region.”


    About Three Rivers Business Alliance (3RBA)

    Launched in early 2018, 3RBA serves to promote networking and business development within the LGBT+ and allied business community operating in the Pittsburgh and Greater Allegheny region.  As a registered IRC 501(c)(6) organization, 3RBA is committed to expanding the economic interests of LGBT+ owned and allied businesses through advocacy, education, business development and growth, diversity, leadership, and partnerships throughout its region.  Also, as an NGLCC affiliated chamber, 3RBA serves as a point of connection for LGBT+ and allied business owners and professionals, corporations, nonprofits, and civic leaders. Learn more about 3RBA at

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