Three Rivers Business Alliance (3RBA) is a chamber of commerce which seeks to promote, expand and improve the economic interests of businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other nonconforming persons (LGBT+) in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny Region and their allies by engaging in the following activities throughout its operations:
1. Economic Development (25%): 3RBA will help its members grow their businesses through opportunities to increase brand visibility, improve their skills as owners and managers, and build relationships with potential clients. As part of this activity, 3RBA will assist its members to become certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE®) by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). By becoming a certified LGBTBE, 3RBA members will be able to build partnerships and other relationships with America's leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients, and collectively team with each other for contracting opportunities.
2. Strategic Partnerships (25%): 3RBA will serve as a network of potential clients, knowledgeable peers and community partners looking to promote Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny Region's LGBT+ business owners and their allies and to address common economic interests for the betterment of such LGBT+ business owners. To create that network, 3RBA will host periodic meetings, lunches, mixers, tours, forums, workshops, and other events so that its members and other LGBT+ business owners in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny Region and their allies can learn about each other and discuss ways to improve the LGBT+ business community. Also, 3RBA will provide marketing and sponsorship opportunities for its members and others and will collaborate with other area business chambers and non-profit organizations in activities that serve to improve the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny Region's LGBT+ business community. Further, 3RBA will provide an on-line business directory for its members to access and use for networking opportunities.
3. Education (25%): 3RBA will educate its members and other LGBT+-business owners and their allies on best practices and common economic interests for the betterment of all LGBT+ business owners in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny Region. This education will be provided as part of the periodic meetings, lunches, forums, workshops, etc. Also, 3RBA will provide on-line access to training, resources and other educational opportunities via the operation of a website and other social media.
4. Advocacy (25%): 3RBA will serve as a leader and advocate for fostering diversity and inclusion and promoting common economic interests for the betterment of all LGBT+ business owners in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny Region. Such advocacy will address civil rights and business friendly public policy on a local, state and federal level.