Last night, community leaders and business owners came together to celebrate the Richmond Business Alliance, the city’s first online network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered-friendly businesses. The Empress hosted the festivities kicking off at 7 p.m. with a champagne reception.
During a toast, Jay Squires of the Gay Community Center of Richmond and Kevin Clay of GayRVA.com, publicly designated the Empress as an LGBT-friendly establishment. Business owners had the opportunity to pick up their own window-cling to place on their venue.
The RBA supports LGBT-friendly business owners and professionals in Central Virginia by increasing visibility both locally and to Richmond Region visitors.
This program will showcase Richmond as an inclusive community while building support for local businesses,” said Squires. “With the rough economic times that we’ve seen over the past few years, it makes good business sense to be open for all.”
“This is an exciting opportunity to carryout the mission of both of our organizations,” said Clay. “By partnering on this project, we are creating a network that will have a dynamic impact on the Richmond Region, its diversity, and economic vitality. It’s long overdue.”
The RBA will host networking opportunities throughout the year to connect business owners.