Bill Harrison and Diversity Richmond have been hosting the podcast Diversity Speaks for a few months now and their new issue tackles the topic of local LGBTQ-owned businesses through the Richmond Business Alliance.
Featuring RBA president Bary Hausrath, as well as RBA members Eileen Edmonds and Camille Bird, President of the Carytown Merchants Association, the hour long podcast talks about the important of having an LGBTQ chamber of commerce in an area like RVA, as well as some stories about the group.
“We help to connect, engage and advance those LGBT-friendly business ventures throughout Richmond to help create a unified voice,” said Hausrath introducing his group. the RBA is also are member of the Richmond Greater of Commerce, as well as the national National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Edmond’s has been a member of the RBA for about a year. She said she remembered the old LGBTQ chamber of commerce in town, the Richmond Business Guild. “I wanted to have the leverage of the organization behind me,” she said. “I think its a great opportunity.”