Nominations Are Now Open for Business Excellence Awards
We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for our first-ever Business Excellence Awards. Every day, we see our members creating change and building business in our region, so we want to take the opportunity to recognize the leadership and work being done in our community to foster economic development through LGBT business equality. Nominations for these four awards - Advocate of the Year, Certified Business of the Year, Corporate Partner of the Year, and Member of the Year - are available now and are due by close of business Monday, October 29, 2018. Awardees will be announced in November, and will be honored at our Annual Dinner on January 25, 2019, at the Hilton Harrisburg. Nominate your business or your peers today to celebrate all we've achieved in Central PA!
Keystone Business Alliance Welcomes Tony Crerand to Board of Directors
Tony Crerand, Regional Director of Operations for Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health, was appointed to the Keystone Business Alliance Board of Directors at the chamber's July board meeting. In his role with Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health, Tony oversees the operations of primary care facilities as well as ambulatory, laboratory, physical therapy, imaging and other ancillary services and administrative functions for the health system. Tony partners with physician leaders and other senior executives to strategically plan for the addition of health care facilities and services across the community, with a particular focus on outreach to underserved populations.
After spending nearly 15 years working in health care practice management, marketing and human resources in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Tony's real passion is in his current role where he gets to marry his business acumen with his servant leader mindset to provide access to health care services for all people.
A native of York, PA, Tony holds a BS in business, majoring in pharmaceutical marketing with a finance minor from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA and earned his MBA from York College of Pennsylvania. He resides in downtown Lancaster with his fiancé, Bill Cook and their 3 year old beagle, Cooper, where they are currently planning their New Year’s Eve, 2018 wedding.
Jodi Christman of Christman Consulting
Keystone Business Alliance Executive Director Harry Young recently connected with Jodi Christman, owner of Christman Consulting, to learn a bit more about her firm and to talk LGBT business in Central PA. Christman Consulting is an NGLCC Certified LGBT Business Enterprise and worked with our chamber to guide our recent rebranding project. Read more about Christman Consulting and Jodi Christman in her interview (PDF).
Keystone Business Alliance Joins Open to All Campaign
Harrisburg, PA – Keystone Business Alliance – Central PA’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce – has signed on to Open to All, a nationwide public engagement campaign to build understanding and discussion about the importance of nondiscrimination laws. KBA joins more than 200 other organizations and businesses across the United States in support of the campaign.
For more of the story, read the KBA Joins Open to All press release (DOCX file, 12 KB).
Keystone Business Alliance Receives Chamber Development Grant from National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo
Justin Nelson (far right), Co-Founder & President, NGLCC, and Jason Rae (far left), Director of Affiliate Relations, NGLCC, present a $2,500 grant from NGLCC and Wells Fargo to Keystone Business Alliance board members and staff: (from left) Steven Funk; Cory Messinger, Board Chair; Lauren Donahoe; Harry Young, Executive Director; Phillip Neiswender, Treasurer; and Erica Koup.
September 14, 2018
Washington, D.C. – The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, recognized excellence in local chambers on August 16 at the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Philadelphia. Keystone Business Alliance, formerly Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, was proud to be honored with a grant in the amount of $2,500. Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by NGLCC, grants are targeted towards programs that foster the development, growth, and sustainability of certified LGBT Businesses Enterprises® (LGBTBEs®).
For more of the story, read the KBA Receives Chamber Development Grant press release (DOCX file, 874 KB).
Certified LGBTBE Businesses
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:00 PM
Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, 1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17113
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:00 PM
Building Character, 342 N Queen St, Lancaster PA
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Goldcrafter's Corner, 5301 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112
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