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  • March 11, 2020 8:10 AM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    So far, Pittsburgh and the Greater Allegheny region have not had any reported cases of the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).  But, as the infection continues to spread in the United States, Three Rivers Business Alliance is working hard to make sure its members are prepared to handle this issue.

    Below are some resources and other information 3RBA has gathered to help educate employers on COVID-19.

    Resources for Employers:

    How Does the Coronavirus Spread?

    COVID-19 typically spreads between people within six feet of each other through respiratory secretions, especially coughing and sneezing. Currently, it is unknown whether the virus can be transmitted by touching a surface with the virus on it.

    What Can Employers Do Now?

    It is imperative that employers maintain open communication with their employees. Employers should ensure that they have updated contact information for current employees and stay informed of the latest news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease.” The CDC recommends employers begin implementing the following steps now:

    • Talk with your employees
    • Encourage employees with acute respiratory illnesses to stay home
    • Separate sick employees
    • Emphasize cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene
    • Perform routine environmental cleaning
    • Advise employees about the risks prior to travel to countries that have had a significant outbreak
    • Consider informing employees in the case of possible exposure in the workplace

    Can Employers Require Employees to Undergo Medical Examinations?

    As stated in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” employers may not require medical examinations under the ADA unless the medical exam is job-related and consistent with business necessity. Whether a medical exam is job-related and consistent with business necessity depends upon the facts presented (e.g., what are the employee’s symptoms, where has the employee been, etc.) and the latest CDC guidance on coronavirus.

    What Actions Can Employers Take in the Case of a Pandemic?

    In the case of a pandemic, employers have the right to send employees home if they show coronavirus-like symptoms at work. Also, employers may enquire if employees are experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms as long as they are mindful of confidentiality obligations. Finally, if an employee returns from traveling during a pandemic, an employer may ask the employee whether they are returning from a location where that individual may have been exposed to the virus.


    This is an evolving issue, and the business that prepares for it will be in a better position to deal with it. Let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you in responding. We will do our best to keep you updated on our events and further information regarding coronavirus.


  • March 11, 2020 8:08 AM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    Effective immediately and until further notice, Three Rivers Business Alliance (3RBA) has implemented the following greeting policy for all its events.  As far as interactions at any event, 3RBA wants everyone to feel welcome and comfortable.  But, out of respect for those who do not want to appear rude by declining a gesture such as a handshake, hugging, kissing, or other touching, 3RBA requests that all attendees refrain from such gestures.  Instead, 3RBA asks all attendees to greet each other using a hand waive or an "elbow bump."

      

  • February 15, 2020 4:05 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    As Pride 2020 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 2020 Concert Season

    Morgantown Pride Block Party - Apr. 18, 2020

    Ohio Valley Pride Festival - May 8, 2020

    Pittsburgh Pride - July 18-19, 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 info@3rba.com.


  • January 05, 2020 8:02 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)
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    Pennsylvania State Representatives Tim O'Neal and Natalie Mihalek are inviting small businesses, nonprofits and municipalities from their legislative districts to attend a grant seminar and hear from panelists from the state departments of Transportation, Community and Economic Development, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Environmental Protection.  The event is being held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 9:30 AM – 12 PM EST, at North Strabane Municipal Building, 1929 Route 519, Canonsburg, PA.

    This is a great opportunity to learn about available grants at the state level. The event is free and includes a light continental breakfast, but registration is required by filling out the form no later than January 15, 2020, at http://www.reponeal.com/form/stategrantseminar2020.   To learn more about this event, click here,

  • January 05, 2020 6:51 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)
     

     


    3RBA has received a $2,500 grant from the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Wells Fargo to continue its Let's Get Business Together! program.  The program is a LGBTBE® Certification Growth Initiative which seeks to expand the number of certified LGBTBE® in the Pittsburgh/Greater Allegheny region for the 2019/2020 fiscal year.  As of October 2019, 3RBA had twelve (12) members who are certified LGBTBE®, with nine (9) having received their certifications through 3RBA. The Let's Get Business Together program plans on increasing that number to twenty-five (25) by December 30, 2020.

    To learn more about the LGBTBE® certification process, visit 3RBA's Get Certified page.  Also, check out our Events page for all Let's Get Business Together! events.

  • December 31, 2019 6:26 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    2019 was a year of incredible growth for 3RBA.  Check out this photo display to see some of what we've accomplished this past year.

    As we review what we have accomplished and look forward with optimism for what lies ahead, we thank everyone for supporting us. We could not do this work without tremendous partners and leaders like our members and corporate sponsors.

    Wishing you happy holidays and a very Happy New Year!

  • December 18, 2019 4:37 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

        

    On December 10, 2019, Three Rivers Business Alliance had a great evening "Being Out and Proud" with its host PNC Proud and special guest Katie Smith! Thank you PNC and Katie for a festive evening!!

    Click here for more photos of this event. 

           

  • December 09, 2019 4:13 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    Three Rivers Business Alliance proudly announces its continued support of the Renaissance City Choir as it kicked off its 2019-2020 concert season. Renaissance City Choir affirms and celebrates LGBTQIA+ identity through the unifying power of music.

    "3RBA is delighted to support Renaissance City Choir for another year,” said Ronald L. Hicks, Jr., a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP and President of 3RBA. “The RCC’s mission of promoting diversity and a positive image of the LGBTQ+ community in the tri-state area aligns with 3RBA’s own mission of advancing diversity, inclusion and growth. We applaud the RCC for its leadership, and we look forward to a successful and enlightening 2019-2020 Concert Season.” 

    To learn more about the Renaissance City Choir and its concert schedule, visit www.rccpittsburgh.com/.
  • November 28, 2019 11:07 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    PNC and Three Rivers Business Alliance present a "Night of Being Out and Proud, Thanks and Holiday Celebration."  On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, PNC and 3RBA will host a reception, with hosted and cash bars and appetizers and light supper, at The Tower at PNC Plaza, 28th Floor.  The featured speaker is Katie Smith, a three-time gold medalist and one of the most decorated professional basketball players of all time who is currently the Head Coach of the WBNA New York Liberty.

    The cost for the event is: $50.00 for Members; $65.00 for Non-members; $10.00 for Students with valid ID RSVP by December 8, 2019, by going to this link.   

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    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.  Together with its foundation, 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 www.3rba.com.

  • November 21, 2019 10:58 PM | Ronald Hicks (Administrator)

    Three Rivers Business Alliance (3RBA) is proud to announce UPMC and its Center for Engagement and Inclusion have renewed their sponsorship for 3RBA.  

    The UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion aims to ensure that diversity, inclusion, dignity, respect, and cultural awareness are core components of the employee, health plan member, patient, and community experience.  As UPMC says: Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.

    “3RBA is delighted that UPMC has renewed its sponsorship of 3RBA,” said Ronald L. Hicks, Jr., a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP and President of 3RBA. “UPMC 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.”

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    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.  Together with its foundation, 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 www.3rba.com.

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