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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." 


Upcoming events

    • December 07, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Priory Hotel


    December 7 at 6 p.m.  the Priory Hotel

    Please mark your calendars and use this link to volunteer! We need your help. 

    3RBA is pleased to offer the First Excellence in Business and Diversity Awards program. This important initiative will help recognize, elevate and raise the voices of our diverse community and those that support our work and mission. It will also help raise much needed funds for our LGBGQ+ Chamber of Commerce.

    This is to registration link is to sign up for VOLUNTEERS only a more formal invitation and event registration will be posted.

    Volunteers are needed for the following:

    Day of event support

    Planning Committee

    Selection and Nomination Committee

    Sponsorship Engagement and Support

    • December 07, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Priory Hotel 614 Pressley St. Pittsburgh Pa 15212

    This event is sold out with the exception of awardees, sponsors and their guests. 

    A very special black-tie optional event honoring and lifting those LGBTQ+ business owners, individuals and allied businesses who have played a critical role in achieving our mission to support the LGBTQ+ entrepreneur and advance diversity, equity and inclusion. This upscale event will include a plated dinner and awards ceremony along with some special guests and entertainment.  

    Every award the chamber gives will highlight the significant investment and innovation of our friends and neighbors working to support an inclusive economy. Awardees will have made significant and demonstrated advances in strengthening and supporting our LGBTQ+ community and making our region a great place to work and live. 

    Deadline for Tickets November 23

    Nearly 50 nominations were received and voted on by the 3RBA board and sponsors. The following  are award recipients: 

    A. Nicolette Rafalski Spirit of Pride Award  Cynthia Oliver, Executive Director 3RBA

    Recognizes a family member, colleague, parent, or other individual who has provided unwavering support, encouragement and assistance to an LGBTQ+ entrepreneur or aspiring business owner. This individual is compassionate, caring and uncompromising in their support of the LGBTQ+ community.

    B. PNC Bank Small Business of the Year Awards (Up to 10 employees)  Sanctuary Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville

    C. PNC Bank LGBTQ+ Large Business of the Year Award (over 10 employees)  Dr. Stacey Lane, Central Outreach

    These awards recognize LGBTQ+ owned businesses or individual business owners who demonstrate high commitment in the face of obstacles, have an entrepreneurial spirit, have achieved success and is a leader in their business.

    D. UPMC LGBTQ+ Leader of the Year Award  Kathleen Schneider, Schneider Law Firm

    This award recognizes an LGBTQ+ owned business, LGBTQ+ business owner, organization or other individual who themselves are a member of the LGBTQ+ community and has achieved professional or community success and provided leadership in and to the LGBTQ+ community. This individual protects and empowers other LGBTQ+ individuals to achieve their dreams.

    E. Essential Utilities Excellence in the Arts Award  Joseph Hall, Executive Director Kelly Strayhorn Theatre

    This award recognizes an LGBTQ+ or allied business, business owner, organization or individual who themselves are a creator or supports or employs LGBTQ+ artists and creatives. This candidate puts color inside our world. 

    F. Pittsburgh Penguin Foundation Inspiration Award  Pittsburgh Council Person Erika Strassburger

    This award is for any LGBTQ+ or allied individual, business or organization who is a role model and inspires others through their dedication, time and resources to overcome obstacles, and celebrates and advances the LGBTQ+ community throughout the region. This candidate works towards the greater collective and helps to amplify the voices of marginalized communities. 

    G. 3RBA Chamber Member of the Year Award  Freddie Bainbridge, Bainbridge Art. 

    An individual or business who is a member of 3RBA, demonstrates the values of 3RBA and makes significant contributions to chamber leadership, and success. This candidate exemplifies the mission of 3RBA.

    H. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Excellence in Diversity Award  Columbus Brooks, Human Resource Director, URA

    This award is for any allied or LGBTQ+ business, corporation or organization who actively and innovatively demonstrates excellence in modeling, promoting and practicing DEI efforts, promotes inclusivity and diversity in their work policies and practices, supports MBE procurement, and takes action to hire or support LGBTQ+ and other marginalized employees.

    I. URA Workforce Development Award  Porter Wright Law  LGBTQ+ Work Practice Group

    This award is for any business, government body, or organization that actively develops, contributes and promotes economic development, job creation, stability and success for LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized people.

    J. Highmark Health Ally Business Award  Necromancer Brewery Pittsburgh

    This award recognizes an Ally business or corporation that is not LGBTQ+ owned or managed and has actively, uniquely or innovatively demonstrated their commitment to diversity and inclusion in their workplace. This candidate has led in the DEI field and has a track record of supporting LGBTQ+  individuals to succeed. 

    K. Oliver Real Estate Outstanding Volunteer Award Ray Sidney-Smith, Owner w3 consulting

    This award recognizes any individual, business or group who provides outstanding, above and beyond volunteer support to help 3RBA and/or other LGBTQ+ organizations. 

    L. Porter Wright Law Firm Emerging Young LGBTQ+ Leader Award   Adrian Fierro, Branch Manager Key Bank

    This award recognizes any LGBTQ+ professional 35 or younger who has achieved success in his/her/they/them profession, demonstrates and leads in the workplace or community to advance and support LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion

    M. Kathleen Schneider Law Enterprising Woman Of the Year  Kristy Trautmann, Executive Director FISA Foundation

    Recognizes an LGBTQ+ individual person who identifies as female and distinguishes themself in the chamber, their business, or profession to advance marginalized women entrepreneurs, community members or employees. 

    L. EnterChange Group Gender Expansive Leadership Award  Jules MaKenzie Hughes, Certified Family Recovery Specialist Central Outreach  Owner, Metamorphasis LTD. 

    This award recognizes a Transgender or Gender Expansive business owner or local leader (inclusive of individuals who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and/or gender expansive) who has distinguished themselves in the chamber, their business, community, or profession and has demonstrated leadership in practice and/or advocacy for gender and LGBTQ+ equity.



    • Roasted Garlic Bisque with Pesto Crouton and Tomato Concasse
    • Artisan Greens with Fresh Apples and Walnuts with a Cranberry Walnut Dressing, Raisin Walnut Crouton

    • Petite Filet and Wild Mushroom Risotto Stuffed Chicken Breast Roasted Shallot Demi-Glace OR
    • Crab crusted Tilapia. A Mild, White Fish, Topped with a Maryland Style Crab Stuffing, served with Whole Grain Mustard Beurre Blanc OR
    • Grilled Marinated Portobello Mushroom Cannellini Bean Pate, Couscous, Grilled Vegetables and Red Bell Pepper Coulis

    • Garlic & Herb Red Skin Mashed Potatoes
    • Broccoli Crown with Lemon and Brown Butter
    • Baked Chocolate Mousse with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings

    • December 12, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • PPG Paints Arena

    Pride Game

    Penguins vs. Stars - Pride Game

    Mon, Dec 12, 7:00 PM

    PPG Paints Arena 1001 Fifth Ave Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

    Join 3RBA at another exciting hockey night in PIttsburgh. Teamwork, inclusion, respect, and acceptance are at the heart of hockey. On December 12, the Pittsburgh Penguins will celebrate these defining principles at our annual Pride Game as we share stories of inclusion, hope, and allyship. Join us in person as we raise funds, and more importantly, raise awareness with this special ticket offer:


    FedEx Level - $75 per ticket

    Giant Eagle | Snapple Level - $39 per ticket

    All fundraising efforts tied to Pride Game will assist the You Can Play Project and Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation.

    Select your preferred section to get started. And to get game ready, please note the following:

    In an effort to ensure a ticketing experience that is more convenient, safe and secure for all Penguins fans, guests must present a mobile ticket on a smartphone for game entry. Fans can access their digital tickets via My Penguins Account or the Penguins app using the email address provided during the purchase process. Screenshots and print outs will not be accepted.

    Bags are not permitted in PPG Paints Arena. Exceptions, after inspection, will be made for medical bags, diaper bags, and wristlets or wallets no larger than 4”x 6”x1.5”.

    PPG Paints Arena is a cashless venue. Credit and debit cards as well as Apple/Google Pay are accepted. Reverse ATMs are available to convert cash to a pre-paid Visa card.

    To make the most of your game day experience, be sure to download the Penguins app for online ticket management, mobile concession ordering, game previews and more!

    • February 05, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1546 Fulton St. Pittsurgh Pa 15233 Fulton Commons

    Calling all new members and interested members!   Join us for a unique drag brunch/speed networking at Fulton Commons with our host Meesha Gerhart owner of Red Tree Web Designs and Mebership chair Missie Berteotti of Lutner Financial Group.   What a great way to meet new LGBTQ+ businesses, learn about 3RBA and have fun with the best Chamber in town.  Bring plenty of business cards and information about your business. 

    At Fulton Commons co-working space.

Past events

November 03, 2022 Empowering Differences Ashley Brundage Book Tour Happy Hour
October 29, 2022 Hallowqueen!! LIVE Karaoke Band, Costume Party and Drag Performance
October 06, 2022 Pennsylvania Womens Conference 3RBA Discount
September 07, 2022 Private Watch Cocktail Party: Billy Porter's New Movie " Anything's Possible"
August 24, 2022 Securing Government Contracts and Taking Your Business International
August 18, 2022 Multi Chamber Casino Night Networking Event.
August 17, 2022 Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) Training
July 21, 2022 4 Chambers! Multicultural Networking at FOGO de CHAO.
June 25, 2022 Soccer lovers! Pittsburgh Riverhounds Pride Night June 25!!
June 25, 2022 Family and Friends Hike at Washington Landing
June 18, 2022 Lawrenceville Pride Festival
June 17, 2022 Pittsburgh Pirate Pride Night June 17
June 15, 2022 DEI Breakfast and Book Signing with Inclusalytic Authors!
June 11, 2022 Pride Out Loud Hand Made Art Festival and LGBTQIA+ Vendor Show
June 09, 2022 Necromancer Brewing Pride Festival!! June 9 - 11
June 02, 2022 Small Business Pride Kick Off Shorty Pins and Pints. Everyone welcome.
May 26, 2022 Business After Hours: Grand Opening and Networking in Shadyside Realty One Group
May 25, 2022 Small Business Pride Member and Individual Business Meeting
May 25, 2022 Small Business Pride Community Host Meeting
April 13, 2022 Cross Country Chambers HRC Corporate Equality Index Webinar
April 11, 2022 Speed Networking Women, Femmes and Thems AND Happy Hour at 5801
March 28, 2022 Trans Visibility Week B2B and B2C Matchmaker Event
March 24, 2022 True T Studios and 3RBA After Hours Mixer. A Bite with the Directors.
March 05, 2022 Business After Hours! LGBTQ+ Happy Hour
March 02, 2022 Grow with Google: Digital Tools for Every Day Tasks
February 25, 2022 Black History Month Sip and Pitch Friday
February 16, 2022 Empowering Black LGBT Entrepreneurship Wellness
February 15, 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Round Table Breakfast with Fred Brown
February 02, 2022 Grow with Google: Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely
January 20, 2022 Annual Meeting and NEW Insurance MY Benefit Overview
January 05, 2022 Grow with Google: Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics
December 16, 2021 SBA Disaster Loans Open
December 10, 2021 Sip and Pitch Fridays
December 08, 2021 3RBA Holiday Party Featuring Brand Name Glass Studio and Dreadnought Wines
December 01, 2021 Grow with Google: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps
November 17, 2021 2021 NGLCC Back to Business (B2B) Summit, Best-of-the-Best Celebration, & Awards Gala
November 16, 2021 Pittsburgh Penguin Pride Night Nov. 16 Discounted tickets
November 11, 2021 NGLCC LGBT Sip & Pitch: BRG Special Edition Competition | Presented by Ernst & Young, LLP
November 06, 2021 Final Fall Hike at Washington's Landing
October 15, 2021 Sip and Pitch Fridays
October 13, 2021 LGBTQ+ History Month Fireside Chat with Founder Rodney Wilson
October 12, 2021 CLA Solidarity Program: Discussion on Allyship
October 11, 2021 How to Form, Grow and Protect your LGBTQ+ Business: National Coming Out Day
October 06, 2021 Strategic Planning for Business by Chamber Leadership Alliance
October 05, 2021 Start Up Start Out: What you need to know to start your own business.
September 29, 2021 LinkedIn 201 Webinar: Attract Your Ideal Client
September 24, 2021 Sip and Pitch Fridays
September 21, 2021 Networking to Review NEW Insurance and LGBTQ Domain Benefits
September 21, 2021 2021 WVU Small, Diverse, and Local Business Vendor Fair
September 13, 2021 Finding and Retaining Talent in 2021
September 10, 2021 Becoming Superwoman: Running a Family Business in a Male-Dominated Industry
September 02, 2021 Cancelled: to be rescheduled. Member Meeting followed by LGBTQ+ Trivia Night! Business After Hours
August 26, 2021 Diversity Supplier Orientation for City of Pittsburgh, URA, SBA, and Giant Eagle
August 22, 2021 Southside Works Out! Yoga, Cycling, and Vendor Booths
August 21, 2021 Member Mixer and Cocktails on the patio for Art Expo
August 14, 2021 Pride Night at Pittsburgh Pirates August 14
August 13, 2021 Blackout Weekend 2k21 and FREE Drive In Movie "Leave it On the Floor"
August 04, 2021 So You Want to Open a Storefront Session 2
July 28, 2021 So You Want to Open a Store Front Session 1
July 28, 2021 Comedy Improv Workshop at Arcade Theatre
July 08, 2021 LGBTQ+ Friends and Family Washington Landing Trail
June 15, 2021 LGBTQ+ Chamber Cross-Country Pride Event June 15
June 10, 2021 Virtual Drag Bingo June 10
June 10, 2021 Pittsburgh Supplier Diversity Programs
June 02, 2021 PA Diversity Council LGBTQ+ Unity Summit
May 27, 2021 3RBA Board Meeting
May 20, 2021 Eat Drink and Be Social
May 04, 2021 3RBA "Socially Distanced" Spring Hike
April 29, 2021 Board Meeting
March 31, 2021 Member Meeting - Small Business Assistance: All You Need to Know About Small Business Loans and Government Procurement.
March 25, 2021 Board Meeting
March 10, 2021 NGLCC Webinar Wednesdays: Getting Paid in the COVID Era
March 08, 2021 Webinar Series: New PPP Rules Change Briefing for LGBTQ Small Business Owners, Youth Entrepreneurs, and Restaurant Owners
February 25, 2021 Board Meeting
February 24, 2021 Progress, Partnership & Perseverance: A Celebration of Black LGBT Entrepreneurs & Leaders | A Special Black History Month Edition of NGLCC Webinar Wednesdays
February 19, 2021 NGLCC'S LGBT Sip & Pitch Fridays
February 10, 2021 NAVIGATING THE NEXT ROUND OF PPP FUNDING FOR YOUR LGBT BUSINESS: A Special Edition of NGLCC Webinar Wednesdays
September 22, 2020 2020 WVU and NGLCC Virtual Small and Diverse Business Vendor Fair
September 17, 2020 FCA’S 21st Annual Matchmaker Event
September 16, 2020 NGLCC Webinar Wednesday - First Comes Perseverance, Then Comes Growth
September 11, 2020 NGLCC'S LGBT Sip & Pitch Fridays
September 02, 2020 NGLCC Webinar Wednesday - Be a Futures-Minded Innovator: Basic Foresight Principles for Businesses during the Pandemic
July 21, 2020 3RBA "Socially Distanced" Summer Social Mixer!
July 17, 2020 Pittsburgh PrideFest 2020 — 3RBA Booth
July 08, 2020 NGLCC Webinar Wednesday -5 Tips for Understanding and Managing Conflict with Colleagues
July 07, 2020 Board Meeting
July 07, 2020 NGLCC CoCi Virtual Town Hall: White Privilege in the LGBTQ+ Community
June 27, 2020 Global Pride 2020
June 22, 2020 Out Now Live: them.'s Virtual Pride Event
June 18, 2020 3RBA Quarterly (Virtual) ConnXn
June 17, 2020 NGLCC Webinar Wednesday - 14th LGBTQ Community Survey: Key findings, marketing insights and outreach
June 17, 2020 PNC Proud Pride Month Speakers Series: Hosting "Stronger Together" with NGLCC's Justin Nelson
June 12, 2020 NGLCC'S LGBT Sip & Pitch Fridays
June 10, 2020 Board Meeting
June 10, 2020 NGLCC Webinar Wednesday - Virtual Pride: Tips to Move Your Organization's Pride Programming Online
June 03, 2020 NGLCC Certified LGBTBE Business Webinar: Business Unusual
June 03, 2020 Vibrant Index: Report to the Region
May 08, 2020 Ohio Valley Pride Festival 2020 — 3RBA Booth
April 18, 2020 Morgantown Pride Parade & Block Party - 3RBA Booth
April 17, 2020 3RBA Quarterly ConnXn
March 28, 2020 Join K&L Gates’ LGBT Employee Resource Group for its Second Annual LGBT/Ally Night at the Opera
March 24, 2020 "LGBT You Can Play Night" - Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Carolina Hurricanes
March 11, 2020 3RBA Spring Break Social Mixer!
March 05, 2020 19th Annual MWDBE Business Opportunity Conference
February 18, 2020 3RBA Quarterly ConnXn
January 21, 2020 3RBA Winter Social Mixer!
December 10, 2019 Being Out and Proud: A Night of Thanks & Holiday Celebration!
November 22, 2019 2019 NGLCC National Dinner & After Party - Nov, 22, 2019
October 08, 2019 NGLCC SCOTUS Rally & Conversation - Oct. 8, 2019
October 08, 2019 2019 WVU Small, Diverse and Local Vendor Fair
October 07, 2019 Member Meeting - Celebrating National Coming Out Day
October 05, 2019 LGBTQ+ Resource Fair Hosted by Rep. Dan Miller
September 29, 2019 Dine Around with Susan Baida - Sept. 29, 2019
September 25, 2019 2019 Regional Economic Inclusion Summit
September 15, 2019 Jazz At Fallingwater featuring Sachal Vasandani & The MCG Jazz Orchestra - Sept. 15, 2019
September 07, 2019 Riverhounds SC 4th Annual Night Out - Sept. 7, 2019
August 13, 2019 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference
July 22, 2019 2019 Mega Mixer
June 27, 2019 Member Meeting - Uncorking Your Financial Potential
June 08, 2019 Pittsburgh PrideFest 2019 — 3RBA Booth
June 06, 2019 Small and Diverse Business Forum
June 05, 2019 3RBA Pride Summer Social Mixer!
May 26, 2019 Big Gay Picnic 2019
May 14, 2019 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Business Show — 3RBA Booth (#216)
May 11, 2019 Ohio Valley Pride Festival 2019 — 3RBA Booth
April 18, 2019 SHARE 2019 Conference — 3RBA Table
April 16, 2019 Member Meeting
April 13, 2019 Morgantown Pride Block Party
April 11, 2019 Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing - Late Show Added!
March 30, 2019 Join K&L Gates’ LGBT Employee Resource Group for the Opening Performance of La bohème
March 29, 2019 HRC Pittsburgh's Monthly Happy Hour
March 19, 2019 R.O.A.R. Conference & Matchmaker — 3RBA Booth
March 18, 2019 Member Meeting
March 07, 2019 18th Annual MWDBE Business Opportunity Conference
February 26, 2019 How to Get WBE Certified
February 22, 2019 HRC Pittsburgh's Monthly Happy Hour
February 21, 2019 "LGBT You Can Play Night" - Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks
February 07, 2019 An Evening with Evan Wolfson
January 29, 2019 2019 Board Meeting
January 18, 2019 Feel Good Friday at The Warhol!
January 09, 2019 UPMC Supplier Diversity Program
December 11, 2018 PNC Supplier Diversity & 3RBA 2018 Annual Meeting
November 19, 2018 2018 Topgolf Outing
September 19, 2018 Member Meeting
August 14, 2018 NGLCC Annual Conference
August 08, 2018 3RBA Social Summer Mixer!
July 18, 2018 Member Meeting
July 08, 2018 2018 Tailgate & Pride Day at the Pirates
June 12, 2018 Membership Committee Meeting
June 10, 2018 Pride in the Street—3RBA Booth
June 06, 2018 3RBA Social Pride Mixer!
May 22, 2018 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Pittsburgh Launch
May 16, 2018 Member Meeting
May 16, 2018 Board Meeting
April 17, 2018 3RBA Launch & Member Meeting
April 02, 2018 Executive Committee Meeting

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Three Rivers Business Alliance
1735 E. Carson St. #403

Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1705

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