IBA Looking for Next LGBT Business Award Recipient

Metro Men's Clothing owner Tom Longo Jr. (left) receives last year's $5K grant from PNC's Bill Mills.

Metro Men’s Clothing owner Tom Longo Jr. (left) receives last year’s $5K grant from PNC’s Bill Mills.

Heads up, queer entrepreneurs. Philly’s Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is on the lookout for a recipient to receive its fourth-annual LGBT Business Award, and folks only have until April 11th to apply. The $5,000 prize will be awarded to a driven LGBT business that can present “a well-defined plan for growth, including innovation, sustainability, and ongoing contribution to the community.” Besides that, nominees must also be:

  • An LGBT owned, IBA member business in good standing.
  • A registered business within the IBA’s geographic region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties, Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer or Salem counties New Jersey; or New Castle County Delaware).
  • In business for at least three years.
  • a privately held company.
  • in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • at least 18 years of age. a legal resident of the United States.

Last year, the prize went to Tom Longo Jr., owner of East Passyunk Avenue’s Metro Men’s Clothing. Longo used the grant to create an updated online shopping experience for his customers, and to move into his fancy new digs in mid-September.


This year's submitted proposals will be reviewed by reps from IBA, PNC (the sponsor) and the Temple University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute at the Fox School of Business. Need help sprucing up your application? IBA is hosting a business planning workshop for applicants on Thursday, March 26th. (More info on that here.)

Go here to apply for the grant. Remember, the deadline is April 11th.

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