PABA - Portland Area Business Association
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PABA 's mission is to serve our LGBT community and our allies by providing business and leadership development to expand economic opportunities for our membership.
What you get as a PABA Member
As a member you can meet and network with some of Oregon's most successful business people. PABA offers you a venue to share stories, swap leads, solve problems and create opportunities with other people who value their professional success within the community. PABA provides its members with a variety of services including hosting after-hours receptions, sponsoring special networking events, and offering the chance to participate in various community activities. PABA also offers booth space to members at the annual Portland Pride Festival
A History of PABA
In late 1991, a group of three business people, Deborah Betron, Rick Schmidt and Fred Elledge, met to discuss forming a business networking group in Portland, Oregon. As their discussions continued, they became more convinced of the need for an organization to support Gays and Lesbian business people.
The goals for this new group were to strengthen business within the Gay and Lesbian community, to be a visible sign of support to its members and to have a positive impact on the Portland metropolitan area.