By becoming a member of IBRHA, you are joining an organization with benefits that reflect the true nature of “partnering,” which we define as working together and supporting each other to advance the industry and the Black community. Our memberships provide flexibility in your investment and offer a wide range of services and tools to meet your business needs. Learn more about the various levels of partnership support available to you, which include:
- Associate Member
- Choice Member
- Promotional Member
- Premier Member
Read below for the IBRHA Membership – 21 Questions Game!
1. Who Is IBRHA?
We are an independent 501 (c)(6) non-profit Destination Marketing and Trade and Organization. Our Association promotes and advocates for Black-owned hospitality, leisure, retail, and travel-related businesses and bring together those businesses with leaders, influencers, partners, and the public to drive positive economic impact.
2. What are the membership categories?
Restaurant members represent table-service, fast-casual, on-site food service, food trucks, pop-up brands, etc. For franchises, contact us for a custom membership rate.
Lodging members represent full-service hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, multi-unit vacation rentals, inns, hostels, botel hotels, etc. For franchises, contact us for a custom membership rate.
Attractions & Entertainment
Retail, attractions, museums, spa services, sports, and recreation, travel, tour, and transportation services all represent the attractions and entertainment membership sector.
Insiders and influencers represent planners, consultants, venues, distributors, and suppliers of goods and services to the industry. For franchises, contact us for a custom membership rate. Other allied partners include full-time educators and accredited programs in the hospitality or retail fields, full-time students, non-profit organizations focused on business and economic development, or government entities.
3. Why should I become a member? Will IBRHA promote my business, event, or news for me?
IBRHA can help amplify, advocate, and promote your business. We do this through our print and digital platforms, social media, direct and experiential marketing. We also provide continuing education, consulting, and other resources. To view our IBRHA Membership Benefits, click here.
4. How can I join?
To read about our member benefits, click here. To join IBRHA using our convenient online sign-up, click here. For questions, please contact our Administrative team here for more details. We accept American Express, VISA, MasterCard, money orders, and checks payable to IBRHA.
5. Can you bill me, or can I pay monthly installments?
We do not bill our members. Membership dues are paid in full when joining. Once you become a member, you will receive an annual invoice in the mail or by email with options for renewing your membership.
6. As a new member, who do I contact if I have questions?
Each member has an account manager available to answer your questions, educate you on IBRHA services, and help us maintain a successful partnership. To find out who your account manager is, please contact our Administrative team here.
7. What is the IBRHA Membership Extranet, and how do I use it?
IBRHAs membership extranet is where you partner with us to store and the latest information and collateral on your business. Click here to view a series of short videos that answer the most common extranet questions, including how to:
- Update member listings
- Add photos and videos
- Add events and promotions
- Add social media handles
- Connect to Google and other search engines
- Review and respond to leads, service requests, and referrals
- Access industry reports
8. How is my membership activated?
As soon as we receive and confirm your application and payment, your membership is active and valid for one year. You will receive an email welcoming you to the organization, and your membership will automatically renew on your anniversary date (unless you choose to cancel.)
9. Once my membership is activated, what is the next step?
You will receive an IBRHA welcome gift, membership collateral, upcoming event, and e-newsletters.
10. How will I be notified about member events?
IBRHA posts events on the Events section of our website (ibrha.org,) and you will receive an email invitation to each event as they approach.
11. When does my membership expire?
Your membership is for one full year from the date you join. Unless we receive notification in writing, your membership is automatically renewed by IBRHA on the annual billing date.
12. I’ve lost or need to change my membership information. Where can I get help?
IBRHA can help locate and update your records and contact information. Please contact our Administrative team here.
13. How do I get training or consulting for myself or my team?
IBRHAs In the Black Education Program offers various masterclasses, training, certifications, webinars, and individual consulting. To view upcoming events, on-demand learning, or to schedule a free private consultation, please contact our Program Relations here.
14. How do I contact my lawmaker?
IBRHA’s Operation Direct Action Program offers the political and legislative action news, information, guides, resources, and lawmaker locator. For guidance, please contact our Operation Direct Action Committee here.
15. How do I find out what is happening at IBRHA or my city?
IBRHA provides our members an extensive calendar that lists upcoming events, a dedicated newsletter on the latest news impacting your business, and Black Star Rated marketing promoting our member cities. Click here to sign up for our newsletter, or view our Event Calendar here.
16. How do I become a part of your Insiders & Influencers Guide?
IBRHAs Black Star Rated Insiders & Influencers Guide is for the benefit of our Allied membership. When you become an allied member, your listing is added automatically to our guide. For general advertising, sponsorship, or partnership opportunities, please contact our editorial team here.
17. How do I submit an article, advertise in your publications, or participate in your webinars?
Please contact our Program Relations here.
18. How do I become an official IBRHA Partner or Sponsor?
Please contact our Corporate Relations here.
19. Can I participate, volunteer, or help amplify the IBRHA organization without becoming a member?
Yes, there are various that you can connect and help amplify the mission of the organization. Please contact our Program Relations here.
20. Is your membership list for sale?
We do not currently sell our membership list.
21. Who do I contact for media inquiries?
Please contact our Media Relations here.