• FAQ's

  • After serving the LGBT and LGBT Supportive Business Community for almost two years, we have been asked many questions by our members, guests and even members of our Board of Directors.  Below are the most common questions we are asked. 

    If you have other questions that are not addressed in the FAQ section, please email us at info@hrbor.org.  Chances are, if you have a question, someone else may have the same one!


    'I’m a member but my partner is not, do I have to pay for him/her to come to events with me?'

    We have many members who’s partners or spouses would like to support HRBOR, but feel the cost is too high, given they are not promoting their own business.  If you would like to be considered for Associate Membership, please contact the Membership Chair at info@hrbor.org for more information.

    'Do I have to be gay to become a member or be a guest at the events?'

    Absolutely not.  Our organization, while supports the LGBT community, it also supports the LGBT Supportive Community (which makes up almost half of our membership).  As long as you support the mission of HRBOR , we encourage anyone to join.

    'I'm not a business owner, can I still come to the meetings?' 

    Absolutely.  All of out networking events are geared towards anyone who would like to increase their own personal or professional goals, regardless of ownership in a company.  You can even join as an individual, without the support of your company if you feel it will help you reach your professional goals.

    'How much does it cost to join?'

    Membership ranges from $50 to $300 a year, depending on the desired level of membership.  Click here to see what level is best for you.

    'How many other events do you have besides the HRBOR OPEN?'

    Along with the 12 HRBOR OPEN events we have throughout the year, our Special Events Committee also hosts two special events during the year and our Educational Committee is completing a schedule for events geared towards business and employee issues held quarterly during the year.   

    'I'm a student in college and entering the work-force soon.  Do you have special membership rates so I can get a jump on the job search?'

    Yes, we offer a student membership to encourage bright-young students to get a jump and mentor with a seasoned professional.  Click here for more details on the Student Membership.

    'What has HRBOR and its members done to ensure Transgender people are welcome into their organization and their businesses as potential members of HRBOR, colleagues, customers, and employees?”

    HRBOR was created to be a complete inclusive organization that supports everyone within the LGBT community in relation to business issues.  HRBOR recently sponsored an event hosted by Equality Virginia called “Standing United” which addressed the employment issues of the Transgender community.  We also received press regarding our position on the ENDA act, in relation to the Transgender community.  HRBOR will continue to support any group that exists within our mission and with regards to business issues in any way possible. 

    'How can my non-profit benefit from membership into HRBOR?'

    We have a growing number of non-profits who recognize the need to network within the community to further the mission of the organization.   During several of our HRBOR OPEN events, we recognize our member non-profits and give them time to speak about their organization and how they are working to better improve our community.  If you would like information on how to receive this benefit, please contact our Events Committee Chair at info@hrbor.org.

    'How many guests can I bring to the HRBOR OPEN event under my current membership?'

    The amount of guests any member is allowed to bring, free of charge, to an event varies on membership level.  Please click here to find out what your level of membership brings.

    'As a member, can i have access to the HRBOR database to send out announcements about my business to the members?'

    Unfortunately, no.  To protect the privacy of our members, we do not lend, rent or sell our database to anyone.  Anyone is free to email other members from the membership directory, host an event and be included in all the marketing for that event, become an annual sponsor, or advertising on our website or e-news alerts.  For more information on any of these options, please contact us at info@hrbor.org.  

    'I'd like to host an event, but don't have the resources or space to do it all.  Can someone help me with this?'

    Many of our members do not have the space to host 100 people or have the space, but are concerned about the cost of the event.  Combining efforts with other members by co-sponsoring or co-hosting an event is a great way to promote your company and support HRBOR in an affordable way.  For more information, or if you need assistance in arranging a co-host, contact us at info@hrbor.org.