For over 70 years, the IBC has been a proud and important part of Portland's Italian community. Established by Portland businessmen of Italian heritage, the organization was formed with this mission:
Of course, many changes have occurred over the years, as well as changing the original name, Italian Businessmen's Club to the Italian Benvenuti Club, keeping the acronym IBC.
Today's IBC consists of men and women of Italian heritage and others who love Italian culture, believe in our mission and 'la Dolce Vita', an Italian phrase which was first used in a film of that name to mean crass or shocking, though modern usage means simply and positively, "the good life".
We are a social club with a common interest: celebrating and promoting Italian culture.
The IBC has remained committed to the ideals of cultural awareness and civic service upon which it was founded. Of course, being of Italian heritage, we also have a good time together. Each year the IBC Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, provides scholarships for students of Italian heritage. More information can be found on the scholarhip section of this website.
Most of our gatherings are social, with some open to all as fundraisers for our IBC Foundation scholarships; others are for club members and families. We hold a few business dinner meetings during the year to set club goals, vote, and we frequently have guest speakers on topics of interest.
Should you wish more information about the IBC or wish to apply, feel free to email Stefano, or print out the application below.