The world's first
LGBTQ chamber of commerce

The world's first LGBTQ chamber of commerce

Building Businesses and Changing Lives since 1974



We empower our small business entrepreneurs and professionals by creating opportunities for marketing, networking, procurement, and referral-based business growth. We also collaborate with other non-profits and engage with business and civic leaders to support policies that foster a more inclusive and welcoming business community, thus creating greater opportunities for our member businesses.


We create events, workshops, and seminars in partnership with our Corporate Partners and other non-profits which help our members develop their business skills and expertise. In addition, we partner with other organizations, championing LGBTQ issues, in order to foster communication, collaboration, and educational opportunities.


We advocate for positive economic, social, and political change for the Bay Area LGBTQ business community, as well as addressing key business issues concerning the LGBTQ community overall. We have an unwavering commitment to advocate for and create positive change towards LGBTQ economic equality.

PG&E Small Business Consultation and Feedback Forum

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:00am to 3:00pm 77 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 Tentative Agenda Topics: Topics are still being discussed and will include an update on current PG&E priorities and the Community Wildfire Safety Program.  Purpose of the Small Business Consultation: To promote dialogue and mutual understanding between the small […]

Wealth Management for Same-Sex Couples: A Complimentary Seminar

Join us for “Wealth Management for Same-Sex Couples” — a Complimentary Seminar Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at 5pm Fireside Chat at 6pm 555 California Street, 44th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 Due to building limitations, no admittance after 6:30pm As a same-sex couple, many of your financial goals are just like everyone else’s — though […]

MyUmbrella – Create your business profile on the new social networking app for the LGBTQ+ community

MyUmbrella is a social networking platform for the #LGBTQ community. MyUmbrella acts as a place for people to not only connect with each other but allows users to locate local LGBTQ businesses. This is an invitation to our members to create your own profiles free of charge. You’ll be able to highlight your business to new potential customers […]

GGBA Member Spotlight – ARC Alternative & Renewable Construction

An interview with Lonnie Coplen ARC Founder + President Describe your business and its mission/values. ARC is an infrastructure program management and implementation company founded by two women, Lonnie Coplen and Widney Brown, who have wide-ranging experience in infrastructure applications and development. Program and construction management International civil and human rights Institutional, residential and commercial infrastructure ARC’s mission […]

GGBA Member Spotlight: OutSmart Office – Dawn Ackerman shares her secrets to success

An interview with GGBA Member and Past President Dawn Ackerman, CEO of OutSmart Office. Describe your business and it’s mission and values. OutSmart Office is a full-service office design company. We work closely with our clients to create an office environment that they love! Our services include: Office Design & Space Planning Tenant Improvement (construction, […]

B.A.R. – Jeanine Nicholson: Battle tested, Nicholson ready to lead SF Fire Department

On Monday, May 6, 2019 San Francisco Mayor London Breed presided over the swearing-in ceremony of Jeanine Nicholson, who has become the Nation’s First LGBT Fire Chief. GGBA congratulates Chief Nicholson on this historic appointment. We paid tribute to Jeanine Nicholson at our April Make Contact, and the following Bay Area Reporter article tells her compelling […]


In 2018 the GGBA will launch the GGBA Foundation which will be a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that will allow us to give back to the LGBTQ community of San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond in ways that our founders could have never imagined! The GGBA Foundation will be a separate entity from the GGBA which is a non-profit organization registered as a 501(c)(6) organization. Visit for more details.

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