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.

GGBA Member Spotlight: Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches – Epicenter of the ‘Sandwich Environmentalism Movement’

  Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches is a mission-driven fast-casual restaurant brand based in Seattle, WA with 10 stores in Seattle and San Francisco. Founded in 2009 by Ben Friedman and Brad Gillis with the goal of making the food system more sustainable, Homegrown’s food is sustainably sourced, farm by farm, ingredient by ingredient, choosing what is […]

GGBA Make April Contact at Sennheiser

Put some rhythm in your networking and enjoy amazing food, sound & discounts on products at our April Make Contact. Sennheiser specializes in the design and production of a wide range of high fidelity products, including microphones, headphones, telephony accessories and avionics headsets for personal, professional and business applications. No matter what you expect from […]

VIP GALA RECEPTION for the WBA LGBT Economic Summit

The VIP Gala Reception for the Western Business Alliance (WBA) LGBT Economic Summit was held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the glorious Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall. We were joined by delegates from 22 LGBT Chambers of Commerce from throughout the Western United States and Canada, along with our corporate partners and key dignitaries. Our special […]

Working Solutions – helping JungleRed fulfill their dreams

JungleRed salon has been in the Castro for over seventeen years. New owner and Senior Stylist Lucas Ringhofer contacted Working Solutions to help expand his business after hearing great things from a friend and the San Francisco office of the Small Business Administration. “The Working Solutions loan and support were very helpful. They guided me […]

GGBA East Bay Make Contact

Join colleagues and friends for an evening of networking at Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union in Berkeley. ABOUT OUR HOSTS: Certified as a Minority Depository and Community Development Financial Institution, Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union continues to cultivate the seeds of inclusiveness sown by Cooperative Center’s first General Manager, Zach Brown. As an offshoot of Consumers’ Cooperative […]

GGBA Member Spotlight on Todd Ghanizadeh

Entrepreneur and Business Maven —By Anna Colibri, Vice President, Communications   Todd Ghanizadeh retired from being a professional dancer at the American Ballet Theater in New York (Directed by Mikhail Baryshnikov) and the Boston Ballet (Directed by Bruce Marks)  at the age of thirty, to become a GGBA certified specialist in helping companies think more about […]


On March 16, 2018 the GGBA hosted the Western Business Alliance (WBA) LGBT Economic Summit & Conference. The WBA was founded in 1994 as an opportunity for LGBT chambers throughout the Western United States to advocate on behalf of the LGBT economic equality movement, share ‘best practices’ and serve as the collective voice of the […]


On March 15—16, 2018 the GGBA will host the Western Business Alliance (WBA) LGBT Economic Summit & Conference. 21 WBA LGBT Chambers from across the western United States will join us for two days of events, including the Opening Reception at San Francisco City Hall and Power Lunch IV at the Hyatt Regency – with Co-Chairs The Honorable Mark Leno and Helen Russell, Founder and CEO of Equator Coffees & Teas.




The GGBA is participating with a number of key San Francisco and Bay Area-based business organizations in order to provide a coordinated approach to the devastating fires in the North Bay.



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. Stay tuned for more details in 2018!

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