The world's first
LGBTQ chamber of commerce

The world's first LGBTQ chamber of commerce

Building Businesses and Changing Lives since 1974

OUR MISSION

OPPORTUNITY

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.

EDUCATION

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.

ADVOCACY

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.

Russian Facebook Ads: Anna Colibri, GGBA Board Member, Speaks Out on KPIX 5

On November 1, 2017, GGBA board member Anna Colibri appeared on KPIX 5, the San Francisco Bay Area CBS affiliate. Colibri’s company, Colibri Digital Marketing, was selected to share a digital marketer’s perspective on the Russian Facebook advertising scandal because a reporter found her company via organic search. Organic search, also knows as search engine […]

Outword California: November Issue – California Wine Country – Open for Business

The recent wildfires that tore through Northern California were devastating to say the least. The damage estimates include at least 42 people dead, over 8000 structures destroyed and over $1 billion dollars will be needed to repair the devastation. However, not all was lost, and now the best that we, as Californians, can do is […]

Report grades CA utilities on LGBT contracts

October 5, 2017 by Matthew S. Bajko  |  The Bay Area Reporter  |  m.bajko@ebar.com California’s major utility, telecommunications, and water companies spent $41 million with LGBT-owned firms in 2016, according to an annual report that grades the diversity of each company’s supply chain. Yet the figure is a pittance of the total $32.24 billion the companies […]

Will San Francisco’s transit authority give preference to LGBT contractors?

By Jeff Taylor  |  LGBTQ Nation  |  Tuesday, September 5, 2017   The San Francisco Bay Area Transit Authority (BART) could give preference to LGBTQ contractors in an update to the agency’s Small Business Program, launched in 2011. “BART’s full board is likely to vote at its September 14th meeting to add LGBT contractors to the program that provides bid preferences […]

BART Gets a Little Queerer – SF Weekly

The train system’s Board wants to hire more LGBT contractors. Nuala Sawyer  SF Weekly |  Wed Aug 30th, 2017 In fiscal 2018, BART will work with a whopping (but very easily spent) budget of $1.92 billion. The funds are earmarked for new trains, track maintenance, station canopies, security, and earthquake retrofits — among other things. […]

Townsquared – A Free, Private Network for Small Businesses

We are excited to announce that the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) has teamed up with Townsquared, a private online network where GGBA members and partners can connect with each other. We only have Make Contacts once a month but we want you to connect all the time! Townsquared lets our members engage with one […]

GGBA APPLAUDS BART FOR TAKING HISTORIC “NEXT STEPS” TOWARD INCLUSION OF LGBT BUSINESSES IN ITS PROCUREMENT PROGRAMS

Nation’s First LGBT Chamber of Commerce Praises BART Board Director/LGBT Community Champion Bevan Dufty and BART General Manager Grace Crunican San Francisco, CA (September 1, 2017) – The Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) is proud to announce that the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Agency has taken two bold steps toward the historic inclusion of […]

WBA LGBT ECONOMIC SUMMIT & CONFERENCE 2018

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.

 

 VISIT THE WBA SUMMIT WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS

NORTH BAY FIRES

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.

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FOUNDATION

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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