Message from the President

Dawn Ackerman, Outsmart Office


These are unique times in the history of these United States of America.  Some of the gains we thought we had achieved as a community toward civil rights and economic equality have been rolled back in recent months. However, this is to be expected because we know that history is never a straight line forward, so we must remain resolute in our commitment to full equality. Understanding, compassion, courage and determination will win out in the end.

As the GGBA embarks upon its 44th year in existence as the world’s first LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, we have never been more committed to ‘living our mission’ than we are today.  Over the last 3 years, several of our programs have received national recognition for their innovation and commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for our members to grow their businesses and to add sustainable jobs.  In March 2018, GGBA will be the host of the Western Business Alliance LGBTQ Economic Summit focusing on issues such as addressing the needs of millennial LGBTQ entrepreneurs, leveraging disruptive technologies to create LGBTQ business growth, addressing the needs of the staggering LGBTQ homeless issues and much more.

At the end of the day it all comes down to “are we doing everything in our power to add value to your business and create access to information, resources and people who will provide solutions to the challenges that each of our businesses face?”   As president of the GGBA I can say that we are doing our absolute best to do the ‘heavy lifting’ it takes to generate, and sustain, programs and relationships that will help ‘move the dial’ forward for your business.  The truth is, we need you to step onto the field we are creating and ‘work’ our programs, events and opportunities.  Being a member of the GGBA can’t be a spectator sport.  We need you to roll up your sleeves with us and leverage the applicable opportunities, while customizing them to benefit the unique needs of your business.  

We are your partners in this experience. We are your colleagues, and we are 100% committed to your success.  Join GGBA today in this incredibly exciting journey toward economic equality, community empowerment and business success!

Wishing you great success,

Dawn Ackerman

President, Board of Directors

OutSmart Office

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