Message from the President
Grahame Institute of Strategic Communication (The GISC)
As the GGBA celebrates its 45th year as the worlds first LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the question often arises ‘in a world where every item and service can be purchased online, impersonally, and in the blink of an eye; is there a role for a local chamber of commerce to play?’
I believe the answer to that question is an emphatic ‘yes!’. No amount of technological innovation will replace a core axiom: people like to do business with people they know, people they like, and people they trust. GGBA events are the platform for such relationships to start and to flourish. The Chamber is full of stories how one’s business truly grew thru the relationships developed within the GGBA.
My goal, and that of the board, is for the GGBA to be integral in the daily business lives of you, our members and partners.
- To provide events and programming that are responsive to your needs; from being better businesspeople to helping you create and fill your supplier diversity pipelines. I’m so excited in the evolution of our Make Contacts, Power Lunch, and the new CEO High Performance program we are unveiling.
- To continue to provide platforms for members to inspire each other by sharing the stories of our successes, and the missteps from which we learn.
- To continue to advocate for legislation that breaks down barriers of entry for LGBTQ owned businesses regardless of the industry vertical; and regardless of the actions promoted by the current Presidential administration.
- To embrace and promote the growing diversity within our community. To let individuals from every part of the LGBTQ community know the GGBA is a place where their whole self is welcome, respected, and needed; and where they can create and grown their own successful business.
The GGBA, like every successful team, cannot succeed without everyone’s participation. We need members to utilize the platforms and resources the GGBA provides to get more engaged; to learn about, patronize, and refer the businesses of fellow members. We need your feedback on what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong, and what new programming you believe would be benefit your business and community.
If you’re not sure where or how to start becoming engaged, then reach out to me or to any of our dedicated Board Members. In short, we need you – each of you and all of you.
To our shared success,