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    GGBA Member Spotlight: Gavin Escolar of The Chaga Company

    GGBA Member Spotlight: Gavin Escolar of The Chaga Company

    Mushrooms are enjoyed worldwide both for their savory, umami-packed taste and medicinal qualities. A rising star among these fabulous fungi is chaga (Inonotus obliquus), which is considered to be one…

    GGBA Message from Leadership: Kim Cosaro’s Legacy As a Publisher/Owner of an LGBTQ Paper

    GGBA Message from Leadership: Kim Cosaro’s Legacy As a Publisher/Owner of an LGBTQ Paper

    By Terry Beswick– Buy Lesbian! San Francisco Bay Times publisher Betty Sullivan called me last week with the news that her predecessor at the paper, Kim Corsaro, had died. I…

    GGBA Member Spotlight: Maria Luisa Jimenez of Mama Mia

    GGBA Member Spotlight: Maria Luisa Jimenez of Mama Mia

    With over 20 years of experience building community and working toward equity, Maria Luisa Jimenez started the consulting company Mama Mia to continue the work of building bridges. From being…

    GGBA Message from Leadership: Pandemic Recovery on the Menu

    GGBA Message from Leadership: Pandemic Recovery on the Menu

    By Terry Beswick– Recently, I found myself sitting at one of a few dozen tables in a crowded banquet room in Florida. Taking place between COVID variant surges, it was…

    GGBA Member Spotlight – Penny Baldado’s Café Gabriela: A Neighborhood Café ‘With a Big Heart’

    GGBA Member Spotlight – Penny Baldado’s Café Gabriela: A Neighborhood Café ‘With a Big Heart’

    New GGBA member business Café Gabriela was opened in 2010 in Downtown Oakland by Penny Baldado, a formerly undocumented, trans-masculine, and queer immigrant from the Philippines. Before the pandemic, Penny…

    GGBA Message from Leadership: Three Moments that Turned Me into an LGBTQ Ally

    By Pamela Schmitz– As a straight woman, I may not be the most obvious choice to become the newest member of the Golden Gate Business Association board. However, if you…

    GGBA Member Spotlight – Jorge Colunga of Self-Help Federal Credit Union

    GGBA Member Spotlight –  Jorge Colunga of Self-Help Federal Credit Union

    Credit unions are not-for-profit organizations that exist to serve their members. Like banks, credit unions accept deposits, make loans, and provide a wide array of other financial services, but as…

    GGBA Message from Leadership: It’s About Time!

    GGBA Message from Leadership: It’s About Time!

    By Michael Gunther– Can you imagine running your business entirely with volunteers instead of employees? I would venture to say your business might have a challenging time building a long-term…

    GGBA Member Spotlight – Lisa Orrell, CPC – ‘The Chief of Change’

    GGBA Member Spotlight – Lisa Orrell, CPC – ‘The Chief of Change’

    Lisa Orrell of The Orrell Group and The Launch U Lab is an expert on leadership development and personal branding, and how the two work together to develop a next-level leadership…

    The GGBA 2021 Annual Meeting Recap

    By Michael Gunther and Dr. Krystal Drwencke– The 2021 GGBA Annual Meeting was our first ever Hybrid event with attendees gathering in person and online. We are so proud of…