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    Meet the 2019 GGBA Board of Directors, GGBA Calendar and More!

    The 2019 GGBA board is made up of a dynamic group of business professionals. They bring a diverse range of perspectives and business acumen to the boardroom and to the chamber at large. As you may know, the GGBA is a working/governing board. These directors volunteer their time not only to steer the chamber on its mission of championing opportunity, development and advocacy for our LGBTQ & Allied business community, but they also roll up their sleeves and get to the hard work of producing the many events and programs the GGBA is responsible for throughout the year. Please take a moment to seek these fantastic human beings out at the next GGBA event and thank them for the time and resources they each give in pursuit of an economically empowered San Francisco Bay Area LGBT business community that inspires others.


    New DGS Certification

    As of this year, the Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS), part of the California Department of General Services (DGS), is administering a new “Small Business for the purpose of Public Works Certification.” The new certification, SB-PW, expands the opportunities for small businesses to compete in the public works arena. Find out more at:


    GGBA Foundation

    Founded in 2017, the GGBA Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting diversity by funding educational opportunities for the LGBT and allied business community of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The mission of the GGBA Foundation is to create scholarships and resources that assist LGBT and allied businesses to achieve sustainable business development, further professional growth and create leadership structures that strengthen their businesses.  

    Continued education will support capacity building for LGBT businesses to meet the requirements of corporate supplier diversity programs, increasing opportunities across multiple industries for LGBT businesses to win contracts. In return, our community will be enriched by the economic impact of these companies and the jobs created by their growth.   

    Additionally, these business leaders will be advocates for LGBT business inclusion and economic equality for all diverse communities and will provide mentorship and other resources to empower the next generation of LGBTQA entrepreneurs.


    Be a Part of the Solution: Join & Volunteer

    Support LGBT businesses, throughout the Bay Area and beyond by bringing you enthusiasm and skills to the GGBA! Being a GGBA member and volunteer is an ideal opportunity to become more deeply involved with the chamber. You can help to guide the chamber’s continuing success while building deeper business relationships with your fellow GGBA members.

    The Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) is the world’s first LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, and is now one of 65 around the globe advocating for positive economic, social and political change for LGBTQ businesses to prosper, create jobs and to have economic equality. Our mission is to champion opportunity, development and advocacy for our LGBTQ & allied business community.

    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 nonprofits 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. If you are an LGBTQ or allied business person looking for a place to make sincere connections that can lead to greater success and a sense of community, the GGBA is the place for you. We encourage you to visit our next event to see for yourself. For more details:


    GGBA Calendar

    Golden Gate Business Association 5th Annual Power Lunch
    Power Lunch V: Bridges
    Feb 1, 11 am–2 pm
    San Francisco Marriott Marquis
    780 Mission Street
    Power Lunch V – Bridges will celebrate the GGBA’s commitment to building bridges across economic, geographic, cultural and inter-community boundaries throughout the last 44 years. As the world’s first LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, GGBA, through Power Lunch V: Bridges, will showcase several extraordinary people who personify our community’s ability to expand opportunities, build collaborations, strengthen existing relationships and forge new and forward-thinking initiatives that lead to sustainable economic growth for our community and our businesses.

    Regional Chamber Business After Hours Event – South San Francisco
    February 7, 5 pm–7 pm
    Headquarters of S&B Party Rentals
    1098 San Mateo Ave, Suite #6, South San Francisco
    (Just 3 blocks from the CalTrans station)
    GGBA Member Business S&B Party Rentals is hosting a regional business mixer at their brand new headquarters in South San Francisco. Come take advantage of the opportunity to meet and mingle with business members of the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

    Golden Gate Business Association March Make Contact
    March 12, 6–8 pm
    GGBA Members: Complimentary, Non-Members: $25.00

    Western Business Alliance Annual LGBT Economic Summit & Conference
    March 14–16, Los Angeles – Hosted by the LAGLCC
    This year’s conference will focus attention on issues facing our business community and the LGBT community at large, including creating influence, working with the LGBT community, LGBT homelessness and housing, social and corporate responsibility, marketing to millennials, transgender entrepreneurship and freelance opportunities, and access to capital for LGBT businesses.

    Stand Up Speak Out Series
    Office of the Small Business Administration
    455 Market Street, San Francisco
    February: Stand Up and Speak Out: Storytelling as a Business Tool
    February 6, 7:30 am–8:45 am & February 20, 3:15 pm–4:45 pm
    March: Stand Up and Speak Out: Do’s & Don’ts of the Media Interview:
    March 6, 7:30 am–8:45 am & March 20, 3:15 pm–4:45 pm
    The Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) is proud to present “Stand Up. Speak Out!” This workshop series is designed to teach entrepreneurs, business professionals and community leaders to become more confident speakers and more effective communicators.
    This workshop is free to all GGBA Members, Partners and their staff.
    Non-GGBA members can attend two (2) meetings for free as a guest of the GGBA.

    For more information about these and all other GGBA events, please visit