A Message from GSBA's Board Chair

In 2011 the Greater Seattle Business Association celebrates our 30th anniversary and it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2011-2012 anniversary edition of Greater Seattle Business Association Guide & Directory.

30 years ago a small group of like minded business men saw the need to establish an organization that would further the cause of equal rights and economic opportunities for our community, and today we are the strongest and largest LGBT business chamber in the nation, with strong membership and continued prospects for growth and influence.

Business Development, Philanthropy, Advocacy and Community are the four pillars of our GSBA structure. Within these pillars it is our goal to engage and to serve our members. Programs such as our monthly luncheons with expert guest speakers, Tech Tuesdays, and the first ever West Coast LGBT Tourism Summit offer insights and education that help our member businesses learn and grow. Our networking events such as Young Professionals with Pride, for our under 40 members, Women at the Top, for our women business leaders, and monthly Prime Times, which put a spotlight on a member business or non-profit organization, offer a valuable chance for exposure and networking.

Our GSBA Scholarship Fund, now in it's third decade, is one of the oldest LGBTQ and allied scholarships in the country and has given out more than one million dollars, helping build our future leaders. Connecting business with philanthropy is one of our core values and has made us a leader in the world of business chambers.

In the area of Public Policy, the GSBA has become an influence on many important issues that affect our members, from advocating for mental health parity and inclusion for the states smallest businesses in the legal definition that entitles them to participation in health care trusts. We were instrumental in preserving our hard won rights for domestic partners in our state and had a seat at the table at many important decision making opportunities, such as the selection of the Seattle Chief of Police.

Running through all of this is community. Community in the sense that we offer members a chance to make great friends and to feel connected to a greater cause, whether it is fund raising, or friend raising, passing out business cards or guides or receiving acknowledgement for the great work they do. We love to celebrate our members' successes at our Business and Humanitarian Awards and we love a great party and boy howdy do we know how to throw one. Our annual TASTE of the GSBA , where we raised over $345,000 for the Scholarship Fund in 2010, is a night not to be missed!!

1000 members strong means that the services, businesses, non profits and individuals contained in these pages represent the spectrum from small owner operated entrepreneurial businesses to world class corporations and the thing that unites them all is their commitment to excellence and support for our community. When you pick up this guide and make a decision to purchase a good or service, you carry on the legacy of our founders by helping to make and to keep this a great place to live and work.

We urge you to use this guide often, to share it with friends and we hope that you will consider becoming a part of the GSBA.

Thank you,

Mark Rose'n
GSBA Board Chair

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