Date: Monday, 01 April 2019
Time: 08:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: $25.00
Student Price: $10.00
Address: 2401 Utah Ave. S, Seattle, WA
Location: Starbucks HQ
Phone: 206-363-9188
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GSBA, Wells Fargo, NGLCC, and Starbucks have partnered to present the third annual LGBTQ Business Matchmaker! This event (FREE for members!) will connect certified small business owners with corporate and government entities that are eager to build a diverse supply chain.

This year, our signature Fast Pitch Competition takes on a new meaning! The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2019 NGLCC Conference in Tampa, Florida (conference fee, hotel, and airfare), courtesy Wells Fargo. To qualify, you must be a GSBA member, LGBTQ certified, or in process of certification. Contact Ilona Lohrey to enter the competition.

Other event features include:

-Success Story: An interview with Marti Hoffer, CEO & founder of lumenomics, Inc.
-Lunch provided by Thyme Well Spent Catering, a woman-owned business
-Afternoon Matchmaker appointments and roundtable with corporations and government agencies

In advance of our Matchmaker event, you can learn how to master the art of a business pitch during a Business Empowerment Workshop with Wells Fargo's Small Business Leader for National Field Initiatives Roby Schapira, at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, March 26 at the GSBA office. Register here:

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Program Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 AM:
Registration & Starbucks coffee tasting
9:00 - 10:00 AM: Welcome & introductions
10:00 - 10:45 AM: A conversation with Marti Hoffer, Founder & CEO of lumenomics, Inc.
10:45 - 11:00 AM: Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Shark Tank-style Fast Pitch Competition
12:30 - 1:30 PM: Lunch presented by Thyme Well Spent
1:30 - 4:00 PM: Matchmaking - roundtables and 1:1 appointments for small businesses, corporations, and municipalities

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