by Ilona Lohrey, Interim President & CEO
| Aug 04, 2022
GSBA is proud of its 41 years of service to the LGBTQ+ business community. As the interim President & CEO, I am committed to leading this organization that works tirelessly towards achieving economic and educational equity.
In this year's Guide to GSBA
you will find stories of some of our incredible members across Washington State, as well as the myriad ways GSBA helps support our community, grow small businesses, and fight for LGBTQ+ rights. There is a small print run of this publication that you may have seen over the last few months, but it is primarily a digital document, unlike the iconic GSBA Guide & Directory that you are familiar with from the last 40 years. We have included a listing of our members at the time of publication at the back of this Guide, and you can always find up-to-date listings at theGSBA.org
We hope that you will take a few moments to learn more about our members featured here, as well as the ways that GSBA can help to grow your business, improve your workplace, and connect you with the LGBTQ+ community. We have more programs directly supporting our workplaces than ever before, from our LGBTQ+ inclusion trainings to the new Business Academy to free one-on-one business consulting. We bring policymakers from every level - city, county, regional, state, and federal – directly to our members to understand your perspectives and needs. The GSBA Scholarship & Education Fund is stronger than ever, and we are establishing new ways to support the whole student in their educational path. Travel Out Seattle is spreading the word of our state’s magnificent attractions as tourism starts up again after a difficult few years. And while our membership is statewide, our special commitment to our home neighborhood of is deepening every day through the Capitol Hill Business Alliance.
As we begin this period of recovery from the pandemic, we ask you to make a commitment to actively patronize GSBA members and cultivate our local LGBTQ+ economy and community.