Membership - Benefits & Levels

 

Advancing equality, equality, diversity, and inclusion through business strengthens community.

Business: Sharpen your business skills at one of our free Business Empowerment workshops or attend a Rapid Response Webinar

Community: Connect with other business and community leaders through GSBA networking events

Advocacy:  Leverage you small business voice through GSBA.  Stay up to date on issues through GSBA’s monthly Civic Engagement workshops

Philanthropy: Invest your time, talent, or treasure, in the next generation of leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

During this economic crisis, do not let money be a barrier to your GSBA membership and connection to our communities. GSBA is here for you and will find a solution that works best to meet your membership needs.

Please contact our Membership Team (membership@thegsba.org) to discuss payment options for your 2020 and 2021 membership.


Small Business Member | $495
Small businesses in their first year of business receive 50% off membership dues. 

  • Business Listing in each of the following:
    • GSBA Digital Guide & Directory
    • iPhone App
  • Breakfast & Benefits, an introduction to GSBA
  • Announcement of your company joining GSBA
  • Access to supplier diversity opportunities
  • LGBTBE Certification fee waived ($400 fee and $200 re-certification fee)
  • Access to business empowerment programs
  • GSBA lobbyist is your business voice in Olympia
  • Access to GSBA affinity groups
  • Complementary job postings in our online Job Center
  • GSBA member exclusive discounts with Puget Sound Business Journal, Constant Contact, and Archbright

Small Business Plus | $895

Includes all Small Business Membership benefits – AND

  • Registration for (1) in OUTLeads
  • Registration for (1) at all business networking programs
  • All Social Media enhancements in your Business Listing
  • (2) lines of descriptive text, not to exceed 130 characters, in GSBA Digital Guide & Directory

Hospitality & Tourism Membership | $595 or $850*

Includes all the benefits of a Small Business Membership - AND

  • Listing on TravelOutSeattle.com
  • Inclusion in mobile app
  • Connection to our Seattle LGBTQ Visitors Center
*($595 0-50 employees | $850 51+ employees)


Nonprofit Membership | $375 (1-50 employees)

Includes all the benefits of a Small Business Membership - AND

  • All social media enhancements in your organization listing 
  • Access to promote your events on the GSBA Events Calendar (web)
  • Member-only discounts are extended to your board members and staff


Community Membership | $150

An opportunity for individuals to show support for LGBTQ and allied businesses and to promote equality in business

  • (1) personal listing in the GSBA Online Directory
  • Breakfast & Benefits and introduction to GSBA
  • Connection to the LGBTQ non-profit community
  • Member-rate to all events
  • Community Membership is not eligible for GSBA advertising platforms.

Elected Officials & Government Services Membership | $150

  • To further our commitment to civic engagement, GSBA offers a special membership rate for those who work in the Public Sector as either an elected official or government employee.


Membership Access Commitment

We welcome all LGBTQ and allied businesses who share our commitment to advancing equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion in business. If you wish to join GSBA but are from an underserved LGBTQ community (people of color, trans, gender diverse, veteran, disabled business owner, or from another underserved community), don’t let the size of your budget determine whether or not you can be a GSBA member.

Please contact our Membership Team membership@thegsba.org to discuss payment options for your  membership.


Corporate Executive Membership | $5,500

  • (4) Business Listings in digital Guide & Directory in categories of choice
  • (1) one business listing for Employee Resource Group Leader or DE&I Officer
    • All social media pages included
    • 130 characters of descriptive text
  • Custom digital marketing plan ($1500 value)
    • Enhanced visibility via GSBA website, digital magazine, eNews, blog, social media
    • Plan developed in tandem with GSBA marketing staff
  • LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training
  • OutLeads registration for two (2) employees
  • Unlimited GSBA Career Center postings  
  • Complimentary access to annual GSBA Matchmaker event
  • Opportunity to host Business Empowerment webinar
  • Access to direct consultation with Chamber CEO and Executive Staff
  • Add value to HRC Equality Index Rating

Corporate Membership | $2,500

  • (2) Business Listings in digital Guide & Directory in categories of choice
  • (1) one business listing for your Employee Resource Group Leader or DE&I Officer
    • All social media pages included
    • 130 characters of descriptive text
  • Custom digital marketing plan ($500 value)
    • Enhanced visibility via GSBA website, digital magazine, eNews, blog, social media
    • Plan developed in tandem with GSBA marketing staff
  • LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training
  • OutLeads registration for one (1) employee
  • GSBA Career Center postings (2x per month)  
  • Complimentary access to annual GSBA Matchmaker event
  • Add value to HRC Equality Index Rating


GSBA began engaging in lobbying activities in 2017, and as such, we are reporting to all GSBA members the percentage of those lobbying activities (expenses) as they relate to total membership dues. Your dues payment as a business expense for the year 2020 will be limited by the percentage of dues that went towards supporting lobbying activities, and only the remaining portion of your dues can be claimed as an expense on your federal tax return.

For 2020, the percentage of non-deductible dues pertaining to your tax return is 4.8%.

Lobbying funds are primarily related to educating elected state officials and their staff on the issues on our legislative agenda. If you have any questions about the implications of this information, we recommend you discuss with your accountant(s). If you need further information from GSBA regarding this topic, please contact us via email or by phone 206.363.9188.





Membership dues and renewals are based on the calendar year from Jan 01 through Dec 31. Members who join between April 01 and August 14 will have their membership dues prorated through the end of the year. Members who join Aug 15 or later will pay a prorated amount for the remainder of the year plus the dues for the next calendar year.

2020 Membership levels, benefits, and rates as of Aug 15, 2019.


"About 10% of my business comes from GSBA referrals. I appreciate that this group of people is already sold on supporting my business since we are part of a gay-friendly network. This kind of positive networking has taken Weezee’s Plumbing from a small business to the 'next level' in marketing."

-Louise Hansen, Owner, Wezee’s Plumbing


Listing Enhancements

Add additional listing enhancements to your online and/or print listings to get even more out of your visibility in the Guide & Directory.

  • Descriptive Text (65 char.) $50
  • Additional Category $100
  • All Social Media Listings $50
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    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Blog
    • YouTube
    • Instagram

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