Business Empowerment Program

Business Empowerment Workshops

We know that when small businesses thrive, communities are more vibrant and economically stable. So, whether you need access business advice, a mentor, contracting opportunities, or workplace management, GSBA is here for you. GSBA’s Business Empowerment Program is designed to empower small and micro-businesses to succeed and thrive in a competitive environment. We’ll provide you with hands-on, accessible expert knowledge and feedback to help you grow your business, elevate, and fine-tune your entrepreneurial skills at any stage of your business life cycle.


We host a variety of quarterly networking nights for LGBTQ and allied community and business leaders to make meaningful business and social connections. With several to choose from, there’s sure to be one for you!

Ambassador Program

GSBA ambassadors promote the role of GSBA in the community by welcoming new members, encouraging current members to maximize their membership, and assisting in increasing engagement of new and existing members. Click here for more information about becoming a GSBA ambassador.

WE (Womxn Entrepreneurs)

WEgsba, formerly known as SEWgsba, is GSBA’s initiative to bring together womxn business owners to discuss business resources and skill-sharing, advocacy and representation of womxn small business owners, mentorship opportunities for aspiring womxn entrepreneurs, and visibility within the community. Click here for more information about joining this dynamic space engineered for growth.

Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition

The Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition (TEEC) is a group of community-based organizations which are committed to addressing the economic inequities faced by transgender and gender diverse people. Our collective goal is to identify barriers, gaps in resources, develop resources, and identify policy solutions to move our communities out of poverty. Within TEEC, GSBA focuses on professional development, entrepreneurial support, and networking opportunities.


Jump-start your business with viable leads and valuable connections. The idea is simple: generate business for OUTLeads members by bringing qualified leads to the group. Think of it as a co-op: you put something in and get something in return.

OUTLeads is a members-only program where participants come together to share qualified leads or tips to other members of the group. We only allow one member per business sector to avoid conflict of interest. OUTLeads is an effective way for GSBA members to increase their business; as you are sell and promote your business, you also learn about opportunities for other members in your group.

Our OUTLeads Groups

9:00 - 10:00 AM | 1st & 3rd Thu
Bauformat Seattle, 2605 Western Ave (Street Parking Available)
Contact Group Leader Dave Giltner 
or 206-486-3590

8:30 - 9:30 AM | 1st & 3rd Thu
Expedia CruiseShipCenters, 661 120th Ave. NE #13B, Bellevue
Contact Group Leader Elbert Stockberger 

7:30 - 8:45 AM | 2nd & 4th Tue
Julia’s in Wallingford, 4401 Wallingford Ave N
Contact Group Leader Kyle Kuenzi

8:00 - 9:00 AM | 1st & 3rd Thursday
Metropolist, 2931 1st Ave. S. Ste. A
Contact Group Leader Chad Zinda 

8:00 - 9:00 AM | 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Umpqua Bank - West Seattle 2620 California Ave. SW Ste. 500
Contact Group Leader Sally Schultz

11: 45 AM - 1:00 PM | 2nd & 4th Wednesday
Caliber Home Loans, Inc. - 6100 219th St. SW, Ste. 545, Mountlake Terrace
Contact Group Leader Ed Dorame (NMLS ID: 57774)

Dues OUTLeads dues are $60 per quarter. We will request a credit card number for dues to be automatically charged each quarter.

OUTLeads members must be a GSBA member in good standing throughout OUTLeads attendance. OUTLeads members operate under the GSBA Standards of Ethics & Conduct. Dues are not refundable. Each person may only be a member of one OUTLeads group.

More Information
Email for a full list of rules and an OUTLeads application.

Business Empowerment Workshops

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