GSBA Vision & Mission

MISSION: To combine business development, leadership and social action to expand economic opportunities for the LGBT Community and those who support equality for all.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 Graduating Scholars

All of at GSBA want to send a big congratulations to all the GSBA Scholars who graduated this year!

Hanna O'Donnell (2008, 2010-2012)
Central Washington University, magna cum laude

Carnella Linder (2013)
AAS, Social & Human Services, Seattle Central College
Continuing on for a Bachelor's degree next year

Nyka Tucker (2013, 2014)
BS, Microbiology and Global Health, University of Washington

Lisa Eytel (2011)
BS, Chemistry and Forensic Science; Honors degree, Criminal Justice; Russel Sage College
Pursuing a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oregon

Greg Phelps (2010-2013)
Business Administration: Management Information Systems, Western Washington University

Miki Cabell (2011-2014)
MPA, Tribal Governance, The Evergreen State College
Pursuing a PhD in Indigenous Studies at Whakatane Awanuiāranga

Ryan Biava (1996-1997)
PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation: “The Comparative Politics of Privacy: Ideas, Institutions & Information”

Carver (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013)
BA, Social Work, Eastern Washington University

Danny Cords (2013)
BA, Human Development & Learning and Social Justice Studies, Antioch University
Completing his Master's degree in Education (Adult Education and Organizational Behavior) in March

Alejandra Silva Hernandez
BS, Microbiology, University of Washington

New Trends in Healthcare

by Dr. Robert Goode, Lake Washington Primary Care

In the ever changing landscape of healthcare, patients now have more options on how, when and where they can receive their medical care.

Medical Clinics in Pharmacies
Across the country healthcare organizations are putting walk-in clinics in pharmacies to give patients day, evening and weekend access to medical care. In Seattle, Group Health has partnered with Bartell Drug Stores to put a CareClinic, staffed by a nurse practitioner, in three pharmacy locations. They treat common
ailments, perform basic tests and give most immunizations. Care is very affordable at $75 for the visit, less if the patient’s insurance company is billed.

Telemedicine gives patients convenient 24/7 access to medical care by phone or computer. Locally Carena offers a “virtual clinic” option to healthcare organizations and businesses. Employees of companies that partner with Carena can access a physician or nurse practitioner through their virtual clinic for medical care anywhere anytime.

Direct Primary Care Clinics
In this model, employers or patients directly pay the primary care physician a flat monthly fee for unlimited appointments. Patients may have a small co-pay at each visit.  Frequently this type of care is coupled with a high deductible plan (usually payable from HSA or FSA accounts) to cover expensive hospitalizations and treatments. Doctors are paid a fixed amount to take care of a certain number of patients regardless of how often they see them. Qliance has effectively implemented this model in several locations in the Seattle-Tacoma area.

Concierge Medical Clinics

These clinics have been around for many years but are becoming more popular as patients desire a closer relationship with and 24/7 access to their physicians. The cornerstone of concierge medical clinics is longer visits with the doctor, same day/next day appointments for urgent care issues and access to the doctor by cell phone after hours and on weekends. With these added benefits comes an extra fee, typically $2000-3000 per year.  Seattle is home to the first concierge clinic MD2 (squared) which began in 1996. Today there are many concierge medical clinics in Seattle, some now offering more affordable care.

Friday, June 27, 2014

NGLCC-USAID Partnership to Impact Global LGBT Economic Development

(from the NGLCC)

Tagline NGLCC logoIn a historic move yesterday, U.S. National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice, announced anew partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to encourage and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business owners and entrepreneurs in developing countries. 

This unprecedented agreement, announced at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights, holds the promise of creating a more equitable business and cultural environment for LGBT people through economic empowerment.

"Unfortunately, in too many places, being gay or transgender is enough to make someone the target of slurs, torments and violence...protecting our LGBT brothers and sisters is among the most challenging human rights issues we face. Thanks to a new partnership between the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and USAID, we will provide business development training and build new networks to help economically empower the LGBT community. And, working together, we can be assured that the future belongs to those who stand up for freedom and human dignity." -- Ambassador Susan Rice, National Security Advisor 

Vice President Joe Biden mentioned the new partnership during an event he and Dr. Biden hosted at their home highlighting the Obama Administration's push for global LGBT equality.

The initiative also creates an avenue for U.S. LGBT businesses to become trading and strategic partners with LGBT business owners in program countries, including Mexico, Colombia and Peru. It will also encourage program country businesses to become suppliers to multinational corporations, in-country companies, and government agencies. Through this partnership we will also encourage intra-regional trade and teaming with LGBT-owned businesses in the U.S. to respond to multinational contracting opportunities.

"The partnership with NGLCC is unique, innovative, and strategic. Economic development will undoubtedly be a powerful tool in our joint mission of global LGBT equality." -- Claire Lucas, Senior Advisor, Public-Private Partnerships, USAID

NGLCC says that "This new partnership reinforces our belief that one of the best ways to break down barriers is to use the common language of business to expand minds and create opportunities. We are grateful to the Obama Administration and USAID for working with us to ensure LGBT people around the world can participate in our increasingly global economy."

In addition to $1,250,000 in funding provided by USAID, NGLCC has raised almost $3 million in private sector funding and in-kind services for the partnership. More information regarding the NGLCC-USAID partnership will be discussed in the coming days on the NGLCC Boardroom Blog and in more detail at the upcoming NGLCC National Business and Leadership Conference next month.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Seattle has so much PRIDE!

Are you going to be in town for Pride? Seattle has so many different ways to celebrate.

Thursday, June 26
PrideFest KickOff Party
W Hotel
If I could turn back time! Party like it's 1974. A portion of each ticket will benefit the
GSBA Scholarship Fund. Win tickets to Cher! Admission includes 2 drinks and appetizers.
More info & buy tickets. 

Friday, June 27
Trans* Pride
Cal Anderson Park
The 2nd annual Seattle Trans* Pride march and rally. Check out their great lineup of speakers. More info.

Saturday, June 28
Capitol Hill Pride
Stop by the Travel Gay Seattle booth at the North end of Broadway next to Bait Shop. More info.

Saturday, June 28
PrideFest Capitol Hill
Cal Anderson Park
Family Day:1-5pm; Street Festival: 5-Dark
Drag Queen Storytime, Garry Golightly the Bubble Man, Massive Monkees Dance Crew, the Chaotic Marching Band and water balloon toss contest. More info.

Saturday, June 28
Tommy Gun

FREE Gay Pride cocktail party presented in conjunction with Tomboy Exchange, Inc. and the GSBA - Greater Seattle Business Association! If you love finely-crafted cocktails, regional brews and well-dressed women, this is the event for you. More info.

Sunday, June 29
Seattle Pride Parade
4th Avenue, Downtown Seattle
It's the 40th annual Seattle Pride Parade. Hundreds of companies and organizations will strut their stuff. Watch the parade along 4th ave. in downtown Seattle. More info

Seattle PrideFest
Seattle Center
Booths, beer gardens, food, music, dancing, live performances and thousands of your closest friends.
More info

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pride 2014

GSBA is celebrating Pride all over the Pacific Northwest! We are representing you and your business from Vancouver to Tacoma to Portland, at Trans* Pride and more. Keep an eye for GSBA and pick up the brand new edition of the annual Guide & Directory at the following events:

Sunday, June 15
Portland Pride
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon

Friday, June 27
Trans* Pride
Cal Anderson Park
We couldn't be prouder to continue our sponsorship of Seattle Trans* Pride!

Saturday, June 28
Capitol Hill Pride
We will have two booths at the festival - the main GSBA tent in front of BECU and Broadway Market and the Travel Gay Seattle Tent in front of the Seattle LGBT Visitors Center at 1st Security Bank. Stop in and say hi!

Sunday, June 29
Seattle Pride Parade
4th Avenue, Downtown Seattle
We will be marching in the Parade with our GSBA Scholars and the world-famous Briefcase Brigade, handing out thousands of GSBA Guides along the Parade route.

Seattle PrideFest
Seattle Center
Miss us along the Parade route? Stop by our booth on the circle at Seattle Center facing the main stage and pick up your Guide there.

Saturday, July 12
Out in the Park
Pierce Transit Park, Tacoma
Hello South Sound! GSBA is coming back to Tacoma this year and we hope to see you there for a fun day at Pierce Transit Park

Sunday, August 3
Vancouver Pride Parade & Sunset Beach Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
We will have a table at the Sunset Beach Festival & Market up in Vancouver, promoting Travel Gay Seattle to our lovely Canadian neighbors.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Inclusion is Good for Business

By Calvin W. Goings, SBA Regional Administrator

Today, there are more than 1.4 million Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) owned small businesses in the United States. These businesses play an important role in our economy and our communities.  And, $790 billion was the estimated buying power of the LGBT population in 2012.  This was a 20% increase in the buying power of the LGBT community from 2006-1012.

As a nation, we proudly recognize June as LGBT Pride Month.  This year’s theme, “Reflections of Pride—Stonewall 45,” commemorates the 45th anniversary of the events at Stonewall Inn and a movement to demand dignity and equality under the law for LGBT and all Americans.    As stated in President Obama’s proclamation:  As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect -- our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. With LGBT Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains.

At the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), we are working with the LGBT community to spur entrepreneurial activity and to ensure that more LGBT entrepreneurs have the tools and the resources they need to grow successful small businesses and create good jobs.

All across the country we are building on these efforts. We are working closely with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to ensure that more LGBT-owned businesses have access to SBA programs and services. We recently hosted the first-ever LGBT procurement event, with the U.S. Department of Commerce and 13 agencies, so that businesses can better identify and compete for government contracts.

And, the SBA continues to support the LGBT small business community through educational outreach initiatives such as “Many Faces, One Dream,” which promotes economic empowerment and encourages entrepreneurship within the LGBT community.

America’s small businesses are the engine of our economy. They create two out of three net new private sector jobs. And, today, half of all working Americans either own or work for a small business.
By embracing an inclusive vision of entrepreneurship, one that draws entrepreneurs from all communities, from all demographics and from all backgrounds, we will grow our economy, create good jobs and make America even more globally competitive.

During LGBT Pride Month, we are reminded that America benefits when we draw from the entire spectrum of American diversity--driving innovation and creating a thriving economy in our communities and across our nation.  Together, we can remember an important chapter in this nation’s fight for equality and celebrate our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Learn more about the U.S. Small Business Administration at, its Northwest regional office, and follow them on Twitter at @SBAPacificNW