SF LGBT Center Supports Queer Business

SF LGBT Center Supports Queer Business

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The Center is also home to the Golden Gate Business Association, the 1st LGBT Chamber founded in 1974 . . . Seven years ago this month when San Francisco's LGBT Community Center first opened its doors to the public, it was a building in search of a purpose. SF LGBT Center Supports Queer Business With numerous LGBT agencies already established in the city, center boosters did not want to duplicate social functions or health care services being offered at other locations. The idea was to offer meeting rooms and communal spaces for rent and the LGBT community would program the building itself. It hasn't exactly worked out as intended. Rather than being a seven-days-a-week hub of activity, the center is closed Sundays due to a lack of demand and recently…
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The Gay & Lesbian Market Symposium

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Don't miss this comprehensive research, advertising, marketing, and communications forum, helping you better understand and serve gay and lesbian consumers. Audience: Perfect for marketing, advertising and PR executives of all industries who want to successfully reach gay and lesbian communities, and initiate or update effective strategies. Dedicated: Symposium attendance is limited, in order to facilitate the best learning and networking environment. The Gay & Lesbian Market Symposium
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LGBT Economic Empowerment Day

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[caption id="attachment_567" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="SF LGBT Center"][/caption] The SF LGBT Community   Center presents: Second Annual LGBT Economic Empowerment Day Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 10-4:00 P.M. RSVP to econdev@sfcenter.org Admission is free but space is limited. LGBT Economic Empowerment Day will consist of expert panelists, diverse financial workshops, and a trade show. The event will bring together community members of all ages, in differing financial stages in their lives, to promote financial literacy, growth, and self-sufficiency. “First Act,” will address the financial needs of low income and young community members; “Second Act” will provide sessions geared toward professionals who need to develop strategies to secure their assets; and the third part -- “Encore”-- will address financial planning issues and the concerns of seniors and soon-to-be retirees. We are proud to…
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Wes Combs on gay businesses

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[caption id="attachment_555" align="alignright" width="165" caption="Wes Combs - Witeck-Combs Communications"][/caption] Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Wes Combs of Witeck-Combs Communications. We talked about the economy, LGBT buying power and advice for LGBT entrepreneurs . . . How has the economic downturn affected the LGBT buying power? We actually did a survey on this very topic so we do have some interesting insights.  In October of 2007, working with Harris Interactive, Witeck-Combs Communications asked LGBT Americans how the current economic downturn was impacting their household.  We were able to compare their responses to how heterosexual Americans and this is what we found. While many American households cut spending and shift consumer priorities to cope with tough, new economic realities, there were marked differences in responses based on gender…
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LGBT Job Fair 9.1 @ the Center

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LGBT Job Fair 9.1 @ the Center [caption id="attachment_569" align="alignright" width="138" caption="SF LGBT Center"][/caption] Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Free for Job Seekers! Find your next job @ the Center! Job Fair 9.1 will attract some of the Bay Area’s top employers seeking full time, part-time, and contract employees in Customer Service, Administrative, Sales, Technology, Entry, Management, Executive, Retail, Mail Order, and Call Center positions. Employers who have already confirmed include: Bank of America California Medical Center (CPMC) Federal Reserve Bach SF Jewish Vocational Services Kaiser Permanente Kimpton hotels & Restaurants Macy’s West McKesson Corp. Pacific Gas & Electric SFPD UCSF Campus UCSF Medical Walgreens Washington Mutual Wells Fargo Bank Go to www.sfcenter.org/job_fair.php to register. Contact David Bach, Workforce Development Specialist @ (415) 865-5534, DavidB@sfcenter.org if…
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ATLANTA – AGLCC Business Builder Luncheon

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AGLCC Business Builder Luncheon Third Tuesday at ROXX Tavern. Next event Tuesday, February 17th. RSVP: louis.a.gary@ampf.com Please join Louis Gary, Financial Advis [caption id="attachment_571" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Atlanta Gay Chamber"][/caption] or with Ameriprise Financial Services, for an AGLCC Business Builder Luncheon at Roxx Tavern located at 1824 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE., Atlanta, GA 30324 (404)892-4541. Plenty of off street parking, open patio, weather permitting or wonderful tavern indoors. Bring your business cards and three minute introduction. Stump Speech Example: Hi, my name is Louis Gary and I am a financial life coach that specializes in the special planning needs of gay and lesbian individuals or couples in the southeast. These unique clients are my passion and account for greater than 50% of my business. My life partner Rocky and I have…
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NGLCC Heading to Seattle for Annual Conference

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[caption id="attachment_574" align="alignleft" width="213" caption="Out for Business"][/caption] The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce National Business and Leadership Conference will call Seattle home this May as it brings LGBT entrepreneurs, business leaders and corporate executives together to network and discuss issues of key importance to the LGBT business community—including LGBT Supplier Diversity. In addition to previous year's tracks that address business and chamber development as well as corporate best practices, this year's conference will feature a track of sessions focused on opportunities within the health care industry. Out for Business
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INDEPENDENCE BUSINESS ALLIANCE

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The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is the new Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Philadelphia region. The IBA is a membership-based business advocacy organization, dedicated to making the Philadelphia region an influential and diverse LGBT business community with an impact on economic development, equal rights and policy issues. The mission of the Independence Business Alliance is to promote Greater Philadelphia's LGBT business and leadership communities to: * Enhance financial opportunities * Foster diversity * Develop leadership and collaboration * Advocate for positive change The IBA serves the LGBT and business communities of: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania; Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties in New Jersey; and, New Castle County in Delaware.
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Voices – Michael Lamb, Founder of Echelon Magazine

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[caption id="attachment_155" align="alignright" width="192" caption="Micheal Lamb Echelon Magazine"][/caption] Recently, we had the chance to talk Michael Lamb, Founder of Echelon Magazine. Tell us a little about your background I began my career in media by selling ads for B'nai B'rith, then Minorities in Business Magazine, then Senior Life and then Fab, a GLBT newspaper. I guess you can say that I received a wealth of experience in niche media. After always searching for a Gay Business publication and not finding one, I decided to start one myself. After reflecting on my experience, I realized that I have a passion for equality which drives me with Echelon and GayFranchise.com. Tell us a little bit about the LGBT buying power? Our buying power has been projected at $712 billion in 2008 and…
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