LGBT Business Owner of the Year Award

Business
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Wells Fargo & Company today announced the fifth annual NGLCC/Wells Fargo LGBT Business Owner of the Year Award, recognizing a small business owner for his/her entrepreneurial spirit and personal service to the community. In addition to a cash grant of $5,000, the recipient will be recognized at the 2009 NGLCC National Dinner, An Evening of Courage, on November 6th at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Applications are currently being accepted. "We are proud to again join with Wells Fargo to recognize excellence in LGBT business," said Justin G. Nelson, NGLCC co-founder and president. NGLCC and Wells Fargo support the accomplishments of LGBT small businesses and are excited to join forces in presenting the 2009 NGLCC/Wells Fargo LGBT Small…
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Cruising’ the Castro

Business, Film, Travel
Recently, we caught with a dear friend of ours Kathy Amendola.  Kathy is an LGBT entrepreneur  who owns and runs Cruising’ the Castro Tell us a little about the history of the tour Incredibly, “Cruising’ the Castro”, is celebrating its “20th” Birthday this year!  And it all began in 1989 when a lesbian named, Evelyn Foundren, a.k.a. Trevor Hailey, saw the need both educationally as well as, culturally to share the rich and colorful history of the LGBT community in San Francisco hence, ”Cruisin’ the Castro” tours was created. In 2005 after 16 years, Trevor decided to retire and this is when I had purchased the business 4 years ago.  Since then, Trevor has passed on but her legacy remains and although under new leadership, the tours continue to change lives in…
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Gay Business of the Week

Business
Openly gay Justice of the Peace is available to perform your wedding ceremony anywhere in Massachusetts! Tasteful & personalized service for each couple; whether gay male, lesbian, or straight. Contact the Honorable Joseph Kaplan, Justice of the Peace phone: (508) 339-4520 email: josephkaplan@comcast.net postal mail: 150 Rumford Avenue - Unit 211, Mansfield, MA 02048-2149 Gay Business Directory
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Art from Trash

Business, Calendar
GGBA’S “TALK OF THE TOWN” SPEAKER SERIES The Golden Gate Business Association is proud to announce their 2009 “Talk of the Town” Speaker Series presented by Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Southwest Airlines. This bimonthly program focuses on issues facing businesses of all sizes and gives attendees the opportunity to experience dynamic, informative and interesting presenters. The program is structured so that attendees have the opportunity to network while enjoying the atmosphere and cuisine of each unique Joie de Vivre property. Speakers present promptly at 6pm and typically speak for one hour.  Attendance is open to both members and non-members of the GGBA. Art Not Garbage [caption id="attachment_938" align="aligncenter" width="269" caption="Art from Trash"][/caption] ART from Trash? One person’s trash is truly another person’s art! Norcal Waste Systems’ Artist in Residence…
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“Green with Pride” Business EXPO

Business, Calendar
Golden Gate Business Association's first ever green-focused business expo, highlighting over 100 GGBA exhibitors allowing them to connect with visitors from all over the Bay Area. Business development and “greening” seminars will occur throughout the day. Open to the public, this event is an essential resource to gain visibility. Hotel Whitcomb http://ggba.com/expo/expoinfo.html 1231 Market Street San Francisco CA 94103
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SF LGBT Center Supports Queer Business

SF LGBT Center Supports Queer Business

Business
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

Business, Calendar
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

Business, Calendar
[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

Business
[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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