The GSBA Blog


  • Travel Out Seattle, From Home

    by GSBA Staff
    | Mar 29, 2020
    Seattle's tourism industry is facing unprecedented challenges in the wake of COVID-19. With Governor Inslee's announcement of "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, all Washingtonians are required to stay home unless pursuing an essential activity. While we are all practicing physical distancing, GSBA has curated a way you can support the tourism industry during this difficult time, fending off the stir-craze by touring Seattle from home with GSBA Members. 

    az190903-0590_3a41f671e85a5cdee99cc1724d904ba9Space Needle Virtual Tour: Experience thrilling heights from home, while taking-in 360° live-webcam views from Seattle's most iconic structure - including the famous rotating glass floor below your feet.

    5th Ave Theatre: The stage might be dark and the ghost light is on, but you can still get your Seattle musical theatre fix. One of America's leading musical theater companies, The 5th, is very active online! Hosting their own March Madness Musical Theatre Edition or hosing a special cloud editions of their Fridays @ The 5th featuring beloved artists. 

    Pacific Science Center: Bring the classroom home with Pacific Science Center's collection of at-home science experiments, live science shows, featured videos, and more.

    Woodland Park Zoo: Watch live web cams of tigers, bears, and bats, oh my! 

    Seattle Symphony: During these challenging times, the Seattle Symphony will continue sharing performances to provide strength, comfort, and joy through video rebroadcasts and livestreams throughout the month. These broadcasts have been seen by over 130,000 viewers around the globe.

    otter_800x500Seattle Aquarium: Rivers and otters are bound to cheer anyone up. Check out the Seattle Aquarium's live cams of the incredible animals home to the beautiful waters of the Pacific Northwest. You can also keep your kids busy and help them learn about conservation with interactive online activities from March 30 to April 3 during Sea Otter Week.

    Seattle Art Museum: Dive deep into the SAM's vast, globally-celebrated collection - such as John Grade's large-scale installation Middle Fork and visiting exhibits from legendary artists like Georgie O'Keefe through interactive virtual tours, video presentations, and more.

    In addition, our friends at Visit Seattle have put together a list of virtual tourism activities and livestreams, including additional ways to enjoy Seattle from the comfort of your own home. 

    When virtually visiting each of these iconic Seattle tourist destinations, be sure to give a  look for a donation link to give back. More than ever before, now is the time to support Seattle's hospitality and tourism industry.
  • Supporting LGBTQ Students at Seattle Public Schools

    by Matt Landers, Public Policy & Government Relations Director
    | Mar 25, 2020
     
    The Seattle Public School Board of Director is introducing Resolution 2019/20-28 on March 25, which would affirm the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and community. The Resolultion will be introduced today, and then voted on by the Board at their Tuesday, April 7 meeting. We encourage everyone to write to spsdirectors@seattleschools.org to express their support for these efforts to affirm and protect LGBTQ students and include LGBTQ people in the curriculum.

    The letter GSBA wrote expressing our support for the resolution is below:


    Members of the Seattle School Board,

    I am writing to express our support of Resolution 2019/20-28, affirming the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and community.

    GSBA is Washington State's LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce, representing over 1,400 small businesses, nonprofits, and other employers. Additionally, we are home to the GSBA Scholarship Fund, the first LGBTQ scholarship fund in the US (founded in 1990). As a business organization, we understand that education and inclusion matter. As a scholarship fund, we understand the importance of recognizing and affirming the identities of LGBTQ students.

    The efforts contained in the Resolution are admirable and strongly supported by GSBA and our membership. If our small businesses can make the effort to convert restrooms into accessible, gender-neutral facilities with no adverse impacts on customers, we believe that should be no problem for Seattle Public Schools as well. Honoring a student's gender identity and expression is not just the right thing to do, it is also in alignment with Washington State's evolving public policy including the recent recognition of nonbinary genders on state identification. While there remain some barriers to access for identification changes, it should always be up to the individual to decide their own identity without needing it to be affirmed by anyone else. 

    Visibility is critical to the ongoing acceptance, health, and vitality of the LGBTQ community. Displays of community flags and icons are important, but even more so is hearing about LGBTQ history and diverse representations of LGBTQ people and their contributions. For LGBTQ people who are still too often shunned by their families, their peers, and their communities, understanding that they are not alone and not intrinsically damaged is vital.

    We also recognize that some of these societal changes have happened at a pace where not everyone is comfortable with topics of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. That is why we are very supportive of Seattle Public Schools' efforts to train staff and volunteers to be more understanding of the experiences and needs of LGBTQ students.

    Thank you for your efforts to ensure that all SPS students are safe in their schools, reflected in their curriculum, and respected for who they are.


  • Letter to Congressional Delegation on "COVID III" assistance bill

    by GSBA staff
    | Mar 24, 2020
     
    This letter was sent to the Washington State federal delegation on March 24, 2020.

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    Members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation,
     

    First, we want to thank you for the extraordinary work that you are doing to get real help to those who need it most. As you remain at the negotiating tables for further assistance efforts, we urge you to keep the following points in mind:

    • What small businesses and nonprofits need most is direct cash assistance. Barring that, no-interest loansforgivable loans, and rent abatement for businesses and workers are essential.
    • If any grants, zero-interest loans, or forgivable loans are made available, create a way for those who have already applied for the SBA’s EIDL loans to become eligible for these better products rather than saddle them with more crippling debt.
    • Ensure that businesses less than 2 years old are able to access the same supports as other, longer-established businesses. Many of these employers have invested just as many of their personal resources into their establishment, and the length of operation has nothing to do with who they employ or the benefit they bring to their community.
    • Extend tax deferrals on a realistic timeline – the February deferral is good, but almost no small businesses will be able to pay both February and March at the same time.
    • Expand unemployment insurance eligibility and wage replacement, including gig workers.
    • Ensure that nonprofit organizations are included as employers in all instances
    • It is essential to include c6 business organizations, most especially those which serve LGBTQ and other minority communities, if we are to reach the most vulnerable small businesses during this health and economic crisis.  Nonprofit 501c6 business organizations, as well as 501c3 charitable organizations must both be given resources to provide information and stability to those businesses which are essential to the economic health of low income and minority communities. Minority, including LGBTQ, business organizations, are already under-resourced and receive little public support from government agencies as it is. For populations already at higher risk of poverty, unemployment, financial insecurity, and more, this public health and economic crisis will hit them even harder than the population at large. Minority business organizations provide critical community support services just like many c3 organizations, and their expertise and earned trust that they have in their communities will be essential in recovery efforts. They drive business activity and support small businesses and the jobs they, in turn, support. Please ensure that resources are directed to the communities who need them the most.
    Thank you for your dedication,
     
    Louise Chernin
    GSBA President & CEO

  • GSBA Members Offer Creative Promotions for Social Distancing

    by GSBA Staff
    | Mar 13, 2020

    With their regular patrons working from home and practicing social distancing, small businesses - especially those in the food & hospitality industry - have come up with fun promotions to allow customers to support their neighborhood businesses, while also remaining safe.

    Olmste(a)d

    The newly-established American-style hotspot on Broadway is offering "Sidewalk Service" for any item off its menu. Just call in your order (206-557-4201) and they'll meet you at your car with their payment systems and tonight's dinner.

    Madres Kitchen

    Feed your body and soul with freshly-made and locally-sourced rotating herbivore and carnivore pick-up or delivery meal combos from Madres Kitchen.

    Amaxra

    To make working from home easier, Amaxra will help businesses that don't already utilize Microsoft 365 or Microsoft Teams access Microsoft's six-month free trial, in addition to guidance on using Team. Click here to inquire about this offer.

    Cherry Street Coffee House

    Missing your favorite cafe go-to? Cherry Street is open for mobile and take-out orders at all of their locations, with most shops closing at 3:00 PM. 

    Ethan Stowell Restaurants 

    Starting on March 19, Tavolata - Capitol Hill will offer take-out and curbside pick-up from 5:00 - 8:00 PM seven days a week. Starting on March 20, How to Cook a Wolf, Red Cow, and Rione XIII will also begin offering these same services during 5:00 - 8:00 PM seven days a week.

    The Catering Company

    Choose from chilli lime chicken, chicken teriyaki, beef stroganoff, and more when you order dinner for the whole family. Best of all, these nutritious meals are delivered free of charge.

    Mamnoon

    Gift cards purchased between now and May will have an extra 20% added on. Mamnoon's menu is also available for delivery via Caviar.

    Hi Spot Cafe

    The Ballard-based cafe is serving up a limited menu for breakfast and lunch for take-out orders.

    Broadcast Coffee Roasters

    Order a pound or two of beans from Broadcast online, and they'll ship it to you for free! In addition, Broadcast is offering a $7.50 to-go weekday-breakfast special at their Jackson St. location. Click above to order your breakfast online, and it'll be ready to go by the time you get there.

    Cafe Flora

    One of the nation's oldest vegetarian restaurants, Cafe Flora, has put together a special menu of brunch, lunch, and dinner favorites for delivery. One of Flora's famous cinnamon rolls are guaranteed to lift your spirits.

    Indi Chocolate

    If you're hibernating at home, you'll definitely want to make sure you have plenty of chocolate in supply. This Pike Place Market chocolate shop's online store has everything you'll need. 

    Repair Revolution

    Car trouble? Repair Revolution will pick up your car, fix it up, and drop it back off at your home.

    Terra Plata

    Even if you can't make it in for dinner now, purchase a gift card above to use to use when this all blows over. Terra Plata has also started offering pick-up and delivery options, making for a perfect date-night-in.

    Cone & Steiner

    Running low on supplies? Did you already blow through all your candy and sweets? Stock back up by ordering online for pickup or delivery from Cone & Steiner.

    Two Doors Down

    Grab a burger and a growler of beer by calling in your order to 206-324-2337 and pick it up curbside. Beer must be picked up inside for age-verification, and all transactions are card-only. In addition, every Monday in March, laid-off restaurant industry workers can call-in for a free Classic Burger with fries to-go (based on the honor system).

    Crown Plaza Hotel

    If you've lost internet at home, or need another safe place to work remotely from, the Crown Plaza Hotel has workspaces available at a highly-discounted rate for up to eight hours of use. Each room includes a coffee-maker and refrigerator, high-speed WiFi, spacious work desk, and more. 

    Descendant Cellars

    Stock your cellars for your quarantine by ordering wine shipment to anywhere in King, Pierce, or Snohomish Counties, courtesy Descendant Cellars. Orders can be placed here and shipping fees will be refunded.

    Capitol Cider

    Capitol Cider is currently offering curbside pickup - including family-style menu options. Capitol Cider's menu is also entirely gluten-free!

    Elliott Bay Book Company

    Curl up with a good book during your quarantine, courtesy Elliott Bay Book Company, who've currently moved all sales to online and phone.

    Optimism Brewing Co.

    Optimism Brewing has launched an online pick-up platform for folks to order in a growler of their favorite brews, and stop by to pick it up.

    Nuflours

    Capitol Hill-based gluten-free bakery Nuflours is open for pickup with limited hours (Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) and delivery (Grubhub & Caviar, Tuesday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM). Online orders can be made anytime.

    Marination & Super Six

    Marination & Super Six's delectible caramel sauce is a must for anyone working from home with a bit of a sweet tooth. Their online store carries limited dry goods, merch, gift cards, and their famous coconut cream pie can also be ordered for pickup at Super Six.

    Tulio

    Ordering delivery has never been easier with Tulio providing 20% off phone-in delivery and a 25% additional boost to any gift card purchase - making any $100 gift card $125.

    If you're a GSBA Member and are offering a current promotion to support your business during the COVID-19 outbreak, send us the information about your promotion here to be featured.

    This story was written using information from Intentionalist, Seattle Met, and various GSBA Member submissions.

  • Letter to WA Congressional Delegation on COVID-19 Relief

    by GSBA Staff
    | Mar 11, 2020
     
    This letter was sent on March 11, 2020.
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    Members of the Washington State congressional delegation,

    As Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied business association we wanted to share the dire situation that so many of our 1,400 businesses are currently facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that social distancing is critical to contain and slow the spread of the virus, but the effective full stop of the entire economy is having an existential crisis on our small businesses. We have never faced a situation like this before – this is worse than the Boeing downturn, the dotcom bust, 9/11, and the Great Recession. Nearly overnight our economy has stopped, and it will have tremendous ripple effects across our society.

    We are urging you to do all you can to get cash assistance in the hands of our small businesses as soon as possible. Due to the particulars of Washington State’s constitution, the State and localities are unable to offer this kind of assistance; putting this enormous responsibility on our federal government. As you will see below, many of our businesses will not survive the next two weeks, the length of time it is estimated that SBA loans will take to get to market. Please help Washington’s small businesses find relief with no-interest forgivable loans, grants, and other immediate and material forms of assistance. SBA loans currently are focused on microbusinesses of 5 or fewer employers. These businesses certainly need the assistance fast, but it also leaves out large numbers of businesses who employ a great deal of people, such as restaurants and hospitality oriented businesses. 

    Regarding the attempts to pass a paid sick leave bill in the Senate, please ensure any financial resources will include both relief for workers and the owners of small businesses. The small businesses are teetering on the brink of disaster right now, and without government support, will not be able to survive or recover on their own. Please don’t give conservatives talking points about the federal government hurting small business. This is the time for your leadership to ensure that our federal agencies, and federal funding and strong federal support steps up to prevent the collapse of our small business economy.

    Nothing more clearly demonstrates the terrifying scope of this small business crisis than reading the words from GSBA’s small business members. 

    Thank you,
     
    Louise Chernin
    President & CEO


     
  • COVID-19 Resources for Businesses & Employers

    by GSBA Staff
    | Mar 09, 2020
    With Washingtonians opting to stay in during the coronavirus outbreak, small businesses have been absorbing the impact. King County, the City of Seattle, Governor Jay Inslee, and other entities have announced resources to help support businesses during this difficult time. We've compiled them all here, and will continue to update this list as additional resources and services are made available.

    GSBA is here to help. If you have any questions about resources for your business or employees, email or call us at 206-363-9188.

    • Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced an initial relief package for small businesses which includes deferral of business and occupation taxes, expansion of the Small Business Stabilization Fund, Relief for Utility Payments, and more. Click here to learn more.

    As a safety precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak, the GSBA office will be closed this week, from Monday, March 9 until Friday, March 13. All GSBA staff members are currently working from home and available via email. We have also made the decision to postpone GSBA events until April with regards to the safety of our community. These events include:     

    Monday, March 9 - Business Empowerment Workshop: Art of the Business Pitch
    Tuesday, March 10 - Young Professionals with Pride
    Thursday, March 19 - Business Lunch & Learn
    Friday, March 20 - Breakfast & Benefits: New Member Orientation
    Thursday, March 26 - T Time: Visibility
    Monday, March 30 - Seattle Entrepreneurial Women
    Tuesday, March 31 - Business Empowerment Workshop: TRANSparent Inclusion

    We are currently reaching out to GSBA Members to understand how the coronavirus has impacted their businesses, learn more about their needs, and develop strategies to support our small business community during this difficult time. Please contact us hereto share out this situation has impacted you and your business.

    Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, follow us on Facebook, and Twitter to receive updates about any changes to upcoming GSBA programs. We will also be sharing information and resources to support small businesses as this situation develops.
  • Last Week of the 2020 Legislative Session

    by Matt Landers, Public Policy & Government Relations Director
    | Mar 09, 2020
     

    This coming Thursday, March 12 is scheduled to be the final day of the 2020 Legislative Session in Olympia. Cut-off dates have all come and gone, and now there are just a few bills waiting to be reconciled between the two chambers of the legislature. This means that both chambers have to agree on amendments that have been made during the process. Here is a list of bills that are still moving forward and their current status as of Monday morning:

    Signed by the Governor!
    Nikki Kuhnhausen Act (HB 1687) banning trans-panic and gay-panic defenses

    Awaiting the Governor's Signature
    HIV modernization bill (HB 1551)
    Study on barriers to access of the Death With Dignity Act (HB 2419)
    Ban on hair discrimination (HB 2602)
    Encouraging corporations to have more women on their boards (SB 6037)

    In Reconciliation Process
    Creating the Washington State Office of Equity (HB 1783)
    Banning discrimination in healthcare (HB 2338)
    Several gun control bills (HB 2622, SB 5434)
    Anti-swatting bill (HB 2632)
    Comprehensive and inclusive sex ed in public schools (SB 5356)
    Hiring an LGBTQ veterans coordinator (SB 5900)


  • The Fight for Voting Rights Continues: 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

    by Louise Chernin (She/her), GSBA President & CEO
    | Mar 05, 2020

    Today is International Womxn’s Day, the day that commemorates important contributions of womxn in the workplace. Created through the activities of the labor movement, it was a rallying point to advocate for womxn to gain the vote, hold public office, ensure the right to work and to end discrimination in the workplace. As we prepare to commemorate IWD this year, we are also about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of womxn’s suffrage.
     
    Womxn’s suffrage was achieved with the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave womxn the right to vote. For years, the drive for womxn’s suffrage was presented mainly as the story of middle-class white womxn. That story began with the Seneca Falls Convention in upstate New York in 1848 and ended with the triumphant adoption of the 19th amendment on Aug. 26, 1920, which resulted in the single largest extension of democratic voting rights in American history.
     
    But this story, is not the full story. It has taken decades, but we are finally recognizing that womxn of color - especially African American womxn - were excluded from the majority, white-led suffrage organizations and marginalized in the early histories of the movement - if they were mentioned at all. And after the amendment, which declared only that states could not discriminate in voting based on sex, millions of womxn of color were still barred from the polls. Most African-American womxn in the South - like African-American men - were blocked by poll taxes, literacy tests and other racial barriers. Native Americans and Asian immigrants were largely excluded from citizenship entirely.
     
    Today, 100 years later, voter suppression is alive and well. Whether closing polling places, requiring ID’s or removing names of registered voters, we are facing a grave threat to the most fundamental right in a democracy, the right to vote. What can you do? Please ensure you are registered and ask others if they are registered to vote; then, remind them to vote.
     
    In Washington, thanks to our commitment to civic engagement, it is easy to register, which can be done right up to the day you vote. We must also support candidates nationwide that will work to strike down unfair voter laws. As we prepare to vote in this next presidential election, it is critical that we ensure the leader in the White House is someone who respects the rule of law and will appoint judges who also respect the law and have a commitment to fair voting laws.
     
    These are challenging times, it is so easy to feel down and hopeless. But, activism is the antidote to civic despair. When you surround yourself with good people who care about a creating a fully inclusive world, it lifts your spirits and energizes you to do more. 
     
    At GSBA, we know one easy way to make a difference is to make sure your bank statement reflects your values and that you are intentional in where you spend your money, by supporting women, minority, and LGBTQ, locally owned businesses. It is one sure way of keeping your community strong.
     
    For equality,

    Louise Chernin (She/her)
    GSBA President & CEO
  • Resources to Protect Yourself, Your Family, & Your Business from COVID-19

    by Louise Chernin (She/her), GSBA President & CEO
    | Mar 03, 2020

    UPDATE: Friday, March 6's Breakfast & Benefits: New Member Orientation and Tuesday, March 10's Young Professionals with Pride have been rescheduled with the regards to the safety of our community. Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, follow us on Facebook, and Twitter to receive updates about any changes to upcoming GSBA programs.

    The topic on everyone’s mind is the coronavirus (COVID-19). All of us in GSBA are monitoring the situation closely and will send out information and updates on scheduled events on an ongoing basis. All decisions will be based on how best to ensure the safety of our staff, our members, and all who attend our programs. At this time, we have no immediate plans to cancel any programs and we are fully staffed, understanding that this status can change at any time.
     
    As our community knows all too well, anytime there is a disease outbreak, there is a tendency to scapegoat. Please remember that anyone can transmit or become infected with a virus. No one group of folks is responsible or should ever be targeted as the cause of a disease outbreak. For additional information on how to prevent and respond to stigmas and the spread of misinformation regarding this virus, click here.
     
    Currently, the risk to the general public is low due to the unlikelihood of exposure to the virus. Risk of exposure is elevated for healthcare workers, people who have had close contact with persons with COVID-19, and travelers returning from affected international locations (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Hong Kong).
     
    Below are the recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health on how to respond in your daily life:
     
    • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
    • Stay home when you’re sick.
    • If you are sick and wondering what to do, call your healthcare provider before you go to a clinic or emergency room.
    • Show compassion and support for individuals and communities most closely impacted and anyone who might be sick.
    • Find more resources here.
    This is an evolving situation with information changing frequently. The best
    source of information for you and your family to keep up to date is through Seattle & King County Public Health. They've put together a website on all things coronavirus here. Folks can also use this link to sign up to receive email alerts as updates on the situation are released.
     
    In addition, we encourage all business leaders to take steps to protect their business, employees, and customers. King County Public Health has prepared a step-by-step guide to help all businesses put plans in place for potential impact.
     
    On Friday, March 20, GSBA Member Brad Kreuger of Success Beyond Luck will lead a free webinar to help businesses understand possible long-term impacts and how to prepare for them.
     
    If you have questions, you can call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press #. You can also stay up to date by following the department on Twitter or Facebook.
     
    We must remain vigilant not to allow misinformation about COVID-19 to become a reason to discriminate, harass or target anyone group. The best way to address bias is to not engage in it and speak out when you witness anyone being unfairly harassed or discriminated against. Now, as always, is the time for compassion, staying informed and using common sense over irrational, fear based behavior.
  • At Work for You in Olympia

    by Matt Landers, Public Policy & Government Relations Director
    | Mar 02, 2020
     
    The first two months of the year are always a busy time for policymakers. With Washington nearing the end of its 2020 short session, the Legislature has been working at a feverish pace holding hearings and passing bills. GSBA strives hard to represent the voices and views of our diverse membership at all levels of government, with a strong and experienced advocacy team. Our contract lobbyist, Susie Tracy, is on the ground in Olympia working with legislators every day. Matt Landers, our Public Policy & Government Relations Director, works both in Seattle and Olympia, and across the Evergreen State. And of course, our President & CEO Louise Chernin is seemingly everywhere at once. The GSBA Policy Council, comprised of dedicated and passionate advocates, meets weekly to keep on top of the busy agenda.

    IMG_9398With about two weeks left in the 2020 legislative session, GSBA is very happy with the progress of many of the bills that we have endorsed. We are most excited about the passage of HB 1687 - the Nikki Kuhnhausen Act - banning the use of panic defenses, where a victim’s identity is used to justify violent assaults against them. This bill is named for the young transwoman murdered last summer in Clark County, in an attack that police believe occurred after her killer learned of her gender identity. This bill has been approved by both the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, and now moves to the Governor for his signature.

    Several other LGBTQ-related bills are making good progress, including the HIVIMG_9464 modernization bill (HB 1551), prohibiting discrimination in healthcare (HB 2338), hiring an LGBTQ veterans coordinator in the Department of Veterans Affairs (SB 5900), establishing the Washington Office of Equity (HB 1783), and mandating comprehensive and inclusive sex education in public schools (SB 5395). HB 2201, which would prohibit transgender girls from participating in girls sports in public schools, thankfully never even recieved a hearing.

    On the small business front, GSBA has had our eye on several bills, though they have not been as successful in 2020. The Small Business Bill of Rights (SB 5948), authorizing microenterprise home kitchens (HB 2777), and a property tax exemption to lower triple-net expenses (HB 2881) failed to make it out of committee this year, and GSBA is committed to supporting their reintroduction in 2021. 

    IMG_9410The biggest business-related bill on our agenda this year is the proposal to authorize King County to enact a regional excise tax on businesses to fund solutions for the homelessness crisis. GSBA was cautiously optimistic about the initial proposal, as it improved on several of our biggest concerns from Seattle’s previous efforts at a head tax. It was a serious regional solution to a serious regional problem, businesses seemed to be involved in the crafting of the bill that would impact them, and care seemed to be taken to understand the realities of how small businesses - especially passthrough entities- actually operate. Our Board offered conditional support provided that a pre-emption clause was included to prevent double taxation. Since the original proposal was introduced, several more versions and rumors have surfaced, including a much higher rate (0.25% possibly up to 0.4%) and pre-emption has not yet been included. GSBA continues to monitor the negotiations and welcomes the opinions of our membership on this complex and nuanced policy that we can share with policymakers.

    Other bills that GSBA has been supporting have included several gun control measures that continue to move along in the Legislature, anti-swatting legislation that increases punishments for false police reports, and bans on race-based hair discrimination.

    If you have any questions about GSBA’s advocacy work, or want to share your views on a particular issue, please write to Matt Landers. As a membership organization, GSBA is committed to hearing and sharing your experiences. Learn more about our advocacy programs throughout the year, including ways to participate online and in-person, on our website.
     
  • Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition Gathers at Creating Change Conference in Dallas

    by Eli Coffin, GSBA Business Training Specialist & Grant Manager
    | Feb 26, 2020

    The Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition was created in 2018 when community leaders across the Puget Sound came together across organizations and set out to meaningfully work together in a long term sustainable way. With each partaking organization focused around different parts of the LGBTQ community, Ingersoll Gender Center lead the way in uniting GSBA, TRANSform Washington, Gender Diversity, Gay City, POCAAN, and UTOPIA Seattle for this important work.

    creating change 2Our collective goal is to identify barriers and gaps in resources, develop resources, and identify policy solutions to move our communities out of poverty. As organizations led by transgender people and LGBTQ people of color, we are stronger together in finding solutions that address economic inequities that impact access to community connections, housing resources, affordable LGBTQ affirming healthcare. 

    This is complex, hard work. Last year we were able to send a few leaders from our coalition to attend Creating Change, a national conference to learn more about how other communities are approaching these issues, to make new connections, and come back rejuvenated with new ideas. This year, we were to secure funding for a representative from each organization.

    This year’s event was the National LGBTQ Task Force’s 32nd Creating Change Conference. The conference has grown each year, and is centered on “on innovation, justice, liberation, progressive voices, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality, and movement sustainability.” The over 3,000 attendees hailed from across the US to hold space together and grow as a movement. As we learned from each other, deepened our conversations, and shared our visions - our collective liberation became clearer.

    creating change 1We participated in workshops and institutes varying from “Moving Beyond Representational Politics: Valuing Blackness Outside of White Recognition,” “Being Courageous Together: Navigating hard conversations about gender identity, expression, and privilege in the LGBTQIA movement,” to “Nothing About Us Without Us: Today’s Advocates Update Us and Offer Perspective on History of the Intersectionality in Disability Advocacy.”

    Folks from LGBTQ organization, hospitals, student bodies, government agencies, chambers of commerce, all came together and learned from one another. LGBTQ activism is unique in the sense that almost all current social, cultural, and political issues impact our community. LGBTQ people are everywhere, in all cultures, in all countries, across the world, and throughout time. Our issues are unique to us, and are also found within many intersections across marginalized communities. When we value and truly hear those who are most oppressed - who have the most barriers to overcome in order to sit at the table - we create better community solutions that benefit all people. We are all standing on the shoulders of generations who have come before us and led the way. Even though this history has so often been white-washed, many of these fights were fearlessly lead by Black and Brown Trans Women.

    Trans-Agenda-Logo-Full-Color-TransparentThis year, Creating Change honored this important history by amplifying the voices of Black and Brown Trans Women. During the conference, national leaders from the Transgender Law Center released their new 2020 Trans Agenda for Liberation. The agenda is not meant only as a resource for trans activists, but a tool to help guide our next steps as a movement. We know we need to change the power dynamics - and that happens when we all use our positions of power to change the narrative.

    2019 was still one of the deadliest years on record for transgender and gender diverse people. Over 26 transgender and gender diverse people were murdered in acts of anti-trans hate, with over 90% of those being femme and trans women of color. This is our family taken from the world because of hatred that is perpetuated through in-action and misinformation about trans identity and experiences which allows intolerance and hatred to fester.  

    Whether you are a corporate nine-to-five professional, full time parent, student, or small business owner, we ALL need to be coming together for our trans siblings. We ALL need to do better. Trans leaders have literally put together a road map for us to do so. So let’s come together, as a community and move onward. Learn more about the important work of the Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition.

  • Quinn Angelou-Lysaker Speaks on the Power of Black LGBTQ Literary Tradition

    by GSBA Staff
    | Feb 21, 2020

    In recognizing Black History Month, GSBA is working to amplify Black voices and histories by celebrating the undeniable impact Black LGBTQ activists have had on the LGBTQ civil rights movement, shed light on the specific intersection of Black and LGBTQ identities, and continue the crucial conversation about racial injustice in Washington State. As a part of this work, several GSBA Scholars who identify as Black and LGBTQ have generously shared their stories, thoughts about intersectionality, what Black History means to them, and about what actions make for a strong allyship.

    First-Year GSBA Scholar Quinn Angelou-Lysaker (She/her) grew up in the Mount Baker and Beacon Hill areas of Seattle, WA and now lives in Boston, MA. She attends Boston University where she is pursuing a Political Science major with a Deaf Studies minor and is heavily involved in BU's black cultural organizations. She hopes to enter the NGO sphere working on either housing insecurity or prison reform. 

    029Happy Black History Month! A word from your local black bisexual cat lady, foodie, caregiver, teacher, Rico Nasty stan, and GSBA scholar! I write this from Monterrey, Mexico where I am currently studying abroad, and this new environment has given me lots of food for thought on what Black LGBTQ pride means to me, which I'm excited to share.

    My favorite part of being black and LGBTQ has always been our ethic of interdependence. Whether that be the “House” tradition of black/Latinx trans people and drag queens, or the thriving queer spaces within historically black colleges and universities today, black LGBTQ people have always created loving chosen families. My black lesbian mother was the first person to model this worldview for me. Watching her love and prioritize her friends taught me that I have nothing to gain from competition, gatekeeping, or “cancelling” my people, and everything to gain from embracing them.

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    One of the blackest, queerest things I do on a regular basis is check on my friends and ask for help when I need it. I recommend bell hook's All About Love, which gives words to this ethic of mutual support. Audre Lorde's Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism and her Uses of the Erotic are also hugely influential texts in my life. Lorde proposes a life philosophy of following our intuition as a way to reclaim our agency and humanity in small ways every day, speaking as a black lesbian whose agency is always under attack. The black LGBTQ literary tradition inspires me so much, and I hope to tell my story and offer wisdom of my own someday. 

    I think one of the best (and most accessible!) ways to celebrate Black History Month is to study up on some black LGBTQ leaders. The Combahee River Collective (CRC) is one amazing, often overlooked piece of black LGBTQ history. This black lesbian activist organization embodied intersectionality: the practice of generating solidarity between social movements representing various identities and collaborating so that we can all get free. I recommend that everyone read their statement and do some research on their work.

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    Just like the CRC, Marsha P. Johnson's incredible leadership in the Stonewall Riots also teaches us that LGBTQ progress is not just granted in the courthouse, nor is it altruistically handed down by the right politicians. It is won through grassroots struggle, often by some of the most marginalized in our community. As a political science student, this radical tradition makes my heart sing with pride. My black LGBTQ ancestors didn't just speak truth to power. They spoke truth to their siblings about power, and they rose up against it. I hope to fight with that spirit every month of the year.

    I hope this Black History Month teaches you something new and sets the tone for a whole 2020 of allyship and unity with your black community members. Thank you GSBA for this opportunity to share my thoughts! I am proud and blessed to have you all on my team! 

        -- Quinn Angelou-Lynsaker


    February is Black History Month, and we encourage all GSBA Members to celebrate Black lives, culture, and history not only this month - but all year long. You can dine and shop intentionally by supporting the Black-owned small businesses in our community. Check out this guide by GSBA Member Intentionalist of Black-owned businesses throughout the Puget Sound, including several GSBA Members.

    GSBA Members can also take action by investing in regional organizations who work to address institutionalized racism, empower black communities, and ensure that Black histories are never forgotten. Please consider investing in GSBA community partner organizations POCAANUrban League of Metropolitan SeattleTrans Women of Color Solidarity Network, and NW African American Museum.

    The GSBA Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest and most active LGBTQ scholarship programs in the country. The scholarship program works to empower students with marginalized intersectional identities within the LGBTQ+ community and provides not only financial support for LGBTQ+ students, but a network of support, skills-based workshops, and a yearly three-day leadership immersion camp. In 2019, $500,000 was invested in 50 LGBTQ+ and allied students, 46% of whom identify as trans and/or gender diverse, and 72% who identify as students of color. This year, we are proud to invest $600,000 in 60 scholars for the GSBA Scholarship Fund's 30th year. Meet your scholars and hear their stories during the 2020 Scholars Dinner on Friday, May 15. If you are unaable to join us, please consider investing in our future leaders.

  • More Than a Month: Astro Pittman Calls Attention to Racial Injustice

    by GSBA Staff
    | Feb 20, 2020

    In recognizing Black History Month, GSBA is working to amplify Black voices and histories by celebrating the undeniable impact Black LGBTQ activists have had on the LGBTQ civil rights movement, shed light on the specific intersection of Black and LGBTQ identities, and continue the crucial conversation about racial injustice in Washington State. As a part of this work, several GSBA Scholars who identify as Black and LGBTQ have generously shared their stories, thoughts about intersectionality, what Black History means to them, and about what actions make for a strong allyship. 

    Astro 5First-Year GSBA Scholar Astro Pittman (He/him) 
    was born in Italy, raised in Texas, and calls Austin his hometown. Astro has lived in Seattle for over a decade, and is in his junior year at Seattle Central College, pursuing his Baccalaureate in Applied Behavioral Science/Social Work. His focus is on the LGBTQ+ recovery community, specifically those struggling with active substance use disorders and addictions. A recovered addict himself, he seeks to be a beacon of hope while helping others recover.

    GSBA: What is your favorite thing about being Black and LGBTQ?

    Astro: Communities of color have long been proud of their own separate cultural identities that aren’t reflective of the homogenous society that the White patriarchy seems to encourage. There is a strength of character that comes with being fiercely proud of - and standing unwaveringly in - your own unique identity. As a Queer man of color who defies the stereotypes that others have tried to imprint upon me, I have learned to revel in my own individuality. I have no need to assimilate into expected, predictable roles. Instead, I celebrate the parts of me that my naysayers have tried to suppress. I don’t have to choose the path that others have tried to lay out for me. I get to blaze my own trail, as so many brave souls before me have done. 

    GSBA: What’s a misconception or stereotype about being Black and LGBTQ that you would like to call out?

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    Astro: Many people approach being Black from the “one drop” perspective, which says that anyone who has even a drop of African blood should automatically identify with being Black more than with any other facet of their ethnic makeup. I disagree. I happen to be multiracial, and so, I celebrate my multicultural and multifaceted identities as all being equally essential components of my self-awareness and identification. I have taken from each part of me the beliefs, values, and expressions I love most, and woven them together into an amalgamate that makes me feel complete and vibrant. Part of that includes being a fiercely defiant and unique Queer man of color.

    GSBA: In what ways would you like to see people honor Black lives, histories, and experiences throughout the year, and not just in February?

    Astro: I would like to call attention to the environmental racism that many people of color experience every day. In their neighborhoods and communities, people of color are commonly subjected to poor air quality, lack of healthful foods, and toxins and pollutants. There is also the still all-too-prevalent stigma around Black men, crime, and incarceration. We know that the prison pipeline is set up to keep men of color in a revolving door of discrimination through recidivism and lack of opportunity, and once a person gets trapped in this cycle it is extremely difficult to escape it.

    We need to support young Black people, especially young Black men, being given the opportunity to receive higher education and better options for their future than the ones they often see in their immediate environments. We need to mentor and inspire them to rise into their full potential. If these young people don’t have better role models, they will not strive for and achieve more than what they see reflected back at them in their communities.

    (Editor's note: Learn more about the school-to-prison pipeline here and the fight against environmental racism in Washington here.)

    Astro 6GSBA: As an LGBTQ+ person of color, what are some of the behaviors and principles of a good ally which you appreciate and would like to see people do more of?

    Astro: I am a firm believer that the future of Queer people of color will partially rest in the hands of our allies, and so we need more of them, and we need those we have to be more vocal about standing with us. I would ask that our allies give LGBTQ+ people permission to have a different truth than the one you expected. Listen to us. Don’t make assumptions. Assumptions suggest a power dynamic of one person knowing better than the other, and unhealthy power dynamics (like slavery, incarceration and other forms of oppression) are a large part of what got us into this mess in the first place. Let us be the experts of our own lives.

    We, as fellow human beings, need to stop letting our differences get in the way, and start celebrating our similarities. We need to stop fostering division and factionalism within our communities. Although it is important that we all feel seen and have an identity and a community, these things should not come at the cost of unity with one another. If you see or hear someone mistreating, denigrating or slandering an LGBTQ+ person of color, say something! The only way these behaviors will cease is if our allies make it very clear to mainstream communities that these behaviors are unacceptable and will be stopped if they are witnessed. We are mighty when we stand united. 

    Thank you, Astro, for taking the time to share your story and dive into these crucial issues.


    February is Black History Month, and we encourage all GSBA Members to celebrate Black lives, culture, and history not only this month - but all year long. You can dine and shop intentionally by supporting the Black-owned small businesses in our community. Check out this guide by GSBA Member Intentionalist of Black-owned businesses throughout the Puget Sound, including several GSBA Members.
     
    GSBA Members can also take action by investing in regional organizations who work to address institutionalized racism, empower black communities, and ensure that Black histories are never forgotten. Please consider investing in GSBA community partner organizations POCAANUrban League of Metropolitan SeattleTrans Women of Color Solidarity Network, and NW African American Museum.

    The GSBA Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest and most active LGBTQ scholarship programs in the country. The scholarship program works to empower students with marginalized intersectional identities within the LGBTQ+ community and provides not only financial support for LGBTQ+ students, but a network of support, skills-based workshops, and a yearly three-day leadership immersion camp. In 2019, $500,000 was invested in 50 LGBTQ+ and allied students, 46% of whom identify as trans and/or gender diverse, and 72% who identify as students of color. This year, we are proud to invest $600,000 in 60 scholars for the GSBA Scholarship Fund's 30th year. Meet your scholars and hear their stories during the 2020 Scholars Dinner on Friday, May 15. If you are unable to join us, please consider investing in our future leaders.

  • GSBA Goes Theatrically Out & About with The 5th Avenue Theatre

    by Joey Chapman (He/Him), GSBA Membership Development Manager
    | Feb 19, 2020
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    GSBA's latest installment of its signature hospitality and tourism networking series, Theatrically Out & About, took place on Tuesday, February 18 with The 5th Avenue Theatre's world premier musical Bliss. Theatrically Out & About is a series of evenings which invites GSBA Members and business leaders - who support GSBA's mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion - to connect with one another while supporting local performing artists.

    GSBA extends a very special thank you to The 5th Avenue Theatre staff, and the cast & crew of Bliss for hosting us on such a magical night. The evening kicked off with a reception generously hosted by The 5th Avenue Theatre, with food and drinks provided by Cutters. Bill Berry, Producing Artistic Director made a special appearance, providing GSBA guests with a Q&A around the creation of Bliss. Bill was accompanied by Corporate and Group Sales Manager Chad Biesman and Director of Marketing Chris Marcacci, who shared about The 5th Avenue’s theatrical season ahead and ticket opportunities extended to GSBA members at a discounted rate.

    Created at the 5th, Bliss is the tale of four royal sisters—a warrior, a pop diva, an animal056A2003 whisperer, and a science whiz—determined to take charge of their own futures. Brilliant, unique, and blessed with killer voices, these sisters set out in search of their destinies… only to find that “happily ever after” is theirs to decide. GSBA guests discovered our “bliss” at The 5th, and you can too! The 5th Avenue Theatre is generously offering 25% off tickets to this season's locally-produced shows and 20% off tickets to national Broadway tour shows to GSBA community members. Just visit www.5thavenue.org and enter the promo code: GSBA to purchase your tickets. Bliss runs till February 23rd.

    056A2002Be sure to use promo code: GSBA to purchase your tickets for the upcoming musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Sister Act – running March 13 – April 5, 2020.

    GSBA’s spring installment of Theatrically Out & About, scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, when we will gather at ArtsWest in West Seattle to witness the debut of Alex & Alix.

    If you are interested in attending a GSBA Theatrically Out & About, email Joey Chapman, GSBA Membership Development Manager at JoeyC@theGSBA.org for more details and exclusive invitations.
  • GSBA Scholar Lio O'Cain on Honoring Black Culture & Histories

    by GSBA Staff
    | Feb 19, 2020

    In recognizing Black History Month, GSBA is working to amplify Black voices and histories by celebrating the undeniable impact Black LGBTQ activists have had on the LGBTQ civil rights movement, shed light on the specific intersection of Black and LGBTQ identities, and continue the crucial conversation about racial injustice in Washington State. As a part of this work, several GSBA Scholars who identify as Black and LGBTQ have generously shared their stories, thoughts about intersectionality, what Black History means to them, and about what actions make for a strong allyship. 

    20190201_AmberZbitnoffPhotography_TotemStar_LIO12_0029_hiresFirst-Year GSBA Scholar Lio O'Cain (she/her) is an 18-year-old scholar born in Renton, Washington. She attends college in Mount Vernon, Iowa at Cornell College – where she is studying Child Development, Psychology, and Film. Her goal is to depict psychological, racial, sexual differences in the film industry with mainstream films that are entertaining, realistic, attainable, inclusive and overall mind-blowing.


    GSBA: What is your favorite thing about being Black and LGBTQ?

    Lio: My favorite thing about being black and LGBTQ is knowing I can be any number of things, and none of it has to define me negatively. I always have the chance to decide how being black will coach my interactions with the world and I love learning how being LGBTQ doesn't automatically mean I have it all right because I'm out about it. My favorite thing is knowing it is all still a journey, and I'm having fun. 

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    GSBA: In what ways would you like to see people honor Black lives, histories, and experiences throughout the year, and not just in February?  

    Lio: It can start with simply showing up to support POC events and helping to gather other POC's. One may know to get them involved in beautiful things; we hold quite an amount of control over situations that we encounter, and it’s up to us where we take the information we learn, and what we do with it. I'd love if people supported more black stories, black films, read from more and more POC novelists, poets, and writers - and then turned people on to those same artists. Honoring black culture - I believe - takes less energy than ignoring it, because we are so here.

    GSBA: As an LGBTQ+ person of color, what are some of the behaviors and principles of a good ally which you appreciate and would like to see people do more of?

    Lio:
    I appreciate when allies are not looking to be praised for simply being generous, genuine, and honest human beings. Of course, it is amazing when allies are stepping out of their comfort zone to be a version of themselves that some others may not be willing to put in the work to become. There is a limit, however, to the amount of recognition that is deserved for doing what an ally should do. A good behavior I expect of an ally: always using their platform to let LGBTQ+ POC's speak for themselves, do not use their platform to speak for LGBTQ+ POC's.

    GSBA: As a Black LGBTQ+ person, what does Pride embody for you? What does this look like in your daily life?

    Lio: 
    Pride looks a lot like fashion for me; being able to develop my style and the self I want to be on the inside through how I look and feel on the outside-- that includes all the questionable days where I don't know who I want to be, because it gives me a chance to experiment and learn who I don't want to be. Pride looks like taking a chance, being the one to take the leap, being the one to answer the questions rarely asked and letting risk be the base of all passions. 

    Thank you, Lio, for taking the time to share your perspective with us.


    February is Black History Month, and we encourage all GSBA Members to celebrate Black lives, culture, and history not only this month - but all year long. You can dine and shop intentionally by supporting the Black-owned small businesses in our community. Check out this guide by GSBA Member Intentionalist of Black-owned businesses throughout the Puget Sound, including several GSBA Members.
     
    GSBA Members can also take action by investing in regional organizations who work to address institutionalized racism, empower black communities, and ensure that Black histories are never forgotten. Please consider investing in GSBA community partner organizations POCAANUrban League of Metropolitan SeattleTrans Women of Color Solidarity Network, and NW African American Museum.

    The GSBA Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest and most active LGBTQ scholarship programs in the country. The scholarship program works to empower students with marginalized intersectional identities within the LGBTQ+ community and provides not only financial support for LGBTQ+ students, but a network of support, skills-based workshops, and a yearly three-day leadership immersion camp. In 2019, $500,000 was invested in 50 LGBTQ+ and allied students, 46% of whom identify as trans and/or gender diverse, and 72% who identify as students of color. This year, we are proud to invest $600,000 in 60 scholars for the GSBA Scholarship Fund's 30th year. Meet your scholars and hear their stories during the 2020 Scholars Dinner on Friday, May 15. If you are unable to join us, please consider investing in our future leaders.
  • New Seattle Labor Ordinances Take Effect: Is Your Business Up-to-Date?

    by Eli Coffin
    | Jan 07, 2020
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    2020 is here - a brand new decade, ushering in opportunity for growth and change. For businesses in Seattle, this new year comes with more major changes within municipal code around labor standards. These impact all employers with one or more employee within the city of Seattle, regardless of employees’ immigration status or location of their employer.

    Seattle workers have protections around minimum wage, paid sick and safe time, fair chance employment, wage theft, and new in 2020 - commuter benefits. To get a complete training on all standards and how to implement them correctly, please feel free to reach out to elic@thegsba.org to schedule an individual consult. Some major changes for all employers to look out include the following:

    • New 2020 Workplace Posters are coming! Keep an eye out in your mailbox and make sure you have an 11x17" employment poster in English and any other primary languages of employees posted in a conspicuous location. If you haven’t received your 2020 poster, let us know and we can get you what you need.
    • Small Employer minimum wage is increasing to $15.75 an hour. If you provide at least $2.25/hour towards medical benefits and/or tips, you can pay $13.50/hour. This wage will continue to increase by a cost of living every year, implemented on the first of January each year.
    • Finally, Commuter Benefits! If you have 20 or more employees, you may allow employees to make a pre-tax deduction up to the full amount allowed by federal law or subsidize all or part of the purchase price of a transit pass.
      • The Office of Labor Standards are still working on the rules and enforcement process for this ordinance. Exact details around logistics, minimum requirements, and compliance have yet to be released. However, at GSBA we know many of our members use trusted third party system, like Alice, to operate and track these kinds of pre-tax deductions. As the city rolls out more information around compliance we will keep you updated.

    As we turn our calendars, button the hatches, and prep for a new year, hopefully this can give you a piece of mind you are still on track. Concerned you aren’t in compliance or need another set of eyes? Please feel free to reach out to Eli Coffin at elic@thegsba.org and they are happy to answer any other questions regarding the Seattle labor requirements.  

  • Plan Your 2020 Events with GSBA Member Businesses

    by GSBA Staff
    | Dec 23, 2019

    Event Food
    2020 is just days away, and it is never too early to begin planning your 2020 events calendar. Organizing an event or a meeting for ten people requires some planning. Planning an event for 100 people takes some time and logistics to work it all out. Planning a conference for 1,000 people means you’ll need a lot of help. That’s where GSBA comes in. If you’ve ever been to a GSBA event like one of our networking mixers, a luncheon, or one of our major GSBA galas, you’ve probably wondered, ‘how do they do it?’ The answer is simple – we have a lot of help from GSBA professional member businesses to pull it off.

    Meetings, parties, conferences, and events big and small – GSBA has business members to help you with that. Locations, food, coffee, drink, AV, video production, photographers, printers, and entertainment – there’s someone in the GSBA Guide & Directory to help you out. If event planning is not your forte, that’s okay! GSBA has a slew of event and planning partners to help see you through. Bringing people together is what GSBA does. So let your fellow GSBA member businesses lend a hand as you plan your next meeting, event, or conference.

    Bakeries

    A la Mode Pies

    Colombian Delight Bakery LLP

    Cupcake Royale & Vérité Coffee

    Daily Dozen Doughnut

    Nuflours Bakery

    Sea Wolf Bakers

    Street Treats

    Top Pot Doughnuts and Coffee

    Buses, Charter & Rental

    Starline Luxury Coaches

    Caterers

    Cameron Catering

    Catering Company, The

    Chef Dane Catering

    City Catering Company

    Herban Feast Catering

    Lisa Dupar Catering

    Lola's LLC

    Madres Kitchen

    Marination Catering

    Shooby Doo Catering

    Thyme Well Spent Catering

    Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events, A Dsquared Company

    Coffee

    Broadcast Coffee Roasters

    Cherry Street Coffee House

    Fuel Coffee

    Kaladi Brothers Coffee

    Landscapes Cafe

    Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

    Disc Jockeys

    DJ Mixx America

    Lighting the Sound Productions

    Seattle Parties

    Entertainment & Musicians

    321 FOTO | Photo Booths

    A Sensible Theatre Co.

    Animate Objects Productions

    Professional Entertainment's GigRoster.com

    Teatro ZinZanni

    V J Music

    Event Planning/ Facilities / Meetings / Conferences

    America's Test Kitchen

    Animate Objects Productions

    Atlas Workbase

    Cascadia Emergency Management LLC

    Chaleur Creative

    Dystopian State Brewing Co

    Foundry by Herban Feast, The

    Ideas by CeCe LLC

    Kerloo Cellars

    Kiana Lodge

    Lounge by AT&T, The

    Lucky Strike Entertainment

    Manor House at Pleasant Beach Village

    Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center

    New Chapter Weddings & Events, LLC

    Novelty Hill-Januik Winery

    Portage Bay Café

    Sodo Park by Herban Feast

    Space Needle

    Synchronicity Events, LLC

    Task Ernie

    Washington State Convention Center

    White Horse Golf Club

    Woodland Park Zoo

    Worktank

    World Trade Center

    Florists

    ARIA | STYLE

    Clary Sage Studio

    Sal Floral Design

    Smashing Petals

    Photographers

    DIWAS Photography

    Dylan M. Austin Photography

    kapchur.us photography

    Malayka Gormally Photography and Portrait Painting

    Malcolm Smith Photography

    Mary Grace McKernan Photography

    Meryl Schenker Photography

    Naomi Ishisaka Photography and Design

    Nate Gowdy Photography

    Youth in Focus

    Printers

    Consolidated Press LLC

    Copiers Northwest Inc

    Girlie Press, Inc

    PIP Marketing, Signs, Print

    Promotional Products

    B-Bam!

    BRAND|PRIDE

    Bodemer's Ballograf Seattle

    Choke Print Shop

    CoPilot Cat

    Northwest Logo Products

    ZippyDogs

    Security

    CASCADIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, LLC

    T-Shirts

    Choke Print Shop

    Transportation

    Butler Seattle - Valet | Transportation | Tours

    InquisTours and the NW Wine & Rail Tours

    Lime

    Lyft

    MTRWestern

    Sound Transit

    Starline Luxury Coaches

    Video Production

    BrandQuery LLC

    Elliat Creative

    InterChange Media Art Productions LLC

    Playfish Media

    ProMotion Arts

    Worktank

  • Look Your Best in 2020 with GSBA Creative Members

    by Eric Moss
    | Dec 16, 2019
    Marketing Photo Shoot
    With 2020 just days away, many businesses are thinking about what the new decade will bring. A new year brings new trends and new opportunities to refresh your brand, attract new customers, and update collateral to appeal to modern audiences. Whether you brand look, collateral, advertising, and swag feel is tried-and-true, or you need a complete refresh, GSBA has members across the board to help. Need a new head shot or marketing photos? Contract with one of GSBA’s phenomenal member photographers. Need to create some buzz about your business? Hire one of GSBA’s marvelous member marketers, or place an ad with GSBA, or one of our amazing member advertisers. Updating collateral? No problem! GSBA member writers, graphic designers, and printers are here to help. For videos, promotional products, and more, turn to the GSBA Guide & Directory for all of your creative needs.

     

    Advertising

    GSBA ADVERTISING

    Brkthru Digital

    Encore Media Group

    Humming Inc

    Liot Design

    Advertising Agency

    BrandQuery LLC

    GreenRubino

    Headquarters Creative

    Information Design / Data Visualization

    data2insight LLC

    Vizzy Solutions + The Dirty Data Girl

    Marketing Services

    2A Consulting

    Blue Guardrail Marketing Agency

    Headquarters Creative

    Larson Marketing & Communications LLC

    Northwest Polite Society

    Porter Novelli

    RCB Communications

    Rule Seven

    Shingletown Marketing Company

    Social Driver

    Wheelhouse Digital Marketing Group

    WHY FOR GOOD

    Photographers

    DIWAS Photography

    Dylan M. Austin Photography

    kapchur.us photography

    Malayka Gormally Photography and Portrait Painting

    Malcolm Smith Photography

    Mary Grace McKernan Photography

    Meryl Schenker Photography

    Naomi Ishisaka Photography and Design

    Nate Gowdy Photography

    Youth in Focus

    Printers

    Consolidated Press LLC

    Copiers Northwest Inc

    Girlie Press, Inc

    PIP Marketing, Signs, Print

    Promotional Products

    B-Bam!

    Brand|Pride

    Bodemer's Ballograf Seattle

    Choke Print Shop

    CoPilot Cat

    Northwest Logo Products

    ZippyDogs

    Public Relations / Public Affairs

    Action Mary

    GreenRubino

    Nyhus Communications LLC

    Porter Novelli

    RCB Communications

    Publications & Publishers

    GSBA Guide & Directory

    The Perspective - GSBA's Quarterly Digital Magazine


    Chinook Book

    Encore Media Group

    International Examiner

    Pacific Northwest Weddings

    Publisher, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

    Puget Sound Business Journal

    Seattle Gay News

    Seattle Lesbian, The

    Seattle Met

    Publications – Online

    GSBA Guide & Directory

    The Perspective - GSBA's Quarterly Digital Magazine


    Grist Magazine Inc

    Seattle Gay Scene

    Radio

    C89.5

    Social Media & Online Marketing Services

    Deph Digital Media

    Social Stage, The

    Video Production

    BrandQuery LLC

    Elliat Creative

    InterChange Media Art Productions LLC

    Playfish Media

    ProMotion Arts

    Worktank

    Web Marketing

    GSBA Web Marketing

    Wheelhouse Digital Marketing Group

    Web Site Design

    Dancing Goat Web Design

    Logical Alternative

    Writing & Editing

    Bits & Pages

  • The Role of Businesses in the 2020 Census

    by Matt Landers, Public Policy & Government Affairs Director
    | Nov 26, 2019

    Why Should Businesses Care?

    In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will be encouraging residents to complete an online version of the Census. The decennial Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to accurately count the number of people living in the country in order to fairly distribute public resources (i.e. tax funds) and to redraw electoral districts of equivalent sizes at all scales of government. The law requires that everyone living in the U.S. fill out the Census. Being counted is critical – it shows the proper size of communities across the country, and helps public agencies and advocates better support their constituents and clients.

    The Census also impacts businesses across the county. Companies rely on the Census for demographic information about customers, their workforce, and the economic landscape. Public funding such as transportation, housing, education, workforce development, and other efforts that contribute to a thriving economy rely on a complete count.

    Reaching all segments of the population, especially hard-to-count groups like those with unreliable internet access,

    How Can a Small Business Be Involved?

    • Encourage employees, customers, and the general public to fill out the Census online
    • Put up signs in your business and post on your social media accounts
    • Connect with National, State, and Local partners like the Washington State Complete Count Committee, the Seattle Complete County Committee, and the Washington LGBTQ Census Coalition.
    • Become a U.S. Census Bureau Partner to get free support and materials

     

    ReadyNation’s Business for the 2020 Census toolkit has many of these resources and more.

    If you have any questions about how your business can help support a complete and accurate 2020 Census, please contact GSBA or ReadyNation for more details.


  • Row House Announces Grand Opening Celebration

    by GSBA Staff
    | Nov 26, 2019

    Row House West Seattle Logo

     Join GSBA in congratulating new member business Row House West Seattle on their Grand Opening, December 7, 2019 in West Seattle. Join the Row House team from 1:00 - 4:00 PM for the festivities, or take a free community class the same day at 8:00 AM OR 2:00 PM. Other activities will include a Roll and Recover Workshop with Tangelo Chiropractic & Functional Rehabilitation, raffles, samples, wine tasting with Welcome Road, and more!

    For owners Melinda Partin and Kelly McLain, fitness should be fun, effective, and accessible. Their motto for the newly opened Row House on Alaska Junction in Seattle is, “We are humble, we are kind, we leave no rower behind.”

    Row House West Seattle is a boutique fitness studio that offers 45-minute low impact, full-body, cardio workouts suitable for any age or fitness level. One of the reasons Melinda and Kelly decided to open Row House was because of the accessibility (and fun) of the rowing modality. Classes promote a team atmosphere - members can see their own efforts on machine displays -  but the main displays show the total class distance and average split time (how fast the “boat” is going). The entire class is encouraged to work together to lower split times and increase the distance. In the Row House, every person contributes to the overall success of the team.

    Row House West Seattle StaffPrior to opening Row House together, Melinda had previously owned her own marketing business, and recently was Senior Director of Marketing and Digital at UW Medicine. She wanted to get out from behind a desk and bring something to the community that promoted health and wellness. Kelly works in human resources at Amazon and between the two of them, they decided this was a business they could enjoy doing together.

    Even before opening their doors, Melinda and Kelly knew they wanted to give back to community, and one way they saw they could do that was by joining GSBA. Melinda explains, “We believe in GSBA’s mission of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace, and investing in the next generation of leaders. We are thankful to have GSBA and are proud to be members of such an amazing organization bringing so much positive impact for LGTBQ and allied businesses to our state and nation.”

    Row House You Are Capable Of Amazing Things - Melinda PartinRow House has built equality into their business by keeping diversity and accessibility in mind. Melinda describes their incorporation of values, “Row House provides an opportunity for all ages, genders, and fitness levels to come together in a community-minded environment and work together to achieve personal fitness goals. Being able to offer a workout that can challenge and improve the health of the fittest of the fit, to the person coming back from injury, to health concerns, or the couch – regardless of age, provides a level of equality often overlooked in the fitness industry. Every 'body' is celebrated here."

    Check out their website at www.therowhouse/location/west-seattle, call 206-397-8828, or email melinda.partin@therowhouse.com to sign up for a free trial class. GSBA members can join as an Unlimited Member or 8x Monthly Member and receive a 20% discount.