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Queer and trans entrepreneurs often have less access to resources, capital, and safe spaces to learn when it comes to building their own businesses. Likewise, transgender people also have an unemployment rate three times higher than the national average. Often, the only safe employment that queer and trans people can find is working for themselves.

Through this new GSBA program, transgender, gender-diverse, and QTBIPOC (queer and trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) entrepreneurs though the eight-week Business Basics Course offered by Ventures, while intentionally connecting them to resources to grow and expand their business. The ultimate goal of this program is to empower these entrepreneurs to increase their incomes and achieve long-term financial stability.

In this course, they will work with a community of entrepreneurs to refine a business plan and answer tough questions like "Will this idea actually make money?" and "How will your service make customers' lives better?" Starting a small business is a complex challenge for anyone. These programs offered by our partners at Ventures have proven results - over 80% of entrepreneurs that complete this training are still in business after 2 years, higher than the national average.
Applications are accepting on a rolling (continuous) basis. The incubator opens 4 times a year, with cohorts of between 3 and 6 entrepreneurs. The 2021 cut-off dates are: March 17, June 3, August 19, and December 2. Attendance of all 8 weeks of Venture's Business Basic Course is required. For more information, please reference our application.
 
Qualifications:
- Identify as LGBTQ+ BIPOC, Transgender, or Gender Diverse
- Over the age of 18
- Have one solid for-profit business idea and at least one year's experience in the respective field

Ventures courses are offered quarterly, with online class attendance required once per week. After completing the Business Basics Course, entrepreneurs are encouraged to continue to take classes through Ventures (income dependent), and will have access to one-on-one industry specialists and free business coaching from GSBA.

This work is supported by the Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition, an effort funded by King County's Communities of Opportunity grant program.
Summer 2021 Cohort (profiles)
Nick Albritton, Heron Consulting
Tiffany Kelly-Gray

Spring 2021 Cohort (profiles)
Lauren Moore, OK Bloomer
Tara Morgan, C'Mon Barber
Ryan Riley, NW Roofing Services

Winter 2021 Cohort (profiles)
AJ Gearheart
CJ Linder, Y.O.L.O. Westcoast

Fall 2020 Cohort (profiles)
Felix Blanco, Evolving Paths
Danielle Morales, Digital Management LLC
Alanna Francis, Alanna Francis Events & Consulting
Shaun Glaze, Inclusive Data

Summer 2020 Cohort (profiles)
Emily Alexandra, RE:BIND
Sam I'Am, Perfect Pronouns
Positively Positive, Positively Positive Education Productions, LLC
Manuel Torres, Manifest Your Will

Spring 2020 Cohort (profiles)
Andrew "Ace" Houston, House Cosmopolitan
Gerard Miller, Altared Roots

Winter 2020 Cohort (profiles)
Gabriel Bello Diaz, AntiSocial
Enjoli Izador, Enjoli Izador Design
ChrisTiana ObeySumner, Epiphanies of Equity
Yes Segura, Smash the Box
KJ Williams, Rise With KJ