• Western Business Alliance Economic Summit

    The Greater Seattle Business Association will host the Western Business Alliance (a coalition of LGBT and allied business chambers) at the first-ever LGBT economic summit on March 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The summit will address the economic factors and policy agendas that affect LGBT and allied businesses and communities in the western U.S. and Canada.
    The full-day summit, Working Together for Shared Prosperity, will explore topics such as: leveraging the power of LGBT businesses; Blue State tourism; maintaining Left Coast politics in the post-election era; working together to promote diverse supply chains; and unlocking the power of bringing marginalized communities together.
    Through keynote presentations and panel discussions, attendees will share information, provide critical input to regional challenges, and build relationships with other LGBT and allied business leaders from Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and British Columbia.
    The Board of the LAGLCC is actively participating in this event and its planning efforts. We encourage any/all interested parties to join this historic, and meaningful, event. It is sure to spark a new level of momentum in the LGBT economic equality movement.


    March 16 | 8:30am - 7:00pm | Renaissance Seattle Hotel | 515 Madison St

    Breakfast Panel: Leveraging the Power of LGBT Businesses
    A panel of successful and diverse LGBT-owned business leaders.
    Moderator: Roger Nyhus, Nyhus Communications
    Curtis Thornchild, Apt Marketing
    Roz Edison, Marination Station
    More to be announced

    Plenary Session: Working Together to Promote Diverse Supply Chains
    Diverse Supply Chains: Insurance Industry Case Study
    National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
    More to Be Announced

    Luncheon and Panel on Left Coast Politics in the Post-election Era 
    Moderator: Sally Clark, former Seattle City Councilmember
    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
    Ken Yeager, Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
    More to be Announced

    Unleashing the Power of Bringing Diverse Communities Together
    A discussion with ethnic and minority chambers.

    Plenary on the future of Blue State Tourism
    Tom Norwalk, CEO of VisitSeattle
    More to be Announced

    Power Connect reception (21+ only)

    $95 Full day (includes Luncheon and Power Connect reception)

    $50 Luncheon only


    Established in 1981, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) is the world's largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce. GSBA represents over 1,200 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share GSBA's values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing the community together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business, promoting LGBT tourism with its Travel Gay Seattle initiative, and investing in the next generation of leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit www.theGSBA.org.
    The Western Business Alliance, formed in 1992, is a coalition of LGBT and allied chambers of commerce located on the west coast of the United States and Canada. WBA chambers are committed to expanding economic opportunities for the LGBT and allied community by promoting equality through business. Through cooperation and sharing best practices, our chambers are integral to the economic health of our region and proudly connect the more than 3000 businesses we represent located throughout the western U.S. and Canada.
    Desert Business Association (Palm Springs, CA)
    Golden Gate Business 
    Association (San Francisco, CA)
    Greater Seattle Business Association (Seattle, WA)
    Inland Northwest Business Alliance (Spokane, WA)
    Lambda Business Association (Las Vegas, NV)
    Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Long Beach, CA)
    Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Los Angeles, CA)
    LOUD Business of Vancouver BC (Vancouver, BC)
    Portland Area Business Association (Portland, OR)
    Rainbow Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale, CA)
    Sacramento Rainbow Chamber (Sacramento, CA)
    Marquita Thomas:       marquita@laglcc.org