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SBA Seattle District Office Teams Up With Greater Seattle Business Association to Empower Local LGBTQ Small Businesses

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Release Number: 
2019-05-28
Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Contact: 
Lisa White | (206) 553-7050 | lisa.white@sba.gov

WHAT:  Signing of Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office and GSBA will sign a formal two-year SAM at Honest Biscuits in the Pike Place Market. The SAM will allow both organizations to cross-promote and collaborate on business training and services which will better connect and empower the LGTBQ entrepreneur ecosystem in the greater Puget Sound area.

WHEN:   Wednesday, May 29 | 1:30 p.m. – SAM signing and interview opportunity

WHERE:   1901 Western Ave. Suite E, Seattle, WA 98101

WHO: Opportunities to interview:
- Kerrie Hurd, SBA Seattle District Director
- Louise Chernin, GSBA President and CEO
- Art Stone, Honest Biscuits Owner

WHY: In 2015, certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBE) contributed more than $1.15 billion to the U.S. economy. If all estimated 1.4 million LGBT businesses in America are considered, the figure is nearly $2 trillion. LGBTBEs have created more than 33,000 jobs and have average annual revenue of $2.5 million.  

“As the federal agency that powers the American dream of entrepreneurship, we are proud to be an ally to local LGBTQ small businesses and connect them with the resources they need at every stage of the business lifecycle,” SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd said. “We look forward to supporting this new alliance and spurring business growth with GSBA."     

"As one of the largest chambers for small business in the state of Washington and the only chamber whose mission is to advance equality, diversity and inclusion in business, GSBA is proud of strengthening our relationship with the SBA,” GSBA President and CEO Louise Chernin said. “By working together, we are able to provide more services and support for small businesses, whose success is essential for a thriving economy."

VISUALS: Photo/video opportunities of signing event in front of the Pike Place Market new extension with water views; speak with local small business that has grown with support from both SBA and GSBA

SOCIAL:   @SBASeattle, @GSBA

                                        RSVP:  Lisa White – lisa.white@sba.gov or 206-553-7050

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov. The SBA Seattle District Office serves Washington and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane.

About the GSBA

Established in 1981, GSBA is Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce. They represent over 1,300 small businesses, corporate, and nonprofit members who share GSBA’s values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. GSBA is widely known in the state for its effectiveness in marketing and providing business development for small businesses; connecting community through business, advocating for civil rights and business; promoting LGBTQ tourism through Travel Out Seattle; and investing in the next generation of leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund. To learn more, visit www.thegsba.org.

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