Greater San Diego Business Association

Founded in 1979 GSDBA continues to support small businesses in San Diego while advocating for mainstream acceptance of diversity. In 2006 the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) was named “Chamber of the Year” by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).  The award recognizes GSDBA’s stature as a leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business movement in the United States.

GSDBA is one of the largest specialty chambers in San Diego County and the second largest gay, lesbian and supportive chamber in the nation. GSDBA prides itself on outreach to other business chambers and to society at large. In 2000 GSDBA was the first LGBT chamber in the nation to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Small Business Administration, recognizing GSDBA’s status as a minority business association.

A founding member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), GSDBA takes an active roll in national level programs to meet the needs of small businesses. All GSDBA members are automatically members of NGLCC, having access to financial, procurement and advocacy programs.  Every business listed in this Directory is not only featured on the GSDBA web site, but also on the NGLCC web site.

Diversity is the ground of creativity and strengthens us as an association. Membership in GSDBA is a powerful choice.

Join us in contributing to the growth and prosperity of the San Diego region. We encourage and welcome membership from anyone who supports equality for all people and seeks the opportunities GSDBA can provide in business support, networking, advertising, professional growth and business resources.

Vision Statement
Building business prosperity and equality.

Mission Statement

The Greater San Diego Business Association promotes prosperity and equality for our members, supporters and the LGBT community.


  • Economic Empowerment - Develop a culture of business success for our members.
  • Stewardship - Advance professional excellence, fiscal responsibility and LGBT business leadership.
  • Advocacy - Build an inclusive, diverse community based on equality, integrity and respect.

Code of Ethics
As members of the Greater San Diego Business Association, we agree to recognize, promote and improve gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and supportive businesses and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and supportive business community whenever possible. To that end, members agree to honor the GSDBA Standards of Business Conduct and Ethics as follows:

  • Each member will conduct business with honesty, integrity, and fairness with respect to customers, clients and employees alike.
  • Each member will be accessible and accountable to customers or clients and make every reasonable effort to act in the customer's or client's best interest and benefit.
  • Each member will not discriminate as to race, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.
  • Each member will be responsible at all times for truthful and non-deceptive advertising and promotion practices regarding his/her business and its products or services.
  • Each member will conduct business with strict adherence to the laws of the state where located and in accordance with business or professional codes of his/her particular industry.
  • GSDBA members agree to conduct business in accordance with generally accepted business ethics and practices.

Standard Practices
The GSDBA Directory contains fax numbers and e-mail addresses for some advertisers. The Association wishes to remind users of this Directory that sending unsolicited faxes for the purpose of advertising is a violation of Federal and State law.  Furthermore, sending unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE) may also violate the law. We ask, then, that you not use the fax numbers and e-mail addresses in this Directory for unsolicited advertisements.

GSDBA has compiled the Business Directory as a source of information and as an advertising tool for GSDBA members.  Although GSDBA has compiled the Directory based on information supplied by those listed, among others, it has not reviewed, investigated, nor evaluated the authenticity, accuracy, or completeness of the information received.

The GSDBA makes no representation as to the qualifications nor competence of those listed, and the GSDBA is not liable nor responsible for the services of those listed.

Benefits of Membership
Show Up and Succeed!
Do let your ad in the Directory work for you.  However, if you want to get the full bang for your buck and reap the rewards of ever increasing business and personal support, participate!  You are the best ambassador of your business. Join fellow GSDBA members in promoting business while being recognized as a community business leader standing for quality services and products, integrity and concern for the rights of all people.


How Membership Works for You

  • All GSDBA members are automatically members of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) with access to financial support, business advocacy and contract opportunities. If your business listing appears in this Directory, it will not only be posted for a year on the GSDBA web site, but also on the NGLCC site.
  • GSDBA is a Community Partner with the Small Business Administration; membership includes special access to SBA programs and to SCORE.


  • The Directory, with a circulation of 30,000, is distributed at large community events and 120 locations which are replenished monthly.
  • Place an ad or an insert in the Community Connection news magazine.
  • Web site member presence and ad opportunities continue to grow.
  • GSDBA is your entrée to the growing San Diego LGBT market.

Getting Connected

  • Join one of the powerful and successful Business Networking Groups (BNGs) that meet weekly to work for group businesses.
  • Increase your visibility while supporting GSDBA by bringing your skills and enthusiasm to one of the Association committees including Membership, Programs, Ambassadors, Corporate Outreach and Business Development.
  • Be a Corporate Partner or an Event Sponsor and reap the benefits of supporting the work of GSDBA and receiving extensive promotion and visibility for your business.
  • If you know anything about GSDBA, you know members love to socialize and network at monthly mixers that draw 200+ enthusiastic business owners and professionals.

Join Today!

Last updated by GSDBA Dec 19, 2011.

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