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  • Bob Lehman, Executive Director, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus

    For nearly 20 years, Bob Lehman has been an advocate for San Diego’s LGBT community. Following his service as a combat Marine sergeant, Lehman became a nationally recognized leader in the fight to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” founding San Diego’s chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, leading the first-ever contingent of gay veterans to march in San Diego’s Veteran’s Day Parade and serving as the first openly gay appointee to the County Veteran’s Advisory Board. Working with local veterans, Lehman co-founded the highly respected Stonewall Citizen’s Patrol in reaction to the brutal attacks against gay men outside the Pride Festival.

    Lehman was also a leader in the fight for marriage equality including providing major funding and campaign offices against both antigay measures, Prop 22 and Prop 8. In 2008, Lehman and his husband Tom Felkner made history as the first two men to legally marry in California.

    Today, Lehman serves as Executive Director and President Emeritus of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. Under his leadership, the Chorus has doubled in size and dramatically increased its community outreach role. Just months ago, Mayor Faulconer honored Lehman and the Chorus with its own “SDGMC Day.”

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      Applications must be received by May 24, 2016.

    The GSDBA has partnered with The Greater San Diego Charitable Foundation (GSDBACF) to provide educational scholarships that are available to aspiring entrepreneurs & students. Educational scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded to the most qualified candidates.

    The scholarships will be granted to self-identified LGBT students and persons who have shown support and knowledge of the LGBT community.

     

     

    ELIGIBILITY
    Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the GSDBA Scholarship:

    • Permanent resident of San Diego County.
    • Have clear and purposeful educational goals.
    • Have demonstrated sensitivity to and acceptance of the dignity and human rights of all individuals.
    • LGBT or supportive member of the community.
    • Have demonstrated financial needs.
    • Not a family member or relative of an existing GSDBA or GSDBACF Board Member or staff.

    The GSDBACF established the Community Scholarship fund to further its mission of empowering and promoting LGBT businesses, professionals and supportive members of the community.

    APPLY HERE

    GSDBA Charitiable Foundation PO Box 33848, San Diego, CA 92163

    GSDBA Charitable Foundation A 501 (c)(3) Non-profit organization Tax ID 33-0804131

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  • Membership Levels and Packages

    General Member
    Dues are $250 annually. General membership is for one person in a company. General Members are entitled to all the benefits of the GSDBA including Voting Rights for Association Business.


    Associate Member
    Dues are $150 annually. An Associate Member must be sponsored by an existing General Member within the same company.  Associate Members are entitled to all the benefits of the GSDBA except for Voting Rights for Association Business.


    Non-Profit Member
    Dues are $150 annually. Non-Profit Members are entitled to all the benefits of the GSDBA including Voting Rights for Association Business.

    Friend of GSDBA Member
    Dues are $100 annually. Friend of GSDBA members are those who do not fit into any other available category of membership, but who want to participate and support GSDBA.  Friend of GSDBA Members are entitled to all the benefits of the GSDBA except Voting Rights for Association Business.

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    St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral | 2728 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA92103
    Jesters@stpaulcathedral.org (619) 298-7261 or Mobile (201) 213-9115

    Disclaimer: Candidate line up subject to change without notice. This is a non-partisan event, and the views expressed by the Candidates, Panel Members, and Moderator, does not necessarily reflect the views of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, GSDBA or our Media Sponsors.

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  • Associate Member
    Dues are $150 annually. An Associate Member must be sponsored by an existing General Member within the same company.  Associate Members are entitled to all the benefits of the GSDBA except for Voting Rights for Association Business.


  • WHY JOIN GSDBA


    Visibility: The GSDBA Consumer Guide & Business Directory is the go-to resource for the highly sought after LGBT supportive consumer. Be there when your potential consumers are searching for your specific service or product through the business directory or the GSDBA mobile app.

    Connections: Create strategic alliances and build lasting business relationships through networking, social media and events.

    Knowledge: Take advantage of professional development programming and educational seminars offered exclusively to members.

    Growth: Gain new customers and grow sales through the newly updated GSDBA business to business and business to consumer website.

    Savings: Receive exclusive member-to-member discounts.

    Good Citizenship: Be known as a home-grown business that is there for those who want to buy local and keep their dollars spent in the LGBT community.

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  • Benefits of GSDBA Membership

    • One Business Listing (includes business name, member name, address, phone and email) in the GSDBA online Directory.

    • Member-only discounts to Business Development and Networking Programs.

    • Member-to-member discount programs.

    • Promotions through GSDBA social media channels.

    • Exclusive access to GSDBA advertising.

    • 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.  

    • GSDBA is a Community Partner with the Small Business Administration; membership includes special access to SBA programs and to SCORE.

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  • Benefits of GSDBA Membership

    • One Business Listing (includes business name, member name, address, phone and email) in the GSDBA online directory.

    • Member-only discounts to Business Development and Networking Programs.

    • Member-to-member discount programs.

    • Promotions through GSDBA social media channels.

    • Exclusive access to GSDBA advertising.

    • 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.  

    • GSDBA is a Community Partner with the Small Business Administration; membership includes special access to SBA programs and to SCORE.

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  • About GSDBA About GSDBA

    Founded in 1979, the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) continues to support small businesses in San Diego while advocating for mainstream acceptance of diversity.

    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 NGLCC, GSDBA takes an active role 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.

    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.

  • Mission, Vision & Values Mission, Vision & Values

    Mission Statement
    The Greater San Diego Business Association promotes LGBT influence through business ownership and supportive consumerism, creating prosperity through equality, diversity and inclusion.


    Vision Statement
    To lead LGBT economic equality, development and empowerment.

    Values

    • Economic Empowerment: Provide innovative resources that support prosperity for our members.

    • Stewardship: Advance professional excellence and demonstrates fiscal responsibility.

    • Advocacy: Support an inclusive, diverse business community based on equality, integrity and respect.

    • Inclusion: Nurture diversity within and across communities.

  • Code of Ethics Code of Ethics

    All members, vendors and employees of the Greater San Diego Business Association, agree to recognize, promote and improve diversity and inclusion whenever possible. To that end, they agree to honor the GSDBA Standards of Business Conduct and Ethics as follows:
     

    • They will conduct business with honesty, integrity, and fairness with respect to customers, vendors, clients and employees alike.

    • They will not discriminate as to race, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender, gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.

    • They will be responsible at all times for truthful and non-deceptive advertising and promotion practices regarding their business and its products or services.

    • They will act in a manner of respect and professionalism.

    • They will avoid all real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and they will disclose them to affected parties when they do exist.

    • They will conduct business with strict adherence to the laws of the state where located and in accordance with business or professional codes of their particular industry.

    • They 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.