About Us


Vision Statement
Building business prosperity and equality.

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

Values

  • 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.


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.  

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.


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.

Benefits of Membership

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

How Membership Works for You

Affiliations


Advertising

  • The Directory, with a circulation of 15,000, is distributed at large community events and 75 locations which are replenished monthly.
  • 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 Advocacy, Business Development, Events, Marketing and Membership.
  • 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 network at our regular networking events that draw 100+ enthusiastic business owners and professionals.

Join Today!

 


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.