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Change Happens – Teens Prove It

Recent national surveys have shown that the way people communicate has changed radically in the past few years. This is not news to many of us in the small business world or those who are parents of teens. 

One of the findings is that men under 30 don’t read paper-based media. They use social media almost exclusively. And this switch can have a big impact on your business if you are trying to reach them, hire them, or keep them as employees. 

First off, they don’t wear…


Added by GSDBA on June 20, 2011 at 10:44am — No Comments

National Small Business Week 2011 May 16-20 Washington, DC

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes this special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2011, National Small Business Week will honor the estimated 27.2 million small businesses in America. Small businesses are major…


Added by GSDBA on May 16, 2011 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Are You Ready to Put Your Blog in Front of Hundreds of GSDBA Members?

The GSDBA is extending the opportunity for its members to submit blog posts to be featured on the GSDBA's website. This exciting new benefit is your chance to get your blog in front of our 800+ members and gain readership, increase blog traffic, and get noticed!


To Take Advantage of this Member Benefit:


  • Bloggers must be GSDBA members in good standing.
  • Blog posts should be newsworthy and/or have mass appeal.
  • Blog post content…

Added by GSDBA on May 5, 2011 at 4:03pm — No Comments

GSDBA Announces Winners of Its Annual Business Awards

Awardees to be Publicly Honored at June 23 Luncheon

The Greater San Diego Business Association has bestowed honors to several organizations for their outstanding business practices and community leadership. The 2011 honorees will be recognized at a public luncheon at…


Added by GSDBA on April 22, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

California Senate Passes FAIR Education Act

Reposted from Equality California

April 14, 2011

Legislation sponsored by Equality California and Gay-Straight Alliance Network aims to stop discriminatory education and promote school safety

Sacramento – Today a bill that…


Added by GSDBA on April 14, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Have you seen Speed Marketing Event Video?

By now you have probably heard the revved-up buzz about the GSDBA Marketing Affinity Group's recent Speed Marketing Event.  By all accounts it was a smashing success, with all attendees reporting they had learned new ways of using the latest "high-octane" marketing tools to grow their business in today's economy. If you weren't able to join us you can get a little taste of what you missed in our… Continue

Added by GSDBA on April 7, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Top 10 Takeaways from the Speed Marketing Event

By Amy C. Teeple

If you missed the Speed Marketing event on Thursday, March 24, 2011, you missed a golden opportunity and so much more!


The first Speed Marketing event was presented by the GSDBA's Marketing Affinity Group (also known as MAG). The group's facilitator, Casey Poldino, stated, "The GSDBA MAG came up with the idea for the Speed Marketing Night as a way to give back to the community we respect, live and work in. The organization has become…


Added by GSDBA on April 4, 2011 at 11:49am — 1 Comment

College Area BID calls for Request for Proposals: Public Right of Way Maintenance

The College Area Business District, representing the College Heights Enhanced Maintenance Assessment District, is hereby publishing four Request For Proposals (RFPs) for maintenance of the public right of ways along El Cajon Blvd between 54th St. to 73rd St.

The schedule for these RFP’s is posted as:

Issuance of Request for Proposals                          March 21, 2011

Deadline for receiving Response to RFPs               April 22, 2011

Complete interview process… Continue

Added by GSDBA on March 23, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

The Search for Equality: LGBTQ Stories of Democracy in Action

Starting Spring 2011, Media Arts Center San Diego is partnering with our local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning (LGBTQ) community to …


Added by GSDBA on March 16, 2011 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Recycling Requirements and Opportunities in the City of San Diego

The City's  two mandatory recycling ordinances:

1)The City Recycling Ordinance mandates all residential and commercial sites in the City to provide recycling services to its tenants and/or residents.  You can review more details about the ordinance, the outreach material, information on services providers, types and sizes of containers, estimate costs and more at… Continue

Added by GSDBA on March 9, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Breaking News-GSDBA now has added a Droid App

Since our iPhone & iPad apps have been so popular, we have answered the huge demand for the creation of a Droid app. The new GSDBA Droid app is now available thanks to GSDBA member, Tim Norman of NormSoft, Inc.

Download the GSDBA Droid app

Don't worry Blackberry users...your app is on it's…


Added by GSDBA on March 4, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 GSDBA Business Awards

Help recognize business and community leaders by nominating businesses that best exemplify the values and business success for which GSDBA stands. The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 23rd.


1. Nominations are made through the Application printed on the reverse side of this page (this form can also be completed online at

2. Nominations are reviewed by the Awards… Continue

Added by GSDBA on February 28, 2011 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Small Business Development Pilot Program

A new City of San Diego Small Business Development Pilot Program is available.

Trying to Boost your Business and Contracting Success?

·Are you a local small business vendor, contractor, consultant, or service provider interested in doing business with the City of San Diego?

·Are you interested in learning about the wide range of products, goods, and services that the City of San Diego buys?

·Are you ready to better position your… Continue

Added by GSDBA on February 25, 2011 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Cine Gay returns to the San Diego Latino Film Festival

The San Diego Latino Film Festival schedule has been posted ( )and the Cine Gay showcase is back for a 6th year!   Many thanks to our Festival Coordinator Lisa Franek for running with this year’s programming and developing a wonderful showcase.  For details, check out… Continue

Added by GSDBA on February 23, 2011 at 10:08am — No Comments

New GSDBA iPad & iPhone App Launched

Last year we were the first LGBT Chamber of Commerce in the country to offer an iphone app of our Business Resource Directory. This year we’ve just launched new, improved Iphone and Ipad apps.

Check out the new features:

•More Business Categories


•Linkability To Each Businesses’ Website

•One Click Phone Connection

•One Click Emailing

•New “Add Your Business” form

•Just One Click to the GSDBA Website

•Full Menu Options and Back… Continue

Added by GSDBA on February 15, 2011 at 2:59pm — 1 Comment

SBA Signs a Strategic Alliance with the Greater San Diego Business Association

Agreement improves access to technological information, education and local resources needed by entrepreneurs to start and grow small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration‟s (SBA) district office in San Diego has signed a strategic alliance with the Greater San Diego Business… Continue

Added by GSDBA on February 8, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

GSDBA Vice Chair Tom Welch accepts SBA Leadership Award

                                                    Above L to R - Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego and Tom Welch,

                                                    Senior Vice President, Security Business Bank



Added by GSDBA on January 31, 2011 at 9:34am — No Comments

How to Gain Commitment from Your Social Network

Aweber’s latest email takes a look at the different commitment levels between social media and email. They make a great point about the effort that your social audience has to take to be a part of your network, versus the effort that is required to join your email list.

Social Media vs.…


Added by GSDBA on January 28, 2011 at 12:43pm — No Comments

The Grand Prize Shop Hillcrest for the Holidays Winner to Collect over $1,500 in Fabulous Hillcrest spree money!

This Friday, January 28 at 4 PM at Column One, 401 University Avenue in Hillcrest, the 2010 winner will be awarded with a Fabulous Hillcrest shopping spree. 

Mike Emerson of Mission Hills shopped in Hillcrest this holiday season and by filling out a single raffle ticket he entered into a chance to win. And win big he did!

With over $1,500 worth of Hillcrest gift certificates donated by Hillcrest businesses, Mike will be enjoying Fabulous Hillcrest all year long.

A… Continue

Added by GSDBA on January 26, 2011 at 9:37am — No Comments

2011 San Diego Latino Film Festival

The Media Arts Center San Diego's prestigious and internationally recognized San Diego Latino Film Festival, returns to UltraStar Theatre in Hazard Center in March. The annual San Diego Film Festival, which will run from March 10 – 20, celebrates films and videos by Latinos and/or about the Latino experience.  Approximately 100 actors, film makers and special guests will be attendance, supporting nearly 150 works from across Latin America and throughout the United States during the ten day… Continue

Added by GSDBA on January 24, 2011 at 4:42pm — No Comments

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