Celebrating Pride Month

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Seattle District Office - June 9, 2022

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Pride Month

SBA is proud to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ small business community

"Pride month is a time of celebration for the LGBTQ+ community, and their contributions in building a better, stronger economy," said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, in recognition of Pride Month. "And it's also a reminder of the progress we are still fighting to achieve." 

Did you Know?

LGBTQ+ businesses in the United States contribute an estimated $1.7 trillion to America's economy, creating thousands of new jobs each year. SBA celebrates the LGBTQ+ innovators and entrepreneurs who provide essential services and diversify our communities.

Pride timeline

  • Chicago, 1924. The Society for Human Rights opens in Chicago, the first LGBTQ+ rights organization in the country.
  • New York City, 1930. The Stonewall Inn opens its doors in the heart of Greenwich Village in lower Manhattan.
  • San Francisco, 1956. The Ladder, the first nationally distributed lesbian publication, begins in San Francisco.
  • New York City, 1967. The Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore, the first bookstore devoted to gay and lesbian authors, opens in New York City.
  • San Francisco, 1972. Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, opens Castro Camera.
  • Nationwide, 2004. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce creates best-in-class diversity certification program for LGBTQ+ businesses.
  • Nationwide, 2014. SBA hosts the Many Faces. One Dream. tour to empower LGBTQ+ communities of color.
  • San Rafael, 2016. SBA names Equator Coffee as the Small Business of the Year, the first LGBTQ+ owned business to win the honor.

Visit our website to learn more about SBA programs and resources to support the LGBTQ+ small business community

Learn More

SBA event flyer


Join us for a collaborative and informative webinar


Thursday, June 16

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. (PDT)


SBA district offices from Seattle, Houston, and Nashville will be teaming up to bring you a webinar on growing your small business through federal and corporate contracting. The program will feature welcome remarks by Mark Madrid, SBA Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development, as well as keynote speaker Alicia Greene, Supplier Diversity Director for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, on LGBT Business Enterprise® certification. In collaboration with the Seattle LGBT Chamber Houston LGBT Chamber and Nashville LGBT Chamber, the event will take place virtually and be free to attend.

The event will help attendees to:

  • Understand free programs and services available from the SBA and its resource partners including no-cost technical assistance, training, consultation, and business development resources
  • Learn more about the benefits of the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program and how your business may be eligible
  • Grow your businesses with the NGLCC LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE) certification
  • Hear firsthand from small business owners who have benefited from SBA programs and the LGBTBE® Certification
  • Connect with your local SBA District Office and LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Engage in interactive Q&A

Visit the link below for more information and registration. 

Register now

upcoming events


Monday, June 13

1:00 p.m. | Top Automation Tools and Technology for Small Businesses

Tuesday, June 14

9:00 a.m. | Grow with a Pro (Tax Professional)*

Thursday, June 16

8:30 a.m. | LGBTQ+ Small Business Growth via Federal and Corporate Contracting

9:00 a.m. | Marketing 1: Developing & Promoting Your Product or Service

12:00 p.m. | Creating a Brand for your Business

1:00 p.m. | Marketing 2: Pricing Your Product or Service to Sell & Get Online

*SBA's participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity

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