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LGBTQ Business Matchmaker

April 1, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

GSBA, Wells Fargo, NGLCC – The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and Starbucks have partnered to present the third annual LGBTQ Business Matchmaker! This event (FREE for members!) will connect certified small business owners with corporate and government entities that are eager to build a diverse supply chain.

This year, our signature Fast Pitch Competition takes on a new meaning! The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2019 NGLCC Conference in Tampa, Florida (conference fee, hotel, and airfare), courtesy Wells Fargo. To qualify, you must be a GSBA member, LGBTQ certified, or in process of certification. Contact Ilona Lohrey at to enter the competition.

Other event features include:

-Success Story: An interview with Marti Hoffer, CEO & founder of lumenomics, Inc.
-Lunch provided by Thyme Well Spent Catering, a woman-owned business
-Afternoon Matchmaker appointments and roundtable with corporations and government agencies

In advance of our Matchmaker event, you can learn how to master the art of a business pitch during a Business Empowerment Workshop with Wells Fargo’s Small Business Leader for National Field Initiatives Roby Schapira, at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, March 26 at the GSBA office. Register here:

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Schedule · Monday, April 1, 2019

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration & Starbucks Coffee Tasting
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Welcome & Introductions
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
A Conversation with Marti Hoffer, Founder & CEO of lumenomics, Inc.
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Shark Tank-style Fast Pitch Competition


Starbucks Center – World Headquarters
2401 Utah Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134 United States
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