The month of June is dedicated to LGBTQIA+ visibility. A movement initially started to honor the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NY in June 1969.
Today, Pride Month has become a celebration that allows us to honor the many people - past and present - in the LGBTQIA+ community who have made deep sacrifices and contributions to our society.
At Business Impact NW, we all proudly honor the many members of the LGBTQIA+ community year round and celebrate the power of being seen. We would like to thank the members of our cities, states, and the world, who shared themselves every day, including the small business entrepreneurs who helped to build our country - thank you. Learn more about the history of National Pride Month here.
As a resource and organization that supports LGBTQ+ identifying entrepreneurs, we'd like to offer the following support tips for your entrepreneurship journey.
Connect with a Business Coach
Did you know? Business Impact NW offers free one-on-one business coaching to entrepreneurs at every stage of their business. Get connected with a coach here and discover the unique and personal support you may need on your journey. You can get the support of a Business Impact NW business coach from anywhere in the PNW: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Alaska.
Join an LGBTQ+ Dedicated Support System
Dedicated groups can be a great support system throughout your business journey. These spaces are built for LGBTQ+ identifying entrepreneurs specifically. Below are some local and national groups you can join.
- StartOut (National)
- GSBA (Local)
- National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) (National)
- Reaching Out (National)
Support or Connect With a Local LGBTQ+ Owned Business
Here are a few we have worked with at Business Impact NW - get to know them, follow them, or visit their space - all local to the PNW.
Honest Biscuits - Honestly made biscuits in the Pacific Northwest, based out of historic Pike Place Market.
Bite Society - Bold packaged food business with recognizable tattoo art branding.
Repair Revolution - Community-driven auto repair shop with a social justice heart.
Heart Beet - Providing people with a trusted brand of unique, healthy food offerings.
MEND Institute - Therapy services, therapist community, and clinical training opportunities for Womxn.
Simone Pin Productions - Production company delivering curated, thought-provoking shows with a diverse cast.
Pink Moon Farm - Organic farm dedicated to sustainability, inclusion, quality, and community.
Get Found Online
List your LGBTQ+ Owned business online to not only get found easily, but boost mentions of your business on the internet. A few great spots to list your business for free are:
Intentionalist (physical businesses)
Business Impact NW Business Directory (internet-based or physical businesses)
Google My Business (internet-based or physical businesses)
Meta for Business (formerly Facebook and Instagram Business Manager)
About the author
Osmir "Oz" Díaz is the Communications Manager at Business Impact NW,
dedicated to amplifying the work of diverse entrepreneurs online and offline.
Oz holds a variety of skills in digital marketing that she applies to her work for racial equity and social justice in the digital landscape.