This month is dedicated to LGBTQIA+ visibility, initially started to honor the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NY in June 1969. Now, 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.
This June, at Business Impact NW, we all proudly honor the many members of the LGBTQIA+ community 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 for yourself.
We want to recognize the work being done by our partner the GSBA, Washington state's LGBTQ+ chamber of commerce, in support of growing small businesses and the small business community.
Lastly, don’t forget to support LGBTQIA+ businesses with your patronage!
Here are a few we have worked with at Business Impact NW - get to know, follow, and visit them.
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
About the author
Alyssa Pizarro is the Strategic Partner & Diversity Officer at Business Impact NW. Alyssa is responsible for the organization’s relationships and diversity focus. Before this, Alyssa served as the Corporate Giving Officer at Business Impact NW for a year and a half. Alyssa’s previous nonprofit experience was in the Development Department at Yoga Behind Bars, from career beginnings as a 10-year fashion sales manager and director in New York before moving to Seattle in 2013. Alyssa has combined her passion for social justice and community engagement with her corporate experience to culminate in her current role at Business Impact NW. She completed one year of her MBA at Northeastern University and has a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, with a double major in Anthropology & Women’s Studies. Alyssa is also a yoga instructor, a pup-mom, a forever-learner, and a fair-weather jogger.