Wes Combs on gay businesses

Wes Combs on gay businesses

Business
  Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Wes Combs of Witeck-Combs Communications. We talked about the economy, LGBT buying power and advice for LGBT entrepreneurs . . . How has the economic downturn affected the LGBT buying power? We actually did a survey on this very topic so we do have some interesting insights.  In October of 2007, working with Harris Interactive, Witeck-Combs Communications asked LGBT Americans how the current economic downturn was impacting their household.  We were able to compare their responses to how heterosexual Americans and this is what we found. While many American households cut spending and shift consumer priorities to cope with tough, new economic realities, there were marked differences in responses based on gender and sexual orientation, frequently with lesbian adults feeling…
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Voices – Michael Lamb, Founder of Echelon Magazine

Voices – Michael Lamb, Founder of Echelon Magazine

Business
Recently, we had the chance to talk Michael Lamb, Founder of Echelon Magazine. Tell us a little about your background I began my career in media by selling ads for B'nai B'rith, then Minorities in Business Magazine, then Senior Life and then Fab, a GLBT newspaper. I guess you can say that I received a wealth of experience in niche media. After always searching for a Gay Business publication and not finding one, I decided to start one myself. After reflecting on my experience, I realized that I have a passion for equality which drives me with Echelon and GayFranchise.com. Tell us a little bit about the LGBT buying power? Our buying power has been projected at $712 billion in 2008 and is perceived to grow to $835 billion by…
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ILGTA Conference 2015

Business, Calendar, Travel
ILGTA Conference – The IGLTA Annual Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBT tourism professionals. The 32nd edition of the conference will connect LGBT tourism suppliers and buyers through its hosted buyer and scheduled appointment program, numerous educational workshops and networking receptions. Los Angeles, CA. IGLTA is a business association that works to bring people and organizations together in the LGBT tourism industries. We work with suppliers such as airlines, hotels and destinations as well as buyers like tour operators and travel agents to connect the business world and further LGBT tourism into the next century! ILGTA Conference 2015 Join us in celebrating the businesses and individuals who have changed the landscape of LGBT travel in positive ways. Hats off to this year's IGLTA Honors…
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LGBT Business, Marketing & Technology Week NYC

Business, Calendar
Community Marketing & Insights and Pink Banana Media's premiere conference for 2015 will be the LGBT Business, Marketing & Technology Week NYC, held the week of April 20th, 2015. Building off of the success of our LGBT Marketing Conference we've held for the past 7 years in New York, Community Marketing & Insights and Pink Banana Media are proud to announce the launch of our expanded LGBT conference schedule for 2015, bringing the broader scope of Business, Marketing & Technology to the mix, with the theme "Education & Networking: Bringing together the worlds of advertising, marketing, technology and business in the LGBT marketplace." LGBT Business, Marketing & Technology Week NYC To see what we did last year in NYC... Our 2014 LGBT Marketing Conference Summary & Schedule Our 2014 LGBT…
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LGBTQ Tech Summit in San Francisco

Business, Calendar
Help Launch the First-Ever LGBTQ Tech Summit We're planning the first-ever LGBTQ Tech Summit on Feb 26, 2015 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Bring the Magic of the White House LGBT Tech & Innovation Summit to San Francisco February 26. Last July Lesbians Who Tech co-produced the LGBT Tech & Innovation Summit at the White House. It was the first time the LGBTQ community came together in such a way and we'd love to replicate the magic this February 26 in San Francisco. And last year we hosted two Summit's for queer women in technology and allies. This year we want to expand our Summit to the LGBTQ Tech community. LGBTQ Tech Summit in San Francisco While tech leaders like Tim Cook and Martine Rothblatt are important to…
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Lesbians Who Tech Summit 2015

Lesbians Who Tech Summit 2015

Business, Calendar
CASTRO STREET THEATER // SAN FRANCISCO The Summit brings together over 1,000 LGBTQ women (and allies) across all areas of technology. The Lesbians Who Tech Summit is the only event focused on increasing visibility and tech participation in two historically underrepresented communities: the women’s and queer communities. Join us for our second annual summit starting on February 26 and ending March 1, 2015 in San Francisco, the epicenter of the technology industry. Through this summit and future endeavors, we will bond together to demonstrate our shared commitment to these two critical groups in the tech world.The Lesbians Who Tech Summit will bring together hundreds of queer women in tech (and the people who love them), for the most unique technology conference ever. We will be highlighting incredible queer women who…
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Gay Heroes and LGBT Comics

Business
Introducing LGBTQ heroes GAYSAR Comics is a company that has created a line of gay heroes with the purpose to not only entertain the public, but also raise awareness and to fight for gay rights. The first comic book entitled "The Cure” will be released on November 7th and will have a cost of $4.99 a copy. While they will only be publishing their first issue, GAYSAR Comics has already created a wide variety of gay heroes. Gay Heroes and LGBT Comics A representative from GAYSAR Comics was quoted as saying, "At GAYSAR Comics, we have created gay characters with special powers known as gay-heroes. They may be fictional, but they will help create real life heroes. How? GAYSAR will donate 2% of  comic book issue sales to international and…
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Happy Camper Badges

Business, Shopping
Happy Camper badges are equal parts whimsical, serious, self-deprecating, and ridiculous.  And, while playfully mocking at times, the badges represent the fact that humor is a great antidote to shame, fear and hate.  Therefore, our badges includes good deeds, dubious deeds and funny deeds. Happy Camper Badges, a line of gay-themed satirical merit badges which can be earned for all sorts of gay achievements! Happy Camper Badges THE HAPPY CAMPER came to be as a result of an excessively tipsy foray into a live auction bidding war with a phenomenally fabulous 6’10” drag queen… Following a very public trouncing at an over-the-top, circus-themed gay gala in San Francisco, our founder Stefanie ended up with a lesbian cruise package as a consolation prize and the Happy Camper concept was born. After…
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Queer Women Who Tech Summit

Business, Calendar
The Lesbians Who Tech Summit brought together 800 women for an amazing event in San Francisco (pictures here). Now we’re bringing the magic to New York! Queer Women Who Tech Summit The Lesbians Who Tech Summit is the only event focused on increasing visibility and tech participation in two historically underrepresented communities: women and LGBTQ. The Summit brings together hundreds of queer women in tech (and the people who love them), for the most unique technology conference ever. We’ll highlight incredible queer women who are the next generation of technical leaders, and the people who have paved the way. You’ll hear from the amazing queer women who have paved the way, the women leading the way in tech today, and the incredible queer women who are the next generation of…
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LGBT Economic Empowerment Tour for Communities of Color

Business, Calendar
GGBA is proud to sponsor the Many Faces. One Dream. Tour's Oakland conference, and we fully support the work that the National Black Justice Coalition, the Small Business Administration, and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce are doing to economically empower LGBT communities of color. LGBT Economic Empowerment Tour for Communities of Color MFOD's Oakland stop will take place on April 21-22, 2014 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.  The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the Small Business Administration, and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce are tour partners for the MFOD tour which will visit 13 cities. Each tour stop will consist of workshops, one-on-one and small group counseling, and a Business Resource Expo with local community partners.  Seminars will be conducted on strategic planning,…
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