Day: May 29, 2013

Pride Business Expo Goes Virtual

June 12, 2013

GGBA – America’s First LGBT Chamber of Commerce  – Announces World’s First Virtual Local Business Expo

The GGBA in partnership with LocalPlaceXpo & eZ-Xpo is pleased to announce the 1st GGBA Virtual Local Business Expo Marketplace to help member businesses to boost sales and collaboration worldwide.

San Francisco,CA (I-Newswire) May 24, 2013 – The Golden Gate Business Association(GGBA), America’s first LGBT Chamber of Commerce today announced the world’s 1st GGBA Virtual Local Business Expo Marketplace to coincide with their annual “Pride Businesss Expo” at the Hotel Whitcomb on June 12, 2013. The GGBA virtual expo is being implemented to help jumpstart local business and job creation. Together with LocalPlaceXpo and eZ-Xpo, the new GGBA Virtual Local Business Expo Marketplace will empower every GGBA member exhibitor and sponsors to boost sales and on-going collaboration with both on-demand and live engagement 24/7.

“We are excited to join forces with LocalPlaceXpo and eZ-Xpo to jumpstart the local business with this powerful game changer, and a simple to use Private Business Network Marketplace,” says Eric Goforth, President of GGBA. “Not only will this help boost local business to expand for more exports, but also boost local jobs with eZ-Xpo’s Virtual Job Fair and crowdsourcing capabilities.” (most of our members are local sales/service)

“With GGBA Virtual Local Business Expo Marketplace, every local business can shorten their sales cycle easily and quickly with eZ-Xpo’s marketing automation. Each virtual booth can automatically send qualified leads to the exhibitor for a quick follow-up,” explains Matt Fok, CEO of eZ-Xpo.

“I am confident that our partnership with GGBA will help local businesses expand beyond their current reach and connect online with various opportunities. In today’s competitive world, every local business needs to leverage social media and cloud computing technologies as their secret weapons for better customer care and customer satisfaction,” adds Fok.

Key features of the GGBA Virtual Local Business Expo Marketplace include:

  1. Daily Deal – Offering daily deal and discounts for every member. Exhibitors can offer special discounts on their products and services and build a long-term business relationship in their virtual booth.
  2. Virtual Expo Showcase – Offering unlimited virtual expo opportunities for all industries within the marketplace. It is a great complementary solution for all physical trade shows or conferences. GGBA can host virtual expo marketplace on a monthly basis with a specific targeted niche industry (i.e., banking, real estate, insurance, health care etc.). Attendees can engage with each exhibitor both on-demand or live via chat, Google Hangout, Skype, or web conferencing.
  3. Empowering your sales force – With GGBA LocalPlaceXpo, your marketing and sales teams can listen and respond to community conversations to gain a better understanding of your customers’ business needs while at the same time gain access to qualified buyers. Exhibitors can get all qualified leads with contact information instantly from the virtual booth.
  4. Automatic Marketing Automation -Each virtual booth can automatically feed qualified leads (attendees) to exhibitor’s CRM application (i.e., SalesForce, SugarCRM) and email campaign application (i.e., MailChimp, Constant Contact, and Aweber) for higher marketing ROI.
  5. Marketing Intelligence – Each virtual booth has built-in marketing analytics to track each attendees activities. Exhibitor can easily identify their best qualified prospect based on their visit duration and the actual marketing content they have viewed.
  6. Knowledge sharing – Each virtual booth comes with a variety of online resources like discussion forums, product tours for product documentation and how-to videos to help customers find solutions and solve problems. LocalPlaceXpo makes it easy for people to discover and share interesting content with familiar social networking tools such as “likes” and @mentions.
  7. Social self-service – Providing self-service through peer-to-peer support forums and online FAQs saves you money and it also saves your customers time. Exhibitors can host their FAQs in their virtual booth and only surfaces the most relevant information, delivering your customers the right answers in real-time.
  8. Virtual Business Ecosystem through your Private Business Network Marketplace.

Helping every community to build your private virtual business ecosystem with strategic partners and customers. The key difference between the Private Business Network Marketplace from Facebook and Linkedin is that you have total control of the content, and policy administration on the marketplace. With a single universal login, attendees can easily navigate from one marketplace (i.e., Virtual Local Business Expo, Virtual Job Fair, and Social Learning Marketplace) to other strategic partners’ marketplaces.

The GGBA Virtual Local Business Expo Marketplace ( will be available in early June 2013. It will compliment with the GGBA Annual Pride Business Expo at the Hotel Whitcomb on June 12, 2013.

For all early adopters and game changers, please contact Eric Goforth, President of GGBA, , or Danny Parrillo at , or Matt Fok, CEO of eZ-Xpo at

* Product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

About GGBA

Founded in 1974, the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) is America’s first LGBT Chamber of Commerce and began as the first business organization founded by gay and lesbian entrepreneurs. The GGBA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit, membership-driven organization consisting of over 350 business entities, community organizations and individuals. Our membership includes small businesses and large corporations, businesses that are LGBT owned/operated and others that are our allies.

As a chamber of commerce, GGBA focuses on connecting the community through business, educating leaders through business skills development, providing marketing muscle for its members to increase their visibility and advocating on their behalf to create positive change socially, economically and politically.

For more information about GGBA, please visit

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I’m sure the rising popularity of burlesque over the past few years can’t have passed you by. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about and what’s in it for the self-respecting gay about town then you’d be wise to go and witness burlesque at its finest with the magnificent Eliza DeLite, crowned "Best British Female" at the World Burlesque Games 2012.

by Chris Bridges | 29th May 2013

Eliza DeLite

The epitome of Hollywood glamour her stylish and highly polished routines are breathtaking. Whether delicately twirling in a vintage 1950s showgirl costume to Doris Day and Dick Haymes in a Zeigfeld inspired routine or appearing as a stylised Madonna straight from the art of Pierre et Giles, she’s the epitome of glamour and is a gay man’s dream. If you want effortless glamour and top class dancing then Eliza can provide it in spades.

I caught up with her to talk about burlesque, taking your clothes off to the sound of the Queen of Pop and her forthcoming date at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.

For those of us unlucky enough not to have witnessed any burlesque, can you tell us a bit about the art form?

Burlesque as an art form draws together all sorts of creativity and skill. It pulls together aspects of dance, comedy, mime, costume, elegance, history, risqué humour... the list is endless. It's not easy for a performer to combine every single one of these things into their personal style, so most burlesque artists build their style on a more defined set of attributes. I would say for me personally, I combine my dance background with years of studying art, and the occasional pinch of comedy from my years performing in amateur pantomime. I strive for elegant and aesthetically pleasing routines but make sure there plenty of kaboom & pizzazz in there too (I'm not floaty and ethereal all of the time!).

Eliza DeLite

What kind of audiences might you expect to find at burlesque nights?

A huge mix of people, age groups, backgrounds, gender. It's commonly assumed these days that burlesque is more for women (unlike it's male popularity in the early to mid 20th century) - but actually I find that at a good burlesque show the mix is fairly equal. I run my own regular night in Leicester and the turnout is so diverse - from young twenty-something students (making the most of drinks offers) to a more middle aged market who dress up well and can afford a good several cocktails. It can really surprise you who'll turn up at a burlesque show!

How did you first get into burlesque dancing?

I've always danced or performed in some capacity. For a few years though my career choices veered towards art & photography, which I pursued at university. During this time I joined a university burlesque society - actually with no intention of performing myself, but more as a means of making some new friends. I took part in an initial (very basic) striptease workshop and the rest is history really. After one workshop (which was just enough to give me the push I needed to get on stage) - the rest I developed through my own creative & performance background.

Eliza DeLite

What was it like the first time you danced burlesque?

You know what, I can't actually remember! It was about 4 and a half years ago in a cocktail bar in Leicester city centre, and what I do remember is walking off the stage afterwards and thinking that I couldn't wait to go back up there and do it again! I had no idea that that time just how many times I would end up getting back up there and of all the amazing events, costumes, performers and proper stages I would go on to encounter!

Can you tell us a bit about your routines and what inspires you?

It's taken me a while to find a style I feel comfortable in but I can safely say that the aesthetic of the old MGM Hollywood musicals is what truly inspires most of my routines. The one exception to this rule is my signature routine - Like a Prayer which you may recognise as being inspired by the Pierre et Gilles image "La Madonne au coeur blesse" - this is actually my longest running routine (debuted early 2011) which I developed a long while before settling on my chosen MGM stylings. It's very special to me though as it's the one remaining reminder of my pre-burlesque interests, as Pierre et Gilles were a big inspiration for me whilst I was studying photography. Mostly I get inspired to try and recreate the aesthetic of the old Hollywood starlets - Hedy Lamarr, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich. I'm a perfectionist so I look at it as more of a challenge to see just how well I can evoke the look of bygone eras.

Eliza DeLite

What an amazing achievement to win the World Burlesque Games last year. I understand you’re off to show the U.S.A. how it’s done next?

Gosh yes, mega exciting stuff! I feel incredibly privileged to be going over there as a representative of the UK burlesque scene! World Burlesque Games last year was a crazy experience in itself. I'd previously performed at the London Burlesque Festival in 2011 (it was rebranded WBG for 2012) - but this was the first time I had ever competed as a performer. It was a daunting experience as the line up was filled with lots of other talented performers and to win was just out of this world. It's certainly changed a lot for me over this past year and landed me some pretty amazing bookings and opportunities. I made sure not to procrastinate though - winning the title was one thing, but with it has come a lot of hard work and responsibility to stay on top of my game and keep things buzzing and fresh.

I cannot wait for BHOF (Burlesque Hall of Fame) and will be making the most of every moment while I'm out there - including the sunshine! I've never actually been to the USA before so this feels like a huge step for me!

Eliza DeLite

So where can we catch you performing next?

Before going over to Vegas for BHOF at the end of May, you can catch me at 4 other major burlesque events across the UK. After landing back in the UK after Vegas I'll be headed straight back to Leicester to run and perform at my own event ElectroTease on June 7th! This to date is going to be one of the craziest (most travelled) months on my calendar!

You can read more about Eliza at:

If you want to own your own mini Eliza, complete with three stunningly illustrated outfits then she has these beautiful paper dolls on sale to help raise money for her forthcoming appearance in Las Vegas:

Virgin Mary photo & B&W photos to be credited - Neil Kendall

Ziegfeld head shot & Turkish DeLite to be credited - Grace Elkin

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