GBI is a CA non-profit corporation established in 1991 in partnership with Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration. GBI is a Strategic Thinkubator (Think and do Tank) Organization and IC2 Global Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.
GBI’s past accomplishments include
➤ In the late 90s GBI partnered with to create a multimedia, entertainment, technology business incubator. Located in the Historic Core of Downtown LA, This project started with a 10% occupancy rate. Within 2 years, GBI’s Incubator was working with 50 new media companies that attracted $ millions in venture capital and occupied 100% of the building, creating hundreds of new jobs, revitalizing Downtown, and earning GBI Founders the Official White House Millennium Council Award in recognition of GBI as a model of the White House designed program, Honor the Past- Imagine the Future.
➤ In 2000, GBI was chosen to host 200 of the World Press reporters for the Democratic Convention to showcase their Incubator and the companies.
➤ GBI served as State Advocate for a collaborative of over 200 major corporations, including Ford and General Motors that exemplified the concept of “cooperating to compete.” GBI later lead a group of Los Angeles manufacturing and community organizations, corporations, politicians, colleges, universities and others to undertake a comprehensive program to deploy an Advanced Manufacturing Science and Technology Center. This organization has created revenues of over 1.9 billion for its members over the past ten years.
➤ GBI partnered with the Port of Los Angeles to create a series of interactive workshops focused on Small and Mid-sized Companies partnering with and doing Business successfully with China. These workshops brought together Chinese buyers from China, U.S. Bankers, Export Officials, and other partners crucial for trading successfully with China to over 400 small and mid-sized companies from southern California.
➤ GBI in strategic alliance with the Lou Myers Scenario Motion Picture Institute/Theatre partnered with Paramount Studios and other successful companies to create a demonstration model that trained close to 100 inner city youth in business incubation and social entrepreneurship to successfully launch a Hollywood block-buster Movie Premier. It was the most successful premier for that movie in greater San Diego.