Spokane Voters Voice Strong Support for Public Libraries

This article was written by Chad Sokol and featured on the Spokesman-Review

Congratulations to INBA Member, Spokane Public Library system

Spokane residents gave resounding support for the renewal of a property tax that will allow officials to maintain, and slightly expand, services.

The levy of 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value was renewed with 70.8 percent of the vote, according to totals released Tuesday evening. More votes will be counted later this week, but the strong margin of victory assures it will pass. Continue reading Spokane Voters Voice Strong Support for Public Libraries

Board of directors update


Carly Cortright has stepped off the board after serving 2 years in order to concentrate on completing her Ph.D.



Nathan Jeffries was appointed to an open 3-year position on the board in February. He is a Captain in the Training Division of the Spokane County Fire District #9, Nathan brings  leadership skills and great enthusiasm to the INBA board.


INBA (the business chamber) and INBA Outreach (our charitable arm) both have open board positions. Board terms are three years and you can serve a total of 2 terms. If you have interest in a leadership role with INBA or INBA Outreach, please email a letter of interest that includes experience and talents you can bring to the board, which board you have interest in serving on, your current CV or resume to marvo@inbachamber.org, subject line INBA Board of Directors


Early Bird Karaoke a hit at INBA Directory Launch

INBA’s Directory Launch brought a lot of members and friends to nYne Bar and Bistro. Directories were provided in bags containing swag from Winston & Cashatt, Northern Quest Casino, STCU, Recorded Memories, and Spokane Empire Football.

The biggest hit of the event was Early Bird Karaoke. Charles Smaltz got the singing started and soon there others lined up to follow. The Events committee will consider making Early Bird Karaoke a quarterly INBA event.

Charles Smaltz gets EBK started.
Events Committee Chair, Dan Nuenfeldt takes his turn to croon


A duet by INBA guests!






Welcome New Members, 2017

Welcome New Members, 4/26:

All new members listed below are now on our online business directory.

You can join the INBA throughout the year! Please contact Charles at the INBA with your referrals or make an email introduction to Charles and your potential new member. Charles@inbachamber.org

Nathan Jeffries, Individual Member

He is a Captain in the Training Division of the Spokane County Fire District #9 and was appointed to the INBA Chamber Board in February

Breean Beggs,  Attorney: Breean’s practice focuses on representing individuals in courtroom disputes. For more than twenty years he has effectively presented cases to juries, appellate judges, arbitrators and mediators. Areas of practice:  personal injury, wrongful death, employment discrimination and civil rights.

522 W. Riverside Ave, Suite 560

Continue reading Welcome New Members, 2017

INBA members meet with Sen. Murray’s staff

Members of Senator Patty Murray’s staff reached out to INBA to hold a learning and listening session on small business concerns and to discuss the President’s Federal Tax Reform Bill. The meeting was arranged very quickly the week before so only a handful of small business owners were asked if they cold participate. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber and West Plains Chamber were also invited to meet.

President Trump has said that he would slash corporate taxes from 35% to 15%, but Livia Lam informed the group that the current administration has not yet presented a federal tax reform bill, so at this point it is very difficult to comment on how that will effect businesses.

INBA business owners attending the meeting were 420 Friendly, a marijuana retailer; Clearwater Seed, a grower of native grasses and flowers; FireDove Technology, an Information Technology and programming company; and Thinking Cap a marketing and association management company. No businesses from the other two chambers were able to attend, but Katherine Morgan, President/CEO of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber was able to represent her chamber.

INBA business owners informed Senator Murray’s staff of difficulties they faced in today’s climate. For example, Carol Erhart, owner of 420 Friendly informed the representatives that the current federal laws prohibiting banks from working with the marijuana industry also effect the employees. Employees risk having their bank accounts closed and denied loans due to the employment questions on loan applications.

On the other hand, Robbi Anthony, owner of Firedove Technology, informed the Senator’s staff of the difficulties a trans* business owners and employees face. For trans* people, the process of getting state and federal government documents changed can take years to complete and often involves the addition of physicians to sign off on certain documents to change the gender marker on the trans* individual’s records. Having mis-matched government documents makes it difficult for trans* people to pass background checks, secure leases, get bank accounts and loans, and obtain healthcare to name just a few. She mentioned that trans* people often become entrepreneurs because of the difficulties finding gainful employment. 

Katerine Morgan, from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber conveyed their organization’s desire to know about infrastructure plans that will effect Spokane Valley.

If any business owner members have anything regarding the Federal Tax Reform Bill or other business related issues they would like to share with Senator Murray, please email Livia Lam, Ph.D., Legislative Director at livia_lam@murray.senate.gov.

New Member Recorded Memories Hosting Record Store Day!

I’ve always said I love Valentine’s Day, but I enjoy that more than once per year, my philosophy on Record Store Day mirrors that. It’s a great day to visit Recorded Memories, but certainly not the only day of the year. We’ve been here since 1987 providing service for customers often unable to find things elsewhere.

There will be many exclusive, limited releases on Saturday from artists as diverse as our store; including but not limited to: U2, Art of Noise, Bettie Serveert, George Carlin, The Cars, Busta Rhymes, Johnny Cash, Flat Duo Jets, The Doors, Emmylou Harris, Shooter Jennings, Moe, Wes Montgomery, Randy Newman, Jimmy Page, Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop, Procol Harum, Sublime, The Sundays and many more. Supply is EXTREMELY LIMITED! Most of the releases we will have in stock had production runs of only 300-2,000 total copies world wide!

In addition to INBA we will be collection donations for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation – Northwest Chapter. Members of the Spokane Lion Pride Beep Baseball Team will be demonstrating how being blind or having low vision doesn’t stop them from playing baseball!

There will be prizes, freebies, a chance to connect with friends and of course great music!

-Richard Terzieff of Recorded Memories

View more about the event here


11th Annual LGBT Community Survey

Dear LGBT Research Panelist:

The 11th Annual LGBT Community Survey, which is one of the largest LGBT surveys in the world, is now open.

We would love to hear from you about various issues facing our community today. More bisexual and pansexual community members are needed for this year’s survey. Please participate and let your voice be heard.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete the survey.

We thank you in advance for contributing your opinions to this study. Those who complete the entire survey by May 15th, 2017 may enter to win one of twenty prizes: Either $50 cash, or a $50 donation to a charity of your choice.

Find any problems I should know about? Please email me at david@communitymarketinginc.com.

To begin, please click here or copy and paste the full link below into your browser to start:


Thank you so much!

David Paisley
Senior Research Director
Community Marketing & Insights
584 Castro Street #834
San Francisco, CA 94114 USA

Russian Republic Of Chechnya Accused Of Targeting Male Homosexuals

From The New York Times

Police in Chechnya have reportedly detained more than 100 gay men. Some have been tortured. United Nations experts demanded on Thursday that Chechnya halt the abduction, detention, beating and killing of gay and bisexual men, after weeks of reports about violent repression there.

LGBTQ rights activists at the March Against Hatred in St. Petersburg, Russia, November 2014 Photo by Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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INBA Night with Spokane Empire Football

Special INBA Chamber deal with Spokane Empire


Spokane Empire VS. Arizona Rattlers | Spokane Arena

May 12, 2017 at 7 pm

Adults: $25 | Kids: $20

Join INBA Chamber at the Spokane Empire Game on May 12th at 7 PM to watch the team take on the Arizona Rattlers for the first time since 2014. Tickets include exclusive access to the Red Tail Lounge to mix and mingle in an INBA exclusive networking night.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

or by phone at 509.242.7462 and mention INBA

For more information, contact Hannah Holman at (509) 242-7474 or Hannah@spokaneempire.com

Support for Whitworth Pirate PRIDE

Whitworth’s Gay-Straight Alliance, Pirate PRIDE, is hosting a fundraiser at Retro Donuts this Thursday, April 13.

Click here for the facebook event and directions.

Pirate PRIDE is an ASWU (Associated Students of Whitworth University) club focused on facilitating open conversations surrounding LGBT+ issues to the community at large. They focus on providing a safe and fun place for all members of campus to come and talk, have fun, and make friendships. This club is open to EVERYONE: LGBT+ persons, allies, faculty, staff, students, visiting family. Come say hello!

The club meets every Tuesday from 7-9(ish)pm and Wednesday from 8-10(ish)pm in the ABC room located on the HUB 2nd floor.

Additional Meetings (Same Room)

Mental Health Support Group: Mondays 6-7pm

Small Group: Mondays 7-8pm (Club members only please)

Book Club: Thursdays 6-7pm

All meetings are open to everyone in the community except for small group.

Send comments/questions/concerns/suggestions/weird jokes to pride@whitworthclubs.com