INBA Partners with Friends of the Bing To Bring Award-Winning HIV/AIDS Play To Spokane

Friends of the Bing Set to Screen Angels in America

Friends Of the Bing is proud to announce that its Stage to Screen presentation of Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s groundbreaking play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, is being partnered by a diverse group of community-based organizations. Continue reading INBA Partners with Friends of the Bing To Bring Award-Winning HIV/AIDS Play To Spokane

Major Margaret Witt Book Launch + Signing

Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights

Book Launch & Signing

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 7:00pm
Auntie’s Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
SpokaneWA 99201

In 1993 Margie Witt, a young Air Force nurse, was chosen as the face of the Air Force’s “Cross into the Blue” recruitment campaign. This was also the year that President Clinton’s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by an obdurate Congress, resulting in the blandly cynical political compromise known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Contrary to its intent, DADT had the perverse effect of making it harder for gay servicemen and -women to fight expulsion. Over the next seventeen years more than 13,000 gay soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, and airmen and -women were removed from military service. That is, until Margie Witt’s landmark case put a stop to it.

Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights is the riveting story of Major Margaret Witt’s dedicated and decorated military career as a frontline flight nurse, and of her love and devotion to her partner—now wife—Laurie Johnson. Tell captures the tension and drama of the politically charged legal battle that led to the congressional repeal of the controversial law and helped pave the way for a suite of landmark political and legal victories for gay rights. Tell is a testament to the power of love to transform hearts and minds, as well as a celebration of the indomitable spirit of Major Witt, her wife Laurie, her dedicated legal team, and the brave men and women who came forward to testify on her behalf in a historic federal trial.

October Networking Lunch: Preparing for Healthcare Enrollment

Speaker: Curt Fackler of Better Health Together and Tony Kiepe of AristaPoint

Topic: Preparing for individual and group health insurance enrollment

When: Wednesday, October 11 at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Where: Centerplace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley

The ACA enrollment period is 3 weeks shorter from November 1 to December 15. Curt Fackler will speak on individual enrollment and Tony Kiepe will speak on group enrollment for businesses.

Register Here

A Message from Charles Smaltz, INBA Membership Manager

Greetings INBA Members,

2017 has seen the need for INBA in the community, and for each other, underscored. With LGBT rights are being assaulted and questioned by the current administration in D.C., many in the LGBTQA community are more conscious than ever of the businesses, professionals, and places that welcome individuals as they are, and for who they are. As a member since 1995, I have watched INBA grow and change and I have found many of my most valuable friendships and business connections have come from INBA members.  “The FUN Chamber” as dubbed by current members is a place to be yourself in a safe space, reach out to the LGBTQA community, form lifetime friendships and partnerships, and work together to bring “all of who you are” to our community. In times like this, it’s good to know that INBA will continue to advocate for diversity and acceptance, and we will never stop working towards our vision: an economically robust and civically engaged community, here in the Inland Northwest and as far as we can spread our message.

It is INBA membership and directory renewal time! Many new and exciting opportunities are coming in 2018 for INBA members and the community. Additional events, workshops, sponsorship opportunities, a new INBA mobile app (see app features here), and custom front cover for members to feature their logo on the printed directory. Members can choose to keep a stack of their customized directories to hand out to their customers or have them distributed with the generic covers.

“Refer a friend or business contest” If you know of a business, professional or friend who would benefit from being in the printed directory, online directory and mobile app you can win a prize by introducing them to me! Introductions can be in person, by email or social media. The referrals must be true introductions and not “give my friend a call” introductions. All introductions that result in a new INBA membership will be entered into a drawing.  Prizes will include gift certificates for coffee, lunch, and even a night at the CDA Casino & Resort. There will be winners in October and November and referral introductions can be made immediately!

Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss your membership, referrals and all the new opportunities. I can meet with you in person or by phone.

Thank you,

Charles Smaltz, Membership Manager
509-455-3699 –  INBA Office
509-218-4054 – cell

INBA Directory App to launch in 2018!

INBA will be adding a mobile app to reach the region’s LGBTQA community. The mobile app will launch in 2018 to support the printed business directory and the online business directory. The app will provide these features:

 Key Features:

  • Easy Access to INBA member businesses

Free, user-friendly app will make it easy for smartphone users to access the directory

  • iOS & Android

Works on just about every device.

  • Enhanced Ad Network

Will provide several new advertising opportunities for members.

  • Usage Statistics

Ability to provide members data-driven ROI to ensure fair and quality advertisements, while making sure content is easy to find.

  • Geofencing

Location-based events provide additional advertising opportunitities.

  • Favorites

Allows users to quickly find new information about their favorite businesses.

  • Search

Helping members and the public find what they are looking for faster.

  • Ever-Evolving

As technology evolves, we will be able to tap into new technologies to enhance the overall INBA App experience.

More information on this great addition coming soon!


Spokane AIDS Walk: Saturday, September 30 2017

Join SAN and Spokane Regional Health District for the 2017 AIDS Walk

All funds raised benefit HIV/AIDS Education, Outreach & Advocacy programs of SAN – Spokane AIDS Network. Register Here.

Saturday 9/30 11 AM – 2 PM, Check-in and late registration is at 11 am & Walk at Noon

SRHD – Spokane Public Health Buiding – East parking lot
1101 W. College Ave

For more information on the walk, visit

Presented by SAN – Spokane AIDS Network in cooperation with SRHD – Spokane Regional Health District

INBA Statement on Charlottesville Protests

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2017
Media Contact: Marvo Reguindin, General Manager


The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia shocked, saddened, angered, and disappointed many of us. Indeed, feelings across the spectrum were felt—and will continue to be—throughout the United States. Here, in the Inland Northwest, INBA reaffirms its commitment to advocate for the fairness, inclusivity, and equity for all individuals in the communities we serve. We believe that when businesses support and embrace diversity, the economy grows and our community thrives.

To achieve this, the right to assemble peacefully and freedom of speech must be upheld. While this applies to any and all citizens—and should continue to do so—we believe that there is a clear and distinct difference between expressing beliefs, values, and grievances, versus a call to harm fellow human beings. This disregard for human life is at the core of what several of the groups–namely the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and white nationalists—who participated in the protests, is at the core of their invocation. It is a malicious and hateful call to action that is unacceptable as a society, harmful for humanity, and detrimental to businesses and our economy.

Regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, our community is stronger together. As the region’s LGBT and ally chamber of commerce, INBA will continue to advocate on behalf of these individuals to create an economically robust and civically engaged community through the acceptance of diversity throughout our region.

Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) is Spokane’s LGBTA Chamber of Commerce with members in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. INBA was established in 1994 with a charter group of 25 members as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization to network and socialize in a safe environment. INBA’s mission is to develop a prosperous business community by advocating LGBT and Ally business perspectives.


Click here to download a PDF of this Press Release

INBA Statement on Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members

August 1, 2017

A Statement from the INBA Board of Directors:

Last week, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that transgender Americans will no longer be allowed to serve in any capacity in the military, citing that the U.S. military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail”.  This reversal of the 2016 decision to allow transgender troops to serve openly, receive medical care, and change their gender identity in the Pentagon’s personnel system has understandably outraged members of the LGBT community and their allies. Continue reading INBA Statement on Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members