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Gift shopping on Amazon? Choose Smile, choose INBA Outreach. It’s that Simple.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization (INBA Outreach, obviously) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to INBA Outreach. 
If you’re already making holiday purchases on Amazon, make sure to shop from smile.amazon.com to get in the holiday giving spirit.

Get your business in the INBA Directory! Advertising deadline is this Friday.

inba_web_final_daysThe INBA Directory is your key to reaching LGBTA businesses and consumers across the Inland Northwest. Now, more than ever, is the time to show your dedication to diversity and equality by supporting the region’s only LGBTA chamber of commerce.  INBA has grown to over 200 business members representing about 300 people, all of whom are LGBT or Ally business owners, professionals, and corporations that believe in our mission. Help us work towards an inclusive business community.

The 2017 business directory will be the 21st publication and is the only regional resource to help businesses reach the LGBTA audience. The RSVP space deadline to be included in the 2017 edition of the directory has been extended to this Friday, December 2.

If you know of a business that should be in the INBA Directory, you can win a free room night at the CdA Casino, by sending an email introduction of the business owner or decision maker to our Membership Manager Charles Smaltz at charles@inbachamber.org.

The business information on our on-line business directory is used to publish the printed directory, If you need to make updates to your own business information, please email Sierra VanderHoogt at Sierra@inbachamber.org.

Medical marijuana patients get a very happy Thanksgiving from one INBA Member

On Thanksgiving, most people show their appreciation for the year’s harvest by stuffing it down their own gullets. But not the staff at 4:20 Friendly, an INBA member and cannabis shop near Spokane International Airport. This year, these marijuana heroes are giving thanks for their green bounty by giving away $36,000 worth of free cannabis.

“There’s also a lot of people that really need it that don’t have the money to be able to afford it,” Carol Ehrhart, the shop’s owner, told local news station KXLY. By exploiting a loophole in Senate Bill 5052, a state law passed in April that made medical marijuana much more difficult — and expensive — to obtain, Ehrhart plans to donate a free ounce of weed to the first 180 medical marijuana card holders that show up at her store’s doorstep on Wednesday. Her wily law-skirting strategy illustrates the lengths many medical marijuana dealers and users will have to go to as they adapt to a legislation-dense legal cannabis landscape — and represents a kind-spirited form of legal protest.

Under Senate Bill 5052, Washington’s mostly unregulated medical marijuana industry was reorganized under the state’s recreational marijuana industry rules, which severely curtailed opportunities for users to access medical marijuana cheaply. Medical marijuana dispensaries were folded into existing retail stores, patient possession limits were reduced from 24 ounces to three ounces, and the number of household plants people are permitted to grow was cut down from 15 to six. In addition, the law forbids businesses from advertising marijuana as free — but, as Ehrhart noted, it doesn’t prohibit donating marijuana to users.

“First time I read it in the rules, that a retail store can donate to qualified patients, I’ve been wanting to do it,” Vernon told KXLY. She worked together with a marijuana farmer named Robert Vernon, owner of nearby BBB Farms, to make this Thanksgiving miracle a reality.  4:20 Friendly will hand out the donations to people with legitimate medical marijuana cards, he’s going to make a lot of Washingtonians happy this Thanksgiving.

Raymond Lawton named 2016 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Spokane business owner and civic leader honored for contributions.

Raymond Lawton, Chairman of Lawton Printing Services, has been named the 2016 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Printing Industries of America. Established in 1950, the Lewis Award pays tribute to business leaders who have made major, long-term contributions to the graphic arts industry and have been a significant force in shaping the business of printed communications. The award was presented on November 18, 2016 at the Fall Administrative Meeting of Printing Industries of America in Kansas City, MO. Continue reading Raymond Lawton named 2016 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Donate food at Clear Chiropractic for a free consultation

clear-chiropracticJoin INBA member Clear Chiropractic to fight local hunger by donating a bag of food or minimum $20 to 2nd Harvest at our collection station to receive a FREE Exam and Consultation! Call in today and schedule an exam with Dr. Ellis to help support our local food bank, while helping yourself to feel great and be healthy.  For more information, visit clearchiro.info/FightHungerSpokane Continue reading Donate food at Clear Chiropractic for a free consultation

Mike Pence attends ‘Hamilton’

The cast of the hit musical Hamilton is used to seeing celebrities in the audience, but politicians — especially ones as polarizing as vice president-elect Mike Pence — are rare.

But Pence was indeed at Friday night’s show in New York, with Secret Service in tow. Walking into the Richard Rodgers Theatre to boos and cheers, Pence waved to the crowd before sitting down. Many lines of the show, which focuses on founding father Alexander Hamilton and stars gay actors Javier Munoz (Hamilton) and Rory O’Malley (King George), seemed to directly address Pence, according to Billboard.

“George Washington’s line ‘Winning is easy, young man, governing’s harder’ got notable applause,” the magazine reports.

At the end of the show, actor Brandon Victor Dixon (Aaron Burr) directly addressed Pence:

“Vice president-elect, I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us,” said Dixon. “We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of ALL of us. This wonderful show is an American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.” Watch his full speech below, via CNN.