House of POp Celebrates 2 Years!

Congratulations to INBA member House of POp on their 2 year anniversary. Check out their member spotlight and learn how owner Douglas McCoy envisions bringing style to downtown Spokane.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau bans LGBTQ credit discrimination

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency, has declared that the 1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s sex discrimination ban encompasses sexual orientation and gender identity. This guidance effectively prohibits creditors like banks, retailers, credit card companies, finance companies, and credit unions from engaging in anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Continue reading Consumer Financial Protection Bureau bans LGBTQ credit discrimination

Atlantic Coast Conference pulls championship game from North Carolina

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday that it would move neutral-site championships for this academic year, including its football title game in December and its women’s basketball tournament in March, out of North Carolina in reaction to a state law that curbed anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The decision came two days after the N.C.A.A. announced that it would move championship games for the coming year, including six in the Division I men’s basketball tournament, touching off contentious debate between opponents of the law, who praised the N.C.A.A. for taking a stand, and supporters of the law, who said the association was inappropriately inserting itself into politics. Continue reading Atlantic Coast Conference pulls championship game from North Carolina

British Royal Family Member Comes Out as Gay

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Lord Ivar Mountbatten (left), with boyfriend James Coyle

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a cousin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, has come out as gay, making him the first member of the British royal family to do so.

Mountbatten came out in an interview with the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday, introducing his partner, airline cabin services director James Coyle. He offered an interview to the paper because various media outlets were looking into his personal life. Continue reading British Royal Family Member Comes Out as Gay

Washington Trust Bank named one of the best banks to work for in 2016

watrust-groupLocation: Spokane, Wash.
Assets: $5.2 billion
Employees: 894
Chairman and CEO: Peter Stanton
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Pictured: Washington Trust’s Portfolio Management Group won $100+ worth of healthy snacks after winning the bank’s Halloween costume contest.

Popular with employees: Use of corporate cars for appointments during the day is a popular perk for employees that carpool or take public transportation to work.

Fitness/wellness program: Washington Trust offers on-site yoga and barre classes every Friday at its headquarters.

Career development/training program: “Leading from the Line” is the bank’s boot camp for employees with high potential. The program teaches communication, persuasion and decision-making skills.

Opportunities for Engagement with Spokane Police Department

SPD badgeIf you’d like to ask questions, provide comment, or just get to know people at Spokane Police Department, please join us at one of the following events this Thursday, September 15. We’re here in the morning and evening.

 Coffee with a Cop

This Coffee with a Cop event is in partnership with Thomas Hammer Coffee, River Park Square, and the Downtown Spokane Partnership. It’s Thursday, September 15th, from 9-11:00 am in the first floor atrium at River Park Square.

 Public Meeting

The Police Advisory Committee’s Quarterly Public Meeting is later that night, 5:30-7:00 pm at East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St.  SPD leaders give updates at this meeting and are available to talk with community members. Continue reading Opportunities for Engagement with Spokane Police Department

President Obama moves to permanently protect Planned Parenthood funding

President Obama is making moves on women’s and LGBTQ issues in his final months in office. At the beginning of the summer, he issued sweeping guidelines to combat transgender discrimination in public schools, and now he’s moved to protect funding for Planned Parenthood, which he has long supported.

Last week, the Obama administration introduced a new rule that would prevent states from withholding Title X federal family-planning money for reasons other than a provider’s “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.” In other words, it mandates state governments can’t deny providers funding just because they offer abortion services.

The Title X program provides approximately 4 million low-income Americans with basic health and family-planning services, such as cancer screenings, birth control, and STI screenings. The program doesn’t allow any funds to be used for abortions or abortion research. But that hasn’t stopped Republican lawmakers from conflating the two; most recently, 11 states voted to block all federal funding from family-planning clinics after a series of fraudulent videos surfaced suggesting Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue from abortions.

Unsurprisingly, the rule has its opponents — Tennessee representative Diane Black, who’s on a committee to investigate the Planned Parenthood video’s claims, released a statement calling the rule a “stunt.” “We must use the full force of Congress and the grassroots strength of the national pro-life movement to defeat this absurd rule and prevent the Obama Administration from … prop[ping] up a scandal-ridden abortion provider,” she wrote.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, meanwhile, praised the rule. “Women in nearly half the states in this country have faced political attacks on cancer screenings, birth control, and other basic care,” she said in a statement. “This rule makes it clear that politicians cannot ignore the law as they pursue their agenda to stop women from getting the care they need.”

Before the rule is put into effect, it will undergo a 30-day comment period. Based on public input, the Department of Health and Human Services will decide whether to issue a final version.

Renew your INBA Membership for 2017

Membership renewal notices are being sent out for 2017. Please keep an eye out for the notices in the mail and return them as soon as you are able.  

To ensure we have your commitment to renew your individual membership, business listing and/or print ad in the 2017-printed business directory we now require that you sign and return a membership renewal agreement by December 1, 2016.

If you have not already received an email or other request to review and confirm your business listing information, please do so by reviewing your online business listing at www.inbachamber.org/directory. If you need to make updates, please contact Sierra VanderHoogt at staff@inbachamber.org

INBA operates on an opt-out agreement for membership renewal.  If you DO NOT plan to have your business listed in our printed or online business directory for 2017, Please return the membership renewal notice by December 1st, 2017 with the proper box checked on why your business chose to not renew.  If we do not receive correspondence by the above date, you will be liable for costs incurred for advertising and membership renewal. 

We look forward to another spectacular year with you and all of our amazing members!