All posts by inba-chamber

HB2 Repealed, but not without controversy

— As quickly as House Bill 2 was enacted 53 weeks ago, the controversial state law limiting LGBT rights and transgender bathroom access was knocked down on Thursday.

About 12 hours after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders reached a compromise to repeal House Bill 2 late Wednesday, the measure was speeding through its lone committee hearing, and it had cleared the Senate and the House by mid-afternoon Thursday. Cooper then quickly signed the bill into law.

“We are a welcoming state – our people are welcoming – but House Bill 2 was not,” Cooper said during an afternoon news conference. “Today, our laws are catching up with our people.”

Continue reading HB2 Repealed, but not without controversy

Chamber Partner Avista Confirms Commitment to EEO and Affirmative Action

Dear Colleague:

 Avista Corp. has been and will continue to be an integral part of each community we serve.  As such, our company is committed to the maximum utilization of all human resources and the goal of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and as a Federal Contractor, renews that commitment each year.  Please visit our website, , for a listing of current job openings.

 Avista is committed to diversity in our workforce.  We will create an environment that values diversity and mutual respect and is free from harassment or discrimination for employees, applicants, customers, suppliers and other contacts in all aspects of our daily operations.  Our contractors and subcontractors are also obliged to comply with Executive Order 11246 and its implementing regulations.

 We will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability or any other classification protected by non-discrimination law.  Furthermore, we will continue to provide Equal Employment Opportunity for individuals serving in the Military, the National Guard and Reserves, and Veterans of the U.S. Military.

 Thank you for assisting us in our continued commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. 


Jen Crouse, SHRM-CP, PHR
HR Recruiter
Avista Corp.
(509) 495-2440

2016 Membership Renewals

Membership and advertising renewal invoices for 2016 are scheduled to go out this week. As a membership organization, your dues and advertising in the printed directory and online directory allow INBA to provide staff to organize events and benefits to members such as the list of accomplishments below. So, please consider renewing you membership when your invoice arrives. To help our membership grow we also have a member referral program with discounts off your own member dues.

  • INBA was the only chamber in the region to sign the amicus brief regarding Obergefell vs. Hodges that later went to the Supreme Court to pass Marriage Equality across the nation
  • Launched site to promote LGBT Tourism to Spokane and provide a resource for our local LGBT community
  • Launched INBA Weekly, a weekly style newsletter that better highlights INBA member businesses as well as regional and national LGBT news
  • As of August, INBA has hosted 228 lunches since 1994, making it the longest continuous LGBT event in Spokane
  • INBA attended the Western Business Alliance Chamber Leadership Summit in Palm Springs, to continue improving our membership and chamber programs
  • INBA staff provided powerful education and consultation to our chamber partner, Rockwood Health Systems, helping them to become a more inclusive health system
  • INBA’s General Manager was invited to Rotary 21 to present the history and need for an LGBTA chamber in Spokane
  • INBA performed outreach to the community and distributed directories at South Perry Street Fair, Unity in the Community, as well as Pride Festivals in Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and Tri-Cities. Look for us at The Spokane End AIDS Walk and ValleyFest, on September 26
  • INBA Outreach, provided a $1500 scholarship to a local gay student preparing to enter college and sponsored a LGBT Holocaust exhibit at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene
  • This is only a small list of what INBA was able to accomplish in the first half of 2015.  It is because of members like you that INBA is able to foster the growth of a diverse and inclusive LGBTA business community.

Membership Referral Program

INBA is introducing a great way for you to help grow INBA with great members and businesses and reduce your annual membership renewal fee at the same time.

Receive $5.00 off your membership fee for every three new-member referrals. Referrals need to be a direct introduction to our membership manager in person, by email or by phone. Limit 15 introductions or $25 off your membership fees.

Plus! For every referral that converts to a new member you will receive a $10 gift certificate for food, drink or services at one of an INBA member of your choice!

Deadlines For discounts off your 2016 membership referrals need to be received by November 1, 2015. Referrals received after November 1st will be applied to your 2017 INBA membership.

How do I participate?

1. Introduce your referral to INBA’s membership manager Christopher Zilar at a function the both of you may be attending

2. Send an email introduction to your referral and to

3. Set up a conference call introduction of your referral and Christopher at 509-455-3699

Great outreach at Unity in the Community despite one bad apple.

Board member Donna Sellers stayed busy during the last shift creating creating silly Unity name tags.

INBA participated in last weekend’s Unity In The Community, the region’s largest multi-cultral celebration that also celebrates all diversity. In years past, INBA received very few visitors at the booth but this year a name spinner was added to create silly and fun Unity names for kids and adults which kept the booth busy all the way to the end. The great response to our booth activity allowed board members to distribute business directories and talk to people about INBA’s work in the Spokane business community.

Despite the large number of people visiting the booth and mostly positive responses to the outreach, one man was very opposed to INBA’s presence when he found out the meaning of LGBT. INBA General Manager, Marvo Reguindin noted “It’s disappointing to hear that someone did not like having INBA or the LGBT community represented at a community event that celebrates diversity, but it shows that there are still hearts and minds that need to change.”

Other INBA members with booths at Unity in the Community were, Spokane AIDS Network, Planned Parenthood, PFLAG and Odyssey Youth Movement.

INBA will have community outreach booths at the Spokane AIDS Walk and Valleyfest, both on September 26th.

Clear Chiropractic Celebrates 2nd Anniversary July 28th

Dr. Rachae Bell, owner of Clear Chiropractic is inviting all patients and potential patients to their 2 year anniversary on Tuesday July 28 at 4:00 pm.

The celebration will be an open house event with appetizers, ice-cream truck, refreshments. Raffle prizes for 4 Mariners tickets, an entry to the Happy Girl Race, a Clear Chiro package with a free exam and a free massage.

Clear Chiropractic is located on the South Hill at 2503 E. 27th, Spokane 99223. 509 315-8166.

Dr. Bell wields the largest pair of scissors she has ever seen at her grand opening in 2013.


Gay Business Leader, Larry Brown, Passes


Larry Myron Brown

October 27, 1946 to June 20, 2015

On June 20th, 2015 Larry Myron Brown passed away peacefully in his sleep. Larry spent his life surrounded by friends and family, traveling the globe and making incredible memories. Larry served in the Navy. He was also a loud and proud voice in the LGBT community. He  was well known for operating one of the most popular gay bars in Spokane, Dempseys Brass Rail. Continue reading Gay Business Leader, Larry Brown, Passes

Your Complete Guide to Pride

Pride Week got off to a great kick off that past weekend with the annual Pride Cruise and new this year was Coeur d’Alene’s first Pride in the Park. The event was at held at G. O. Phippeny Park with about 15 non-profit organizations including INBA.

Board members Carly Cortright (standing) and Donna Sellers and her son Lucas (not pictured) volunteering at CDA Pride.
Pride events for the next two weeks: Continue reading Your Complete Guide to Pride

Member Spotlight Jan 5. – Instant Sign Factory

Its only appropriate that Instant Sign Factory, Inc. is first on our list of Member Spotlights. Founder Dave Nail knows an opportunity for savvy business marketing and advertising when he sees one. This Spokane local identified a need for high quality, quick turnaround advertising over 23 years ago.

12-31-14 Shop 10“We Make You Look Good,” reads the company slogan; and business has been looking good lately. “Our employees are the strength of our company,” Dave insists, “so we strive to create a transparent, fun environment that fosters individual performance and personal growth.” With six employees providing digitally printed graphics and signs, including banners, decals, vehicle wraps and magnetics, posters, trade show signs and displays, the small business is growing.

Instant Sign Factory makes graphics of any size, though Dave has some special experience with a famously monumental sign. One of his first forays into the sign business began when a steel deck manufacturing facility that Dave was working for in the late 1970’s was hired to repair the celebrated, but aging, HOLLYWOOD sign. Since then he has made signs, banners, and graphics of all sorts for hundreds of companies coast-to-coast.

“The business is fun, dynamic, and creative,” says Nail. “Every day is different, bringing new challenges and helping solve problems for new and existing 12-31-14 Shop 2customers.” Most of the new customers to Instant Sign Factory are brought in by referral. The business primarily uses email to stay in touch with existing customers and, of course, signs and banners to promote themselves at community events.

According to Nail, membership with INBA is also crucial for increasing exposure. Dave’s brother, Greg, is a member of Spokane’s LGBT community and encouraged him to involve Instant Sign Factory with INBA in 1994. The networking luncheons are a favorite INBA event and they believe that the business community at large would be interested in attending if there was more visibility. Aside from being a smart business move, Dave says that his motivation to join stemmed from a desire to provide a safe and reliable business environment for employees and customers in the LGBT community. One of Instant Sign Factory’s staff members is Kurt Schmierer, radio producer for the LGBT-issues focused talk show OUTSpoken.

Reliant on the technological advances within the industry, Dave isn’t sure what Instant Sign Factory will look like in the next five to ten years. He hopes to continue on the path of growth and knows that with Spokane’s growing economy there will be increased demand for signs and graphics done “Instantly!”