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Playfair Commerce Park donates Arterial to City

A new arterial through the Playfair Commerce Park was dedicated on July 11th drawing over 200 people and city officials to open the new road.

The Ferry/Altamont arterial ties the East Sprague Industrial Area to the Sprague Ave businesses and was paid for by the commerce park and donated to the city. Until the commerce park is fully developed, 95% of the arterial use will be unrelated to the Playfair Commerce Park and estimated that 5000 vehicles a day will use the new arterial route as a shortcut in their daily commute. The road and sidewalks were built above standard requirements to add strength and lifespan to the project. Continue reading Playfair Commerce Park donates Arterial to City

SBA Office of Advocacy to host regulatory roundtable in Cd’A

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday July 13th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Best Western Plus.

The purpose of this event is to gain valuable insight into which specific federal regulatory burdens present the biggest barriers to small business growth. With these recommendations, Advocacy can better assist federal agencies in complying with President Trump’s directives to reduce burdensome regulations. Additionally, information compiled from this roundtable and others will help Advocacy generate a new report informing Congress and the public of the top regulatory issues for small businesses.  Continue reading SBA Office of Advocacy to host regulatory roundtable in Cd’A

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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.