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The 2017 INBA Business Directory is HERE!

The 21st edition of the Inland Northwest Business Directory has arrived! Inside you’ll find resources from over 200 members of the Inland Northwest’s progressive LGBTA business chamber. Check out the online version of the directory as we add more members throughout the year.

Within the next few weeks, directories will be distributed to the list of locations below. If you or your business want to distribute the directories too, call INBA offices at 509-455-3699 and we’ll provide you with a full box (80) or half box (40) of directories plus branded holders that hold 10. Continue reading The 2017 INBA Business Directory is HERE!

March Networking Lunch: Social Determinants of Health

Brian Meyers of Empire Health Foundation will be speaking about the social determinants of health, the everyday things and conditions that affect our health throughout our lifetime.

Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. They include factors like socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care.

Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to make the choices that lead to good health. But to ensure that all members of our community have that opportunity, advances are needed not only in health care but also in access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships.

Please RSVP for lunch as seating may be limited on the day of the event.

$30 for members/ $35 for non-members

2017 LGBT Economic Business Summit

Inland Northwest Business Alliance is honored to join our colleagues across the Western United States as Greater Seattle Business Association will host the Western Business Alliance (a coalition of LGBT and allied business chambers) at the first-ever LGBT economic summit on March 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The summit will address the economic factors and policy agendas that affect LGBT and allied businesses and communities in the western U.S. and Canada.

The full-day summit, Working Together for Shared Prosperity, will explore topics such as: leveraging the power of LGBT businesses; Blue State tourism; maintaining Left Coast politics in the post-election era; working together to promote diverse supply chains; and unlocking the power of bringing marginalized communities together.Through keynote presentations and panel discussions, attendees will share information, provide critical input to regional challenges, and build relationships with other LGBT and allied business leaders from Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and British Columbia.

The Board of the INBA is actively participating in this event and its planning efforts. We encourage any/all interested parties to join this historic, and meaningful, event. It is sure to spark a new level of momentum in the LGBT economic equality movement. Continue reading 2017 LGBT Economic Business Summit

Winston & Cashatt Welcome New Associate Attorney

Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers Welcomes New Associate Darren M. Digiacinto

Spokane, Wash. – Winston & Cashatt is proud to announce that Darren Digiacinto joined the firm on January 17, 2017.  Darren’s practice focuses on bankruptcy, creditor/debtor rights, commercial litigation, and employment law litigation.  Darren represents both debtors and creditors in the prosecution and defense of adversary proceedings relating to discharge, in addition to working with creditors to protect their rights and claims.  Darren is licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho state and federal courts.  He also serves as a Trustee for the Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Bar.

Prior to joining Winston & Cashatt in January 2017, Darren was a partner at a mid-size law firm in Spokane.  Before entering private practice, he served as a judicial clerk at Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judge Marywave Van Deren and the Honorable Judge C.C. Bridgewater.  His pre-law background includes serving as a securities-licensed branch manager for a national financial institution.

Darren is an active Rotarian, having served in various leadership roles including Club President for the Spokane South Rotary Club.  He and his wife Corey are also active members and leaders in the Spokane Enological Society.  His passions include live music, snow-skiing, football, and reading.

Winston & Cashatt is a multidisciplinary regional law firm that has been serving clients for more than 40 years. An experienced litigation firm, it represents a roster of local and national clients through its offices in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.

Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Equality Buying Guide

Now more than ever, it is important to support businesses that support equality. To read the 2017 Buying for Workplace Equality, visit: http://www.hrc.org/apps/buyersguide/


From Airbnb to Audi, companies used their advertising airtime during the 2017 Super Bowl to embrace the values of inclusion and equality. And those values are increasingly shared by consumers looking to spend their dollars to make a statement for equality. Continue reading Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Equality Buying Guide

Business Planning Class Series with SBA- Class 4: Borrowing Money

After you have developed a cash flow analysis and determined when your business will make profit, you may decide you need additional funding. Borrowing money is one of the most common sources of funding for a small business, but obtaining a loan isn’t always easy. Before you approach a lender for a loan, you will need to understand the factors the bank will use to evaluate your application. This class outlines some of the key factors a lender uses to analyze a potential borrower. Class 4 of 6 in the Business Planning series.

Register Here

Kaiser Permanente Acquires Group Health Cooperative

Feb. 1, 2017

Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final today, and with that, Group Health’s more than 651,000 members and more than 6,000 employees in Washington are now part of the largest integrated health system in the nation. With the acquisition, Kaiser Permanente now serves more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, providing both care and coverage. Continue reading Kaiser Permanente Acquires Group Health Cooperative

INBA Welcomes 2017 Board of Directors

INBA is proud to officially welcome its 2017 Board of Directors

At the January INBA Board of Directors meeting a new slate of officers were officially voted in by the board. INBA’s by-laws allow for a maximum of 12 board members and new board members can be appointed during the year. If you have interest in serving on the INBA Board please contact our General Manager, Marvo Reguindin by email.

The full board and officers are:

Donna Sellers
President
Company: Kalispel Tribe, Project Coordinator

Robbi Anthony
Vice President
Company: Firedove Technology

Patrick Striker
Treasurer
Company: Spokane C.O.P.S, Executive Director

Kyle Richardson
Secretary
Company: Spokane AIDS Network


Lance Kissler
Board Member
Company: STCU, Marketing Manager

Carly Cortright
Board Member
Company: City Of Spokane

Marshall Peterson
Board Member
Company: Marshall the Photographer

Katy Durning
Board Member

Julie Orchard
Company: HR Strategic Partner, Providence
Board Member