Category Archives: Chamber News

March Networking Lunch Recap: Brian Myers, Empire Health Foundation

Social determinants of health

The 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.

Speaking at the March INBA networking luncheon at the Lincoln Center on March 8, Brian Myers extended the conversation to INBA members and guests on behalf of Empire Health Foundation.

Brian directs the Foundation’s Rural Aging Services Program, which is aimed at supporting seniors to remain healthy and independent in their homes or communities of choice.  He also oversees the design and implementation of the Capacity Building Program, helping bring over $210 million of outside funding to Eastern Washington and catalyzing partnerships to address social determinants of health.  Brian earned his B.A. from San Francisco State University. His past experience includes education and nonprofits.  Prior to moving to Spokane, he was with TechSoup, a nonprofit social enterprise that increases the capacity of other nonprofits.  He is an avid ultra-marathon runner, often competing in mountain trail races of 100 miles and longer. Continue reading March Networking Lunch Recap: Brian Myers, Empire Health Foundation

Kaiser Permanente acquires INBA Chamber Partner Group Health

Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final in February, 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.

Through this acquisition, Kaiser Permanente expects to better meet the needs of individuals as well as large commercial and national accounts with employees who live and work in Washington. The move will bring Kaiser Permanente’s high-quality, affordable and accessible health care to an additional 19 counties in Washington State, with 25 primary care clinics in 17 cities, three urgent-care facilities, and four outpatient surgery centers. Kaiser Permanente will invest $1billion over the next decade to expand and modernize facilities and technology, and to improve care and service. There are no immediate changes to the member care and coverage.

For more information, read the full press release here:

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive financial advisors to Kaiser Permanente in the transaction.

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!

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

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

February Networking Lunch: Patrick Striker with Spokane COPS

Join us next Wednesday, February 8th at 11:30 am for a presentation from INBA Board Member, Patrick Striker. Now the Executive Director of Spokane C.O.P.S., Patrick will be discussing the importance of keeping your business safe and steps you can take to safeguard your property, your employees, and your customers!

Network with LGBTA professionals, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. Please register here for lunch; walk-up registration may not be available due to limited seating.

When:
Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: The Lincoln Center
1316 N. Lincoln Street Spokane WA 99201

Registration:
Member/1st Time Guest: $ 30.00
Non-Member/Returning Guest: $ 40.00

Register Here

We hope to see you there!

Millions March on Washington and Around the World

The pink-hatted crowds march in Washington D.C. Photo: Women’s March on Washington

Hundreds of thousands of women and men alike gathered in Washington on Saturday in a kind of counter-inauguration after President Trump took office on Friday. A range of speakers and performers cutting across generational lines rallied near the Capitol before marchers made their way toward the White House.

Millions more across all 50 states and cities around the globe joined in an extraordinary display of dissent against the Trump presidency, unification for reproductive rights, and voices expressing distaste in the rhetoric surrounding one of the more divisive elections in modern American history. Continue reading Millions March on Washington and Around the World

INBA Special: Kinky Boots (Friday, March 3)

West Coast Entertainment has extended a special deal to all INBA members and guests for the Friday, March 3 performance of  Kinky Boots, Broadway’s 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical.

  • Discounted Rate: $61.00
  • Promo Code: “KinkyINBA” (Promo code inactive until February 1st)
  • Location: INB Performing Arts Center
  • Age Recommendation: Family Friendly
  • Performance Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Continue reading INBA Special: Kinky Boots (Friday, March 3)

How to Maximize your INBA Membership

Greetings,

My name is Charles Smaltz and I have been a member of INBA since 1995.  I have been a part of recruiting new members and directory sales since 1996. I have served on the events committee, the board of directors, twice as Vice-President and as President in 2013.  I am proud now to be serving as your current INBA Membership Manager.

Please reach out to me at charles@inbachamber.org with any questions or concerns about your INBA membership.  I am always happy to follow up and introduce myself and the perks of INBA to friends, co-workers, and businesses you think would be awesome additions to the INBA family.

The most asked question I have had over the years is: “How do I maximize my INBA membership and my connection to the LGBTQA Community?”

Here are a few ways to easily make the most of your INBA membership:
  • Actively create and use a referral list.  At INBA lunches and functions, introduce yourself and meet others in businesses who you, your clients, friends, and family may use. Ask questions about what, how, and where they do business so referral to others can be fresh and accurate. Take time to reach out to other INBA members using the printed and online directories. Use calls, email and meetings with INBA members to expand your referral base and expose yourself and your business to other members.  Most importantly when possible make the introduction yourself via email phone or in person.  Connect the client, friend or family member with the person and business you are referring them too. This always is great win/win/win and will show that you are actively referring which always gets you the same in return.
  • Attend events! People in the LGBTQA community look for familiar faces and want to get to know you.  Coming to INBA lunches, After-hours and special events allow you time to connect with and grow your business, and become truly visible to the community.
  • Sponsor an INBA event, after hours event, or a fundraiser.  This shows the community at large you are more involved and highlights your business, services and products.
  • Expand your presence, expand your clients! Look at all the possibilities to showcase you and your business with INBA.  Online and printed directory ads, website banners, LGBT Travel Spokane website, and free INBA email-newsletter member spotlights are just some of the easy and affordable ways you can expand your message, exposure, and business.
  • Be present at Pride. I think one of the biggest mistakes newcomers to our community make is skipping the Pride march and festival.  The largest number of LGBTQA community members and supporters come out for the Spokane Pride Celebration over every other event.  You can join INBA under “our big tent” at Pride, or have your own booth. Small and large businesses alike are strongly encouraged to join the LGBTQA community in our unified day of celebration.
  • Serve on a committee or volunteer. INBA participates in plenty of community events that require your help representing out business community. If you want to make a difference on a longer scale, consider serving on the INBA or INBA Outreach Board of Directors. This makes you and your commitment more valuable and impactful to the LGBTQA community and you will make lifetime connections, friends, and business partners in the process.
  • Ask where your clients heard about you! Back in the day the response was “I found you in the phone book”. There are more options now, but many will give a simple answer, “I found you online”, “saw your ad”, or a “friend mentioned you”. How are you tracking your ROI unless you’re tracking where your customers come from. If you’re not using market research tactics like surveys, intake forms and conversion metrics, you may never know how your client found you unless you ask.  Just this year a particular INBA member decided not to renew, thinking they had not received much business from INBA. On the contrary, I knew that business had been used several times for larger orders by INBA members specifically because of their affiliation with this organization. By tracking your clients’ referrals, you’ll make sure you know precisely where your returns are coming from.

 

As a member of INBA  for over 20 years, I can guarantee that all of the above work and they work well! The more you do– the more time, energy and talent you put into INBA and into the LGBTQA community– the more benefits, connections, and lifetime friendships you’ll get back, on so many levels!

Sincerely,

 

Charles Smaltz

INBA Membership Manager

charles@inbachamber.org

Join INBA for the Women’s March on Spokane

WHERE: Spokane Convention Center
WHEN: Saturday, January 21st 2017, 11:00AM

On January 21st,  we will join forces and unite for the Women’s March on Spokane in solidarity with the national Women’s March on Washington D.C. We invite people of all gender identities, ethnicities, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations to come participate in this unifying event. Continue reading Join INBA for the Women’s March on Spokane