Category Archives: Member News

Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections Make Mother’s Day Special for Washington Families

Washington Won’t Discriminate rallied and successfully fought off I-1515, the attempt to repeal Washington’s transgender non-discrimination laws. Now, they’re highlighting three families who would be deeply impacted if Washington’s longstanding transgender non-discrimination protections were repealed at the ballot box this fall. The mother of one of those families is our very own Betsy White, President of the Board for INBA Outreach, the philanthropic arm of Inland Northwest Business Alliance. Continue reading Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections Make Mother’s Day Special for Washington Families

Welcome New Members, 2017

Welcome New Members, 5/17

All new members listed below are now on our online business directory.

You can join the INBA throughout the year! Please contact Charles at the INBA with your referrals or make an email introduction to Charles and your potential new member. Charles@inbachamber.org.

Dr. Alan Brown, Associate.  Licensed Insurance Producer
WA state #: 935420;  CA state #: 0L40453

  • Free Consultations to help ALL achieve Financial Security in These Troubled Times!
  • Free Debt Reduction / Removal including Student Loan and Credit Card Debt
  • Free Financial Lifestyle Strategy Review in Preparation for Home Purchase

Interviews Available for the Opportunity to Join our Company !
Please Contact me via Email: life02.ab@gmail.com


Gene Brake – Keller Williams Real Estate: I realized just how important the relationship between the buyer/seller and broker/agent really was, so I decided to become a Realtor. You don’t want someone to sell you a house, you want someone to help you find your home. That’s not something anyone can pick out for you, this isn’t just a home, it’s your home and my job is to help you find the one right for you and your family. You see, I’m still in customer service, but my focus is now you and your home search.

genebrake.com
509-981-5555
gene@genebrake.com


Home Town Rebuilders:   We are insurance specialist who specialize in property claims through homeowners insurance.  Let us walk you through this difficult and confusing time. All our services are 100% free of charge and the only expense to you will be your deductible! BBB A+ rating!

James Allison
Office 888-380-1114
Cell 509-220-7484
HomeTownRebuilders3@gmail.com
HomeTownRebuilders.com Continue reading Welcome New Members, 2017

Your Guide to Pride: 2017

Celebrate Spokane Pride With INBA! “May the Pride Be With You”

Ready be a part of the largest family-friendly Pride Parade and Festival in the Northwest? We’re getting our businesses and volunteers set up for the Spokane Pride March and Festival on Saturday, June 10 in the Lilac Meadows at Riverfront Park.

Scroll down to see all the ways you and your business can get involved in Pride. Continue reading Your Guide to Pride: 2017

Spokane Voters Voice Strong Support for Public Libraries

This article was written by Chad Sokol and featured on the Spokesman-Review

Congratulations to INBA Member, Spokane Public Library system

Spokane residents gave resounding support for the renewal of a property tax that will allow officials to maintain, and slightly expand, services.

The levy of 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value was renewed with 70.8 percent of the vote, according to totals released Tuesday evening. More votes will be counted later this week, but the strong margin of victory assures it will pass. Continue reading Spokane Voters Voice Strong Support for Public Libraries

After 31 years, SAN says goodbye

Today we closed the doors at SAN for the last time. Staff came together to say goodbye to SAN as we have know it for the last 31 years. Sad day for SAN’s staff, Board of Directors and clients. Thank you for all the wonderful memories over the years. Here’s to making new ones in the future!

Last Fall, SAN announced that they were not awarded a contract with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to provide HIV care and prevention services. After 31 years of tirelessly serving the community, SAN has transitioned all medical case management and HIV prevention services to Spokane Regional Health Department (SRHD) for continued care. SRHD will be funded by DOH to maintain these services moving forward. In the Wenatchee, Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties these services were awarded to Confluence Health, following the same transition timeline.

 

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, www.avistacorp.com/careers , 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. 

 Sincerely,

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

Black Violin, a benefit performance for The Black Lens

BLACK VIOLIN

Black Violin is a string duo performing a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Black Violin features Wil Baptiste on viola and Kev Marcus on violin. They will be accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Black Violin has shared stages with top names, including Kayne West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and have creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.

Black Violin will be in Spokane for ONE performance on April 1, 2017, 8pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. For tickets visit foxtheaterspokane.com or call 509-624-1200. Black Lens Subscribers and Partners receive special pricing, contact The Black Lens at 509-795-1964 for information.

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!