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INBA Statement on Charlottesville Protests

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2017
Media Contact: Marvo Reguindin, General Manager
509-455-3699, marvo@inbachamber.org

 

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia shocked, saddened, angered, and disappointed many of us. Indeed, feelings across the spectrum were felt—and will continue to be—throughout the United States. Here, in the Inland Northwest, INBA reaffirms its commitment to advocate for the fairness, inclusivity, and equity for all individuals in the communities we serve. We believe that when businesses support and embrace diversity, the economy grows and our community thrives.

To achieve this, the right to assemble peacefully and freedom of speech must be upheld. While this applies to any and all citizens—and should continue to do so—we believe that there is a clear and distinct difference between expressing beliefs, values, and grievances, versus a call to harm fellow human beings. This disregard for human life is at the core of what several of the groups–namely the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and white nationalists—who participated in the protests, is at the core of their invocation. It is a malicious and hateful call to action that is unacceptable as a society, harmful for humanity, and detrimental to businesses and our economy.

Regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, our community is stronger together. As the region’s LGBT and ally chamber of commerce, INBA will continue to advocate on behalf of these individuals to create an economically robust and civically engaged community through the acceptance of diversity throughout our region.


Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) is Spokane’s LGBTA Chamber of Commerce with members in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. INBA was established in 1994 with a charter group of 25 members as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization to network and socialize in a safe environment. INBA’s mission is to develop a prosperous business community by advocating LGBT and Ally business perspectives.

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MultiCare finalizes purchase of local hospitals, and INBA Chamber Partner Rockwood Clinic

MultiCare Health System wrapped up the $425 million purchase of Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic on July 1, 2017, ushering in a new era for health care in the Spokane area. Rockwood Health Systems, which employs more than 3,600 people across all three of the included healthcare centers, has been an INBA Chamber Partner since 2015.

The deal returns the two local hospitals to ownership by a nonprofit organization with Washington roots. Community leaders have enthusiastically supported the sale, which was approved by the state Department of Health in June. Continue reading MultiCare finalizes purchase of local hospitals, and INBA Chamber Partner Rockwood Clinic

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

INBA Chamber Partner Spokane Empire Ceasing Operations

The Spokane Empire, formerly the Spokane Shock, is ceasing operations for 2018 season and probably for good. According to Seattle-based majority owner Nader Naini,  to continue operations would be “a money-losing proposition.”

According to the Spokesman-Review, attendance during the early years of Spokane’s indoor football team was consistently 10,000+, gradually slipping to around 8,000 in 2015. After switching from the Arena Football League to the Indoor Footall League and the corresponding name change, the Empire saw attendance drop by nearly half, averaging only 4,682 fans per game in the 2017 season.

Marvo Reguindin, INBA General Manager, said having the Empire cease operations is sad and  unfortunate. “We were excited to welcome a sports team as a member of our LGBT Chamber, our sister chamber in Seattle has several sports team supporting them including the Mariners and Sounders and professional women’s teams Seattle Reign (soccer) and Seattle Storm (basketball).

Continue reading INBA Chamber Partner Spokane Empire Ceasing Operations

Pride Across Washington

Seattle Pride gets the most attention in the Northwest, and Spokane’s Pride claims the prize for largest in the Inland Northwest, but it’s the smaller pride celebrations that deserve the most praise. In traditionally conservative areas, with a smaller population and fewer resources to organise and execute Pride celebrations, cities like Yakima, Coeur d’Alene, Tri-Cites, and Vancouver, WA are making sure the voices of their LGBTQA community are speaking out. Many from Spokane make plans to visit Seattle pride 2 weeks after Spokane’s, and we encourage everyone to visit the smaller Pride celebrations, to make the most of Pride Month.

Shout out to the city of Yakima for declaring their first ever official Pride Week! Continue reading Pride Across Washington

Scenes from Seattle: Pride Parade and PrideFest 2017

A pride flag waves atop the Space Needle. (Kjell Redal / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Times Reporter  curated a series of pictures, tweets, and stories from Seattle’s Pride celebrations on Saturday, June 25th. Check out the story at SeattleTimes.com 

Another photo album (100+ images) from SeattleRefined really shows off the crowds, and the tens of thousands of supporters and parade participants celebrating in downtown Seattle on a beautiful sunny saturday.

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