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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!

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.

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

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

Black Lens 2nd Anniversary Party

You’re invited to the Black Lens Second Anniversary Party

Join INBA member The Black Lens as they celebrate the 2nd Anniversary and all that they’ve accomplished. Learn about what’s coming up in 2017.  Good food. Good company. Great cause. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, January 22nd, 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm

CHKN-N-MO, 414 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, Washington 99201

Check out the Facebook event for more info

Letter from INBA Board President, Lance Kissler

Season’s Greetings!

Oh how it’s been a season of change—from local weather to the political climate. As many of us spent time with our friends and family during the holidays, we probably had crucial conversations about how our lives have been impacted. For some of us, our beliefs and assumptions have been challenged. But a challenge is a challenge: it’s an opportunity to rise up and move forward.

That’s where we find ourselves at the closing of the year: reflecting upon our past, celebrating the moment we’re in, and embracing the future. As an organization that has been advocating on behalf of the LGBT community, we must not forget about the battles we’ve fought, the strides we’ve made, and the work that is yet to be done. We are strong in our resolve—and we are even stronger, together.

To bring us together we need to walk the talk. We must remember that diversity comes in all forms—which includes differences in beliefs and values. By staying open-minded, embracing new and different perspectives, engaging others who may think differently in conversation, and listening with the intent to agree (yes, I mean actually listening—not just hearing someone while thinking up your counter-argument), we might actually create shared meaning. Without that, we’ll perpetuate the “us vs. them” dilemma we find ourselves in; we can’t afford to polarize our society any more. That may require a change in thinking and approach—and each one of us has to be open to the possibility that perhaps it involves some form of change on our end.

Change is constant and it affects all aspects of our lives, including this organization. After serving as your board president for three years, it’s time for me to pass the torch to new leadership and light the path ahead. Our vision and mission remain at the core of who we are. We will continue to create an economically robust and civically engaged community through the acceptance of diversity throughout our region. And to do this, we must develop a prosperous business community by advocating LGBT and Ally business perspectives. I look forward to fulfilling my term on this board and supporting INBA’s leadership over the coming year. We have a long and potentially arduous journey ahead of us. I hope you’ll all continue to join me as we charge forward together.

 

Sincerely,
2016 INBA Board President
Lance Kissler

Get your business in the INBA Directory! Advertising deadline is this Friday.

inba_web_final_daysThe INBA Directory is your key to reaching LGBTA businesses and consumers across the Inland Northwest. Now, more than ever, is the time to show your dedication to diversity and equality by supporting the region’s only LGBTA chamber of commerce.  INBA has grown to over 200 business members representing about 300 people, all of whom are LGBT or Ally business owners, professionals, and corporations that believe in our mission. Help us work towards an inclusive business community.

The 2017 business directory will be the 21st publication and is the only regional resource to help businesses reach the LGBTA audience. The RSVP space deadline to be included in the 2017 edition of the directory has been extended to this Friday, December 2.

If you know of a business that should be in the INBA Directory, you can win a free room night at the CdA Casino, by sending an email introduction of the business owner or decision maker to our Membership Manager Charles Smaltz at charles@inbachamber.org.

The business information on our on-line business directory is used to publish the printed directory, If you need to make updates to your own business information, please email Sierra VanderHoogt at Sierra@inbachamber.org.