INBA members meet with Sen. Murray’s staff

Members of Senator Patty Murray’s staff reached out to INBA to hold a learning and listening session on small business concerns and to discuss the President’s Federal Tax Reform Bill. The meeting was arranged very quickly the week before so only a handful of small business owners were asked if they cold participate. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber and West Plains Chamber were also invited to meet.

President Trump has said that he would slash corporate taxes from 35% to 15%, but Livia Lam informed the group that the current administration has not yet presented a federal tax reform bill, so at this point it is very difficult to comment on how that will effect businesses.

INBA business owners attending the meeting were 420 Friendly, a marijuana retailer; Clearwater Seed, a grower of native grasses and flowers; FireDove Technology, an Information Technology and programming company; and Thinking Cap a marketing and association management company. No businesses from the other two chambers were able to attend, but Katherine Morgan, President/CEO of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber was able to represent her chamber.

INBA business owners informed Senator Murray’s staff of difficulties they faced in today’s climate. For example, Carol Erhart, owner of 420 Friendly informed the representatives that the current federal laws prohibiting banks from working with the marijuana industry also effect the employees. Employees risk having their bank accounts closed and denied loans due to the employment questions on loan applications.

On the other hand, Robbi Anthony, owner of Firedove Technology, informed the Senator’s staff of the difficulties a trans* business owners and employees face. For trans* people, the process of getting state and federal government documents changed can take years to complete and often involves the addition of physicians to sign off on certain documents to change the gender marker on the trans* individual’s records. Having mis-matched government documents makes it difficult for trans* people to pass background checks, secure leases, get bank accounts and loans, and obtain healthcare to name just a few. She mentioned that trans* people often become entrepreneurs because of the difficulties finding gainful employment. 

Katerine Morgan, from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber conveyed their organization’s desire to know about infrastructure plans that will effect Spokane Valley.

If any business owner members have anything regarding the Federal Tax Reform Bill or other business related issues they would like to share with Senator Murray, please email Livia Lam, Ph.D., Legislative Director at

New Member Recorded Memories Hosting Record Store Day!

I’ve always said I love Valentine’s Day, but I enjoy that more than once per year, my philosophy on Record Store Day mirrors that. It’s a great day to visit Recorded Memories, but certainly not the only day of the year. We’ve been here since 1987 providing service for customers often unable to find things elsewhere.

There will be many exclusive, limited releases on Saturday from artists as diverse as our store; including but not limited to: U2, Art of Noise, Bettie Serveert, George Carlin, The Cars, Busta Rhymes, Johnny Cash, Flat Duo Jets, The Doors, Emmylou Harris, Shooter Jennings, Moe, Wes Montgomery, Randy Newman, Jimmy Page, Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop, Procol Harum, Sublime, The Sundays and many more. Supply is EXTREMELY LIMITED! Most of the releases we will have in stock had production runs of only 300-2,000 total copies world wide!

In addition to INBA we will be collection donations for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation – Northwest Chapter. Members of the Spokane Lion Pride Beep Baseball Team will be demonstrating how being blind or having low vision doesn’t stop them from playing baseball!

There will be prizes, freebies, a chance to connect with friends and of course great music!

-Richard Terzieff of Recorded Memories

View more about the event here


11th Annual LGBT Community Survey

Dear LGBT Research Panelist:

The 11th Annual LGBT Community Survey, which is one of the largest LGBT surveys in the world, is now open.

We would love to hear from you about various issues facing our community today. More bisexual and pansexual community members are needed for this year’s survey. Please participate and let your voice be heard.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete the survey.

We thank you in advance for contributing your opinions to this study. Those who complete the entire survey by May 15th, 2017 may enter to win one of twenty prizes: Either $50 cash, or a $50 donation to a charity of your choice.

Find any problems I should know about? Please email me at

To begin, please click here or copy and paste the full link below into your browser to start:

Thank you so much!

David Paisley
Senior Research Director
Community Marketing & Insights
584 Castro Street #834
San Francisco, CA 94114 USA

Russian Republic Of Chechnya Accused Of Targeting Male Homosexuals

From The New York Times

Police in Chechnya have reportedly detained more than 100 gay men. Some have been tortured. United Nations experts demanded on Thursday that Chechnya halt the abduction, detention, beating and killing of gay and bisexual men, after weeks of reports about violent repression there.

LGBTQ rights activists at the March Against Hatred in St. Petersburg, Russia, November 2014 Photo by Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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INBA Night with Spokane Empire Football

Special INBA Chamber deal with Spokane Empire


Spokane Empire VS. Arizona Rattlers | Spokane Arena

May 12, 2017 at 7 pm

Adults: $25 | Kids: $20

Join INBA Chamber at the Spokane Empire Game on May 12th at 7 PM to watch the team take on the Arizona Rattlers for the first time since 2014. Tickets include exclusive access to the Red Tail Lounge to mix and mingle in an INBA exclusive networking night.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

or by phone at 509.242.7462 and mention INBA

For more information, contact Hannah Holman at (509) 242-7474 or

Support for Whitworth Pirate PRIDE

Whitworth’s Gay-Straight Alliance, Pirate PRIDE, is hosting a fundraiser at Retro Donuts this Thursday, April 13.

Click here for the facebook event and directions.

Pirate PRIDE is an ASWU (Associated Students of Whitworth University) club focused on facilitating open conversations surrounding LGBT+ issues to the community at large. They focus on providing a safe and fun place for all members of campus to come and talk, have fun, and make friendships. This club is open to EVERYONE: LGBT+ persons, allies, faculty, staff, students, visiting family. Come say hello!

The club meets every Tuesday from 7-9(ish)pm and Wednesday from 8-10(ish)pm in the ABC room located on the HUB 2nd floor.

Additional Meetings (Same Room)

Mental Health Support Group: Mondays 6-7pm

Small Group: Mondays 7-8pm (Club members only please)

Book Club: Thursdays 6-7pm

All meetings are open to everyone in the community except for small group.

Send comments/questions/concerns/suggestions/weird jokes to

2017 INBA Directory Launch Party

Join us for the launch of our 2017 Directory and our Early Bird/Working Professionals Karaoke Night!

April 19 5:30 p.m. | nYne Bar & Bistro

Join us for the launch of our 2017 Directory and our Early Bird Working Professionals Karaoke Night! The party starts at 5:30 with Karaoke starting at 6:00 PM.
Non-RSVP’s: A $5 donation is suggested to attend the party.
Taco Bar is free for the first 50 RSVP’s so be sure to sign up. Non-RSVPs charged $8 for the Taco Bar.
Thank you, sponsors: Levy Law, Cynfully Delicious, Dan Neuenfeldt, Stephanie Butler – Live Real Estate, nYne Bar & Bistro

HB2 Repealed, but not without controversy

— As quickly as House Bill 2 was enacted 53 weeks ago, the controversial state law limiting LGBT rights and transgender bathroom access was knocked down on Thursday.

About 12 hours after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders reached a compromise to repeal House Bill 2 late Wednesday, the measure was speeding through its lone committee hearing, and it had cleared the Senate and the House by mid-afternoon Thursday. Cooper then quickly signed the bill into law.

“We are a welcoming state – our people are welcoming – but House Bill 2 was not,” Cooper said during an afternoon news conference. “Today, our laws are catching up with our people.”

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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, , 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. 


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