August Networking Lunch: Jim Lusk – Savings 101

Speaker: Jim Lusk, Retirement Nationwide & retired Area Manager from NYLife.

Topic:“Savings 101…Paying yourself first”.

When/Where: August  9, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A winning sports strategy involves a strong defense and a strategic offense. When both of these tactics are in place, the results can be far greater than one without the other. Think about it this way, how you earn your income is your offensive strategy and how you manage your risks is your defense. You can focus all your energy to make more money and build a strong offensive strategy, but if you ignore your risks they can quickly get out of control and exceed whatever income you bring in. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to concentrate more on one strategy than the other.

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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

IBM Steps Up Fight Against Texas Bathroom Bill

IBM, in a show of force against what it calls “discriminatory legislation,” is taking out full page ads in the upcoming Sunday editions of The Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News and Austin American-Statesmanprotesting the proposal, which would limit which restrooms transgender people can use.

In addition, the company is sending 20 employees, including senior vice president for human resources Diane Gherson and chief diversity officer Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, to the state capitol Tuesday to oppose the bill in person.

“As one of the largest technology employers in Texas, IBM firmly opposes any measure that would harm the state’s LGBT+ community and make it difficult for businesses to attract and retain talented Texans,” The Dallas Morning Newsquotes the ads as reading.

The bathroom bill didn’t make it through the state legislature earlier this year, but Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month said he planned to call legislators back for a special session to address a number of issues, including the controversial bill.

IBM is just one of several tech giants who have opposed the bill. GoogleAppleand Facebook have all pushed against the bill, as well as other issues that targeted transgender people. The company was equally vocal in its opposition of North Carolina’s similar bill last year.

SBA Office of Advocacy to host regulatory roundtable in Cd’A

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday July 13th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Best Western Plus.

The purpose of this event is to gain valuable insight into which specific federal regulatory burdens present the biggest barriers to small business growth. With these recommendations, Advocacy can better assist federal agencies in complying with President Trump’s directives to reduce burdensome regulations. Additionally, information compiled from this roundtable and others will help Advocacy generate a new report informing Congress and the public of the top regulatory issues for small businesses.  Continue reading SBA Office of Advocacy to host regulatory roundtable in Cd’A

Stories & Pictures from from Spokane’s Pride

By Paul Tiesse

Click here for the full photo album from Spokane Pride 2017

On June 10th, OutSpokane kicked off the 26th Pride parade in downtown Spokane with the theme of “May the Pride Be with You”. On a sunny day, more than 15,000 people enjoyed the parade, Rainbow Festival, an all-ages dance and ending the evening with fireworks.

At noon, the Spokane Dykes Who Bike kicked off the parade with a thunderous roar.

Following them, as has now become a tradition, was a military honor guard and what will become a new tradition a large rainbow flag carried by various community members.

The parade had the traditional entries such as various churches, social agencies, medical groups, Bears and Leather men, Spokane Lesbian group(FB) and politicians canvasing for votes. Entries that stood out included a LGBTA law section, Q-Law, LGBTQ Veterans and Active Duty Support, Veterans for Peace and the Salish School of Spokane.

The Spokane Fire Department was well represented as well as the Spokane Police Department, both showcasing their departments’ vehicle and equipment power. Reaching out for the LGBTA dollar were financial institutions and retailers JC Penny and Nordstrom.

Some of the largest groups that marched were from Planned Parenthood and Kaiser Permanente.

In this uncertain political environment, the Spokane Trans People group, N.O.W., NAACP were well represented. It would not be a parade without the Spokane Drag community and Royalty, and a large contingent from Nyne.

This year’s Community Grand Marshall was Jenny Seibert, Ally Grand Marshall Rose Wardian and Youth Grand Marshall Liam Boyd.

After the parade, there were large crowds at the Resource and Business Fair, the family friendly area, and the beer garden all located in the Lilac Meadow of Riverfront Park.

OutSpokane should be congratulated for all their hard work for another successful Pride Week.

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.

July Networking Lunch: Lee Taylor, All In for Washington

Please note, the location has been changed to Centerplace Event Center in Spokane Valley and the presenter is now Lee Taylor.

Join INBA on Wednesday, July 12, for our monthly networking lunch, featuring guest speaker Lee Taylor from All In for Washington.

All In For Washington is a statewide effort to clean up the tax code so that all communities in Washington thrive. We know we can do great things when we all chip in our resources together to achieve the amazing things we could never accomplish alone.

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