Celebrate GSI Member Success!

Lawton Printing Services Celebrates 75 Years! The average life of a business is 40 years; and for family-owned businesses only 3-5% survive into the fourth generation. This year Lawton Printing Services celebrates 75 years in business, and four generations of a family legacy. The company’s beginning philosophy — to become a complete-service printer for each of their customers — is as valid today as it was then: they exist to be a valuable resource for customers in all aspects of marketing. Lawton strives to offer customers new opportunities that will enhance and diversify their business, and yours. Take a look Continue reading

Business AfterSchool: Health Care Week

Health care is one of Spokane County’s robust sectors of economic activity. Business AfterSchool offers a series of industry-specific open house events for students, educators and parents that provide on-site awareness of Spokane’s high-demand industries that highlight new technology, research, development and innovation, aimed at bridging the gap between education and employment. Health Care Week provides students, teachers and parents a real-life look at organizations that provide health-related care while highlighting the training and skills required to work in that field. THE SYMPTOM: A growing demand for health care professionals in our region. THE PRESCRIPTION: An engaging program for students, parents Continue reading

Fraud: Smaller Businesses Becoming Big Targets

Our BIZStreet events connect you to resources that can make a real difference in the way you do business. These sessions are a great way to connect with decision-makers and forge new business relationships — all while gaining a little know-how that will help you make better-informed business decisions.  One recent BIZStreet workshop focused on identity theft – something that can happen to just about anyone. Jim Tippett recently learned first-hand how devastating fraud can be. He is General Manager of Bay Shore Systems and when the company fell victim to fraud Jim learned many expensive — but valuable — lessons that Continue reading

DC Fly-In: Exciting Opportunity for International Trade

Greater Spokane Incorporated advocates at every level of government for the prosperity of business, the community and the region. The goal is to promote policies that enhance our region’s business climate through economic and workforce development initiatives; facilities and infrastructure improvements; and capital and operating budget funding for regional programs and projects. Each year, Greater Spokane Incorporated, in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, leads a group of business, education and community leaders to Olympia and Washington D.C. Continue reading

Updates from Olympia

As the legislative session reaches its seventh week, advocating for GSI’s 2015 State Legislative Priority Agenda continues here at home and in Olympia. Maintaining a consistent presence in the public-policy process to ensure continual progress of the local and statewide business climate is one of our top priorities, and so, here’s an update on the goings-on in Olympia: Transportation, medical education and tax issues continue to be the center of attention for GSI. Since the start of session, more than 2,300 bills have been introduced. Last Friday was the last day for bills to be reported out of a policy Continue reading

Your Voice: Transportation Package

The highly anticipated transportation revenue bill – Senate Bill 5987 – has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation on Wednesday, February 18, at 3:30 p.m. This is the largest proposed package the eastern Washington region has ever received and your legislators need to hear that GSI and Eastern Washington businesses support a transportation revenue package that’s dedicated to improving the quality of our roads and providing critical road maintenance, upgrades and road preservation. Contact your legislators before 3:30 tomorrow (Wednesday) and share your support of this package because it will improve the overall infrastructure Continue reading

Ag Expo & Farm Forum Celebrate AgriBusiness

Agribusiness has long been a cornerstone of our region and the state’s economy. Washington is second only to California in the number of agricultural commodities produced – over 230! Greater Spokane Incorporated is committed to helping grow jobs and business investment in this industry – it’s about production, growers and suppliers, and it’s also about supporting and valuing the industry that feeds the world’s population. New industries have emerged and other industries have expanded, providing Spokane and the Inland Northwest a diverse group of businesses and an economy not dependent upon one or two key industries. Agriculture and agribusiness are Continue reading

Good News from Our Membership!

Washington Military Alliance Announces Interim Leadership Team The executive leadership team and advisory committee has been named to spearhead the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment grant activities for Washington State. Four individuals from across Washington, including Rich Hadley who represents the Association of Washington Business, will serve as their executive leadership team. The organization will move forward as a public partnership, formed to provide a single voice in representing the state’s interests, as the U.S. Department of Defense proceeds with spending cuts and potential military base downsizing. Whitworth’s Robinson Receives Leadership Award The Council for Christian Colleges Continue reading

Advantage Spokane: Promote Your Business, Help Spokane Grow

One of the tools we use to recruit new businesses to the greater-Spokane region is our annual Advantage Spokane magazine. This glossy, full-color publication is distributed each April to all Journal of Business subscribers, and is also sent to 1,000 site selectors throughout the nation. Advantage Spokane puts the focus on local business, promotes Spokane and encourages economic development. Take a look at the rate card and consider being part of this great publication. Contact us if you have any questions!

Industry Focus: Health Sciences

With all of the news in the media lately about medical education in Spokane and two of our major health sciences programs exploring the expansion of their medical education programs, we’ve been asked where we stand. We support both, and recently advocated for each of the projects in Olympia. GSI fully supports the expansion of medical education in our region and believes in the vision of creating a comprehensive, world-class, academic health sciences medical education and research center in our community. GSI supports both Washington State University Spokane and the University of Washington in their visions to support medical education and graduate Continue reading