Doing Business in the Spokane Region Means Access to Qualified and Talented Employees

Once upon a time, companies would consider location as the top reason to expand, relocate or open up their business. But nowadays, there seems to be a new no. 1 consideration: the available workforce. Three recent news stories – two from Ian Cull of KXLY and the other in the Spokane Journal of Business – featured companies that either announced expansions to the Spokane area, have already opened up offices here, or have been here a long time. All mentioned the area workforce as a major reason why the Spokane region was a great place for their business. KXLY: Aerospace Continue reading

Business AfterSchool Featured on KHQ’s Invest Northwest Program

Alisha Benson, our Vice President of Education and Workforce, sat down with KHQ’s Sean Owsley recently to talk about Business AfterSchool and Engineering Week: Spokane, North Idaho News

Special Session Begins Today in Olympia – What Does it Mean for Spokane?

Washington Governor Jay Inslee called legislators back to Olympia to begin a special session today to tackle bills that would provide more funding for aerospace education, extend tax incentives for aerospace manufacturers through 2040, and streamline the permitting process for aerospace manufacturers. Inslee also wants the legislature to produce a transportation package during the special session. What does this mean for Spokane? Let’s take it one issue at a time. Aerospace The driver of the aerospace bills is the production of the Boeing 777X. It’s best the production stays in Washington, and passing the proposed bills would help accomplish that. Continue reading

Women-Owned Small Businesses Can Find Customers Within The Government

We’ve told you how contracting with the government helps small town businesses. We’ve also told you how having a business in a HUB Zone helps you find customers within the government. Now we’re going to tell you how women-owned small businesses can do the same. All federal agencies are required to set aside five percent of their government contracts for women-owned small businesses. Five percent might seem like a small amount, but the opportunities are bountiful (take a look at all these government agencies and how many contracts they awarded). Since the year 2000, U.S. government agencies have awarded 2,722 Continue reading

The Importance of “Game Changers” in Spokane

Despite the phrase “Game Changer” being a tad cliché, it’s worth taking a look at when it’s been used to describe two local projects in Spokane. The phrase has been used for the past few years to describe the expansion of medical education in Spokane, specifically at the downtown Riverpoint Campus. A campus that could have a $2.1 billion annual economic impact statewide and support more than 13,410 jobs directly and indirectly when fully developed is huge for the region. The other project that has given birth to the phrase is the recently announced hotel proposed by Walt and Karen Continue reading

Why Supporting a Spokane County Levy Will Protect Fairchild Air Force Base

You may have read recently about an item that will be on this fall’s ballot that asks Spokane County voters to approve a levy that would allow the County to buy land in the Accident Potential Zone (APZ) at the end of the runway at Fairchild Air Force Base. Currently, seven mobile home parks with around 190 units populate the land. That’s too many people living in an area that has a higher potential for airplane crashes. The Air Force frowns at encroachment (overcrowding near the base) like this. Here’s why this levy should be supported: To protect the base Continue reading

Avista Buys Local with its Huntington Park Project

We’ve written before how people can buy local – shopping at local stores and supporting local small businesses is an easy concept to grasp. But how can businesses support buying locally? One local project is a perfect example of how a large project can still be successfully completed using resources that are 100 percent local. Recently, Avista Utilities partnered with the City of Spokane to develop Huntington Park next to City Hall and Avista’s Post Street Substation (the historic downtown Washington Water Power Building). The park will create a nice way for folks to view the falls of the Spokane Continue reading

How Your Business Can Thrive During Road Construction Season in Spokane

We’ve written about it before, but it’s worth revisiting: road construction. As spring starts to turn to summer, road construction in Spokane is only a temporary disruption and a permanent sign of progress – and that’s a good thing. Businesses need good roads for customers to access their front doors. Cities and businesses need well-maintained roads and infrastructures to attract commerce. So when a road is temporarily closed near your business, how should you deal with it? First, here’s what you shouldn’t do. Don’t….. …..publicly state that customers “can’t get to my business.” When people see that on the news Continue reading

Spring in Spokane Brings Bloomsday and the Lilac Festival

Tweet Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to get outside. Spring also means two of Spokane’s premier events are around the corner: Bloomsday and the Lilac Festival. Both are near and dear to Spokane’s heart, and both have an impact on the community and the economy. Bloomsday has an economic impact estimated at $14 million. That includes money spent on travel, lodging, food, entertainment and other products (as illustrated on Bloomsday’s website). The business community joins in the fun with the Corporate Cup division – which sold out in 14 minutes this year, we’re told. Thousands of employees Continue reading

Member Web Video: Liz Nelson of The Steelhead Bar and Grille

Tweet Time for another member web video! This week, Liz Nelson, the co-owner of The Steelhead Bar and Grille talks about how her membership helps Greater Spokane Incorporated work with the City of Spokane and other municipalities to streamline regulatory processes like the permitting process. Here’s Liz: Liz is also the co-owner of Morty’s Tap and Grille and Fieldhouse Pizza and Pub. Make sure you visit JoinGSI.org to see other member web videos and get more information on membership in our organization. Stay tuned – we’ll have two more member web videos in the next couple months. Big thanks to Continue reading