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Author Archives: Greater Spokane

Cybersafe: Four Steps for your Business

By Heather Stratford, CEO, Stronger International   Not every business can sustain a full-time cybersecurity professional to make sure that their computers and systems are protected against intrusions from bad actors in the cyber world. Nevertheless, businesses need to take … Read more

Big Payoff: Government Contracting a Revenue Stream for Businesses

By Debbie Rauen, Legendary Hills Communications Government agencies buy a wide range of products and services and can provide a new revenue stream for businesses both large and small, in nearly every industry. But how can a business owner decide … Read more

Takeaways from the East West Life Science Summit

  The East West Life Science Summit last week, put on by Life Science Washington, focused on advancing neuroscience in Eastern Washington. Amy Bernard, Director of Scientific Strategy at Allen Institute for Brain Science, shared about creating a culture of … Read more

The Power of Networking

by Debbie Rauen, Legendary Hills Communications   StartUp Spokane Brings People Together   This is the story of how frustration with inferior products or services can be the impetus for a business launch. It begins with three women working together … Read more

Growing But Slowing: Economic Update Recap

By Steve Scranton, Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer & Economist at Washington Trust Bank   The US economy demonstrated that fundamentals won out over the noise and drama of politics. Stimulus from the Tax Cut and Jobs Act provided the … Read more

A Good Business Climate

By Debbie Rauen, Legendary Hills Communications If you were relocating your manufacturing plant, and your key customer groups were in a wide range of geographic clusters, how would you decide where to move? That was the situation facing Highwood Global … Read more

The Role of an ADO

By Drew Repp, Business Growth Director Creating Long-Term Sustainable Economic Growth Often when explaining the work we do, a staff member may say, “We’re the ADO for Spokane County.” This explanation is often met with the logical follow-up question: “What’s … Read more

Transition to Communications & Public Affairs

On May 1, 2019, Cara Coon, currently GSI’s Public Affairs Director, will transition to a new role, VP of Communications and Public Affairs. Maria Vandervert, VP of Marketing and Communications, who has worked for GSI for more than 19 years, … Read more

Pushing back the 70% unemployment rate

by Debbie Rauen, Legendary Hills Communications Did you know that nationally, the unemployment rate for adults who are blind is 70 percent? But a manufacturing company in Spokane has made a huge dent in our local number. “All of our … Read more

DC Fly-In Recap

By Cara Coon, Public Affairs Director Last week, leaders from across our region took the advocacy show on the road to our nation’s capital for GSI’s annual Washington D.C. Fly-In. Here is the trip by the numbers: 30 Spokane leaders … Read more