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Category Archives: Doing Business in Spokane

Our Story: BECU

People helping people, that’s the philosophy of GSI member partner BECU and has been since it was founded by a group of Boeing employees in 1935. In 2002, BECU became a full community credit union and opened its doors to … Read more

Property Management Took on New Dimensions During COVID

Continuing shifts in office space vacancies create more unknowns and opportunities By Pia Hallenberg, Content by Pia If overseeing property management for 2.5 million square feet of medical facilities during a global pandemic ever kept Gordon Hester, President and CEO … Read more

Our Story: Longbow Financial Services

GSI Member Partner Longbow Financial Services is a local and veteran owned family business in downtown Spokane. Michael Furrer, the founder of Longbow Financial Services, is highly dedicated to his practice of providing retirement plans and wealth management services across … Read more

Beacon Hill Catering Business Pivots, Innovates, and Finds New Opportunity

By Ellie Aaro, Owner, Beacon Hill We all share those early pandemic moments that brought a tremendous shift to our business world. For us, it was March 12, 2020 while preparing for a 500-person event when we received the call that … Read more

Commerce Awards 61 Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants through Greater Spokane Inc.

(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce), has awarded 61 local small businesses with grants of up to $10,000 each through the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program. … Read more

Greater Spokane Inc. and Partners Launch InlandBizStrong Business Resources Navigation Tool

(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce (GSVCC), the West Plains Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane Independent Metro Business Alliance (SIMBA) – under the regional InlandBizStrong initiative – today launched a digital … Read more

Legislative Forum and Reception

If you haven’t attended GSI’s Legislative Forum & Reception in the past, 2019 should be the year that changes. This is truly the only event of the year where business leaders will get to meet, network and ask questions to … 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

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