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Category Archives: Small Business

Trade Policy Update: Significant Developments in Ex-Im and TPP

Two major trade policy items – the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and the negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal – had significant developments in recent weeks. Both items directly impact Washington … Read more

Small Business Saturday … It’s a BIG deal!

Across the country Small Business Saturday is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a way to encourage support of small, local businesses. In 2010 American Express launched Small Business Saturday, and in 2011 it became a day officially recognized by … Read more

2015 Annual Meeting: Shifting the Paradigm

Nearly everything that GSI does in Economic Development, Education & Workforce, Small Business & Entrepreneurial Support, and Public Policy is done with the support of an engaged membership and more than 800 volunteers. We work in collaboration with our civic … Read more

Did you know: 40% of Jobs in Washington state are tied to international trade

GSI can assist your business with international trade opportunities and expansion into foreign markets. Our International Trade program works to enhance the regional economy and support job creation through the growth of local trade activity. With more than 95 percent of the … Read more

A Successful Session on Education

Overall, the 2015 legislative session was a great one for education. The legislature added $1.3 billion to K-12 education, reduced tuition at public postsecondary institutions, funded important capital investments in K-12 and higher education, supported advancement in STEM education, and … Read more

BizStreet: Your Road to Better Business

Small businesses account for more than 75% of GSI’s general membership, and the bulk of the greater-Spokane region’s economy. In other words, around here, small business is a big deal! Last week more than 130 small business owners and supporters … Read more

GSI Members Share Good News!

Pitney Bowes Unveils New Inside Sales Center of Excellence Pitney Bowes Inc, a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions that power commerce, unveiled its new Center of Excellence for Inside Sales in Spokane last month. The global … Read more

Kitchen Spokane Expands Into Spokane Valley

Last fall, Greater Spokane Incorporated was contacted by a local entrepreneur who was searching for a commercial kitchen space that would function as a “kitchen incubator” for his clients.  Jayme Cozzetto, owner of Kitchen Spokane, was operating a kitchen co-working space at … Read more

GSI Seeks a Rock Star Relationship Manager!

If you’re a highly motivated, energetic networker and sales professional who believes in the power of small business, we want to talk to you! GSI is ramping up our small business program and we need someone who’s ready to make … Read more

Startup is a Snap: iCPooch

Starting a business in Spokane is so easy an eighth grader can do it … Of course, in the case of iCPooch, it happened to be an exceptionally bright eighth grader, Brooke Martin, who had a unique idea: Create a device through … Read more