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Regional Voices: April Needham – Avista Corp.

April Needham is an Avista Corp. executive employee currently on loan to Greater Spokane Inc. to assist with Startup Spokane, a program that connects aspiring entrepreneurs with resources needed to launch and grow successful companies. Startup Spokane is affiliated with … Read more

Regional Voices: Annie Stranger – Sweet Annie’s Artisan Creamery

Annie Stranger owns Sweet Annie’s Artisan Creamery. “We make locally sourced, life-affirming, crazy-delicious ice creams.” Popular flavors: The Bee’s Knees, Coco A-Go-Go, Vanilla Veracruz, and Hello, Ginger. What brought Annie to Spokane: Growing up in North Idaho, I felt isolated … Read more

Regional Voices: Aleesha Brock – Greater Spokane Inc.

Aleesha Brock is an economic development intern at Greater Spokane Inc. She’s also the mother of three, and a full-time student at Spokane Community College studying to become an office manager and legal assistant. Growing up in rural Newport, 47 … Read more

Regional Voices: Adam Smith – Cheney High School

Adam Smith teaches business education at Cheney (Wash.) High school. He moved from the Tri-Cities to Cheney two decades ago to attend Eastern Washington University. “This was definitely a place I planned to live only a short time,” he recalls. … Read more

Accra-Fab remains in Spokane County, invests in training and upgrades

Accra-Fab Inc. (AFI), a Liberty-Lake based advanced manufacturer, recently completed a yearlong training and planning program to strategically position their company for the future. This program, developed in collaboration with local and state partners, included funding for new equipment onboarding, … Read more

GSI advocates for importance of international trade and diplomacy

Earlier this month GSI joined the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and other community leaders to discuss with Rep. McMorris Rodgers the importance of diplomacy and international trade. The USGLC advocates for a healthy International Affairs Budget. Representing the business … Read more

Foreign exchange and the value of IC-DISC

GSI recently hosted a seminar on foreign exchange and IC-DISC. In a global economy, foreign exchange is a major component in doing business, and it’s important to hedge risk in order to: ·         Secure profit margins from international sales ·         … Read more

Hotstart succeeds in international markets

For the past 75 years, Hotstart has helped businesses heat engines throughout the U.S. working with companies like Caterpillar and Cummins. Today, Hotstart is taking on additional business by expanding into target markets overseas, which, along with increased sales opportunities, has brought … Read more

Regional Voices: Addison Pemberton – Scanivale Corp.

Addison Pemberton is president of Scanivalve Corp., a Liberty Lake, Wash.-based company launched by his father, J.C. Pemberton, in 1955. Today, Scanivalve is the world’s leading supplier of state-of-the-art Ethernet-based pressure and temperature measuring instruments. Why he moved his company’s … Read more

Seeking 2nd Cohort for Creative Enterprise Program

Window Dressing Creative Enterprise applications are live! If you’re an artist, maker, designer, crafter, culture creator, in need of help with the business side of things, get excited, this program is for you! Receive training, mentorship, and assistance in launching … Read more