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A Month Focused on Business

Release Date: 5/2/2012 8:00:00 AM

May is “Spokane: Open for Business” month in the City of Spokane. A number of events, hosted by the City and other local organizations, are planned to showcase business and provide business-related information. Additional events may be added. Check back.

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Here’s a listing of many of those events:

  • McKinstry News Conference, Wednesday, May 2, 9:30 a.m., McKinstry’s Spokane headquarters, 805 E. Spokane Falls Blvd in the University District. McKinstry is a leader in integrated construction, energy, service, and smart building innovations. They have planned a major announcement to coincide with Spokane: Open for Business Month, and Mayor David Condon is scheduled to participate.
     
  • “Council Connection” program on CityCable 5, Wednesday, May 3, 6 p.m., live on CityCable 5, the City’s government-access cable station found on channel 5 on the Comcast cable system in Spokane. Council Member Steve Salvatori will host this month’s program focused on business issues with guests Jan Quintrall, the City’s Business & Developer Services Division Director, and Larry Soehren, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kiemle & Hagood. The show will be replayed throughout the month of May.
     
  • Business of Art Workshop: Contracts 1, Thursday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. This is the first in a series of free workshops in May that cover all aspects of running the business of being an artist or arts organizations. This first workshop will cover intellectual property, copyright, and internet issues. For more information, call 625-6050 or email kmobley@spokanecity.org.
     
  • Spokane: Open for Business Month proclamation, Monday, May 7, City Council meeting, 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Mayor David Condon will read the official proclamation designating May “Spokane: Open for Business” month.
     
  • First meeting of the Mayor’s Business Advisory Council, Thursday, May 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m., McKinstry headquarters, 805 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. As part of his 100-Day Action Plan, Mayor David Condon announced the creation of a Business Advisory Council to advise him on issues and topics important to Spokane businesses. The Council includes executive directors and board chairs within organizations that regularly interact with the local business community.
     
  • Good Morning Greater Spokane breakfast and Innovation Award announcement, Friday, May 11, 7 to 9 a.m., Marie Antoinette Ballroom, Davenport Hotel.  Shaun O'L Higgins is the guest speaker, providing an update on the health of our regional economy, titled "The Changing Times, Changing Tide: A Midyear Look at the Regional Economy."  Go to GSI's web site to register and to get more information.
     
  • Visit Spokane Tourism Awards hosted by Visit Spokane, Wednesday, May 16, Mirabeau Park Hotel Ballroom, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. Reception begins at 3:15 p.m. with the program starting at 4 p.m. For more information or to register, go to https://www.visitspokane.com/meetings/index.cfm?action=Details&eventid=127
     
  • Your Public Library: It’s Google on Steroids, Thursday, May 17, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Nectar Tasting Room (Barrel Room), 120 N. Stevens. In cooperation with LaunchPad, Mark Pond, Business Reference Librarian for the Spokane Public Library, will showcase three online business databases for which the library pays $20,555 per year. Come in at 7:30 in the morning and you'll leave at 8:30 with nearly $21,000 worth of business resources tucked in your pocket. For more information go to:  http://www.launchpadinw.com/events/make-20-555-per-hour-at-launchpad
     
  • Business of Art Workshop: Contracts 2 & Insurance 101, Thursday, May 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. This is part of a series of free workshops in May that cover all aspects of running the business of being an artist or arts organizations. This workshop will cover negotiating venues, liability, and insurance issues. For more information, call 625-6050 or email kmobley@spokanecity.org.
     
  • 2012 Spokane County Economic Symposium, Friday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Eastern Washington University, Riverpoint Campus, Phase 1 Classroom Building, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.  The Labor Market & Economic Analysis branch of the Washington State Economic Security Department is hosting this annual symposium that will focus on the Spokane region's economic prospects for the long run.  Register before May 11 to reserve a spot at this free event. Seating is limited.  For more information, call (360) 407-4500.
     
  • Business License Amnesty program, week of May 21-25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Taxes & Licenses, first floor, City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.  Previously unlicensed businesses can apply for a license without interest or penalty. For businesses who have been referred to collections for past due licenses, the City will waive all collection fees.   More information is available here.
     
  •  Business Help Center, week of May 21-25, 8 to 5 p.m. daily, first floor, City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.  The City's Business Help Center will be staffed daily with staff from the City's Business & Development Services Department and from local business partners.  Call 625-6983 for an appointment or just drop by anytime during the week.  At other times of the year, Business Help Desk support is available by appointment only.
     
  • Small Business Appreciation Reception sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated, Tuesday, May 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Barrister Winery.  Hors d'oeuvres provided by Beacon Hill Catering and the first 50 in the door receive a complimentary glass of wine.  RSVP by May 21.  More information is available on the GSI web site
     
  •  Business of Art Workshop: Let’s Put on a Show & 10 Things You Need to Know for Your Arts Business, Thursday, May 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. This is part of a series of free workshops in May that cover all aspects of running the business of being an artist or arts organizations. This workshop will cover how to navigate needed permits for an event and financial information. For more information, call 625-6050 or email kmobley@spokanecity.org.
     
  •  KHQ Help Center on Business Issues, Thursday, May 24, 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Tune into KHQ TV, and watch City Business & Developer Services Division employees answer questions from small businesses.  Special appearance planned by Mayor David Condon, too.
     
  •  27th Annual Agora Awards by Greater Spokane Incorporated, Wednesday, May 30, 7 a.m. meet and greet and 7:30 a.m. program, at the Davenport Hotel. Awards will be presented in a number of categories. Go to www.greaterspokane.org for information or to register.
     
  • Business of Art Workshop: Let’s Put on a Show 2; Biz Plan, Marketing & You; and Non-profit or Not, Thursday, May 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. This is part of a series of free workshops in May that cover all aspects of running the business of being an artist or arts organizations. This workshop will get into greater detail on special events permitting, along with business planning, marketing, and legal issues for arts organizations. For more information, call 625-6050 or email kmobley@spokanecity.org.

The City is committed to improving our business environment to grow the economy and create jobs.
 

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