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The Future of LaunchPad INW

Friends of LaunchPad INW, We wanted to share some news! We have agreed to sell the remaining LaunchPad INW assets and all LaunchPad online properties to Greater Spokane Inc. to help support GSI's initiative of building a more robust entrepreneurial ecosystem here in our community. You can read the joint announcement below. We fully support GSI's efforts in this area and hope that each of … [Read More...]

Riverfront Park Master Plan Presentation March 27th 5:30pm

From Spokane River Keeper via Facebook Events: Here’s an opportunity to have a say in the future of Riverfront Park On Thursday, March 27th at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Building Lobby, staff from the City of Spokane and City of Spokane Parks Department will be giving a presentation on the Spokane Riverfront Park Master Plan : a vision to YOUR future park. The presentation will run … [Read More...]

EWI Spring 2014 Conference ~ Fall for Spokane: Inspiring & Educating our Future Leaders

EWI of Spokane is thrilled to announce their 2014 EWI Spring Conference Thursday, April 24th through Saturday, April 26th at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino. The theme for the conference is “Fall for Spokane: Inspiring & Educating our Future Leaders” and includes an impressive lineup of innovative women leaders from around our region. The event begins 5pm Thursday April 24th with … [Read More...]

Think libraries are just for storytime? Learn about “Library Power!” for business at Share Space

Did you know that the Spokane Public Library has one of the best business reference collections of any public library in the nation? Authoritative business information – demographics, industry trends, market research, etc. – is not cheap. The price for access to such information can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars per year. Share Space Spokane and Avista Center for Entrepreneurship … [Read More...]

Find Out What It Takes: Startup Weekend Spokane April 12-14

Can you develop a business model and MVP (Minimum Viable Product) from an idea in 54 hours? Yes, you can. Find out how April 12-14, 2014 at Startup Weekend Spokane. Startup Weekend is a competition where entrepreneurs can pitch business ideas and collaborate with developers and designers to create a MVP  within a 54-hour period. The event supplies entrepreneurs with the experience, resources … [Read More...]

Makin’ Bacon – Personal Finance Workshop at Share Space 2/19

From Share Space and Avista Center for Entrepreneurship: Put the drooling on hold…we’re talking about the other bacon – your money. Want to get your business moving, but not quite certain that your personal finances are in order?  Join us in learning what to avoid and gain tips and tools to create an easy, successful personal finance system. We encourage you to bring laptops, tablets or … [Read More...]

One to Watch ~ Inland Northwest Growlers/Northwest Brew Gear

On a trip to Colorado three years ago, a friend introduced Michael Scally to the world of craft beers. It was love at first sip. Flash forward  to a later conversation with another group of friends about the portability of said brews. Growlers, the refillable glass, metal or ceramic containers commonly used by brewers, are quite cumbersome. Michael says he and his friends joked, "Wouldn't it be … [Read More...]

Savorx gets spicier ~ Rebrands as Spiceologist and lands multi-state distributor

Pete Taylor is a chef by trade and an entrepreneur at heart. His company, Spiceologist (formerly Savorx) is another Spokane Startup Weekend winner on the fast track. At the event in April 2012, Pete pitched his idea for a subscription based model where members would receive just the right amount of his unique spice mixes and accompanying recipes monthly to expand their at-home cooking experience. … [Read More...]

Kidpreneur Spotlight: iCPooch Kickstarter campaign at nearly 75% of goal with 21 days to go

Dog lovers and entrepreneurial enthusiasts...Have you heard of 14 year old Brooke Martin and her invention iCPooch? If not, take a minute to read on. This young woman who calls Spokane home is an inspiration and has a product you don't even know is on your dog's wish list. In 2012, at the age of 12, as part of an 8th grade project, Brooke took an idea to Spokane Startup Weekend. She wanted to … [Read More...]

Spokane Angel Alliance is going strong and investing in local companies

The Spokane Angel Alliance is an organization of accredited investors and corporate members in the Inland Northwest. Members meet regularly to hear about promising young companies and evaluate investment opportunities. While SAA members make their own individual investments, being part of the organization means they have access to screened and well-presented deals, and the support of fellow … [Read More...]

Rentsys Recovery Systems acquires Liberty Lake’s IT-Lifeline

From Rentsys Recovery Services: Rentsys Recovery Services, a provider of comprehensive and integrated disaster recovery solutions for businesses ranging from community banks and credit unions to enterprise organizations,  announced it has acquired IT-Lifeline, a provider of comprehensive disaster recovery and compliance testing solutions for the financial services industry. The acquisition came … [Read More...]

Greater Spokane Incorporated integrates with Spokane STEM and Connect Northwest

In separate announcements just weeks apart, Greater Spokane Incorporated made public integrations with The Spokane STEM Network and Connect Northwest, two important organizations that serve Spokane's innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. As of January 1, 2014,  "GSI’s Education and Workforce Department will lead the daily operations of Spokane STEM under the leadership of Alisha Benson. The … [Read More...]

Startup Weekend plays matchmaker ~ Barters Closet acquires Dresser App

From Barters Closet: Two companies founded out of Startup Weekend Spokane have joined forces in an effort to keep your clothing consumption sustainable and your closet well organized. Barters Closet, a social ecommerce platform, allows people to buy, barter, sell and donate their clothes. Dresser App, an IOS application still in development, will help users maintain an inventory of their … [Read More...]

Share Space presents The Tax Man Cometh ~ Are you ready?

Share Space and The Avista Center for Entrepreneurship at SCC continue their recurring workshop series Wednesday, February 5th from 5:30-7:30 with guest speaker Mike Patrick, CPA. He will cover topics such as standard business methods and record keeping, business tax deductions, state taxes, tax planning, hiring employees, an overview of payroll taxes including federal unemployment tax, state … [Read More...]

12 year old Spokane author and kidpreneur sponsors national essay contest with younger sisters

"You are never too young to take an idea and run with it. Great things might happen if you do."  That's one of the biggest lessons local author, Jacob Keyes, age 12, will tell you he learned after publishing a book about Notre Dame Football. And, like any seasoned entrepreneur, he'll also tell you it's a lot of hard work. Jake came up with the idea after attending a football camp at The … [Read More...]

SNEDA seeks small business owners interested in funding

SNEDA (Spokane Neighborhood Economic Development Alliance) is a nonprofit community development organization that aims to help businesses improve their profitability and create jobs. They are currently looking for small business owners that are interested in getting funding for a possible expansion, refurbishment and even start-up funding for the right venture! Spread the word! Given these … [Read More...]

Share Space Spokane presents “Get in their Pants”

Yes, you read that title correctly! This Wednesday, Jan 15th from 5:30 - 7:30pm at Share Space Spokane, Chris Reilly, CEO of Unleashed Online Marketing will present "Get in their Pants: How to win new customers with mobile marketing strategies."  The event is part of the recurring series at Share Space Spokane in partnership with Avista Center for Entrepreneurship at SCC. "Mobile traffic … [Read More...]

ConneQtive launches free photo sharing website for military personnel just in time for the holidays

Spokane based startup, ConneQtive, has launched, a web based photo sharing site free for military personnel. Too Many Miles is not an app, and it is not a social media site; two things that make it standout as an option for deployed military personnel to stay connected with loved ones. Once users create an account and email a link to those they wish to invite, anyone from any … [Read More...]

HSSA awards $1.965 million to WSU College of Pharmacy

From The HSSA: The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County has awarded its single largest grant to date for $1.965 million to the WSU Spokane College of Pharmacy. The grant will match WSU start-up recruitment packages for three research-active faculty and complete the build-out of core research laboratory infrastructure for the new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical … [Read More...]

Spokane based startup launches revolutionary school purchasing website

From Direct To Schools: Direct to Schools, a Spokane-based educational startup, announces the launch of, a free education resource that helps schools nationwide find the best price on the school supplies and equipment they use every day.  For the first time in school purchasing history, schools have the ability to access volume pricing from multiple vendors on one site, … [Read More...]

Arevo Health appoints two new members to board of directors

Arevo Health, a cloud based software company that enables companies to manage their human capital investments, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed two new members. Marcelo Morales, Chief Executive Officer of Jubilant HollisterStier LLC as Chairman of the Board; and Ron Hawkins, Partner and Benefits Consultant at Moloney + O’Neill as Board Member, will join Arevo Health’s … [Read More...]

U of I Researchers, Partners Receive USDA Grant to Convert Beetle-Killed Trees into Biofuel

Exciting news from the University Of Idaho: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it has awarded nearly $10 million to an academic, industry, and government consortium – including researchers at the U of I – to study the major challenges limiting the use of insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable resource for bioenergy. The award was made by USDA’s National Institute of … [Read More...]

Entrepreneur workshop series offered at Share Space Spokane beginning December 4th

Share Space, a new co-working space in downtown Spokane, will be hosting an informative workshop series for entrepreneurs and small business on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning December 4th. The first event will be presented by Peacock Virtual Solutions and is entitled GET JUICED 101 ~ How Google interacts with your business with or without you! Topics addressed (as time permits) … [Read More...]

Another successful Startup Weekend Spokane proves innovative magic can happen in 54 hours

On Friday evening, November 15th, over 100 participants gathered at McKinstry Innovation Center for 54 hours of Startup Weekend action. 34 individuals pitched ideas for new businesses, the crowd voted, and 13 ideas moved forward. Teams formed and went straight to work conducting research, fleshing out pricing models, branding, designing logos, coding apps and websites, and of course, preparing … [Read More...]

Startup Spotlight: City of Spokane Renews Business Texter Snow Plow Alert System

 From Business Texter: The mobile tech start up continuing to reshape how businesses use texting, has partnered with the City of Spokane to offer snow plow text alerts for Spokane area residents for a second year. In the first 48hrs after announcing the snow plow text alert program, 1,000 residents have signed up. Julie Happy at the City of Spokane heads up the program. “It took one 20 minute … [Read More...]