There are a number of local agencies that provide various forms of business assistance (training, counseling, classes, etc.) as well as offer the ability to network within the Spokane business community.
Greater Spokane Incorporated: The Spokane Chamber of Commerce merged with the Spokane Economic Development Council to form one integrated organization. Greater Spokane Incorporated represents over 1500 business members in the Spokane region.
Small Business Development Center-Spokane (SBDC): Services include one-on-one, confidential assistance at no charge for management and technical business affairs.
SCORE - Spokane Chapter: SCORE's experienced business experts provide general business advice on everything from how to write a business plan, to cash flow management, to developing a small business advisory board. On-site counseling at your office is provided at no charge for established businesses.
Inland Northwest Launchpad: A social networking site for Inland Northwest professionals.
Marketing Associates of Spokane: a group of marketing professionals that meet monthly and schedule after hours functions and events. MAS is dedicated to the marketing profession and its growth in the greater Spokane area.
Spokane Business Builders: Spokane Business Builders provides local businesses with weekly networking opportunities.
Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP): has a course for those who are interested in starting small businesses.
Spokane Neighborhood Business Centers: The City of Spokane’s Neighborhood Business Centers focus on revitalizing Spokane’s historic pedestrian oriented commercial districts.
Small Business Development Centers Classes: The Washington SBDC's training centers provide business skill seminars, workshops and conferences to assist small business owners and operators with specific skills and methods required to maintain or expand a successful business.
Spokane Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: Creates economic growth for Spokane County by marketing the region as a convention and visitor destination.
Inland Northwest Partners: "A regional non-profit economic development organization comprised of over 300 business and community leaders from throughout Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and beyond." Their purpose is to foster a strong economic base in their communities. This is accomplished by quarterly educational seminars on community and economic development.
Downtown Spokane Partnership: A nonprofit organization serving as the city center's advocate and service provider to enhance downtown. They have formed a sister corporation, Downtown Spokane Ventures Association to carry out specific downtown projects.
Entrepreneurs Forum of the Great Northwest: EFGN's forums and workshops are free and open to anyone with an interest in business startups and growth companies, including college students, entrepreneurs, investors, business owners, and professional service providers. This is an opportunity for you to meet with potential funders, employees, clients, and advisors to help build the regional economy.
Business and Industry Programs through the Community Colleges of Spokane offers a range of degree programs, practical skills classes and trainings.
AHANA: A local minority business organization (AHANA stands for African-American, Hispanic,Asian and Native American Business and Professional Association).
Executive Women International, Spokane Branch. Executive Women International is an organization which brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development and encouraging community involvement.
Inland Northwest Business Alliance: A local gay and gay friendly business organization.
National Association of Woman Business Owners (NAWBO) - Inland Northwest Chapter: Local and national network of women business owners who share ideas, learn, and expand opportunities for themselves and other woman business owners.
Spokane Executives Association: An exclusive association of businesses in the Spokane area, represented by owners and top executives. Membership is limited to one firm in each business or professional classification. The sole function of the association is to increase the sales of goods and services of its members through the exchange of business and business information or leads.
Spokane Regional International Trade Alliance: Works with area businesses to help them establish or expand their global presence.
Innovate Washington: (previously known as SIRTI) is a Washington State-funded economic development agency. Their mission is to accelerate the development and growth of technology companies in the Inland Northwest, especially in eastern Washington. Our target clients are innovative technology companies with defensible intellectual property, large market potential, and principals who show a strong desire to grow their business.
Connect Northwest: Connect Northwest is an independent nonprofit organization whose goal is to advance entrepreneurship and business growth in the Inland Northwest.
Spokane District Export Assistance Center: The Spokane Export Assistance Center is part of an international network consisting of 105 U.S. Export Assistance Centers across the country and 165 offices in 82 countries.