In the spring of 1994, a small group of Spokane professionals came together in hopes of solving a problem. You see, back then it was easy enough for lesbians and gays to find a “friendly” hair-dresser or interior designer if needed, but things could get tricky if they needed to find, say, a plumber? So, having been inspired by the extensive directories of gay-owned businesses they had seen in much larger cities, the group agreed that Spokane needed a directory as well. To produce this directory, they envisioned an organization that could bring businesses together with the community and create a resource network for the entire region. Now, 25 years later, the Inland Northwest Business Alliance has grown, beyond the vision of its founding members, into the regional chamber we know today.
25 Charter Members establish INBA in October
Without these individuals, INBA would not be the robust chamber it is today. We want to thank all our charter and emeritus members for all that they have done and continue to do for INBA.
The following businesses and professionals pioneered the development of the INBA.
James Barrett, M.S.
Tim Bealer – YES Beauty Salon
Dale Bloom – Massage by Dale
Helen Bonser, M.A., A.B.S., M.H.C.
Micheal Chappell, N.A.C., L.M.P.
Bob Cooke – R.H. Cooke and Assoc.
Glen Cooper, M.A.
Larry Cronin, M.S.W.
Jay Ellis – Oxy Fresh
Micheal P. Flannery – Smith Barney
Devon Greyerbiehl, M.A.
Hour Place Restaurant and Lounge
Gayle Johnson – Continental Mortgage
Kerry Kirking – American Express Financial Advisers
Terry LaLone – Edwards LaLalone Travel
Karen Licklider, M.A., C.M.H.C – Horizons Unlimited Counseling
Michael Loundgin – North Division Gull-Texaco
Maggie Montana – John L Scott Real Estate
Jim McDonald – Northern Electron Works
Barbara McKay, B.A., L.M.P.
Pets Are People Too
Cary A. Snyder – C.P.A
Lisa Startin – Cuttin’ Loose
Joseph Stout – Picture Frames
Jeri Lynn Vosburgh – Washington Mutual Bank
The following individuals were awarded emeritus memberships for their leadership and dedication to INBA:
2001 Michael Sonner
2010 Sandy Davidson
2013 Helen Bonser
2014 Michael Flannery
2014 Maggie Montana
Develop a prosperous business community by advocating LGBT and Ally business perspectives.
Create an economically robust and civically engaged community through the acceptance of diversity throughout our region.