Spokane Journal of Business

Calendar of Events

Power of Mentoring Workshop

Women in Transportation webinar will provide participants an introduction to young professional mentoring, the power of mentoring, positive youth development, growth mindset, and more. 

Thursday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


$35 for WTS members, $60 for others


Americas Young Leaders Group: Crowdfunding for Real Estate

Urban Land Institute Americas Young Leaders Group virtual event will feature a panel discussion on the basics of real estate crowdfunding, different types of crowdfunding platforms, risks and rewards, and more. This event is open to all commercial real estate professionals under age 35. 

Thursday, Sept. 28, 9-10 a.m.




Business Afterschool: Surgical Careers at Sacred Heart Medical Center Operating Room

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center invites middle and high school students to an open house that will walk through its surgery center, highlight a variety of surgical careers, and have an opportunity to talk with staff about education pathways for surgical careers.

Saturday, Sept. 30, 3-5 p.m.

Sacred Heart Medical Center Avista, Rooms A&B, 101 W. Eighth, Spokane



Maxx GoWest Convention

GoWest Credit Union four-day convention will feature industry leaders who will speak on industry developments at a national, regional, and state level, issues to think about, legislative and advocacy updates, and will provide a space for peers to network and connect.

Monday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:15 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Spokane Convention Center & Davenport Grand, 334 & 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane 



Spokane Valley Toastmasters

Spokane Valley chapter of Toastmasters International will hold its weekly meeting to help members practice their public speaking and leadership skills. The meeting will include an invocation, an educational minute, word of the day, impromptu speeches, and more.

Monday, Oct. 2, 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m.

Leavitt Conference Room, 12709 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Suite 20, Spokane Valley, and online.

Free to attend as a guest, membership is $45 per six-month term


Public Records Act Basics & More – Virtual Workshop

Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington virtual workshop will provide an in-depth review of the Public Records Act, PRA basics, processing PRA requests, public records management, and more.

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.





Understanding New Build 

America, Buy America 


Associated General Contractors Inland Northwest Chapter webinar will cover basics of guidance from the White House Office of Management and Budget governing BABA compliance, what contractors should be asking their suppliers and manufacturers, the waiver process if an item is not domestically made, available, or within budget, and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.


Free for AGC members, $79 for others


Unlock Your Future

HUB Sports Center event will provide an opportunity for middle school students to learn about career options that don’t require a four-year degree. Students will gain a deeper understanding of industries like manufacturing, construction, trades, first responders, and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (60-minute sessions)

HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo, Liberty Lake



Intro to Business Live

Women’s Business Center online class will cover fundamental elements of what makes a business successful, the basics of business planning, steps to take to turn an idea into a reality, resources and support available through the Washington Center for Women in Business, and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9-10 a.m.




Business AfterSchool: 

Manufacturing Careers 

at Wagstaff

Greater Spokane Incorporated workshop will provide the opportunity for middle and high schoolers to get a look into the manufacturing industry and learn about engineering, machining, welding, and more.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 3-5 p.m.

Wagstaff Inc., 3910 N. Flora Road, Spokane Valley



Loans, Grants, and Other Funding Options for Women-Owned Businesses in 2023

Score webinar will cover understanding the different funding pathways and options available to women entrepreneurs, building a compelling funding pitch, overcoming gender-specific challenges, creating a supportive network, and more. 

Thursday, Oct. 5, 10-11 a.m.




Your Business Journey: Getting Started!

Women’s Business Center class will cover key tips to starting or expanding a business, how the WBC helps support small businesses, and more.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-noon

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 500 S. Stone, Spokane



Manufacturing Matters 2023

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce dinner and event will commemorate the region’s history of making quality goods and will present the Spokane Regional Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m.

CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley



Financing 101

Idaho Nonprofit Center online, two-day class will cover how to read an income statement and balance sheet, basic budgeting and marketing metrics, creating a statement of cash flow, how to read an IRS Form 990, and best practices for internal controls.

Thursday, Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon


$75 for members, $100 for others

Fundamentals for Startups: The Art of Understanding Customers

University of Washington CoMotion lecture will feature UW lecturer Ken Myer, who will cover building skills to finding and talk to potential customers, the process of understanding customers, and more.

Friday, Oct. 6, noon-1 p.m.




Annual Reception 2023

Innovia Foundation will hold its annual reception and feature guest speakers Oscar Harris, chief family and community engagement officer for Spokane Public Schools, and Gene Sementi, retired superintendent for West Valley School District.

Monday, Oct. 9, 4-6 p.m.

Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.



Spokane Valley Toastmasters

Spokane Valley chapter of Toastmasters International will hold its weekly meeting.

Monday, Oct. 9, 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m.


Free to attend as a guest, membership is $45 per six-month term


Connect Kootenai: Community Conversations

Connect Kootenai conversation encourages community members to discuss changes they wish to see in the community. Topics of conversation could include housing and growth, health and safety, education and learning, environment and recreation, jobs and economy, and community and identity.

Monday, Oct. 9, noon-1 p.m.

Innovation Collective Den, 418 E. Lakeside, Coeur d’Alene



Prevent Fraud and Identity Theft

STCU online workshop will cover what attracts identity thieves and other criminals, how you can spot the warning signs of fraud, the latest information about trending scams, and key resources to keep your finances protected. 

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.




Working with Avista – Why WBE Certification Matters

Avista and Washington APEX online presentation will cover the advantages of becoming certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise, certification assistance resources, qualification requirements, things to consider before bid, and a question-and-answer session. 

Tuesday, Oct. 10, noon-1 p.m.




Best Places to Work INW

The Journal of Business will hold its annual awards ceremony that will celebrate quality employers in the region that have been determined by comprehensive employer and employee surveys. The event will include descriptions of businesses’ best practices, and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7:30-9 a.m.

Spokane Convention Center, Room 111AB, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane



e-Commerce Strategies that Work

Small Business Development Center Idaho webinar will cover ways to position your e-commerce store for profit, accelerating growth, frequent returns, gaining customer loyalty, how to maintain a customer base, and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8-9 a.m.




Start a Business in Washington

Washington state Department of Revenue webinar will cover basics of starting a business, planning, registration and licensing, and other requirements. This session will also include brief presentations from state agency small business liaisons and a dedicated time for questions and answers. 

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9-10 a.m.



Startup Advisor: Brand Presence & Narrative

SP3NW presentation will feature Tony Baird, owner and director of Spokane marketing company, The Woodshop, who will cover what makes a brand, elements of branding, how to promote a brand through overall messaging, why brand presence is key to marketing success, and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, noon-1 p.m.

WSU Innovation Center, 120 N. Pine, Spokane



Speed Dating LBC Style

Ladies Business Community networking event will be a fast-paced event where professional women are able to make connections and share ideas.

Wednesday, October 11, 12:30-3 p.m.

Burbity Workspaces, 2818 N. Sullivan Road, Suite 100, Spokane Valley



WBEC Pacific Industry Day: 


Women’s Business Enterprise Council Pacific online event provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs in the utilities and energy industry to present a three-minute product pitch to corporate representatives, receive feedback, and make connections.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1-3 p.m.


$75 for certified WBEs, $100 for others


Fireside Chat with Tyler Alvarado

Innovation Collective presentation will feature Tyler Alvarado, CEO of Continuous Composites, who will share his entrepreneurial story, errors, triumphs, and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

Innovation Den, 418 E. Lakeside, Coeur d’ Alene



Economic Forecast Fall Meeting

Inland Northwest Partners fall meeting will discuss the economic state and forecast for the region, disinflation, legacies, experiments, and more.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second, Coeur d’Alene

$50 for members, $70 for others


Cyberthreats and How to Protect Your Business

AgWest Farm Credit webinar will feature Rachel Wilson, former chief of operations for the National Security Agency, who will cover what threats to watch for, tips on how to stay alert and keep your business safe, and more.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-noon




Conventions and Events


Washington Auctioneer’s Association - 2023 NW Auctioneers Convention

Oct. 1-2

Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Expected attendance: 75


GoWest Credit Union Association – 2023 Northwest Credit Union Association Maxx

Oct. 1-5

Spokane Convention Center, Davenport Grand Hotel, and DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

Expected attendance: 700


Washington State Department of Transportation – HR Summit

Oct. 2-5

The Centennial by Davenport Hotels

Expected attendance: 110


American Planning Association Washington Chapter – 2023 APAWA Annual Conference

Oct. 9-13

Davenport Grand Hotel

Expected attendance: 350


Northwest Public Power Association – 2023 NWPPA 3 C’s

Oct. 9-12

The Historic Davenport Hotel

Expected attendance: 80

October 3, 2023

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