Welcome to Live Local INW

The vision of Live Local INW is to help Spokanites and people around the Inland Northwest engage more deeply and meaningfully with their community by choosing local businesses, circulating more wealth locally, and making our entire community stronger and more resilient. If you love the Inland Northwest, we love you! Find answers to frequently asked questions and meet our team below.

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What is Live Local?

Live Local INW is a digital main street that forms a safety net economy for Spokane and the surrounding region, paid for by a CARES Act grant from the City of Spokane.

 

How much does it cost to register? Is there a subscription or membership fee?

Nothing! Listing with Live Local INW is FREE. We just require that you honor best practices to minimize COVID-19 risk and be a locally owned independent business. Third-party eCommerce and delivery partners may charge fees for services if you elect to contract with them.

 

How will Live Local help my business?

Live Local INW benefits your business by expanding your customer base, broadening your markets and reach, enabling eCommerce capacity, increasing revenues, building business resilience, and strengthening your local economy and community. We are fortunate to have the grant capacity for the 2020 holiday season for a marketing campaign to encourage your neighbors to live and buy locally.

 

I don’t have a website to sell online. Can I still register with Live Local?

Yes. You can join without eCommerce capability. We encourage all businesses to create online sales capacity if they don’t already have it and can help coach you through the process. Potential customers can email you with their interest through a link on the product page if you do not have eCommerce capability set up.

 

Can customers buy my products/services on the Live Local website?

No. Live Local INW is a gateway to the eCommerce platforms that are established and maintained by each individual business to facilitate purchasing. Live Local INW is a “main street” of digital storefronts, which serves as a portal to the eCommerce platforms or virtual purchasing methods of our member businesses.

 

Can any business list themselves on the Live Local website?

We strive to serve businesses that are independent and locally-owned that are a part of a welcoming and inclusive community. Live Local INW partners reserve the right to remove any listing or business from our free service.

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It takes a midsized city

And amazing partners to build a campaign like this.  Live Local is brought to you by:

Mariah Mckay | Simba

Mariah is the Founder and Executive Director of SIMBA. She has 14 years of cumulative experience in program development, fundraising, communication, marketing, government relations & leadership development. She started the Spokane Shrinking Violet Society and co-founded Terrain, among many other projects. After serving as community organizer for a statewide advocacy group organizing for racial and economic justice, she worked in public health promoting active transportation education campaigns. She is building Spokane’s first cohousing community in the Perry District and is the community manager for Our Natural Homes, a local coliving rental company she owns with her partner Jim. She volunteers on the board of the University District and is a member of the New UU Church of Spokane. Sweet potatoes are her favorite vegetable.

Janice Miller Krummel | INBA

Janice Miller Krummel is the Executive Director of the Inland Northwest Business Alliance, Owner of PlantBased in Washington – a Vegan cooking blog, cookbook, and small bite-catering company, Co-Owner of Krummill, LLC a local consulting company. She is currently on the Spokane Office of Civil Rights Task Force, event and fundraising committees for Spokane Fantasy Flight, Spokane Pride, and the Washington State LGBTQ+ Legislative Caucus. Janice grew up on the outskirts of Bovill, Idaho in Latah county. It is a community of nothing but small, locally-owned businesses, made strong by the people who live there. The community is proof that when you support each other and genuinely care about each other, that is the foundation of what keeps a community strong. She came to Spokane as a stop on her way to something different, a lay-over. However, when Janice met her spouse, they both chose to make West Central their home. Her favorite vegetable? All of them! 

Ben Cabildo | AHANA

Ben Cabildo has over 40 years of experience in community organizing, founding and directing various non-profit organizations that foster, promote and advocate for the inclusion and empowerment of minorities, immigrants and other disenfranchised groups in the U.S.  In addition to this, he has been a small business counselor for the last 20 years helping startup entrepreneurs and existing businesses in the Inland Northwest.  

From 1998-2008, Ben founded and led AHANA Business and Professional Association.  AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American ) is a business organization focused on providing support services to minority and woman businesses owners in the Inland Northwest to include business counseling and training, contracting  facilitation and financing. Along with working with AHANA, he has been a volunteer  SCORE small business counselor in Spokane

Julie Shepard-Hall | Garland Business District

Julie Sheppard Hall is the President of the Garland Business District, President of the Eastern Washington Association of Health Underwriters, a North Hill Neighborhood Council Board member and business owner of Integrity Insurance Solutions & ZipperZ Inc. When she gets some free time, she loves to kayak the Spokane River. Julie moved to Spokane in early childhood and has been proud to call Spokane her home since early childhood. As so many Spokanites do, she left Spokane to tend to other life situations and goals but came back permanently. She appreciates the size of our city, the ease of connecting with friends, and the wonderful things to experience in the Inland Northwest, such as beautiful parks, rivers and lakes. Her favorite vegetables are potatoes.

Megan Kennedy | North Monroe Business District

Megan Kennedy founded Rogue Heart Media in 2011, operating the studio on North Monroe for the last four years, and is currently cultivating a growing team of values-driven nonfiction storytellers and actively pursuing a B Corp Certification. She loves the Spokane regional community, and enjoys serving when and where she can, from a neighborhood level with the North Monroe Business District and Emerson Garfield Farmers’ Market, to serving on the WQTIF committee for City of Spokane, and member groups like SIMBA and the local chapter of Executive Women International. Volunteering and serving with her nonprofit partners is a joy as well. She has two young kids that keep her busy. She loves to hike, camp, and canoe on family adventures, when she isn’t gardening, filming, or making photographs together. Megan came to Spokane right after graduating from WSU in 2005, and has been deepening her roots ever since. She loves our beautiful river, surrounding mountains, and our farm country. Exploration and enjoyment of the outdoors is always top pick for her and her family. Megan loves veggie medleys… variety is the spice of life. But for favorites, give her some brussels sprouts, garlic, and sweet potatoes to roast up and she is a happy camper.

Melissa Huggins | Spokane Arts

Melissa Huggins is the Executive Director of Spokane Arts.  Born and raised in Spokane, Melissa has spent over a decade supporting and promoting creatives through the work of Spokane Arts, which offers grants, professional development, advocacy, and a wide range of programs & opportunities across creative disciplines. She has served on the board of various organizations, including Inspire Washington, Scablands Books and Pivot: Live Storytelling Series, and worked as the director of Get Lit! Programs at Eastern Washington University for five years, which included organizing K-12 creative writing outreach initiatives and the annual Get Lit! Book Festival. In addition to her nonprofit work, she is a freelance writer and editor. She is a graduate of Eastern Washington University’s MFA program and Pacific Lutheran University.