Window Dressing is a storefront program that fills vacant buildings and unused spaces with short-term art installations, pop-up events, and creative enterprise. Developed to add vibrancy, revitalize neighborhoods and spark the creative economy, Window Dressing empowers local artists, artisans, community groups and creative businesses to generate activity in otherwise empty properties.
Creative Enterprise provides the opportunity to test new ideas with little risk, by making low-cost space available for up to six months to local makers, creators, artists, designers, crafters, creative entrepreneurs and community groups. In-depth business training, coaching and technical support are also provided.
Located at the Spokane Community College the Avista Canter for Entrepreneurship offers a new and innovative approach to help connect technical talents with entrepreneurial skills. The program is designed for students who have a great idea for a business but need to learn about the practical aspects of starting and running a company. This three-quarter program focuses on creating hands on opportunities to learn while also allowing students to make connections in the business community.
Provides entrepreneurship assistance to local start-ups. Startup Spokane offers early one-on-one free assistance to all companies launching in the Inland Northwest, making sure they have the tools they need to succeed. A Startup Spokane adviser will sit down with you, learn where you are in your startup journey, and make sure you are connected to the right people, programs and community resources that will give you the edge you need.
Funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Washington State University SBDC provides assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. SBDC advisors provide owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.
Buxton Scout Co. maintains a sophisticated household-level database that provides clients with current snapshots of household purchases in any trade area. Data is gathered from millions of customer transactions to determine the purchasing habits and lifestyle trends for a specific geographic area. Data can be used to support real estate and product/inventory decisions as well as tracking around tourist spending, and other services such as healthcare or recreational expenditures.
Buxton Scout is available to downtown Ratepayers free of charge thanks to a partnership with The City of Spokane, the Spokane Public Library and Visit Spokane.