I will be on KSBN and KOAN tomorrow morning at 9:30AM PST and 8:30AM Alaskan time discussing Facebook Likes in business. I don’t think we’ll be able to cover everything about Facebook because you could write a book about it, and by the time that’s out, Facebook would be different again.
You can find the link below to reach your preferred listening station.
Earlier this month, I joined Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), Spokane’s joint Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council. They service not only Spokane and Spokane County but also stretch out to Tri-Cities and Coeur D’Alene (Idaho). I even met a business radio talkshow host from Anchorage, Alaska who recently purchased radio time on a local station (more on Dave Weatherholt later).
Greater Spokane Incorporated is a great way for businesses of all sizes to connect with other businesses in the local area. Had I not joined GSI, I would not have connected with that many additional businesses with this higher level of trust. There are events every month that allow business owners and managers to connect with others and create a stronger business center for the city. Joining a local chamber of commerce also provides the benefits of :
509% of consumers think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy
29% more effective in communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices
26% more effective for communicating that a business is reputable
12% more likely for a consumer to think a business highly-involved in the local chamber of commerce has better products
40% more likely for consumers to eat at a restaurant who is a member of the chamber of commerce
63% more likely to purchase goods or services from a small business if it’s a member of the chamber of commerce
I am proud to be a member of GSI and will be attending more events soon.
PDF for the information above can be found here – data by the Schapiro Group for Market St.
Last Friday, I went to Dodson’s in Spokane and purchased a beautiful painting from Rwandan artist Emmanuel Nkuranga. Not only did I receive a beautiful painting, but I was able to support two non-profits: Healing Hearts Northwest and Rwanda’s Art with a Mission.
After the genocide of 1994, there were very few doctors left in Rwanda. Healing Heart Northwest sends a team of Cardiologists and medical assistants to Kigali, Rwanda to assist in heart surgeries and train Rwanda’s own medical staff.
I’ve lived in Spokane for almost three months now, and I believe in the city. My wife and I moved up here because she started attending Grad School at EWU, and because I do Design and Marketing, I could go wherever I wanted.
Spokane is quite a microcosm of America, and it represents many American ideals. Everyone has been friendly to us (except when they’re in their cars), and everyone believes in the American dream: working in the local community. There are so many local businesses in Spokane including almost all the storefronts in downtown, all the auto shops, and all the community projects.
If Spokane were a painting, and we as Spokanites were to judge ourselves only knowing the above information, I’d say that Spokane is fantastic.
If we add in some color by looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Spokane, we paint a new picture.
In October 2012, Orange County’s unemployment rate was 7.2%1 and Spokane was only at 7.6%. Considering the Spokane unemployment rate was 9% in May, a change in 1.4% is fantastic.
The most up to date Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)2 of Spokane are from May 2011. 199,770 of the 473,7613 people in Spokane are considered employed, which leads to a 42% employment rate. This means that 50.8% choose not to be in the labor force.
Of the 199,770 employed workforce:
Business and Financial Operations Occupations
Computer and Mathematical Occupations
Architecture and Engineering Occupations
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Community and Social Service Occupations
Education, Training, and Library Occupations
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
Healthcare Support Occupations
Protective Service Occupations
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
Buildings and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations