Facebook Marketing Discussion on KOAN and KSBN Radio

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.

Fox News KOAN
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KSBN Money Talk
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Joining Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI)

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.


Healing Art for Rwanda

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.

Supporting Charities

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.

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Business in Spokane

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:

Occupation Amount %
Management Occupations 6980 3.5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 8730 4.4%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4310 2.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2560 1.3%
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1240 0.6%
Community and Social Service Occupations 4220 2.1%
Legal Occupations 1520 .8%
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 12210 6.1%
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 2840 1.4%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 13920 7.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations 7790 3.9%
Protective Service Occupations 4370 2.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 18200 9.1%
Buildings and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 6530 3.3%
Personal Care and Service Occupations 7120 3.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 22140 11.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33150 16.6%
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 340 0.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations 7140 3.6%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7620 3.8%
Production Occupations 10940 5.5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11820 5.9%

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