Spokane Neighborhood Business Centers

The City Spokane's Neighborhood Business Centers add strength and diversity to Spokane's economy as well as to the City's neighborhoods. Neighborhood Business Centers meets to create strength and a unified voice within the Small Businesses of Spokane.

The Mission of the Neighborhood Business Centers is to help research opportunities and address issues regarding the health and vitality of the City of Spokane's Neighborhood Business Centers as supported by local business associations and/or neighborhood councils, community assembly, or city departments. Recommendations and strategies developed will aspire to leverage city resource and community assets to achieve business development and economic growth within Spokane's identified and future neighborhood business centers.

Neighborhood Business Centers foster community well-being, local character, a sense of place, and prosperity by supporting small businesses and community interests, safety, tourism and local events within vibrant family oriented neighborhood business centers.

Meetings

Monthly on the First Thursday, 7:30 a.m., location varies

2014-2015 Executive Committee Members

Jack Strong
East Central Business Association

Melissa Owen
Greater Hillyard Business Association

Kelly Cruz
West Central Association of Businesses

Business Centers

Downtown

Information coming soon.

East Spokane Business Association (ESBA)

The East Spokane Business Association is located in the East Central Neighborhood. The East Spokane Business Association was developed to partner local business leaders with the leadership of the City of Spokane to rebuild and revitalize the East Central Neighborhood for those who work and shop in East Spokane. The City of Spokane just recently awarded the area with reinvestment dollars to help revitalize the area with streetscape improvements, façade improvements and much more.

  • Meetings: Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 12 noon in the Community Room at Sprague Union Terrace, 1420 E Sprague Ave, Spokane WA 99202
  • President: Tara Brown
  • Website: http://esbiz.org
Garland Business District

The Garland Business District is located within the North Hill Neighborhood. Garland has retained much of the neighborhood appeal from the past, with narrow streets, slow-moving traffic, and stores crammed in every nook and corner. This area has served the neighborhood for over 70 years, with a wonderful movie theater known as the Garland Theatre which opened in 1945 and that has all the neon of the 50s and has been recently refurbished.

Local art, vintage clothes, thrift store, fun clothes, pet grooming - just a few reasons to come to the Garland District. Browse bookshelves or try out a guitar. Recharge at the coffee shop. Catch a movie or a comedy improv show. Get your nails done. Take a sewing lesson. Buy unique, high-quality products and services. Grab a bite at Spokane's original family-owned diners. The City of Spokane has recognized the Garland Business District for our leadership and innovation in environmental sustainability. When you Buy Garland, you really are buying local.

The Garland Business District is a non-profit corporation which promotes and supports healthy business in the Garland area. The mission of the Garland Business District is to strengthen neighborhood businesses and enhance community involvement in the Garland District.

  • Meetings: Monthly on the 3rd Friday
  • President: Julie Shepard-Hall, Integrity Insurance Solutions, LLC
  • Vice President: Kea Woodfill, Accurate Insurance
  • Secretary: Robin Hoffman, Interiors by Robin
  • Treasurer: Rosa Wiess, Clear Choice Tax Services
  • Website: www.garlanddistrict.com

Board Members:

  • Erin Johnson, Book Traders
  • Sue Bradley, Spokane Art School
  • David Thoren, Groove Merchants
  • Joelle Chester, Artworks Garland
Greater Hillyard Business Association (GHBA)

The Hillyard Business District is located within the Hillyard neighborhood in northeast Spokane. Located at the north end of the district is Harmon Park with over 10 acres of recreational space. The Hillyard Business District contains a large variety of businesses, museums, parks and restaurants. Hillyard is also designated on the Spokane Register and the national Trust as a Historic Business District. Commonly known as the Market Street District, the Hillyard Historic Business District is a contiguous façade of commercial block buildings erected between 1901 and 1948. The simple one and two-story buildings represent the construction, materials and design of early twentieth century commercial structures associated with typical working-class town such as Hillyard, a community platted in 1892.

North Monroe Business District (NMBD)

The North Monroe Business District (est. 2006) is a voluntary advocacy and outreach association of business and property owners along the North Monroe corridor. The organization aims to enhance the North Monroe Business District as a safe, dynamic and economically viable environment for the benefit of businesses and the surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Meetings: Meeting times vary
  • Chair: Megan Kennedy, Rogue Heart Media
  • Vice Chair: Dave Musser, Bellwether Brewing Co.
  • Treasurer: Gene Fitzpatrick, Spokane City Credit Union
  • Secretary: Leah Butterwick, CCS Foundation
  • Membership: Dick Acker, Marilyn's On Monroe
  • Communications: Kayle Larkin, Larkin SEO
  • Special Events: Blossom Harras, Blossom’s Antiques
  • Website: meetonmonroe.com
South Perry Business & Neighborhood Association (SPBNA)

The South Perry district is located within the East Central District; it was the first Centers and Corridor's Pilot Projects in Spokane in 2001. Since the revitalization of the district the neighborhood has seen many new local businesses and restaurants move in. The SPBNA is dedicated to helping South Perry grown with intention as a community of businesses and neighbors for the preservation and development of shared values.

  • Meetings: The second Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 PM at Emmaus Church 1317 E. 12th Avenue.
  • President: Emily Wenzel
  • Website: www.southperry.org