Office Hours Providers
Entrepreneurs often need access to a variety of resources that can be costly and difficult to identify.
Startup Spokane Central is proud to partner with some of Spokane’s best programs aimed to assist startups and entrepreneurs in the region, and host them all under one roof at our coworking facility. These consultations and advice sessions are open for the public to take advantage of this great opportunity at no charge.
If you’re a mentor or service provider and are interested in hosting Startup Office Hours, contact the Startup Spokane Community Manager.
To schedule a time, please reach out to the programs of your choice below:
- Spokane Public Library
- WSU University Center for Innovation
- Kairos Law
- Bjornson Law Offices
- Stonebraker Mcquary Insurance
- Witherspoon Kelley
- Business Cents
- Financial Trex
- Swiftwater Advisors
- Concinnus Financial
- Landers Design
- Teich Communications
- Tinderbox Consulting
- Eide Bailly
- Elev8 Bio
- Business Impact NW
- Feltman Ewing
Spokane Public Library offers extensive business resources including one-on-one consultations with Business Librarian Mark Pond. Mark can assist startups with many critical needs, including business market research and analysis.
Contact Mark to schedule an appointment
Mark Pond – Business Librarian
Hours: 1st Thursday of each month, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Michael Ebinger, Director for the WSU University Center for Innovation, holds office hours at Startup Spokane Central weekly and is a deep resource for businesses looking to have a second set of eyes on their business plan, as well to help develop new ideas for commercialized products and services.
Contact Mike to schedule an appointment
Michael Ebinger – Director, WSU University Center for Innovation
Hours: Fridays, 9:00am – 11:00am
Kairos Law proactively advises and protects small businesses so they can start and grow. Attorney Christal Lam will meet with business owners to discuss questions or concerns you have about your business. She will also meet to discuss business ideas on how to improve your marketing and selling or how to organize your business to grow well.
Contact Christal to set up a free 30-minute consultation
Christal Lam – Attorney, Kairos
Law Office Hours: By appointment only
Bjornson Law Offices – Business Law Consultation
Jason Powell of Bjornson Law Offices focuses his legal practice on corporate, real estate, securities and venture capital matters. Prior to joining Bjornson Law Offices, Jason spent the previous 5 years serving as General Counsel and executive team member for two local start-up companies. This experience as General Counsel and executive team member provided Jason with a unique perspective to advise start-up companies.
Contact Jason to schedule an appointment
Jason Powell – Attorney, Bjornson Law Offices
Hours: 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 8:30am – 10:30am
Stonebraker Mcquary Insurance – Business Insurance & Risk Management
Max Kusske of Stonebraker Mcquary Insurance is part of the Startup Spokane Office Hours Program to help the regions entrepreneurs in two specific ways to help them set the foundation for business success.
The first is a free consultation is performing an initial risk analysis of the service or product that you as the startup are pursuing. This includes:
-Risk identification and categorization.
-Quantifying the risk related to exposure to the organization.
-Prioritizing the risks present.
-Ultimately building a plan to manage the risk be it through insurance, assumption or transference of risk.
The benefit of this to the entrepreneur is multi-faceted. First, it will substantiate those risks they have identified and potentially provide an alternative lens with regard to the management of the risk. Secondly, it will provide insight into those risks they had not identified and how those risks may ultimately affect their business. Max will work with you to develop a plan moving forward, often times a process which is overlooked due to the time resource required to do so. The plan can be utilized in day to day operations, presenting to your current carrier for potential rate reductions or to be included in a business plan for a loan.
The second offering that Mr. Kusske can work with entrepreneurs on is to better understand their business insurance through an “Insurance 101” consultation. This includes:
Most successful business owners are aware of the need and importance of insurance. The reality however is most business owners don’t have the inclination to really understand what insurance represents nor the time to do so. What I would like to provide is a resource for entrepreneurs to discuss what types of insurance are going to be necessary for their business, the potential costs, and why each classification is important. This will include researching similar businesses which are currently in the market and how they have been insured or underinsured. These general types of resources are not readily available to a business unless you have already written your insurance with an agent, at that point you are relying on that agent to be competent in insuring your business. Again, this is something I would like to provide free of charge.
Contact Max to schedule and appointment
By appointment only
Bill Lenz practices primarily in Witherspoon Kelley’s real estate, business, and corporate practice groups. He assists clients in a variety of areas, including: business formation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and banking regulation compliance.
Bill will provide initial consultations to members of Startup Spokane Central who are seeking help with the formation and organization of their business entity. Bill is willing to assist members with issues related to intellectual property and corporate finance.
Contact Bill to schedule an appointment
Bill Lenz, Attorney
Hours: By appointment only
Business Cents is a full service Quickbooks consulting firm that aids companies with everything from Quickbooks product purchasing, to product set-up and training. We also provide ongoing Bookkeeping services, Data Analysis, Merchant Services, CFO Services, Tax Agency Auditing, Audit help, and Payroll Processing and Check services. Owner and President of Business Cents, Steffanie Anderson, is a lifelong business owner, a Quickbooks ProAdvisor, and is an expert in financial management for small and medium sized companies. Steffanie is an educator who listens to Client needs and responds with excellent advice.
Contact Steffanie to schedule an appointment
Hours: Every third Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Denise Downey offers personal financial planning services. Some of the many areas that she can help with are investment guidance, retirement planning, college saving strategies, cash management, and financial advocacy. She can also help determine the best retirement savings plan for your small business and set up the plan for you.
Denise is a Certified Financial Planner™ with over 16 years of experience.
Contact Denise to schedule a free 30-minute consultation
Denise Downey, CFP®
Hours: Last Wednesday of each month, 2 to 4 p.m.
Joel Hoff is an executive level finance leader who helps bring order to the chaos associated with companies in the startup and emerging phase. He has extensive experience aligning people, processes and technology to develop and execute strategies that help companies move to the next level of their evolution. Leveraging his broad base of operational and financial acumen, Joel partners with entrepreneurs to establish marketing focus, identify quality revenue streams that produce solid margins, forecast cash flow needs and instill a cost conscience culture within an enterprise.
Specialties: Cash Flow Forecasting and Management, P&L and Balance Sheet Management, Project Accounting and Cost Engineering, Short and Long Term Forecasting, Complex Financial Modeling, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, ERP Design and Implementation, Budgeting and Forecasting Systems and Processes, Management of General and Administrative Functions, Startup and Emerging Companies
Contact Joel to schedule an appointment
Hours: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 3 to 5 p.m.
Nick Rossolillo is investment advisor and founder at Concinnus Financial, as well as a national financial contributor for the Motley Fool. Office hours are available for things like market or business specific research, putting together financial statements, making a pitch deck, or simple talk therapy about the headaches involved with launching a new venture. Nick has been involved with and started several small businesses from scratch during his career. From the aspiring entrepreneur just beginning to formulate an idea to those now managing a revenue generating enterprise, Nick has been there before and can help.
Contact Nick to schedule an appointment
Hours: 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Adworkz helps businesses create customized solutions to simplify internal processes helping you better connect with your clients. The Adworkz modular approach to development helps ensure that your project will be cost effective and completed in a timely manner, whether you are a small or large organization. Our team specializes in mobile application development, custom software development, data platforms and front-end mobile/web solutions.
Contact Larissa to schedule an appointment
Hours: 1st Wednesday of the month, 1 to 3 p.m.
Landers Design – Logo design, brand consultation, graphic design
My name is Derek and my passion is logo design and branding. As a graphic designer for over 20 years in the Spokane area I have experience in nearly every aspect of design and marketing including; branding, web design, photography & film, production, and collateral. I like to find clients who are passionate about their ideas so I can match it in the work I do for them. I enjoy being completely invested in their ideas and their success.
Contact Derek to schedule an appointment
Hours: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
David Teich has been in B2B high tech since 1980, in a number of departments. His experience includes working with multiple startups and their founders to build a bridge between entrepreneurs with ideas and business customers with needs. At both the strategic and tactical levels, Mr. Teich can help early stage firms focus outwards, creating core messages that help address market challenges.
Contact David to schedule and appointment
Hours: Every 3rd Tuesday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Tinderbox Consulting believes in serving God by serving others. We do this through the campsite rule: leave everyone in better shape than we found them. Tinderbox consults with small businesses and entrepreneurs on their sales and marketing initiatives.
We work diligently to serve our clients and put them in a better marketing position than when we found them. Creating a marketing plan is one thing. Executing said plan is quite another thing. This is how we operate. Create and execute marketing and sales plans, and leave our clients in better shape than we found them.
Contact Josh to schedule an appointment
Hours: 3rd Monday of every month, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Eide Bailly – CPAs and Business Advisors
As a small business or new business owner, understanding which tax credits you can qualify for, if any, can be downright exhausting. For instance, did you know that your business can get a tax credit for money spent on research and development? Rance Hughes, CPA with Eide Bailly, can talk you through the requirements for R&D tax credits and beyond, and is knowledgeable in many aspects of accounting and business consultancy services like tax planning and tax credits, business and technology consulting, cyber security, bookkeeping, and more.
Contact Rance to schedule an appointment
Rance Hughes, CPA
Hours: 4th Thursday of every month, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Elev8 Bio – Assistance for biotech companies
Elev8bio marries expertise from across several fields to create a novel platform to assist small and mid-cap companies attempting to break into the fast-paced biotech sector.
Our Approach: We generate growth through a combination of hyper-targeted integrated marketing, cultivating industry relationships, strategic community engagement, and investor relations.
Who We Serve: A customized process for niche medical and bio-tech markets for a fraction of the cost that it takes to traditionally reach out and build the foundation for professional connections.
Contact Cecilia to schedule an appointment:
Hours: Feb. 15, March 8, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Business Impact NW – business development funding and consulting services
Rhonda L. DeVito is a Sr. Business Development Consultant for Business Impact NW, a non-profit ‘alternative’ lender and business coaching organization in Seattle. Her passion is helping emerging companies to grow strategically by providing sound direction and connecting them with the right resources. Many of her clients are women, minority and veteran-owned enterprises. Rhonda also assists entrepreneurs with business acquisitions, formal business and market plan development and sourcing capital. Her specialty is finding money for startups!
Contact Rhonda to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 1st Thursday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon
Feltman Ewing – legal consultations
Feltman Ewing provides counseling in the areas of entity formation, business liability issues, contract drafting and review (including commercial leases), trademarks and copyrights, and general legal advice on a variety of topics encountered by businesses of all sizes and types.
Contact JP to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 2nd and last Monday of each month, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.