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:
- Anastasi Moore Martin
- App to Market
- Associated Industries
- Belle Mira
- Business Cents
- Cara Stone
- Concinnus Financial
- Eide Bailly
- Elev8 Bio
- Feltman Ewing
- Financial Trex
- Fruci and Associates
- Ideas International
- Ismael Cifuentes
- Landers Design
- Melissa Diaz
- NWG Consulting
- Odegard Consulting
- Skylite Consulting
- Spokane Business Attorneys
- Spokane Public Library
- Squishy Peanut Marketing
- Stonebraker McQuary Insurance
- Swiftwater Advisors
- Taylor Christian Marketing
- Tinderbox Consulting
- Washington Trust Bank
- WSU University Center for Innovation
- Wood Insurance Network Group
- Zipline Interactive
Anastasi Moore Martin – Assistance with financial statements and accounting methods
Anastasi, Moore & Martin, PLLC, is a full-service audit, tax, consulting, accounting, and business valuation and litigation support services firm located in the historic Hutton Building in downtown Spokane, Washington. Founded in 2003, its four owner/members have over 90 years of combined public accounting experience. There are over 40 additional staff members with experience in both public and private accounting, and more than 20 of our accountants are licensed Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).
Contact Casey to schedule an appointment:
509-323-0272 ext. 218
Hours: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m.
AndPixel – Research and creative marketing services
AndPixel provides research and creative marketing services for local businesses. The breadth of our work encompasses digital and traditional media along with our expertise in branding.
Contact Brad to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 4th Tuesday, 9 to 10 a.m.
App to Market – app prototypes
App to Market is a rapid application development of your idea from concept to a working app for a fraction of the normal cost of app building. We build the basic components into the initial app to get a working product in the app store (iOS, Android). The goal of the program is to produce a useable working app that can be used for beta testing, but also pitch for your next round of funding. It will be a fully functioning app.
Startup App functionality would be:
• User Accounts
• UX/UI Mockup and customizations
• User login
• Survey integrated for live feedback
• Push notifications
• Social login options
• Reporting in Admin using chart and tables.
We can develop the Android application, iOS Application, and desktop web application (with admin control panel). You choose to develop either iOS, Android, and/or a desktop version.
To schedule an appointment, contact Tim:
Hours: Tuesdays, 5:40 to 7:20 p.m.
Associated Industries – Trusted Employer Advisors
As a member-driven organization, we make it easy and affordable for employers of all sizes to navigate complex employment issues, while building better workplaces. Our members get instant access to dedicated employment law attorneys and HR professionals who provide them with practical advice and guidance tailored to their businesses. Although startup founders may not be hiring a lot of employees at first, it’s important to have an idea about your future HR functions including: organizational design, handbooks, recruitment and on-boarding, compensation and benefits, employee relations and compliance requirements. Our HR and Legal teams work with startups who find their business growing or who want to better understand their risks as an employer.
Contact Stef to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 2nd and 4th Friday, 8 to 10 a.m.
Belle Mira – social media, launch event planning, marketing strategy
Belle Mira is a full-service marketing consultancy with a special emphasis on social media and launch event planning. Building your brand and getting the word out about your products/services requires meaningful engagement with your audience, customer, or client. With a background in small business development and experience in corporate marketing, Alyssa Agee will help you develop a marketing strategy and more importantly, execute it.
To schedule an appointment, contact Alyssa:
Hours: 2nd Thursday, 2 to 5 p.m.
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.
Cara Stone – Business Law Consultation
Jason Powell of Cara Stone LLP focuses his legal practice on corporate, real estate, securities and venture capital matters. Jason has previous experience 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, Cara Stone LLP
Hours: 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 8:30am – 10:30am
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
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: April 26 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Fruci & Associates – Tax, accounting, business development, operational analysis, valuation/transition planning
We are a full service, tax and accounting firm willing to help with all facets from business development, tax planning, Quickbooks and accounting assistance, operational analysis, and valuation/transition planning. Operating with integrity and honesty, we share our knowledge and expertise to support and help our clients realize their business goals, achieve financial growth and empower future success.
Contact Matt to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 2 to 4 p.m.
Ideas International – business development funding and consulting services
Rhonda DeVito is a Business Development Consultant who helps emerging companies to grow strategically by providing sound direction and connecting them with the right resources. Her specialty is sourcing capital for firms that are challenged with achieving adequate funding, particularly startups.
Rhonda knows what entrepreneurs must overcome to be successful. She began her own self-employment career at the age of 19 in the cross-country trucking industry, then later expanded her fleet and added transportation brokerage and refrigerated public warehousing services. After selling her award-winning enterprises, Rhonda created Ideas International, LLC in 1997, to follow her passion— “the business of growing businesses”.
The services her company offers include formal business and market plan development, mergers and acquisitions, attaining capital, pubic contracting and gov’t certification application packaging for women, minority and veteran-owned enterprises.
Rhonda has consulted to firms in a diverse array of industries and brings broad experience to all her projects. She is also a life-long volunteer and board member to many non-profits, including chambers of commerce, international trade groups, financial institutions and business development organizations. A favorite interest of hers has always been improving the environment. She currently mentors startups for the CleanTech Alliance of WA in Seattle to launch ‘green’ technology firms and also to Startup Spokane, a City-operated business accelerator.
Contact Rhonda to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 1st Thursday of each month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ismael Cifuentes – Idea validation, business plan review, financial analysis,and business process review
Throughout his career Ismael has worked with clients such as Nokia/Siemens, Netgear, Oracle and Facebook among others. Most recently he worked in financial analytics and modeling for mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry.
In the past he advised foreign companies from Latin America on the process and the strategies necessaries to establish and grow a successful operation in the US market.
Ismael has also worked in international economic development in Malawi, Africa at a USAID sponsored project. As a volunteer he worked in Ecuador auditing micro-finance institutions for the Grameen Foundation/Bankers Without Borders. He is a passionate entrepreneur and has participated as judge of business plans for a Global Entrepreneurship Masters class at University of Miami Business School.
Contact Ismael for an appointment:
Hours: 1st Tuesday of each month, 5 to 7 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
MassMutual – Small group benefits (health, life insurance, disability insurance, 401k)
Mary McDirmid of MassMutual focuses on small group benefits (health, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401k) and Non Profit Planning. Mary would like to make herself available to the startup community because of the following: I am in year 3 of being in business; passionate about the growth of Spokane businesses, and over connector. Come ask anything about starting a business and how I can connect you with others!
Contact Mary to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 2nd and 4th Friday, 8 to 10 a.m.
Melissa Diaz – Graphic design, brand style and guidelines, marketing plans
Melissa is a graphic designer with over 4 years experience working with both corporate and small businesses. Her expertise are of a wide variety including, but not limited to, logo design, brochures, booklets, magazine and digital ads, etc. She also enjoys drafting marketing plans and brand styles and guidelines.
Contact Melissa for an appointment:
Hours: 3rd Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NWG Consulting – HR support including compliance, talent management and retention, organizational strategy
NWG Consulting provides access to a level of Human Resources support small businesses would not normally be able to afford. Giving employers the support they need, when they need it, and at the level of experience it takes to keep them compliant and on track to meet strategic and day-to-day business objectives. Our niche is small business, especially start-up businesses, that need big-time support delivered in a flexible, customized manner. Areas of expertise include, compliance, talent management, compensation & benefits, employee relations, executive and supervisory coaching, staffing support, and organizational strategy.
To schedule an appointment, contact Lisa:
Hours: 3rd Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m.
Odegard Consulting – Social impact consulting
Would you start a company today without consideration for your image online? Probably not. Nor should you start a company without consideration for social responsibility.
Odegard Consulting is a social impact consulting firm that can help your business define their values of sustainability and integrate these practices within your existing business model. We can look at ways you can use social responsibility as a recruiting tool, and how your company’s transparency around environmental impact can strengthen your brand loyalty. You don’t have to be a large corporation to make a real impact. Small and medium sized companies worldwide are advancing the notion of the triple bottom line: people, planet & profit. Stop by my office hours or send Kara an email. I look forward to having a conversation with you!
Contact Kara to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon
*By appointment only through September, 2018.
Skylite Consulting – ecommerce, digital marketing and website development
Who We Are:
Hi. We’re Skylite, a marketing consulting agency. We are founded on truth and the belief that anyone can have a successful business, they just need the right type of marketing.
What We Do:
From start to finish, we devise and execute marketing and ecommerce development strategies capable of evolving over the life of your business. We specialize in client satisfaction and flexibility which is why we never offer one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead, you will receive custom service recommendations based on your individual needs as a business – no matter what size or where you’re at in the market landscape.
What We Do For You:
Skylite consults with startups and entrepreneurs to create company websites, ecommerce stores and digital marketing strategies. No matter where you’re at, we can help.
To schedule an appointment, contact Ann Michelle:
Hours: 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 10 to 11 a.m.
At Spokane Business Attorneys, we are a fun, happy, and strategic law firm that specializes in holistically helping business owners run their business the right way. We help business owners have more fun, make more money, and stay out of trouble as they build their businesses and legacy on a solid foundation. We help our clients with the business side and the legal side so they have a clear plan and strategy for success.
By approaching the law and her clients with the heart of a teacher, Christal makes her clients feel comfortable. She takes time to sit down with clients, understand their situation and goals, and craft a plan with creative solutions to move them towards their goals. Christal’s desire to find answers, solve problems, and get results makes her an attorney who gets things done.
Contact Christal to set up a free 30-minute consultation:
Christal Lam – Attorney, Spokane Business Attorneys
Hours: 2nd Tuesday, 9 to 10 a.m.
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
Squishy Peanut Marketing – social media and content marketing
At Squishy Peanut Marketing, we believe in empowering our clients to have the tools and skills they need to market their business like a pro. We specialize in social media and content marketing services by providing training, strategic plans, and implementation of social media, content writing, lead generation campaigns, email marketing, and more.
Contact Deanna Tiemann to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 3rd Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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 an appointment:
Hours: 1st Wednesday, 1 to 3 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.
Taylor Christian Marketing – Website design, SEO, Lead Generation, Email Marketing, Graphic Design, Social Media, Consulting & Reputation Marketing
Website Design: We build mobile-responsive WordPress websites with themes made from scratch or quality templates & provide professional graphic design services.
SEO: We implement strategies that will have a long-term impact in helping your business attract new customers using Google, Bing & Yahoo.
Lead Generation: We find clients within your demographic, connect them with your business through digital media and track them through the sales funnel.
Email Marketing: Online email marketing solution to engage subscribers, target an audience, send beautiful, responsive emails and track results.
Graphic Design: We offer clean, clear and unique graphic design
work with your company’s image in mind.
Social Media: Make your message go viral and engage the community through contests, interactions, quality content and brand awareness campaigns.
Consulting: We have over 10 years of cutting edge online marketing expertise and the skillsets needed to meet your business goals.
Reputation Marketing: We have a proven system for online reputation management that works. Improve your online reviews and earn new business.
Contact Taylor to schedule an appointment:
Hours: 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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
At Washington Trust Bank we pride ourselves on helping our customers with all of their financial needs. We are a relationship based bank, so that means we put the relationship between us and our customers first. With over 100 years of providing financial services we remain headquartered in Spokane but have expanded our footprint throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We are diverse enough to help out with the initial startup of your business yet small enough to know you and what’s most important to you. It is our goal to grow with you!
Contact Bryan to set an appointment:
Bryan Alford – Financial Concierge
Hours: 2nd and 4th Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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
Wood Insurance Network Group
Certified Insurance Counselor with over 20 years helping businesses and business owners find insurance solutions. Property and Casualty Insurance specialist, with a focus on cyber insurance solutions. Extensive experience writing insurance products for all kinds of businesses and industries large, small, sophisticated, and simple in scope.
Contact Chris to schedule an appointment:
Chris Wood, CIC
Hours: 3rd Wednesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Zipline Interactive – digital marketing services
Zipline Interactive creates measurable digital marketing campaigns that help businesses like yours generate more sales and profit. Through a full suite of trackable digital marketing services, including search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC), web design, social marketing, and display advertising, Zipline can help align your online marketing strategy to help save your business time and money, while reaching more customers than ever before.
Contact Ryan to schedule an appointment:
509-321-2849 ext. 701
Hours: 1st Friday, 9 to 11 a.m.