“Seven in Eleven”: Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announces strategy to help improve conditions for Spokane’s Small Business Community-


“Seven in Eleven,” the new City initiative to help improve conditions for small businesses in Spokane, was highlighted in the State of the City address given by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner last Friday morning at her annual address to about 350 people in the ballroom at the Spokane Convention Center as part of a morning breakfast hosted by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

“This is part of a larger strategy we’re rolling out to address the concerns that small business owners raised with us in a survey and workshop last fall. We’re calling our strategy “Seven in Eleven,” noted the Mayor. “The seven priority activities include: Providing checklists to aid businesses through permitting, putting business license applications and renewals on-line, and coordinating with organizations that help start-up businesses so we can work more smoothly with them at City Hall.”

The final “Seven In Eleven” action steps were selected from over 22 individual ideas with assistance from Greater Spokane Incorporated’s Small Business Council and Public Policy Council. An important consideration of the “Seven in Eleven” program is that each action step must be accomplished in 2011 and with no net cost in light of the existing budget and staff resources. The complete list of the “Seven in Eleven” can be found here. Further information and detail regarding the program can be found here.

For information:

Andrew Worlock, Economic Development Specialist

City of Spokane Business and Development Services Department

(509) 625-6991