Small Business Support

SIMBA is part of the Department of Commerce Small Business Resiliency Network helping multi-ethnic and diverse small and micro businesses in Washington State recover from the pandemic.

Since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic, SIMBA has been able to help over 700 multi-ethnic and otherwise under-represented or under-served businesses, and has brought over $3.5 million dollars in federal and state resources into our region to help independent businesses survive and recover.

Our Technical Assistance team is available to help business owners navigate all their business needs from startup to stay up, including the following topics:

Robin Haynes: 509-228-2320, robin@spokaneindependent.org, SIMBA Interim Executive Director

Topic Areas: Human Resources Best Practices (hiring, firing, employee handbooks, wage and hour laws, leave provisions, recordkeeping); Employee vs. Independent Contractor analysis and advice; Employment contract reviews (including non-compete and non-disclosure provisions); Business startups and conversions (sole proprietorship, LLC, partnerships, corporations); Compliance issues and advice; Non-profit formation and governance; Live Local Directory and Marketplace marketing tools; Grant Writing, Application Assistance, and Competitiveness/Eligibility Assessments; Business recordkeeping requirements and advice; Contract review (leases, buy-sell agreements, licensing agreements); General operational advice and CRM Trainings; Project management systems (Kanban, waterfall); The Local Frequency and Local Dollars programs; Proficient in reading Spanish (basic Spanish speaking skills)

Faisal Aldakhail: 509-228-2842, faisal@spokaneindependent.org, SIMBA Business Services & Outreach Associate

Topic Areas: The Live Local Directory and Marketplace; The Local Frequency and Local Dollar programs; Business Planning and Consulting; Marketing and Social Media Management; Financial Projection and Bookkeeping; Project Management and Coordinating; Application Assistance; CRM tools; Bilingual in English and Arabic. 

Jeremy Muriungi: 509-768-8141, jeremy@spokaneindependent.org, SIMBA Technology Coordinator

Topic Areas: The Live Local Directory and Marketplace; The Local Frequency and Local Dollars programs; Website maintenance and building (WordPress, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, TypeScript); HubSpot CRM; Programming (Python, C++, C#); Software Development frameworks (Agile); Database Administration (SQL database language, SQL server Management Studio, MySQL); Technical Writing (Guides, SOPs, How-Tos); GIT Version Control; Project Management and Coordination; Bilingual in English and Swahili

Note: When selecting your TA Provider in the below form, choose the topic(s) that closely align with those listed above. If you do not know which provider to use, please select “Choose the Best Provider” from the drop down menu in the form or email info@spokaneindependent.org.

Questions, comments? Need further assistance? You can contact us at: (509)228-2842
Email us at: info@spokaneindependent.org

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