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									            City of Spokane—Media Release
                                                               www.spokanecity.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 11, 2009

Contact:      Ellen Dolan                           Terri Stripes
              City Treasurer                        NBC Program Manager
              (509) 625-6035                        (509) 625-6597

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     “LOCALLY OWNED” BUSINESSES GET NEW RECOGNITION
           City also plans amnesty week to get businesses current on licensing
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Looking to support locally owned businesses? The City of Spokane is trying to make it easier for you.

The City has developed the Locally Owned Recognition Program to draw attention to small
businesses that are owned and operated within the City. Qualified business will receive a decal
(shown below) to display in their windows that lets customers know they’re helping to support their
local economy.

                              “Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining a
                              strong presence, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social
                              relationships, and contributing to local causes,” says Mayor Mary
                              Verner. “We all have a responsibility, as neighbors and community
                              members, to support and recognize our ‘homegrown’ businesses.”

                                Mayor Verner proclaimed May as Small Business Month and now is
                                announcing the new Locally Owned Recognition Program to try to
assist local business during the national and local economic downturn.

Locally owned businesses can pick up their free recognition decals Tuesday through Thursday, June
23-25, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the first floor of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. In
addition, representatives from business service providers and membership organizations will have
information displays at City Hall.

Meanwhile, to kick off the program, June 22 to 26, will be business license amnesty week. Previously
unlicensed businesses can apply for a license without interest or penalty. To be eligible for
the interest and penalty waiver, previously unlicensed businesses must pay for all licenses due during
the amnesty period and must not have been previously contacted by the City regarding business
license requirements.

For more information please contact: Taxes and Licenses, (509) 625-6070, or Business and
Development Services, Teri Stripes, (509) 625-6597 or tstripes@spokanecity.org
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