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Developing a marketing plan and sticking to it is a smart way to generate ongoing business.

See below for important components of a simple marketing plan.
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Inland Northwest Insurance
Owner: Steve Florance

When it comes to owning and operating a business, Steve Florance has it down.

He embodies the ActionCOACH model of business ownership in that he has built his insurance company over 23 years and is now able to work "on" the business instead of "in" the business in day-to-day operations.

What does that look like for Steve? He has five employees at the Spokane Valley office, and two employees at a Sandpoint office.

He said, "My position is to oversee the success and growth of the business."

But he noted that it hasn't always been that way. It has taken many years for him to develop systems to simplify the sales of insurance to residential and commercial clients.

And, the pandemic did affect his business as well. He said that he spent a lot of time setting up IT systems so that employees could work from home. But he did find that the longer the pandemic has gone on, he's had to exercise flexiblity with employees to ensure they can take care of their families and health.

To talk to him, Florance is a model of a calm, organized businessman, which might enhance trust in his insurance firm and its services. The best part for him - he said he can take a month of vacations each year, and honestly, it sounds like he's earned it!

He is inspired by living in a country where "with enough hard work, you can achieve anything you want to achieve."

Special offer: Free review of insurance policies - home, auto, business, or life.

Steve Florance
Owner – Agent
Inland Northwest Insurance
12319 E Broadway Avenue
Spokane Valley WA 99216
Work Phone: 509-892-6373
Simply Northwest
Owner: Denielle Waltermire-Stuhlmiller

There's a bit of magic walking into Simply Northwest during the holiday season. There are shelves of home decor, Santa figurines, candles, sparkle, glitter and everything that glows.

You can find everything from Spokane branded gifts to clothing and pre-made gift baskets that are sure to impress.

Owner since 2011, Denielle Waltermire-Stuhlmiller ensures that the shop is ready and holds something for everyone.

She said they are known for two main things - a place for women to buy gifts for their girlfriends, and the hub of corporate gift buying in Spokane and Spokane Valley. Although she said, "We have something for everyone."

Waltermire-Stuhlmiller said things haven't always been easy. In fact, when she bought the business, she was expecting a baby and it was the Christmas season. And, COVID hit them hard in the spring with boxes of inventory for Easter, Mother's Day and Administrative Assistants day due to mandates, their doors were closed for eight weeks.

She said she worked hard to maintain morale with her full-time employees and sent them little gifts to keep them going. Now they are fully open, with safety precautions - and be sure to wear your mask.

But be prepared to "feel" the holiday season at Simply Northwest once again!

Upcoming event: Small Business Saturday, November 28.

Simply Northwest
11806 E. Sprague Ave. Spokane Valley, WA, 99206
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm,
Sat 10am-4pm; Sun Closed

Special Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving through Christmas 
Mon-Sat 9-6pm
Sunday 10-4pm
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Useful Business Thought of the Week
What should be included in a simple Marketing Plan?

  • Your purpose statement for your business
  • What sets my business apart - what makes me unique in the marketplace?
  • My ideal customer is...
  • What's most important to my ideal customer when buying what I'm selling?
  • What I want to accomplish this year
  • Top three things that are going to get me there
  • How much will each thing contribute to my revenue/profitability?
  • What will trigger my ideal customer to think of me?
  • Strategies I am using to reach my goal
  • How much money will I need to get it done?

Remember, marketing should be done continually, to different target audiences, and with a different mix of methods.

Contact us for a Marketing Audit and for support in your business, 509-455-5053,