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"Home Ownership Matters" Bus Tour Visits Today

The red, white and blue "Home Ownership Matters" bus is coming to Spokane today, March 28th, where it will be parked in the Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain Plaza at noon (Spokane Falls Boulevard and North Howard Street).

Spokane area Realtors will gather for a group photo with the bus, then speak directly with leadership from the National Association of Realtors and the Spokane Association of Realtors about home ownership issues that matter most today. Consumers are invited to join the discussion. This is the only Washington state stop on the tour. The bus is scheduled to depart around 3pm.

The "Home Ownership Matters" bus tour is a project of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to promote the benefits of home ownership. The tour includes stops in Chicago, Denver and Portland. NAR recognized the challenges facing Realtors during the current recession and launched the Home Ownership Matters campaign. Through advocacy and outreach to lawmakers, consumers, thought leaders and the media, NAR is working to preserve this important American institution and provide Realtors and state and local associations with valuable information and tools to address concerns from clients and the community. Visit www.HouseLogic.com/bus for more information.

LaunchPad presents Intro to Google Analytics Wednesday

LaunchPad INW is pairing up with Sixth Man Marketing to present "Intro Into Google Analytics," an event designed to demonstrate how you can transform Google searches into potential customers. The event will take place at LaunchPad's Training and Coworking Center on Wednesday, March 30 from 12pm to 1:30pm. Ed Reese of Sixth Man Marketing will explain effective ways on how you can engage customers, test your marketing messages, and grow your online business. To get more information or RSVP for the event log on to launchpadinw.com.

Hallock Promoted to Assistant Vice President at Numerica

Erynne Hallock was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Branch Administration & Sales at Numerica Credit Union. Hallock has been employed by Numerica since 2004 and was most recently the Training Manager, where she oversaw the Management in MOTION and Supervisory Series programs. Both programs were recognized as the 2010 Success Story of the Year by Development Dimensions International. During this time, she also attended Western CUNA (Credit Union National Association) Management School and received high honors serving as Class Vice President. As one of two AVPs, she now shares responsibility for the administration of Numerica's Spokane area branches.

New website for Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists

Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, P.S. Announces the Launch of Their New Website. NWOS is the Inland Northwest's most comprehensive and technologically-advanced orthopaedic practice with several locations throughout the Inland Northwest. The goal of this newly designed and improved website www.nwos-spokane.com was to reflect a professional and advanced presentation of NWOS as a leading provider of orthopedic services for the region, including showcasing some of the specialty fields available from NWOS and provide orthopaedic education through the "Orthopaedic Advisor".

Patients can now easily click on a physician and request to be contacted for an appointment, or search the "Orthopaedic Advisor" for areas of interest to help patients understand orthopaedic injuries, conditions, and treatment options.

In addition, patients can fill out an on-line satisfaction survey about their encounters at NWOS. Also incorporated is a social media link as another way for NWOS to connect with patients, colleagues and engage in community involvement.

STCU wins national Diamond Award for outstanding marketing

It's not just Inland Northwest families who love the seasonal carriage rides sponsored in downtown Spokane and Coeur d'Alene by STCU with community partners. The free rides, and STCU's efforts to promote them, were winners when the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council handed out its annual marketing awards this month.

STCU was honored with a total of three Diamond Awards - the highest possible - and two Merit Awards when its marketing efforts were judged against those of other large credit unions (those with at least $1 billion in total assets) nationwide.

STCU won Diamond Awards for:
Its quarterly magazine, OSI.
Its 2010 Visa campaign
Its "My Life, My Money" financial education program for teens

STCU won Merit Awards for:
Its Spokane and Coeur d'Alene carriage rides.
Its redesigned website and online banking platform at stcu.org.

"The Diamond Awards recognize the best of the best in credit union marketing, advertising, and business development," said Anne Legg, council chair and vice president of marketing for Cabrillo Credit Union in San Diego, Calif. "It takes hard work, imagination, and perseverance to be selected as a Diamond Award winner from nearly 1,000 entries."

Campaign Kickoff for Ben Stuckart this week

This Wednesday, March 30, Ben Stuckart will kickoff his campaign for Spokane City Council President. The kickoff event will be at the Glover Mansion, 321 W 8th Ave, starting at 5:30pm. There will be hors d'oeurves and cash bar, suggested donation is $25. Everyone is welcome. Parking is available in the 5th Street Medical Building Parking Lot. RSVP to info@benstuckart.com. For more information on Ben Stuckart, visit benstuckart.com.

Good News for Valpak of the Inland Northwest

Valpak of the Inland Northwest has added more office space and has expanded their on-line, mobile and digital products. Last month, Valpak of the Inland Northwest was voted top Valpak franchise in the country for markets this size.

Integrus Architecture Names Rebecca Baibak as New Principal

Integrus Architecture is pleased to announce the advancement of Rebecca Baibak, AIA, LEED AP, REFP, to Principal, increasing the number of firm owners to nine. Rebecca's dedication to her work, her professional approach, and her commitment to the firm is recognized through this promotion and share of firm ownership.

Rebecca's passion for environmental and educational facility design has been instrumental in the firm's success. Recent projects include Rachel Carson Elementary School and Benjamin Rush Elementary Schools with Lake Washington School District; Sherwood Forrest Elementary School and Tyee Middle School with Bellevue School District; Park Place Middle School planning with Monroe School District; Shorecrest High School with Shoreline School District; Sacred Heart Parish and School and Assumption St. Bridget School with the Archdiocese of Seattle. She also integrated her passion for environmental and educational design in coordinating the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol for Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Spokane as one of the state pilot projects of the protocol.

Rebecca's role extends beyond projects to include active participation in professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) and Committee on the Environment (COTE). In addition, she's utilized her leadership skills on the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), where she is currently the co-chair of the CEFPI conference program committee and has held many roles within the organization over the years. Her professional involvement has positioned her to be a recognized leader in Washington educational and sustainable design communities.

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