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RD Fresh: Good for the planet. Good for the restaurant business.



Stella Evans (left) and Bruce Lewis with RD Fresh Washington

A new business has come to the Spokane area, which is environmentally beneficial for the planet and good for the restaurant business. RD Fresh Washington, represented locally by Stella Evans, is a company that provides an effective, affordable refrigeration dehumidifier system that extends the useable life of food. The process was developed by Steve Gerson, Coach of the 1997 Gold Medal British Virgin Islands Culinary Team and author of 'Contemporary Caribbean Cuisine'. Steve has been Chef of his own award winning restaurant, Food & Beverage Director at a number of exclusive Caribbean Resorts, and Consultant to properties throughout the Caribbean.

RD Fresh is a 100% natural 'Green' mix of zeolite minerals. Zeolite minerals have been used for years in clean up of aqua filters and spills like ammonia, blood, bleach, diesel, gasoline, insect killers, etc. The minerals were used extensively during the cleanup of the Chernobyl disaster. They have a unique 3 dimensional structure (similar to a honeycomb) consisting of interconnected tunnels and cages. Moisture molecules move freely into the tunnels and are then trapped along with unwanted gases within the cages.

As RD Fresh removes the moisture and gases as it reduces humidity, food odors and cross contamination and the spread of bacteria. In testing done on raw hamburger it reduced the bacteria by 48% after 4 days. The first day difference was more impressive, at over 300%. RD Fresh is a passive system making it very affordable. A Green program that will provide an immediate return on investment of 3 to 4 dollars on every dollar spent.

All of this in a product that is 100% natural and is truly a zero foot print product. The same gas that RD Fresh absorbs actually makes excellent fertilizer and can be disposed of directly into the soil. The special food safe TyVek bag from DuPont is recycled directly to DuPont. For more information contact Stella Evans at 509-869-1580 or sevans@rdfreshwashington.com. The website is www.rdfreshwashington.com.


Two weeks left to see Leo

If you haven't been to see the DaVinci exhibit at the MAC, you better hurry. 'Leonardo Da Vinci - Man - Inventor - Genius' is an amazing look at the works of this remarkable creator including invention models and replicated artistic masterpieces. The exhibit runs through September 5 at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Visit www.northwestmuseum.org for more information and exhibit hours.

Anemone Paper Flowers in a new garden

Anemone Paper Flowers is in the process of moving from River Park Square and consolidating the business to their 309 West Second avenue location. The move will be completed with the next week. In the meantime owner Mary Eberle has put everything in the store on sale so there will be less to move. You can get more information at handmadepaperflowers.com.

Jennifer Evans joins Bozzi Media as Director of Events

Jennifer Evans, formerly with LaunchPad INW has joined Bozzi Media as the Director of Events. She will develop and implement all the events the company does to promote their various magazines; Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living, Inland Business Catalyst, Prime, WA and Family. In addition, she will work with other companies to serve as their event coordinator in an attempt to build an Event Department. The first contract is with LaunchPad, planning their Quarterly Networking Events.

Spokane Amsoil Dealer Achieves Premier Status

Valley Synthetics owner Rich Lentes has been awarded Premier Direct Jobber status by the national Amsoil corporation. The local company is one of only three of the synthetics dealers in the area with the high designation. The recognition comes after just three years in business in Spokane Valley. Lentes earned the Premier Direct Jobber status based on a point system for sales of the Amsoil products.

Pig Out in the Park is on the way!

Restaurants all around the Spokane area are gearing up for one of their biggest times of the year. So save your appetites for great food and great entertainment. Pig Out in the Park is in its 32nd year and is coming to Riverfront Park Wednesday, August 31 through Monday, September 5. Impresario Bill Burke has put together 48 food booths with 225 menu items, 3 adult beverage gardens and 82 free concerts on three stages (including Leon Russell). Over the years nearly two and a half million people have enjoyed this Labor Day weekend extravaganza. Go to spokanepigout.com for more information.

Belo teams with Yahoo!

Belo Corp. one of the nation's largest television companies, and parent company of KREM TV, announced an agreement with Yahoo! to deliver advertising across Yahoo! sites in Belo's 15 local television markets in the U.S., including the Inland Northwest. Locally, the deal combines KREM TV's sales capabilities and the KREM.com website with Yahoo!'s market leading reach and display advertising leadership. This new initiative comes in addition to an agreement completed several years ago by which Belo stations supply select video content across Yahoo! sites.

"The agreement expands the audience reach that Belo stations can deliver to its advertisers and will leverage Yahoo!'s industry leading advertising capabilities," said Peter L. Diaz, Belo's president/Media Operations. Many of their markets will now be able to reach up to 95 percent of internet viewers. Yahoo! is committed to making sure local businesses reach high quality target audiences, and offers all the elements needed for great advertising today.


Firesafe Spokane website debuts

A new website has been created to provide the public a comprehensive one stop source for detailed fire related information. This is a joint venture between Firesafe Spokane, a non-profit organization and Gibby Media Group Inc. a small business committed to the region.

The websites are designed to help create a safer environment by providing vital information to the public to help them to implement fuel modification and defensible space procedures, to reduce losses and costs associated with wildfire disasters.

With the conditions in our region going into a dry spell the high volume of fire fuels available, another firestorm in our area could occur like the one we had in 1991. The new website contains a five minute video about defensible space, a simple 10-step program to help homeowners, current information on fire issues, weather links, comprehensive weblinks to local, regional and national agencies. It also features a historical music video produced in 1991 by Lon Gibby to remind everyone of what it was like to live through a firestorm.

Bill Wilburn, Executive Director of Firesafe Spokane stated, "This website is designed to provide the public a one stop location to be able to access vital information and weblinks that can help save lives and property. Statistics show that it is just a matter of time before we face another firestorm in this region". It is important the public knows of this new resource. The websites are www.firestormspokane.org or www.firestormspokane.net.

Hill & Knowlton Names Northwest GM, Christiaan Brown

Hill & Knowlton announced today that Christiaan Brown has been promoted to general manager of the firm's Northwest operations. He will report directly to Dan Bartlett, US president and CEO. Brown will focus on expanding H&K's local business across corporate, technology and public affairs practice groups in the firm's Seattle and Spokane offices, and will lead the Northwest team in enhancing client service and strengthening business development initiatives.

With more than 12 years of experience consulting on Northwest brands, Brown has deep expertise in corporate and business-to-business communications, technology and consumer goods, and product campaigns spanning consumer technology products, food & beverage brands, mobile/telecom, computing, network infrastructure and services.

Brown has successfully developed and managed client programs for Fortune 500 and industry leading companies including Hewlett-Packard, Qualcomm, Seattle Children's Hospital, Frontier Communications, Tree Top and the Global AIDS Vaccine Conference, and has provided counsel to other leading blue-chips including eBay, Yahoo! and Microsoft.

The EWU Eagles are returning to the Red Turf for four home games this season

The EWU Eagles, the defending Division I national champion football team, are set for another thrilling football season. Season tickets are $60-$80 (there are EWU alumni discounts on season passes through the EWU ticket office). Season pass holders avoid service fees by calling the EWU ticket office directly (509-359-6059) for home season tickets.

Tailgate passes are available for the season ($100 for the season, $35 per game) and are two-thirds sold-out. The upper lot filled three times at 8 a.m. day of game, so don't delay. Pass holders receive a 2 x 2 parking stall less than 100 feet from the stadium (one vehicle) to set-up a tent, RV, car or grill for a private/public party. Season pass holders can stay overnight the Friday and Saturday of the game. The Ryan Larson Band & Kelly Hughes Band will be playing for free in the upper lot and there will be a judged tailgate cook-off with prizes for participating tailgaters before each kickoff. More information can be found on www.goeags.com.

Away game tickets to the EWU-University of Washington game (Sept 3) and EWU-Montana game (Sept. 17) are available to 2011 EAA members. To join the EAA, it's less than $10 a month to support student-athlete scholarships (80 percent of your membership is tax-deductible) and allows you priority purchasing power for all of the biggest perks. There are three EAA buses driving over to Montana (cost is $35 per bus seat, plus cost of UM-EWU ticket). For EAA information, contact Krysta Plato at 509-359-6208.

The Business Thought of the Week

"In the long run, it's all about people. People loving people. People caring for people. And people's compassion for one another. It's all about love. It's all about people."
The late Chuck Hennessey





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