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Providence Health Care Appoints Joyce Cameron Chief Development Officer

Providence Health Care has named Joyce M. Cameron as Chief Development Officer of three Providence urban hospital Foundations, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Sacred Heart Children's Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital. The three foundations will be integrated into one and will be named Providence Health Care Foundation, Eastern Washington, effective January 1, 2012. Joyce will be responsible for the integration and will manage administrative and fundraising activities.

Joyce was previously Executive Director of Providence Sacred Heart and Children's Foundations and has been employed by Providence for the past five years. Prior to Providence Health Care, Joyce held the position of Executive Director of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Foundation (The MAC).

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine names 'Best of Spokane 2011'

Last Friday evening at the Fox Theatre, Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine presented the 'Best of Spokane 2011' in a huge event with nearly 1,000 people celebrating the best of just about everything in the Inland Northwest, as chosen by the magazine's readers. Among the winners were Best Elected Official, Mayor Mary Verner, Best Hotel, The Davenport Hotel; Best New Car Dealership, Wendle Motors; Best Jeweler, Jewelry Design Center; Best Bank, Washington Trust Bank; Best Fine dining, Clinkerdagger; Best Italian Food, Italian Kitchen; Best Dentist, Brooke Cloninger; Best Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center; Best Chef, Anna Vogel, Italia Trattoria; Best Antiques, Finders Keepers; Best Music Company, the Spokane Symphony.

For all the winners pick up a copy of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine or go to spokanecda.com.

Area interior designers come together under one roof - The Tin Roof

Design is hot - just flip on your television tonight and you're sure to find at least a dozen shows focused on 'design' - Design Star, Design on a Dime, Divine Design - just to name a few. Great design can inspire not only an hour of reality television, but can bring families and friends together, help you unwind after a long day, or help get you going for the day ahead. Design is all around us - and The Tin Roof is rounding out it's offerings by adding Interior Designers to their staff. They now offer full-scope Interior Design services including space planning, lighting design, hard-surface selection and more for both residential and commercial projects.

A recent round of hiring has placed local designers Robbin Thrasher-Miller and Nancy Bulmer under one roof - The Tin Roof. Robbin joins The Tin Roof with over 24 years of experience in residential design and home furnishings. Nancy Bulmer joins the The Tin Roof from Rivebend Interior Design with an extensive background in builder remodels and new construction. The addition of these two Interior Designers makes for a total of four Interior Designers on staff at The Tin Roof and three Interior Stylists.

For more information contact Heather Hanley at 509-535-4121.

Dr. Kevin Sweeny named Chief Medical Officer at Providence

Providence Health Care, which includes Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Holy Family Hospital, has announced that Kevin Sweeny, MD - the former chief executive of Rockwood Clinic - has joined Providence as the Chief Medical Officer - Physician Services.

Wendle Ford and Shadle Park Booster Club partner to raise up to $6,000 for local students

Wendle Ford and Shadle Park Booster Club are partnering to help raise up to $6,000, benefiting numerous Shadle Park H.S. clubs and athletics, through Ford Motor Company's Drive One 4 UR School program. Members of the Spokane community will have the opportunity to raise money benefiting Shadle Park students by test driving 1 of 10 brand new Fords. For every eligible test drive on November 5th from 9 am to 4 pm, Ford Motor Company and Wendle will donate $20 to Shadle Park Booster Club. Each test drive will last approximately 7-10 minutes. The event will take place at Shadle Park High School's North Parking Lot at the corner of Wellesley and Ash. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. Limit one test-drive per household.

Joe Garst buys Windermere Real Estate/City Group LLC

Real estate broker Joe Garst has bought Windermere Real Estate/City Group LLC and is now the sole owner of the business which has 23 agents and is growing. Garst has been one of the owners of the franchise since 2008. The franchise is located in approximately 4,000 square feet of leased space on the first floor at 908 N. Howard.

Local company, Davesbillboard.com takes on Craigslist

After two years of development, DavesBillboard.com recently launched its buyer/seller website, offering everything a small business and savvy consumer needs in one convenient location. Thing feature that sets DavesBillboard.com apart is their commitment to donating ten percent of the proceeds to wounded soldier programs.

"When held up to Craig's List, Davesbillboard.com is easier to use, safer for the user and offers greater security and flexibility," said Dave Spiker, founder of DavesBillboard.com. "While simultaneously creating a platform to help our wounded veterans."

Locally owned and operated, DavesBillboard.com allows buyers and sellers to connect easily and securely. With the exception of the Business, Food and Lodging listings, all other areas of the site are absolutely free.

Their website platform has two specific goals. Help benefit local businesses compete with much larger corporations via their Virtual Mall design. Small businesses often do not have the resources to create a website, but with Davesbillboard.com they can create personalized pages to sell their product or services, which they can update anytime with no fees. DavesBillboard.com also offers features in the form of Business Power Pages. These Power Pages allow users to create sales flyers, coupons, smart phone QR codes, embed video, connect to social media and more.

Dave Spiker started this site with four other partners who saw the need to better organize buyer and seller information on the web combined with the dire need to support veteran's organizations. DavesBillboard.com is using Spokane as a test site to launch in other markets nationally in the near future. Follow Davesbillboard.com on Twitter @davesbillboard, Facebook and YouTube.

Humanix recognized for exemplary workplace practices

Humanix has been honored with the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for the fourth year in a row. Humanix won the designation for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. This prestigious award, part of the national 'When Work Works' project, recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers' flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against national norms from FWI's National Study of Employers. As a recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award, Humanix ranks in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace.

Fatbeam announces fiber contracts with CdA and Post Falls School Districts

Fatbeam, a Competitive Access Provider delivering broadband access services to customers in the Pacific Northwest, recently signed long term agreements with the Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls, Idaho School Districts to build high capacity fiber optic networks and deliver 2 gigabit broadband services to school district facilities. The combined contracts for the networks average 7.5 years in length and exceed $2M in value.

The two school districts and Idaho, a state which ranks last in recent reports for technology in the classroom, will gain greater network speeds and be able to access technology services that were not available prior to the new deployment.

Additionally, as part of a greater strategy for Fatbeam, the company will build fiber between the Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls markets, add fiber services to the University of Idaho Research Park in Post Falls, and extend the network to the TierPoint facility in Liberty Lake, WA, which provides data services such as colocation and cloud computing.

Headquartered in Post Falls, Idaho, Fatbeam was co-ounded by Shawn Swanby, owner of Ednetics Inc. (www.ednetics.com), and Greg Green (www.greggreen.com). For further information go to www.fatbeam.com.

Avista's 'Powering our Future' event November 17

Avista presents 'Powering Our Future: How do we meet your energy needs reliably and responsibly, while integrating renewable power?' Thursday, November 17, 4:00 to 8:00 pm at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point Park, 2426 N. Discovery Place in Spokane Valley. Keynote speaker is Jim Yost, Idaho Council Member, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Special Guest: Rick Sterling, Engineering Supervisor, Idaho Public Utilities Commission. Also presenting are Dick Storro, Vice President Energy Resources, Avista; Bob Lafferty: Director of Power Supply, Avista; and Kevin Christie: Director of Gas Supply, Avista.

For more information contact Brandi Smith at 509-495-2874 or brandi.smith@avistacorp.com. RSVP: poweringourfuture.eventbrite.com.

Two dynamic women present one powerful seminar

Stress Management Consultant/Spiritual Mentor for business and personal life and Numerologist Joy McMahon is teaming up with certified relationship coach Kathleen Lamanna to present a one day seminar, Saturday, November 12 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Quality Inn at Argonne and Mission in Spokane Valley.

Attendees will learn to reclaim their natural power of joy, be a deliberate creator, manifest their desires, get in touch with their Life Purpose, discover their compatible partner through Numerology, learn how old agreements short cut love connections, be smart and avoid mistakes at the onset of a relationship and refine the art of receiving.

Cost is $85, or $75 if received in full by Nov. 4. For later registration after the 4th remit $20 to hold your spot. (Refundable 24 hours notice) RSVP: 208-772-2454 or 509-844-7560. Remit Check to: Lamanna Seminars P.O Bx.2653, Hayden Lake, ID 83835.

Social Media for Business seminar this Thursday

Laura Wilson of Virtual Peacock is offering Social Media for Business, this Thursday, November 3rd, 11 am to 1 pm at the Lincoln Center. This class will walk you through, step-by-step, how to use social media sites for your business. Topics include: How to set up business pages, social media strategies for business, managing your time online, and answering your questions. Go to virtualpeacock.com for all the details.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Life is a series of near misses. But a lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future." Starbuck’s chairman Howard Schultz

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