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The 'Tree' is growing!

Spokane Symphony Associates has expanded Christmas Tree Elegance into River Park Square with a parade of six trees located on the 2nd & 3rd floors. For 29 years, Spokane Symphony Associates has been able to make this event possible through donations from public and private donors. Each of the 18 ornately decorated trees offers a unique package of prizes valued up to $4,999. Twelve trees will remain at the original Davenport location, while six new trees decorate the halls of the River Park Square Mall. At $1 per ticket, raffle entry is available to everyone 18 years and older. The more tickets you purchase, the better chance you have to win your favorite holiday tree.

Through Christmas Tree Elegance, Spokane Symphony Associates has been able to donate over $150,000 a year for the past several years in support of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. This year's expansion comes with the intent to substantially increase that amount. This will bring SSA's lifetime total to over $2.5 Million. This exciting family tradition is brought to the Inland Northwest through countless hours of devoted volunteers. Traditionally, during the 12 day event alone, there are over 6,000 hours of volunteer time to ensure a successful event and bright future for our local symphony.

CTE President, Larry Davis, says "It is rewarding to know that CTE has become an essential part of the downtown Spokane Christmas tradition. We want to share our passion for the Orchestra and awaken awareness in the next generation of civic supporters. We're excited that River Park Square and Downtown Spokane Partnership have committed to join us in this mission." If you would like to get involved or would like to request additional information, please contact: Larry Davis, President Spokane Symphony Associates 509-280-4798 or lndavis29@comcast.net.

The website is www.spokanesymphonyassoc.org.

Tony Traver new GM at Ferrante's; Rapier promoted

Tony Ferrante, owner of Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe & Catering announces the promotion of Tony Traver, formerly the dinning room manager, to General Manager overseeing the entire operation. Traver, a graduate of Gonzaga University, has 18 years experience in the restaurant industry with the Coeur d' Alene Resort and the last 5 years with Ferrante's.

Nick Rapier, an SFCC graduate who has 7 years of restaurant experience with the past 4 years as Prep Chef at Ferrante's, has been promoted to assistant manager/kitchen operations, in charge of food ordering, and scheduling prep chefs and the night crew.

Huckleberry's turns 15

Huckleberry's Natural Market at 10th and Monroe celebrates 15 years in business this month. The store changed the face of the grocery industry here in Spokane in 1996, by boldly becoming the first to offer a full selection of natural and organic produce, seafood, meats, dairy products and pre-packaged foods. Since the opening of Huckleberry's, several satellite locations have been placed in select Rosauers Supermarkets & Super Ones. These locations are in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Eastern Washington. For more information, visit huckleberrysnaturalmarket.com.

Tinman's Best of 2011 Show

Tinman Gallery at 811 West Garland is celebrating their Best of 2011. They will have paintings and sculptures from Harold Balazs, Virginia Carter, Melissa Cole, Allen and Mary Dee Dodge, Sheila Evans, Jo Fyfe, Ric Gendron, Mel McCuddin and more. Visit tinmanartworks.com.

Clifton Gunderson, LarsonAllen Announce Plans to Merge

Clifton Gunderson and LarsonAllen LLP (LarsonAllen), ranked as two of the nation's top-20 certified public accounting and consulting firms, today announced plans to merge and form one of the top-10 accounting firms in the United States. The partners of both firms have agreed to the combination. Pending final approvals, the merger will take effect January 2, 2012. The new firm will be named CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA). CLA will bring together two firms of significant magnitude to offer unprecedented emphasis on serving privately held businesses and their owners, as well as entities in the public sector-nonprofits and governmentals. Access to a firm with a top-10 presence and capabilities committed to serving primarily these types of clients is rare. The new firm will have more than $550 million in combined revenue, employ more than 3,600 professionals, including 500-plus partners, and will operate from 25 states and Washington D.C.

CLA will have a dominant presence in the accounting profession with its highly specialized capabilities in the health care, financial institutions, government, nonprofit, manufacturing and distribution, construction, real estate, agribusiness, dealerships, employee benefit plans, and other industries, in addition to its strong technical foundation in audit, accounting, and advisory services.

CLA will have a national wealth management practice positioned as one of the top three in the accounting profession, with nearly $3 billion in assets under management. The combined firm will boast a $50 million industry-specialized outsourcing practice to help clients meet their financial, tax regulatory compliance, and reporting responsibilities. In addition, CLA will have the capacity to help clients with international dealings successfully do business in a global environment. The website is larsonallen.com.

Massage Envy opens

They're celebrating the grand opening of Massage Envy - Spokane Pavilion at 920 E Hoerner Ste 100, (on Nevada & Jay by WinCo). Owner Carolyn Wescott says they are now taking appointments and are offering a one-hour massage session for $39. The phone number is 509-465-ENVY (3689).

Laura Lawton-Forsyth Elected Chair of Printing Industries of America Board

Laura Lawton-Forsyth, President of Lawton Printing Inc. and File-Ez Folder, Inc., has been elected 2011/2012 Chair of the Board of Printing Industries of America. The transition occurred during the association's fall meetings in Miami Beach, FL.

In this position, Lawton-Forsyth will lead the board and oversee the direction and activities of the 8,500 member firm association. Printing Industries of America is the world's largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with more than 900,000 employees and $140 billion in sales.

Ray Lawton, Lawton-Forsyth's father, was also Chair of this prestigious non-profit trade association, making Lawton Printing the only company that has had a father and daughter both serve as Chair. In addition, Lawton-Forsyth also holds the honor of being the second woman to be the Chair of Printing Industries of America since it was founded in 1887.

Lawton-Forsyth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications from California Polytechnic State University. She is the fourth generation to be involved in the family business, joining the company in 1991. Lawton-Forsyth has been involved with many print industry organizations throughout her career, including a current board position with Pacific Printing Industries Association (PPI) beginning in 2002, serving as Chair as well as the National Board Representative.

In addition, she has served in various volunteer leadership capacities within Printing Industries of America, including the Young Print Professionals Group, Chair of the Education Committee, Executive Committee Member and Finance Committee Member. Lawton-Forsyth has also been a past Kodak Commercial Printing Advisory Group Member.

An active volunteer in the Spokane community, Lawton-Forsyth also serves on the boards of the Junior League and Independent Colleges of Washington. She also serves on the finance committee for Saint George's School.

Now is the time to make your home more energy efficient

Spokane residents have one month left to receive a subsidized home energy audit with local non-profit general contractor SustainableWorks. With stimulus funds running out, the price of home energy audits will increase to $195 at the first of the year. This is the final opportunity for Spokane residents to find out how to make their homes more energy efficient this winter at a greatly reduced cost. The purpose of the SustainableWorks program is to help homeowners make home improvements that reduce their energy use and energy bills. In additional to receiving a low cost home energy audit, participants can save on items like furnaces, air sealing, insulation, and hot water heaters that reduce their energy costs. To learn more about the program, or to sign up, visit www.sustainableworks.com or call 509-532-1688. You must sign up by midnight of December 31st to qualify for the $95 home energy audit. New clients must pay for their audit by January 31, 2012.

LaunchPad Holiday Elegance Event This Week

This Tuesday, December 6th, from 6:30-9:00pm at the Davenport Hotel in the Marie Antoinette Room, LaunchPad INW will be celebrating the season for their quarterly event and are excited to share their partnership with Spokane Symphony Associates and Christmas Tree Elegance. Attendees will enjoy desserts, dueling strings, display booths set up by local vendors and networking with elegance.

This is a great way to promote your business. Table sponsorships are still available. Cost to attend is $25 per person, $5 for college students. LaunchPad Founding and Pro Members are free but still need to RSVP. More information at www.launchpadinw.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
John D. Rockefeller

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