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Bling! in 2012 at the Lincoln Center



Bling in the new year at the Lincoln Center. It's Spokane's biggest New Year's party, Bling!, with a fabulous buffet, two bands, dancing, and over $25,000 in prizes, including diamonds from Dodson's at midnight. Go to thelinkcolncenter.com for more information. Contact Ticketswest for your seat.


Free video production by a real pro

Video producer Michael Burns of C3M Productions is running a promotion between now and January 1st - If you LIKE his business facebook page, C3M Productions, you will have a chance to win a free you tube facebook video for your business. And Michael Burns knows what he's doing...he started in the television business in New York City on NBC's "The Cosby Show". After working six years on "Cosby", he moved to Los Angeles and spent 20 years working on shows such as, "Home Improvement", "America's Funniest People" and "Boss Swap", and now, he brings that experience to his new home in Spokane.

Go to facebook.com/C3Mproductions to like his page and enter the contest.

Launching February 2012... The Current

A free monthly newspaper serving the entire Spokane Valley area will launch in February. It is brought to you by Peridot Publishing, which generates the award-winning Liberty Lake Splash Newspaper, a free weekly that has served the greater Liberty Lake area for 12 years. Like The Splash, The Current is intent on informing and connecting Valley communities with in-depth, visual journalism. Distribution points include Spokane Valley, Millwood, Rockford, Liberty Lake & unincorporated Spokane County, with over 150 high traffic locations. The City of Spokane Valley is the 10th largest city in the state of Washington with 89,755 people - Millwood has 1,786 - Rockford has 470 - Liberty Lake has 7,591 - and with the unincorporated residents in areas like Newman Lake, Otis Orchards, Greenacres & Liberty Lake, the total population is 100,000 plus. In each issue, The Current newsmonthly will feature powerful topics such as: In-depth cover story, Business news, Local commentary, Profile of a local community member, Community photos, names & faces, Cup of Joe, Q&A feature w/a Valley newsmaker, 3 Up, 3 Down, at-a-glance summary of local happenings, The WAVE, a spread for kids; Sports & Recreation, Valley Consumer, re local dining

To learn more about ad sizes/prices (includes full color), premium placement information, frequency discount opportunities, insert details, timelines contact Account Executives, Cindy Esch, and Janet Pier, or call The Splash at 242-7742.


Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association officers elected

The following individuals have been elected as 2012 executive officers for the Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association: president, Diane Newman of Best Western Burley Inn; vice president, Dan Todd of Smokey Mountain Pizzeria Grill; treasurer, Steve Ball of Premier Insurance; secretary, Nancy DiGiammarco of Silverwood Theme Park; immediate past president, Doug Burnett of the Coeur d'Alene Resort; National Restaurant Association liaison, Kevin Settles of Coeur d'Alene's Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery.

Organize Your Life Workshop

Martha Goss can help you learn simple and effective organizing techniques you can use every day to create a stress-free lifestyle in her upcoming Organize Your Life workshop January 11 through February 15.

Topics covered will include, scheduling and time management, paper pile reduction, paper and mail management, establishing and maintaining a routine, hands-on tackling of small home projects like your junk drawer or paper piles, creation of a system to handle projects that will work for you, the organizing process - how it works and how to do it Each class will build on the knowledge and tips learned in the previous class.

Dates and Times: Every Wednesday, January 11th through February 15th, 2012 Location: The Unity Church of North Idaho, in Coeur d'Alene. Cost: $50 for all 6 classes, paid in advance. Registration Deadline: Wednesday January 4th. Registration is limited to 10 participants. Contact: Martha Goss 208-659-4940 for more information

The website is OrganizeItWithMartha.com


New CEO for PAML

Providence Health & Services and Catholic Health Initiatives, co-owners of PAML (Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories) have named Francisco (Frank) Velazquez, MD as the new chief executive officer for PAML - the region's largest medical laboratory. Dr. Velazquez, MD, will begin on January 23, 2012, replacing long-time PAML executive -Tom Tiffany, PhD.

Dr. Velazquez is an experienced physician executive with a strong clinical background and business leadership skills. He holds a medical degree from the University of Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Bayamon, Puerto Rico; completed fellowships in both anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine; is board certified in clinical pathology; and holds a master's degree in Healthcare Management & Policy from Harvard University.

Dr. Velazquez comes from Quest Diagnostics where he served as managing director of Nichols Institute and managing director/vice president for Focus Diagnostics in San Juan Capistrano and Cypress, California. He had direct oversight for the reference laboratory testing business at both laboratories as well as the clinical trials at Focus Diagnostics. Nichols Institute and Focus Diagnostics have both been selected as Top Places to work in Orange County for three consecutive years. Prior experience includes executive, faculty and medical leadership roles at universities in Texas and Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit the PAML website at www.paml.com


New managing partner for Savory restaurant

John Little has been named managing partner for Savory Restaurant and Lounge. Little was previously food and beverage director at the Coeur d'Alene Resort last year and was a managing partner of Outback Steakhouse in Coeur d'Alene for nine years.

Forbes ranks Columbia Bank as best in Washington State

Tacoma-based Columbia Bank has been ranked as the best bank headquartered in Washington state by the Forbes list of America's Best and Worst Banks. Listed at No. 34, Columbia Bank also slides in ahead of Key Bank, Chase, US Bank and Bank of America. The list, ranking 100 of the largest publicly traded banks in the country, also placed Columbia Bank as the second best headquartered in the Pacific Northwest.

Columbia Bank has two branches in Spokane after buying the Bank of Whitman; 618 West Riverside Avenue and 2812 North Addison Street. The bank ranked No. 34 overall with total assets at $5 billion, 6.4 percent return on average equity, 2.5 percent nonperforming loans/total loans, 84 percent in reserves/nonperforming loans, a 20.6 percent tier one ratio, and a 12.9 percent leverage ratio.

Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, Columbia Banking System, Inc. is the holding company of Columbia State Bank, a Washington state-chartered full-service commercial bank which was awarded third place in the large employer category by Seattle Business Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For 2011 and was designated one of Puget Sound Business Journal's "Washington's Best Workplaces 2011".

With the recent FDIC-assisted acquisitions of Bank of Whitman, First Heritage Bank, and Summit Bank, Columbia Bank has 102 banking offices, including 77 branches in Washington State and 25 branches in Oregon. Columbia Bank does business under the Bank of Astoria name in Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita and Tillamook in Oregon. More information about Columbia can be found on its website at www.columbiabank.com.

Regina Winkler joins The Spokesman-Review

The Spokesman-Review has hired Regina Winkler as a national sales executive. She has 22 years of media industry experience.

Spokane YMCA Earns National Child Care NAEYC Accreditation

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest Early Child Care Program (ECC) has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

The accreditation process is an integral part of a community commitment to high quality early learning, a key indicator for a child's success in school. The Spokane County United Way, a community leader in support of early learning efforts, provided two facilitators, Nancy Ashworth and Shirley Porter, who guide and coach the child care centers throughout the lengthy accreditation process.

Four other local child care providers, Easter Seals' Northeast Child Development Center, The Community Building Children's Center, Stepping Stone Christian Child Care Center and the Little Red Schoolhouse have also received NAEYC accreditation with United Way's support.

To earn accreditation, the YMCA Early Child Care Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. An on-site visit ensured the ECC meets each of the ten program standards. As part of accreditation, unannounced visits will occur during the accreditation period, which lasts for five years.

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is dedicated to their cause of strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Regardless of age, income or background - they nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support their neighbors. Anchored in the Spokane community for over 125 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information go to ymcaspokane.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

"The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer."
Norwegian Explorer and Nobel Prize winner Fridtjof Nansen





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