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Mr. Tux opens new store downtown

Mr. Tux just opened their new downtown Spokane location at 904 West First at Lincoln, having moved from 2nd and Browne. John Mosby's Mr. Tux has been dressing up Spokane for over 35 years. They offer the lowest prices in tux rentals and have the largest selection; over 13,000 tuxes for proms, weddings or any formal event. They also have the latest in designer vests and shoes.

In addition to rentals, Mr. Tux has new and used tuxes for sale as well as a wide variety of hospitality uniforms. Mosby also operates Spokane Limousine offering classy transportation for 5 to 20 people in limos, executive town cars, corporate SUVs and even a stretch Hummer. Mr. Tux locations include a north Division store, and stores in Coeur d'Alene, Kennewick and Moses Lake. The website is Mr-Tux.com.

Nick Murto named Ad Club's Ad Pro of the Year

The advertising stars were out Friday night at the Spokane Masonic Center for the 2012 Addy Awards. Nick Murto of Seven2, 14Four was named Ad Pro of the Year and his company led the awards with 13 honors, including Best of Show Electronic. Ad agency BHW1 won 11 awards including Best of Show Print and the Designers Chair Award. Frank Swoboda's Corner Booth Media won the Golden Pixel Award for television.

Anderson Mraz won 9 awards, Klundt Hosmer won 8, and Hara Alison's Studio H, won a Gold Addy for their stationery package. Congratulations to all the winners!

Rosauers helps Salvation Army's Sally's House

The Salvation Army of Spokane in partnership with Rosauers Supermarkets will be having a food and toiletry drive for Sally's House, their emergency foster care receiving shelter, this coming Saturday, March 17 from 9 am to 6 pm at the stores on 14th Ave on the south hill and Francis at 5 Mile. Stop by and bring your donations. They will also have one of their classic red kettles on site to accept cash donations.

Women in Business Leadership Awards this Wednesday

Inland Business Catalyst magazine's Women in Business Leadership Awards are this Wednesday from 7:00am to 9:00am at the Spokane Masonic Center. Keynote speaker is Linda Davis, President of Supreme and Company Marketing, and emcee is KXLY TV's Robin Nance. The program concludes with an introduction of the winners of this year's awards. The categories are: Emerging Woman Business Leader, Established Woman Business Leader, Mover and Shaker, and Non Profit Leader. Email www.womeninbusinessleadership2012.eventbrite.com for your seat.

Spokane's GrapevineDiscounts.com Goes National

Spokane native Monte Tareski, owner of Spokane Grapevine and Social Media 13 is pioneering a whole new 'Buy Local' approach by connecting not only Merchants and Non-Profits in a symbiotic relationship, but also creating a unique relationship with the community as a whole. GrapevineDiscounts.com approach helps non-profits raise much needed funds while boosting local businesses economies at no cost to local businesses. Including Spokane, the program has gone national and is now in markets from Tallahassee Fl. to Tucson AZ. with plans on opening soon in many places in between like Maui, Minneapolis, Miami and more.

Along with founder Doug Gore (also a Spokane Native) GrapevineDiscounts.com will soon be connecting thousands of businesses across the country with their unique concept. Monte is the Business Manager of the company and is in charge of its daily operations and market acquisition. He is also utilizing his extensive Social Media skills to spread the awareness across the country. You can find out more about the Grapevine Discount Card program by visiting GrapevineDiscounts.com or calling Monte directly at 509-999-7810.

New tenant at Spokane Business & Industrial Park

Odom Southern Wine Distributors of Washington, LLC dba Southern Wine & Spirits of Washington has leased approximately 25,992 square feet of space in Building S-25 of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 16005 E. Euclid Avenue, in Spokane Valley. Their primary business is warehousing, sales and distribution of alcoholic beverages and associated product lines.

EWU Names New Dean to Lead Business School and University's Riverpoint Operations

Eastern Washington University and the College of Business and Public Administration are very pleased to announce that Martine Duchatelet, PhD, has accepted the position of dean of the college and executive dean of EWU Spokane on the Riverpoint Campus. She will assume her position on June 1. Elizabeth Tipton (Murff), PhD, will serve as interim dean until that time, following the retirement of current interim Dean Niel Zimmerman on March 31.

Duchatelet comes to Eastern from Purdue University, Calumet (PUC), where she has served as dean of the School of Management since 2006. She brings extensive leadership experience, great energy and strong academic credentials to the dean's position. She has considerable experience working with communities, including supervising and managing small business development centers in Hammond, Indiana, and elsewhere in the northwest Indiana region. She has also worked to restructure and reinvigorate the PUC Executive MBA program as well as to add new programs to the College of Management.

Prior to her work at PUC, Duchatelet was associate dean at the Andreas School of Business at Barry University in Florida. She also worked at a number of other institutions, including the University of Virginia, Columbia University and C.U.N.Y Hunter College. Duchatelet received her PhD in economics from Stanford University and holds BS and MS degrees in economics from Brussels University. She will be appointed as a full professor with tenure in the Department of Economics.

Provisional Recruiting + Staffing Wins Place on 2012 Best of Staffing List

Provisional Recruiting + Staffing, the region's largest specialized staffing firm, has earned both of Inavero's prestigious annual awards: '2012 Best of Staffing - Client' and '2012 Best of Staffing - Talent'. Best of Staffing, presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, is the nation's only satisfaction award that recognizes exceptional service with the staffing industry. Fewer than 1% of North American staffing firms have been named to the 2012 Best of Staffing Client and Talent lists. Staffing firms competing to make the Best of Staffing list underwent a rigorous client survey process. 2012 Best of Staffing participants secured a place on the list by earning an average Net Promoter Score that was more than double the national staffing industry benchmark for client satisfaction.

For more information call 509-444-8871 or visit www.provisional.com.

YMCA Partners for Youth campaign sets a new bar

Together, with the generosity of the Spokane community, the YMCA of the Inland Northwest is nearing the end of the Partners For Youth (PFY) Campaign. The Campaign is currently at 95%, or $557,295, of its $587,000 goal and pledges are continuing to come in. A month of persistent fundraising by passionate staff and volunteers provided a strong foundation to deliver the PFY message and build community support.

Partners For Youth donations allow the Y's scholarship effort to remain strong and sturdy as they continue to help low-income adults and families afford valuable opportunities at the Y. Combining one-time gifts with the pledges they receive throughout the year, they can change lives in areas of: Aquatics, Camp Reed, Early Childhood Care & Education, Health & Wellness, School-Age Care, Teen Programs, Youth Programs and Youth Sports.

This year presented some tough challenges for the campaign, namely the departure of CEO Rig Riggins to his new role as President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. Thankfully, staff remained optimistic and adapted under the spirited leadership of Alan Lesher, Interim CEO appointed last November. Go to ymcaspokane.org for more information.

Funky Junk moves to Spokane Public Market

The original Funky Junk Antique Show and Crafts Market will be April 14 and 15 from 10 to 4 each day, in a new location, the Spokane Public Market in Downtown Spokane, 24 W 2nd Avenue. There is a $2 entrance fee, children 12 and under are free.

The Funky Junk Antique Show and Crafts Market offers an affordable mix of junk: vintage, antique, industrial, shabby, salvaged, created, repurposed and more all in a funky urban setting, and right next to a market bursting with fresh produce, fresh treats, and of course, coffee. Go to Funkyjunkantiqueshow.com for more information.

THE Innovation Show to feature GoDaddy Chief Scientist as Keynote Speaker

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and LaunchPad INW have announced that the keynote speaker for THE Innovation Show will be Dave Koopman, Chief Scientist for GoDaddy.com. THE Innovation Show is a trade show and networking event that will take place on March 28th at the Mirabeau Park Hotel. The theme of the event is 'Harnessing Innovation and the Web Economy'. The event starts at 11:30am with a networking lunch. Koopman will speak at Noon and will share his views about the future of the internet.

GoDaddy.com is the world's largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider with more than 52 million domain names under management. Go Daddy registers, renews or transfers more than one domain name every second of every day and one third of the internet runs through Go Daddy's servers for more than 10 million customers.

The program continues at 1:00pm with a panel of technology innovators who will share their ideas. Panelists are Lewis Lee, IPStreet; Josh Neblett Greencupboards.com; Wayne Williams, Telect; Heather Pieczonka, Funsationa.com; and Mitch Williams, Gravity Jack. Starting at 2:00pm there will be 1 hour vendor break out sessions in the Lilac Room. Participating vendors will be Sixth Man Marketing, Unleashed Online Marketing and 2nd Watch. Tickets will be required for these events. The trade show opens to the public at 2:00pm followed by an after hours networking party at 5:30pm.

Tickets must be purchased for the program events but the trade show is free to the public. To reserve tickets or exhibitor space, go online to www.spokanevalleychamber.org. Exhibitor space is limited. For more information contact the Valley Chamber office at 509-924-4994.

Steam Plant Announces New Brand and Menu for its Restaurant

Renovations to the restaurant within the historic Steam Plant have been completed, including new brand names, new menus and updated interiors. What was once known collectively as Steam Plant Grill is now three distinct entities.

Stacks at Steam Plant, named for the twin smokestacks that have been a part of the downtown skyline for nearly a century, offers a full-service dining experience in a one-of-a-kind space. Chef Barry Matthews' signature dishes are created from scratch and incorporate ingredients produced only at the Steam Plant - including smoked meats, fish and vegetables, and many of the ales brewed on-site. "I have to work a little harder just to compete with the attention the interior space gets from diners," said Matthews. He added that he sources most of his ingredients locally - including herbs from his own garden - and maintains relationships with farmers and ranchers throughout the region.

Steam Plant Brewing Co. produces more than 10 handcrafted microbrews, including seasonal varieties, under the Steam Plant label. Available in kegs and growlers, and served in the casual setting of Steam Plant Pub - which features flat-screen TVs and a game room. For more information, visit www.steamplantspokane.com.

Providence adds space in Liberty Lake

Providence Health & Services (PH&S), owner of Providence Health Care Eastern Washington, has signed a lease for office space at 24100 E. Mission Ave. in Liberty Lake. The 32,000 square foot facility will house billing functions for Providence Health & Services. Providence will begin renovating space immediately. The building, located in the Meadowwood Technology Campus which formerly housed Hewlett Packard, will be ready for occupancy in August or September.

PH&S announced in December that it is consolidating its Revenue Cycle Management from three service centers in Renton, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Spokane; to two centers in Portland and Spokane. The move will result in 250 revenue cycle employees located in Spokane compared to about 100 today. The plan to add another 150 employees in the Spokane office required the move to a larger facility. Providence plans to begin filling new jobs in Spokane this fall and continue in 2013. The consolidated service center will eventually include a variety of billing functions for Providence services in Washington, Oregon and Montana. Providence decided to expand its operations in Spokane in part because of the variety of health care ministries located in Eastern Washington, including Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital, long-term care facilities and home health services, and a growing medical group of more than 160 physicians. In addition to accessibility to its Inland Northwest customer base, Spokane's available labor, technology and community resources, its transportation, and available business space made Spokane a favorable location for the service center. Its five universities and highly qualified workforce were additional considerations.

Warren Buffet and Tommy Mackay agree: Buy real estate now!

In 2002 Tommy Mackay, then a Realtor in Las Vegas, told all of his clients to SELL! He saw the bubble burst coming then and he was right. Now he is saying the recession is over and it's time to BUY! Tommy and Ele Mackay at Remax of Spokane have been Realtors since 1991, with more than 1200 transactions under their belts between Las Vegas, Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. They are having a seminar on the subject, April 10, 5:30 pm at Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens at Main. For more information, visit tommyandelemackay.eventbrite.com or call 509-464-2900.

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"Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity."
Oprah Winfrey

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