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Hearing tonight on Spokane Tribe Economic Project

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding a hearing this evening on one of the most important business issues facing our community. The public hearing set for 6 pm at Sunset Elementary School, 12824 West 12th Avenue in Airway Heights, will cover the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Spokane Tribe's proposed economic development project in the West Plains. Each person commenting will have two minutesto speak. You can get more information at westplainsEIS.com. For more information on the STEP project, visit www.stepspokane.com.

THE Innovation Show this Wednesday at Mirabeau Park Hotel

In a partnership with LaunchPad Inland Northwest, the Valley Chamber presents a relevant new business fair...THE Innovation Show. Held at the Mirabeau Park Hotel this coming Wednesday, March 28, the event is a combination of innovative speakers, break-out sessions, trade show, and networking. Dave Koopman, the chief scientist from godaddy.com will speak at noon, followed by a panel discussion of innovative leaders. Go to spokanevalleychamber.org for information and registration.

DoTerra's Sue Melcher presents a free essential seminar on essential oils

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to relieve common ailments. Compatible with our own chemistry, they have the ability to work faster and more effectively than synthetic compounds. This free seminar will help you understand your options. Educational resources will be available. Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm at Red Lion Inn at the Park. Sue Melcher 509-499-2202 or Email: suemdoterra@comcast.net.

Sterling Bank rolls out new brand

Sterling Bank (formerly Sterling Savings Bank) updated its brand on March 5, rolling out a new website (www.bankwithsterling.com) and updated marketing materials in branches. Signage will be changing in more than 200 locations over the next 12 months, with a majority being changed by the end of 2012.

Jamie Blattstein hired at Magner Sanborn

Magner Sanborn, a full-service advertising, brand design and marketing communications firm has hired Jamie Blattstein, a senior level copywriter who has filled an array of roles in both agency and corporate side creative departments. Jamie maintains an extensive background in advertising and branding, having worked on a client roster that includes the Seattle Seahawks, Cutty Sark Whisky, Absolut Vodka, the NBA, Women's Professional Soccer, the New York Yankees, Krups Luxury Kitchenware, and The Port Authority of NY/NJ, to name a few.

His 15 years of industry experience spans positions at Grey Advertising, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, ESPN, Disneyland Parks & Hotels, and most recently Jamie was the Creative Director/Founder of The North End Creative, a boutique agency based in Tacoma, Washington.

Magner Sanborn is a full-service advertising and brand design firm specializing in the development of integrated brand experiences. The company employs 36 people in Spokane, Seattle, San Diego and Grand Rapids and Sydney, Australia; and represents clients including Netflix, FanVision, Mandalay Digital, Washington Dairy Commission, Amtrak Cascades, Providence Health Care, AmericanWest Bank, Memjet, Thomas-Hammer Coffee and others.

Roger's plans second store

Owners Mark & Nicole Randolph report that Roger's Ice Cream and Burgers in Coeur d'Alene is set to open a second location at 155 West Neider Avenue April 16. Roger's has been a Lake City landmark at 13th and Sherman since 1940. The new restaurant will have indoor seating for 64 as well as a drive-thru, and will offer the same menu as the original Sherman Avenue location, except the ice cream, however they will have milk shakes. Roger's new location will be open 10:30 am to 9:30 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 10:30 am to 10:30 pm Friday and Saturday. The website is rogersicecreamburgers.com.

DSLR 'Boot Camp' Basic Training April 14

Rogers High School photography instructors Richard Bech and Kirk Hirota are offering a DSLR Boot Camp for the general public April 14, from 10am to 4pm in room B-163 at Rogers High School.

The Basic Training Boot Camp is a 1-day workshop that does just that-trains you in the basics of digital photography. You'll learn the fundamentals of photography, composition, exposure, and lighting and how to select your camera's controls and settings to capture great images. Since shooting a photo is only half of the equation, you'll also learn the basics of the digital imaging workflow-how to download and view your photos on your computer, keep your photos organized and some basic photo adjustments and retouching techniques using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop. Richard and Kirk will be teaching this workshop together. Class size will be kept small to allow for individual instruction.

Workshop details and on-line registration is available at www.f6four.com.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and North Idaho Awarded 'Seeds of Success!'

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and North Idaho (GSEWNI) has received Rainmaker's second quarter 'Seeds of Success' award. As a lifetime Girl Scout member, Creative Director Billie Gaura recognizes the exceptional work done through GSEWNI in providing programs to raise self-esteem and confidence in the young women of our area. The Girl Scouts have a long history of empowering women. Their success rate is clearly demonstrated in a recent study showing that 80% of female small business owners and 50% of female members of Congress were Girl Scouts.

Family Home Care & Hospice announces employee promotions and additions

Carolyn Stevenson, BSN, MBA, has joined Family Home Care & Hospice as the Spokane Area Director. Jeff Wiberg has been promoted to the role of VP of Human Resources. Donna Goodwin, MN, RN-C, COS-C, has been promoted to the role of Chief Clinical Officer. Ryan Fix has been promoted to the role of Chief Business Officer.

Peacock Virtual Solutions adds two full-time employees.

After 7 years of operating a home-based business, Laura Willson decided to make the move to an office located in North Spokane. Operating out of an office as a virtual assistant is not considered 'normal' in the field and neither is having employees. After hiring two more full-time employees, Peacock Virtual Solutions now has four full-time employees, and works with a team of eight contractors.

Rebecca Webb started for Peacock Virtual Solutions as the Office Manager in November 2011. 'Becca' graduated from Trinity Western University with a degrees in International Development and Geography. Becca is well skilled in client relations and organizing a variety of tasks.

Stephanie Strandberg was hired at the end of February 2012 as a Project Manager for Peacock Virtual Solutions. Stephanie has 5 years project management experience and is an excellent communicator and problem solver.

Peacock Virtual Solutions offers business back office support in the areas of business administration, bookkeeping, payroll, marketing, social networking, call center support, calendar management and other tasks and projects associated with running a business.

Virtual assistants offer business solutions that turn time-consuming tasks into manageable projects. A virtual assistant is an off-site employee who provides executive assistant or personal assistant type services, occasionally offering additional services like payroll and bookkeeping.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO to speak here

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) will welcome James Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to be the keynote speaker at its Annual Meeting. This year's Annual Meeting will take place at the Spokane Convention Center on Sept. 12 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The public can register at events.greaterspokane.org.

Sponsorship opportunities for GSI Members are available by calling 509-321-3619.

Barbara Barker joins Trindera

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering firm based in Coeur d'Alene, is pleased to announce the hiring of Barbara Barker as a lighting consultant.

Ms. Barker comes to Trindera with 25 years of experience in lighting design. She has a degree in Architectural Engineering (with an emphasis in Illumination), she understands how light interacts with surfaces and how to treat it like an artistic medium. She was previously employed at DEI Electrical Consultants, Spokane.

Trindera Engineering specializes in electrical, controls, lighting, and specialty systems, with an experienced staff that brings quality and versatility to every project.

Team St. Luke's Athletes are National Wheelchair Basketball Champions

Team St. Luke's, the adaptive sports and recreation program for people with physical disabilities, are national champions, winning the Junior Division at the 2012 National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Championships in Colorado Springs, CO. This is the first national wheelchair championship win in Team St. Luke's history.

Team St. Luke's defeated Grand Rapids to bring home the championship crown. Team St. Luke's was led in scoring by Will Robbins (18 points) and Josh Brewer (15 points). Team members include: Kyle Bocook, Josh Brewer, Kelsie Christensen, Chelsea McClammer, Isaiah Rigo, William Robbins, Mikila Salazar and Amberlynn Weber.

Tournament awards were also presented to: William Robbins - All Tournament Most Valuable Player; Chelsea McClammer - All Tournament Female and Josh Brewer - All Tournament Male.

The NWBA is comprised of over 200 basketball teams across twenty-two conferences and seven divisions. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of men's, women's, intercollegiate, and youth teams throughout the United States of America and Canada.

Team St. Luke's is an adaptive sports and recreation program for youth and adults with physical disabilities. The program encourages team members to reach for their dreams and achieve success while developing valuable life skills and making lasting friendships. Teamwork, sharing, loyalty and commitment are taught and reinforced through sports and recreation experiences.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."
Norman Vincent Peale

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