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Magner Sanborn named Ad Age West Coast Small Agency of the Year

Magner Sanborn was selected as Advertising Age's 2012 West Region Small Agency of the Year at an event held Thursday, July 26th, in Minneapolis. The Small Agency Awards, presented by Advertising Age and Creativity, recognize "the power of nimble, creative and independently minded" agencies.

In the annual competition now in its fourth year, award winners are selected by the editorial staff of Advertising Age and Creativity from hundreds of U.S. and international agencies that are majority-independent owned, or at least 51 percent privately-held. Gold and silver awards were presented in the following categories: Agency of the Year-Overall; Campaign of the Year-Overall; and Agency of the Year by region--Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, West and Northeast. Winners in three size categories, best agency culture and an international winner were also announced.

"There are some phenomenal smaller firms doing really incredible work out there. And we're thrilled to be recognized by Ad Age as one of them." said Dennis Magner, Magner Sanborn's president. "We're not based in New York. And we're not owned by a multi-national syndicate. But we can generate ideas that stack-up against anyone, anywhere."

"The creative ideas and the strategic thinking we are seeing out of the small agency community is highly impressive," said Ad Age Agency Editor Rupal Parekh, one of the judges. "The work these shops are doing is original, unexpected and above all has a huge impact on their clients' bottom lines. I'd stack up any of the shops on our list this year against big agencies in terms of quality of output. They are really leveling the playing field."

Magner Sanborn is a full-service advertising and brand design firm specializing in the development of branded experiences. The firm has 40 employees with offices in Spokane and Seattle—with additional employees working remotely in San Diego, Grand Rapids and Sydney, Australia. Agency clients include Netflix, FanVision, Mandalay Digital, Washington Dairy Commission, Amtrak Cascades, Providence Health Care, AmericanWest Bank, Avista, Memjet, Thomas-Hammer Coffee, Yoke's Fresh Markets and others.

Everything you want to know about Kootenai County

The Kootenai County Indicators Website has been launched, providing access to current community data. Go to kootenaicountyindicators.ewu.edu/

New officers for Marketing Associates of Spokane

Marketing Associates of Spokane recently announced their officers for 2012-2013: Taryn Erickson, Trindera Engineering, President; Kelli Crain, Meulink Engineering, Vice President; Meg Lindsay, Spokane STEM Learning Network, Past President; Brian Burton, Lydig Construction, Treasurer; Marty Orchard, NAC│Architecture, Programs Chair; Terri McRae Garrett, ALSC Architects, Membership Co-Chair; April Smith, Geo Engineers, Membership Co-Chair; Steven Dampf, Historical Research Associates, Sponsorship Chair; Julie Van Wormer, ALSC Architects, Public Relations Chair; Josh Tripp, Land Expressions, Social Media Chair; Sheila Gates-Ping, Associate AIA, LEED, Special Events Co-Chair and Mary O'Hara, Emkayo Engineering, Special Events Co-Chair.

Marketing Associates of Spokane is a diverse group of marketing professionals that meet monthly and schedule after hours functions and events. For more information about the organization go to maspokane.org

First Night's Chris Martin moves on

After eleven years with First Night Spokane, Chris Martin has resigned to move on to new endeavors. He will be working with a non-profit he co-founded called Prodigy Northwest. The focus of Prodigy NW is to serve the needs of Gifted and Talented Students, their families, and educators, primarily in grades K-12 in the Inland Northwest. Chris' permanent email address is now chris@prodigynw.org and his cell is 509-979-4813

Goebel Construction is building a natatorium for Riverview

Goebel Construction is building 12,700-square-foot natatorium at the Riverview Retirement Community, 1801 East Upriver Drive at a cost of $4 million. The company has plenty of experience with aquatic projects. They built the Spokane Valley YMCA and the Salvation Army's Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene. The Spokane The building will feature a spa pool, a therapy pool and a combination lap/resistance pool as well as an exercise room, an indoor walking track and a meeting room. NAC|Architecture of Spokane designed the building.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Washington Super Lawyers magazine named K&L Gates attorneys Tom Bassett and Paul Fitzpatrick as "2012 Super Lawyers" and Winston and Cashatt attorneys Kammi Mencke Smith, Ryan Yahne and David Gardner as "2012 Rising Stars."

Southwest Airlines lands at St. Luke's Community

Southwest Airlines has landed at St. Luke's Community, a 2,200 square foot real-life therapy area at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute dedicated to helping people recover after an injury or illness. A portion of a fuselage was retrofitted to be part of St. Luke's therapy program, the region's only level I trauma rehabilitation hospital.

St. Luke's Community is designed with the every day in mind - from the grocery store, bank, office and restaurant to the bus, car and airplane. With the guidance of physical, occupational and recreational therapists, patients practice getting in a car and putting on their seatbelt. Patients cross the street, navigate the curb and different surfaces; patients board a bus and now an airplane.

For more information about St. Luke's Community and St. Luke's go to st-lukes.org

Anson Avery opens accounting practice

Anson Avery, formerly a partner in a local CPA firm for 31 years, has opened a new certified public accounting tax practice in Spokane. The company will specialize in business consulting, bookkeeping and all elements of tax work including State and Federal tax matters.

Building Community through Code August 22, 2012 - Riverpoint Academy – 5:30-8:30

On April 20-22 Spokane hosted its first Startup Weekend. This conference brought together graphic designers, computer developers and entrepreneurs to create 8 new businesses in a single weekend. Startup Weekend Spokane is building upon its success by partnering with the Evergreen Apps Challenge to bring a computer developer focused event called "SpoCode."

Evergreen Apps Challenge (EAC) is an initiative to create new jobs in Washington State through the creation of mobile applications. EAC is putting on an apps development challenge supported by educational events to promote mobile development in Washington State. They are funded through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Greater Spokane Inc. connected the Evergreen Apps Challenge with Startup Weekend to create an event called "SpoCode." This data camp is designed to bring developers of all skill levels together for an interactive evening of learning and hands on activity. The event includes presentations about government data, using Socrata's API, and mobile development.

The Evergreen Apps Challenge will be awarding $75,000 in prizes to winners throughout the state in a number of categories. Startup Weekend is using this event to draw out computer developers in the community. The goal is to get these individuals working together to create new companies and increase their skill set. Ultimately, Startup Weekend seeks to create a thriving entrepreneurial community in Spokane through collaboration with local and state organizations.

The Evergreen Apps Challenge is open to people who live, work or study in Washington State. The challenge officially opens on August 1, 2012 and closes on September 6, 2012. Requirements for entry are available at evergreenapps.org.

Startup Weekend will be hosting its second event on September 28-30 at Gonzaga University. Spokane is working in conjunction with Magner Sanborn and Connect NW to bring another exciting weekend of education, coding and business development to Spokane. More information on this event coming soon!

STCU's Bill Before elected to board of corporate credit union

STCU Chief Financial Officer Bill Before has been named to the board of Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit financial cooperative.

Before's appointment gives the Northwest two representatives on the board for Catalyst, which meets the daily liquidity needs and provides other services to 1,230 credit unions that are Catalyst members. Previously, board members came primarily from Southern states, with the exception of one from a Western Oregon credit union.

For 23 years, Before has been part of an STCU management team that has overseen unprecedented growth. He holds an MBA from Gonzaga University and bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Montana.

The Business Thought of the Week

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The late Stephen R. Covey, best selling author

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