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GoJoe Patrol: High-Tech Mobile Security for a Dangerous World

In the Spokane area, recent statistics confirm that citizens have a 1 in 149 chance of being victim of a property crime this year. GoJoe Patrol wants to lower that statistic and keep Spokane businesses and residences safer and more secure. GoJoe Patrol has the experience, the manpower and the technology to do this better than any other mobile patrol.

"GoJoe Patrol is based on our love of cool cars and our commitment to making Spokane a safer place to live and work and with consideration to the environment," says Harry Sladich who founded the company with Major Bambino. As co-owners of State Protection Services for the past 16 years, Sladich and Bambino are no strangers to security.

Using a fleet of conspicuously designed, American-made Chevy Camaros, the team from GoJoe Patrol contracts with business and property owners to provide professional mobile security surveillance of their buildings and property.

The presence of GoJoe Patrol's vehicles arriving on randomized patrol schedules surprises thieves and vandals, diverting them away from client property. Unlike typical mobile patrol 'clown cars', these mean-looking vehicles convey an imposing impression in the criminal mind - 'Don't mess with Joe'.

The mobile patrols are staffed by highly trained, fitness tested security professionals, including off-duty law enforcement officers that are dispatched and tracked by GPS Insight (a state-of-the-art, on-vehicle tracking system) - the ONLY security provider in the region to offer this enhanced service.

Using GPS Insight, Joe always know where his patrols are located, where they have been, when they are stopped and where they are going. GPS Insight provides the most efficient patrol routes, keeps track of all patrol activity, generates reports and provides instant two-way messaging. Clients don't have to trust that Joe patrolled their property at a particular time. He can prove it.

Company President and COO Corinna Bambino states, "The most effective thing to deter crime is simply to be watching. Our patrol's presence at client locations keeps criminals guessing. And in many cases, potential thieves will decide that they are better off elsewhere than where our mobile patrols will show up."

The cost of hiring GoJoe Patrol is based on a variety of factors and customized security options. To receive a free estimate or to learn more about the property owner benefits of mobile security from GoJoe Patrol, go online at www.gojoepatrol.com or call 509-924-0563.

Community being asked to Spare A Square!

When toilet paper is available to food bank clients, the supply doesn't last long. The needed hygiene product cannot be purchased with food stamps and many agencies are only able to supply families with two rolls a month. Northwest Harvest, Project Beauty Share, KXLY & Albertsons are teaming up to help neighbors in need in the Greater Spokane Area. During the 3rd Annual Toilet Paper Drive on Sept. 28-29, organizers hope to collect 25,000 rolls for food banks and meals programs in Eastern Washington.

The two-day event will be broadcast by media partner KXLY. Toilet paper donations can be dropped off between 7am to 7pm on Friday, Sept 28 and 9am to 12pm on Saturday, Sept 29 at the following locations:

Downtown Spokane: The Make-Up Studio at 216 North Bernard Street (Friday only)
North Spokane: Albertsons at (Hwy 395 & Hastings) 12312 N. Division
North Spokane: Albertsons at 6520 N. Nevada
South Spokane: Albertsons at 3010 E. 57th Ave
Spokane Valley: Albertsons (Argonne) 8851 E Trent Ave
Spokane Valley: Tracy Jewelers at 106 N Evergreen Rd

People who aren't able to donate in person can text KXLY4TP to 80888 to donate $10 worth of toilet paper to the drive. To see the roll count throughout the drive, follow @NWHarvest and #TPDrive.

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington state. For more information, visit www.projectbeautyshare.org.

National Building at 201 W. Riverside now fully occupied

Over the last few months the National Building, located at 201 W. Riverside on the southwest corner of Browne and Riverside, has been gradually filling with an eclectic mix of tenants. A building that has been nearly empty on the upper floors for 7 years is now fully occupied with two fitness studios, two photography studios, a skin spa, and a software development company. An exterior sign will be going up soon allowing each of the six tenants to feature their business name. Vic Overholser and Levi McCormick of SDS Realty, Inc. were hired by the ownership to lease up the building.

New Fat Burger restaurant is now open at 5 Mile Plaza Shopping Center

The Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority announces the grand opening of its second Fatburger Franchise. Their first restaurant is at Northern Quest. The new restaurant occupies approximately 2,000 square feet in the Five Mile Plaza Shopping Center at Francis and Ash. Fatburger Five Mile is now serving its famous freshly-grilled burgers, premium real ice cream hand-scooped milkshakes and delicious hand-battered onion rings.

INBTA/NW North Pole Adventures Fantasy Flight

The Inland NW Business Travel Association is holding their annual Harvest Moon Auction and HalloWine Tasting event on Friday, October 12 from 5:30 to 9:30pm at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. A portion of the proceeds from this auction will benefit Northwest North Pole Adventures Spokane Fantasy Flight. The cost is $45 per person. To purchase tickets for this event, go to www.inbta.org.

The INBTA has selected Northwest North Pole Adventures Spokane Fantasy Flight again this year to receive a portion of the funds generated from this event. Spokane Fantasy Flight provides a magical trip to the North Pole for some very special children from area shelters and community programs. They are flown to the North Pole for a magical evening. For more information on NW North Pole Adventures, visit www.nwnorthpole.com.

The Inland NW Business Travel Association is a non-profit organization whose members represent major corporations, small businesses and travel suppliers. We provide members with information on the latest travel technologies and service advances, as well as current legislative issues in travel industry hot topics.

Beyond Pink - 3rd annual Designer Bra Fashion Show

The Beyond Pink designer bra fashion show and fundraiser will be held at the Masonic Center in downtown Spokane on Friday, October 5 from 5-9 pm. There will be vendors, a silent auction, appetizers, and a no host bar. The fun starts at 5pm, fashion show and live auction start at 7pm. KXLY's Mark Peterson and Kristi Gorenson will emcee this year's event. 100% of Net proceeds benefit women who could not otherwise afford Thermography. Bra's are designed by local designers and donated for the live auction.

October is national breast health month and Beyond Pink is an event to raise funds for women who could not otherwise afford a certified breast thermogram. This tool in early breast disease detection is not often covered by insurance. It acts as an early warning system and can see breast disease before a lump has formed. Women who want to take a pro-active role in their breast health now have the ability to monitor it and avoid giving a tumor a chance to form. Thermography is safe, non-invasive, and radiation free.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets go to www.beyondpink.net. Tickets are $35 for the event. You can also find Beyond Pink on Facebook.

EWU's Riverpoint Bookstore moving back to main Cheney campus

As part of its plan to better serve all students, Eastern Washington University will move its inventory from its bookstore in the Schade Tower on the Riverpoint Campus to the University Bookstore on the main campus in Cheney.

The last day of business for the Riverpoint store will be Friday, Oct. 26. Until then, it will be open Monday-Thursday, 11am to 6pm, and Fridays 11am to 5pm.

This consolidation of services reflects the continued popularity of the University Bookstore and enhanced online services. It also allows Eastern to efficiently manage its resources. Anyone with questions regarding textbook ordering, rentals and buyback can call the bookstore at 509-359-4728 or email pambrosi@ewu.edu. People can also visit www.bookstore.ewu.edu for the latest information about events and sales.

Spokane's 'Best' law firm

Spokane attorney Ryan Best, formerly with Paine Hamblen has opened his own firm, Best Law, PLLC at 421 W. Riverside Ave., Ste 1005. The phone number is 509-624-4422.

Cyrus O'Leary's Pies CEO Barclay Klingel to speak at Executive Connect breakfast

The origin of Cyrus O'Leary's Pies goes back to 1968 when Cyrus Vaughn arrived in Spokane and quickly became one of the city's most prolific and successful restaurant operators - beginning with his opening of Arby's on Second Avenue. In 1980 he opened the iconic Cyrus O'Leary's Restaurant on W. Main. Although the restaurant closed a year ago, its offshoot, Cyrus O'Leary's Pies, continues to expand. In the early years, the company was producing a few hundred pies per week from the back of the restaurant. Today throughput averages more than 1,000 pies per hour, largely attributable to implementing lean manufacturing principles.

Barclay Klingel is the CEO of Cyrus O'Leary's Pies and will share his story about joining Cyrus in 1990 and their journey building a successful food manufacturing business. He will talk about the history of the company, highlights of the business, challenges faced and lessons learned. Barclay graduated from the University of Illinois in 1977 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982.

Come hear about building a nation-wide business out of award-winning pie. The Executive Connect Breakfast is Thursday, September 27th , 7:30 - 9:00 am (doors at 7 am) at The Spokane Club. Registration is $30. Go to connectnw.org for more information.

A Grand Welcome celebrates 20 years in business

A Grand Welcome's 20 year celebration and open house is this Thursday, September 20, from 5 to 8 pm at Center Pointe 1408 N. Washington. It's free to attend and if you want to showcase your business you can for a nominal fee (20% goes back to Center Pointe, a facility that provides a safe and positive environment of activity and learning for people with disabilities.) Catering will be done by Wolf Creek Catering. For more information and to RSVP go to: agrandwelcomeopenhouse.eventbrite.com.

Spokane YWCA Announces 2012 Women of Achievement Annual Awards to be Presented at October 25 Luncheon

Six extraordinary Spokane citizens will be honored for their leadership and service to the community on October 25 during the 30th annual YWCA Women of Achievement Benefit Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at the Spokane Convention Center Ballrooms, 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd., from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

The honorees were selected from nominations submitted by community members in five categories. The 2012 award winners are:
Nancy Compau, Arts and Culture; Ruth Bindler, Professional; Julie Farley (The Make-up Studio), Volunteer Community Service; Camille McCluskey, Volunteer Community Service; Jim Mohr, Racial & Social Justice; Alexandria Moore, Senior, Central Valley High School, Young Woman of Achievement.

"The YWCA Women of Achievement Benefit Luncheon is our opportunity to honor outstanding individuals whose lives, talents and passions shape the community," explained Trish McFarland, YWCA of Spokane Executive Director. "The luncheon also serves as a vital source of funding for the programs and services we provide to underserved women and children in the Spokane area. Our work continues because of the generosity of the community, and we need that support more than ever these days."

The 30th annual YWCA Women of Achievement Benefit Luncheon will feature the inspirational story of keynote speaker Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She will speak on the challenges and opportunities of having grown up as 'the daughter of...' which inspired her to become a catalyst for positive change.

For more information about the luncheon, call 509-326-1190, or to register on line go to www.ywcaspokane.org.

Columbia Bank's wealth management team adds four new members

Columbia Bank announces the addition of four new team members to its Spokane wealth management team including Greg Tracy, VP, private banking officer; Jennifer Jacob, financial analyst; Lacey Sherman, financial analyst; and Kevin O'Connell, AVP private banking relationship manager. This growth comes just after the July 2012 announcement of Randy Casto as SVP, private banking manager of Spokane's wealth management team.

For more information on Columbia Bank Wealth Management services call Randy at 509-363-8981 or visit www.columbiabank.com/wealth-management.

Joy McMahon's 'Party of Life Seminar' is October 20

Joy McMahon's 'Party of Life' Seminar is October 20, 9:30 am to noon at the Travelodge, 33 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. across from Convention Center. For complete information and to register contact Joy McMahon at 509-844-7560 or email empressjoy3@yahoo.com by October 8th. The website is joymcmahon.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it." Mary Pickford, actress and co-founder of United Artists

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