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Naomi Tutu to Speak at YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon




The 30th annual YWCA Women of Achievement Benefit Luncheon on October 25, 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.

Also, six extraordinary Spokane citizens will be honored for their leadership and service to the community. 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, 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 luncheon will be held at the Spokane Convention Center Ballrooms, 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd., from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. For more information about the luncheon, call 509-326-1190, or to register on line go to www.ywcaspokane.org. A suggested donation of $125.00 is requested. This donation can be paid in small increments throughout the year.


Gwen Crane returns to CDA as Sales Manager/Director of Business Development




Gwen Crane, formerly an account manager for nine years at Contract Design Associates, has returned to the company as Sales Manager/Director of Business Development responsible for managing CDA marketing in Eastern WA, Northern ID, and Western MT in all market segments.

Crane, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University, is well respected in the architecture and design community and is active in many industry groups. She was most recently with Kiemle & Hagood in commercial real estate and another competitive furniture dealership.

Local Girl's Day Out shopping event is Friday and Saturday




The 2012 Girl's Day Out Shopping Event is being held over two days this year, this Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th from 10am-6pm in seven neighborhood districts around Spokane - the SoDo (South Downtown), Davenport, Monroe, Garland, Hillyard, South Perry and East Sprague International District. All the participating businesses are listed on the Girl's Day Out Facebook page, and also in the Shopping Guide which can be found in all the districts. Plus, the Guide will be available in the October 18th issue of The Exchange weekly paper. Stores will be offering special deals and pricing, demos and more. Get an early start on your holiday shopping and support local businesses in Spokane!


Figpickels is looking for 'Board Members'

Figpickels Toy Emporium, the region's most unique toy store, has been a magical experience in downtown Coeur d'Alene for seven years and is located at 210 Sherman Avenue in the Plaza Shops of the Coeur d'Alene Resort across from Hudson Hamburgers. Voted best Toy Store for the past 5 years is not a surprise when you meet the retail wizards, Brett and Susan Sommer and hear their vision for fun!

While tourism is an important part of the Sommer's retail businesses, they stress that their success comes from giving local customers from Coeur d'Alene and the Spokane area what they want. Susan and Brett have certainly achieved their goal of improving their hometown by creating businesses that are all about fun.

Now the Sommer family is announcing a new annual event: Figpickels Toy Emporium is looking for kids, ages 5 to 12, to serve as toy specialists on their 2012 Board of Directors. Why let adults sitting in a toy company boardroom in New York City decide what 'fun' is for your kids this holiday? If chosen as one of the Board members, you will spend the day being treated like royalty. You will be whisked away in a limo, and convene in the private Figpickels Executive Boardroom at 'The CDA Resort' where secret toy testing will be conducted. You will play, test and vote on the 2012 Figpickels Favorite Toys List that will be presented to the North Pole. The board will make a public appearance to the community on November 11th, and announce their Figpickels Favorite Toy List for 2012, making parent's and grandparent's toy shopping experience a sure hit for the kids this season!

Submit an application and tell them in 200 to 250 words, why you are qualified to serve as a toy specialist. You can learn more about the Essay Contest and download the terms and details on their website figpickels.com. Applications are available on ToyStoreCdA.com and can be picked up and dropped off at Figpickels Toy Emporium, Papillon Paper Emporium, and Mrs. Honeypeeps Sweet Shop. Deadline for dropping off applications is October 17, 2012 at 6pm.

Walmart's new store opens in Spokane Valley Wednesday


Walmart is opening three new stores across the state this Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 am, bringing Walmart's Washington state hiring count up to nearly 900 new jobs in 2012. One of those new stores is at 5500 East Sprague and will bring 350 jobs to Spokane. Spokane Valley residents are invited to attend the new Walmart store opening at 7:30 this Wednesday. The 147,785-square-foot full-service store will then open to the public immediately following the grand-opening ceremonies and will be open 24 hours a day.

The new store will be the second in Spokane Valley. The store will include more than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and accessories, a garden center, and health and beauty aids. Additionally, the store will have a broad assortment of groceries, including a bakery, a deli serving fresh food, meat and dairy products, fresh produce and full liquor sales. Convenience services including a pharmacy, digital-photo processing and Walmart Connect Center will be located in the store.

As part of the grand opening celebration, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will present grants to local community groups that serve residents. Greater Spokane Meals on Wheels and Spokane Valley Partners will both receive $2,000 checks, while Orchard Elementary School, Hearth Homes, The Scraps Hope Foundation and Toys for Tots will be presented with $1,000 checks.

Valpak Spokane gets good news

Val Workman of Valpak of Spokane just received some exciting news. Wednesday was a BIG day! The Valpak app was updated to integrate Apple Passbook. And it was downloaded more than 10,000 times! On top of that, by Wednesday afternoon, Valpak was No. 6 on the list of Lifestyle apps downloaded, right there with Target, Walgreens, eBay, Amazon and Groupon. And it was in the top 100 apps being downloaded overall. Through their mobile and digital coupons, Valpak is reaching an audience that's well beyond the familiar Blue Envelope. For more information contact Val Workman at val@valpaknw.com.

Win Free LASIK from Eye Consultants


Dr. Gary Fillmore and the team at Eye Consultants will be giving away a complete LASIK surgery package, in a partnership with ZZU FM, 'Dave, Ken & Molly's See for Free Video Contest.' Create your own video telling Eye Consultants why you want free LASIK surgery. Judging is based on creativity. Use your smart phone or video camera and upload your video to your YouTube channel/account. If you don't already have one you can create one at www.YouTube.com. Videos can be no longer than 3 minutes in length, and need to be submitted by November 4. Bonus judging points will be given for videos submitted by October 22. The winner will be announced on the Dave, Ken & Molly show on 929 ZZU FM on November 8.

Detailed information is at LASIKSpokane.net or 929ZZU.com.


Bill Kalivas Joins 2nd Watch

LaunchPad's Bill Kalivas has accepted a position with 2nd Watch, a Liberty Lake startup company founded in 2010 that provides unique cloud computing solutions and services. 2nd Watch is a key partner with Amazon Web Services. He will continue to be deeply involved as the majority owner of LaunchPad and the Launch Spokane Program. He will continue to be part of LaunchPad to include strategic planning, moderating events, co-hosting the Launch Spokane TV Show Segments which can be seen on www.launchspokane.com and on Invest NW each Sunday at 7:30 am on KHQ-TV, Channel 6. You can learn more about 2nd Watch by visiting www.2ndwatch.com.

Floor Coverings International to Hold Grand Opening

Floor Coverings International will hold its Grand Opening celebration Tuesday, Oct. 23. The celebration will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Floor Coverings International's new showroom location on 28 W Boone. During the grand opening, all new accepted bids will be discounted 10 percent and professional installers will move all furniture/appliances at no charge.

FCI will be open 7:30 to 5 Monday through Friday and by appointment on weekends.

For information, contact, Jeff Bray, VP FCI at 509-413-1397. The website is Spokane.floorcoveringsinternational.com.


New owners for Vintages@611

Villagio Pizza Bar at 2013 E. 29th is moving west down 29th. The owners Cannies and Steve Seddon have purchased Vintages@611 at Manito Shopping Center from Tana Rekofke. Villagio will be moving their pizza oven to that location. No other changes in name or menu have been announced at this time.

Beignets Restaurant space for lease

John Powers of NAI Black is offering Beignets restaurant space at 121 N. Wall Street for sale. The total restaurant size is 3,803 square feet at $4,596 per month with 7 months remaining on the lease. The space has a roll up garage door for outdoor dining area, large outdoor patio, open floor plan with beautiful kitchen and bar, an impressive build out and design, beautiful furniture, fixtures and equipment. John Powers can be reached at 509-622-3563 or jpowers@naiblack.com.

Rosa's Pizza to open on Division

Brad Barsness will open his first Rosa's Pizza in Spokane at 3422 North Division next month. For the past several years he has operated two pizza businesses in Cheney and Airway Heights.

The new 1,300 square foot store will create about 15 new jobs. The restaurant is primarily take-out and delivery with very little dine-in space. NAI Black agents Don Jamison and Brian Anderson handled the deal.

CCS Names New Corporate Training and Workforce Continuing Education Director

Sara Sexton-Johnson is Community Colleges of Spokane's new district director of workforce, continuing education and corporate training, it was announced in September.

In this role, she will coordinate the development of continuing education and corporate training opportunities at CCS for business and industry in Eastern Washington. She also will work closely with the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council to identify new and emerging education and training needs in the region.

A graduate of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Sexton-Johnson has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in communications. She previously worked at EWU as interim executive director, e-Learning and off-campus programs; director of extended education, continuing education and Running Start; and director of continuing education and professional advancement.

Sexton-Johnson can be reached at 509-533-8486.

LaunchPad INW kicks off Launch SpokaneStartup Mentoring Program; Partners with KHQ-TV's Invest Northwest

LaunchPad INW, the professional networking and interactive media company kicks off a new program called Launch Spokane. Launch Spokane is a business development and mentorship program created to help entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses succeed by connecting with talent, resources, mentoring, and capital. Launch Spokane's website www.LaunchSpokane.com features a unique portal providing startups with access to local resources, mentoring, a business events calendar, and locally generated blogs focused on local content relevant to area startups and entrepreneurs.

As part of the kick-off, LaunchPad's existing media network (of traditional and social media) and Launch Spokane will now partner with the region's premiere business and finance program, Invest Northwest (airing on KHQ-TV each Sunday at 7:30am) to produce segments showcasing local entrepreneurs and startups. In addition to airtime, full-length interviews from each highlighted company or entrepreneur will be made available for viewing at LaunchSpokane.com.

The goal of the Launch Spokane/Invest Northwest partnership is to encourage local job growth and cultivate a local startup and entrepreneurial spirit by highlighting success stories via TV and the Internet.

For more information on Launch Spokane visit LaunchSpokane.com. To become the Launch Spokane sponsor network contact bill@LaunchPadINW.com.

Girl Scouts Fall Product Sale is perfect for personal or corporate holiday gift giving

Chocolates, nuts, toffee and candy are available from local Girl Scouts now. It's never too early to be planning for holiday gift giving. Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho has an affordable and easy way to get a head start on personal and corporate holiday gift items with their Fall Product Program sale.

This year the options include Mint Trefoils, Pecan Supremes, Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews, Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Covered Almonds, Chocolate Raisins, Butter Toffee Peanuts, Whole Cashews, Double Dipped Chocolate Peanuts, Select Mixed Nuts with Peanuts, Cranberry Trail Mix and fat free Fruit Slices. Items are priced from $6-$8 with most items priced at $6 per tin/can. The Mint Trefoils and Pecan Supremes come in a decorative tin and the other products come in a themed can with a re-sealable lid.

Look for Girl Scouts in your neighborhood, schools and community locations who are participating in this program. Get your holiday gifts early. Order by October 22 and receive your products November 15-30, 2012 in plenty of time for family, friends, work and client gift giving. The products will also be available, after December 1, in the Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho store located at 1404 North Ash Street, Spokane.

If you do not have a Girl Scout in your neighborhood or need help placing an order, contact Thompson at 509-747-8091, ext. 211 or kthompson@gsewni.org.

Valley Dermatology and Skin Care Center moving

In January, Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, owned by Dr. Scott Smith, is moving to a larger 4,160 square foot space at 12509 E. Mission. They were previously in two floors of the Medicus Building at 12615 E. Mission Avenue. The clinic provides dermatology, skin care and skin surgery services as well as cosmetics, laser hair removal and acne treatments. The phone number is 509-892-2480 and the website is dermvalley.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." Michelangelo





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