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Jennifer Evans opens Encore Events and Presentations




If you have ever been to a Bozzi (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine) extravaganza event, you have experienced the expertise of Jennifer Evans. After four years working with the Bozzi organization, organizing events such as Hot Summer Nights at Arbor Crest and Best of the City, she is opening her own corporate event planning and presentation business, Encore Events and Presentations.

For the last four years, Evans has been a 'connector' and a resource for others in the community. Her events have been spectacular with dozens of food samplings, car shows, prizes and entertainment including music, dancing fairies and fire dancers. As the Director of Bozzi Events (home to Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Living, Spokane CDA Woman and Inland Business Catalyst magazines), she planned and executed more than 15 major events just last year for readers, advertisers and business associates of the various publications.

Events for 2012 included:
Best B2B Firms Networking and Trade Show
Women in Business Leadership Awards
Catalyst Magazine's 20 Under 40 Awards
Hot Summer Nights: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Best of the City 2012

Encore develops, creates and manages events at all levels: intimate retirement, celebration and other parties; open houses, ribbon cuttings, product launches, city-wide celebrations for over 1,000.

The phone number is 509-981-8439, email is j@allfortheencore.com, website is allfortheencore.com. Also on facebook.com/allfortheencore.


Nectar Tasting Room celebrates two years.

Josh Wade's Nectar Tasting Room is celebrating its second birthday this weekend, January 11 and 12. The unique business concept, started through a blog and social media marketing, continues to grow and become one of Spokane's finest wine tasting and event facilities. Join Nectar in celebrating Friday, January 11 with new wine releases, music and of course, birthday cake. The first 100 customers will receive a special gift from Nectar. On Saturday, they will be giving away over $500 in prizes to customers on hand as well. For more information visit nectartastingroom.com.

'Go-Giver' author coming to Spokane this Thursday

Best-selling author Bob Burg, -The Go-Giver, Go-Givers Sell More, Endless Referrals and - is scheduled to speak on Turning Casual Contacts into Solid Sales Opportunities. Event will be held this Thursday, January 10 from 7:30am to 1pm at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park.

The event will be of interest to entrepreneurs, business owners, sales professionals and anyone else who has ever faced the challenge of consistently generating quality prospects for his or her business.

Some topics being discussed:
- Quickly cultivate new prospects whether or not you have any existing contacts
- Dramatically increase your business without spending more time or money
- Instantly connect via what Bob calls, 'Feel-Good Questions'
- Instantly deepen the new connection via the 'One Key Question'
- Really use social media as a truly effective, profitable, business-building tool
- Model the one Secret all superstar entrepreneurs and salespeople use to get to the top

Mr. Burg's appearance is presented by the Spokane Association of REALTORS and EWI of Spokane.

For more information, call Debbie at 509-326-9222. Or you can register online at www.burg.com/events/spokane.


PR man, professor Dick Hoover passes away

Richard E. 'Dick' Hoover died at home on January 2, 2013. He was born on November 15, 1927 in Spokane, WA to Emanuel and Alice (Smith) Hoover. After military service he received his BA from Gonzaga University and during his working career he earned his Masters Degree from GU. His career varied, starting out as a radio news announcer in Okanagan, WA; he then accepted a job working as an assistant to Congressman Walt Horan in Washington D.C.; after two years he returned to Spokane to become the News Director of KREM Television; he then became a Journalism Professor at Eastern Washington University and finished his working career in Public Relations. Dick said he loved all of his jobs, but he found it incredible that someone was willing to pay him to talk on the radio.

It was Professor Dick Hoover who gave me my start in the public relations business in January of 1969, as an intern with the Thomas G. Hogan PR firm in Spokane, something I have always been grateful for. The Memorial Service will be held at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Road in the Spokane Valley at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Susan Clevenger hired at Humanix

Susan Clevenger has joined Humanix as Director of Recruiting. She brings over 20 plus years of permanent placement and executive search experience. She was most recently with Clevenger Geoconsulting Inc. She works across a broad spectrum of industries. For more information about Humanix go to Humanix.com.

RV Show and Sale coming to Fairgrounds

The 25th annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale, with over $13 million in RVs, is coming to the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center January 24-27. It's the largest RV show ever in Spokane, using every building at the Fairgrounds. Over 160,000 square feet of 50 brands of gleaming RV's and accessories. For all the details go to spokanervshow.com.

Spokane's 'Essential Guide' second edition due in May




The guidebook is designed for local residents and tourists and has been published in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico for the past twenty-six years. In March 2012, they published a guidebook for Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. The guidebook for Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and Walla Walla, with distribution of about 100,000 copies, became available in May 2012.

Advertising sales are underway the second edition of the Northwest guidebook, which may be expanding to include Sandpoint, Idaho. This year's guidebook will be available on May 1. Copies of the Essential Guide are free to customers, and the artists, galleries, wineries, restaurants, businesses, and specialty shops to distribute. Those who place an ad in the guidebook receive a quantity of the books upon request. The Davenport Hotel has given over 6,000 copies to guests since May 2012. The books are also distributed through local tourist bureaus in each community.

For advertising inquiries contact Ruthie Dearing at 509-795-4959, 509-868-0369 or by email at ruthiedearing@gmail.com. The website is essentailguide.com.


Spokane entertainment icon, Mike Cavender passes away




Milton Michael 'Mike' Cavender died peacefully in his sleep from lung cancer on Thursday, January 3rd in his south hill home in Spokane, with his family by his side. He died of a rare and aggressive lung cancer which was linked to his exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Viet Nam with the Marines as a decorated Navy Corpsman.

Mike Cavender was born June 7th, 1946 in Spokane to Bud and Karolle Cavender. The eldest of four boys, he attended St. Charles Parochial School, Gonzaga Prep and graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1964. He joined the Navy in October of 1964 and served as a corpsman with the US Marines in Vietnam from March 1966 to April of 1967. He was awarded Navy Commendation Metal for Meritorious Achievement 'for heroic achievement.'

Mike began his post military career as a bartender at the Rock Tavern in Post Falls, Idaho in early 1968. There, he met Cliff Berger and began booking bands through Northwest Entertainment in mid 1968, which was eventually renamed Northwind Booking Alliance.

He closed Northwind and joined the Dave Sobol Agency where he worked with Harley Reckord and the infamous Billy Tipton. In 1980, Mike left the Dave Sobol Agency to form Cavender and Associates with Al DeWood.

Mike was well known and respected for his contribution to and support of the arts in the Inland Northwest; in particular, the music scene. As an entertainment agent, he at one time managed an upwards of 40 bands, nearly 30 venues, and handled 90% of the market.

Mike served on the board of Washington State Arts Alliance, The Davenport Arts District Board and was President of the Board for the Spokane Arts Commission for six years. In 1990, He became a licensed real estate agent for Tomlinson Realty.

Mike Cavender is survived by his friend and former wife of 36 years, Kathleen Cavender; son Devin Beach of Newport, WA; daughter Jennifer Cheslek of Pullman, WA; daughter Rachel Cavender of Seattle, WA, and son Nathanael Cavender of Spokane.

A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan 19th, 1pm, at West Central Community Center, 1603 North Belt Street in Spokane.

Avista donates $326,000 for area energy assistance programs

Households that are having trouble paying their heating bills this winter will receive help as the result of $326,000 in donations Avista is making to Project Share in the utility's service area of eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon and to 19 human care service organizations in eastern Washington.

"We know that the economy of our service territory continues to be depressed and that it is difficult for families to make ends meet. The organizations receiving these Project Share and CARES donations are an important safety net. They provide vital assistance that helps those most in need meet the costs of housing, food and medicine, and keeping their homes warm this winter," said Scott Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Avista Corp.

Project Share will receive $226,000 from Avista and its employees. The program provides emergency grants to help families meet energy costs regardless of the fuel used to heat their home. The program is administered by SNAP in eastern Washington and by community action programs in other areas of our service territory. In 2011, more than 2,100 households received emergency energy assistance through Project Share. The funds for this donation come from company profits and employee donations and are not included as a cost to customers in developing rates.

Avista is also partnering with 19 community service agencies in eastern Washington to make grants for energy assistance to qualifying Avista customers in need this winter by contributing $100,000 to the agencies.

The funds for the CARES donations come from a state utility tax credit Avista receives that is associated with low-income energy assistance programs.

Three new staff members at Rainmaker Creative

Rainmaker Creative, a marketing company in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene area, announces the addition of three new staff members: Teri Dykeman, Operations Manager; Dan Stephens, Visual Communications Designer; and Heather DeCamp, Executive Assistant.

Dykeman has been in the Marketing and Communications field for 13 years, bringing a wealth of experience to the small businesses her new employer serves. As a founding member of LaunchPad Spokane, she has a solid understanding of the needs of local businesses that will mesh perfectly with her new role. Dykeman comes from a recent position with Moss Adams.

In addition to his strong industry experience, Stephens is a University of Idaho graduate with a BS in Marketing and a BA in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design and Web Design. His skills have been recognized locally as the winning designer the 2011 Bloomsday Finisher shirt.

DeCamp is also a U of I alum, having graduated with a degree in Technical Communication. Her varied experience in the field, from Accounts to Production, makes her uniquely qualified to fill the role of Executive Assistant to Rainmaker's Creative Director.

Rainmaker is owned and operated by Creative Director, Billie Gaura. Their offices are in Carnegie Square at 107 S. Cedar Street next to The Rocket. The phone is 509-499-3399 and the website is therainlab.com.

Valley Chamber's Annual Gem of the Valley Gala January 26th

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will have its 10th annual GEM OF THE VALLEY awards event at 6 pm, January 26th with the theme 'Dining with the Stars.' Chamber members and others from the community will gather at the Mirabeau Park Hotel to honor the Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year. Selected by an awards committee of past recipients and board members, this year’s awardee is long time Spokane Valley resident and leader William H. Gothmann.

In addition, Awards of Excellence will be given to an Entrepreneur of the Year, two tiers of Business of the Year, as well as a non-profit organization that has demonstrated exceptional leadership, initiative, and success in their day-to-day business operations. New this year are awards for Educators of the Year. Recognition also will be given to an individual who has provided outstanding support in 2012 to the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Individual reservations are available for $55 per person. Online reservations are preferred at spokanevalleychamber.org. Reservations can also be made at the Chamber office, located at 1421 N Meadowwood Lane, Liberty Lake, WA, or by calling the Chamber office at 509-924-4994.


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