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Take your business to the top of the world!

Want to take your business to the top of the world this year? Dawes Eddy can help you do just that. Dawes is the Spokane mountain climber who scaled Mt. Everest at age 66 in May of 2009, becoming the oldest American to reach the summit of the tallest peak on the planet. His record only lasted two and a half days, so he's headed back to the top of the world again this April at age 70. And he can take your business with him. He's looking for sponsors, and for as low as $500 you can have your logo displayed on top of Mt. Everest. No guarantees of course, but you will be part of a great adventure. For more information check out his website eddyoneverest.com or send an email to info@eddyoneverest.com.

Mr. Tux, John Mosby opens new men's clothing store

A new men's clothing store just opened in downtown Spokane at 904 West First at Lincoln, adjacent to Mr. Tux. Owner John Mosby, Mr. Tux himself, has opened Milano's Suit Studio, bringing high quality, fully-lined and tailored designer suits to Spokane. He has 550 suits in stock, regularly priced at $325, grand opening priced at just $189 right now. It's a great selection and Milano's has tailoring available with a full time seamstress on staff. They're open seven days a week. The phone number is 509-747-5207.

A New Name and a New Direction for Anderson Mraz Design

When Anderson Mraz Design first opened its doors in 1988, naming the firm was a pretty simple exercise: take the two founders' surnames, add 'design,' and open for business. These days, though, 'design' has become limiting, according to principal CK Anderson. "What we do is so much broader than that," he said. "It was time for a change. Time to do what we've done for so many of our clients: re-brand."

The result? Anderson Mraz Design is now helveticka - a play on the well-known Swiss font and a subtle appropriation of its unique characteristics. "It's versatile, expressive, and timeless," said Anderson. "Everything we strive for as a creative firm."

To Anderson and his team, the name 'helveticka' is evocative of a simpler, more functional approach to problem-solving - an approach that has led to success on a number of projects outside the realm of traditional graphic design. Two in particular, he said, stand out. "We're curating an upcoming exhibit on Modern Architecture at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture," said Anderson. "That's research and writing, space planning, design...everything. And we've recently completed a major project for Itron that required a level of conceptual, fabrication, assembly, and programming expertise that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago."

The change from Anderson Mraz Design to helveticka was a year in the works, said Anderson. The official launch was January 9.

helveticka, a Spokane-based creative branding group, provides expertise in all areas of branding for a diverse and wide-ranging client base. Review the firm's experience and project range at helveticka.com. For more information contact CK Anderson, principal via email at ck@helveticka.com or by phone at 509-624-4029.

Meridian Construction completes 2 projects at SIA

Meridian Construction of Spokane just completed two successful projects at Spokane International Airport. The Building #725 project consisted of a total renovation of an existing hanger built in 1937. The work consisted of major demolition and re-building of the entire infrastructure, including site utilities, plumbing, mechanical fire protection and security systems. The Horizon Airlines Hanger Maintenance Facility project consisted of maintenance and repair tenant improvements to the facility to allow Horizon Airlines the ability to service their aircrafts overnight.

New leader for the YWCA

The YWCA of Spokane has appointed Regina Malveaux, a lawyer who once interned in the White House, as its new CEO. She succeeds Trish McFarland, who retired in December.

Malveaux once served as executive director of a YWCA chapter in Norfolk, Va., and was legal advocate to the chapter in San Diego. She's also founding director of the Women's Legal Center in San Diego.

Malveaux earned her law degree from Howard University and was an intern for Hillary Clinton when she was first lady, as well as for Maxine Waters, then-chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Chelsea Dannen Promoted to Director of Communications at Better Business Bureau

Chelsea Dannen, previously PR & Media Specialist at the Better Business Bureau Serving E. Washington, N. Idaho and Montana, was recently promoted to Director of Communications. Dannen has been with the BBB for 2 years and is passionate about connecting ethical businesses with informed consumers. Her skills as a dynamic presenter, a clear communicator, and an energetic teammate made her a prime candidate for her new position.

Dannen is eager to expand her area of expertise by also focusing on offering valuable benefits to current BBB Accredited Businesses along with educating consumers to make smart buying decisions. To learn more about BBB Accreditation or consumer awareness tips, go to www.bbb.org or call 509-455-4200.

Mamma Mia's Scratches Out New Design and Branding

For over eight years, Mamma Mia's Italian Restaurant at 420 W Francis has been a delicious go-to staple in Spokane. Known for their old world hospitality, owners Ginny and Jerry Amicarella teamed up with local businesses Rainmaker Creative and HDG Design Group to create a fresh new look for both the restaurant and online presence to compliment their fresh-inspired menu.

Customers will be pleased that they can still order their familiar-favorite menu items, but will be pleasantly surprised to see the newly designed restaurant and website. "It's easier than ever to visit our site and preview our inspired menus," says Jerry. "We kept much of our original feel to complement our traditional Italian ways, and we're so excited to work with and support other local companies to create something new for Mamma Mia," Jerry comments.

Mamma Mia caters for events and can also be rented for parties and special occasions. They are celebrating their grand reopening now through January with a special new menu. The new website is a mammamiaspokane.com.

Former NBA Player and entrepreneur Jamal Mashburn enters the hospitality services industry with FairBridge Hotels International

Mashburn Enterprises of Miami Beach, Florida led by successful businessman and retired NBA great Jamal Mashburn, in conjunction with private investment firm Dema Holdings, has acquired an undisclosed stake in privately-held FairBridge Hotels International, a hospitality services firm in Spokane.

Mashburn joins company founders Sumi Kohli, Frederick Schoener, Sumeet Kals, as well as Duke El Manasara of Dema Holdings and Deepinder Singh Sarang on the Board of Directors this month as senior investment advisor to FHI. In addition to ongoing domestic conversion and redevelopment opportunities with lenders and special servicers, FHI is actively engaged in the delivery of services to projects throughout Southeast Asia, Africa, China, and Middle East and South America.

Locally, Fairbridge Inn Express is located at 211 South Division Street in Spokane and at 3647 West 5th Avenue in Post Falls.


The recent story about Jennifer Evans' new Encore Events and Presentations business contained an error about her tenure with the Bozzi Media Company. She was with Bozzi Media for one year and previously worked with LaunchPad for three years handling their various events.

U.S. Bank helps consumers save money

U.S. Bank is offering consumers who are hoping to save more money in 2013 a little extra motivation to follow through with their New Year's resolution this year.

Through the bank's S.T.A.R.T. program, consumers can earn two $50 U.S. Bank Rewards Visa Cards simply by saving $1,000 and keeping that money in their account for a full year. Since the program began in 2010, Spokane customers enrolled in S.T.A.R.T. have saved more than $10 million and earned more than $125,000 in rewards.

S.T.A.R.T., which stands for 'Savings Today and Rewards Tomorrow', helps consumers start a savings plan and offers rewards for reaching key savings milestones. Consumers can choose how and how much they want to save. Once they save $1,000, consumers earn a $50. If they keep at least $1,000 in their account for a year, they earn another $50 Rewards Card.

U.S. Bank has roots in Spokane dating back to 1891, and has nearly 250 employees in the area.

Inland Northwest Health Services Hires Allison Morgan

Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) welcomes Allison Morgan as Marketing and Communication Coordinator. Allison is responsible for the social and multi-media strategy for INHS and its lines of business. Allison comes to INHS with eight years of experience in video production, copywriting, multi-media and marketing with KREM 2 News and most recently, ILF Media. She received her B.A. in Communications from Washington State University.

Providence, AMR, Gonzaga collaborate for community-wide CPR training

Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 350,000 people in the U.S. each year. Over 80 percent of those deaths occur at home.

In recent years, the national guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) have changed, eliminating the requirement that mouth-to-mouth be performed in addition to chest compressions.

In 2012, Providence cardiologist Andrew Boulet, MD, used the hands-only version of the 'new' CPR to revive his wife, nephrologist Katherine Tuttle, MD. On the morning of Dr. Tuttle's collapse, Dr. Boulet did CPR on his wife for 20 minutes while waiting for paramedics to meet him near their home outside Spokane.

"I knew the CPR guidelines had changed, and I was thinking that they better be right!", Dr. Boulet shared in a story about his wife's experience. Thanks to his persistent efforts to deliver the compressions until paramedics arrived with the defibrillator to shock her, Dr. Tuttle not only survived her cardiac arrest, but experienced a complete recovery.

On Saturday, February 9, Providence and AMR experts will conduct 30-minute training sessions from 10 am to 3 pm at Gonzaga University's Cataldo Hall (429 E. Boone). Participants will watch a short video and see a demonstration, then practice the hands-only CPR technique.

To register for the FREE hands-only CPR training, visit www.phc.org.

KPBX's Upcoming Donation Day

This Saturday, January 26, from 10am to 3pm, it's Donation Day at KPBX FM-Spokane Public Radio, at the KPBX offices at 2319 S Monroe. The station is accepting gently used music equipment, CDs, cassettes, LPs, DVDs & VHS movies for their upcoming Recordings and Videos Sale the weekend of February 16 and 17 at the Lincoln Center. The R&V Sale is a great way to give your music items a new home, while supporting Spokane Public Radio too.

For more information, visit kpbx.org/r-v-donation-locations-guidelines.

The Business Thought of the Week

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." American philosopher and psychologist William James

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