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Red Lion Hotels introduces the Leo Collection

Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels has introduced the Leo Hotel Collection, a new brand for boutique, smaller or historic hotels retaining their names but using Red Lion's distribution and marketing channels. Red Lion currently operates or franchises 48 hotels across the Western United States and Canada. In recent years the hotel chain has focused on franchises rather than corporate-owned properties, which reduces operating costs while building its network. Red Lion hopes to announce the first Leo-branded partner within 30 days.

Patti Usselman Hair Style of Spokane wins national award

Created to recognize the 'Best of the Best' in the small-and-medium sized business sector, the Business Excellence Awards, sponsored by Action Coach International, honors the achievements and accomplishments of owners in industries and categories from around the world. The Business Excellence Awards night last Friday in Las Vegas honored those business owners and their companies who have taken their companies, teams and results to 'the next level' of success. The winner in the 'Best Service Based Business' was Patti Usselamn Hair Style.

When Patti Usselman was a little girl she was fascinated with beauty, hair, and make up. So brave and without her mothers approval Patti would practice her hair cutting skills on her siblings, friends, and dolls. As she grew older she perfected her skills and was accredited for providing beautiful cuts, color, and styles to many friends and family. Patti attended Paul Mitchell The School and while attending Paul Mitchell, Patti was the Phase II Manager of the advanced student program, and a member of the Design Team. Patti also was a volunteer stylist at 2010 US Figure Skating Championships. Patti performed the airbrush make-up for 2010 US Figure Skating Champion, Jeremy Abbott.

The address for Patti Usselman Hair Style is 528 E Spokane Falls Blvd. the phone is 509-723-9827 and the website is pattiusselman.com.

Jim Barry earns Certified Business Continuity Professional designation

Jim Barry of 360 Consulting Group has passed the test to earn the designation of a Certified Business Continuity Professional.

The Certified Business Continuity Professional, issued by the Disaster Recovery Institute International, is the most widely recognized and held business continuity certification in the world. CBCPs are professionals that have demonstrated both knowledge and skill in the business continuity/disaster recovery industry.

Barry has over 30 years experience performing risk analysis and mitigation and developing, exercising, and maintaining business resiliency, business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis communication plans.

Paine Hamblen opens Walla Walla office

Paine Hamblen law firm, headquarters in Spokane, recently opened a new regional office in Walla Walla. It is in addition to the other Paine Hamblen offices which are in Coeur d'Alene; Priest River and the Tri-Cities. Paine Hamblen also entered into a mutually cooperative relationship with the law firm, Virtual In-House Counsel, also of Walla Walla.

A men's clothing store that comes to you

J. Hilburn Men's Custom Clothing offers professional tailored garments at department store prices. And to make buying even easier Style Consultant Linda Beedle will come to your home or office, much like a personal shopper. She'll personally take your measurements for custom shirts, trousers and personalized suiting, and she will help you select fabric and style options that fit your wardrobe needs.

Each J. Hilburn hand tailored garment is made from only the finest of Italian fabrics, hand-constructed and specifically created for every unique individual. Not mass produced as with other brands. The J. Hilburn experience is vastly different than retail in terms of quality, service and value. These garments are made to last, and it shows with every peice. And it is not just shirts. J. Hilburn boasts an impressive array of custom apparel, ready to wear items, formal wear, accessories and grooming products; all essential items for a man's wardrobe.

The company was recently featured in the February issue of Inc. magazine and also in Bloomberg, August 2012. To set up an appointment contact Linda Beedle at 509-370-5358. The website is lindabeedle.jhilburn.com. J. Hilburn is offering $20.00 off your first order over $100.00

Saad Building purchased

The Saad Building, at the corner of Main and Wall in downtown Spokane has a new owner. Centennial Properties, a division of Cowles Co., purchased the 12,000 square foot building for $2.2 million.

Local Dressing Chosen as Official 'Wing Bowl' Dip

As the nation turns its attention to Football, Uncle Dan's Blu Cheese from Spokane will be center stage at 'Wing Bowl 21' in Philadelphia.

In 1992, Local Philadelphia DJ's realized the Eagles would never make it to the Super Bowl. Instead, they created 'Wing Bowl' to celebrate the Super Bowl of eating. This year Chris Stephens from Uncle Dan's Authentic Salad Dressing Mixes from Spokane will be supplying the Blu Cheese the contestants will be drowning their wings in.

Wing Bowl 21 will be on Friday the 1st of February at the Wells Fargo Center in Philidelphia. Last year, over 21,000 people attended the event to cheer on 30 contestants. The winner was Takeru Kobayasi (pictured) who set a Wing Bowl record by eating 337 wings in an hour.

In 2012 contestants ate over 6000 wings in one hour, so Uncle Dan's is making LOTS of Blu Cheese dressing.

Local Girl Scouts Gear up for Cookie Program

National Girl Scout Cookie Day is February 8 and thousands of local Girl Scouts are gearing up for the Cookie Program with annual cookie rallies, which began council wide this past Saturday, January 26.

Girl Scouts are preparing to sell cookies in all 30 counties of the council area beginning February 8. To get ready for the Cookie Program, which is the largest girl-led business in the world, Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho hosts cookie rallies for participating girls and parents to share all the new information, selling techniques and provide all the tools needed for a successful program.

This year, Girl Scouts in our council will be offering the most popular six cookies: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-si-does, Tagalongs and Savannah Smiles. Each box of cookies will still be only $4 per box in Washington state and $4.25 per box in Idaho (includes Idaho state sales tax). Cookies will go on sale February 8-23 for preorders. Cookies will be delivered to customers beginning March 22. Booth sales outside retail locations in communities throughout the council area will begin March 22 and end April 14. Go to www.gscookiebiz.com for more information about Girl Scout cookies.

Numerica Donates $13,600 to community organizations

Numerica Credit Union employees donated $13,600 to five community organizations that serve Washington and Idaho. They include: Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels, Lake City Senior Center's Meals on Wheels, Inland NW Baby (Serving Spokane and North Idaho), Teen Challenge Pacific Northwest in the Tri-Cities, and Haven of Hope in Wenatchee.

The donation was raised at Numerica's Annual Benefit Auction. Numerica employees have coordinated the Annual Benefit Auction for the past 21 years. Donations have been given to community organizations such as the Salvation Army's Sally's House, The Children's Home Society, Cross Walk, Hutton Settlement, Ronald McDonald Charities of Spokane, Hospice, and organizations that play a critical role in the prevention of child abuse.

New Gonzaga University School of Law program provides low-cost family law help

Family law practice is one of the highest demand areas of law, and lawyers who volunteer their time through the Spokane County Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Program address hundreds of cases each year. The new Gonzaga University School of Law FLASH program will give these pro bono lawyers a helping hand while providing law students a chance to get hands-on training and experience in a frequently overlooked area of law.

Family Law Attorney and Student Help (FLASH) is a pilot program launched this year by Gonzaga Law's Center for Law In Public Service. The FLASH program is designed to benefit the community by increasing the availability of free or low-cost family law assistance. The program also benefits students with opportunities to receive specialized training while working directly with family law cases that are expected to have an immediate impact in the community.

Individuals in need of legal assistance from the Volunteer Lawyers Program should apply through the Northwest Justice Project's centralized intake and referral service (CLEAR) available at nwjustice.org/get-legal-help.

For more information, contact Andrea Parrish, digital media specialist at Gonzaga University School of Law, at 509-313-3771 or via e-mail at aparrish@lawschool.gonzaga.edu.

Elephant Boys continues to grow

Elephant Boys Boating Store is adding an additional 25,000 sq ft to its Spokane Valley Store at 12622 E Sprague. The new addition will make the dealership the largest True Discount Marine Boating Store in the State.

The new addition allows the Elephant Boys to set up a Boat Show display of its own that is larger, lower priced with better selection then they could offer at a higher priced per square foot local boat show.

The boating store offers full service for your boat and outboard from the trailer up. The service shop has two certified marine technicians on duty and is a Evinrude BRP Platnum Certified, Mercury Outboard Premier and Tohatsu/Nissan TFI Certified Dealership.

In addition to adding on to the Valley Elephant Boys Store, KingFisher boats have recently been added to the Lineup.

Headquartered in Spokane Valley, WA, the dealerships carries a wide range of boating accessories in addition to the full range of KingFisher, River Hawk, Lowe welded boats for lake, river and offshore fishing. You will also find Lowe Pontoon Boats, Utility boats, Jon boats, Kayaks and Canoes in all sizes. Visit www.elephantboys.com for more information.

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