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Girl Scout Cookies are here!

Girl Scout Cookies are on sale throughout eastern Washington and northern Idaho. The annual Girl Scout Cookie tradition is a $790-million business, the largest girl-led business in the world. The cookies available this year are the six most popular kinds: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs and Savannah Smiles. Each box of cookies is still only $4 per box in Washington State and $4.25 per box in Idaho (includes Idaho state sales tax). Buy some cookies! It's a fun way to support the Girl Scouts.

Live and Direct from the Mothership!

Hear from Google's top marketing leaders at a live luncheon broadcast here in Spokane. Google has partnered with The Mecham Company, a Spokane based digital marketing firm to bring a live-stream broadcast of Google marketing gurus on Tuesday, March 5 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center (I-90 at Sullivan Rd). You'll hear from Lisa Gevelber, VP of Americas Marketing, Google; John Nicoletti, Director of Agency Development, Google; Bickey Russell, Head of Channel Managed Agencies, Google; and Craig Mecham, President, The Mecham Company.

Participants will receive lunch, Branded Google Merchandise (while supplies last) and Custom Analysis of Potential ROI with Google Programs all at no cost.

Businesses in markets from construction to health care to legal and manufacturing are learning how to leverage the power of Google to attract new customers, boost sales and increase market share. This is a unique opportunity to see what Google technology can do for your business.

Seating is limited so register at www.mechamcompany.com/googleconnect.

Expand your sales force today

Spokane Executives Association (SEA) currently has openings for local/regional business owners who want to increase their sales. SEA is a group of business owners, executives who meet for lunch at the Spokane Club on a weekly basis to share leads, referrals and network with new and fellow members. The current Association of 60 represent a wide range of industries. Last year, 4-million dollars was generated within in Spokane Execs.

SEA only allows one business per open category so if you are interested, apply for your category before it is no longer available. To view the members and to apply for membership, visit spokaneexecs.com. Staci Clary, 509-599-5291 or Jeff Backstrom, 509-892-5354 are available to answer questions.

Gold's Gym celebrates 20 years in Spokane

Gold's Gym at 2921 E 57th is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Spokane location throughout February. They are inviting members, family and friends to join in on the festivities all month long. All this month, Gold's Gym will host free workouts including classes from February 18 to February 28. On February 25, the club will host an open house celebration with giveaways, live entertainment and a membership special of $20 a month with a $20 enrollment.

Customer Satisfaction Workshop March 5

Is Customer Satisfaction Dead? Find out at an upcoming workshop offered by the Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and national expert Roy Barnes on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30am at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 W North River Drive. Continental breakfast will be served, workshop will be from 8-11:30am.

In his workshop, Barnes inspires attendees to move outside of their comfort zone and to think about customers in a dynamic new way during a high-energy, interactive half-day workshop. Seasoned corporate veteran Roy Barnes challenges everyone to move past a transaction mindset, use engagement and experience as the new differentiators and create the 'perfect customer.'

Barnes shows companies that in order to set themselves apart in today's marketplace, organizations need to create customer differentiators that wow and delight. Using humor and energy, Barnes provides tools and techniques to proactively design internal and external customer experiences from the first moment of interaction until the last.

Early registration by Feb. 28 is $45 members; $55 non-members. After Feb 28, cost is $55 PRSA members; $65 non-members; $15 PRSSA students; $20 non-PRSSA students. Register online at roybarnes.eventbrite.com/.

Northern Quest Resort & Casino Nominated for Academy of Country Music Award

After just two years in the outdoor summer concert business, Northern Quest Resort & Casino has been nominated for 'Casino of the Year' by the Academy of Country Music. The five nominees for the award include:
- Northern Quest Resort & Casino - Airway Heights, WA
- Agua Caliente Casino - Rancho Mirage, CA
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Tulsa, OK
- Red Rock Casino & Resort - Las Vegas, NV
- WinStar World Casino - Thackerville, OK

Northern Quest Resort & Casino opened its outdoor summer concert venue in June 2011. Since then, thousands of music fans from the Inland Northwest have traveled to the resort to hear a variety of musical acts on the Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concert stage.

2013 Women in Business Leadership Awards Breakfast

Spokane CdA Woman Magazine presents this year's Women in Business Leadership Awards Breakfast on Wed, March 6 at Chateau Rive in the Flour Mill.

Host is Robyn Nance of KXLY TV's Good Morning Northwest. Keynote speaker is Jan Quintrall, City of Spokane, Business and Development Services. Jan will challenge you to take charge of your career without stereotypes.

Here are the 12 finalists for the 2013 Women in Business Leadership Awards:

Established Women in Business:
Jennifer Ferrero, Owner, Vanilla Bean Consulting
Jane Brown, Managing Partner, Paine Hamblen LLP
Kat Vercruyssen, Owner, Comfort Keepers of North Idaho

Emerging Women in Business:
Kim Papich, Public Information Officer, Spokane Regional Health District
Jennifer Evans, Owner, Encore Events
Rachel Murphy, CEO, Douglas Properties

Mover & Shaker:
Theresa Sanders, City Administrator, City of Spokane
Katherine Morgan, Sales & Marketing Director, Greenstone Homes
Kim Pearman-Gillman, Director Strategic Market Development, McKinstry

Non-Profit Leader:
Peg Hopkins, Exec. Director, Community Health Association of Spokane-CHAS
Julie Honekamp, CEO, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners-SNAP
Jill Gaffney, President, Executive Women International-EWI of Spokane

Tickets are $25/person or $200/table. Tables will be reserved for businesses or individuals who purchase tickets in groups of 8. Tickets available at bozzimedia.mycustomevent.com/ShoppingCart.aspx. Doors open at 7am, breakfast and awards start at 7:30am.

Nominees in each category will be featured in the March/April issue of the magazine.

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announces Awards of Excellence winners

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Awards of Excellence at the Gem of the Valley Gala held January 26 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center in Spokane Valley. In addition, the Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Bill Gothmann for his many contributions and service to the Greater Spokane Valley community.

Here are the winners:
Business of the Year, Tier I - Independent Wealth Connections
Business of the Year, Tier II - Greenstone Corporation
Entrepreneur of the Year - The Grounds Guys - Kenny Smith
Human Services Award - HUB Sports Center
Community Caring Award - Avista
Chamber Member Volunteer of the Year - Cindra Shields
Chamber Ambassador of the Year - Jennifer Nemes
Educators of the Year - Central Valley School District-Morgen Larsen; West Valley School District - Patricia Perrenoud
Special Lifetime Achievement Award - Dick Behm
2012 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award - Bill Gothmann

Correction In Carruso's Floors Story

Here is a corrected version of the Carruso's Floors story that appeared in last week's issue of How's Business.
Phil Carruso moved to Washington state in the 1930's and opened Spokane's first specialty flooring shop. The Linoleum Shop opened its doors on North Monroe in what had been his father's grocery store. Eighty years later, the Caruso family's flooring store continues to thrive in Spokane, providing full lines of flooring products with knowledgeable and friendly sales staff. Owned and operated by Phil's son Bill and grandson Mark, the Caruso's have continued to adapt and expand the business.

It is in this spirit that the Caruso's have decided to change the long standing name of the company from The Linoleum Shop to Caruso's Floors. As Mark put it, "We are grateful for the history and longevity of this business. However, with all the products available today, we feel the word linoleum doesn't reflect the scope of products we sell." Bill added that, "We've survived and thrived in the Spokane economy because we have learned to make the right changes at the right time, and now is the time for Caruso's Floors."

The Business Thought of the Week

"The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer." Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer and Nobel Prize winner

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