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The 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility Application open until March 15

Greater Spokane Incorporated, Humanix, and Inland Northwest Society for Human Resource Management (INSHRM) are will serve as a 2013 Community Partner in the 'When Work Works' program, a national initiative led by the partnership of Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation.

Part of a group of 20 community partners in cities and states across the country with the goal to engage community leaders in workplace flexibility efforts. Another goal is to educate employers about workplace flexibility practices such as job sharing, flexible work schedules, career flexibility, part-time work and other workflex programs and policies.

The initiative administers the annual Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, a prestigious awards program that recognizes exemplary employers for using flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

Visit the website, www.whenworkworks.org, for more information and to apply. Applications are open through March 15. Recipients of the Sloan Awards will be recognized at a local event later this year and be included in the 2014 edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work.


Taste Spokane to benefit Wishing Star Foundation

Wishing Star's 7th Annual Taste Spokane event will be held on Friday, March 15 from 6 to 10pm at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. This food, dessert, wine, beer and spirits tasting will feature more than 32 local vendors, raffles, live music, more all in support of Wishing Star. This event is age 21+.

Tickets are $35 in advance, or $40 at the door. Admission price includes five taste tokens and a Wishing Star Wine glass. For tickets or more information on the event, visit www.tastespokane.com.

Retired NASA Astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar to Speak at Girl Scout Luncheon

The keynote speaker at the Annual Girls Scout Spokane Community Leadership Luncheon will be retired NASA Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D., NAE, veteran of five space flights, accomplished engineering and science educator. The fundraising luncheon will be on Tuesday, March 26 from noon-1:15 pm at the Spokane Convention Center. Dr. Dunbar will speak about her experiences as a female astronaut and her passion for STEM education.

Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space is a Girl Scout. Dr. Dunbar is a Girl Scout alumna and a Sunnyside, Wash. native. An MD Anderson Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston, Dunbar is also the Director of the University's STEM Center. She has devoted her life to furthering engineering and science education.

Dunbar will share her stories about leadership as a female astronaut, the importance of young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math and her leadership related to STEM education. In addition to Dunbar's keynote address, local Girl Scouts who are participating in projects to further their Girl Scout journey and contribute to our community will share their Girl Scouting experiences.

There is no cost to attend the luncheon, but is an annual fundraising event for Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Guests will be asked to make a donation during the luncheon and to consider a gift of at least $101 in honor of Girl Scouting's 101st birthday. This event is reservation only. Reservations will be accepted until March 15. To reserve a table for eight guests or to make an individual reservation contact Lydia Duffy, GSEWNI events specialist, at 800-827-9478, ext. 204 or events@gsewni.org.


Home & Yard Show coming this week

Jim Custer Enterprises presents the 35th Annual Spokane Home & Yard Show which begins this Thursday, February 28 and runs through Sunday, March 3, held at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center. This year's show will feature over 250 exhibits of home improvement ideas and solutions.

Opening day, Thursday, is two adult admissions for the price of one. Parking is free. Hours are Thursday & Friday, noon to 9pm; Saturday 10am to 7pm; and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission is $7 for adults, good all weekend; kids 12 & under free. Visit www.CusterShows.com.

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. 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.


Spokane SCORE Workshop Feb. 27

Presented by Spokane SCORE Chapter 180, a new course on Small Business Financial Management will be held this Wednesday, February 27 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The Workshop will be at the SBA Training Room at 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane.

At the workshop, you will learn how to understand and use your financial statements as business management tools, learn Intro to QuickBooks, QuickBooks tips and short cuts from a QuickBooks Pro Adviser.

Cost is $40 pre-registered or $50 at the door. $15 for an additional person from the same company. You can sign up for four workshop series pre-paid for $125 (save $35). For registration and more information, visit www.scorespokane.org.

Upcoming classes in the Spokane SCORE Workshop series:
How to Start a New Business - Wednesday, March 6
How to Write a Business Plan - Wednesday, March 13
Small Business Marketing and Sales - Wednesday, March 20
All classes in this series are held from 8:30am to 12:30pm.


Upcoming MAS seminar

Marketing Associates of Spokane will be holding a breakfast and half-day seminar on 'Effective Negotiations' on Thursday, March 14 at the Lincoln Center, 1316 North Lincoln Street in Spokane. Check-in and breakfast begins at 7:30 am, seminar is from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Steven Issacs will lead an interactive session beginning with a new approach to negotiations. He will focus on the time and energy to be devoted to negotiation preparation, and offer a wide range of high-result techniques to achieve successful outcomes focusing on the interests of the participants and their organizations. Isaacs has over 30 years of experience leading design and construction firms, and major engineering, architecture, and planning projects throughout the United States and overseas.

RSVP per the MAS website www.maspokane.org by Monday, March 11. Cost for the seminar, including breakfast, is $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Special pricing is available for firms with multiple attendees. For more information, contact Kelli Crain at MSI Engineers (kelli@msi-engineers.com or 509-624-1050.


Live Reptile & Animal Day at Mobius

This Saturday, March 2 from 11am to 3pm, get face to face with live reptiles and critters. Learn from local reptile expert, Rasmussen Reptiles, who will be on hand to answer your questions and educate guests about the importance of these unique animals.

See a large variety of animals including pythons, chameleons, geckos, tortoises, monitors, iguanas and more. At the Mobius Science Center, 811 W Main Ave in downtown Spokane.

Motorcycle Show and Sale starts March 15

The 10th Annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show and Sale will be Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

This year the show features over 80,000 sq. ft of motorcycles, accessories, vendors and displays. Watch the Extreme Trail Riders from Lincoln, Nebraska conquer a monstrous obstacle course up to thirty feet in the air, without putting their feet on the ground. See Northwest Classics Vintage Bikes, enter to win $10,000 in Toyota's Scratch Card play and much more.

Admission is $10 for adults, children 6-12 $5, and children 5 and under FREE. Hours: Friday 3 - 8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Free parking all weekend. More information at www.spokanemotorcycleshow.com.

Learn more about our regions Trails and Parks

The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition holds its annual 'State of the Trails' meeting on Thursday, March 21 from 6 to 8 pm at Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield, (off Trent and Fancher) in Spokane Valley. The public is welcome to this gathering of outdoor groups and land managers (parks) who will talk about the status and conditions of outdoor recreation in the region. Attendees will be able to view maps and displays of the Spokane County Trails Plan including Fish Lake Trail, Centennial Trail and hear inspiring words from recreation leaders on the future. You'll also have an opportunity to network with other outdoor enthusiasts and trail advocates.

Inland Northwest Trails Coalition is a consortium of outdoor recreation and conservation organizations that promotes and advocates for viable natural habitat and trail corridors, both land and water. Individuals can subscribe/donate to receive information about trail and conservation land activity and advocacy.

Visit www.inlandnorthwesttrails.org for more information.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success." Dr. Joyce Brothers





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