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Sonderen Packaging celebrates 50 years in business

Sonderen Packaging is a family owned an operated business currently in its third generation. In the photo are Mark Sonderen, his son Matt and daughter Keva Sonderen-Humbert.

This year Sonderen is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Sonderen manufactures high quality, custom packaging made primarily out of paperboard material. Watch their new company video and browse their new website to learn more about who they are and what they do. Happy Anniversary Sonderen Packaging. Cheers to the next 50! The website is www.sonderen.com.

2013 Spokane Women's Show this weekend

Providence Health Services' Annual Spokane Women's show is this weekend, starting Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 at the Spokane Convention Center. This is always a very fun and informative event, featuring information on health, beauty, fashion, cooking, plus vendors, lectures, exhibits, live music and entertainment.

Hours are Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 7:30am-noon. Admission is $5. Race for the Cure participants get into the show Free.

Visit www.SpokaneWomensShow.com for more information.

Spokane REALTORS Open 300+ Houses this Weekend

Hundreds of Spokane area homes for sale will be open for visitors this weekend as part of the fifth annual Nationwide Open House this Saturday and Sunday April 20th and 21st. All participating open houses are listed on SpokaneOpen.com. This event started in Washington state and has grown to include more than 1-million homes nationwide.
"Buyers and sellers will find something of value in this event," says 2013 Spokane Association of REALTORS president, Marianne Guenther Bornhoft. "With the housing market heating up again, this is a great time to get out and see what's new on the market, and enter our contest!"

Open house visitors may enter a drawing (21 and older; one entry per person, per house) for a $1,500 gift certificate from The Tin Roof - Spokane's home furnishings & decor store - voted 'best' by readers of The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living and Northwest Woman Magazine. Winner will be drawn and announced on May 1st.

The event Headquarter House is a new, fully-staged Greenstone Homes rancher home in the Eagle Ridge development, off the Pullman highway - 5503 South Chaperon Peak Drive. Go to SpokaneOpen.com for all the information.

New owner for Tracy Jewelers

Maureen Tracy, owner of Tracy Jewelers is making plans for the future to sell her business. Glen Brown, a 10-year employee will take over the day-to-day operations of the business on May 1, 2013. While continuing studies in Gemology, he will work along side of Maureen for the next four years to insure a smooth transition. Tracy Jewelers, 106 N. Evergreen, has been operating in the Spokane Valley for over 63 years. Maureen Tracy purchased the business in 1994. Glen Brown joined Tracy's in 2003 and has been a key employee with 20 years experience in the industry.

Johnston Printing owners sell building

Guy D. Byrd of Cornerstone Property Advisors and Vic Overholser of SDS Realty just brokered a transaction that will reposition the property at 159 S McClellan. This 11,263 square foot historic warehouse/office space was the home of Johnston Printing for 30 years until it closed in 2011. The Buyer, Steve Schmautz, 121 Development LLC, represented by Vic Overholser, purchased the vacated property for $455,000 from Steve and Patty Johnston, Sellers, represented by Guy Byrd. 121 Development plans to completely redevelop and re-tenant the property, and is said to have pre-leased 50% of the space prior to closing.

Jimmy John's to open in Liberty Lake

McMasters Restaurants will open a Jimmy John's sandwich franchise next month at 1429 N. Liberty Lake Road, in Liberty Lake. The company is making improvements to the 2,000-square-foot retail space and expects to open the business in May.

AmericanWest Bank grows

AmercianWest Bank has acquired PremierWest Bancorp of Medford for $16.6 million adding 32 branches to its network. The Spokane based bank now has a major presence in Oregon and California. AmericanWest now has 112 branches across five states and assets of $3.8 billion.

DeVries Business Services offers free shred day this Saturday

DeVries Business Services and Spokane County Library District are sponsoring a free shred event Saturday, April 20th, at the North Spokane Library Branch and the Spokane Valley Library Branch. It is free to the public and runs from 11am to 3pm. You do not need to remove staples, paperclips or rubber bands; the mobile shred trucks shred everything. The free shred event is great kickoff for Spokane County Library District's Money Smart Week. Bring all your sensitive documents including tax returns and even your credit cards and witness the destruction of your private information.

Free white paper offered on mobile marketing

Is Your Business Ready for the Mobile Revolution? By this time next year, more people will access the internet with their mobile phones and tablets than will with desktops and laptops combined. Two years ago, this forecast got the attention of marketing pro and former direct mail publisher Wes Ward. Since then, he has absorbed himself in mobile technologies and has become an expert on marketing to consumers on their mobile devices.

His company, BlueSky Mobile Media, is building affordable customized apps formatted for iPhones, iPads and Androids, along with mobile websites for small businesses. In addition, Ward provides consulting to help businesses optimize their mobile marketing.

"This isn't about technology." Ward Says. "For the first time ever, businesses have the ability to reach their customers in real time wherever they are. That is a paradigm shift in how businesses engage with their customers. That is the essence and power of mobile marketing."

Ward is sharing what he's learned by providing a free White Paper. For your no-obligation copy call 509-217-0076 or email info@BlueSkyMobileGuy.com.

InCyte Pathology releases new name and logo

InCyte Pathology proudly announces a new name, Incyte Diagnostics, and the launch of its new corporate logo as part of the ongoing evolution of its overall brand. The logo reflects the key elements of an established organization that continues to provide reliable, trusted diagnostics services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. After InCyte Pathology's merger with Eastside Pathology, they realized the need for a logo that reflected not only their current business, but the diagnostic opportunities of the future.

AGORA Award Finalists Announced

Eighteen companies and organizations have been named finalists for the AGORA Awards, the annual Greater Spokane Incorporated program that honors business excellence in our region. Finalists were among 253 nominations, which were narrowed down to 34 semi-finalist companies. The 18 finalists will be interviewed by a group of volunteer judges from the regional business and nonprofit community.

The finalists in each category are:

Small Business: Signs for Success, Zipline Interactive, The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center, Two Wheel Transit

Medium Business: VEBA Service Group, Humanix Staffing and Recruiting Services, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Associated Industries

Large Business: Rosauers Supermarkets, Inc., STCU, Wagstaff, Schweitzer Engineering

Small Nonprofit: Meals on Wheels Spokane, Spokane Public Market, HOPE School

Large Nonprofit: Christ Clinic-Christ Kitchen, Catholic Charities of Spokane, Boys and Girls Club of Spokane

All finalists are eligible for the Community Service and Entrepreneurial Spirit awards. Winners will be announced at the AGORA Awards on June 5 at The Davenport Hotel.

Diamond Park 'N Jet Offering New Lower Rates

Diamond Park 'N Jet, the offsite parking lot and shuttle service located on Sunset Hwy which services the Spokane International Airport, just released this week that they are lowering their rates by 20%.

The Valet Parking rate is now only $8.00 per day and the Self Park rate is only $5.60 per day. Both rates are less expensive than parking at the airport and come with a full array of added value services such as complimentary coffee, bottled water, newspaper, car to curb shuttle service, luggage assistance and touchless car wash with every visit.

They will still offer even lower rates through custom corporate parking plans as well as a 10% discount for AAA members, seniors and the military. For more information about Diamond Park 'N Jet, visit www.DiamondPNJ.com.

NAWBO's 'Uncorked' offers gluten-free food

On April 19 the traditionally elegant fare at NAWBO's annual wine tasting event, 'un-Corked' at Chateau Rive in the Flour Mill, will also include gourmet gluten-free hors d'oeuvres and desserts from Tara Wright's Fusion Flours. It is rare for wine tasting event to offer enough options to provide genuine value for guests who are gluten-intolerant and 'unCorked!' is the welcome exception.

The Fusion Flour gluten-free Take & Bakery is located at 120 E Wellesley across from Northtown Mall. The hours Noon to 7pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The phone number is 509-217-1610.

Tickets for 'unCorked!' are $45 online at nawbonw.org or 509-731-3309 by phone. Tickets at the door are $55. Credit cards accepted.

Numerica Boosts Business Services Department with Two Promotions

Jeanette Radmer was recently promoted to business development manager, overseeing business development in the Greater Spokane Area. She has worked in the banking industry for 17 years, and seven of those have been spent with Numerica Credit Union. In addition to business development, Radmer has extensive experience in regional branch operations and marketing. Radmer attended Eastern Washington University where she earned a bachelor's degree in both business administration and hospitality management. She also attended The Credit Union National Association's leadership development institute and business development school. Radmer possesses a Washington State insurance license for property, casualty, life and disability, and is also registered with the National Securities and Exchange Commission.

Manuel Hochheimer was also promoted to a Business Development Manager, overseeing business development in the Airway Heights, Spokane Valley and North Idaho areas. He has worked in the financial industry for 13 years. His past experience includes branch management and financial advising. Hochheimer obtained a bachelor's of science degree in business management from Colorado State University.

Harmonic Wellness Therapy opens in Spokane Valley

Harmonic Wellness Therapy dedicated to safe, affordable, and non-invasive vibroacoustic sound table therapy is now open for business at 4319 E. 15th Ave. in Spokane Valley. They are the first to offer this relaxing innovative therapy in the Inland Empire.

Harmonic Wellness Sound Table Therapy utilizes comfortable oversize massage tables converted with high quality transducers that translate sound into vibrational massage targeted to the cellular level of muscles, organs and bones in the body. Clients will relax to alpha, theta and delta wave sounds through headphones to enhance their experience.

They have over 60 sessions designed to help with stress relief, pain management, energy centering and cell oxygenation. In most cases, the cost of the sessions is less than a health insurance co-pay.

Harmonic Wellness Therapy offers convenient scheduling through their booking website www.harmonic-wellness-therapy.genbook.com or by phone 509-536-1890. They offer multiple session discounts as well as a senior citizen discount. The website is harmonicwellnesstherapy.com.

Six Reasons to Listen to Spokane Radio on the Weekend

KTW-AM630 delivers six reasons to listen to Spokane radio on the weekend. The reasons are new Saturday morning programs: Community Talks (8:00am), BusinessTalks (10am), House to Home (10:30am), Wilde about Pets (11am), SheSays (11:30am) and Sheriff's Report (12:30pm) - all produced by Spokane-based Half Round Productions LLC.

"Following the immediate and overwhelming success of our first program, Business Talks (which debuted January 9th), we looked for additional program topics that would be of interest to area listeners," says Tom McArthur, co-owner and executive producer. "Launching programs that deal with home improvement, pets, women's issues and a place for non-profits to tell their stories, just makes sense and penciled out well."

Kent Adams, co-owner and executive producer, points to the popularity of 'House to Home,' on TV for many years, as an example of a proven subject. The program, hosted by landscape architect and veteran home improvement project host, Clyde Haase, kicked off with live programs from the recent home shows.

"Our new inventory will welcome, and welcome back, two local business women to the air," says Adams. "We're so pleased to have local veteran TV & radio anchor Debra Wilde, owner of Wilde Voices, host 'Wilde about Pets' and Stephanie Regalado-Hertel, Spokane Woman magazine editor, as host of 'SheSays,' adds Adams. "

In addition to these programs, the Saturday morning line up will include 'Sheriff’s Report,' with Spokane County Sheriff, Ozzie Knezovich. This program, already on the air for three years, will continue in its current timeslot (12:30pm) but with increased production values and sponsor messages.

The sixth and final reason will be 'CommunityTalks,' a weekly half-hour moderated 'open mic' for area nonprofit and community organizations seeking to connect with a wider audience. This program will premiere in mid-May.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi

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