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New hotel for Red Lion's - Leo Collection

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is executing a new franchise agreement for their Leo Hotel Collection with the owners of The Riverside Hotel in Boise. The hotel will add 300 rooms to the Leo Hotel Collection when it converts in mid-summer. The Riverside Hotel is a resort-style property spanning 14 manicured acres, situated on the banks of the Boise River. The hotel features 300 rooms and suites, and over 21,000 square feet of convention and event space. Red Lion's Leo Hotel Collection is a new brand comprising unique, boutique, historic and/or destination hotels.

Studio Forensics Academy opens for training and consulting

Studio Forensics Academy, LLC, recently launched and is a privately funded higher education academy and consulting firm located in our very own downtown's Spokane Technology Center, 120 N Pine, Suite 178. The Academy, at the crossroads of Division and Riverside in the University District, is both a science center and consulting firm. The school teaches computer security disciplines to students and professionals of all ages, regardless of technical expertise. On the consulting side, they provide computer forensic, network security, and decryption technologies, among other services. Raj Chauhan, former operator in our U.S. Special Operations Command and corporate vice president of a fortune 500 financial firm's High Tech Investigations Unit (HTIU) leads the academy's initiatives.

Students attending SFA courses will experience a digital battleground of state-of-the-art surface computing platforms and an array of operating systems. Students should be self-sufficient during the time of instruction, have a strong desire to want to learn the material, and agree to SFA's academic policies. The academy has special rates for both college and high school students. You can call them directly for these prices. SFA's class size is currently 12 students and their auditorium consists of a proprietary controlled area network. The SFA network is unique in that it is designed to simulate various work environments that students may find themselves working in.

Currently, their introductory courses are three to five days in length. Each day consists of eight hours of instruction comprised of presentations, laboratory exercises, and hands-on training simulations. Presentations take place in a unique learning environment where students may choose to sit, stand, or even lounge on a couch during the time of instruction. SFA utilizes mind map technologies and encourage ideas to be written on walls, on the glass, or using their interactive surface computing forensic platforms.

This is truly a unique business and educational opportunity where you can learn how to defend yourself in the digital frontier. If you would like more information contact SFA or if you are considering taking one of their courses you can apply a 5% discount code during online registration; use code SFACP13. For more information please visit their website, www.studioforensics.org.

Les Weatherhead joins Lee & Hayes

Leslie Weatherhead has joined the firm and litigation practice group of Lee & Hayes, PLLC. Weatherhead, previously a partner with WKDT, has over 30 years of experience in litigation, including commercial, securities and environmental cases in the federal, state and appellate courts.

River Park Square opens new event venue

River Park Square announces the opening of the Fan Suite, a contemporary multi-use entertainment venue, located on the third level next to Nordstrom. The 1,060 square foot room features 3 large flat screen TV's, a living room setting, with seating for approximately 25, a bar, refrigerator and a restroom. For more information and rental rates contact the Concierge desk at River Park Square.

Ann Stuckart, Clinical Social Worker Opens Practice

Ann Stuckart is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and is in private practice in the Medical Center Building on the Sacred Heart campus. For the past decade, Ann has worked at Frontier Behavioral Health in Spokane Mental Health's Child & Family Services department as a therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Interim Program Director & Program Administrator. Ann received a Master's in Social Work degree from Eastern Washington University in 2003. Ann has extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, and families in particular around areas related to depression, anxiety, behavior problems, trauma, and self harm behaviors. Ann is currently accepting referrals and is available by phone, 509-838-8168.

SCORE Workshop - How to Write a Business Plan

Every Business Needs a Solid Plan. So learn the basics at the next SCORE workshop, presented by Spokane SCORE chapter 180, this Wednesday, June 12 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Discover why successful businesses operate with a plan. Learn how to write a comprehensive business plan and get assistance from a SCORE mentor to review and help refine your plan.

Workshop cost is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, $15 for an additional person from the same company. Only $125 pre-paid for the four workshop series, which will save you $35. Workshops are held at the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane.

Upcoming workshops are the following:
Social Media for Small Business 201 - Wed. June 19, 1 to 3pm.
Social Media for Small Business 301 - Wed. July 24, 1 to 3:00pm
How to Start a New Business - Wed. July 10, Aug, 6, & Sept.4, 8:30am to 12:30pm
How to Write a Business Plan - Wed. July 17, Aug. 14 & Sept. 11, 8:30am to 12:30pm
Small Business Marketing and Sales - Wed. July 24, Aug. 21, Sept.18, 8:30am to 12:30pm
QuickBooks Financial Management - Wed. June 26, July 31, Aug.28 & Sept. 25, 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Register at www.scorespokane.org.

Vivint, Inc. bringing 400 new jobs to Liberty Lake

Vivint, Inc., one of North America's largest home automation companies, has leased space in the Liberty Lake Business Center, at 22425 E. Appleway in the City of Liberty Lake. The company will hire 400 sales professionals, and the compensation program will include a full benefits package, including paid meals. The annual regional economic impact is estimated to be in the neighborhood of about $62.3 million.

Spokane Association of Realtors announces 2013 award winners

The Spokane Association of Realtors announced the following 2013 award winners: Joe Mann won the Steve Flinn Realtor Achievement Award; Arne Woodard won the Realtor Community Service Award; Representative Kevin Parker won Citizen of the Year; Marilyn Amato won Realtor of the Year; Mark Peterson won Partner of the Year; and Rachel Hicks won Affiliate of the Year.

Desautel Hege Communications Promotes Associate

Desautel Hege Communications announces the promotion of Hayley Graham, who has been promoted from Account Coordinator to Account Executive. Since joining the firm in May 2012, she has established herself as a key contributor on a variety of accounts with tasks ranging from copywriting and media outreach, to research and implementation, as well as the development of collateral materials.

In her new role, Graham will assist with strategic consultation and planning, coordinate copywriting, design, and media outreach and support new business development. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gonzaga University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Public Relations.

Bella Cova opens for moms and babies at 905 N. Washington

Bella Cova, (Italian translation: 'the beautiful nest'), is pioneering a natural parenting retail and resource center dedicated to nurturing and empowering new mothers with quality information, outstanding products, and compassionate services, all in one place.

Bella Cova, owned by Heather and Tony Villa, opened in the old Broadview Dairy location at 905 N. Washington (formerly the Caterina Winery for 25 years), June 1st, to excited mothers in the Spokane area. Business hours will run Tuesdays-Saturdays 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am-2pm, closed Mondays. Free parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the building.

The retail shop offers a variety of items previously only available online or out of town including cloth diapers and accessories, homeopathic remedies for pregnancy, nursing, postpartum and babies and more. Bella Cova also is home to 'The Milk Bar,' a station equipped with La Leche League Internationally supported breast pumps and supplies.

Bella Cova also offers a variety of classes and support groups and is working together with BloomSpokane.org, an online birthing network, to increase the number of safe and positive births in our region, by hosting Bloom Professional Forums (free to attend and open to non-members as well), and Birthing Options Classes.

Additional information on birthing classes, breastfeeding private/group consultations and products can be found at www.bellacova.com and on facebook.com/bellacovaspokane, or by contacting the owners at 509-327-NEST (6378), bellacovamama@gmail.com or bellacovadaddy@gmail.com.

Dean Feldmeier promoted at Hilton

Dean Feldmeier has been promoted from senior director of brand performance support to senior director of brand sales for Hilton Hotels. Feldmeier has also served as general manager at Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Anaheim, Santa Barbara and Spokane.

Providence Health Care contributes $84.5 million to support important community programs and services

Providence Health Care, a regional network of hospitals, physician clinics, long-term care and assisted-living facilities, home health programs and medical laboratories, contributed more than $84.5 million in 2012 to extend health-related services to thousands of residents in need throughout Eastern Washington.

Through its community benefit program, Providence provided free and discounted care to more than 44,000 patients; served 39,000 people through community partnerships; and provided financial support to 34 organizations in Spokane and Stevens counties to help ensure people of the region have access to essential health-related services.

Community benefit includes unreimbursed cost of government programs; free and discounted medical care for patients in need; financial support for essential health services that operate at a loss; community grants and donations; and medical education and research. Community benefit does not include expenses such as salaries, new construction and facility improvements, bad debt or taxes. In addition, Providence wrote off $60 million in bad debt that is not counted toward its community benefit program.

A copy of Providence Health Care's 2012 Community Benefit Report is available at PHC.org.

Cancer Patient Care's 20th annual Loreen Miller Bike Ride and Walk of Hope

This Saturday marks the 20th and final year of The Loreen Miller Bike Ride and Walk of Hope to benefit Cancer Patient Care. In its 20 years, the event has brought thousands of riders, walkers, runners, volunteers, survivors, caregivers, family, and friends together to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in support Inland Northwest cancer patients.

Participants and donors directly impact the thousands of patients and their families expected to utilize Cancer Patient Care's services in the coming year. A variety of vital programs provided make a tremendous difference in the lives of the patients as they deal with the challenges of diagnosis and treatment. All funds raised stay here and serve the local community.

The event includes bike routes varying from 3 to 100 miles in length and a 5K run/walk. It begins at 6am at Mount Spokane High School with breakfast and check-in. Details and the link to online registration can be found at www.cancerpatientcare.org. Participants are welcome to show up and register the day of the event. Registration forms are also available at local Cenex Zip Trip stores. Cenex Zip Trip has graciously been the Presenting Sponsor since 2010.

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"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." Oscar Wilde

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