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Jerry Dicker to speak at Executive Connect breakfast Thursday

Jerry Dicker, president of GVD Properties will be the speaker at Connect Northwest's Executive Connect Breakfast Thursday, July 11th 7:30 - 9:00am at the Spokane Club, Georgian Room. Dicker's firm specializes in acquiring and developing shopping centers, initially within the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The company expanded into Eastern Washington in 2004 when Dicker and his wife Patty moved to Spokane and began buying and developing properties in this region, including the Ruby Hotel, The Bing Crosby Theatre, the Comp USA building and the Burgan's Block. Go to connectnw.org for all the details.

Gonzaga U hosts Business Week 2013 this week

More than 190 high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors statewide are gathering at Gonzaga University this week through Saturday, July 13 to learn more about business principles during the 37th annual Business Week 2013, co-sponsored by Gonzaga and the Association of Washington Business.

The Healthcare Pathway program, which runs parallel to the traditional Business Week program at Gonzaga, is in its seventh year. Business and healthcare executives statewide will introduce students to the worlds of business and healthcare and guide them through intense marketing and clinic competitions in which the students will act as executives in their own mock organizations. Students will give presentations to stockholders/board of directors, and conduct Trade Shows from 9:30am to noon Friday in Cataldo Hall. The students will design, create and exhibit to 'investors' a new product or service and use their creativity to draw Trade Show judges to their booths and get them to invest in their companies and clinics.

Chris Stevens, assistant professor of business entrepreneurship and director of Gonzaga's Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, is welcoming the students. Speakers scheduled to address the students this week included Alyssa Norwood, vice president of operations for Biking Billboards; Mike Egan, director of government affairs for Microsoft; Cecil Jackson, founder of the nonprofit Jackson Sports Academy; and Joe Albert, co-founder of Gonzaga's Comprehensive Leadership Program and associate professor of organizational leadership.

Most of the large-group presentations and meetings will take place in the Globe Room at Cataldo Hall. Small-group discussions and activities will be held in 'company rooms' in the St. Catherine and St. Monica residence halls. Students attend the event through scholarships provided by businesses. The Association of Washington Business solicits corporate sponsorships for the scholarship program throughout the year.

Students are joined by high school teachers, company advisers and speakers who discuss a variety of business and healthcare-related topics.

Every summer for the past 30 years, Gonzaga has been the Eastern Washington site of this summer program, which serves as a model for similar programs in more than two dozen states as well four cities in Poland. The week concludes with a dance Friday evening.

For more information, contact Jane Hession at the GU School of Business Administration at 509-313-3425 or e-mail at hession@jepson.gonzaga.edu.

Marketing Associates of Spokane meeting this Thursday features GSI

GSI's Washington DC Trip: 'Update on Development in Greater Spokane Region' will be the topic of Marketing Associates Of Spokane's meeting this Thursday, July 11 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. The presenter will be Rich Hadley, president and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), the region's chamber of commerce and economic development council.

Hadley will talk about GSI's recent trip to Washington D.C., and how it pertains to development in the greater Spokane region. He will discuss: Various transportation projects in the region, including the North Spokane Corridor and the Inland Pacific Hub Development opportunities at Fairchild Air Force Base and the Spokane region.

For more information and to register for the event, visit www.maspokane.org/events/65.


Gonzaga U to break ground on new $60 million University Center




Gonzaga University will break ground on its new 167,726-square-foot, three-story University Center during a ceremony at 6pm, Thursday, July 11; reception begins at 5:15pm. Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh, Spokane Mayor David Condon, business and community leaders, and Gonzaga staff faculty and students will mark the historic moment.

The building site is at the corner of Cincinnati Street and DeSmet Avenue. The public is welcome to attend. Parking will be available inside the Boone Avenue Retail Center at 816 E. Boone Ave.

The new Center will be built on the site of the existing COG and its adjacent parking lot, and is expected to be complete summer 2015. The COG has served as Gonzaga's primary student center for nearly 60 years.

BHW1 Hires New Art Director




BHW1 Advertising Design and Interactive announces the hiring of Lorri Johnston as their newest art director for the agency. Lorri previously worked as a Senior Designer at helveticka.

As an Art Director, Lorri will bring her strong artistic and visual communication skills to the creative process while designing and directing art for comprehensive client campaigns. Lorri began her career in Seattle where she served as an art director, college instructor, creative director and sole proprietor of a visual communications firm. A few of her previous clients include Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART San Francisco), Compaq, Holland America, Microsoft, The Seattle Coffee Company and World Vision.

BHW1, Advertising Design Interactive, is a 15-year old agency located in the heart of Downtown Spokane that specializes in advertising, interactive development and traditional and online media planning. To learn more go to www.bhw1.com.


Christmas in July at Old World Christmas

It's never too early to think about decorating for Christmas. This month, Old World Christmas is open for special hours for their Christmas in July sale, selling Holiday Collectibles below wholesale prices.

Their Factory outlet store is located at 4005 E Main. Hours are Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm, through July 31 only. They will reopen later in the year.

Visit oldworldChristmas.com for more information.


NAWBO July Meeting

NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) is having their next meeting on Thursday, July 11 at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N Lincoln. The subject of this month's meeting is 'What Employers Need to Know Pre-Employment'. A focused presentation on not only what employers need to know, but also on what they must do in the pre-employment background check process. Hot topics include: FCRA compliance, state and local guidelines, and minimizing risks of negligent hiring with proper background checks.

Networking starts at 5pm and dinner is at 6. For cost information and to register, visit www.nawbonw.org.


Call in to the Mike Fitzsimmons show today and mention your favorite local business!

Here's an opportunity to give a 'plug' to your favorite local businesses. Tune in to the Mike Fitzsimmons radio show today from 3-6pm on KXLY News Radio 920, and you can call in to mention a local business you particularly like...Retail, business professional, etc.

Mike Fitzsimmons only does this once a year, but it's a great way to get the word out on a local business you support. Anyone can call in and tell why you like a particular business. The call-in phone number is 509-326-9200.

New from Valpak

Valpak is introducing a special Augmented Reality feature on The Blue Envelope for two months during August and September that provides consumers with a new and fun way to find local coupons in their area. Available with Valpak mobile apps on iOS and Android, consumers can open the Valpak mobile app to scan the envelope and see nearby offers displayed on their screen. This new feature expands mobile reach for Valpak advertisers, and gives them the added bonus of attracting nearby customers at the same time they're ready to make a purchase.

Consumers will first download the Valpak app onto their smartphone, tap the AR icon, and then scan the envelope. When the AR feature launches, consumers can hold their phone up to the horizon and view nearby businesses that offer a Valpak coupon. The app launches the smartphone's camera and uses GPS to overlay a set of 3D icons in real-time, showing available Valpak coupons in the vicinity. As they scan their surroundings, ads literally 'pop up' on the screen so that the consumer can see what offers are around them within a radius of 5 feet to 25 miles away.

Initially, the AR feature will only be accessible on the Valpak envelope. In cooperation with the USPS, this national promotion is designed to raise awareness about how emerging technologies can be integrated with a print strategy to enhance the value of direct mail. The promotion offers a 2% postage discount that will result in postage savings for the Valpak network.

Designed to resonate with a younger, more mobile-savvy audience, the augmented reality experience also increases user engagement with mobile content, and leverages Valpak's print-to-digital strengths.

In addition, participating in this promotion will create national publicity for Valpak and local advertisers when the Valpak press release is sent to the media on July 9.

Tribute to Tom Foley

Our Community will honor former Representative, Speaker and Ambassador Tom Foley at a free event at the Bing Crosby Theater, Wednesday, July 24th from 5:30 to 6:30pm. "We want this to be a living tribute to a statesman," says co-organizer and local business owner, Rich Cowan. "Tom's health is currently very frail. We'd like him to know we appreciate him and everything he did for eastern Washington."

Randy Shaw will host the hour of short speeches, musical numbers and a video presentation. It is made possible by the generous support of Avista Corporation and Washington Trust Bank.

Tom Foley was born in Spokane on March 6, 1929. He graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1946, attended Gonzaga University for several years, and graduated from the University of Washington in 1951. He then earned a law degree from the University of Washington in 1957. Tom was sworn in as the U.S. Representative of Washington’s Fifth Congressional District in 1965, became the 57th Speaker and the first from a state west of the Rocky Mountains in 1989 and served in this capacity until 1995 – a total of 30 years in the House. After his Congressional career, Tom was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Japan in 1997. He retired from public life in 2001. Governor Gary Locke awarded Tom the Washington State Medal of Merit, the state’s highest honor, in 2003. Tom and his wife Heather were married in 1968 and make their home in Washington, D.C.

Foley holds the Order of the British Empire (UK), the Order of Merit (Germany), the Legion d'honneur (France) and the Order of the Rising Sun with Paulownia Flowers, Grand Cordon (Japan). The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service was established at Washington State University in 1995.

Friends and relatives are encouraged to arrive early to record a personal message to Tom and his wife Heather.

AAF Spokane Announce 2013-2014 Board Members

American Advertising Federation Spokane has announced the new board members for the 2013-2014 year. Current board members continuing work in 2013-2014 with new positions are Annie Quisenberry, President; Patrick O'Brien, Past-President; Ginny Baxter, Vice President; Jennifer Fanto, Addy Chair; Kat Kardas, Red Shoe Co-Chair and Programs Chair; Mellie Price, Red Shoe Co-Chair and Ryan Stemkowski, Interactive Chair.

The new members joining the current board in July are Miyeko Takeshita, Graphic Designer at Red Lion Hotels Corp. as Secretary/Treasurer; Jenny King, Media Buyer at Quisenberry as TASC Chair; Emily Stone, Accountant Manager at Seven2 as Fundraising Chair; Jacqueline Batchelor, Student at Gonzaga University as Public Relations Chair; Hannah Shields, Student at North Idaho College as Student Relations Chair; Jean Klundt, Principal and Founding Partner of Klundt Hosmer as an Advisor and Bonnie Quinn, Owner of Quinn Group as an Advisor.

John Roewe promoted at RiverBank

John Roewe, who joined RiverBank in 2011, has been promoted to Executive Vice President/Chief credit officer.

AAA moving to former Savory restaurant location

AAA of Spokane is moving its downtown Spokane office, at 1717 West 4th Avenue, to the location of the former Savory restaurant at 1314 S. Grand Blvd by the end of this year.

AAA has two other Spokane offices at 7307 North Division and 13817 East Sprague which will remain open at their current locations. They also have a Coeur d'Alene office at 296 West Sunset.

The Business Thought of the Week

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you" Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu

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