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The Arc of Spokane to open new thrift store

Almost everyone knows The Arc of Spokane as the nonprofit agency that picks up donations of gently used clothing and household goods. And they should. Their friendly callers reach more than 140,000 homes in Spokane and surrounding communities, and their trucks travel more than 100,000 miles each year, collecting goods that help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve great things in their lives.

And now, donations to The Arc of Spokane are more valuable more than ever. On Monday, December 9, The Arc of Spokane will open its own retail thrift store in Spokane. Located at 808 N. Ruby, The Arc of Spokane Thrift Store will offer 20,000 feet of retail shopping space 7 days-a-week in one of the most convenient areas of the city (at the corner of Division and Ruby in the former Comp USA building).

More importantly, owning a thrift store will allow The Arc of Spokane to get more value from the goods people donate. In the past, donations of goods to the agency were sold to a local thrift store chain. This money helped support important programs like The Arc Community Center, a social and recreational day center for adults with developmental disabilities, and their Advocacy and Family Support programs. But with gasoline approaching $4 a gallon, The Arc's donation collection program has struggled to stay profitable.

The store's grand opening will take place at 808 N. Ruby on December 9, at 9:00 a.m. Community dignitaries and local supporters will help celebrate the occasion

EWU's kiosk at River Park Square is now open

Eastern Washington University will offer some of its hottest gear and apparel at River Park Square once again this holiday season.

The kiosk featuring EWU merchandise is located on the third level of River Park Square in front of the AMC 20 Theatres. Through Dec. 24, fans will find Eastern sweatshirts, sweatpants, youth T-shirts, infant items, jackets, hats, license plate frames, key chains, flags, holiday ornaments and much more. If you want to check out the latest EWU gear or pick up a gift for your favorite Eastern fan, you can stop by the kiosk during the extended holiday hours at River Park Square.

For more information, visit www.riverparksquare.com or the Eastern Washington University Bookstore at www.ewu.edu/bookstore.

Startup Weekend winners

On November 15, 115 people attended Spokane's 4th Startup Weekend. 36 brave souls pitched ideas and 13 teams were chosen. Each team was great but they had to pick a winner.

Here are the Start Up weekend winners:

1st Place: Sili
Sili is the first ever noise isolation, silicon infused earbud. Revolutionary design enhances sound quality, allowing you to hear what you want, and ignore what your don't.

2nd Place: StrongerLove
Stronger Love is a web platform and mobile application that provides its users with building tools to help couples strengthen their love and relationship.

3rd Place: CrowdFundamental
Having a rough go with your Crowdfunding Project? CrowdFundamental helps your project by providing you the knowledge, tools, and resources to create and maximize the success of your campaign.

Honorable Mention: Charger Now

Charger Now is a cell phone rental kiosk service. Think RedBox for chargers. This company plans to solve that pesky problem of running out of cell phone power while you are on the go.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Wheel Sport adds fourth store

Wheel Sport bicycle shop has added a fourth location at 3000 S. Grand Blvd scheduled to open in March. Other Wheel Sport locations are at 29th and Regal, 1711 North Division and 606 North Sullivan.

Karene Garlich-Loman earns two of Real Estate's premier certifications

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson has announces that Karene Garlich-Loman has completed the real estate industry's most comprehensive national certifications. As a Residential Construction Certified and Certified New Home Specialist, she joins a small group of individuals dedicated to providing the highest level of professionalism and service.

These courses are recognized as two of the very best in real estate. The training covered architectural design and planning, blueprint reading, topography, building site design, evaluating quality construction, materials, methods, construction terminology and scheduling. Also studied were successful buyer/builder relations, all aspects of customer service and the use of various organizational tools and systems Garlich-Loman has been active in real estate sales for 10 years and works in the Greater Spokane area. She also holds the Certified Residential Specialists designation and was awarded the James S. Black Memorial Scholarship and was named to Inland Business Catalysts' 20 Under 40 in 2012. She can be reached at 509-990-2525 or Realtor@SpokaneHouseHunter.com.

Ford Fund and local Ford dealers ensure kids don't go hungry at Spokane Boys and Girls Clubs this holiday season

As part of its commitment that no child should go hungry, Ford Motor Company Fund is donating a total of $77,500 to sixty-four Boys and Girls Clubs in Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County will receive $3,000 from the Ford Fund ($1,000 for each of its three Clubs) as part of the Ford Focus on Hunger campaign.

Two local Ford dealerships stepped up to match Ford Fund's contribution to each Club; ultimately making a much bigger impact on those in need. Wendle Ford continued its support of the organization by donating $4,000 in total to the Northtown Club (Nevada-Lidgerwood) and the Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer (Mead) Club. Thanks to a personal friendship, with the Mead Club's namesake, Wendle Ford and the Goff family have been avid Club supporters for years. In addition, Gus Johnson Ford presented a check for $2,000 to the members of the BE GREAT Club located in the disadvantaged East Central neighborhood.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County provides after-school services to more than 3,000 at-risk youth and teens at three neighborhood Clubs for only $10 a year. Clubs will serve approximately 150,000 meals throughout 2013. For more information go to bgcspokanecounty.org

Spokane MARCOM presents media relationship workshop Friday

Media relations is a major piece of the communications puzzle, and sometimes, it can be puzzling. Join MarCom on Friday, December 6 to hear a media panel discuss the right and wrong ways to work with media, from pitching a story correctly to understanding why your story was or wasn't covered. The expert panel will feature:

  • Pia Hallenberg, The Spokesman-Review
  • Jeff Humphrey, KXLY TV
  • Linn Parish, The Journal of Business
The meeting will be Friday, December 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N Lincoln Street in Spokane and is open to the public. Visit the website, www.SpokaneMarCom.org, to pre-register and pay to reserve your seat.

The meeting fee, which covers breakfast, is $20 for members at the door, $30 for non-members, $5 for student members and $15 for student non-members. (Only full-time students qualify for reduced rates. School I.D. is checked at the door.)

Parking is free at the Lincoln Center.

Rainmaker Creative adds two team members

Rainmaker Creative welcomes two new team members. Christine Jacobsen, a graduate of Eastern Washington University, has been hired as Creative Coordinator and Shannon Cartier, has joined Rainmaker copywriter. Cartier is a communications graduate of Eastern Washington University and a second-year graduate student at Gonzaga.

Led by creative director/owner Billie Gaura, Rainmaker Creative has focused its efforts on branding micro-businesses since 2008. With multiple awards for design and innovation, Rainmaker specializes in visual communication, strategic planning, and interactive development. Rainmaker is home to nine employees and one part-time dog. The website is therainlab.com

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"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." Thomas Paine, American political theorist & writer

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