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Happy 2014!

Happy New Year from How's Business! We wish you a fun and prosperous 2014. There are a lot of great positive business stories in the Spokane Coeur d'Alene area and we'll keep you up to date on all of them every Monday right here on the How's Business e-newsletter and at spokanehowsbusiness.com.

Help Bring Victoria to Spokane

The sight of 13-year-old Victoria is shocking. She's barely a teenager, an innocent child who lives in a country where basic medical care, let alone the specialty work she needs is practically non-existent, especially to a poor family like hers. Victoria was born with severe cleft fractures into her skull. Her eyes and nose are not even in the center of her face and they are barely recognizable as eyes and a nose. People turn away from her, they just can't look at her grotesque face, it's too hard, too sad, unfathomable. Her hope to live a normal life lies in the hands of a team of medical providers and supporters here in the Inland Northwest under a non-profit called Hearts In Motion (H.I.M.) which is looking to bring Victoria to Spokane for extensive surgeries headed by Spokane's Dr. Mark Paxton.

The Northwest Foundation for Maxillofacial Research and Education was founded by Spokane oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Mark Paxton. Dr. Paxton has long done medical mission work in Guatemala and has established ties with Hearts In Motion. Victoria's case is the most severe one Hearts In Motion has ever attempted and her condition is too complicated to fix during a mission trip.

Hearts In Motion along with Dr. Paxton and other champions are hoping to get Victoria to Spokane for surgery this spring. But there's 80-thousand dollars in the way. Four Spokane surgeons (a pediatric neurosurgeon, a plastic surgeon, an occuloplastics surgeon and maxillofacial and oral surgeon, Dr.Paxton) as well as other health care providers are donating their services. Victoria will have to live with a host family here for 6 months. There is no compensation for them. Hearts In Motion pays for the flight here and other costs. But there is still the cost of the operating room, hospital overhead, and support staff. Hearts In Motion is counting on donations to raise the remaining money.

To learn more and see how you can help go to BringVictoria2Spokane.com. You can also get more information by contacting Sherri Lynch at 509-290-3674 or emailing sherrilynch@msn.com.

Here's a list to check more than twice

The 2014 Book of Lists by the Spokane Journal of Business is out. It's the Journal's annual comprehensive catalog of information about local business and business contacts highlighting the major players in the region in a variety of sectors, including banks, contractors, credit unions, accounting firms, golf courses, hospitals and more. The Book of Lists is available in the original hard-copy format or in downloadable digital form. Go to spokanejournal.com or stop by the Journal of Business office at Third and Sherman.

Happy 3rd birthday Nectar Tasting Room

Nectar Tasting room at Main and Stevens celebrates three years in business with back-to-back parties this Friday and Saturday with all five of the wineries in a special weekend of festivities starting at 2 pm Friday January 10th. Go to tastenectar.com.

Spokane's Movher LLC earns 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award

Movher LLC has earned the service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. The company also won the coveted award in 2012.

Movher LLC is a woman-owned, Spokane-based moving company serving the residential and commercial markets. The company is licensed to move both within and outside of Washington State. Formed in 2010, the company offers professional moving, packing and cleaning services, utilizing college athletes for the majority of their crews.

Angie's List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an 'A' rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie's List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie's List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie's List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Central Premix Prestress Co. is now Oldcastle Precast

Central Premix Prestress Co. has changed its name to Oldcastle Precast Inc. Central PreMix was purchased by Oldcastle Materials in 1997. The Prestress division makes prestressed, precast concrete building products and bridges.

Family Chocolate Tasting and Story Time

Explore the origin and history of chocolate with your child. Enjoy six different types and styles of Chocolate Myracles' Single Origin, Fair Trade chocolates from South America and Europe. Guatemalan style hot chocolate will be served as well.

Master Chocolatier Julia Myracle will tell adventurous stories about chocolate in the regions in which she spent her childhood. A short film will be shown. Cheese and crackers will be severed at the end of the class. Cost for one adult and one child is $30. $5 for each additional Child. $10 for each additional adult. The event is at Chocolate Myracles, Inc., 11616 E. Montgomery #23 in Spokane Valley, this Saturday Jan. 11 from 11am to 12:30pm. Preregistration required. To register call 509-922-6353 or email julia@chocolatemyracles.com.

Decorum Fine Home and Gifts opens on 2nd Avenue

Sandra Lambdin, owner of Define Your Design, has opened a unique gift shop, Decorum Fine Home and Gifts, on 305 W. 2nd, modeled after the cool little boutique shops you find in New York, San Francisco, Seattle or Portland. Sandra's eclectic style is evident when you walk in the store. The atmosphere is warm and invites the shopper to linger and browse. The interior of the store includes everything from luggage tags hanging on a set of antlers, to elegantly set tables under crystal chandeliers. The majority of the merchandise in the store is from local and regional artists and companies. Sandra's vision is to make it easy for shoppers to find small things that make people feel special.

Sandra graduated from school as an Art Major and has lived all over the globe. She has been an interior designer for 13 years, focusing on staging homes in Spokane. Decorum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10-5:30.

Natural Grocers to open CdA store

Colorado-based health food store chain, Natural Grocers, is in the final stages of construction and will open a 15,000-square-foot outlet in Coeur d'Alene in March. The store, which will have 25 employees is at 300 W. Neider Ave. just off U.S. Highway 95, in the former Elmer's restaurant location.

Natural Grocers sells only U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organic produce. They don't sell products containing artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils or trans fats. The store will have a demonstration kitchen with meeting space for cooking classes, and be available for rent or free to most nonprofits. They will also have a credentialed nutritional health coach on staff to offer free information on personal health, meal planning, dietary changes, and similar topics.

Natural Grocers offers a public community room with free coffee and tea each morning with free Wi-Fi all day. The store hours are unusual: Monday through Saturday it opens at 8:56 am and closes at 8:04 pm. On Sundays it will open at 9:56 am and closes at 7:06 pm.

EWU's Patterson Hall reopens today

After being closed for nearly four years, Eastern Washington University's largest academic building, Patterson Hall, named for former EWU President Don Patterson, reopened for classes at the start of the winter quarter today. The university will host a dedication ceremony and open house beginning at 1:30 pm, tomorrow inside the new state-of-the-art facility. Washington state lawmakers will join the EWU campus community for the event.

Located next to the Pence Union Building (PUB) in the heart of the EWU campus, the $57 million reconstruction project involved stripping the building to its foundation and adding office wings on three sides of the building. The modernization of the existing interior space will allow students and faculty to benefit from the fully equipped and enhanced classrooms, including two computer labs and a forensic lab. High-tech collaboration stations can also be accessed with laptops, notebooks or tablets for group study sessions. The improvements also include accommodations for students with special needs.

Construction on Patterson began in April of 2010 and included the addition of the office wings. This first phase was completed in the summer of 2012. The second phase of work included buildout and modernization of the interior structure. The total space in Patterson is now more than 136,000 square feet.

The new building has 44 classrooms and 180 workstations for faculty and staff, many from the College of Arts, Letters & Education and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work.

Shaun Higgins predictions this Saturday on AM 1050

It's the first local prediction on our regional economy for the new year and it's on the radio this weekend. Shaun Higgins makes public his predictions for 2014 for the first time on BusinessTalks. Shaun predicts the year will likely be a good one in terms of employment, housing sales and appreciation and retail sales. He'll also have something to say about how things look here compared to other markets like Spokane. Higgins, author of several books about Spokane, heads The Oxalis Group, a local consulting firm. Later this year, he will be presenting comprehensive overviews of the regional economy to the Inland Northwest Partnership and Greater Spokane, Inc., among other audiences.

The program is this Saturday, January 11th at 9 am, on AM1050 The Key. Produced locally by TalkRadioWest.net. All programs available after broadcast on iTunes.

Upcoming SCORE Workshops

Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 presents 'How to Start a New Business' workshop this Wednesday, January 8 from 8:30 to 12:30 pm. You will earn step-by-step consideration of legal, tax, insurance, accounting, business planning, and funding topics that you need to address to successfully start a business.

Another SCORE Workshop will be held on Monday, January 13, presenting tax tips for business owners. Attendees will learn techniques to maximize business deductions, and learn important tax rules that can save tax dollars. The workshop presenter, Patricia Brents, is an Enrolled Agent who has over 20 years experience preparing small business tax returns and representing small business owners in tax consultations with the IRS. Time is 8:30am to 12 noon.

Cost for each workshop is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, and $15 for an additional person from the same company. You can save $35 -- only $125 pre-paid for the four workshop series. Workshop will be located in the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane.

To register, visit www.scorespokane.org.

John Bury joins Winston Cashatt

Seattle native, John F. 'Jack' Bury, formerly with the firm which became Murphy, Bantz and Bury, for 39 years, joined Winston Cashatt on January 1. His areas of expertise are Bankruptcy, Real Estate & Transactions and Commercial Law & Entity Formation.

Bury entered Gonzaga University on a debate scholarship. Following election as student body Vice-President and appointment as a student for the first time to the Board of Regents, John was awarded a B.A. degree in 1971. John went on to receive a J.D. degree at Gonzaga University School of Law in 1975.

West Plains Chamber Breakfast this week

The January Membership Breakfast of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce will be this Thursday, January 9. The program will include an introduction and Kick Off for PACE West Plains. PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) is a new collaboration between schools and the business community that promotes and recognizes character traits in students and employees. Learn more about how you and your business/organization might participate. There will be networking with fellow chamber members and breakfast served.

The membership breakfast is this Thursday January 9, 2014 from 7 to 8:30am at the Holiday Inn Spokane Airport, 1616 S Windsor Rd in Spokane.

For more information and to register, visit westplainschamber.org.

South Regal Lumber moving

Spokane's South Regal Lumber Yard, at 5415 S. Regal Street since 1972 is moving to a smaller location in the 3200 block of 57th later this year. The long time store will have the region's first drive-through lumber warehouse. The site will also have a traditional retail showroom. South Regal's owners sold the land under the store to developer Cyrus Vaughn and then bought a smaller property from Vaughn on 57th known as the Moran Prairie Shopping Center.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word." Former Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson

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