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Girl Scout cookie pre-sale starts Friday!

Here they come! Six favorite cookies to choose: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is this Friday and Saturday, and thousands of local Girl Scouts are gearing up for the Cookie Program. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the world's largest girl-led business. Girls throughout the 30 county Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho council will take cookie preorders from February 7-March 20. The cookies are still just $4 per box ($4.25 in Idaho with sales tax) or five boxes for $20.

If you need help connecting to a Girl Scout in your neighborhood call 800-827-9478 or send a message to cookies@gsewni.org and the product sales team will connect you to a Girl Scout selling cookies nearby. Girl Scouts from throughout the council have been attending cookie rallies during the past two weeks to create cookie selling tools (such as signs and decorations), practice talking to customers and share ideas about how to have the best Cookie Season ever.

Cookies ordered during the presale period will be delivered to customers beginning March 20. Booth sales outside retail locations in communities throughout the council area will be available March 21 through April 13.

Find your Girl Scout cookies fast with the Cookie Locator online or with the app. Go to www.gscookiebiz.com for more information about Girl Scout cookies or to download the nifty Cookie Locator app that will help you find your favorite Girl Scout cookies fast, and right in your neighborhood, by simply adding your zip code.


Inlander Restaurant Week menus available online now




Inlander Restaurant Week is a 10-day local food celebration that doesn't start until Feb. 21st, but the menus for the participating restaurants are live online right now at inlanderrestaurantweek.com. It's your first chance to see which restaurants are participating, check out all of the three-course menus and make plans to celebrate at your favorite restaurants. One of the biggest changes this year is the event has expanded to include 16 restaurants in North Idaho. The 74 total participants will offer three-course meals at a pre-set price of either $18 or $28 depending on the restaurant chosen.

Garman Lutz new Chief Financial Officer at Associated Industries




Jim DeWalt, President and CEO of Associated Industries, has announced the selection and hiring of long-term Spokane resident, Garman Lutz as the Association's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Associated Industries, Lutz served in executive positions with Cascade Windows and Empire Health Services, and as a partner in a local public accounting firm.


Pediatric Associates of Spokane joins Providence

Pediatric Associates of Spokane, a group of pediatricians will join Providence Medical Group effective April 1st. The group includes five pediatricians, and two nurse practitioners. The providers will continue seeing patients at their two current office locations, the Sacred Heart Doctor's Building at 105 W. 8th Ave. and on the north side at 235 E. Rowan.

Award Winners Announced at Annual Gem of the Valley Gala

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized the following businesses, individuals, and organizations as winners in the 2013 Awards of Excellence program at the annual Gem of the Valley Gala which was held January 25 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel.

The winners:
Business of the Year - Tier I
The Splash/The Current

Business of the Year - Tier II
Telect, Inc.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Mark & Steffanie Anderson, Business Cents

Charity/Cultural Services Award
Spokane Symphony

Community Caring Award
Mark Peterson, 'KXLY Extreme Team'

Chamber Member Volunteer of the Year
Julie Van Wormer, ALSC Architects

Educators of the Year
Central Valley School District-Leanne Donley
West Valley School District-Haley Murray

Max Spalding was honored as the 2013 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award. Mr. Spalding was the former owner of Spalding Auto Parts, selling the business to his son, Russ, three years ago. 2014 will mark the 80th anniversary of the now 55-acre auto parts legacy. Max was also recognized for his contributions to HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake, where he continues to serve on the board of directors.

The Awards Gala was attended by approximately 250 best-dressed guests who enjoyed the festivities including a social hour with live music, grand prize raffles, gourmet dinner, and awards ceremony. The major underwriting sponsor for this event was Numerica Credit Union.

For more information about the Valley Chamber, call 509-924-4994, or visit spokanevalleychamber.org.


2 new tenants at Spokane Business & Industrial Park

Copper Creek Medical has leased approximately 1,250 square feet of space in Building S-5 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3012 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Their primary business is oxygen and home sleep testing materials.

Gold Stone Construction, LLC has leased approximately 4,000 square feet of space in Building 3 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road. Their primary business is insulation and related services.


WSHA Selects Incyte Diagnostics as an Industry Partner

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) has selected Incyte Diagnostics to its Industry Partner Program. The program has a rigorous evaluation process that ensures its partners, in their respective industries, meet high standards of quality and service. The WSHA contracts with a single vendor per industry.

Washington's hospitals and health systems work hard to ensure access to safe, high quality, cost effective health care. WSHA advocates on behalf of and in support of its members in their missions to improve the health of their communities. The Industry Partner Program assists hospitals by identifying vendors that have passed their high standards for quality, service and integrity.

Incyte Diagnostics is a private company founded in 1957 by pathologists to provide anatomic diagnostic services in the Pacific Northwest. Incyte Diagnostics is accredited by the College of American Pathologists, the 'gold standard' of laboratory accreditation, based on staff qualifications, laboratory equipment, facility safety, testing quality, and overall laboratory management. Laboratories are located in Spokane Valley, Bellevue, Walla Walla and Pullman, and are owned and operated by pathologists. For more information about Incyte Diagnostics, visit www.incytediagnostics.com.


Zag Fans Encouraged to Donate Used Cell Phones Feb 5 to support local Shelters and DV Survivors

The YWCA Spokane's Alternatives to Domestic Violence program is joining forces with Verizon Wireless and Gonzaga University to help curb domestic violence with the HopeLine national phone recycling program that has collected over 10 million phones nationally since 2001.

YWCA supporters and Zag Fans attending the game against Portland on Wednesday, February 5th at 8pm are encouraged to donate used wireless phones, chargers and other accessories (from any carrier) to benefit survivors of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program. Drop boxes will be located around the McCarthey Center by 6:30pm when gates open.

Nationally, only about 10% of wireless phones are recycled each year. Through the HopeLine program, tons of electronic waste and batteries are kept from entering landfills and used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are then recycled, refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and free wireless phones with airtime to shelters, non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.

Since 2006, Washingtonians have donated 35,000 used phones per year to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program. In 2012, the used equipment collections resulted in $400,000 in HopeLine grants, free wireless phones and airtime contributions benefitting 23 Washington shelters and domestic violence education programs.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

Industrial Communications' Tom Faulkner receives Professional Engineers Certification

Tom Faulkner, of Industrial Communications, has received his Professional Engineers Certification. Tom holds a Master of Science and Electrical Engineering. While at Industrial Communications he has designed communication and repeater systems, provided telemetry radio system modeling, completed system troubleshooting, performed propagation analysis, and more. Prior to Industrial Communications, Tom has more than 35 years of professional experience in system, analog, RF design, and engineering analysis at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies.

To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program, work under a Professional Engineer for at least 8 years and pass two intensive competency exams. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers. More and more with each passing day, government agencies, educational institutions and private industries are requiring that they hire and contract only with licensed professional engineers.

2014 Women in Business Leadership Awards




Inland Business Catalyst magazine presents the 2014 Women in Business Leadership Awards on Tuesday, March 11 from 7-9am at Chateau Rive in the Flour Mill.

Keynote speaker is Deanna Davis, Ph.D. and author of The Law of Attraction in Action, Living with Intention, and Laugh, Cry, Eat Some Pie and is an accomplished professional speaker, coach and consultant. The program concludes with an introduction to the winners of this year's awards.

The Categories are:
Emerging Woman Business Leader
Established Woman Business Leader
Mover and Shaker
Non-Profit Leader

There will be a vendor fair, boutique and breakfast. Cost is $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. For tickets, click here.

Achieve Center moves to Improved Location to 'Help Kids Get Better'




Guy Byrd of Cornerstone Property Advisors and Jeff McGougan of Black Commercial, recently brokered a lease transaction between Black Proinvest Schade Tower, B&I Properties, Bagaca (Lessors) and Burns & Hunsaker (Lessee) for 4,144 square foot in the Schade Towers at 528 E Spokane Falls Boulevard in the Spokane. The new space is an expansion for The Achieve Center of Spokane that was previously located in a smaller space at 524 W Indiana Ave.

The Achieve Center has been providing pediatric speech, physical, and occupational therapy to children with developmental disabilities and delays from birth to age 21 since 2004. Today, the Achieve Center serves children and their families in both the Wenatchee and Spokane areas with a team of 30 professional therapists and staff. For more information about The Achieve Center, contact Paula Turner, Director of Therapy, at 509-435-0481.

Unleashed Online Media Hosts Free Call Tracking Webinar February, 5th

Online advertising can be very trackable. With full-funnel tracking in-place, eCommerce retailers can see which impressions, ad variations, sites, and targeting drove not only clicks but actual orders. This data can help marketers make quality decisions about which messages and media placements are contributing to sales. It can help inform which ads are driving larger orders, and where ads are losing money for the company. It can show which messages drive lots of clicks but no actions, so those can be stopped and higher performing ads can get better rotation. In short, it helps drive better return on investment on an ongoing basis.

Unleashed Online Media is hosting a free webinar this Wednesday, Februrary 5 at 11am, where you can learn more about how Call Tracking can help enhance your advertising campaigns.

For more information, click here.

Score Workshop on How to Start a New Business

Spokane Score Chapter 180 presents a workshop on starting a new business. Learn about legal, tax, insurance, accounting, business planning and funding that you need to address to successfully start a business.

The workshop is this Wednesday, February 5 from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444. Cost is $35.

To register, visit www.scorespokane.org.

The Business Thought of the Week on this Seahawks Super Bowl Monday

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
Well, looked like perfection to me, and it was EXCELLENT!
The legendary Vince Lombardi, namesake of the Super Bowl Trophy


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