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Tick Tock will fix your clock, and watches too

'Healthy Tickers Last Longer' is the tagline Ryan Fox lives by as he opens his new clock and watch repair shop Tick Tock Time Repair LLC. Conveniently located at 12308 East Broadway the corner of Pines and Broadway in Spokane Valley, Tick Tock Time Repair services brands from Armitron to Zenith and just about everything in between. They also sell clocks and watches as well as provide a consignment service for clocks.

Tick Tock offers professional clock repair services in Spokane Valley for mantel, wall and grandfather clocks, by a Swiss Certified Watchmaker. They service mechanically powered, battery and electric clocks and provide house-calls on Saturdays for grandfather clocks.

Born and raised in Spokane Valley, Ryan attended grade school and was home schooled through junior high and high school, graduating in 2000. During his high school years, Ryan joined the Destination Imagination Science Club. His team entered the technical challenge of constructing a miniature roller coaster using mechanics and pneumatics. They won first place in the Washington State competition in 1999. This win qualified them to enter the World Championship contest held at the University of Iowa in 2000. The gifted and talented team won 9th place overall.

Ryan had a desire to return to college and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he took various classes in four different majors. While at BYU he studied bio-informatics, mathematics, computer science, and mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineering classes particularly began to point him in a new direction. At this time he became interested in watch and clock repair, a micro version of mechanical engineering. Ryan had finally found what he wanted to do. He was able to use his natural intuitive gift in diagnosing and repairing mechanical problems in micro-mechanics.

In order to become a watchmaker, he first had to pass a full day of interviews and exams just to be accepted into the Watch Technology Institute two-year program in Seattle. Only 12 students are accepted each year. By the end of this training, he successfully attained three watch certifications: CW21 (Certified Watchmaker of the 21st Century). SAWTA (Swiss American Watchmakers Training Alliance) and WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training Educational Program.) Fewer than 3% of the watchmakers in the United States have achieved all three certifications. Those knowledgeable about horology will recognize these professional and highly valued certifications.

He returned to Spokane to work for a well-known, long-established family jewelry store in 2011. Ryan worked at the bench repairing all kinds of watches and clocks. In 2013, he decided it was time to start his own business. With the support of his family he opened Tick Tock Time Repair LLC.

The phone number is 509-891-TOCK (8625) and the website is ticktocktimerepair.com.

Greg Tracy joins Spokane Housing Ventures Board

Greg Tracy, Mountain West Bank, has joined the Spokane Housing Ventures Board of Directors. Greg will be serving with the 2014 Officers and Board of Directors including Ryan Jensen, Witherspoon - Kelley (President); Kathy Thamm, Community-Minded Enterprises (Vice-President); Gary Fievez, Matrix Group 360 LLC (Treasurer); Keith Kelley, Kelley Developments; Julie Van Wormer, ALSC Architects; and Fr. Michael Hatcher, Spokane Mental Health (Emeritus Director). Jayne Auld, Executive Director, serves as the Board Secretary in a staff capacity. Spokane Housing Ventures is a private, non-profit housing development organization that provides affordable housing in Spokane and Lincoln counties.

Spokane Housing Ventures (SHV) manages 19 housing communities that provide just under 900 affordable rental units and currently has close to 100 units in various stages of construction and/or redevelopment. SHV's mission is to preserve existing and develop new innovative housing options for families and individuals with limited incomes and disabilities and to help residents' access supportive services to achieve self-sufficiency. The organization is built on core values that drive our actions and interactions with each other, the people we serve, our community partners and the general public.

For more information about the organization, please refer to www.spokanehousingventures.org.

Taste of Life to Benefit Hospice of Spokane Feb 28

Join Hospice of Spokane for their 9th Annual Taste of Life, which will take place Friday, February, 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Taste of Life features locally-produced beers, wines and spirits - 5 microbreweries, 24 local wineries and Dry Fly Distilling. Beyond the beverages, a gourmet feast prepared by Chef Urs Moser and the Spokane Club Culinary Team. Best of all, it supports hospice care right here in the Spokane community. The event tickets are $75 and the ticket price is fully tax-deductible.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Jackson at 509-532-6731 or click the following link: www.hospiceofspokane.org.

Attend Love Your Heart! A Women's Heart Health Event

Healthy Woman, a Valley Hospital Resource is having a Women's Heart Health Event on Wednesday February 26, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln Center Street in Spokane.

There will be special heart health presentations by Dr. Amna Ahmed and Dr. Ellie Mueller, Cardiologists with Rockwood Heart & Vascular Center, chair massages, health screenings, food and beverages, prizes and much more. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP by February 24, click here.

Big Heart Dinner & Dance Fundraiser on Valentine's Day

Red Lion Templin's Hotel on the River Post Falls/Coeur d'Alene, KXLY's Mark Peterson, Emmett Paul Snyders Foundation, American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest and Encore Events & Presentations have joined forces to create a Valentine's Day celebration that unites guests as one 'Big Heart'.

Enjoy an exciting Valentine's Day celebration that includes a 3-course meal by Templins' culinary staff and dancing the night away with live entertainment by the one and only Sammy Eubanks. Doors open at 6pm and dinner will be served at 7:00. You'll have a chance to purchase raffle tickets for incredible prize packages and will have access to signature Valentine drinks at the no host bar.

Tickets are $100 per couple or $50 each. For tickets, click here. Templins has special room rates of just $75, call 208-773-1611 for reservations.

Although there will be no program at the event, all proceeds will benefit the Emmet Paul Snyders Foundation and American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest. The American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest (ACCOIN), give direct care to local children and their families who have been affected by cancer by providing emotional, financial, and educational support. Their mission is to educate, support, serve, and advocate for families of children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals who care for them.

The Bar Method Spokane's Date Night Feb 21

The Sweetheart class is Back at the Bar Method Spokane. Due to popular demand, there will be two Sweetheart classes going on February 21st at 6pm. Make a date night out of it for you and your sweetheart. Start with a bar class and then enjoy some refreshments and appetizers.

Click here to sign up for Date Night, just go to February 21, enter your name in the sign up section and each person will count as a couple.

For more information on the Bar Method Spokane, visit their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TheBarMethodSpokane.

Leadership Spokane Informational Briefing this Thursday

If you or someone you know is interested in developing their leadership skills and expanding their knowledge of the Spokane area, consider attending the Leadership Spokane informational briefing, this Thursday, February 13 from 5-6pm at SRBC, 1st Floor Conference Room, 801 W Riverside Ave.

Have a glass of wine/beer/soda and snacks after work and learn about the Leadership Spokane program. You'll capitalize on your personal and professional development and contribute to the leadership team that is moving this community forward. Leadership Spokane is a great networking experience. You'll learn about opportunities and challenges in our region, and how you and your organization can get involved. The professional exchange and mutual encouragement in Leadership Spokane affords a place to share ideas.

To register, click here.

If you can't attend this briefing, there will be one more on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30am at 801 W Riverside, 1st Floor Conference Room.

For more information, visit the website at LeadershipSpokane.org.

INBTA presents Miracle on the Hudson

Join Inland Northwest Business Travel Association as they welcome guest speaker Doreen Welsh, retired US Airways flight attendant who was a crew member on the US Air flight that went down in the Hudson River. Follow Doreen on this remarkable journey as she recounts the moments after the crash as she struggles to safely evacuate the passengers and herself from the back of a sinking plane filling with icy water from the Hudson River. She'll help you see the necessity of maintaining situational awareness, the importance of engaging in team participation and the necessity of continued training and refresher programs. This enthralling presentation should not be missed. Travel industry employees, managers, team leaders and crisis management professionals should attend.

To be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11 from 11:30am to 1pm at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. Cost is $45 which includes lunch. Register to attend at www.inbta.org.

Spokane Score Upcoming Workshops

Spokane Score Chapter 180 is presenting two upcoming workshops. The first is How to Write a Business Plan, this Wednesday, February 12 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Discover why successful businesses operate with a plan. Learn how to write a comprehensive business plan. Get assistance from a SCORE mentor to review and help refine your plan.

The next workshop focuses on Social Media for Small Business 201 and will be held Wednesday, February 19 from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

Both workshops will be held at the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane. Cost for each workshop is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, $15 for an additional person from the same company. Discounted cost for all four workshops in the series is $125 pre-paid.

To register, visit www.scorespokane.org.

West Plains Chamber Best of the West Awards March 20

Mark your calendars for the Best of the West Awards Gala on Thursday, March 20 beginning at 5:30pm Event will be held at Northern Quest Resort.

This is an awards gala celebrating businesses, organizations, and leaders on the West Plains. For more information, visit westplainschamber.org.

The Way of Business at the Mirabeau Park Hotel

The Way of Business Banquet will be held Thursday, February 20 from 6 to 9pm at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center.

Mike O'Connor, Vice President of The Way of Business says that much of the evening will be devoted to sharing key updates on what is going on within the greater Spokane area that will be a major interest to the businesses, churches, social services and civil services that will be attending. Event Emcee will be Susanna Baylon former KXLY news anchor. Mayor David Condon will be announcing his new initiative on volunteer services and MJ Bolt Central Valley School District School Board Director will be sharing some details on the new Community Service.

For all information about this event call Mike O'Connor at 509-939-4808 or visit www.twob.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

"The difference between the impossible and the possible, lies in a person's determination." Former Spokane Indians & LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who is the first baseball manager to win a World Series Championship and lead a team to an Olympic Gold Medal

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