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Learn leadership from a winner this Friday morning



Winning Eastern Washington University coach Beau Baldwin will be the featured speaker at the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber's Business Connections Breakfast this Friday morning from 6:30 to 8:30 am at the Mirabeau Park Hotel. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear from a champion leader right here in the Northwest. Coach Baldwin will be sharing his thoughts on leadership and developing a winning team. In addition, Bobby Brett, Managing Partner of Brett Sports will be featured during the CEO Spotlight.

Before their 2010 season began, many people didn't have Eastern Washington University ranked as a top 25 team. But Baldwin took a recurring playoff team to the national championship game. The Eagles finished the 2010 season 13-2 overall and won the NCAA Division I Championship with a 20-19 come-from-behind victory over Delaware.

Baldwin's .750 winning percentage in Big Sky Conference games (30-10) is the best-ever by an Eastern head coach. He was named the 2012 Big Sky Conference co-Coach of the Year, and five of his seven seasons as head coach have ended with playoff berths.

Come and hear this champion leader this Friday at Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N Sullivan, Spokane Valley. Coffee and conversation begin at 6:30am and the program starts at 7am. The cost is $25 for members and guests and $45 for non-members. Go to spokanevalleychamber.org to register for this event or call 509-924-4994.

Java on Sherman is moving




Java on Sherman in Coeur d'Alene will move east four blocks this spring from 324 to 819 Sherman Ave., site of the former Jonesy's restaurant. Java on Sherman, which opened in 1994 and celebrates 20 years in business this May has been called North Idaho's first coffee house. An exact opening date hasn't yet been determined.
The new location has 4,182 square feet, which is more than double the current Java's 1,700 square feet, and it has a commercial kitchen. The site also offers 60 parking spaces. Owners, David and Lindsay Patterson, say the new coffee house will increase the staff from 16 full- and part-time, to 25 or more employees.


Attorney Steven Schneider opens office




Steven Schneider has opened his law and mediation practice at 203 N. Washington St., Ste. 204, inside the historic Liberty Building, home of Auntie's Bookstore at Main and Washington. After 24 years with the Murphy, Bantz & and Bury firm, Schneider continues his practice emphasis in real estate, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, business and contract law and mediation.

A graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, Mr. Schneider has also been trained as a mediator at Pepperdine University School of Law. Mr. Schneider is joined by Registered Paralegal, Tiffany M. Ford. Consultation and case evaluation available at 509-838-4458, ss@mbblegal.net, and www.mbblegal.net.


Rockwood Retirement Communities to add Summit Tower




Rockwood Retirement Communities is adding an 11 story tower with an award-winning conceptual design, providing 65 luxury apartments for seniors. The $41 million project, called the Summit, will connect to Rockwood's 7 story tower, the Ridge, formerly Rockwood Manor. The new residences will consist of penthouses, spacious two-bedroom apartments with two bathrooms and a den, and generous one-bedroom residences with a full bathroom and a den. The apartments will provide stunning views of Spokane and the region, quality interior finishes, full kitchens, washers and dryers, and most will have large balconies. In addition, new public spaces will be added to include a new chapel, library, cultural center, theatre, multiple dining venues and a new bistro, rooftop lounge, fitness center and underground parking.

For more information contact the Marketing Department at 509-536-6850.


'Makin Bakin', a Share Space workshop

Put the drooling on hold. They're talking about the other bacon, your money. Want to get your business moving, but not quite certain that your personal finances are in order? Join this Share Space workshop in learning what to avoid and gain tips and tools to create an easy, successful personal finance system. You are encouraged to bring laptops, tablets or smartphones.

Recurring workshops are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 5:30-7:30pm at Share Space Spokane 159 S. Lincoln, Suite 301. March 5th: Business agreements and other legal issues that are important for business owners with Steve Faust, Attorney at Law, Director, Business Law Clinic Gonzaga University School of Law. March 19th: Intellectual Property with Bill Jeckle, Attorney at Law, Associate, Lukins & Annis.

For more information go to www.sharespacespokane.com/events.

Tourism Awards nomination deadline is Feb 21




The deadline for submitting nominations to the 15th Annual Inland Northwest Tourism Awards is February 21. The Inland Northwest Tourism Awards is held annually and recognizes exemplary service within the hospitality industry in the Spokane region. Anyone can nominate an individual or business in any one of 17 categories - seven business awards and ten individual awards.

Last year, more than 400 people attended the 14th annual ceremony, held at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. This year's ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 15 at 3pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

Virtually any person or business within the hospitality industry around the Inland Northwest is eligible to be nominated. A panel of independent judges within the hospitality industry makes final selection of the award recipients.

Award categories and an explanation of the simple online nominating process can be found at visitspokane.com.


Spokane is in the top 100 markets in the nation!




The U.S. Office of Management has expanded the Spokane-Spokane Valley Metropolitan Statistical Area to include neighboring Pend Oreille and Stevens counties. The U.S. Census Bureau population estimate for the Spokane, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties combined was 532,253 as of July 1, 2012, which ranks it as 100th out of 381 metropolitan statistical areas in the country. This area does not include north Idaho.


Red Lion Hotels strengthens executive team




Red Lion Hotels Corporation has announced that the company is aligning its executive team to further position the business for growth. The company has appointed industry marketing and brand management veteran Bill Linehan (pictured) as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and has promoted Harry G. Sladich to Executive Vice President of Hotel Operations and Sales.

Linehan, who will join the company by March 17, has more than 25 years of hospitality experience, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director at Richfield Hospitality and Sceptre Hospitality Resources, where he led the sales, marketing and resource management activities surrounding the company's portfolio of hotels and resorts. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Global Marketing for InterContinental Hotels Group and as Global Vice President of Marketing, Brand Alignment and Partnerships for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and held sales and marketing positions with both Hyatt and Sheraton.

Sladich joined Red Lion Hotels in 2010 and led the company's new brand image and segmentation. He introduced the brand wide initiative, Local. Wise., which gives associates the opportunity to deliver an authentic insider experience to guests. Sladich is active in industry organizations, serving on the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors and the Destination & Travel Foundation Board of Trustees.


Mind, Body, Spirit Holistic Fair this Saturday

The 7th annual Mind, Body, Spirit Holistic Fair is this Saturday from 10 to 5 pm at the Unity Spiritual Center on the South Hill, 29th and Bernard. The event is free and will feature 35 vendors and 8 educational presentations. There is also lots of free parking.

For further information contact Linda Christine at 509-496-8138 or email lindachristine@lindachristinestudios.com.

Numerica Promotes Hochheimer to Director of Corporate Business Development




Manuel Hochheimer was recently promoted to Director of Corporate Business Development at Numerica Credit Union. Hochheimer has 12 years of experience in the financial industry, employed by Numerica in 2012. Prior to his promotion, he was a Business Development Manager in Spokane. He graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in business management, is a member of Spokane Rotary Club 21 and is co-chair and 2015 chair elect for Spokane County United Way's Emerging Leaders Society.

Hochheimer was recognized as part of Numerica's 'Rock Star' Business Development Team by Credit Union Magazine, as one of the 'Top 20 Under 40' by Inland Business CATALYST, and was a West Plains Chamber 2013 'Best of the West' finalist.

Tickets on Sale for unCorked!

If you love to drink good wine and eat delicious food and are looking for ways to energize local economic development, then get your tickets for unCorked! The 7th Annual unCorked will be held Friday, April 11 from 6 to 9pm at the Lincoln Center. The local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is hosting this not-to-miss event, sponsored by Eastern Washington University, featuring wine from 5 local women-operated wineries, food pairings and for the first year, beer from a local brewery. There will also be a silent auction with a portion of proceeds benefitting local non-profit Transitions.

Tickets are on sale now, so buy yours today and show your support for local women-owned businesses. Nationwide 8.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.8 million people, and generating $1.3 trillion in sales.

For more information and tickets visit www.nawbonw.org.

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