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Valley Chamber Empowerment Summit features Tommy Spaulding

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will present the Empowerment Summit on Wednesday, April 23, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel from 7am to 2pm to empower individuals, employees, and businesses. The theme for the summit is 'Making a Difference' and will feature a panel of area leaders as well as local and internationally recognized authors and speakers.

The event opens at 7am for check-in and a continental breakfast with exhibitors. The program will begin at 8am with an introduction 'The Importance of Empowerment' by Dr. Joe Albert, Gonzaga University. A panel segment will follow, titled 'Mentoring to Develop Skills and Work Values,' and will be facilitated by Eldonna Shaw, President & CEO of the Valley Chamber. It will consist of area leaders who have had success on the topic of empowering our young adults.

Following the panel, two dynamic sessions will be presented. The first will feature Terry Gurno, founder and CEO of Influence Speaking & Coaching, on 'The Art of Leadership: How to Bring Greatness Out in Others.' The next session is 'What Makes Great Groups Great?' presented by Geoff Bellman, corporate consultant and author of 6 books on leadership and change and co-author of Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results.

The luncheon keynote, 'Be the Change Maker,' will be delivered by Tommy Spaulding, president of the Spaulding Companies Corporation, a leadership development, consulting, coaching, training and speaking organization. Spaulding is internationally acclaimed as a speaker and author of It's Not Just Who You Know.

For more information, visit the Valley Chamber's Facebook page, which includes a link to the registration page at www.spokanevalleychamber.org. Registration for the entire summit is $95 per attendee. Group discounts available. Members of the Valley Chamber are invited to secure exhibit space for $175.

Providence to open Valley Medical Park April 28

Providence Health Care officially opens its new multi-specialty outpatient facility in Spokane Valley for patient care on April 28. Located off Interstate 90 east of Sullivan and Indiana, Providence Medical Park-Spokane Valley has two connected buildings: one for physician offices, the other for urgent care, imaging and treatment services.

For more information go to phc.org.

Provisional Recruiting + Staffing receives national recognition

Provisional Recruiting + Staffing with offices at 420 West Dean in Spokane has been named to Inavero's 2014 Best of Staffing Client list of award winners. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the fifth annual Best of Staffing list provides the only statistically valid, objective, service quality benchmarks in the staffing industry.

Women Helping Women Fund Spokane announces new Executive Director

The Women Helping Women Fun Spokane welcomes Jackie Worobec as their new Executive Director. Worobec joined the organization in March and replaces seven-year Executive Director, Lisa Diffley.

Worobec joins WHWF Spokane with a diverse background in the non-profit arena, as well as a deep commitment to issues impacting women. Her professional and community development experience includes the Junior League of Seattle and Spokane, Girl Scouts-Totem Council, BioMed, and Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. She brings with her expertise in development and volunteer management as well as certifications in grant writing and fundraising for small non-profits. In leadership, Worobec served as board president of the United Way of San Juan County and is president elect for the Junior League of Spokane.

Spokane's Women Helping Women Fund (WHWF) was established in 1992 to raise the level of awareness about the plight of women and children living in poverty in our community. The non-profit organization believes that empowering women and children builds healthy families and vibrant communities. The organization is committed to helping women and children by raising money to assist programs that are making a difference in the lives of those in need. A volunteer board of directors and executive director guides the direction and operations of Spokane's WHWF.

In 2013, WHWF proudly awarded $222,500 in grants to local programs assisting women and children. Since 1992, WHWF has raised more than $6 million for local initiatives.

Pizza Pipeline Relocates to New Valley Location

Pizza Pipeline has relocated and opened at their new Valley site at 415 North Sullivan Road. The new location will employ 10-15 people. The 2,200 square foot space was built with a double stack pizza oven to insure the fastest possible delivery of their piping hot pizzas and Triky Stix.

Pizza Pipeline has six locations strategically located throughout the Greater Spokane area. These locations are: Newport Highway, Shadle, lower North Division near Gonzaga, Millwood, 57th & Regal, Sullivan and Mission. In addition, they have stores in Tri Cities, Pullman and Eugene, OR.

Grand Opening plans for the North Sullivan store are scheduled for later this month. More information can be found at www.PizzaPipeline.com.

EWU creates new Health Science College

As it seeks to meet the growing market demand in the critical field of health care, Eastern Washington University announces the creation of the new College of Health Science & Public Health. The Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the creation of the new college.

Set to open in fall 2014, and based at EWU Spokane on the Riverpoint Campus, this significant academic initiative will bolster the university's role as an economic driver in this diverse industry around the greater Spokane region.

"Eastern Washington University has a long tradition of excellence in the health sciences in downtown Spokane," said EWU President Rodolfo Arevalo. "This new college will elevate our current programs, initiate research in critical health arenas, promote the development of additional health-related fields of study and expand degree options."

The College of Health Science & Public Health will be comprised of many of the university's existing nationally-accredited programs, led by respected faculty. These programs include Communication Disorders, Dental Hygiene, the doctorate in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, the new Master of Public Health, the Health Services Administration certificate and the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program, or RIDE.

These programs are currently part of the College of Science, Health and Engineering (which will be renamed) and the College of Business and Public Administration.

Additionally, the college of Health Science & Public Health will become the center point for Eastern's development of expanded partnerships with the University of Washington School Of Dentistry, the health-related programs of the Community Colleges of Spokane and the development of public school partnerships with magnet schools related to health professions. In addition, the College of Health Science and Public Health will continue to expand the university's international partnerships with Universidad Juan N. Corpas in Bogota, Colombia and the Universidad De Iberoamerica, in Costa Rica, both private medical schools in South America. Arevalo believes that the development of these international partnerships will help define and expand the health mission of the college and university.

In the coming months, the university will develop the organizational structure of the new college and hire a dean who will work with university leadership to develop a vision for the continued expansion of our existing degree programs, innovative ideas on health prevention and new approaches to health care delivery.

SPVV Landscape Architects Relocates Office

SPVV Landscape Architects is relocating its office to 1908 W. Northwest Blvd. in Spokane in mid-April from smaller quarters the firm has leased at 621 W. Mallon Ave. for many years. The Northwest Boulevard building was purchased in December 2013 by 1908 NWB LLC, whose members include SPVV Principals Tom Sherry and Ken Van Voorhis and commercial real estate agents Colin Conway and Kevin Edwards. SPVV will occupy a 2,200-square-foot suite in the 4,600-square-foot building. The other two suites will house Affordable Insurance Group Inc., which operates as an Allstate Insurance agency, and Ephata Cafe, Juice and Java.

"Our new office will offer high-quality studio space, extensive glass to bring in abundant natural light, and plenty of on-site parking," Tom Sherry, SPVV's president, explains.

SPVV's new quarters will feature semi-private offices; spacious, flexible workstations in an open-studio environment; a generous-size area for teams working collaboratively on larger projects; a substantial glassed conference area that will look out into a landscaped space along Northwest Boulevard and Elm Street that will wrap around an outdoor gathering area; a library and product sample area; and a sizable kitchen.

Established in 1995, Spokane-based SPVV Landscape Architects provides professional landscape architecture and planning services to clients throughout the western United States and internationally. Market sectors served include healthcare, continuing care, higher education, K-12 education, government, corporate, commercial, technology and multi-family housing. For more information, visit www.spvv.com.

Inland Northwest Tourism Awards Finalists Announced

Visit Spokane has announced the slate of finalists for the 15th Annual Inland Northwest Tourism Awards. A team of nine Spokane-area judges from a wide range of industries made the 43 selections in two categories, individual and business.

Award recipients will be announced during the Tourism Awards ceremony, which begins at 3:00pm on May 15 at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

In addition to the finalists, the Visit Spokane Board of Directors has announced its recipient for the 'Leadership Excellence in Tourism Award.' This category is designed to honor an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and enduring commitment to the region's tourism industry. This year's recipient is Harry Sladich, Executive Vice President, Hotel Operations and Sales at Red Lion Hotels Corporation.

All award recipients will be announced and recognized during the awards ceremony. Finalists are:

Business Categories

Exceptional Festival or Event
Bling in the New Year
Empire Classic Bodybuilding and Fitness Expo
Little Smoke Cigar Festival

Best Attraction
Discovery Playground
Spa Ssakwa'q'n at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Spokane Valley Heritage Museum

Spirit of the Inland Northwest
The Essential Guide: Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Walla Walla
Mirabeau Point Park
No-Li Brewhouse

Rockin' Retailer
Davenport Home
The Tin Roof
United Hillyard Antique Mall

Creative Venue of Excellence
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
The Lincoln Center
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

Extraordinary Everyday Eatery
Chinook Steak, Pasta and Spirits at the Coeur d'Alene Casino
Frank's Diner

Top Table
Herbal Essence Cafe
Masselow's Restaurant

Individual Categories

White Glove
Taylor Flute, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Jasmina Mekic, Holiday Inn Express Downtown
Celeste Wilson, Oxford Suites Spokane Valley

Silver Spoon
Kristopher Holst, Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center
Sarina Peregrina, Chinook Steak, Pasta and Spirits
David Therriault, Ripples River Inn

Superior Service
Wesley Davidson, Red Lion Hotel at the Park
Nicole Patton, DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center
Anastasiya Tyatykh, Davenport Spa and Salon

Best Impression Meeting Sales and Services
Melissa Boland, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Melody Breidenbach, Holiday Inn Express - Coeur d'Alene
Alex DiPofi, Red Lion Hotels, Spokane

Lights, Camera, ACTION
Jason Gaver, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Monte Koch, Spokane Public Facilities District
Denny Marit, Silhouette Lights and Staging

Heart of the House
Bob Blum, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Amiee McCabe, The Davenport Collection
Dave Randolph, Riverfront Park

Rising Star
Wesley Davidson, Red Lion Hotel at the Park
Sam Song, Riverfront Park
Becca Watters, Spokane Public Facilities District

Tourism Professional of the Year
Aaron Berenbach, Mobius Science Center
Matt Gibson, Spokane Public Facilities District

Leadership Excellence in Tourism Award Winner
Harry Sladich, Red Lion Hotels Corporation

The finalists and winners are selected by a group of judges representing a variety of industries within the Spokane region. This year's judges are:

Business Awards
Shelly Colomb, Sterling Bank
Marla Fruit, Associated Industries
Shannon Lawrence, Spokane Valley Mall
Andrew Rolwes, Downtown Spokane Partnership
Travis Tramp, Hotel-Motel Association

Individual Awards
Greg Lipsker, Barrister Winery
Stephen B. Pohl, NAI Black
Kathleen Schreiber, West Plains Chamber of Commerce
Tammy Tracy, Greater Spokane Incorporated

The Business Thought of the Week

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