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Valley Christian School honoring veterans for 26 years

Tomorrow, November 11th, on Veteran's Day, Valley Christian School will be holding their 26th Annual Veteran's Day Program. Valley Christian School, which offers private Christian education in the Spokane Valley, will present two performances of this year's Veteran's Day Program, featuring patriotic music performed by VCS elementary choirs and the high school drama team. We will be honoring all veterans who are currently serving or who have served in the past.

There will be two performances on November 11th. One will be at 10:30 am at Dishman Baptist located at 315 N Argonne Rd and the other performance will be at 1 pm at the Union Gospel Mission located at 1224 E Trent. The public is invited to attend either or both events.

Banner Bank acquires AmericanWest

AmericanWest Bank is being acquired by Banner Bank for $702 million. The deal gives Banner $9.7 billion in total assets, $6.8 billion in loans, $7.9 billion in deposits and 190 branches across five state. Banner Bank first came to Spokane eight years ago when it bought Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Wells redevelopment of Ridpath closer

Ron Wells, whose Wells and Company has plans to redevelop the Ridpath Hotel into the Ridpath Club Apartments, reports that the Washington State Housing Finance Commission is giving favorable signs on the funding for the project and they feel they can begin construction this winter.

How to manage the stress level in your workplace

Joy McMahon, wellness therapist, yoga instructor and certified Stress Management Consultant is helping businesses manage stress in their workplaces one company at a time. She has present one hour workshops for the State Attorney's Office, Kennewick General Hospital, St. Joseph's Family Center, The Clark Company and many others. Next month she will work with the Spokane County Bar Association. She's getting rave reviews from the groups she has worked with.

To book a one hour session of one of her 'Advanced Life Skills-Managing Stress' workshops in your workplace, call 509-844-7560 or email empressjoy@yahoo.com

Startup Weekend Spokane winner, Rebooked, announces availability

Rebooked, the winning team from Startup Weekend Spokane this past April, announced that they've launched their services to businesses and the general public. Rebooked allows service providers like hair salons, dental offices, and medical providers the ability to easily rebook cancelled appointments and no-shows.

According to Ed Reese, Rebooked's President & CEO, approximately 20% of all appointments cancel. Until now, the process of rebooking these cancellations has been a difficult and manual process. It also hasn't been effective. Rebooked makes this process easy by connecting clients and patients with these cancelled appointments so they can claim them immediately.

You can learn more about Rebooked at www.rebooked.com as well as download their app in The Apple App Store. An Android version will be available by the end of the year.

The River Park Square Christmas tree goes up this week!

The River Park Square 50 foot tree serves as the iconic symbol to downtown Spokane each year announcing the holidays are here and it goes up beginning this Wednesday morning, continuing through Friday!

This year River Park Square will be working in conjunction with a group of Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29 that have volunteered to assemble the Christmas tree.

ELITE Wellness to open in Paulsen Building

ELITE Wellness providing personalized Wellness Programs as well as Personal Training sessions will open in Suite 902 in the Paulsen Building, 421 W. Riverside in the next few weeks. They are having a grand opening celebration Wednesday, December 3, from 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

ELITE Wellness' unique studio is perfect for individuals looking for a private setting to meet all their Wellness needs. They offer free consultations to introduce their professional providers, facility, and programming. Their goal is to provide complete and personalized Wellness services aimed at improving the overall health and well-being of each client.

ELITE Wellness is located in an executive suite studio. They have degree proficient, certified, and accredited Providers that work within a team approach. Their combined experience provides a 'Total Wellness' program designed to meet your individual needs for health and fitness. Their approach incorporates assessments and education for body alignment, functional movement, mobility, corrective exercises, strength training, cardiovascular health, and nutritional guidelines. Small group classes are also available for particular needs involving balance, mobility and flexibility.

Elite Wellness offers affordable plans and packaging to work within your budget. You can learn more on facebook, search ELITE Wellness.

Community Health Association of Spokane adds New Location

Matthew Byrd of Cornerstone Property Advisors recently brokered the sale of the 24,402 SF Class A office building at 15812 E Indiana Avenue in the Spokane Valley to Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS).

CHAS plans to utilize the vacant portion (approximately 6,000 SF) of the building as an additional medical clinic expanding their current offerings in the community. The balance of the square footage will continue to be leased to current tenants.

Numerica promotes Maigan Snider to Small Business Loan Officer

Maigan Snider was recently promoted to small business loan officer at Numerica Credit Union. Snider has 11 years of experience in the financial industry. Most recently, she was a small business loan processor in Numerica's business services department for the last year. Prior to that, Snider was a small business administration loan assistant with Mountain West Bank at their administrative offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for two years.

Snider obtained a Bachelor's degree in business administration with concentrations in business management and human resources management from Eastern Washington University.

Goodwin transfers to manager of Numerica's Coeur d'Alene branch

Mark Goodwin recently transferred to manager of Numerica Credit Union's Coeur d'Alene branch.

Goodwin has worked in the banking industry for six years. He possesses a diverse background in the financial industry, most recently as the float manager for Numerica and prior to that, Goodwin was a teller supervisor at Numerica's Hayden branch. His experience also includes being a client services program manager for West Corporation, earning his preliminary teaching credential and serving in the United States Army for five years.

Goodwin also earned a bachelor's of science degree in information technology from National University in San Diego, Calif.

Numerica Credit Union currently has more than 100,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and $1.3 billion in assets. It offers a full line of financial products and services, including mortgages and business products. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or worships in the State of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle.

Just had to run this photo again

Last week, we ran a story on the Holiday Inn at the Rock winning a national award for renovation. The photo is a view you don't often see. What a unique new building in our city! Nice job Kent Clausen. Thanks.

Hoopfest visionary will be keynote speaker for Valley Chamber Annual Meeting

"What do you get when you combine a clear vision, a solid business plan, and the right talent to get the job done?...A Slam Dunk."
The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce presents Rick Steltenphol as their keynote speaker for the annual meeting to be held November 21, 7-9:00 am at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley. Rick is currently the Director of Business Affairs at Eventuris, LLC, but is best known as a co-founder and former Executive Director of Hoopfest. Hear directly from Rick the story of how Hoopfest came to be and grew into the largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament on the planet.

At this breakfast meeting, you'll also receive a report of the Valley Chamber's accomplishments for the year, achieved with the help of sponsors, board of directors, ambassadors, and committee members. The new board members will be sworn in.

The cost to attend includes breakfast and the public is welcome. Register early and Save $5. The early-bird price is $25 for members & guests and $35 for non-members until 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 18. Register at spokanevalleychamber.org.

Clover welcomes new executive chef Travis Dickinson

Clover, which is located in a beautifully-renovated early 20th-century home at 913 East Sharp in Spokane's Gonzaga District, has hired Executive Chef Travis Dickinson to oversee its award-winning seasonal kitchen.

Dickinson has been working in kitchens since the age of 15, following his passion from the Coeur d'Alene Resort, Idaho, to Hall Street Grill in Beaverton, Oregon, to Genoa and Accanto in Portland, Oregon - with stops along the way at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, and multiple guest-chef Portland sessions, including stints at Sel Gris and Clark Lewis. In between kitchens, he has traveled across the U.S. and Europe, honing his skills and refining his approach.

Dickinson embraces the Clover philosophy of serving dishes crafted to evoke full flavors through the use of the highest-quality seasonal ingredients, creative compositions, and wide-ranging cooking techniques. Clover's newly-launched fall & winter menus highlight his creations and collaborations with Clover's culinary team. As an award-winning chef, his talent, creativity, and leadership skills will bring a new dimension to the restaurant.

The restaurant and bar are open seven days a week - call 509-487-2937 or visit cloverspokane.com for hours and to make reservations.

The Stacks go purple in November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Inland NW Affiliate and the Steam Plant will turn the Steam Plant stacks purple at 5 pm today to bring awareness to November being Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. November 13th is 'Purple With a Purpose Day' world-ide, where they encourage everyone to wear purple to raise awareness and WAGE HOPE, their relentless call to action to accelerate progress in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The goal is to double the 5 year survival rate by 2020 from 6% to 12%.

New Ski Rental Facility Opens at Mt. Spokane Nordic Ski Area

For the first time in its history, Mt Spokane Nordic ski area will have its first onsite Nordic ski equipment rental center. The center will have both classic and skate gear, for both adults and kids. It will also have snow shoe rentals. It will have some soft goods; hats, gloves and waxes. The ski center will be located adjacent to the Selkirk Lodge.

Fitness Fanatics of Spokane, owned by Robin DeRuwe, will be operating the center Thursday-Monday 9am to 4pm Reservations may be made by calling Fitness Fanatics at 509-922-6080 or online reservations at www.fitfanatics.com.

Group rates are available. Private and group lesson arrangements can also be made thru the ski rental center.

More information and extended holiday hours may be found on the Fitness Fanatics website www.fitfanatics.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow." Motivational Speaker Les Brown

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