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"Simplify Obamacare" by Robert Welk helps people navigate the complex healthcare system



Spokane insurance broker Robert S. Welk literally wrote the book on how to best work with Obamacare. Called "Simplify Obamacare", the book, accompanying video and website neither supports nor criticizes the healthcare exchange, they simply help people navigate through this complex and complicated healthcare system. They show how to maximize benefits, minimize expenses, get tax credits and help avoid problems.

"Simplify Obamacare" provides the knowledge, understanding, and simple step-by-step strategies to help people avoid difficulties while maximizing benefits they may not even be aware of. The book helps people make well educated choices.

"Simplify Obamacare" is available to the public for $10 at the website simplifyobamacare.com. All current and future clients of Welk's firm, Welk Security and Trust, receive a copy of the book, videos, and all updates at no cost. For more information call 509- 443-5416.


Knife Burger Bar to open in March at Sprague and Lincoln



Josh Hissong is at it again, transforming downtown Spokane into a cooler place. His latest project is the Knife Burger Bar, set to open in March in the Michael Building, the former Travo's and Agave location at Sprague and Lincoln. The name Knife Burger Bar comes from the fact that each burger will have a knife stuck in it to hold it together!

Josh's firm HDG is the design team. They also designed Fire Artisan Pizza, the Volstead Act and NUDO (another one of Hissong's own restaurants), which are just down the street. for a look at HDG's impressive work go to their website

Knife Burger Bar will be Spokane's first philanthropic restaurant. Not only will 5% of the money raised from the kickstarter campaign be handed over to the local chapter of Make a Wish, but 100% of all money raised over the goal amount will go directly to the Spokane Make A Wish. The restaurant will also be donating 50% of all sales on the first Monday of every month, (or around $2,000 a month.) They will also be doing many other fundraising campaigns.

The 2,100 square foot restaurant is expected to employ 20 workers. You can get more information at knifeburger.com

We could all use a little more JOY in our lives



Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery at 115 S. Adams presents "Cup of Joy," a holiday invitational exhibit of the ceramic cup, one of a kind interpretations of its various forms by 35 ceramic artists. Over 200 functional cup forms, created in low fire, mid range, high fire, wood and soda fired environments, hand built, wheel thrown, stamped, painted, carved, and cast, formed by ceramic artists with national and regional reputations, along with up and coming students of the ceramic craft.

Opening receptions are this Friday, December 5th, 5 - 8:30 pm and Saturday, December 6th, noon - 4 pm.

To preview the exhibit, and prices of all cups go to "Opening Receptions for Cup of Joy" on facebook. Trackside Studio's website is tracksidestudio.net.


Mountain West Bank opens branch on North Division

Mountain West Bank, a division of Kalispel, Montana-based Glacier Bank, has opened its 23rd branch in the Inland Northwest region. The newest branch is at 7407 N. Division Street with Cammy Persho as branch manager. Mountain West's other Spokane branch is at 12321 E. Mission Avenue, in Spokane Valley.

New Executive Chef and HR Director at the Spokane Club



Chef Robert McDaniel is the new Executive Chef at the Spokane Club. He brings over 30 years' experience in the food and beverage industry, serving as Executive Chef at some of the finest private city and country clubs in the U.S. including The Club at Black Rock.

Juanita Jiminez, PHR, is the new Human Resource Director at the Spokane Club. She is the former Human Resource Manager at Career Path Services.


Kim Contos closing Evan Michaels Jewelers and retiring

Kim Contos has been in the jewelry business in downtown Spokane since 1973, first as Lord of Rings and as Evan Michaels and Son in the Sherwood Mall and Chase Bank skywalk for the past 26 years. After this holiday season he is closing the store, retiring and moving to San Diego. Happy trails, Kim!

Phyllis Herrington joins RE/MAX Inland Empire

Award-winning REALTOR, Phyllis Herrington has joined RE/MAX Inland Empire as a broker on the sales team. Herrington, who has 16 years of experience in real estate was previously with John L. Scott's Valley office.

Visit Spokane Receives Platinum Choice Award

Smart Meetings Magazine recently named Visit Spokane as a recipient of the Smart Meetings 2014 Platinum Choice Award. Platinum Choice Award winners are chosen based on the highest industry standards in a number of categories, including amenities, guest services, meeting space, recreational activities and more.

Voted on by meeting professionals, the Smart Meetings editorial team and readers, the award is given to 140 hotels and 52 convention and visitor bureaus across North America.

Grand Opening Wednesday for Rosauers Suncrest supermarket



Rosauers Supermarkets will celebrate the grand opening of its newest store at the corner of Highway 291 and Swensen Road in Suncrest this Wednesday, December 3. Ribbon Cutting is slated for 9:00am.

"We're excited about our new concept store designed to serve smaller communities" said Jeff Philipps, President of Rosauers. "While smaller, there is an incredible offering of traditional, specialty, ethnic, natural and organic products throughout the store," Philipps added.

Also featured will be a full service meat and seafood counter, bakery and large service-deli featuring a seating area with a fireplace and free Wi-Fi. The store will offer an extensive wine, beer and spirits department. Something new for the company is the addition of a fuel center which will be included in the Commercial Fueling Network (CFN).

The store has hired 50 employees, mostly from the Suncrest/Nine Mile Falls area.

Rosauers is headquartered in Spokane and operates stores in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Rosauers is a wholly owned subsidiary of URM Stores, a wholesale cooperative located in Spokane. The addition of the Suncrest store will bring the total number of Rosauers company locations to 22.

Ski and snowboard season is here!



Four of five Inland Northwest ski resorts are open. Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area, near Mullan, Idaho, 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, near Chewelah, Silver Mountain Resort, at Kellogg, Idaho, and Schweitzer Mountain Resort, near Sandpoint, have opened for business. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park is planning to open this Saturday, December. 6, or sooner depending on snow.

Lydia Duffy joins American Cancer Society



The American Cancer Society has hired Lydia Duffy as the Senior Representative of the Community Engagement team. Duffy will lead the market, comprised of eastern Washington and northern Idaho, as they work toward furthering the Society's local initiatives; to include events, programs and services, and all other activities.

Duffy comes to the Society from Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI) where she was the events specialist. While at GSEWNI, she brought the Women's Weekend fundraising event to new heights increasing the involvement of community partners and achieving two consecutive years of increased success. She also introduced a new fundraiser, Craft Beer and Cookie Fest, with an amazing 786% ROI.

Prior to the Girl Scouts, she was with Sterling Bank (now Umpqua Bank) where she was a marketing business partner since 2004

Trindera engineering hires Jeff Wickwire



Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm with offices in Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, announces the recent hiring of Jeff Wickwire as IT Help Desk Technician. He is located in Trindera Engineering's Coeur d'Alene office.

Wickwire holds an Associate in Applied Science, Computer Specialist Degree from Spokane Falls Community College. He has over five years of experience providing technical support. Most recently at Coldwater Creek.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Sometimes adversity is what you need to face, in order to become successful." Zig Ziglar

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