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Inland Northwest RV Show this Thursday through Sunday sponsored by SR Media and The Spokesman-Review



The 27th Annual Inland Northwest RV show, sponsored by SR Media and The Spokesman-Review, is coming to the Fairgrounds this Thursday through Sunday, January 22nd through 25th. It's the largest RV Show ever, using every building at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Over 200,000 square feet of gleaming RV's and accessories. $13 million dollars in RV's.

This year's Show will have hundreds of RV's and accessories on display and all on sale. Special 'One-Time' Show discounts will be offered. Factory Reps from around the United States will be there to answer your questions. From retirees who travel frequently, to hunters and fishermen, rock climbers, skiers, weekend get-awayers and young families trying to save on vacation travel costs, there is something for everyone. More than 50 brands will be represented.

Regular admission is $8 (good all weekend). 12 and under free when with an adult. Show hours are Thurs Jan 22 Senior Day, noon to 8p, Friday and Saturday Jan. 23 & 24, 10a to 8p, Sunday Jan. 25, 10a to 4p.

For more details go to www.spokanervshow.com.


Gibby Media Group wins a CINDY award



Gibby Media Group, Inc. has received a Silver CINDY award in the recent International Cinema in Industry Competition for 'Wisdom Earned - A mountain climbers perspective'. The 110 minute film documentary was written and directed by Lon Gibby and Co-produced by Gibby Media Group, Inc. and world renowned mountain climber Chris Kopczynski. CINDY awards are presented for programming that achieves the highest levels of excellence in production value and message effectiveness. There were 9,450 entries in the competition.

Hollenback to be honored as the 2014 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year



The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce is has announced that Marlene 'Marti' Hollenback, Dealer Principal/President, Dishman Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep, has been named as the 2014 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year.

"I am very surprised, and extremely grateful and honored, to receive this award from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce," said Marti. "I would like to dedicate this honor in memory of my dad, the late Mark K. Hollenback, who encouraged me to leave my 20-plus year career as a registered nurse to operate his dealership. He believed in me and apparently felt I could be successful as an automobile dealer- something I certainly wasn't sure of!"

The Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year is an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service to the business community.

The award will be presented to Hollenback at the Gem of the Valley Awards of Excellence on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, along with other individual and business award winners revealed that night.


Valley Chamber 2014 Awards of Excellence Finalists are announced

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announces the finalists for the 2014 Awards of Excellence, a program recognizing business and community achievements. The finalists for the following categories are:

Charity/Cultural Services Award:
GSC Meals on Wheels
P.A.C.E.
Spokane Valley Partners

Community Caring Award:
Central Valley School District
Toys for Tots
Modern Electric Water Co.

Entrepreneur Award:
MarketPad.com
Barry Baker
Steve Trabun (Share Spcare Spokane)

Small Business of the Year Award:
Anderson, Peretti & Co., CPA's, P.S.
Hop Jack's
Simply Northwest

Large Business of the Year Award:
Itron
Horizon Credit Union
Mirabeau Park Hotel

Three additional categories to be announced are Educator of the Year from the school districts served by the Chamber, Chamber Volunteer of the Year, and Chamber Ambassador of the Year.

Members and the general public are invited to attend. Tickets are $55 per person, and reserved VIP tables of 8 are available for $600. The doors open at 5:30pm for a cocktail hour with no-host bar and a special 'Gem of the Valley' silent auction. A gourmet dinner will be served followed by the awards program.

For more information and ticket reservations, go to www.spokanevalleychamber.org, check the Valley Chamber Facebook page, or call the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce at 509-924-4994.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to speak on American inequality Feb 18 at the Fox

David Cay Johnston, author and investigative journalist who was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on U.S. corporate tax policy, will give a free, public presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

In his talk 'How Government Creates Inequality: The Tax Rules That Take From the Many to Give to the Few', Johnston will focus on a number of issues that have been highlighted in his newest book, Divided: The Perils of our Growing Inequality, which examines the economic effects of growing income disparity in the United States.

Since 2010, the U.S. economy has been recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Real GDP and production began increasing, unemployment has declined and the stock market is back to record levels. Despite this, however, many families have experienced a decrease rather than an increase in incomes.

"Since the end of the Great Recession, 95 percent of income gains have gone to the top 1 percent of households, and the bottom 90 percent's incomes have fallen by 15 percent," says Johnston. Johnston's extensive investigative reporting suggests that the tax system has been a primary driver of growing U.S. inequality, due to the fact that the tax system is not designed to fairly and effective apportion the tax burden. Simple wage-earnings are efficiently taxed, while investments and business accounts are more difficult to examine and collect upon, allowing the wealthiest Americans to shelter trillions of dollars of income.

Change will only come, Johnston contends, when the sleeping middle class recognizing and understanding the growing disparity between the very rich and the rest of the populace and how government policies, not abstract economic forces such as globalization, are its primary cause. The mission of Johnston's book is to inform and educate Americans about this issue.

Johnston calls for the middle class to first and foremost, vote. Politics are the only way to control concentrated wealth in a democracy. Johnston also calls for greater political literacy. If middle class votes for the policies and policymakers that will most benefit the majority of Americans, we can begin to amend the effects of decades of inequality.


USA Boxing Returns to Spokane for Men's and Women's 2015 National Championships



For the third year in a row, Spokane is home to the USA Boxing National Championships, the country's most prestigious event for Olympic-style amateur boxing. Preliminary rounds of competition, held at The HUB Sports Center, began yesterday, January 19, and continues through this week. The semi-finals and finals will be held at Northern Quest Resort & Casino, this Friday and Saturday, January 23-24.

Boxing Brings Big Numbers to Spokane. With this year's championships, Spokane welcomes more than 300 athletes (plus coaches, family, and fans). After fulfilling its four-year contract in Spokane, this event will bring a combined total of over two million dollars to the local economy--and the national media exposure is even greater. Please show your support for these amazing athletes and their fans.

Tickets for all sessions can be purchased at the door or through the Northern Quest Resort & Casino Box Office. Or call, 509-481-6700.


Visit Spokane Announces 2015 Board of Directors

Visit Spokane is has announced its new Board Officers and Board Members for 2015. Officers include:
Chair - Jody Sander, Director of Operations, Sterling Hospitality
Vice Chair - Kevin Pribilisky
Treasurer - Bryn West, General Manager, River Park Square
Secretary - Cheryl Kilday, President & CEO, Visit Spokane
Immediate Past Chair - Mike McLeod, General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

The Board Officers are joined by the following new Board Members:
Brooke Kiener, Board Chair, Spokane Arts Fund
Greg Lipsker, Owner/Winemaker, Barrister Winery
Paul Read, Publisher, Journal of Business
Rhosetta Rhodes, Chief of Staff, Whitworth University
Ben Small, Superintendent, Central Valley School District
Gary Sutter, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Northern Quest Resort & Casino

The Visit Spokane Board also includes the following members:
Elected Joyce M. Cameron, Chief Development Officer, Providence Health Care Foundation
Matt Jensen, Director of Marketing, The Davenport Hotel Collection
Stephen B. Pohl, Managing Broker Retail, NAI Black
Jan Quintrall, Director of Business and Developer Services, City of Spokane

Appointed:
Chuck Hafner, City Council Member, City of Spokane Valley
Larry Krauter, Chief Executive Officer, Spokane Airports
Todd Mielke, Spokane County Commissioner, District 1, Spokane County
Rita Santillanes, Owner, Best Western Peppertree Liberty Lake Inn
Karen Stratton, City Council Member, City of Spokane
Kevin Twohig, Chief Executive Officer, Spokane Public Facilities District

Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as a preferred destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $877 million in 2013, providing jobs for nearly 9,620 residents in the region and generating $62 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.


SCORE Workshop-Strategies for Small Business Marketing & Sales

This Wednesday, January 21 from 8:30am to 12:30pm, Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 presents a workshop, Marketing and Sales Essentials: How to Find Customers and What to Do With Them. Learn how to gain insights into how to identify your prospective customers, how to attract them to your business, and how to get them to buy your products and services.

Cost for workshop is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, $15 for an additional person from the same company.

Workshop location is the SBA Training Room 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane. To register, visit www.scorespokane.org.

Syringa Medical Campus to be Built in Post Falls



North Idaho Surgical Hospital Buiding, LLC (NISHB) has broken ground on Building A at the new Syringa Medical Campus located on the northeast corner of Mullan Ave. and Syringa Street in Post Falls, Idaho. The 17,000 square foot two story building is the first of three medical office buildings planned for the site. The new buildings will complement the existing medical campus located on the south side of Mullan Ave. that includes Northwest Specialty Hospital and two medical office buildings.

"The new campus will provide us the opportunity to accommodate additional medical service providers as the Post Falls Mullan Medical corridor continues to grow. We are tremendously excited to work with Young Construction Group on this development and look forward to showcasing our new building later this year." said Ron Rock, senior property manager at NISHB, LLC.

The new building will have a modern contemporary look. The first of 3 buildings consists of nearly 18,000 SF of available office space in 2 stories. Young Construction Group of Idaho is providing design/build services for the project with Dzignworks of Hayden leading the design work. Leasing information is available by contacting NISHB, LLC at 208-262-2413.

The Business Thought of the Week

"The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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