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New Building to House Urban Outfitters in Downtown Spokane Retail Center

Centennial Properties has announced plans to expand River Park Square and has unveiled plans for a new two-story building on the retail center's east end to house Urban Outfitters. The new building will feature 10,000 square feet of space on the corner of Main and Wall Streets, replacing the Saad building. Demolition will start early summer and Urban Outfitters is scheduled to open in fall of 2016.

Designed specifically for Urban Outfitters by Spokane's ALSC Architects, the new building will feature a contemporary glass design, strong street presence and an expanded footprint to meet the retailer's minimum square footage requirements. A new sidewalk will be installed on the east end of the building, as well as a connection to the downtown skywalk system.

2015 Women in Business Leadership Awards March 18

Inland Business Catalyst magazine will honor and recognize 12 outstanding female leaders in Spokane during the 5th Annual Women in Business Leadership Awards Breakfast at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill. The event will be Wednesday, March 18, doors open at 7am, the event begins at 7:30am.

Robyn Nance from KXLY will serve as emcee and special guest speaker Mia Dalene Marcum-McCoy, M.A, will share an inspirational account of her life after a brain injury and her search to find the meaning and purpose of a new life and a new dream in her speech 'It's All in Your Head'.

This year's Top 12 Women in Business Leadership Award honorees:
Established Women in Business
Staci Franz, INHS
Suzette Nordstrom, Weldon Barber
Mimi Escoto Ewers, Ballet Arts Academy

Emerging Women in Business
Megan Schuyler Kennedy, Rogue Heart Media
Melissa S. Williams, Star Financial & Insurance Services
Marshon Kempf, Mountain Dog Sign Company

Mover & Shaker
PJ Waters, Inland Northwest Community Foundation
Michelle Hege, Desautel Hege Communications
Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen, Indian Canyon Golf Course

Non Profit Leader
Rachel A. Dolezal, Spokane NAACP
Amy Knapton, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
Julie Farley, Project Beauty Share

Tickets are $30 a person with promo code HowsBizz: www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-business-leadership-awards-breakfast-tickets-15637800081.

DCI Engineers Promotes Structural Engineer to Project Manager

DCI Engineers, civil and structural consulting engineers, announces the promotion of Kyle Cossette to Structural Project Manage in the Spokane office. Since joining DCI in 2012, Cossette has provided clients with high quality design and project management on many high profile projects. A few of Cossette's projects include Grant Park Village, a mixed-use project in Portland, Oregon and The Astro, a multi-family project in Seattle. Cossette has 11 years of structural design experience and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University in 2003.

Uncorked! Comes to the Fox March 27

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Inland Northwest Chapter is hosting the 8th Annual Uncorked! a special evening of Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tasting and Auction to be held Friday, March 27 from 6-9pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The event will spotlight four local wineries (including Coeur d'Alene Cellars and Patit Creek Cellars) and local brewery: Waddell's, Cocktails by Cody, and small bites with each offering. A Silent Auction will round out the evening. And for the first time, the chapter will bestow the 'Spirit of NAWBO' Award to a local company with a history of support for women owned business concerns.

Funds raised by this event are used to support NAWBO chapter activities and 'Transitions', a Spokane based non-profit organization that works to end poverty and homelessness for area women and children. Tickets are $65 and available through Ticketswest at www.ticketswest.com or 1-800-325-SEAT.

Downtown Spokane Celebrates 20 years, Elects 2015 Boards

The Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP) and Business Improvement District (BID) confirmed leadership for 2015. As part of the program, a panel of local business owners and developers spoke on the transformation that has occurred in downtown since the formation of the DSP and BID twenty years ago, when local leaders realized that investment in a healthy urban core is essential in the success of the broader community.

2015 (BID) Ratepayer Advisory Board
Executive Committee

Bryn West, River Park Square - Chair
Jennifer Hedlund, Umpqua Bank - Vice Chair/Attorney Rep
Amy Roberts, Assurance Director - Treasurer
Mark Dailey, Integrus Architecture - Secretary
Alicia Barbieri, Goodale & Barbieri Company - Past Chair
Dana Harbaugh, NAC Architecture - At Large
Commander Brad Arleth, SPD Safety Rep - Ex Officio

Board Members
Ira Amstadter, Express Employment Professionals
Kari Conner, Ben & Jerry's
Stephanie Curran, Spokane Public Facilities District
Michael Fear, Red Lion at the Park
Jim Hanley, Lombard Lofts & Concept Home
Tobby Hatley, Tobby Hatley and Associates
Josh Hissong, HDG Architects & Nudo Restaurant
Erica Mostek, Wheatland Bank
Michael Paukert, Paukert & Troppmann PLLC
Sam Song, City of Spokane, Riverfront Park
Dave Steele, City of Spokane
Ryan Walters, Kiemle & Hagood

2015 (DSP) Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Kevin Guthrie, NAI Black Management - Chair
Brendan Wiechert, U.S. Bank - Vice Chair
Cory F. Barbieri, Goodale & Barbieri Company - Secretary
Dan Clark, Washington Trust Bank - Treasurer
Patrick McLaughlin, Wells Fargo - At Large
Mike Currin, Witherspoon Kelley - At Large Legal
Mick McDowell, TFB, Inc. - Past Chair

Board Members
Lisa Brown, Ph.D., Chancellor WSU Spokane
Lynnelle Caudill, Davenport Hotel Collection
Betsy Cowles, Cowles Company
Ezra Eckhardt, Umpqua Bank
Al French, County Commissioner Spokane County
Gordon Hester, Kiemle & Hagood
Susan Horton, Wheatland Bank
Pat Lynch, Avista Corporation
Ann Martin, Heylman, Martin & Associates Architects
Susan Meyer, Spokane Transit Authority
Kim Pearman-Gillman, McKinstry
Harry Sladich, Red Lion Hotel Corporation
Jim Sloane, Spokane Festival of Speed
Tracey Stromberg, Wells & Company
Amber Waldref, Council Member City of Spokane
Bryn West, River Park Square

Downtown Spokane Announces Legacy Award Recipients

In honor of twenty years of Downtown Spokane, the Downtown Spokane Partnership and Business Improvement District introduced a new award at the 2015 annual meeting held last month. The Downtown Spokane Legacy Award honors the companies, organizations, or people who have left an impact on our city by creating positive and sustainable transformation in downtown.

Recipients represent visionary and creative problem-solving solutions accomplished through grassroots efforts, strong partnerships and innovation. Recipients exemplify exceptional contribution to the business, civic, or human vitality of Downtown Spokane, often becoming the catalyst for other development in the community.

In its inaugural year, three winners were selected, without whose vision the DSP and BID would not be here today:

Thomas Barbieri
Larry Soehren
Stacey Cowles

Congratulations to this year's inaugural recipients.

INTBA Monthly Luncheon March 10

The Inland Northwest Business Travel Association's monthly luncheon meeting is this Tuesday, March 10 from 11:30am to 1:00p, at the Spokane Convention Center. Guest speaker is Paul Laherty, Adventurer/Coach/Pilot/Storyteller, who will speak on Personal Branding & Your Digital Footprint, Accomplish Extraordinary Results, and the ingredients to triple your lifetime income. Hear about building a digital identity and improve your performance and gain insights about SEO marketing principles, techniques and best-practices for personal and professional goal setting, feedback, and brand positioning.

To register, visit www.inbta.org.

If you know basketball, here's your chance to win $10,000 from Pizza Pipeline

Here's your chance to show off your basketball knowledge and win $10,000. Pizza Pipeline is offering a $10,000 cash prize for a perfect NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket. You can pick up your official Tricky Stix Bracket Buster entry form at any of the 6 Spokane area Pizza Pipeline locations. Make your predictions and return to any store, deadline is midnight on March 18.
"After seeing Warren Buffet get behind the $1 billion NCAA Basket Ball Tournament perfect bracket promotion last year and have to almost pay it out, I thought it would be great fun to have something similar right here in Spokane." says Mike Kight, Co-owner of the Pizza Pipeline chain. "Watching March Madness and rooting for the local teams have become such a great March tradition in Spokane, I decided to make it a little more interesting this year and put $10,000 on the line." If you predict a perfect bracket, (and guess the closest total final score in the event of a tie), you could walk away with a $10,000 check on April 6.

Open House on Neighborhood Retail Parking Standards Update set for March 11

The City is hosting an Open House about a proposal to eliminate certain parking requirements in areas of Spokane zoned as Neighborhood Retail (NR). The Plan Commission is looking for feedback on the proposed update to neighborhood retail parking standards. Currently, the 72 small NR commercial areas within the city follow the same parking standards that other commercially zoned properties are required to follow. Providing parking can be a costly hurdle for small neighborhood businesses, so changes were proposed to help balance the need for parking while encouraging the revitalization of small scale businesses serving the neighborhoods.

The Open House will be this Wednesday, March 11 from 6-8pm at Spokane City Hall, Chase Gallery, lower level. To learn more, visit the project page at SpokaneCity.org.

Spokane Home & Garden Show Coming March 13-15

The 39th Annual Spring Spokane Home & Garden Show will be Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 at the Spokane Convention Center. The Spokane Home & Garden Show is the oldest running consumer home show in Spokane, and is focused on building, renovation, landscaping, design and decor. The exhibitors will be showcasing kitchens, room additions, windows, doors, sunrooms, fencing, spas, remodeling contractors, landscaping, decks, flooring, home security, basements, solar energy and so much more.

Show hours are Friday 12 noon to 8 pm; Saturday 10 am to 7 pm; and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Adult admission is $$8, Seniors & Military $6, Kids 12 & under, Free. Visit www.spokanehomeshows.com.

Etailz leases space in Spokane Business & Industrial Park

Etailz, Inc. has leased approximately 7,200 square feet of space in Building 3 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Their primary business is ecommerce warehousing and distribution.

Inland NW Motorcycle Show starts this Friday

The 12th Annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show & Sale will be at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15. This year's show features over 80,000 square feet of motorcycles, accessories and more. Enter Toyota's Great Gas Giveaway with $100 gas gift cards being given away every two hours. And see the Cossacks - Seattle's Pyramid Building Stunt Team, and there's much more to see.

$8 presale tickets at Allsport and Empire Cycle. Admission is $10 for adults, cash only; children ages 6-12 $5; ages 5 and under free. Show hours are Friday 3-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; and Sunday 10am-4pm. Visit www.spokanemotorcycleshow.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome." Maya Angelou

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