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Park Board approves Riverfront Park design contract

The Park Board has approved a contractual agreement with the Berger Partnership, a Landscape architecture and site planning firm from Seattle, for the Design of Public Spaces and Park Grounds for the new Riverfront Park.

The contract, for $1.5 million, was approved at last week's Park Board meeting. The scope of work in the contract includes a full set of design and management services, to include the design of outdoor spaces in Riverfront Park up to the building footprints of all existing and proposed buildings within the Park.

The Berger Partnership will now begin early design study work and management, including the detailed assessment of the Riverfront Park Master Plan. Additionally, they will evaluate, coordinate and being schematic work on the South Theme Stream Bridge and the South Meadow.

The City anticipates hosting a public presentation and exhibit to showcase initial schematic designs in early 2016.


Homegoods opening next Monday in Spokane Valley

Homegoods, a home decor store owned and operated by TJX,Inc., the company that also operates TJ Maxx and Marshall's, is opening their first store in the Inland Northwest, August 23, 8am at 15224 E. Indiana Ave. in Spokane Valley. Homegoods offers high-end designer goods found in department stores and specialty stores at significant savings every day, 20 to 60 percent below other stores on comparable merchandise. The have every style for every room all under one roof, including furniture, lamps, decor, accessories, bedding, bath, storage, outdoor and more.

Homegoods currently operates over 400 stores nationwide with many more coming. Their only other stores in the Pacific Northwest are in Issaquah, Lynnwood, Federal Way and Gig Harbor. For more information and to see their many products go to homegoods.com.

Downtown Rotary Club No. 21 announces 2015-16 officers

The Rotary Club of Spokane No. 21 has announced its 2015-2016 officers: President Clark Brekke, of Goodwill Industries; president-elect Joe Bruce, of Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church; vice president John Pilcher; immediate past president Pamela 'PJ' Watters, of Inland Northwest Community Foundation; and secretary and treasurer Jennifer Thompson, of Cone & Co. Directors are Jason Farrow, of American Van Service Inc.; Manuel Hochheimer, of Numerica Credit Union; Cynthia MacGeagh, of U.S. Bank; Paula Nordgaarden, of Hennessey Funeral Home and Crematory; Paul Read, of the Journal of Business; Steven Schneider, of Steven Schneider, Attorney at Law PS; and Chud Wendle, of the office of congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

MOJO Print's Rian Lothrop takes to the airwaves

Rian Lothrop, owner of Mojo Print of Spokane, will be hosting a new radio program, 'The B2B Forum', starting August 24. The program will be in the 5pm slot, Monday evenings, on KSBN 1230 AM Money Talk. KSBN focuses on providing important business programming for the greater Spokane area, from Davenport to Post Falls and from Cheney to Deer Park. The program is currently scheduled for 24 segments, over a six-month period.

The B2B Forum program itself is geared toward local small business owners providing information that is helpful to fellow business owners. The program will feature local professionals from various fields expounding on topics within their purview. While the slate of guests is a work in progress, some of the topics currently being scheduled include:
- Information technology
- Media buying (radio, television and print media)
- Publisher tips for creation of brochures, flyers and business cards
- Social Media
- Every Door Direct Mail (a program created by USPS)
- Printing (covering the various methods and how to decide which method is best for your material)
- Paper (the various types of paper and their uses; an important subject for those seeking to create collateral material to market their business)
- The importance of logos and branding
- Creating a Corporate Identity Guide to control how your logo is used
- Methods for selling overstocked items (great for retail business)

Since The B2B Forum is just getting started, if you are interested in a specific topic and would like to make a suggestion, contact Rian at ksbnb2bforum@gmail.com.

Avista buys former AAA property

Avista Corp. has purchased the former AAA Washington property at 1717 W. Fourth Ave., for $2 million and plans to consolidate their downtown service operations at the new site. The property comprises 2 acres and has 2 buildings with over 28,000 square feet of space.

Orthotics and prosthetics program at SFCC one of five in nation

Orthotics and prosthetics, or O&P, is the evaluation, fabrication, and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces. It's a trending health profession that includes both cutting edge technology and hands-on patient care.

This new career program is only offered at five schools nationwide, and one of those schools is Spokane Falls Community College. Once students finish the program they become a licensed Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician, and there is virtually no down time between graduating and starting in the field.
Visit www.opcareers.org to learn more.

George Nethercutt to Speak at Southside Senior & Community Center Aug 26

On Wednesday, August 26, to kick off its new 'Community Leadership Breakfast Series,' Southside Senior & Community Center presents Former U.S. Representative George Nethercutt, who will speak on 'Restoring American Citizenship.' A served breakfast will precede Mr. Nethercutt's remarks. This will take place Wednesday, August 26, breakfast served at 8am.

This presentation marks the debut of the Center's 'Community Leadership Breakfast Series,' in which the community can attend and interact with some of the region's most dynamic and accomplished leaders as they address topical subjects in an informal setting. In honor of National Senior Citizen's Day, celebrated each August, Mr. Nethercutt will also address concerns of relevance to seniors. Humorist Tim Behrens will provide some brief entertainment.

Tickets are $25 and includes breakfast. Call 509-535-0803 and ask for Community Breakfast tickets. Southside Senior & Community Center is located at 3151 East 27th Ave., on Spokane's South Hill.

KHQ Book Drive this Saturday

Join KHQ this Saturday, August 22 to give back to our local teachers in K-6 grade. Drive by the KHQ station at 1201 W Sprague and First Avenue from 7-10am and drop off gently used and new children's books.

Other locations to drop off before the Drive:
KHQ lobby, 1201 W Sprague Ave.
Hastings Book Store, 2512 E. 29th Ave.

On Saturday, August 29, K-6 grade teachers can stop by KHQ and pick up five to ten books (depending on the amount donated) of their choice for their classrooms. You'll need Teacher ID.

For questions about the book drive, call Beverley Novin, Director of Community Development at KHQ, 509-448-3245.


Catholic Charities and VOA housing projects underway

Site work is underway in the 200 block of east 2nd Avenue as Catholic Charities and Volunteers of America develop similar looking low income apartment buildings, near each other on East Second Avenue. Each will be four stories and provide 51 homes. The Catholic Charities building is Father Bach II at 201 E Second, which, like their Father Bach Haven that opened in 2013 at 108 S State street, will provide apartments for the chronically homeless. The Volunteers of America project is also in the development stages at 217 East Second and will provide transitional housing.

Inland Construction is the general contractor on the projects.


SRTC planning move to Paulsen Center

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council, which plans and funds regional transportation, has signed a lease for 4,200 square feet of office space on the 5th floor in the Paulsen Center, 421, West Riverside. The SRTC is planning to move from their current offices in the Spokane Intermodal Center at 221 West First Ave this spring.

Rings & Things Celebrates 43 years of business in Spokane

What started as a small retail shop in 1972, beads and jewelry parts supplier, Rings & Things, celebrating 43 years in business, is now an online company that caters to jewelers and craftspeople worldwide.

With the passing of founder Russ Nobbs in 2014, Rings & Things continues as a family-run business in Spokane. Daughter, Polly Nobbs-LaRue, and son, Skylar Nobbs, now lead the company with a combined 50 years of experience in the business. Rings & Things Spokane showroom at 304 East 2nd Avenue. The website is rings-things.com.

Rah! Rah! Rah! Cheerleading program gets location in Spokane Valley

Build It Athletix LLC, a Spokane competitive cheerleading program, has leased about 7,000 square feet of space at 5615 E. Broadway Ave. in Spokane Valley. They are currently at 5615 E Broadway Avenue.

Build It Athletix is Spokane's premier competitive Cheerleading program. Founded in 2008, they train athletes ages 3 to 18 from beginning to elite level skills. They have teams and classes for all ages and ability levels. All Star Cheer is an 11 month sport for athletes of all ages. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. While they were born in the US, there are All Star teams in many other countries including China, Australia, Canada, Mexico and England.

Teams practice May - March and competitions run from December - March. All Star Cheerleading has been established in the South and Eastern US for years and is quickly growing in the Northwest, with over 100 teams in Washington alone.

For more information go to builditathletix.com The phone number is 509-389-4028.

Fatbeam on Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. Magazine has ranked Fatbeam No. 190 on its 34th annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Fatbeam also ranked No. 2 in the category of fastest growing telecommunications companies in the nation.

Fatbeam is a leading provider of fiber broadband services to rural and mid-sized communities in the western U.S. Fatbeam earned its impressive ranking by recording nearly 2,220% growth in the three years between 2011 to 2014.

Fatbeam will be recognized among other Inc. 500 companies at the 34th Annual Inc. 5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony, taking place October 21 through 23, 2015 in Orlando. The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. is the most competitive crop in the list's history.

For more information, visit www.fatbeam.com.

Junior League of Spokane Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Red Wagon

The Junior League of Spokane is proud to join the City of Spokane in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Childhood Express sculpture in Riverfront Park. The Red Wagon was dedicated to the city on August 18, 1990 by the Junior League of Spokane and has become an iconic symbol for both visitors and residents of Spokane. It continues to fulfill its dedication statement: "to Spokane's children, as a reflection of the past, created in the present, to last into the future."

League members will join community leaders to commemorate the anniversary. There will be a special presentation in honor of the artist Ken Spiering in Riverfront Park at 6:30pm. Spokane residents are encouraged to bring their own Red Wagons down to help celebrate, Tuesday, August 18 from 5:30-7:30 at the Red Wagon.

For more information about the Junior League of Spokane visit www.jlspokane.org email info@JLSpokane.org or call 509-328-2801.

The Business Thought of the Week

Thanks to Baker Construction and Development for sponsoring the business thought of the week.

"Whatever you do, if you do it hard enough you'll enjoy it. The important thing is to work and work hard."
David Rockefeller





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