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Be sure to vote! Ballots are due tomorrow.

Along with Spokane Mayor, City Council and School Board races, the ballot also includes Proposition 1, a proposed amendment to the Spokane City Charter that threatens your freedom to do business by mandating a costly new wage structure for hundreds of local businesses, prohibiting workers from earning increased wages based on experience or seniority, abolishing the at-will relationship between employers and workers, and stripping local employers of their legal rights. The Spokane business community urges you to vote NO on this controversial issue.

To learn more about Proposition 1 go to protectspokanejobs.com.

Associated Industries partners with PayNorthwest for payroll services

Fresh off the acquisition of red and associates, a human resources firm, Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest has just announced they have entered into a services partnership with PayNorthwest LLC, a provider of cloud-based payroll and human capital management solutions. Dale Fruit will serve as the client services advisor. Headquartered in Seattle, PayNorthwest helps small to mid-sized companies in a variety of industries, as well as non-profits, more effectively manage their workforce, automate cumbersome processes, and streamline their payroll function. You can learn more about Associated Industries at their website, aiin.com.

Kim Krogh elected president of IIABW

Kim Krogh, account executive at Fidelity Associates (part of HUB International) for over 13 years, has been elected president of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington. The IIABW is a statewide organization that has a membership of over 300 insurance agencies.

Kim has over 23 years experience in the insurance industry and has been a top producer for Fidelity Associates for over 13 years. She holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation and graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelors of Arts degree.

You can contact Kim via email at kim.krogh@hubinternational.com or by phone at 509-462-7842.

Larry Kissler retires from U.S. Bank

Larry Kissler, a 44-year employee with U.S. Bank, has retired. His banking career began with Old National Bank, where he continued to work after it became U.S. Bank decades ago. He has served commercial and private banking customers in Spokane his entire career. He is committed to the Spokane community and has served numerous community non-profit organizations, including YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Holy Family Hospital Foundation, Leadership Spokane and the Cardio Vascular Council at Providence Health Care Foundation.

Dave Smith acquires Jaremko Nissan

Dave Smith Motors has acquired Spokane Valley's Jaremko Nissan at 6901 E Sprague Avenue, making it Smith's first Spokane dealership. The dealership will now be known as Dave Smith Nissan, selling new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs as well as used vehicles.

Dave Smith Motors started as a Chevrolet dealership in Wallace, Idaho, in 1965. Today they have over 500 employees, 3 dealerships and 9 brands including: Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram Truck, GMC, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and Nissan. The website is davesmithnissan.com.

Laguna Cafe moving

Laguna Cafe, which has been located at 4303 S. Regal for the past 8 years, is moving to the Glenn Cloninger-designed Grapetree Village Shopping Center at 2013 East 29th, and will be open December 1. The new location has over 2,600 square feet, which gives Laguna the opportunity to add liquor to their drink menu, which now includes 15 microbrews and 85 wines. Laguna Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a menu of small plates in addition to coffee drinks. They are open seven days a week.

WSU Chancellor Lisa J. Brown and Dr. Deb Harper to speak

The Southside Senior and Community Center, at 3151 East 27th Avenue, will present Washington State University Chancellor Lisa J. Brown and Dr. Deb Harper as featured speakers at the second Community Leadership Breakfast this Wednesday, November 4, focusing on the topic 'Health Care in Our Community'. Bringing their expertise and knowledge of health care, Chancellor Brown and Dr. Harper will discuss a broad range of issues. Topics include the history and status of the WSU medical school, health coverage issues, the future of health care in the region, and more. Their presentation will conclude with a question and answer session.

Breakfast begins at 8am. The cost of $25 includes breakfast. For tickets, call 509-535-0803.

Hotel RL Opens in Washington D.C.

Red Lion Hotels Corporation has opened Hotel RL Washington DC, a few blocks from Dupont Circle and The White House. Approximately $2.3 million will be invested in Hotel RL Washington DC, in part to incorporate new technologies and to create the Steps, a unique seating concept with plenty of plug-ins allowing guests to congregate in the lobby and remain connected on their devices. The entire lobby will capture the essence of a typical Pacific Northwestern coffee house, serving complimentary espresso to guests.

Hotel RL Washington DC has 99 guest rooms and suites in a 10-story building, with 1,350 square feet of meeting space and next door, a full-service restaurant, offering lunch and dinner.

Wishing Star Dinner Banquet November 14

Wishing Star's 4th Annual Spokane Dinner Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 14 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley, starting at 5pm. The evening will include a cocktail hour, wine fridge raffle, live and silent auctions, wish family speeches and the dinner. This is a wonderful event to see the impact of Wishing Star's mission.

Tickets are $50 each, or $350 for a table of 8. Tickets available at wishingstar.org. To sponsor the event or donate auction items, contact Brittany Bergsson at 509-744-3411.

AT&T Renews their Lease at the Indiana Professional Center

AT&T has renewed their lease and are occupying approximately 2,500 square feet in the Indiana Professional Center. Matthew Byrd, of Sperry Van Ness Cornerstone, recently assisted in the lease transaction. Byrd represented the landlord, Indiana Investors Group, LLC. Bill Sleeth of W.R. Sleeth Realty, represented the tenant, AT&T Services, Inc., in the transaction.

Big Horn Industrial Park under development in Post Falls

A new industrial park, called Bighorn Industrial Park, is being developed in Post Falls near the corner of Pleasant View Road and Poleline Road. Bighorn Industrial Park will be built in three phases with phase one, consisting of 14, five acre lots at prices ranging from $149,000 to $249,000. Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty of Coeur d' Alene is the broker.

Cedar Village Apartments sold

Alder Terrace Apartments LLC from Longview, Washington, has purchased the 65 unit Cedar Village Apartment complex at 8805 N. Colton Street for $2.7 million. The apartment complex, at Magnesium road and Division street, features one and two bedroom units. The listing agent was Joel Crosby of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Commercial.

Paulsen Building Renovations

Construction Associates Spokane is converting a 9,500 square foot space on the fifth floor of the Paulsen Building from a single-tenant area to multiple single-tenant spaces. For more information and leasing specifics, go to paulsencenter.com or call 509-624-6788.

Spokane Urgent Care-Valley opens

CHAS has opened Spokane Urgent Care-Valley at 1512 N. Vercler Rd. The center is open 8am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 5pm on weekends, accepting patients on a walk-in basis. They offer treatment for minor emergencies, x-ray services, sports physicals, and other services.

Patients do not have to be an established CHAS patient to receive services. They accept private insurance, as well as Medicaid and Medicare. If patients do not have insurance, they offer a flat-fee based on family size and income. There is a full pharmacy on site where patients can pick up prescriptions.

The phone numbers are 509-444-8204; Toll-Free 866-907-8200; TTY 509-434-0390.

New tenant at Spokane Business & Industrial Park

Whipple Consulting Engineers, Inc. has leased approximately 1,250 square feet of space in Building S-5 in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3012 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Their primary business is civil engineering.

The Grounds Guys of Spokane Valley to Donate 'Day of Service' to Ronald McDonald House

This Friday, November 6, The Grounds Guys of Spokane Valley will be participating in weCARE Week by providing much needed services to the Ronald McDonald House of Spokane, 1015 W 5th Avenue. The Grounds Guys employees will be volunteering their time and resources to clean-up the grounds around the Ronald McDonald House and will be providing lunch to the residents. The flurry of activities is slated to begin around 9am and will end when all the work is complete.

The Business Thought of the Week

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

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