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2015 Christmas Tree Elegance starts tomorrow



Two of Spokane's outstanding destinations, the historic Davenport Hotel and River Park Square shopping and entertainment complex, will host Christmas Tree Elegance December 1-13. Christmas Tree Elegance is a raffle of 18 themed custom-decorated trees with prizes which include gift certificates, items and cash valued at $5,000 and a Father Christmas sculpture and a custom doll house. The chance to win one of the fabulously decorated trees and all its themed gifts has been a Spokane holiday tradition for more than 30 years.

Twelve decorated trees and a Father Christmas sculpture by Elizabeth Raol will grace the mezzanine of the historic Davenport Hotel. Sales for the Davenport trees and Father Christmas will end on December 12 with the drawing for winners at 9:30 pm.

Six holiday trees and a three-story custom doll house will line the second floor corridor at River Park Square. Sales for the River Park Square trees and the doll house will end on December 13 with the drawing at 5 pm.

This year, two of Christmas Tree Elegance's popular events have been combined to create a blockbuster Holiday Luncheon with Eckart and Friends at 11 am on December 9. Spokane Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu and 10 members of the orchestra will present a program of popular favorites. Door prizes and other fun activities will be included. Tickets for the luncheon in the Davenport's Grand Pennington Ballroom are on sale now. Reservations are required by calling 509-458-8733.

The annual extravaganza is created and sponsored by Spokane Symphony Associates, a 300-member volunteer organization that raises more than $250,000 in support of the Spokane Symphony each year.

For more information, visit www.symphonyassociates.org.


Free Carrousel Party hosted by Operation Spokane Heroes Dec 4.

Operation Spokane Heroes will be hosting a free Carrousel Party at Riverfront Park for all children of military personnel in the area. All military and their families will be admitted free of charge with ID or in uniform. There will be pizza, and hot chocolate served, along with coffee for the adults. Santa will be there, arriving in a sleigh and handing out toys for the kids. This takes place this Friday, December 4 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Riverfront Park Carrousel.

Operation Spokane Heroes is designed to show community support for our military and their families in a variety of ways, which include developing morale boosting activities and encouraging businesses to offer discounted goods and services. OSH is a non-profit organization, which exists solely from community donations.

For more information, visit www.operationspokaneheroes.org.


Non Profit Showcase and Dessert Auction Dec. 3

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Non-Profit Showcase and Dessert Auction Fundraiser this Thursday, December 3 from 11 am to 1 pm in the Pavilion at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Currently, there are 19 non-profits who are bringing professionally crafted desserts you can bid on in silent and live auctions. This will be a great opportunity to learn about Chamber member Non-Profits and the great things they do in the community.

For more information and to register go to westplainschamber.org.


Hotel RL College Station, Texas set to open in 2017

Red Lion Hotels Corporation has signed a franchise license agreement with a developer in Texas who plans to build a new Hotel RL, the company's upscale brand. Set to open in the first half of 2017, this is the seventh Hotel RL location, the second franchise and the first new construction property announced since the brand launched just over a year ago. In addition to its current Hotel RL locations in Baltimore Inner Harbor and Washington, D.C., the company announced a franchise agreement for a location at the St. Louis Airport and three company-operated locations in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Spokane and Olympia, all expected to convert in the first half of 2016.

The future Hotel RL College Station will have 144 guest rooms, a full service restaurant, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a business center. The property is located near Texas A&M University and the George Bush Presidential Library.

The Observatory opens in former Blue Spark location

A new bar and restaurant just opened in the former Blue Spark location at 15 South Howard Street (at First Avenue). The Observatory has a food menu of appetizers as well as sandwiches and wraps, all $10 and under. The new spot has 10 taps of mostly local craft beers and a full bar with a wide variety of whiskeys. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm. The Observatory is open daily from 11-2 am.

You can learn more a their Facebook page.


St. Luke's Pharmacy Manager Receives Pharmacist of the Year Award

Pharmacy Manager Chris Greer at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute was awarded Washington State Health System Pharmacist of the Year by Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA).

Washington State Pharmacy Association annually honors the accomplishments of deserving pharmacy professionals. This award recognizes outstanding pharmacists and their service to the profession of pharmacy, specifically, hospital pharmacy.


Odom Corporation building new distribution center in Hayden

Odom Corporation, a beer distributor carrying carry's over 100 different brands of domestic and micro brew beers, as well as hard ciders and soft drinks has begun construction on a new, 92,000 square foor distribution center at 12281 N. Warren in Hayden, Idaho.

The new facility, which is scheduled to be completed this spring, will replace Odom's smaller center in Coeur d'Alene.

For more information go to odomcorp.com.


Spokane Valley Chamber begins Big 5 action plan

It's time to bring forth the plan for the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce's BIG 5 project. The Chamber has scheduled a hands-on meeting to identify projects for each of the BIG 5 initiatives, Thursday, December 3, from 8 to 10 am at CenterPlace, 2426 N Discovery Place in Spokane Valley.

Immediately following this session, the 2016 Valley Chamber leadership team will finalize the first draft of this plan to share with the Chamber membership and community for feedback and implementation, beginning January 2016.

For more information and to register go to spokanevalleychamber.org.

Promotions at Nuvodia LLC

Nuvodia LLC has promoted Jason Cardon to Chief Technology Officer. He was a Director of Information Technology Operations. Jeff Kelly has been named Chief Information Officer. He was previously Nuvodia's Director of Health Care Solutions.

Nuvodia is a technology services organization that creates, manages, secures and supports mission-critical IT environments. They serve organizations across the U.S. in healthcare, business, utilities, education and many other sectors.

Idaho Central Credit Union buys Hayden property

Idaho Central Credit Union, headquartered in Chubbuck, Idaho, has purchased 1.7 acres of land at 8760 N. Government Way in Hayden, for future development.

GeoEngineers Adds Principal Environmental Engineer

GeoEngineers has announced that Dustin Wasley, PE, has joined the company as a Principal Environmental Engineer to serve the mining industry. Based in Spokane, Dustin's experience includes mine investigation and reclamation, water quality, and environmental compliance and due diligence. Dustin will lead environmental projects for a wide range of clients throughout the region, building on GeoEngineers' mining experience.

Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and an active member in the American Exploration and Mining Association, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, and the American Society of Mining and Reclamation.

Ignite Northwest graduates first class of businesses

Ignite Northwest, a regional business accelerator, has graduated its first class of 10 technology companies. After completing a 13-week program taught by 34 volunteer regional leaders in business planning, marketing, legal, intellectual property and more, the class presented to investors on Demo Day last Tuesday, November 17.

Ignite Northwest helps second-stage companies across the Inland Northwest build stronger business models and prepare for future growth. The organization launched in May 2015 and worked with its inaugural class this fall. The graduates now join Ignite Northwest's collaborative network of mentors and their success will be tracked and reported.

Amid the success of its inaugural class, Ignite Northwest continues to see enrollment interest for future classes. Applications are open for the next class during Spring 2016 from now until January 24.

The first full graduating class included:

- Dragon Jacket is an innovator of commercial insulation products, which provide unmatched durability and reusability along with ease of installation.

- Electrijet Flight Systems mission is 'energy anytime anywhere', working to make sustainable energy available whenever it is needed, wherever it is required, designing and producing advanced energy storage systems for use in residential, transportation, and aerospace.

- HarvestScape develops and implements innovative product-oriented solutions for the growing, processing and distribution of good sustainable foods.

- Iasis Molecular Sciences is a life sciences company delivering innovative solutions that address microbial contamination of medical, industrial and consumer goods.

- iC Loved Ones is a device that provides two-way video chat with your loved ones and the delivery of medications from anywhere in the world using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

- InstantMD provides quality medical care to workers via a telemedicine camera at the workplace.

- intelliPaper's intelligent paper solves the problem of connecting your physical world with your digital world, by embedding a computer in business cards that connect to your laptop, tablet and smart phone.

- Obloco is a financial technology services company bringing innovative receipt capture solutions to credit unions and banks.

- Reliant Lifeworks is a Spokane-based progressive specialty pharmacy and a health and wellness clinic providing preventative health care services and custom compound medications for the entire family.

- Rush-On is the ultimate adventure Internet marketplace and one stop shop for the thrill of a lifetime or the next everyday adventure.

To learn more, visit www.ignitenorthwest.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

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Les Brown





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