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Nominations for Catalyst's Power 50 due Friday

Inland Business Catalyst magazine needs your help deciding who the most powerful and influential men and women are in our region. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, April 15 at 5pm. Go to bozzimedia.com/catalyst for your nomination form.

Then indicate, on a scale of one to ten (with #1 being the top position), who the most powerful and influential people in the Inland Northwest are. This survey is strictly confidential, and they will not reveal who participated or who you voted for. It is permissible to vote for yourself, but they are able to accept only one response per email address.

Save the date for the Power 50 Awards Ceremony at Chateau Rive in the Flour Mill on Thursday, June 23 from 5-9pm.

Chud Wendle to head Hutton Settlement

Chud Wendle, currently with Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers Spokane office, will be the next executive director of Hutton Settlement. He starts in July working with current director Michael Butler who retires in November.

DAA Auto Body Center opens

DAA Auto Body Center South Hill, a 10,000-square-foot, full-service collision repair facility is now open. The locally owned and operated shop is located across from Regal Plaza on East Palouse Highway. This is DAA's second location in Spokane, their original location on the West Plains has been serving customers since 2000.

Speedco truck service coming to West Plains

A Speedco trucking industry service facility located in the West Plains along I-90 at Exit 272 is under construction with a planned summer completion. The 13,500-square-foot facility, which is part of the national Speedco chain, will create more than a dozen jobs. Baker Construction & Development of Spokane, is the general contractor.

Coles Fine Foods offers new gluten free options

Responding to many requests from customers at their gluten free bakery, Eric and Jeanine Smith will be holding a 'Grand Opening' for their new Cole's Fine Foods full-service gluten free restaurant this Saturday, April 16 from 2-5pm at 521 E. Holland, Suite 20 in north Spokane.

Cole's is open 7 days a week and offers breakfast on the weekends, burgers, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, entrees and beer and wine during lunch and dinner. In addition to a full menu, Cole's offers baked goods such as cookies and pastries, granola, take and bake pizzas, baking mixes, and more. Cole's Fine Foods products are also available at local retailers like Huckleberry's.

2016 Get Lit! Festival starts today

Get Lit! Festival starts today, April 11 and runs through April 17. Events include readings, writing workshops, poetry slams, live music, book signings, Q&As, panel discussions, erotic fan fiction, and much more.

The goal of the Get Lit! Program, which includes educational outreach activities as well as the annual literary festival, is to engage the Inland Northwest community in a celebration of the written word and to encourage discussion, at all age levels, of literature in its many forms. Each spring, the Get Lit! Festival invites selected authors to Spokane to share their work and their passion for writing. Some of these authors enjoy a reputation in the Northwest, while others have earned national or even international renown.

For a complete schedule of events, visit getlitfestival.org.

Ben & Jerry's Spokane Celebrates Free Cone Day tomorrow

It's that time of the year again, when Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop and local celebrities scoop for a cause. This Tuesday, April 12 from noon to 8pm, many of Spokane's TV and radio personalities will be scooping up ice cream at Ben & Jerry's in River Park Square to benefit Cancer Care Northwest Foundation.

CCNWF is a non-profit organization that helps Inland Northwest cancer patients and their families through educational, emotional and financial support. Specifically, CCNWF offers financial support for basic necessities such as transportation, prescriptions, groceries and rent, counseling for children and families through CCNWF's 'Kidz Count' Support Groups, and provides community resource referrals.

This year, Robyn Nance, Derek Deis, Jane McCarthy, Laura Papetti, Dave Sposito, Molly Allen, Ken Hopkins, Kjerstin Bell, Aaron Luna, Leslie Lowe, The Spokane Empire, Lilac Queen & her Court and the Hoopfest Team, and many others have all volunteered their arm muscles. So stop by tomorrow to Ben & Jerry's between noon and 8pm for Free Cone day and help benefit Cancer Care Northwest.

Valley Chamber to organize manufacturing trade show, Manufacturing Matters EXPO

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will produce the Inland Northwest's manufacturing trade show, previously known as the 'Inland AM Expo.' This local B2B manufacturing trade show began in 2009 as a means to connect local manufacturers and suppliers in the region. For the past three years, the show has been organized by an independent volunteer committee, comprised of representatives from local manufacturers and suppliers.

As the new organizing producer for the show, the Spokane Valley Chamber is positioned to leverage local resources, connections and event planning expertise to strengthen the marketing efforts and expand the exhibitor base. Also this year, the show was renamed, 'Manufacturing Matters EXPO', to clarify the universal purpose and target markets. The two-day show includes a reception and dinner with keynote speaker, followed by an all-day trade show with exhibitor booths and workshops, featuring industry best practices, trends and new technologies.

The 2016 show is scheduled for September 26-27, with dinner at CenterPlace Regional Event Center on September 26 and trade show at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center on September 27. Exhibitor registration opens soon. For more information, visit spokanevalleychamber.org/manufacturingmatters.

NW Mediation Center to hold Mediation Training class

The Northwest Mediation Center will have a Spring 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training class beginning Saturday, April 16. Learn the basic art, craft, science and ethics of facilitating peaceful conflict resolution. Completion of Northwest Mediation Center's 40-hour Basic Mediation course is the main prerequisite for entrance into the Practicum Program leading to Mediator Certification. The Trainer is Leslie Ann Grove and Northwest Mediation Center Staff. Many can benefit from this training, including teachers, counselors, attorneys, ministers, social workers, business professionals, customer service and sales people, law enforcement, among others.

Training content includes convening skills, conflict theory, ethics, conflict resolution process & techniques and more. The training location will be the Community Building, 35 W. Main in downtown Spokane. Cost is $599. For more information, call 509-456-0103 or email info@nwmediationcenter.com.

Spokane Breakers Announces 2016 Board Of Directors and Officers

The Spokane Breakers FC has announced its Board of Directors and Officers for 2016. Directors: John Bertagnolli, Aenova Pharma; Kelly Konkright, Lukins & Annis, P.S.; Steve McCormick, Inland Northwest Blood Center; Clint Morton (Chair), PayneWest Insurance; Bailee Neyland, Spokane Hoopfest; Lisa Sanborn, Numerica Credit Union; Dori Sonntag, Gonzaga University.

Officers: Kelly Puzio (President), Washington State University; Jeff Hulse (Past President), Freelance Writer; Cary Chester (Vice President), KREM; Matt Brown (Treasurer), FARO Technologies; Whitney Konkright (Secretary), The Advisors Mortgage Company; Stefan Andersson (Director of Coaching), Vandervert Construction.

Spokane Breakers FC is the largest youth sports club within the South Hill community. The organization is committed to player development, building a deeper knowledge of the game, playing with true sportsmanship at all times and creating a life-ong love of soccer. Tryouts for the 2016 season will be held on May 2-14 at the South Complex. For more information, visit www.spokanebreakers.com.

People's Memorial holds end of life planning workshop

People's Memorial will hold a workshop on how to help you or your aging parent get affairs in order. This workshop 'Got Your Ducks in a Row', will be held Sunday, April 17 from 2-5pm at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N Government Way in Spokane. Speakers will cover financial, and advance directives for health and funeral planning.

For more information, visit peoplesmemorial.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

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