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HOTSTART gains national export honor

Spokane-based HOTSTART, a leading developer and manufacturer of diesel engine block heaters, has received a major national honor. The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded HOTSTART with the President's 'E' Award for Exports. The President's 'E' Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

The company was established in 1942 with the original patent for engine coolant heating. Today, the HOTSTART product line includes coolant heaters, oil heaters, battery pads and wraps, controls, harnesses and complete systems. These products are used on diesel engines to provide easy starts, immediate full power, reduced engine wear, reduced emissions and reduced fuel consumption. Applications include standby generator sets, locomotives, equipment/machinery, gas pipeline compressors, heavy duty trucks and marine. HOTSTART is headquartered in Spokane, with offices in Siegburg, Germany, Tokyo, Japan and Katy, Texas.

Learn more at hotstart.com.


The Northwest Museum is open this Memorial Day

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 from 10am to 5pm. It's the last day for Treasure!, an exhibit that explores the history and technology of many different kinds of treasure hunting. Memorial Day is also the last day to see the beautiful wood block prints and silkscreens of Norma Bassett Hall. For more information, check out the museum's website at www.northwestmuseum.org. Look for the $2 off museum admission coupon in The Spokesman-Review and the Inlander this week.

Hennessey Memorial weekend event features President Lincoln's coffin replica

A replica of the coffin in which president Abraham Lincoln is buried will be on display at Hennessey Funeral Home's Memorial Weekend event, this Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30 from 9 to 4 each day. The event is at Hennessey's 2203 North Division location.

The coffin is one of five replicas made 10 years ago by the Batesville Casket Company of Indiana. It was built on the only known surviving 1865 photograph of the one in which President Lincoln is shown lying in state. Four of the five coffin replicas travel the nation for display at funeral homes and the fifth remains as part of the permanent collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

President Lincoln's coffin was the most elaborate of that time. His coffin was constructed of solid walnut, lined with lead and completely covered in expensive black cloth. It was 6 feet, 6 inches long and was decorated with sterling silver handles and sterling silver studs extending the entire length of its sides. Though the coffin appears austere compared to modern caskets, the original was custom made for the president and featured a removable two-part top and a lead lining. The replica does not contain lead. The distinction between a coffin and a casket is that a coffin has six sides (diamond shaped) and a casket has four sides.

Also at the event will be a re-enactment of Edward R. Morrow interviewing First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, 'Remembering Harry Truman' by Steve Corker, live music by the Spokane Works Brass Band, an antique car show, refreshments and tours of the newly redecorated funeral home.

For more information, call 509-328-2600 or go the hennesseyfuneralhomes.com, click on About Us and scroll to Community Events.


2016 Spokane Association of REALTORS Awards

The Spokane Association of REALTORS have announced their annual awards:

REALTOR of the Year: Jack Kestell, Kestell Company.
Gary Fox Memorial Broker Award: Pam Novell, Windermere Spokane Manito.
Steve Flinn REALTOR Achievement: Michael Baker, Century21 Beutler and Assoc.
James S. Black Memorial Scholarship: Abbey Parsons, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South.
REALTOR Community Service: Kathy Bixler, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South.
Affiliate of the Year: Matt Burchill, Spokane County Title.
Partner of the Year: Michael Cathcart, Spokane Homebuilders Association
Spokane's Citizen of the Year: Jessica and Mike Kovac, Blessings Under the Bridge.

Urbanna Salon moving to new location

Urbanna Natural Salon Spa & Wine is moving to a new location at 104 S. Division Street in the historic Inland Empire Biscuit Company Building, just one block north of its current location in downtown Spokane. The relocation will provide Urbanna with 8,900 square feet of newly renovated space, allowing the business to respond to the growing demand for its beauty and spa services. The full-service spa and salon, also offerse a lounge that serves wine and beer, will open for business in its new location on June 6. They will have Grand Opening Party on Saturday, June 18, starting at 5:30pm. Wine and snacks will be served and you can tour their new facility.

Since opening its doors in 2009, growth in just seven years has prompted owners Linda and Rick Biel to take their business to the next level by investing in a space that will allow them to serve more clientele and expand their current menu of services – while still retaining the historic ambiance their clients have come to recognize at Urbanna. The new space will offer services on a single floor, making them more accessible to all and improving service flow.

With more than 3,500 square feet of additional space in the new building, Urbanna is adding an esthetics division that will offer consultations from board-certified cosmetic and general surgeon, and Botox and anti-aging injections from a medical esthetician and they will also add spray tanning to its service lines. The new location includes an event room that holds 20 people and will be available for special occasion rentals.

Currently, Urbanna employs 40 staff including estheticians, massage therapists, hair stylists and nail technicians. Urbanna will hire five new employees after the relocation. Urbanna Natural Salon Spa & Wine is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 8pm. For more information, visit www.urbannaspa.com or call 509-747-7076.


Klundt Hosmer expands Team

Klundt Hosmer, a global integrated branding firm based in Spokane, has expanded its project management, account services and design teams with the hiring of four staff members.

Gilbert Sandoval was hired as Account Coordinator. He graduated from Whitworth University with a BA in Marketing, and previously worked at the Inlander as a Sales Coordinator. At Klundt Hosmer, Gilbert works with the firm's account team to assist and coordinate client needs, prepare proposals and generate new business.

Annie Stillar recently rejoined as Traffic Coordinator, after spending six years at Whitworth University as Program Assistant in the English Department. Annie will resume her duties scheduling design projects, working with vendors and the account team on estimates, and keeping projects running smoothly.

Tiffany Patterson joins as a designer and illustrator. Her professional design career includes 10 years at Memories by Design In addition to freelance illustration on projects for Global Credit Union, DOMA Coffee and Spokane Public Library. Tiffany will work with the firm's art and creative directors in the development of brand image design and visual communication.

Melanie Hoff joins the firm as a graphic designer. Following a degree in visual communication from SFCC, Melanie interned at Seven2, Helveticka and served as Senior Designer at eTailz. At Klundt Hosmer, Melanie works with the firm's creative directors and developers in the creation of print and interactive design and brings additional e-commerce experience to the interactive team.


Spokane Symphony Awarded a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Spokane Symphony Society was recently awarded a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in the amount of $10,000 to support a music education and community engagement project for elementary school children and their families. The grant was one of twenty-six awarded in Washington State, only two of which were given in support of music. It was the only grant awarded in eastern Washington. The NEA Grant is a recognition of the local nonprofit arts organization's innovation and dedication to increasing its relevance to the community.

Walk to End Alzheimer's scheduled for October 1

Hundreds of Spokane residents will unite in a movement to raise critically needed awareness and funds at the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's. In 2015 the Spokane Walk raised over $80,000 contributing to more than $77 million raised nationwide for care, support and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer's.

Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's Association care, support and research programs. Participants will learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

The event will be October 1, 2016. Registration will begin at 8:30am and the walk begins at 10am at the North Bank Shelter in Riverfront Park, 900 N. Howard St in downtown Spokane.

For more information, visit alz.org/walk or call 509-456-0456.

Nearly 700 bikes sold at the 5th annual Spokane Bike Swap

Nearly 3,000 people attended the 5th annual Spokane Bike Swap & Expo on April 9 at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. With 63 exhibitors and over 900 used bikes registered to sell in the bike corral, there was something for everyone. As the major fund raiser for the Friends of the Centennial Trail, the Spokane Bike Swap raised $36,000.

Bike Swap proceeds are designated for Trail expansion, completion and maintenance; all funds improve the Centennial Trail and adjacent recreational trails. To date, $110,550 has been committed to enhancement projects, including $20,000 to Washington Parks and Recreation Commission for the 1.7 mile Centennial Trail Northwest Extension in Nine Mile Falls and $5,000 matching funds pledge to the City of Spokane for construction of the South Gorge Trail in Peaceful Valley, which will link to Sandifur Bridge and Kendall Yards at Mile 24 of the Centennial Trail. Spokane Bike Swap & Expo proceeds have added $134,000 to the Trail Builder's Fund in five years.

Women & Children's Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen Announces Two New Board Members

Women & Children's Free Restaurant's newest board members include Susan Foster-Dow, Organizational Development Coordinator for Catholic Charities Spokane, and Becky Blankenship, Project Manager for Leone & Keeble.

Foster-Dow brings 25 years of nonprofit leadership, including administration, strategic vision and planning and board development. She is the current Chair of Georgetown University's Alumni Admissions Program for E. Washington/N. Idaho and a member of the Diocesan Review Board, Catholic Diocese of Spokane. She is also the owner and principal consultant for Key Conversations Consulting Group and serves as the Director of Professional Education with the Center for Organizational Reform (COR), a nonprofit education and research organization in Spokane.

As the member of a large family raised in the Montana mountains, Blankenship joined the WCFR board to 'pay it forward.' She has worked in the architecture and construction in Spokane for 12 years, is a director for the American Institute of Architects, served as President of the Society of American Military Engineers, and Vice President of the Design Build Institute of America.

STCU's Chief Administrative Officer Ev Hopkins assumed the role of Board President as Sherry Harbaugh steps down after two terms and remains on the board as Past President. Other officers include community volunteer Kris Mason, Vice President; and Elaine Sweet, Secretary and co-owner of Clearwater Summit Group. Returning members include Paddy Carlson, ARNP, DSHS; Erynne Hallock, Numerica; community volunteer Lori Moloney & Brian Sayler, Bouten Construction.

Hundreds of College Success Foundation-Spokane Achievers Scholars to be Recognized at College Signing Day Event May 24

The College Success Foundation - Spokane is hosting an inaugural College Signing Day event to celebrate, honor and recognize more than 170 graduating high school seniors who are College Success Foundation Achievers Scholars. These Achievers Scholars are seniors from five Spokane Public Schools high schools - Ferris, Lewis & Clark, North Central, Rogers and Shadle Park High Schools.

College Signing Day will be held Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30-7:30 pm, at The Lincoln Center. This invitation only event includes CSF - Spokane Achievers Scholars, family members, guests, CSF Hometown Mentors, donors, community and educational partners and CSF alumni. As part of the celebration, each of the CSF Achievers Scholars will sign a gigantic banner signifying their commitment to attend college this fall. CSF - Spokane Achievers Scholars will be attending 19 different colleges this fall supported by hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships.

For information about College Signing Day 2016 or to learn more about the College Success Foundation - Spokane, contact Executive Director Susan Joseph Nielsen, at snielsen@collegesuccessfoundation.org or call 509-991-9151.

The Business Thought of the Week

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

"Difficulties make us stronger, as long as we don't walk away from them."
The book, 'How Successful People Think'





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