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New business helps you get out of business.

Ray Lawton and Ned Rumpletes grew their respective businesses, acquired other businesses and then successfully transitioned out of their business. Now they have formed Rumpeltes & Lawton, LLC, a consulting service, to help other business people plan for the single, most critically important financial event of their lives, the successful transition out of their business. Their service identifies and organizes owner-driven exit planning issues, creating a written road map that incorporates timelines and accountability. The process identifies exit objectives; quantifies business and personal financial resources; maximizes and protects the business value; assists in transferring ownership to insiders or third parties while maintaining business continuity. Ned Rumpeltes can be reached at 509-710-2986 and Ray Lawton can be reached at 509-954-6385

There is a four-year medical school in our future!

This coming Friday morning, June 11, Greater Spokane Inc presents a program by researcher Paul Umbach, co-founder of independent consulting firm Tripp Umbach and one of the nation's leading community health planning experts. He will unveil the community and economic benefits of a four-year medical school that will positively impact our region and business community for decades to come. Friday, June 11, 7 to 9 am at the Lincoln Center. The cost is $25 for GSI members and $55 for non-members until June 9th. Go to greaterspokane.org for more information and to reserve your seat.

Hubbel Financial Group announces internships

Gonzaga University, U of Idaho and EWU junior and senior year students Kyle LaHonta, Larry Hoy, Adam Capaul, James Krejci, and Bobby Gentry have been appointed as financial representative interns associated with the Hubbel Financial Group (Northwestern Mutual) in Spokane. Each year, Northwestern Mutual's internship program, which was named as having one of America's "Top 10 Internships" thirteen consecutive times since 1997 according to the 2009 Vault Guide to Internships, provides real-world opportunities for thousands of full-time college and university students throughout the country. Since 1967, more than 25,000 students nationwide have participated in the company's internship program. To learn more, visit www.nminternship.com.

New Gallery Opens

Artist Teresa Peluso-Antosyn has opened The Millwood Gallery, East 9009 Euclid Avenue (one half block west of Argonne) It is a gallery/gift shop offering a variety of art at a price range of $6.50 - $900.00. Currently showing are fused/stained glass by Peluso-Antosyn, photography from Seattle, beaded jewelry, wood furnishings and cutting/serving boards, and collaged vintage items called Steam Punk & Filler. The gallery is currently open from 11am to 7pm Wednesday, 11am to 6pm Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday 10am to 2pm. The new gallery will be hosting an "Open House" on Saturday, June 26th from 1pm to 9pm, offering wine and food tasting, and live music which will be presented from 4pm to 8pm featuring Blue Canoe and Lazy Boy. The phone number is 509-927-2222 and the website is www.teresasartglass.com.

Travel agents earn certification

The following Inland Northwest Business Travel Association members recently earned their CTE Certification: Dana Divine, The Davenport Hotel & Tower and Hotel Lusso; Dave Vahala, Travel Leaders; Susan Barnes, CoBank; Jean Berg, The Ramada Spokane Airport Hotel; Melissa Boland, Northern Quest Resort & Casino; J.J. Giachetti, Sterling Savings Bank. They join Gerri Vance, Purcell Systems and BethAnne Moseanko, ASC Machine Tools who had previously earned their certifications. Carrying the CTE designation shows that agents have mastered the fundamental tenets of corporate travel management. INBTA membership represents the local business travel community. Monthly meetings provide INBTA members with education on current business travel industry trends, meeting planning, and networking with industry professionals. INBTA is an affiliate chapter of the National Business Travel Association. For more information go to www.inbta.org.

Rockin' B Ranch opens for the season this Friday.

Rockin' B Ranch's 16th Anniversary Season opens Friday, June 11th, and you and your family are guaranteed great music, outstanding comedy, fantastic food and lots of plain fresh fun, all at one low price. These shows have pleased and thrilled family audiences for 15 years with their dedication to Western/Cowboy musical tradition and to genuine hospitality. This year, they're featuring all new shows. First, the outdoor shootout show: Twilight at Spokane Bridge pits the evil vampire Count Cecil B. DeMule, and his dyslexic assistant, Igro, against the forces of good represented by Sheriff Dusty Bicuspid and the newly appointed District Attorney Skunk Forrester. In the middle of it all, well meaning Catarina Sarsparilla, owner of the Saloon that wants to be a Salon, battles furiously to overcome her attraction to the dark side so she can pay the note on her property and save her soul! Also this year: a new Western/Cowboy after-dinner Concert with The Riders of the Rockin' B: Scott and Pamela Brownlee, JayDean Ludiker, Sam Mazzola, and new, this year, Gordon Grove. The theme of the Rockin' B for 2010 is the great Cowboy/Western Movies, so each song in this 80 minute show comes from the great Westerns of our time. The audience will recognize many of the tunes, and will discover some surprising new ones. Plus, each concert is punctuated by a 10-minute "McManus Moment," by Patrick F. McManus, starring Tim Behrens. Rockin' B Ranch is just 100 yards south of Interstate 90 (I-90) Exit 299 (in WA). You can get tickets online at www.rockinbranch.com or by calling the box office Tuesdays thru Saturdays, 11am to 5pm, 509-891-9016.

Oil & Vinegar store now open at River Park Square

Meridian Construction has just completed the new 1,200 square foot Oil & Vinegar retail store located on the 2nd Floor at River Park Square just next to Nordstrom's. Oil & Vinegar is a culinary gift shop concept that brings together a wide range of international food and cooking products in alluring, Mediterranean-style surroundings. Their mission is to be the consumers' first choice when looking for a unique and "tasteful" gift for any occasion. The focus is not only on the attractiveness of the gift, but ultimately its flavor and ability to accent both the palate and table. assortment having a distinct Mediterranean flair with imported delights such as: bottled and "on-tap" oils and vinegars, mustards, sauces, salad dressings, olives, grilled vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, honeys, fig spreads, fondue chocolates, dried herb mixes, spices and a variety of flavored pastas. The focal point of the store is the "amphora wall", where an international selection of over 30 oils and vinegars are dramatically suspended in glass containers on a backlit wall. Customers select a bottle or bring in a previously purchased Oil & Vinegar bottle for a refill, and our staff dispenses the selection on-tap. Oil & Vinegar also offers a selection of ceramic table wares, cruets, kitchen accessories, salt/pepper mills, international cookbooks and other culinary accessories fill the shelves. The construction project was completed early on fast track schedule in association with Ridgeland Architects from Oak Park, Illinois. Meridian Construction is a Spokane based general contractor that has local and national experience in retail, healthcare, institutional, office, remodel contracting projects. Meridian Construction can be found at www.meridianco.com Oil & Vinegar can be found at www.oilandvinegarusa.com The phone number is 509-838-7115.

Red Lion Hotels wins national recognition

Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corporation is the winner of the Q1 2010 Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI), having ranked highest in customer satisfaction among Midscale w/ F&B. Based on 35,000 customer interviews each quarter, the MMHI is the largest and most in-depth measure of hotel, airline and car rental performance available today. The full results of the survey are posted on MarketMetrix.com. Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, operation and franchising of upscale and midscale hotels under its Red LionĀ® brand. As of December 31, 2009, the RLH hotel network was comprised of 45 hotels located in eight states and one Canadian province, with 8,671 rooms and 431,244 square feet of meeting space. The company also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

Guinness makes it official, Hoopfest's the biggest!

We all knew it, now we can prove it! Guinness World Records has proclaimed Spokane Hoopfest as the World's Largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament. The record was based on the 26,656 players and 6,725 teams that played in the 2009 tournament. Hoopfest officials say they have even MORE players signed up for this year's event June 26 & 27, 2010 in downtown Spokane. Go to Hoopfest.org for details.

Celebrating 100 years of Fathers Day.

Spokane is the birthplace of Father's Day and there are a lot of events planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary in June 20th. The CVB has developed a website with all the details. Go to fathersdaybirthplace.com for all the details.

Promotions at Litehouse Foods

Kelly Prior has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer; and Shawn Peery has been appointed vice president for business development for Litehouse Foods of Sandpoint.

Power Women's Summit is Wednesday

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber's 3rd Annual Power Women's Summit, "Embracing The Journey: Learn about Life & Career Enhancing Opportunities" is this Wednesday, June 9th at the Mirabeau Park Hotel Convention Center,1100 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. Appropriately the Keynote Speaker is one of the region's most powerful women, Kay LeClaire, Mountaineer presenting "EVEREST: Journey of Commitment." Kay will be sharing her story of taking chances beyond what most would dream of and how to make them a reality. Her belief is that we are never too old to have a dream and make choices that change our lives. Call 509-924-4994 for more information & RSVP's or register on-line under Chamber/Member events www.spokanevalleychamber.org

The Business Thought of the Week

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
Helen Keller

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