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Chef Chad White to open Tide and Tonic



Chef Chad White, the owner of Zona Blanca ceviche bar at 154 South Madison is planning to open a new oyster bar, called Tide and Tonic, in the 400 block of west Main next to Durkin's Liquor Bar. They plan to be open before the end of the year.


Southwest Airlines announces new non-stop service between Spokane and San Jose



Spokane International Airport (GEG) announced today that Southwest Airlines will begin providing daily, year-round nonstop service to San Jose International Airport on April 8, 2018 with a 143-seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

Nancy Vorhees, Vice-Chair of the Spokane Airport Board stated, "San Jose is one of the World's most significant technology and innovation centers. Daily, year round nonstop service to San Jose and Silicon Valley will provide a substantial benefit to our regional economy and will dramatically advance business recruitment, retention and expansion opportunities in our most important employment sectors."

Larry Krauter, Spokane International Airport CEO added, "We are grateful to Southwest Airlines for recognizing the strong passenger demand and need for nonstop service between the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene region and Silicon Valley. This nonstop flight will eliminate time-consuming and sometimes unpredictable hub connections. The new service also provides additional access to Southern California, which is among our highest traveled markets. There is strong passenger demand for even more nonstop flights to California cities from our region and we are thankful to have Southwest Airlines responding with this service as well as the seasonal San Diego nonstop service and daily, year-round Oakland and Sacramento nonstop service."

Today's announcement is the third new city Southwest has announced from Spokane in 2017 to include Sacramento and summer seasonal service to San Diego. The new service to San Jose continues Southwest's role as the airline that provides the greatest connectivity for the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene region with nonstop service to 8 cities including Chicago (seasonal), Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego (seasonal) and San Jose.

Spokane-San Jose Flight Schedule:
- Flight departs San Jose at 5:25pm and arrives Spokane at 7:25pm
- Flight departs Spokane at 6pm and arrives San Jose at 8:05pm.

For ticketing and fare information, visit www.southwest.com or dial toll free, 800-435-9792.

EWU collaborates with Microsoft to offer Data Analytics Degree



Eastern Washington University is working with Microsoft to offer students a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Data Analytics, one of the fastest-growing and highest-demand professions in the world. Under this unique collaboration, courses from the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) in Data Science will be integrated into the final year of curriculum for students studying analytics in EWU's College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA).

EWU is currently the only university in the nation to have the MPP Data Science credential combined with a degree.

Senior class cohorts will take challenging hybrid courses taught by EWU faculty utilizing Microsoft courses. Eastern students completing this rigorous program will earn a BS in Data Analytics as well as a professional distinction certificate in Data Science from Microsoft. They'll leave Eastern as data science practitioners who are ready to become professionals.

This will move Eastern into the forefront of analytics education. EWU students taking this curriculum will have the job-ready skills to be a part of the digital transformation impacting business and industry sectors worldwide. The McKinsey Global Institute (a private-sector think tank) notes that, based on surveys, 48 percent of executives say it's harder to find and retain data and analytics talent. McKinsey also projects there will be a shortage of 1.5 million managers and analysts who will know how to utilize big data to make effective decisions in the U.S. by 2018.

Worldwide, rates of completion for online courses are low - typically less than 10 percent. At Eastern, learning outcomes will be higher as a result of students receiving the support of their instructors and classmates to successfully finish the program as part of their degree.

EWU will roll out the program this fall with a few students who are eligible. The first full enrollment cycle will begin fall 2018 so that Eastern has time to market and recruit for the program.

For more information visit ewu.edu/mpp.


Tuesday Morning will open third Spokane area store



Tuesday Morning, a Dallas-based chain offering closeout, brand name home goods, gifts and home d├ęcor items is planning to open their third Inland Northwest area store in the Evergreen Shopping Center just west of the Spokane Valley Mall. Tuesday Morning's other area stores are at 9316 N. Division in the Heritage Village shopping center and at 227 W. Appleway in Coeur d'Alene.

Local SERVPRO franchise under new ownership

SERVPRO Industries, Inc. announces that Steve Knight, the founder and current owner of SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane, is the new owner of SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County. Steve Knight, is a Colville native and has been in the construction and remodeling business for his entire career. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County was originally opened in 1992 by Mark & Sharon Johnson, and has served the Spokane area for the last 24 years. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations throughout all of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

Barb McCarley promoted at Idaho Independent Bank

Idaho Independent Bank has promoted Barb McCarley to operations officer at the Coeur d'Alene branch. McCarley, with previous 32 yeares of banking experience, has been a loan assiatant with IIB since August 2016.

Attorney Randi Johnson to present seminar

Randi Johnson of Lilac City Law will be presenting Planning For The Planners, September 28 11:30am-1pm in the Barrel Room at Nectar Catering, 120 N Stevens. Educating your clients on their need for a will or trust is vital to your practice, and often generates additional opportunities for you, but, you need a good language, and to set up a plan for your own family.

Register at lilaccitylaw.com/planning-planners-lunch-learn. Seating is limited, and lunch is provided.


Geeksnglory gaming bar coming to Spokane Valley



According to our friends at Inland Northwest Business Watch, plans are underway for Geeksnglory, a locally owned and operated bar with a gaming theme to open in early October. It will be located in a leased space at 6710 E. Sprague Ave, just to the east of the intersection of Sprague and Thierman Rd.

Geeksnglory will have both retro and current consoles, virtual reality and a huge library of games. Beer, wine, liquor and snacks will be served. Geeksnglory is planning to host game tournaments, cosplay contests, streamed game tournaments, video game giveaways and more.

Sonderen Packaging Qualifies as a G7 Master Printer

Sonderen Packaging has recently qualified as a G7 Master Printer, which requires meeting the latest printing specifications and deliver consistent repeatable work, and matching color from proof to press.

Matthew Cutshall, prepress manager at Sonderen, recently attended a three day course presented by Don Hutcheson, the founder of the G7 Concept. G7 Training is a theory-based program, offering a blend of lab instruction and lecture on how to apply the G7 method on any type of printing process.

Sonderen Packaging is a third generation family owned and operated business that manufactures high quality custom folding cartons. Their manufacturing facility is located in Spokane with a sales office and warehouse in Puyallup. Visit sonderen.com for more information on the company and the G7 methodology.

Junior Achievement Golf Classic coming Sept 18

The 2017 Junior Achievement Golf Classic will be held on Monday, September 18 at the Kalispel Golf And Country Club, 2010 West Waikiki Rd. Teams can choose either Best Ball or Scramble $1,000 Foursome. There is a 1:30pm shotgun start. Enjoy a memorable afternoon of golf including 18 holes of golf and cart, Awards Dinner, JA signature golf shirt, contests, live and silent auction. Proceeds will go to providing Eastern WA and Northern ID young people with cutting-edge, hands-on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness education. These programs empower students to own their economic success by reinforcing the value of an education.

To register, visit jawashington.org. For more information, call the Junior Achievement office at 509-624-7114 or email terrip@jawashington.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

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

"Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were going to live forever."
Mahatma Gandhi





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