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Spokane a big winner with Hoopfest

Hoopfest is this past weekend wasn't only about basketball...it was about business, too! It is estimated that Hoopfest brings in about $30 million in economic impact to our community. Thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, players and fans for making the world's largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament another great success.

A good day for Chinese food at the Cathay Inn.

Today is the day The Cathay Inn, at 3714 North Division, Spokane's oldest restaurant, marks 60 years in business with a celebration that will save customers a lot of money. The restaurant has been under the same family ownership and at the same address since 1950. Today only from noon to 8 pm. they are offering two specials from the 1950 menu - one, The Combination, is a dollar and the other, the China Special is $1.25. The Cathay Inn was started in 1950 by Tom Eng; his son Eddie Eng ran it for 30 years before retiring...now Eddie's son Dennis Eng and grandson Raymond Eng operate the business.

Exit Real Estate building sold.

Exit Real Estate Professionals - Jones and Associates have exited their building at 421 South Division and have sold it to Providence Health Services. Exit has moved to 3124 S. Regal, Suite 201. Exit, with over 40 realtors also has offices in the Spokane Valley, as well as North Spokane.

Rockwood Clinic finishes massive move

Over this past weekend, Rockwood Clinic finished its relocation efforts, moving its various offices and services from Providence property to other facilities. The huge move took place over several weeks and took a lot of teamwork on the part of Rockwood employees. The effort resulted in a lot of teambuilding. Rockwood has communicated the move to their patients and to locate offices which have moved, you can log on to www.rockwoodclinic.com and click on the "we are moving banner". You can also get a pdf of the relocation guide under the "news and events".

The relocations are among the first advancements of an integrated healthcare delivery system, developed jointly by Rockwood Clinic, Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center. Once completed, the new system will represent the most progressive health system in the Inland Northwest.

Hallmark Hyundai awards sixth car for "Its Cool to Stay in School"

College scholarships are synonymous with either high test scores, or high sports scores. Hallmark Hyundai has a scholarship for high attendance scores. They just gave away their sixth car to Blaze Smith of Jenkins High School. Blaze didn't miss a day of his senior year to become eligible to win. Denny Waltermire and Vic Pestrin, owners of Hallmark Hyundai, organized this scholarship for students who have perfect attendance their senior year. This year, Hallmark gave away a brand new Hyundai Accent.

This is the sixth "Its Cool to Stay in School" scholarship. Last year, 42 students were eligible from over 35 participating high schools. Any senior is eligible, if their school participates. The schools provides the dealership with the names of the eligible students. Then Hallmark Hyundai host them and their families to an Indian's game and draw the winner. For 2010, Hallmark anticipates over 90 high schools to participate.


LaunchPad Inland Northwest brings Chris Pirillo to Spokane tomorrow

Don't know who Chris Pirillo is? Just Google the name Chris, and out of 665 million results, his name pops up first. And second. Pirillo, a nationally renowned social-media expert, is coming to Spokane to speak Tuesday, June 29, at an event hosted by LaunchPad Inland Northwest LLC, the Spokane-based professional-education and business-networking company that operates www.launchpadinw.com. The Social Media and Marketing Community Event is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Bing Crosby Theatre, at 901 West Sprague in downtown Spokane.

Pirillo hosts CNN.com Live and has more than 5 million unique live video viewers annually. His YouTube.com channel is on YouTube's Top 100 most subscribed list. Along with being one of the most followed bloggers on earth, he has written "Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing" and "Online! The Book," along with several e-books. The 36-year-old near-Seattleite also hosts Gnomedex, a yearly conference on art, science, social media and emerging technologies. The Lockergnome blogging network he started now has more than 100,000 members.

Cost is $15 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information or to register for the event, go to www.launchpadinw.com.


Cruise in to River Park Square for a burger, and more.

D.Lish's Hamburgers' River Park Square location is under new ownership and has changed its name to Cruisers Burgers & More. New owner Dale Fruin says the core menu remains the same. A few new items have been added to the mix, including grilled chicken and salmon sandwiches. The diner is also being redesigned to have a 50's-style theme.

Gonzaga University's First 'Green' Building Golden

The three-story, $8.5 million PACCAR Center for Applied Science at Gonzaga University, dedicated in 2008 for Gonzaga's School for Engineering and Applied Science as the University's first "green" building, has received the prestigious "Gold" certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Only the platinum ranking is a higher recognition in the LEED rating system, which was designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to support development of more sustainable buildings. The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a rating system that recognizes projects that implement strategies to optimize energy efficiency, minimize environmental impacts and enhance the experience of building users.

Project architects were ALSC Architects of Spokane. The mechanical and electrical engineers were MW Consulting Engineers of Spokane, and the general contractor was Alan Douglas of Hoffman Contractors, also of Spokane.

The PACCAR Center is located immediately south of the Herak Center for Engineering and Applied Science. The site provides access to views and day lighting, promotes open public green space and provides opportunities to connect and extend the campus pedestrian system consistent with the campus master plan.

Auntie's opening a branch at River Park Square

Auntie's Bookstore, the region's largest independently-owned bookstore, is opening a branch store at River Park Square, the retail center announced today. Auntie's at the Square, which is scheduled to open in July, will offer the same selection as their main store, but on a smaller scale. The design of the store will especially appeal to a younger audience, carrying larger volumes of book titles popular among 18-34 year olds. It will also carry magazines, greeting cards and sideline items such as Out of Print brand t-shirts, which donates one book to a community in need for every shirt sold. The store will be located on the second floor to the east of Whiz Kids, near the Macy's skywalk.

GU's MBA Program receives top ranking by US News and World Report

Gonzaga University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program was recently ranked #58 in the nation for part-time programs by US News & World Report. Additionally, in the specialty rankings Accounting was ranked #31 and the Entrepreneurship was ranked #24. US News & World Report determines rankings based on a number of quality indicators including peer assessment scores, recruiter assessment scores, placement success, mean starting salary and bonus, and student selectivity. Only the 314 part-time programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are considered for these rankings. According to AACSB, approximately 25% of M.B.A. programs nationwide achieve this prestigious accreditation.

Historically, US News & World Report has only released the rankings of the top 25-30 part-time MBA programs, but this year released the top 200. Gonzaga was one of only four programs in the state of Washington and the only program in Eastern Washington to be included in the rankings.

Gonzaga's M.B.A. program currently has an enrollment of approximately 200 students. Of those students, 65% are working professionals in the Greater Spokane area. The program offers eight areas of concentration including accounting, entrepreneurship, ethics and finance. MBA Enrollment for the 2009-2010 academic year was up 10%, and applications for fall are currently up over 50%. For more information on GU’s MBA program go to www.gonzaga.edu.

Adam Morrison Golf Classic and Auction coming this summer.

The Adam Morrison Golf Classic and Auction, which is an annual fundraising event for the local branch of the American Diabetes Association, is scheduled for Friday, August 13 at Wandermere Golf Club. Entry fee is $125 per person, and includes lunch, dinner, green fees, cart & prizes. Shotgun start at 1pm, followed by dinner with live and silent auction. Register early, limited to 144 golfers. For registration or more information, contact Ted Duncan, 509-624-7478 or email at tduncan@diabetes.org.

Paul Webb, information security and compliance industry veteran, joins Contineo

Contineo, a company specializing in compliance, auditing, consulting, technology and managed services for a variety of industries, announced it has hired Paul Webb to support its continued growth from a field office in the Seattle area. Focused on industries throughout the U.S., Contineo provides solutions to more than 200 companies representing finance/banking, health care, insurance, law, high-tech and real estate. With clients in 22 states, Contineo's growth is a result of increased corporate attention to regulatory, compliance and security issues affecting a client’s ability to achieve continuity in the business environment.

Webb, an information security and compliance industry veteran, has joined Contineo as business development manager. Most recently, he was vice president of business development for a regional firm focused on IT audit and security assessment services for the financial sector. Webb brings more than 12 years of experience delivering security, compliance and risk management solutions to financial services, retail, Fortune 2000 and state and local government to Contineo's expert team.

The Business Thought of the Week

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
Thomas Edison.


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