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Finders Keepers I has moved.

Finder's Keepers I Jewelry Galore has hastily moved from their long time Carnegie Square location to a new store at 309 W. 2nd Avenue, following a devastating flood in the Cedar street store. On the night of June 21, Finders Keepers I Jewelry Galore had a pipe break causing horrendous flooding throughout the store; jewelry cases filled with water, damaged furniture in the basement and huge chunks of ceiling covering everything. The event presented owner Deena Caruso with an opportunity for growth and change. The new location between shops Lolo and Serendipity and next to Vintage Hill Winery, will have a soft opening Wednesday July 7 and a grand opening the first Friday in August, the 6th. Finders Keepers II Designer Dress Boutique is still located at 18 W. Main

PR Pro Maggie Crabtree joins the Masons, sort of

Maggie Crabtree, APR, has just been hired as the Development Director of the Spokane Masonic Center, a 501 c(3) charitable association dedicated to the preservation of the historic Masonic building and, providing support for fraternal and non-profit organizations through facility space. One of Spokane's original buildings, it is a neo-classical structure that opened in Spokane in 1905 as the Spokane Masonic Temple to serve its fraternal orders. For more information about the historic building and tours of the facility, check out the website at www.spomc.org.

Spokane HotZone is heating up

The City of Spokane and a team of partners are re-launching the Spokane HotZone, a free wireless network covering parts of the downtown city center. (The Spokane HotZone network is free for the first two hours of usage). Now, two new partners, Ptera wireless Inc, and Tierpoint LLC, have come on board to help support this downtown asset. Prior to Hoopfest 2010, Ptera installed new high-bandwidth connections to the Spokane HotZone. It was up and running during Hoopfest, allowing users free access to WiFi in parts of the downtown area. The Ptera team will work with the City on redesigning and upgrading the system over the next few months to provide more consistent coverage and higher speed. Ptera will entirely redesign the wireless system, provide user and access management and ongoing maintenance. Tierpoint will be providing internet bandwidth.

A seminar for home-based businesses by Dean Marshall

GSI's BIZStreet Home-Based Business Connection presents "Tax Basics and Tax Deductions for Home-Based Businesses", Thursday, July 6, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Greater Spokane Incorporated, 801 W. Riverside. Dean Marshall, CPA, will make a presentation at this informative event. With a bachelor's degree in accounting and a Master's in taxation, Dean's career spans working in both the public and private sector as an auditor and corporate tax manager. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies and 8 years ago moved back to Spokane and established his own successful practice. His client base is very diverse and includes many home-based businesses. The seminar will cover: What kind of business entity should you consider - S-Corp, C-Corp, LLC, or other; Tax implications of business owner's compensation; and deductible expenses unique to home based businesses. To register go to www.greaterspokane.org.

Play golf for a good cause

The Links Golf Club is hosting The Bobbi Salmon/Scleroderma Benefit Golf Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The tournament will be held at The Links Golf Club in Post Falls, next Friday, July 16, at 11am. Cost to play in the tournament is $125 and if you or your business would like to make a donation or sign up to play you can do so by contacting The Links Golf Club - 208-777-7611 or toll free 888-914-4653. One hundred per cent of the net proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Scleroderma Foundation and Research. For more information contact Patti Marquis, Head Pro – The Links Golf Club, or visit www.BobbiSalmon.blogspot.com.

Take me out to the ball park Friday morning

This Friday morning, July 9, from 7:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. GSI's Good Morning Greater Spokane event will be held at Avista Stadium, 602 N Havana Street. Join them on the field at Home of the Spokane Indians as they celebrate summer and network with fellow members. This event will be a great opportunity to make new contacts and connections while enjoying breakfast in the ballpark. What a great place to make a pitch! The cost is $25 for members, $55 for non-members. Register at www.greaterspokane.com.

Junior League announces 2010-2011 Board of Directors

As the Junior League of Spokane begins its 85th year of service to the Spokane community, it announces the appointment of its 2010-2011 Board of Directors, who took office on June 1. Elected to the Board are: President, Jeannette Toole; President-Elect, Julia McGann; Presidential Assistant, Debbie Liberg; Treasurer, Marnie Schroer; Sustaining Director, Christie Culp; Community Director, Libby Cousins; Funding Director, Kristin Griffith; Membership Director, Regina Paolucci; Administrative Director, Anna Fritts; Leadership Development, Julie Munson.

Junior League of Spokane is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The purpose of the organization is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Spokane is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International. For more information, go to www.jlspokane.org.

Magazine launch party Thursday at Caterina

Bozzi Media is having a party for their Inland Business Catalyst and Washington magazines Thursday, July 8 from 6 to 9 pm at Caterina Winery, 905 North Washington Street. The event will feature this year's "20 under 40" list of the best and brightest young business people in the region as well as the launch of Washington magazine. The public is welcome, just RSVP to Bozzi Media 509-533-5350.

Children’s Hospital reopens sibling clubhouse with help from Spokane Realtors.

Sacred Heart Children's Hospital has reopened the Children's Clubhouse, a free service for children whose family members are hospitalized or attending appointments on the Sacred Heart campus. The reopening is made possible by members of the Spokane Association of Realtors™ who volunteer their time to facilitate the Clubhouse services. Unfortunately, the free program closed in 2009 when the hospital had to make difficult staffing reductions but is available again, and still free to families, thanks to the generosity of the Spokane Realtors™." The Children's Clubhouse is available for children ages 3 and above who are potty trained. Initially, the Clubhouse will open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Children are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and receive matching ID bands with their parents for security purposes. Clubhouse visitors enjoy movies, art projects, snacks, games and rest time, in the company of the realtors who have undergone screening and completed training, as with other volunteers at the hospital. For more information about this or other Sacred Heart Children's Hospital programs call 509-474-2800.

Jim Humes joins Spokane Civic Theatre

Spokane Civic Theatre welcomes Jim Humes to its professional staff. As business and facility administrator, he will be responsible for all facets of accounting for Civic, including overseeing building maintenance and human resources. He has over 25 years experience in finance. Prior to moving back to Spokane in 2006, he was employed with the Eugene Symphony as the finance manager, interim executive director and development director.

How to Start a New Business

SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, presents this workshop, Wednesday, July 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the BizStreet Resource Center, 2nd floor, 801 W. Riverside Ave. The cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the door; free for all veterans. Call 509-353-2800 to register or for more information.

INBTA Announces Award

The Inland Northwest Business Travel Association announces that Gerri Vance of Purcell Systems and Board Member of the INBTA is one of ten National Business Travel Association (NBTA) members nation-wide to receive the 2010 Business Travel Professional Service Award. This is a national award given to members whose contributions to the corporate travel industry have most significantly advanced the travel business. Vance will be honored at the National Business Travel Association's Convention in Houston on August 8,2010.

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