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Numerica offers new financing tool for businesses

Numerica Credit Union has introduced a new business product that gives businesses an alternative to finance companies. And it's one of only four credit unions in the country to offer such a product. Numerica Direct is an in-house financing tool that is less expensive for businesses and for their customers. Online processing allows loan decisions to be made in as little as 20 minutes, right at the place of business. Several loan options are available with competitive and flexible interest rates and terms. For more information, visit numericacu.com or contact business development officer Jeanette Radmer at 509-462-6223.

Churchill's Steakhouse says "thanks" to Spokane Fire Department with donation

Last Saturday, July 24, marked the second anniversary of the fire that destroyed the Joel Building at 165 South Post. Churchill's Steakhouse successfully reopened at the location earlier this spring and as a thank you to the Spokane Fire Department they are having a "Fire Sale' from tomorrow through the end of July. Ten percent of all the proceeds from that week, plus a dollar for every mixed drink served in the bar, will be donated to the fire department's Fill the Boot campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy.

For more information on Churchill's go to churchillssteakhouse.com. You can make reservations at 509-474-9888.

How will "Health Care Reform" affect your business? Ask Dick Denenny.

Employee benefits expert Dick Denenny, owner of RHD Employee Benefits, will be holding another meeting on Healthcare Reform and the affect it will have on your business, Thursday August 5, 10:30-11:30am, at the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber Office, 9507 E Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley. The meeting is free, coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts will be provided. To RSVP call Tina Green at 509-924-9211.

Sarah Bain forms new business.

Having worked for local companies such as the Spokesman-Review, Eastern Washington University and Inland Northwest Community Foundation, Sarah Bain has headed out into the territory of freelance consulting and launched her business to provide marketing and writing for local companies. She provides web content management, brand management, relationship building, social media consulting, writing and editing. Some of Bain's newest clients are Karel Capital, Inc., the Bale/Doneen Method, and People to People Ambassador Programs. For more information contact her at sarah@bainbooks.com or 509-951-0627.

Mary Gatz joins the Roberts Mansion team

Mary (Meggie) Gatz has joined the Roberts Mansion in Browne's Addition as the new Sales/Event Coordinator. She was previously with the Capel Rug Gallery in the Spokane Valley.

Get on board the Jelly Belly Bus

The Jelly Belly touring bus is making a special appearance at Spokandy Chocolatier, 1412 W. 3rd Avenue, this Friday, July 30th, from 11 am- 3pm, with a host of fun activities. Touring jelly bean experts will share insider secrets to the making of Jelly Belly jelly beans, the iconic bean that spread sweetness around the world during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. At the stop on Friday, July 30th at Spokandy, Jelly Belly will offer tastes of the newest flavors, and invite the more daring to take the challenge to taste BeanBoozled, the wacky line of weird and wild flavors from skunk spray and pencil shaving beans to the delightful Top Banana and Coconut flavors. Prizes and fun for the kids take place during the stop. If there was ever a question you wanted answered about Jelly Belly beans, this is the opportunity to stump the bean diplomats.

Jelly Belly jelly beans are currently made in 92 flavors, and the most recently released flavor is Honey Bean. Known for jaw dropping flavor profiles that hit the mark, the company also makes 100 more fine confections such as licorice, jells, gummies, seasonal sweets and chocolate covered treats. Additional information is available at JellyBelly.com or the Jelly Belly Hotline (800) 323-9380.


Spokandy Chocolatier is Spokane's oldest handmade candy and confection store.

The factory, at 1412 W. 3rd Avenue, offers tasty treats and a unique view of the candy making process. For more information, visit spokandy.com, or contact Todd Davis.

TWC, a different kind of wellness company

Transformational Wellness Consulting (TWC), is not your average corporate wellness company whom you just work through the internet to get answers. It is a dynamic, personal way for you to get one-on-one with your employees and show that you truly care about their personal health and well-being. Through a series of seminars, workshops, health education, screenings and employee follow ups, TWC can help improve a business's wellness and their bottom line. TWC owner Merri Lou Franzella has been in the health and fitness field for over 20 years with a degree in Kinesiology and Education. Her experience as a corporate wellness specialist started in the Bay Area in 1994 working with companies such as Sun Micro Systems, National Semi Conductor, and San Jose Athletic Club. Her resume includes personal training, group fitness instruction, and working in the physical therapy field. She has delivered invaluable information and hands-on instruction to thousands of individuals and helped them reach their goals. For a corporate needs analysis or more information go to www.transwellness.com or call 509-688-7090.

GSI calls for 2010 Catalyst Award nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2010 Catalyst Awards, recognizing contributions by individuals, organizations and businesses that demonstrate the utilization of innovation and technology to bring economic growth and prosperity to the region. The theme of this year's awards is "Educate - Innovate - Celebrate," and the awards are growing to include an additional category for Emerging Innovator of the Year. This award recognizes an under-35 individual or team who has developed or implemented new forms of innovation and technology to help grow our economy.

Award categories are: Company of the Year; Clean/Green Company of the Year; Organization of the Year; Clean/Green Organization of the Year; Mentor of the Year; Ken Grunzweig Innovator of the Year; And, Emerging Innovator of the Year - Under 35

Nomination forms are available at www.greaterspokane.org, at www.spokaneuniversitydistrict.com, or by calling Robin Toth at 509-321-3636. The deadline for nominations is September 2, 2010. Nomination forms are accepted via email, snail mail or fax at 509-624-3759.

Monique's Salon certified as an apprenticeship salon

Monique's Salon in Spokane Valley recently received approval to be part of the Washington State Cosmetology Apprenticeship Program. The innovative program allows an entrant without a state cosmetology license to receive on the job training as an employee with pay and benefits in an approved salon or spa environment while fulfilling the state educational requirements for licensing. Currently Monique's Salon has one participant in the WSCAP program and is currently accepting additional applicants for the program. There are 13 salons that participate in the program in Washington State and Monique's Salon is the only salon in Eastern Washington.

Monique's Salon, a 6,000 square foot luxurious, French-inspired, elegant salon and spa is located at 10 North Evergreen Road in Spokane Valley. The phone number is 509-926-6429 and the website is www.moniquessalon.com

The "Rebecca Schiering Children's Fund"

United Health Services Credit Union has established the "Rebecca Schiering Children's Fund", a memorial fund for the Schiering family. Rebecca Schiering was shot and killed in an attack last week. Rebecca's business, The Reclothery, is located in the United Health Services Credit Union building at 613 South Washington.

Contributions can be made now at the United Health Services Credit Union main branch, 613 South Washington or the Credit Union Service Center on 1212 West Francis. Also, contributions can be made at any credit union shared branch - just ask your credit union to call United Health Services Credit Union for the account number. For more information call Cynthia Pace at 509-455-4067.

LaunchPad presents "Introduction to Google Analytics"

It's not good enough just to have a Web site these days. You need to know how many people are coming to your site, how long they are staying, and what pages they are perusing. Eventually, you need to be able to track performance and set goals for your site. To help you get started, LaunchPad INW is bringing in Sixth Man Marketing's uber-informative, always-entertaining Internet marketing expert Ed Reese to teach Introduction to Google Analytics. The class is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in the LaunchPad Lounge, on the fifth floor of the Holley Mason Building, at 157 S. Howard. Cost is $49. RSVP to Jennifer@launchpadinw.com.

Upcoming GSI events

Home Based Business Connection. Do you have a home-based business? Join Greater Spokane Inc. Tuesday, August 3rd in the morning from 8 - 9:30 to learn what kinds of insurance you need for your in-home business. Lisa Summers and Steven Meisner from Buck & Affiliates will give you the information you need to make sure you're covered. Register at events.greaterspokane.org.

2nd Annual Regional Chambers' Business After Hours. Join Greater Spokane Inc. on Wednesday, August 11 from 5 - 7 p.m. on the Roof Deck at the Spokane Convention Center. This networking opportunity will connect you with members from 40 other chambers of commerce throughout the Inland Northwest. Sponsored by Spokane Convention Center, Sterling Savings Bank, and Southwest Airlines. Register at events.greaterpokane.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." Helen Keller

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