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The polls are open!

Spokane voters are casting their mail-in ballots for the 2010 Washington Primary election which concludes August 17. And this year we have some very interesting, contentious races to watch at all levels, county, state and federal. Thanks to all the candidates who have stepped up to run campaigns. They are all bolstering the local economy with billboards; signs; direct mail; radio, television and newspaper advertising. Be sure to vote by August 17.

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FREE tickets to Get Motivated! Business Seminar.

How's Business can help you get motivated, get inspired, stimulate and enthuse your employees. Call 509-838-4080 or email info@spokanehowsbusiness.com, for your free tickets to the Get Motivated! Business Seminar, Tuesday, August 17, 8 am to 5 pm, at the Spokane Arena. Join Zig Ziglar, Gen. Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Mark Few, Dr. Robert Schuller and more for a day long seminar.

NW Map and Travel moves to Spokane Valley.

NW Map and Travel has moved from their long time downtown location at Sprague and Howard to 10525 East Sprague near Evergreen in Spokane Valley. The new shop gives owners Linda and Steve Mitrovich a chance to work closer to home. For over 25 years NW Map and Travel has offered this region’s most impressive source of maps of all kinds, including historic maps; marine and river maps and charts; local regional and world maps; metro and geologic maps as well as topographical maps on CD Rom. They also sell atlases, travel and recreation books and books on the Pacific Northwest. NW Map and Travel also offers maps online at their website www.nwmaps.com.

Sushi and more at River Park Square

River Park Square has announced three new tenants: Sushi Maru, Auntie Anne's Pretzels and AT&T Authorized Dealer. Sushi Maru will open its first Inland Northwest restaurant this fall; they also have a location in Bellevue. Guests will select freshly prepared, traditional and creative sushi from plates as they pass by on a conveyer system that travels through the restaurant. They anticipate being open for the holiday season on the main level across from Rock City Grill, replacing Sawtooth Grill which closed last Saturday. Auntie Anne's Pretzels, a fresh pretzel eatery, will open on the second level across from Sandwich Gardens in August. AT&T Authorized Dealer will move from its second floor kiosk in mid August to a store on River Park Square's third level near Claire's.

New restaurant sure to be a blockbuster.

Savory is a new restaurant, with a high profile chef from LA, being developed at 1314 S. Grand, in the former Blockbuster location. Steve Herrmann, who is relocating to Spokane, spent 22 years working with Wolfgang Puck. A mid-September opening is planned for the restaurant which will have seating for 190 diners, including a large patio. Eric Klamper is their marketing director.

Raleigh Johnston joins Cornerstone.

Cornerstone Property Advisors recently welcomed Raleigh Johnston to their team as Commercial Real Estate Agent. Johnston has over 20 years of direct and indirect sales experience and a strong background in restaurant sales and leasing. He has marketed properties for local and national tenants over the years, including Little Caesars, Ben & Jerry's & Dollar Tree. Johnston has worked in Spokane's commercial market for over five years now, and in the past has worked as General Manager for several restaurants including Indian Canyon Golf Club.

Local location for Global Leadership Summit.

The Global Leadership Summit will be held this Thursday and Friday, August 5-6, at Life Center Four Square Church, 1202 N. Government Way. Over 120,000 church and business leaders will gather for The Global Leadership Summit broadcast live via satellite from the Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago to more than 170+ satellite sites across North America. Life Center Four Square Church is one of those sites. Among the speakers will be: Bill Hybels, founder and pastor, Willow Creek; Jack Welch, Former CEO General Electric (once named one of the 3 most admired business leaders in the world); Tony Dungy, winning coach 2007 Super Bowl; Blake Mycoskie, founder TOMS Shoes; and many more. To register, visit www.lifecenter.net/summit Use code: WA-Summit Site #82.

Josh King looking for rain.

Rainmaker Marketing has hired Josh King as director of business development. King, who has over five years of experience in the marketing field, previously worked as an account executive for Comcast Spotlight and served as the director of marketing for 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University. Rainmaker is located at 8606 North Wall. The phone number is 509-499-3399 and the website is www.spokanerainmaker.com.

Doyle's Ice Cream reopening soon.

There's a buzz in Spokane's West Central neighborhood about Doyle's Ice Cream shop reopening. The quaint ice cream parlor, a landmark business at Boone and Nettleton since the 1950's, which has been closed for several years, has been cleaned up and there is a sign on the door that they'll be reopening soon. Stay tuned for more details.

McKinstry expands Spokane office.

McKinstry, a full-service design, build, operate and maintain (DBOM) firm, which started operations in Spokane in 2002, has announced plans to expand in the City of Spokane, with long-range plans to add 100 new jobs. McKinstry, with over 1,600 employees nationwide and over $400 million in annual revenues, currently has two locations in the Spokane area, but will consolidate both groups into the 103-year-old Great Northern Building located at 802 E. Spokane Falls Blvd in the University District.

Lee & Hayes ranked top IP law firm.

Lee & Hayes, pllc, has been rated as the top IP law firm by a globally respected industry magazine. Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) rated Lee & Hayes as the top overall law firm that secures the highest quality patents and best in the information technology category. The firm is featured prominently in an article titled "Counting on Quality" in the IAM issue with a cover title of "Kings of Quality." Lee & Hayes represents six of the 20 largest patent filers in the U.S. Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and Boeing has each named Lee & Hayes as a "go-to" firm. Telect, Pearson Packaging, Advantage IQ, Inland Northwest Health Services, Signature Genomics, and Pyrotek are among the firm's Spokane-based clients.

John Britton joins Fairmount Memorial Association.

John Britton, formerly of Lamar Outdoor Advertising, has joined Fairmount Memorial Association as a family service representative. His phone number is 509-998-7471 and his email is jbritton@fairmountmemorial.com.

New NAWBO leadership for 2010-2011.

The Inland Northwest Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-NW) announces its new Executive Board and Directors for the 2010-2011 year as follows: President: Carrie Magruder of The BrickHouse Massage and Coffee Bar; President Elect: Lori Gregg-Fernandez of Fernandez Associates Insurance; Immediate Past President: Alison Zecha of Alison Zecha, Inc. CoachAZ; Treasurer: Debbie Krum of Steve Krum Construction; Secretary: Merrily Bjerkestrand of Northwest School of Protocol; Director of Programs: Ann Jurcevich of Jurcevich Construction, Inc.; Director of Economic and Corporate Development: Diane Gibson of DMG Consultancy, Ltd.; Director of Membership: Suzanne Foust of Kindred Creative Services; Director of Communications & Marketing: Heather Pieczonka of Funsational Inc.; Hospitality: Jeanette Fairless of Spectrum Home Services.

Marty Orchard joins NAC|Architecture.

Marty Orchard, CPSM, has joined NAC|Architecture as regional marketing manager. He will be responsible for managing day-to-day marketing and communications activities for the firm's Spokane office. Orchard, who most recently served as marketing director for Lydig Construction Inc., has 20 years' experience in marketing, communications and business development in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. A certified professional services marketer with the Society of Marketing Professional Services, Orchard is a board member and co-founder of Marketing Associates of Spokane and board chair for the Wishing Star Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Writing from Eastern Washington University. With origins in 1960, NAC|Architecture specializes in planning, design, engineering, and capital facilities consulting services. Through a network of offices in the western United States, the firm's 135+ professionals create sustainable environments for learning, healing and human development. For more information, visit www.nacarchitecture.com.

Marketing in the Real World of Small Business.

Join the Washington State University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10 at the Spokane SBDC in the Sirti Building suite 201 at 665 N Riverpoint Blvd., for a seminar that is a necessary primer for small businesses that want to grow both sales and profits. The cost is $89 which includes a workbook and case study material (lunch is on your own). Register online at www.wsbdc.org/training-calendar or contact Cindy Doyl, cdoyl@wsu.edu or 509-358-7890 for additional information.

News from GeoEngineers Spokane office.

John Haney of GeoEngineers' Spokane office has been promoted to a senior environmental engineer. Matt Peterson of GeoEngineers' Redmond office transferred to the Spokane GeoEngineers office as a geotechnical and special inspection and testing field technician.

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"Every thought you think is creating your future." Louise Hay.

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