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When? When? When will the Apple store open?

Apple Logo Being Installed.

Everyone is excited and speculation is running high about the opening date for Spokane's new Apple store at River Park Square. Especially when the striking logo sign went up last week. So far, an exact opening date has not been announced. The store management is in the process of training employees. We'll keep you posted.

Trader Joe's coming to Spokane?

Interesting rumors are surfacing all over town but no definitive plans have yet been announced for a Trader Joe's store in Spokane. In the know sources are tight lipped, but they are smiling. Looks like a possibility!

Lawton Printing & File EZ Folder Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

2010 marks a milestone anniversary for two Spokane companies. Lawton Printing Inc., 4111 East Mission, observes its 70th year of business in the Spokane region. In addition, File EZ Folder, a separate Lawton family corporation, marks its 60th year of business. Both plan to celebrate the milestone events with an open house on September 22. In commemoration of the event, Lawton Printing will unveil a new branding.

Lawton's four business divisions along with File-Ez manufacturing facilities currently employ 56 people in Spokane. Lawton Printing has four separate but interrelated divisions. The Commercial Printing plant services the various needs of clients over a broad geographic region. Lawton Publications produces Chamber of Commerce directories and maps yearly for over 100 Chambers nationwide. The Index Tab division creates tabs for code books, legal documents and Bibles nationally. InnovAging produces resource guides for seniors and their caregivers. File-Ez Folder produces over 32 million folders and up to 15 varieties for the back to school and office supply industries. For more information contact Laura Lawton at 509-534-1044.

Fall Festival of Homes starts this weekend.

The 6th annual Fall Festival of Homes Tour is scheduled for this weekend and the first weekend of October. The largest show of its kind in the Inland Northwest will showcase 41 new homes from 24 of Spokane's finest builders. Homes valued at varying price ranges and in every neighborhood will be featured at this year's event. 10 homes are priced under $199,999.

Special features include the 3rd and final home in a series built with all proceeds benefitting the Children's Miracle Network built this year by Morse Western Homes. The first two homes built by Condron Homes & Paras Homes were purchased by attendees of the Fall Festival of Homes in 2007 & 2009. The show will once again feature homes certified Built GreenĀ® with additional information on Built GreenĀ® values and practices available at these special show homes.

All featured homes will be open to public viewing the weekends of September 24-26 and October 1-3 from 10am-5pm. Those interested in viewing this exciting and impressive event can choose from five host sites to begin their tour and pick up home profiles and maps to each of the featured homes. People can also enter to win $8,000 in Fred's Appliances at any Host Site! To locate the host site nearest you, visit www.SpokaneFestivalOfHomes.com for more information.

You're a professional. Write like one.

You have to write for your job, but you don't consider yourself a writer. Don't worry. There are some simple things you can do to become a stronger writer and to make the writing process more painless. Veteran Spokane writer Linn Parish will dispel writing myths, give you questions to ask before writing, and give you do's and probably-shouldn'ts to follow when writing. The class is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the LaunchPad Lounge, on the fifth floor of the Holley Mason Building, at 157 S. Howard downtown. Cost is $29, and you don't have to be a LaunchPad member to attend. For more information, go to www.launchpadinw.com/events.

Rebecca Schiering Children's Fund Update

United Health Services Credit Union has matched the first $5,000 donated to the "Rebecca Schiering Children's Fund". To date more than $5,000, not including United Health Services Credit Union's gift, has been donated to the memorial fund, which was established in late July following the tragic death of Rebecca Schiering, owner of the Reclothery.

United Health Services Credit Union is still encouraging the community to support the Schiering children. For more information on the "Rebecca Schiering Children's Fund" log onto www.uhscu.org. Contributions for the Schiering family can still be made at the United Health Services Credit Union main branch, 613 South Washington or the Credit Union Service Center on 1212 West Francis, or any credit union shared branch. To donate just ask your credit union to call United Health Services Credit Union for the account number. For more information contact Cynthia Pace, United Health Services Credit Union at 509-455-4067.

McKinstry Co. will be featured at Thursday's Executive Connect Breakfast

David Allen, executive vice president of McKinstry Co. will be the featured speaker at the Executive Connect breakfast Thursday, September 23rd at the Georgian Ballroom, Spokane Club, 7:30 - 9:00 am (doors open at 7:00). McKinstry Co. is a privately held mechanical contractor whose Inland Northwest headquarters is located in Spokane (managing the offices in Boise, Palouse, Bozeman and Missoula). McKinstry, 50 years old this year, is a leader in the field of Clean Technology. The company recently opened the McKinstry Innovation Center in Seattle to assist entrepreneurs who are developing energy efficient and renewable energy technology, products or services in sync with McKinstry's goal of ultimately eliminating energy waste in the built environment. Registration is $30. For more information, contact Catherine Greer at catherineg@connectnw.org or 509-358-2114.

LaunchPad shows you how to Get Found In Google Maps

Tuesday, Sept 21st 7:30am-9am, learn the latest tips, tricks, and techniques to dramatically improve your local search rankings to get your business found in Google Maps! If you sell your products or services to local customers this is a must attend class. National local search speaker Ed Reese will provide the latest techniques to improve your rankings in local search and get your business the exposure it needs from local search. You'll learn how to claim and optimize your local listing, find the right places (citations) to list your business, the latest ranking techniques, and pitfalls to avoid. This is an action-packed session for business owners and in-house marketers to take advantage of local search traffic for their business. Go to www.launchpadinw.com for more information or to sign up.

Heather Byrd hired at Salvation Army.

Heather Watson Byrd, formerly with KREM TV and Wells Fargo, is the new director of development & communications at the Salvation Army. She can be reached at 509-329-2732.

Put some power in your life and in your business!

NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners, invites you to attend their 2010 NAWBO Leadership Seminar & Annual Banquet, Thursday, October 14 at the Lincoln Center. Hear nationally recognized speakers Jill Lublin and Jeanette Nyden. If you're a business owner, executive, or part of the Spokane business community, don't miss this inspiring event October 14. Seminar begins at 2:30 pm, exhibition and networking to follow at 5:00 pm, with banquet at 6:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.NAWBONW.org, or call 509-465-0510.

Tesh, Inc. Benefits from KAYU Fox 28's House to Home

Tesh, Inc. a private not for profit organization serving children and adults with disabilities is receiving a major face lift as part of Fox 28's House to Home Community.

With the Black Book leading the way as the Presenting Sponsor, over 65 companies and businesses have volunteered materials and labor to make major enhancements to the exterior and grounds of a premier service provider in North Idaho and Spokane. Russ Doumas, CEO stated that "the House to Home project is a demonstration of the respect and value that our community places on the work that we do. We will have a building that reflects the quality of the services that are provided inside."

LaunchPad event to feature Spokane Symphony performance

The LaunchPad INW Quarterly Networking Event, hosted by the Spokane Symphony and the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the impeccably renovated theater, located at 1001 W. Sprague in downtown Spokane.

LaunchPad INW, the Spokane-based professional-education and business-networking company that operates www.launchpadinw.com, has planned an event filled with informative speakers, face-to-face networking time, and an exclusive preview performance by the Spokane Symphony on the eve of its 2010-2011 season opener. For more information or to sign up go to www.launchpadinw.com.

Connie Prekeges Walk for Kids 'n Cancer is this Saturday

The Prekeges family, longtime business owners in Spokane, lost their mother, Connie, to cancer 7 years ago, and to honor her memory, they started The Connie Prekeges Foundation. Their mission is simple...raise money for children with cancer, and let them just be kids. 100% of funds raised go directly to the kids with cancer camps in Washington State, as well as the Candlelighters Organization of Washington State, a wonderful support group for families with children who are battling cancer. The main fundraiser is the annual Connie Prekeges 5k Walk for Kids 'n Cancer, which will take place Saturday, September 25th at 10:30 am., in conjunction with the 75th annual Greek Festival of Spokane. To sign up or donate online, visit www.conniewalk.org.

Northtown Square exceeds first year goals

While the 2009-2010 year has been challenging for many in retail, Spokane's Northtown Square and its tenants are celebrating a successful first year of operation. Both Chud Wendle and John Stejer, Northtown Square's managing members, attribute the shopping center's success to the support of the Spokane community, even through trying economic times. "Our blend of proven traffic draws along with unique retailers the Spokane market has been hungry for proved to be a very appealing mix," said Wendle. Wendle also points out that stores and restaurants such as Red Lobster, DSW Shoes, Dress Barn, Starbuck's and many others have attracted shoppers from not only the center's immediate neighborhood but throughout the region as well.

The center's location at one of Spokane's heaviest-traveled intersections certainly helped retailers. More than 70,000 cars pass by the center, which for more than 40 years was the site of one of the region's largest auto dealers, Wendle Ford. For information on leasing opportunities at Northtown Square, visit www.northtownsquare.com.

Congratulations to FSA's Mike George

The Washington Restaurant Association announced that Spokane's Mike George, of Food Services of America has been appointed to its board of directors. The WRA board of directors is comprised of approximately 30 industry leaders, representing quick service restaurants, full service restaurants, tavern operators, hotel operators, allied members and at-large members. The variation of backgrounds on the board reflects the diverse make-up of Washington's hospitality industry, allowing the WRA to better represent its members' needs and priorities.

Treasures in your Attic? MAC can help.

Now in its 12th year, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture's Antique Appraisal Days will once again be a part of Custer's Antique & Collectors Sale the first weekend in October. This event provides verbal market evaluations by qualified appraisers and knowledgeable experts on items brought to the event. Funds raised support restoration on historic Campbell House, open regularly for public tours and operated by the MAC. Antique Appraisal Days will be held at Custer's Fall Antique & Collectors Sale at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana in Spokane, Saturday, October 2, 10 am - 7 pm, Sunday, October 3 11 am to 5 pm. Admission to the Custer sale $6 (cash only). $5 per item appraisal charge to the MAC. (Limit 5 items per person). Hand carried items only, no firearms. Visit www.custershows.com for more info.

Golf Savings Bank merges with Sterling

Golf Savings Bank (a subsidiary of Sterling Financial Corp.) has officially merged with and into Sterling Savings Bank as their Home Loan Division. Sterling is one of the largest regional community banks in the western United States, with 170 bank locations throughout the Northwest, in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California...and headquartered in Spokane. Since opening its doors in 1983, the bank has grown to over $10 billion in assets and has over 2,400 employees.

The Business Thought of the Week

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

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