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LaunchPad Inland Northwest has moved into their new space in the 1889 Building at Main and Stevens. They had a grand opening reception Thursday evening and about 200 people attended, along with representatives from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, who conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony. LaunchPad is a regional business development and networking strategies provider that offers a wide variety of workshops, seminars, consultation and networking to help individuals and businesses thrive. They also operate LaunchPadINW.com, a social and business networking site with over 3,400 local members. In the photo from left to right are, Tony Kiepe of Rapid Refill, representing the Chamber; Allen Battle, LaunchPad's co-owner; Mark Simonds and Jared Passey of LaunchPad; Bill Kalivas, co-owner of Launch Pad; Jennifer Evans, LaunchPad and Eldonna Shaw, executive director of the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Mark Anthony.


Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe and Catering Adopt a Room at Ronald McDonald House

Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe & Catering at 4516 South Regal is making arrangements to Adopt-a-Room at Spokane's Ronald McDonald House. You can help by shopping and dining at Ferrante's Tuesday, January 25th and Wednesday, January 26th, 11a.m to 9 p.m. both days. 100% of the profits generated in their marketplace and dining room will go the Ronald McDonald House to adopt the room. For more information contact Ferrante's at 509-443-6304 or go to their website www.doititalian.com.

Spokane's Riverview is the best nursing home in the state.

Medicare recently rated Riverview Nursing Home as number one out of 240 nursing homes in Washington State. Medicare evaluates all licensed nursing homes according to health inspections, staffing and quality measures every year. And Riverview Care Center located on the campus of Riverview Retirement Community is the only nursing home in Washington State in 2010 to receive Medicare's highest quality rating. Riverview Retirement Community is located at 1801 East Upriver Drive. For more information, visit www.riverviewretirement.org.

Lukins & Annis Offers IP Services

Long time business law firm, Lukins & Annis has added the areas of Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights to their practice in an effort to provide more comprehensive legal services to local businesses. Almost every business has some form of intellectual property, (IP) but not all business people have taken the time to make sure their inventions, slogans, logos, and written materials are protected. Bill Jeckle, who heads up this effort, is a registered patent attorney and an inventor himself. Most of the IP work that is done by the firm is billed on a flat rate basis, rather than on an hourly basis, which helps to control costs for the client. For more information, go to www.Lukins.com.

Miller Paint to open store in Lincoln Heights

Portland-based Miller Paint, which opened their first Spokane store at 7 East Third (across from Dick's) last year, plans to open their second Spokane store this March in 4,000 square feet of the former Blockbuster Video location at 29th and Southeast Boulevard. The company specializes in manufacturing high quality paint and coatings. They sell their products through 36 company stores and independent dealers throughout the west, including Fred Meyer stores. They plan to have as many as six stores in the Spokane area. Miller Paint has been in business in the northwest since 1890. Their website is millerpaint.com.

Kolea Baker Adds Business Development Expertise to Klündt | Hosmer

Kolea Baker has joined Klündt | Hosmer, a Spokane-based visual communications firm, as Business Development Director. She is responsible for expanding Klündt | Hosmer's market reach and introducing the firm to new business opportunities to be managed by the firm's three principals and staff.

Relocating from Seattle, Kolea was most recently principal/co-founder of Grocreate Design & Marketing where she developed business and managed client projects. Prior to that, Kolea had a successful 25-year career managing business for Illustrators, photographers and surface designers. Some of her clients included General Mills, Citibank, Federal Express, British Telecom, John Hancock Insurance, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson.

Klündt | Hosmer is a 12-person, award-winning integrated branding and communications firm, specializing in print and online marketing. The firm's clients include Avista Corp., Gonzaga University and the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.


A conversation with Sterling's Ezra A. Eckhardt

Join Greater Spokane Inc. for "A Conversation With...Ezra A. Eckhardt" Thursday, January 20th 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at 801 W Riverside, Ste 100. Eckhardt, president and COO of Sterling Savings Bank, has helped lead that organization out of some very tough conditions. You can glean some of his insights into leadership and teamwork that may be valuable to your workplace. Eckhardt's perspectives and experience is good for anyone in any business of any size. Register at www.greaterspokane.org.

Centennial Properties Promotes Bryn West to Assistant to the Vice President

Centennial Properties Inc. has announced the promotion of Bryn West, CMD, to Assistant to the Vice President. In her new position West, who has worked for River Park Square's marketing department for the past two and half years, will be focused on the responsibilities associated with the leasing of retail space, while broadening her knowledge of property management, and shopping center merchandising and marketing. West received a Business degree from Saint Mary's College of California and an MBA from Western Washington University. She is a Certified Marketing Director, a member of Spokane's MarCom Association, and a Certified Tourism Ambassador.

GSI Business After Hours at the MarQuee Lounge this Thursday

Come in from the cold and experience the MarQuee Lounge as they host the first GSI Business after Hours of the new year, Thursday, January 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Located in the heart of downtown Spokane at 522 West Riverside, the award winning MarQuee Lounge is a unique, two-level London style bar with a caliber of service, style, and ambience that cannot be found anywhere else in the city. The comfortable and inviting atmosphere has made MarQuee a staple for after work drinks, food and conversation, only to transform late night into one of the most energetic, entertaining and prestigious locations around. For more information, and to register, go to www.greaterspokane.org.

Gonzaga University MBA Program upcoming information meetings

Attend an MBA Spring Information Session at Gonzaga University Graduate School of Business. Upcoming dates are Tuesday, February 15th, Noon to 1pm, MBA/JD and MAcc/JD Info Meeting at the Law School; Tuesday, March 1st, 5:30 - 7 PM at Gonzaga's Jepson Center; Wednesday, March 16th, 7 - 8:30 AM at Gonzaga's Jepson Center; and Tuesday, March 22nd, 5:30 - 7pm at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. for more information, visit www.gonzaga.edu/MBA. The registration link is www.gonzaga.edu/mbainfomtg.

Merri Lou Franzella joins Spokane Valley Chamber as Field Representative

Merri Lou Franzella is the newest Field Representative to join the team at the Spokane Valley Regional Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is excited to put the Valley Chamber's slogan to work, "We are in business to help you do business!" Franzella says, "Networking and helping others are two of my favorite things to do in the business arena and I am blessed to be able to help the Valley Chamber to do both." She can be reached at 509-924-4994.

Valley Chamber Announces Nominees for 2010 Awards of Excellence

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for the Awards of Excellence which will be presented at the Gem of the Valley Gala on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel. Members submitted nominations recognizing achievements and excellent service provided by the following individuals and organizations for their efforts in 2010.

Small Business of the Year: Independent Wealth Connections. Safeguard Business Systems. Clark's Tire and Automotive

Medium Size Business of the Year: ALSC Architects. Pheasant Hill Inn and Suites. Baker Construction

Large Business of the Year: Valley Hospital and Medical Center. Greenstone Corporation. Banner Bank

Nonprofit Organization of the Year: American Red Cross. Spokane Valley Partners. Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels

Chamber Member Volunteer: Mike Dalessi, Presentation Solutions. Luke Cayer, Retired. Dick Behm, Behm's Creamery

Community Caring Award: John Guarisco, MDI Marketing. Debbie and Dave Quinn, Walls that Talk. Marcy and Richard Thomas, My Really Cool Business
A media presentation will be shown at the gala featuring the nominees, with the winners announced during the program.

The Valley Chamber will also be honoring Dick Denenny, chosen as the 2010 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award winner.

In addition to the awards program, the evening will feature a silent auction, gourmet dinner and dancing. Tickets at $45 are available by calling the Chamber at 509-924-4994 or by using their convenient on-line reservations service at www.spokanevalleychamber.org. Group table reservations are also available online.

George G. Grigel joins Paine Hamblen

Paine Hamblen LLP has announced George G. Grigel has joined the firm as an Of Counsel attorney in their Spokane office. Grigel's practice includes foreign and domestic patent, trademark, copyright and plant variety protection. He earned his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center and a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Grigel is admitted to practice in the State of Washington.

RV Show & Sale comes to Spokane this week.

The 23rd Annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale is this Thursday through Sunday, January 20-23 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. See what's new for 2010. This year's Show will have hundreds of RV's and accessories on display and all on sale. Special "One-Time" Show discounts will be offered. RV's are priced from $5,000 to $250,000 with great financing rates and high trade-in values. Great show discounts will be available. With $13 million dollars of RV's on display and more than 50 different brands, don't miss this year's show! Adding to the excitement is the Northern Quest Casino Cash Machine, 30 seconds to grab all the cash you can! Show hours are Thursday, noon to 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am-8pm; and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Regular admission is $7.00 (good all weekend), 12 and under free when with an adult. Thursday, Jan 20 is Senior Day! Visit www.spokanervshow.com for more information.

Nonprofit Conference Planned for Inland Northwest

The first annual Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference - Fund Development Series will be held Thursday, February 17th, 2011, at the Spokane Masonic Center and will host 12 individual classes, including a local grant maker's panel, for area nonprofit staff. Industry experts will present on grants research, proposal writing, online marketing, financial management, legal issues, program evaluations, marketing on small budgets, board engagement, planned giving, corporate sponsorship, and building sustainable organizations. The conference is the first of its kind to be held in the Inland Northwest.

The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Center. Classes can be purchased ala carte or as entire day passes. Several networking sessions will be included as well as an extended lunch hour with a keynote presenter. CFRE credits will be offered. For more information or to register, go to www.ae-consulting.net. Updates on presenters will be posted on AE Consulting's NW Nonprofit Blog.

Spokane Chiefs poster distributed to fans.

The Spokane Chiefs organization hosted the first ever WHL outdoor hockey game this past Saturday at Avista Stadium, playing against Kootenay Ice. Lawton Printing, working with Chiefs photographer, Gary Peterson, developed a printing souvenir poster that was photographed digitally at the start of the game. The image was then transmitted to Lawton Printing and was distributed to an alliance of other regional digital printers. 7,000 copies of the commemorative poster were then delivered back to Avista Stadium by the end of the third period of the game, and given out to fans in attendance. Quite a feat in such a quick turnaround time!

The Business Thought of the Week

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." Poet Anne Bradstreet

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