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Spokane's tastiest cafe turns 2

Last Friday was Taste Cafe's 2nd birthday! At Taste, 180 S. Howard, they promise to nourish and delight you every time you visit and to make Taste your favorite place to enjoy their irresistible entrees and treats. Owned and operated by mother and daughter team, Jane and Hannah Heber, Taste is an ideal place for an intimate meal or to pick up something when you can't stay. Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch or just a quick snack on the go, their creations are great and good for you. Better than great, they're fabulous! They use only the highest quality and freshest ingredients and never sacrifice nutrition or quality for any reason.

When speed is important, check out their menu at www.tastecafespokane.com, call, fax or e-mail ahead and your food will be prepared prior to your arrival. Taste also stocks local and boutique wines that you can take out with food for your tasty dinner at home. Taste is open Monday to Friday, 7 am to 4pm and Saturday Brunch 8am to 2pm. The phone is 509-468-2929, fax 509-315-0530 (download faxible form online), the website is www.tastecafespokane.com. Email is info@tastecafespokane.com

Quick! Pick up some flowers at curbside from Epiphany Floral

When you need some flowers and you need them fast, Epiphany Floral, at First and Stevens, offers complimentary curbside pickup service. No need to park, no need to leave the car at all. Just call 624-4075 or email Epiphany Floral at epiphanyfloral@gmail.com, order your flowers, and they'll hand them to you at curbside. You can check out this new floral shop at www.epiphanyfloral.com

Jon Merck achieves national ranking

Jonathan Merck, a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Spokane, has been ranked 4th in the nation for outstanding production by the firm. Merck, a graduate of Notre Dame University, is also president elect of the inland northwest Notre Dame Alumni Association and is the incoming president of Rotaract.

Strong Solutions still going strong

With the one-two punch of Apple and Huppins opening recently, local Apple business Strong Solutions is definitely feeling some impact. But their repairs and business consulting have picked up and they are expanding their class offerings, introducing a free "Welcome to your iPad" class this month in addition to their free "Intro to Mac" class. They will be adding more classes this year as well as seminars on using Macs and iPads in business verticals such as architecture, dental, medical imaging, point of sale and sales. Strong Solutions is also expanding their glass repair for iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads. They are also continuing to support the local community in unique ways, such as giving away an iPad to encourage Bloomies to sign up early for Bloomsday.

Owner Jack-Daniyel Strong feels that Spokane is definitely big enough for Apple, Huppins and Strong Solutions. Apple sets the price on the products they sell, so Strong Solutions differentiates themselves by providing excellent customer service, on-site service and solutions that you're your business needs. The phone number is 509-368-7340 and the website is spokanemac.com.

Jeremy Farnsworth takes over the grill at Spencer's

Longtime Spencer's chef, Jeremy Farnsworth has been named Executive Chef at the steak house. Jeremy has been with Spencer's for Steaks and Chops for 13 years. A graduate of the Spokane Community College Culinary program, he's been a chef for over 20 years.

AWB honors Associated Industries for workplace excellence

Spokane's Associated Industries was one of 10 Washington state employers celebrated by the Association of Washington Business last Thursday, for excellence in protecting, training and compensating their employees. Two other Spokane businesses were also honored, CXT Inc. and Slils'kin

AWB's 2011 Better Workplace Award noted Associated Industries' Innovative Benefit & Compensation Programs in the category of fewer than 25 employees. AWB's awards honor Washington companies that have set the bar for workplace safety, job training and advancement, and innovative benefit and compensation programs. The honor was presented to Associated Industries Cher Merrill, Vice-President of Public Relations and Communications, Thursday during AWB's annual Legislative Day in Olympia.

Haskins Steel Co., Inc. is ISO 9001-2008 Certified

Haskins Steel Co., Inc., one of the area's largest Metal Service Centers serving Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Western Montana and Northeast Oregon., was certified by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc. of Troy, MI as ISO 9001-2008 Quality Management System compliant. The International Organization for Standards is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, one from each of 163 countries. ISO promotes the development of standardization and related activities in the world to better facilitate international trade and cooperation. ISO's work results in international agreements which are published as International Standards. In addition to the ISO standards certification, Haskins Steel Co. invests in state-of-the-art equipment and a knowledgeable staff to provide customers with high-quality metal center services. For additional information on Haskins Steel Co. or its products and services, contact them at 800-541-6354 or visit their website at www.haskinssteelinc.com. You may send emails to cdias@haskinssteelinc.com

Extreme Telecom Data, Inc. opens in Spokane

Extreme Telecom Data, Inc. (ETDI) opened for business in January 2011, offering local area businesses competitive solutions for their telecommunication challenges. The firm is owned and managed by Spokane local, Lee Houk, formerly with Northwest Communications Center, Ltd (NCCL). Houk, with over 21 years of sales management experience, nearly a decade spent in the telecom management field, has developed a business model that will offer business consumers telecommunication solutions independent of their business size or system complexity.

Extreme Telecom Data offers service on existing systems as well as new installations, from simple two-line to complex multiple line systems. ETDI will also offer a 24/7 service center, able to service multiple brands, including AVAYA, Extreme Networks, Plantronics, Netgear, APC and more. Extreme Telecom Data, Inc. will serve Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. For additional information, call Lee Houk, 509-720-1277, by e-mail info@extrememtelecomdata.com or online at www.extremetelecomdata.com.

Aaron Rollins joins Interlink Advantage

Aaron Rollins has joined Interlink Advantage to oversee a new sales and marketing department. Rollins brings over 15 years of sales and marketing experience and most recently served as Director of Sales & Marketing for Smart Smoke Inc and was previously with Comcast Spotlight and Telect Inc. Interlink Advantage is a full-service technology solutions firm that specializes in working with business ranging from 10-50 employees. Founded in 1994, Interlink has grown steadily through referrals from existing customers and word of mouth. The hiring of Rollins is a strategic step toward further growth. The website is www.interlinkadvantage.com and the phone number is 509-465-1234.

Ed Reese and Get Listed University class is February 25

Get Listed University, featuring local internet guru Ed Reese, will be at Northern Quest Resort & Casino February 25th for a day-long Internet marketing workshop. The hours are 7:30 am check-in, 8:30 - 5 pm program, 5-6:30pm networking. This yearly conference is a no-brainer for any organization that wants to learn search engine optimization tips and techniques from some of the most respected experts in the industry. For those that attended last year, they've expanded from last years format to include a full-day workshop, hands-on lab, local success stories, and a lot of new information. Also, Google has provided $100 Google Adwords Coupons for all attendees! Anyone in businesses in Spokane interested in local search, SEO, blogging, social media, analytics, and a day's worth of do-it-yourself tips should really consider attending the event. Go to getlisted.org/university/Spokane.aspx. LaunchPad INW members (good time to join if you're not signed up) get the discounted $119 price of the regular $149, just enter LAUNCHPADINW. Go to launchpadinw.com for membership information.

Steve Utt new president at RiverBank

Steve Utt, one of the founders of RiverBank in 2006, and chief credit officer, has been named president of the bank, taking the position over from Duane Brandenburg, who remains as chief executive officer. Utt has a 25 year banking career and has worked at Farmers and Merchants as well as AmercianWest.

The Business Thought of the Week

The business thought of the week on this Super Bowl Monday, is from the legendary Vince Lombardi: "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."

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