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Pool World's new Central store open at 5710 East Sprague



Pool World, Inc., with four stores in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area, has opened their new Central store at at 5710 East Sprague. The 10,800 square foot building, which formerly housed Dick's Suzuki, is on the north side of Sprague at the driveway to Home Depot and Costco. Pool World's Central store was formerly located at 4808 E. Sprague Avenue (across from Costco).

Pool World was started by Kerry and Lyla Henderson in February 1976 at the Spokane Valley location, 13524 E. Sprague, and has grown to four retail locations in the Inland Northwest. Now under the management of son, Mark Henderson, the pool and spa retailer has three stores in the Spokane area and one in Coeur d'Alene. The acquisition of the new central store location is the latest in a long list of recent remodels and expansions for the company. Pool World opened the Coeur d'Alene location in 2004. They remodeled their North Spokane location on Country Homes Boulevard in 2005. The Spokane Valley location exterior was remodeled in late 2004, and has just recently undergone an interior remodel and expansion.

The phone number for the new central store is 509-534-3843 and the website is www.poolworld.biz.


Amy Young joins Contract Design Associates

Contract Design Associates has hired Amy Young will act as an account manager for CDA. She is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture. Prior to joining CDA she was part of the design team on the Blackrock Resort project.

Unleashed Online Marketing is on the move

Unleashed Online Marketing is a local digital advertising and website optimization firm that is celebrating 2 years in business, a new office location, new team members, and new service offerings. Come join the celebration at 1106 N Washington St. on Thursday, March 3rd from 4-6:30pm. Representatives from Greater Spokane Incorporated will be present to do a ribbon cutting for the new office, and refreshments will be provided by Simply Gourmet and Downriver Grill.

More Information and an online RSVP form is available online at: www.unleashed-online.com.


Fabian Medina joins Seattle Mailing Bureau Direct Spokane office

Seattle Mailing Bureau Direct, a full service mail house, has hired Fabian Medina as Regional Sales Executive for the Spokane area. Medina was previously Senior Account Executive for PED Quarterly Magazine and Spokane Metro Magazine, as well as several other publications. He brings over a decade of account executive experience, and a sound understanding of print advertising. Contact Fabian at 509-389-0394 or fabianm@seattlemailing.com. The website is www.seattlemailing.com.

LaunchPad Professional Development Conference Thursday

LaunchPadINW has become known by members as a source for premier educational seminars and events. On Thursday, March 3rd, LaunchPad will host the first ever "Professional Development Conference." Join other local professionals as featured speakers from around the community lead a variety of workshops detailing the tools necessary to optimize your online presence. Classes range from and include "Building Your Networks for Profitability" to "How to out-Google Google." The event takes place from 9:00am to 12:30pm at ITT Technical Institute at 13518 East Indiana in Spokane Valley. For more information go to www.launchpadinw.com/events/launchpad-professional.

Gonzaga University MBA Program upcoming information meetings

Attend an MBA Spring Information Session at Gonzaga University Graduate School of Business. Upcoming dates are Tues., March 1st, 5:30-7pm at Gonzaga's Jepson Center; Wed. March 2nd, 5:30-7pm, Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Information Meeting at Gonzaga's Jepson Center; Wed. March 16th, 7-8:30am at Gonzaga's Jepson Center; and Tues. 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.

Also from Gonzaga University, the Graduate School of Business Administration has developed a new hybrid model for its MBA in Healthcare Management Program, which will go into effect fall 2011. The new model will include courses with both online and weekend components, with each course given at 50 percent online and 50 percent in the classroom. The hybrid model is being instated to better accommodate the complex work schedules of the healthcare professionals the program seeks to attract. It will also make the program accessible to students throughout Eastern and Central Washington, North Idaho, and Western Montana.

Students will be able to complete the program part time in two to four years. All courses will be available through the new hybrid model beginning fall 2012.

There will be an information meeting June 1, 5:30-7 pm at Gonzaga's Jepson Center. For more information or to RSVP for the information session, contact Colleen Mallon at 509-313-7047 or mallon@gonzaga.edu; or Jinny Piskel at 509-313-3414 or piskel@gonzaga.edu. For more information, visit www.gonzaga.edu/mbahcm.


Provisional Recruiting + Staffing Services Wins Place on 2011 Best of Staffing List

Provisional Recruiting + Staffing, a locally owned and operated firm, has been named to Inavero's "2011 Best of Staffing Client"™ list. Best of Staffing, presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, is the nation's only satisfaction award that recognizes exceptional client service with the staffing industry. Fewer than 1% of North American staffing firms have been named to the "2011 Best of Staffing Client"™ list. Staffing firms competing to make the Best of Staffing list underwent a rigorous client survey process followed by careful analysis of responses to determine satisfaction levels. 2011 Best of Staffing participants secured a place on the list by earning an average Net Promoter Score that was more than double the national staffing industry benchmark for client satisfaction. Inavero's complete Best of Staffing Client List can be viewed at www.bestofstaffing.com.

Founded in 1994, Provisional Recruiting + Staffing has rapidly established itself as the Northwest's leader in financial, legal, healthcare, administrative and technical recruiting for temporary, contract-to-hire and direct hire positions. "Provisional was also the recipient of Inavero's "2010 Best of Staffing"™ list award and numerous other business awards including Washington State's 100 Fastest Growing Companies. For more information please call 509-444-8871 or visit their website at www.provisional.com.


Still time to get a seat at the Guilds' School auction

Reservations are still available for The Spokane Guilds' School's 30th annual dinner and auction on Saturday, March 5th, at 5:30. The event will be held at the Lincoln Center at 1316 N. Lincoln, Spokane, WA 99201. Funds raised at this event will benefit the children and toddlers with disabilities that attend the Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center.

This year's theme is Lights, Camera, Auction! The evening's events will include a silent auction, featuring approximately 200 items donated by local businesses and supporters. Four raffles will be featured, giving guests the chance to win high ticket items such as a Philip Stein diamond watch, valued at $1,850.00 donated by Jewelry Design Center, a Weber or Traeger Grill donated by Pool World, a men's Trek 3700 mountain bike donated by North Division Bicycle Shop, or a 50" Panasonic Plasma television, to name just a few.

The silent auction will be followed by dinner, catered by Beacon Hill Events. The loud auction will follow dinner and will feature items such as exclusive private wine tastings and dinners at local restaurants like Savory and Downriver Grill, or a week's stay in Palm Desert, CA with airfare for 4 included, or one-of-a-kind adventures, such as a flight in a vintage Stearman aircraft, or a dinner cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Visit the online catalog to see a few loud auction items sgsnc.ejoinme.org/loudauction. Call Korin Neal at 509-326-1651 or email at kneal@guildschool.org to reserve your seats today. You can also register online at sgsnc.ejoinme.org/registration.

"Biggest Loser" winner coming to Spokane Club

Ali Vincent is living proof that we become what we believe is possible. The first female to be named The Biggest Loser on the popular reality TV show of the same name, Vincent's journey of transformation is inspirational for all of us--whether our goal is to shave a little time off our Bloomsday race or shave inches off our waistlines for good. Vincent is bringing her inspiring message to the Spokane Club on March 10 at 6pm. The event is open to the public; tickets are $ 25. Call 838-8511 to purchase.

One of the key pieces of Vincent's transformation is learning the power of setting goals. "There is no pre-set destination for the rest of your life," she says. "If you want to make progress in anything, you have to set goals. Make them challenging and face the fear. Your commitment, follow-through and consistency will get you there."

While Vincent is a strong advocate for healthy, balanced eating, she's not big on dieting. "There are no new truths in dieting," she says. "There has to be something in you, a truth in you that drives you forward." Vincent's truth led her to The Biggest Loser competition, where she lost 122 pounds and gained a world of health and new opportunities.

Imagine what you can do when you discover and act on your own truth. It's powerful and it's yours to explore on March 10, 6pm at the Spokane Club. Call 838-8511 to reserve your tickets. Seating is limited, so call today.

Gentlemen start your engines

On the first weekend of June 2011, the high-pitched whine of Ferrari, Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Lotus race cars will mix with the low rumble of Corvettes, Ford Cobras, Chevrolet Camaros and Ford Mustangs as the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) holds the first annual "Spokane Festival of Speed" at Spokane County Raceway. More than 150 vintage sports cars, sedans, and formula racing cars of the 1950s, '60s and '70s are expected to travel from all over the Pacific Northwest to compete in three days of racing on the long straights and tight hairpin corners of the 2.25-mile road course.

Racing enthusiasts Bill Simer, Jim Sullivan, Bruce Hunt, Jim Sloane and Paul Jaremko are the local organizers for this SOVREN event; Jaremko Nissan and other local businesses are providing sponsorship and support to cover event expenses. Sanctioning for this first-ever vintage race car event in Spokane was made possible, in part, by the recent revisions and safety improvements made to the race track by Spokane County. These revisions to the road course make the racing facility a much more attractive venue for the rare and expensive vintage race cars that compete in the SOVREN racing series, as well as making the facility safer for participants and spectators. All spectator admissions from the race will benefit the Parkinson's Resource Center of Spokane (the PRC), a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization that offers a unique and comprehensive menu of free services to Inland Northwest PD clients and their family members, caregivers and friends who support them. The vision of founder Ed Ewell, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1999, and his wife Jacquie has come to fruition with the PRC and its mission: "Serving to enhance the quality of life of people affected by Parkinson's disease through empowerment, education and awareness."

For more information about the PRC, visit the website www.SpokaneParkinsons.org or Facebook page, follow along on Twitter, or phone the office at 509-473-2490. For more information about the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN), visit www.sovren.org. Contact: Jim Sloane, Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts, 509-220-4655 or by email james.sloane@painehamblen.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Leadership comes when your hope and your optimism are matched with a concrete vision of the future and a way to get there. People won't follow you if they don't believe you can get to where you say you're going." Seth Godin





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