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Launch Pad's Championship networking event is Thursday

LaunchPad is planning their biggest Quarterly Networking Event ever at Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center this Thursday, March 24th from 5 to 8 pm. Most Launch Pad events attract 250 people but at this one they expect as many as 500. The Sweet Sixteen starts that day and all the games will be on multiple big screen TV sets (even though sadly our Zags are not playing), there will be DJ music, complimentary appetizers, no host beverages, and just about everybody who is anybody will be there, so you should be there too. Get more information at launchpadinw.com.

Business Catalyst magazine celebrates Spokane's outstanding women

The new March/April 2011 issue of Inland Business Catalyst is on newsstands! The 12 Women in Business Leadership Award winners are featured along with Hospitality and Business Travel, the BIG Business of Mother's Day gift sales and much more business news for the region's business owners, leaders and managers. Pick up a copy today! You can find more information at www.ibcatalyst.com.

Breaking News: Trader Joe's breaks ground

Great news for Trader Joes fans, they have started construction on their new Spokane store in Lincoln Heights. They plan on being open in October.

Referee Photo has moved to make room for Trader Joes.

Funky Junk Antique Show is April 9 and 10

Open the door to the very vintage, very modern, one and only Funky Junk Antique Show & Crafts Market. It's Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th, 10 am to 4 pm at the Irish Dance Hall Grange in Chattaroy $2 Admission; 12 and under free (good both days). Train ride tickets available for the mini-railroad for the little junkers.

Experience the fun and funky event that is Funky Junk. Affordable vintage, modern and re-purposed finds for every style from 30 plus amazing vendors, food, live music and much more.

To get there: Take Hwy 2 north from Spokane; right on Elk-Chattaroy Rd; veer right onto Big Meadows; and follow the signs to junking home-sweet-home. For more information go to www.funkyjunkantiqueshow.com.

Ciao Mambo is open at Riverside and Lincoln

This is the 5th location for the brand with the first one originating in the resort town of Whitefish, MT back in 2001. The Italian restaurant is open for dinner everyday starting at 4 pm. They anticipate opening for lunch in May.

Ciao Mambo is known for its immigrant style Italian cuisine prepared in-house right before the guest's very eyes. They take great pride in being a made-to-order scratch kitchen, setting them apart from the typical restaurant chain. Ciao Mambo is a place where the adults can enjoy a nice bottle of wine with friends, while the kids are entertained by coloring on the butcher paper or even learning how to toss their own pizza with the crew.

With creative twists on classic recipes there is something for everyone in the family. Menu items include irresistible pastas, hand-tossed brick oven pizzas and classic antipasti. The wine list includes both Italian, American and Northwest favorites. Guests can also try some uniquely styled cocktails like the Cosmo Bellisimo, Caprese Martini and Rubicon.

Ciao Mambo is location at 818 W. Riverside Avenue, 509-315-4447, spokane@ciaomambo.com. Reservations accepted for parties of 8 or more. Otherwise, they set on a first come first serve basis.

Other locations include Billings, MT, Missoula, MT, and Hayden, ID.

Seven is a lucky number for Spokane Zerorez.

Zerorez is currently celebrating seven successful years. This environmentally-friendly carpet and surface cleaning company recently moved up to a 7,000-square-foot facility, and are adding their seventh truck to their fleet. Despite a lagging economy, Zerorez keeps growing due to the great recommendations of their customers. Their patented process uses no soap, shampoos, or detergents, which means there's no residue left behind to attract new dirt. Having grown from the days when it was just "one guy and a truck," Zerorez Spokane is celebrating their lucky sevens as they grow their fleet, their facilities, and their positive reach into the community.

They have also been running television and radio commercials featuring Rick and Teresa Lukens. Thanks for that! It's so nice to see them again on TV.

For more information call Zerorez 509-922-5326 or log on to www.zerorezspokane.com.

Apricot Lane Boutique to open at River Park Square

Apricot Lane Boutique, a Tri-Cities based, locally owned destination for trend setting styles, fashion forward designs and branded apparel announces plans to open in Spokane, in River Park Square in late spring. Combined with affordable jewelry, accessories and handbags as well as gifts in one fun and comfortable atmosphere, husband and wife team, Jen and Bill Ackerman are excited to expand their business with their second Apricot Lane Boutique.

Not only does Apricot Lane have looks for both mothers and daughters; teens through 50's, the store is also owned by a mom herself who prides herself in staying on top of the latest looks for all ages.

With Jen's passion for clothes and her husband Bills passion for business these two have proven they have the tools to create a successful modern day family business. The couple own and run Apricot Lane Boutique in Kennewick in the Columbia Center Mall and will open their newest Washington location soon as well as plan to take their stores into other states very shortly.

Stay tuned for the latest information about grand opening details for the new Spokane location at www.apricotlanekennewick.com.

Workshop for Local Businesses

Business owners and managers located along the sites of planned local street and utility construction projects are invited to a workshop designed to help them cope with these projects on Thursday, March 24, from 7:30 to 9 am in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

The free workshop, titled "Open For Business: Making the Best of Rough Road Construction," is intended to help businesses plan for and manage the disruptive impacts of local street construction. The workshop is a partnership between the City and the Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). PRSA members are volunteering their time and expertise to help interested businesses.

Mayor Verner is committed to helping the Spokane business community pursue economic recovery in 2011 and good-paying jobs. She noted last week that Boeing's win of the air-refueling tanker contract will provide a significant boost to local businesses and jobs.

Chinese Culture House opens in Spokane

Chinese Culture House at 827 West 2nd Avenue is a new business that offers classes on Chinese Culture, both traditional and modern. Instruction is given on Situation Language, Chinese practice, habits and custom, arts and handy craft skills, travel preps, business & culture awareness, AP Chinese & SATII Chinese Tutoring and more. Chinese Culture House also offers classes on the ancient martial art, Tia Chi Chuan and Chinese breathing meditation, Qi-Gong. All instruction is provided by Chinese professionals with more than 30 years of teaching, training and working. For more information, call 509-416-6085 or email info@chineseculturehouse.com. The website is www.chineseculturehouse.com.

Valley Resource Trade Show is Wednesday at Mirabeau Park Hotel

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the 2011 Valley Resource Trade Show on Wednesday March 23, from 2 to 7pm. The show will be located at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center at 1100 N Sullivan Rd. in the Spokane Valley.

Admission is free to the public, though there is a charge of $25 to attend one workshop, or both for $35. The first workshop is at 1pm: Josh Wade of Launchpad will speak on "Making a Profit With Social Media." The 2pm workshop is entitled, "Present Yourself" with Michael Murray of Toastmasters.

There will be a no-host bar for refreshments. Prize drawings from each of the exhibitors begin at 6:30. The Grand Prize is a Spa Weekend for 2 valued at $500 sponsored by the Northern Quest Casino.

After Hours Networking, sponsored by Mountain West Bank, will be held from 5pm until the show closes at 7pm.

The Business Thought of the Week

The golden rule for every business person is this: Put yourself in your customer's place. Orison Swett Marden

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