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Stacey Cowles honored with Leadership Spokane 2015 Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Stacey Cowles was selected for the Leadership Spokane 2015 Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for his incredible support of both Leadership Spokane and for his extraordinary leadership within the region moving the Inland Northwest forward. He currently serves as the president of Cowles Company and is the publisher of The Spokesman-Review. His accomplishments are many and he has served on numerous boards and positions within the community, seeking to better the quality of life throughout our region. He is the founding chairman of the Downtown Spokane Partnership and past chairman of the Washington (State) Business Roundtable.

He serves on the executive board of Inland Northwest Council and Boy Scouts of America. He is also a trustee of the Harriet Cheney Cowles Foundation. Leadership Spokane Executive Director Brian Newberry complimented his many accomplishments: "Beyond his commitment to building the region economically and also supporting a multitude of philanthropic causes, he remains an ardent supporter of Leadership Spokane and believes that investing in leaders will reap rich dividends for Spokane's bright future."

Leadership Spokane created the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award to honor the many contributions of the more than 1,100 graduates of the program since its inception in 1982. This award recognizes alumni who are the embodiment of Leadership Spokane's mission of cultivating and inspiring diverse leaders to build effective communities.

You can learn more about Leadership Spokane a their website leadershipspokane.org

Tamarack Public House to open soon across from the Bing

Another new restaurant is opening soon in downtown Spokane at 912 W. Sprague across from the Bing Crosby Theater. Tamarack Public House, which is in a 120 year old building, is owned by Teresa and Leo Gonder. The grand opening is set for New Year's Eve but they will have a soft opening soon.

Tamarack Public House's menu, which features a farm-to-table focus with locally sourced products, organic ingredients and fresh meats, caters to vegans, the gluten-free as well as meat lovers. The restaurant also features an event loft with a private bar and they are currently booking Christmas parties for throughout December.

You can get more info on Tamarack's facebook page.

Whiz Kids moving to new location in River Park Square

After nine years there's a new location in River Park Square for Whiz Kids toy store. Whiz Kids will be moving into a beautiful new space on the third floor next to Nordstrom in mid to late January. Whiz Kids has been locally owned by Jan St. George for the past five years. Business continues in the current location on River Park Square's second floor through the holidays.

HDG is doing the design work for the new store

EWU Bookstore kiosk open through December 24 at River Park Square

The Eagles have landed at River Park Square. For the fourth consecutive year, the EWU Bookstore will have a kiosk featuring university merchandise on the third level of River Park Square in front of the movie theaters. Through Dec. 24, fans will find Eastern apparel for all ages, license plate frames, flags, holiday ornaments and much more.

Two valuable training sessions from Associated Industries coming up

Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest is hosting two important training sessions for businesses.

December 8: Protecting your business from workplace fraud (a collaboration with GU students).

December 10: Goldilocks and business records (AIIN gets lots of questions from their members about which records they should keep!).

Associated Industries also announces new board members and slate of officers: Bill Robinson, Chairman, Robinson Research; Brandon Tanner, Vice-chair, Rentsys Recovery Systems; Cam Buffington, Secretary-Treasurer, Colmac Industries; Mark Kammers, immediate past chair, Enduris; Kevin Cox, board of directors, CliftonLarsonAllen; Pat DeVries, board of directors, DeVries Business Services; Randy Kembel, board of directors, Nuvodia IT; Don Poffenroth, board of directors, Dry Fly Distillery and Christine Smith, board of directors, HOTSTART, Inc. For more information about Associated Industries go to aiin.net.

aNeMonE Hand Made Paper Flowers' new sign is stunning

aNeMonE Hand Made Paper Flowers new sign brightens up the neighborhood at the corner of Second and Bernard. It's the whole side of their building and it's as stunning as the paper flowers and gifts inside. The paper flower business, located at at 301 West Second, was born in November of 2002 after owner Mary Eberle made more than 600 beautiful, handmade paper flowers for her autumn wedding. In the years since, her business has grown and transformed a full-scale paper florist, offering custom floral arrangements, wedding flowers, prom boutonnieres and corsages, rental services, do-it-yourself classes and wonderful gift items.

aNeMonE is open at their 301 West Second location from 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday. This holiday season aNeMonE is also located on the main floor of River Park Square, right near the concierge desk and is open mall hours. The website is handmadepaperflowers.com.

Girl Scouts of the USA launches Digital Cookie website and app

Girl Scouts of the USA has announced the launch of Digital Cookie, a new website and mobile application that allows Girl Scouts to sell cookies digitally for the first time in the program's history, giving girls valuable 21st century entrepreneurial skills.

While Digital Cookie represents an exciting evolution of the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, the virtual sales platform that launches in the 2014-2015 cookie season is phase one of what will become a much broader and more robust program. Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho is not participating in the initial program phase due to the different cookie price points as Idaho charges sales tax on Girl Scout cookies.

GSEWNI will still be participating in traditional booth and door-to-door sales of Girl Scout Cookies in the upcoming cookie season. Cookie pre-orders will begin February 6, 2015 and booth sales run March 16-April 12, 2015.

GSWENI will evaluate phase one of the Digital Cookie platform at the end of the current cookie season and make a decision about its implementation in our council for the 2015-2016 cookie season. For information about GSEWNI's 2014-2015 cookie sale, visit gsweni.org.

Ten Capital Investment Advisors experiences rapid growth

Ten Capital Investment Advisors is a relatively young firm but not young in experience. They have financial advisors in almost every decade between their 20's and 70's, and have experienced rapid growth this past year adding new assets of approximately $50 Million bringing them to around $180 million under management.

Recently Ten Capital Investment Advisors finalized a deal with Inland Northwest Bank to serve as the bank's investment solution for its clients and customers. It is a relationship both sides are excited to offer and another example of the momentum Ten Capital is currently experiencing.

They also use an innovative team based approach to serve clients. Instead of the classic single advisor per client relationship; Ten Capital's clients benefit from their in-house analytics team, communications department, and retirement planning group at no additional cost. One may think you pay more for this service but their fees are very competitive, and below most national firms.

Ten Capital offers many unique education and social opportunities to the community including monthly 'Lunch & Learn' opportunities at their offices and Quarterly Investment Outlook & Socials with guest speakers from around the country. All events are posted at tencapital.com/events and they welcome anyone to attend. Ten Capital believes that in addition to managing clients' finances, it's important to put real effort into deepening the relationship they have with each client.

The website is tencapital.com and the phone number is 509-325-2003.

Providence Spokane Heart Institute announces regional director

Robert (Bob) Hunter has accepted the position as the regional director for Providence Spokane Heart Institute (PSHI). Providence Spokane Heart Institute provides comprehensive cardiac care for patients of all ages, including complex interventional diagnostics and treatment.

As regional director, Hunter will serve as cardiovascular clinical program director with responsibility across hospital inpatient, outpatient and PMG clinical settings.

Hunter comes to Providence most recently from Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio - a not-for-profit seven-hospital system. He worked in the Summa Health System for ten years and served as vice president of cardiovascular service. Prior to joining the Summa Health System, he also served 15 years in a variety of leadership roles at Cleveland Clinic, including associate administrator of cardiovascular medicine. He holds an MBA, and Master of Arts in Hospital and Health Administration.

Trindera Engineering hires Frank Garcia as Recruitment Coordinator

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm with offices in Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, announces the recent hiring of Frank Garcia as Recruitment Coordinator. Frank is located in Trindera Engineering's Coeur d'Alene office.

Garcia holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Jose State University. He has over fifteen years of experience in employee relations and recruiting. Most recently as a Sr. Workforce Consultant at Idaho Department of Labor.

Numerica Credit Union welcomes Rick Seidel as Lyons Branch Manager

Rick Seidel, previously the branch manager at Numerica Credit Union's Airway Heights Branch, recently transferred to the credit union's Lyons branch as the branch manager.

Seidel joined the Numerica team in March, 2013 as a branch manager, and has been instrumental in helping to increase membership and loan growth for the credit union. Before joining Numerica, Seidel was a general manager for Best Buy for over eight years, and before that, an assistant manager with Home Depot. In conjunction with his financial experience, Seidel offers an extensive background in member service and management thanks to his retail background.

Seidel has a certificate in Swedish Language and Customs from Komux, Sweden.

New West Plains Chamber of Commerce Board Members for 2015

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce has anounced new board members for 2015. Christine Day, NW Heating & Cooling; Doug Kelley, Avista Utilities; Harlan Shellabarger, Cheney Free Press; and Stacey Foster, Eastern Washington University.

RLHC Announces First East Coast Property Acquisition Establishing a Strategic Location for Newest Brand, Hotel RL

Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC) has announced the company has acquired an adaptive reuse property located at Baltimore's Inner Harbor in Maryland. Currently under renovation, the 130-room hotel is expected to open in summer 2015 as the company's first Hotel RL.

The property, with its prime location in a top urban market, is representative of Red Lion Hotels Corporation's strategic vision for Hotel RL Located in downtown Baltimore, the future Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor, 207 East Redwood Street, is known locally as The Keyser Building, a 10-story historic property with a cut-stone facade. The hotel is within walking distance of Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium and is two blocks from the famous Inner Harbor, which has water taxis that ferry passengers to Fells Point, Canton and Fort McHenry. As part of the renovation, the signature design elements of Hotel RL will be incorporated into the property and the hotel will have 600 square feet of technologically advanced meeting space, an exercise room and a business center.

Last month, RLHC launched Hotel RL, its new full-service conversion brand targeted for the top 80 U.S. urban markets. Inspired by the spirit of the Pacific Northwest and designed for consumers with a millennial mindset, Hotel RL is centered on the concept that a hotel should be a town square where visitors and locals meet to collaborate.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Determination that just won't quit, that's what it takes." Four time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt

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