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Old World Christmas is having another record year

The Spokane company, owned by Tim and Beth Merck, manufactures and sells glass ornaments and holiday collectibles all over the world. This time of year they open their outlet store at 4700 East Main, between Freya and Havana and offer their ornaments at below wholesale prices. One of their new lines is the collegiate collection which features footballs, basketballs, jerseys and other designs of most major college teams. For more information go to their website, oldworldchristmas.com.

Annual Economic Forecast, Nov. 15

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), in partnership with the Journal of Business, will host the 14th Annual Economic Forecast on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am at the Spokane Convention Center. Dr. John W. Mitchell of M&H Consultants and Dr. Grant Forsyth, professor of economics at Eastern Washington University, will share their views of the economic road ahead for Spokane and Kootenai counties. Go to greaterspokane.org for more information and to register.

Quisenberry Wins National Recognition for Workplace Flexibility

Quisenberry Marketing and Design has been selected as an Honorable Mention recipient of the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. Programs and policies that allow for flextime, part-time work, compressed workweeks and more have placed the agency in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of flexibility.

Coleen Quisenberry, owner and president of Quisenberry Marketing and Design, shares, "I have always felt that people who love their jobs are more likely to give it their all, so I try to consider what they need as much or more than what the company needs from them. It is really the old philosophy of - give and you shall receive." At Quisenberry, the employees are allowed to be creative, independent and have flexible work schedules, which makes for a very motivated and productive staff.

Creating workplace flexibility requires cooperation from employers and employees. Arranging for employees' schedules to work with their personal lives reduces unnecessary stress for all involved. Flexibility can also increase job satisfaction, heighten productivity, and help retain and recruit talent.

For more information on Quisenberry Marketing and Design, visit www.quisenberry.net.

Alison At Your Service! provides holiday help

Alison At Your Service! Can give you an extra pair of hands to help you be the Host or Hostess with the Mostest this holiday season, with experienced cooking, catering, cleaning and concierge services. Alison has organized and arranged everything from garages to gift baskets in preparation for parties and events in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene areas. She is a licensed bartender and food handler who can provide a memorable company buffet or cocktail soiree. Alison At Your Service! is available for evening and weekend set-up, serving and clean-up duties. They can even arrange for live music for your event. Schedule now by calling 509-998-0598.

The Queen is coming to Spokane

The YWCA of Spokane announced today that Queen Latifah will be coming to Spokane for a one-of-a-kind event, entitled 'A Conversation with the Queen: A Night of Triumph with Queen Latifah.' The evening will feature Queen Latifah sharing her own true stories of challenge and triumph which have shaped her life and inspired countless women across the world. The event will raise money for the YWCA's unduplicated programs to empower women, providing services which help thousands of women each year overcome domestic violence, access important services for their children, and secure employment and housing.

'A Conversation with the Queen: A Night of Triumph with Queen Latifah.' will be held March 22, 2012 at the Spokane Arena's Star Theatre. Tickets go on sale today, Monday, November 7th at 10am at the Spokane Arena Box Office (720 West Mallon Ave), all TicketsWest Outlets, TicketsWest.com and 800-325-SEAT.

Corporate sponsorships and group ticket sales are both available. Contact Betsy Godlewski at the YWCA at 509-789-9304 and betsyg@ywcaspokane.org.

Fashion Jewelry Brand trunk show Thursday at The Make-Up Studio

Spokane native, Arianna Brooke is introducing her fashion-forward jewelry line, Millianna, to Spokane with a trunk show hosted by Julie Farley at The Make-Up Studio, Thursday, November 10th. Fifteen percent of the evening's profits will be donated to World Relief Spokane, part of Brooke's source for production.

Millianna has signed with the country's top jewelry showroom, Fragments, based in Manhattan, and has sold to department stores such as Bloomingdale's and Henri Bendel. In addition to a strong specialty store business, Millianna has acquired international accounts in Canada, Japan, China and the Philippines.

Millianna has also been gaining favor in Hollywood, having been selected for inclusion in the Oscar Gift Basket and featured in the television series, Gossip Girl.

Advanced Aesthetics changes the permanence of a bad tattoo.

Dr. Kevin Johnson at Advanced Aesthetics in Coeur d'Alene is one of five doctors in America to offer the latest breakthrough in tattoo removal. Dr. Johnson reported that this new tattoo removal laser operates on 4 different wavelengths to get deep into the skin where the ink resides. Multiple laser wavelengths mean they can remove even the most stubborn colors. The results are astonishing as your skin goes back to its original appearance.

"This procedure is offering hope to many people who want to leave behind a bad tattoo, or any tattoo. The memories may still linger, but at least after this process, you won't have to be reminded of the memory every time you look in the mirror." Dr. Johnson added.

The mission of Dr. Johnson and Advanced Aesthetics is 'Advanced Techniques, Beautiful Results'. Call for an appointment at 1-855-drkevin (1-855-375-3846) or view the website at drkevinmd.com.

Advanced Concepts in Manufacturing opens

Advanced Concepts in Manufacturing, LLC has leased approximately 5,600 square feet of space in Building #2 of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Their primary business is the repair of manufacturing equipment. Michael Syrcle is the Managing Partner.

Local Heroes to be Honored on November 10th

The local Chapter of the American Red Cross will be honoring sixteen outstanding individuals and organizations for their service to our community at the 2011 Honoring Hometown Heroes Luncheon on November 10th at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Heroes will be recognized in several categories including Medical, Law Enforcement, Military and Animal Rescue. The public is invited to attend this free event to celebrate the acts of heroism and service that have taken place in our community during the last year. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be a special guest speaker. A few seats are still available. RSVP by November 8th by calling 509-321-6058.

INBA Networking lunch this week

The Inland Northwest Business Alliance Networking Lunch is this Wednesday, November 9, at Rain Bar & Grill, 1007 W 1st Ave. Check in and networking begins at 11:30am with lunch at noon, followed by guest speaker, Kevin Parker, State Representative for Spokane's 6th District. Cost is $20 for members and first time guests, $25 for returning guests. For more information or to RSVP, www.inbaspokane.org.

Spokane to star in a local film

Spokane film maker Serena Belsby's film 'The Merry Graingers' which starts filming here in December is about uniting a community and bringing a strong message of love, forgiveness and hope. The film is supported by IFP which is a film organization that has 501c3 status so the producers are raising the funds to make the film via contributions. The people and companies contributing get a tax deduction and they are able to make a film. They are in their final push to raise the required funds. On Nov 22 several restaurants and bars in town will be giving the film 15% of their sales that day. They are doing a Facebook campaign encouraging people to go to selected places to eat, drink and be merry. People are asked either $5, $10 or $15. If they donate $15 they get a guaranteed invite to the cast wrap party being thrown by SPOKANE/CDA LIVING. They are in their final push to raise $50,000. The website is www.merrygraingers.com and the Facebook page is The Merry Graingers.

The Business Thought of the Week

"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."
Nelson Mandela

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