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MacKay Manufacturing to nearly double size of plant

MacKay Manufacturing is undergoing a major expansion of their facilities at 10011 East Montgomery. The 50-year-old Spokane company is an industry recognized leader in the manufacture of medical devices and surgical instruments. MacKay has purchased the Wilson Tool and Manufacturing property east of their plant and will remove those buildings to construct an additional 22,000 square feet of space. When completed, the entire building will become a full, two-story, 50,000 square foot plant. They are set to begin construction May 1st on what they expect to be about a 6 month project. Garco Construction is doing the work.

Taste Cafe and Gourmet to Go celebrates three years

Taste Cafe and Gourmet to Go at 2nd and Howard is celebrating their third birthday. 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, Taste's creations are great and good for you. Check out their amazing menu at tastecafespokane.com and stop by today to celebrate with some really good food.

Gem of the Valley Award winners announced

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced their Gem of the Valley Awards of Excellence winners: Small Business of the Year, Tracy Jewelers. Medium Business of the Year, Baker Construction & Development. Large Business, Valley Hospital. And Non-Profit of the Year, Valleyfest. Chuck Stocker was named the Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year. For more award winners go to spokanevalleychamber.org.

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Sante Restaurant and Charcuterie installs upgraded kitchen, launches new menu

After installing their brand-new, upgraded kitchen with high-end equipment and expanded counter space, Sante Restaurant and Charcuterie will open their doors for their official re-launch this Wednesday, February 8. The kitchen will allow Sante to take their culinary skills to the next level, explains Owner and Executive Chef, Jeremy Hansen.

A devastating kitchen fire on December 11th of last year forced the popular downtown restaurant to reduce their service to only breakfast and lunch for over a month, working from a condensed menu of cold sandwiches, charcuterie items, soups and salads. The restaurant, with the use of temporary kitchen equipment, returned to full days and full menu on January 18th, before having to close their doors once more to install their permanent and upgraded kitchen. Wednesday's re-launch celebrates closure on a tough couple of months for the restaurant, and signifies the start of a new era for Sante which is known for producing French cuisine prepared with fresh, organic and locally-grown ingredients. The install of the new kitchen will allow Sante to go the next level of composed food and garnish work, implementing more detail in their dishes than ever before.

Chef Hansen and his team view the fire and recovery time as the ending of one phase for Sante, and the re-launch as the beginning of a new phase. The new phase, Chef Hansen explains, will not only include an enhanced menu, but will consist of expanded cooking classes, consideration of a catering option, and expansion of their house-made charcuterie items.

For more information on Sante Restaurant and Charcuterie, please visit www.santespokane.com or their facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/santespokane.

Women in Business Leadership Awards finalists announced

Inland Business Catalyst Magazine has announced their 2nd Annual Women in Business Leadership Awards finalists. To honor and celebrate the finalists and their achievements (along with those that support them), they will be featured in the next issue of the magazine as well as honored during the Awards Breakfast on March 14th at the Spokane Masonic Center Ballroom from 7:00 to 9:00am. Those interested in attending may register at www.womeninbusinessleadership2012.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $25/person or $200 for a table of 8.

Deanna Davis (Applied Insight)
Dianah Toland (KXLY Radio Group)
Jennifer Johnson (Jennifer's Auto Sales)

Denielle Waltermire Stuhlmiller (Simply Northwest)
Bryn West (River Park Square)
Andrea Estes (AE Consulting, LLC)

Anna Twohig (Greenleaf Landscaping)
Kate Armstrong (Itron)
Nancy Isserlis (Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, P.S.)

Julie Sheldon (Inland NW Baby)
Maria Walker (Spokane Humane Society)
Mollie Dalpae (Mid-City Concerns)

Spokane Visitors Guide wins national honor

Visit Spokane's most recent Spokane Regional Visitors Guide was just awarded a silver medal by the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA). For 20 years, NATJA has awarded excellence in travel writing, photography and promotion. The organization awards winners in nearly 60 categories.

Visit Spokane's winning publication is an 88-page full-color magazine. Annually, the CVB prints 120,000 with three different covers. The magazine includes beautiful pictures, colorful stories and must-have information for travelers and locals alike.

The 2012-2013 Visitors Guide is now in development and every year Visit Spokane adds fresh content as destinations grow and change. Last year, two new sections debuted, Spokane's Heritage and Distinctive Communities & Neighborhoods.

Hillyard e-newsletter celebrates two years

The 'Hillyard Hobo Bulletin' is two years old. The e-newsletter has allowed many people to remember the 'Good Old Days', childhood or experiences of the community as well as reporting on the many businesses in Hillyard. The Bulletin also keeps the community alive by sharing news and events, so others can experience all the history in the Hillyard area today and tomorrow. Hillyard photos, articles, and experiences are always welcomed by the Bulletin. Community reporters are asked to contribute their happenings.

The 'Hillyard Hobo Bulletin' has grown to over 9,200 readers throughout the area in a short time. To subscribe send an email to pfarnsworth@juno.com. The phone number is 509-217-5543.

New Home, Same Great Service

As of January 31st 2012, Havenwood Caregiver Services has a new permanent home. Havenwood has been providing quality in home care for senior citizens in and around Spokane for over 10 years. Their new office location is 303 E. Wellesley Avenue.

Havenwood provides essential services that enable seniors to remain in their homes as long as they choose to do so. Services include meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, medication reminders, bathing and toileting assistance. Havenwood will also provide transportation to medical appointments or grocery shopping trips.

For more information call 509-535-1546 or go to www.havenwoodhomecare.com.

Riverfront Park Job Fair is this Sunday

The 20th Annual City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department Job Fair is scheduled to take place this Sunday, February 12, in the Riverfront Park IMAX Theater in the main pavilion area from 11am to 3pm.

Hosted by Riverfront Park, the Job Fair provides information on 200+ spring and summer positions at Riverfront Park, Merkel Sports Complex and the City's Aquatic Centers.

Positions at Riverfront Park include; Attraction Attendants for the Carrousel, SkyRide, Tour Train, and Pavilion Rides, Concession and Ticket Cashiers, Food Service Cooks, Storeroom Attendants, IMAX Theater Projectionist, Facilities and Grounds Maintenance, Security Officers, Electro-Mechanical Technicians, Guest Service Representatives, Manito Park Bench Cafe Staff and Leads in all areas.

Riverfront Park staff will be on hand to answer employment questions and distribute applications for these seasonal positions. All applicants must be age 16 or older by March 6th. Some positions require applicants to be 18 or older to apply. Seniors, teachers, students and those interested in working part-time flexible schedules are encouraged to apply.

Riverfront park seasonal spring positions begin mid-March during which most employees work 10-15 hours per week. The summer season begins June 15th and most seasonal positions offer employees the opportunity to work 30-40 hours per week. Wages start at $9.05 per hour.

The Merkel Sports Complex & Aquatic Centers will also be looking to fill positions and will have representatives on hand with information and applications. Positions available include; Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Cashiers, Food Service/Concessions, and Facilities Maintenance. Lifeguard applicants need only be 15 years old at time of application and be prepared to attend a training class during the spring.

Those planning to attend the Job Fair are encouraged to go on line at www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com or www.spokaneparks.org and bring a completed application with them to the job fair. Those unable to attend the job fair are encouraged to return a completed application to Guest Services in the Riverfront Park pavilion lobby, 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week. All hiring will be done from the applications on file; resumes should only be submitted with a completed application.

Applications will also be available at the Job Fair for those without computer access.

GU Graduate School hosts Business Information Meetings

Gonzaga University's Graduate School of Business will be hosting a series of Information Meetings this spring for their MBA, Master of Accountancy (MAcc) and MBA in Healthcare Management programs. Gonzaga's MBA program ranks No. 1 in Eastern Washington and No. 3 in Washington State for part-time programs. The MAcc program ranks No. 26 nationally.

Upcoming Information Meetings:
Tuesday, February 7, MBA Information Meeting from 5:30 - 7pm at Gonzaga's Jepson Center of Business Administration
Monday, February 13, MBA Information Meeting from 5:30 - 7pm at Gonzaga's Jepson Center of Business Administration
Tuesday, February 28, MBA & MAcc Information Meeting from 5:30 - 7pm at the Coeur d'Alene Resort
Tuesday, March 6, MBA in Healthcare Management Information Meeting from 5:30 - 7pm at Gonzaga's Jepson Center of Business Administration.

Visit www.gonzaga.edu/mbainfomtg for more information.

NAWBO Event this week

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of the Inland Northwest will hold their next meeting this Thursday, February 9 from 5 to 8:30pm at the Lincoln Center in Spokane. Guest speaker is Tony Rubleski, President of Mind Capture Group who will be discussing Referral Magic, including proven ways to generate more referrals, improving your current marketing initiatives and low cost ways to generate repeat business.

Early registration for members is $34, guests $49. Register and pay online at nawbonw.org.

Kids at Heart Charity Lunch to benefit Sacred Heart Children's Hospital

The 7th Annual Kids at Heart Charity lunch will take place Wednesday, February 22 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Spokane Convention Center (original side). Guest speaker is Mark Rypien, former NFL quarterback and Super Bowl MVP, who lost his 3-year-old son to cancer. Hear his story and how he turned tragedy into a legacy. You'll be inspired while raising money for Spokane-area kids. This year's event is packed with fun games and cool prizes. Minimum donation of $100 requested.

Reserve your seat (or an entire table) by visiting www.kidsatheartcharitylunch.org, call Kathy at 509-474-2819 or email at kathy.maurer@providence.org.

INBA Networking Lunch this week

Inland Northwest Business Alliance will hold its networking lunch with guest speaker Jon Snyder, Spokane City Councilman, who will talk about initiatives at the City of Spokane to support small and local businesses (Neighborhood Business Centers, Change of Use, Road Construction etc.) and about current concerns regarding the City Council, local government and current LGBT issues including Marriage Equality.

The lunch will be held this Wednesday, February 8, at nYne Bar & Bistro, 232 W Sprague, starting at 11:30am. Buffet lunch will be served. $20 for members and first time guests; $25 for returning guests. Street and lot parking available. RSVP at inbaspokane.org.

Time for Girl Scout Cookies!

Girl Scouts throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho will soon be selling Girl Scout cookies throughout the council region. All eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies are still just $4 per box. Cookie preorders will begin February 10. Cookies from preorders will be delivered after March 23. Cookie sales outside of local businesses and stores will be available March 23 through April 15. Find the nearest cookies with the Cookie Locator app found at www.gscookiebiz.com.

The annual Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls, their Girl Scout councils and communities. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to fund community service and leadership projects, attend summer camp, buy things in the Girl Scout store, travel to destinations near and far and provide events for girls in their community.

This is the Centennial year for Girls Scouts and several events are scheduled throughout the year and 2012 has been declared the 'Year of the Girl'. Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho serves nearly 8,000 girls and 2,600 adult volunteers in a region encompassing 20 counties in central and eastern Washington and 10 counties in northern Idaho. For more information about the council and the many ways to be involved with Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho visit www.gsewni.org.

The YMCA Retirement Fund Re-elects Kristianne Blake to its Board of Trustees

Blake is President of Kristianne Gates Blake, P.S. accounting firm. Her four-year term on the Fund's Board began January 1, 2012. She serves on the Board's Investment, Audit, and Governance Committees. Blake is a respected supporter of the YMCA, having served as chairman of the board of directors of the YMCA of Inland Northwest in Spokane.

The YMCA Retirement Fund is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, organized and operated for the purpose of providing retirement and other benefits for employees of YMCAs throughout the United States. In 2012, the Fund marks its 90th anniversary, making it one of the oldest private pension plans in the United States. With its beginnings in 1922, the Fund was established over a decade before Social Security, and more than two decades before private pension plans would became a common and normal part of American workers' benefits packages.

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"Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence."
Legendary Vince Lombardi

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