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Prime Real Estate Group Gains Credentials and Employees

Melissa Murphy's Prime Real Estate Group of Spokane is making gains. The company recently hired licensed real estate agents Jason Ayers and Wendi Helmick, as well as naming Lisa Frandsen as Director of Operations. Additionally, Melissa Murphy, company founder, has earned the Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) designation through the Institute of Residential Marketing.

Ayers, a former Coeur d'Alene police officer and North Idaho native, received his real estate license in 2009. He is licensed in Washington and Idaho. Helmick, a Gonzaga graduate with a degree in Business Management became a Realtor in 2005. Frandsen comes to Prime from Nordstrom, where she served for the past 20 years. Her most recent assignment was opening a full line store in San Antonio Texas.

Murphy, who has an MBA from Gonzaga University, founded Prime Real Estate Group earlier this year as a progressive alternative to traditional real estate brokerages. Prime offers full listing services that include pre-inspections, home staging consultations, custom signage and professional photography on all listings. The company is located at 417 W. First in Spokane, and can be found at propertybyprime.com.

Switch Up Web & Marketing move to valley location

Switch Up Web & Marketing is a full service website development company owned by Jennifer Ferraro and Kirt Runolfson, president of Interlink. Jennifer has been in website development since 2001 and is the former co-owner of Spokane Web Communications, a company that developed hundreds of local websites in their eight years in business.

Switch Up Web just moved, along with technology and IT partner Interlink (formerly Interlink Advantage) to 609 N. Argonne Rd. in the valley.

Switch Up develops websites and corresponding marketing materials for companies such as business cards, letterhead, brochures, postcards and other print materials. They also develop logos for businesses as well as "total package" branding. They just recently launched a new website for Spokandy just in time for the holiday season. Their website is switchupweb.com

STCU offers carriage rides in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene

For 12 years, STCU has worked with community partners to provide holiday carriage rides that have become a tradition for many Inland Northwest families. This year, they're offering them once again in Downtown Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. Spokane carriage rides, presented by STCU and Downtown Spokane, are now through December 23, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Riders meet the carriage at the corner of Wall Street and Main Avenue. Coeur d'Alene Carriage rides, are December 1-22, Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Riders meet the carriage at the corner of First Street and Sherman Avenue.

Ronell Routon joins the Girl Scouts

Ronell Routon has joined Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho as a marketing and communications specialist. She was previously an account executive for KAYU Fox 28. Routon has a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from Eastern Washington University.

Kathleen Coleman to succeed Dan Johnson as director of sales and marketing at The Spokesman-Review

S-R Media's The Spokesman-Review will appoint Kathleen T. Coleman as Sales & Marketing Director on January 1, 2013, according to company President and Publisher W. Stacey Cowles. Coleman will succeed Daniel M. Johnson who is leaving to join a Phoenix-based newspaper service business at the end of the year.

Coleman has served as S-R Media's Director of Digital Business Operations and New Product Development since 2007. She and her team have been responsible for moving print and digital products from concept to launch including www.kissThebrideNW.com, www.downtoearthNW.com and this year's LiveWELL weekly feature and biannual focus section on health and wellness.

Coleman's background includes work both in media sales and content. She joined The Spokesman-Review in 1997 as Lifestyles & Trends Editor in 1997. In 2000, she became Manager of Promotion & Corporate Communications, and in 2001 took over the newly-formed Consumer Marketing department, which combined circulation service, private party classified and all Spokesman-Review front counter operations into one unit. She is immediate past-president of the International News Media Association, North American division and a member of INMA's international board.

Before joining The Spokesman-Review, Coleman worked at her hometown newspaper, The Yakima Herald-Republic, from 1989-1996. She began as a reporter and columnist, covering the business of health care and social issues. She won numerous regional reporting and writing awards including First Place for Distinguished Feature Writing – 1991 Seattle Times C.B. Blethen Memorial Award. She left the newspaper as Managing Editor in 1996.

Between newspaper jobs, Coleman worked as a writer/strategist at Steve Dahl & Associates, Inc., in Yakima, on accounts including Jenny Craig, Boise Cascade, Lamb Weston and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Coleman graduated from Washington State University in 1987, with a bachelor's degree in Communications – Journalism and served as Editor of WSU's student newspaper, The Daily Evergreen, in spring of 1987. She began her professional newspaper career as a copy editor and reporter at The Bulletin in Bend, Ore., from 1987-1989.

Tom Hormel joins RE/MAX Inland Empire

REALTOR Tom Hormel has been hired as a real estate broker for RE/MAX Inland Empire. He has been in real estate sales for 14 years and previously worked for Century 21 Beutler and Associates. He is a , certified residential specialist, an accredited buyer representative, and has earned an ePro designation.

Local branding and design firm, Range, wins award

Range has been recognized among top designers in the seventh edition of the Logo Lounge series, a collection of the finest logo designs. Logos are submitted annually. This year, 34,000 logos were submitted and paired down to the final 2,000 that were published in the book.

Range is a boutique, integrated brand and marketing firm with a client list of all shapes and sizes from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups from around the world. Range prides itself on being approachable and does work on projects of any scope and size. To learn more go to www.rangeus.com.

Providence expands maternity center at Holy Family

Providence Holy Family Hospital is preparing a major remodel and expansion of its Family Maternity Center. Construction will begin just after the first of the year, with phase one completed by July 2013, and a second phase completed in early 2014.

The $9.5 million construction project allows Holy Family to remodel space on the second floor of the hospital's tower while continuing to serve obstetric patients in the adjacent maternity unit. In July 2013, the newly designed space will open, and renovation will begin on the existing area.

Holy Family's "LDRP" model--which allows women to experience labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care in one room--is unique to Spokane and was well ahead of its time when originally crafted in the 1980s. The project will keep this model in place while increasing the size of the rooms to allow for today's technology and care delivery needs.

Upon completion, Holy Family will have 16 larger LDRP rooms, four ante/post-partum rooms, three triage rooms and a nursery with five specialty care nursery bassinets. The expansion will add 124 square feet to each of the single-room maternity suites, providing greater comfort for mothers and their families, and better space to provide clinical care when needed.

In addition, many moms choose to have several family members present during labor and delivery. The new rooms have been designed to provide a comfortable, welcoming environment for the mother and her family.

Each year, the physicians and staff at Holy Family Hospital welcome more than 1,200 newborns into the world. "This project will ensure that patients continue to experience the same great care they have had in the past in a birthing center that provides a home-like setting with safe, quality care," says Elaine Couture, chief executive of Providence Sacred Heart and Holy Family.

Go-Giver author Coming to Spokane

Best-selling author Bob Burg, - The Go-Giver, Go-Givers Sell More, Endless Referrals and It's Not About You - is scheduled to speak on Turning Casual Contacts into Solid Sales Opportunities. Event will be held on Thursday, January 10 from 7:30am to 1pm at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park.

The event will be of interest to entrepreneurs, business owners, sales professionals and anyone else who has ever faced the challenge of consistently generating quality prospects for his or her business.

Some topics being discussed:

  • Quickly cultivate new prospects – whether or not you have any existing contacts
  • Dramatically increase your business without spending more time or money
  • Instantly connect via what Bob calls, "Feel-Good Questions"
  • Instantly deepen the new connection via the "One Key Question"
  • Really use social media as a truly effective, profitable, business-building tool
  • Model the one Secret all superstar entrepreneurs and salespeople use to get to the top
Mr. Burg's appearance is presented by the Spokane Association of REALTORS and EWI of Spokane.

Ticket price is $57 until December 20, $77 until January 4 and then $97 until sold out. For more information, call Debbie at 509-326-9222. Or you can register online at www.burg.com/events/spokane.

Small Business Marketing and Sales class by SCORE

SCORE presents a small business marketing and sales course, this Wednesday, November 28, 8:30 to 12:30 pm. Attendees will gain insights into how to identify your prospective customers, how to attract them to your business, and how to get them to buy your products and services. For more information and to reserve your seat go to www.scorespokane.org .

The Business Thought of the Week

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John F. Kennedy

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