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Pam Pyrc joins Associated Industries

Associated Industries has announced the selection and hiring of Pam Pyrc as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development. Pyrc, who has more than 25 years marketing and communications experience, was previously director of marketing at Inland Imaging of Spokane. CEO Jim DeWalt also announced the organization has added to their accounting, health benefits, legal and front desk staff and more changes are on the way.

Dutch Bros opens new Nevada and Francis location

Kevin and Kari Parker's Dutch Bros. Coffee Company has opened a new location at 931 East Francis at Nevada. That brings the total of Dutch Bros Coffee stores in Spokane to six, including 402 W. 2nd Ave., 1306 N Division, 402 S. Freya, 8701 N. Division, 1010 W Francis.

Gary Swiss retires again, closes Crazy G's

Gary Swiss retired five years ago as a professional engineer and opened Crazy G's at 821 N. Division, serving Burgers, Phillys, Dogs and Beer. After a great run, and the most fun he's ever had, Gary's retiring again and has closed Crazy G's.

Glover Mansion, Red Rock Catering open Valley Event Center

The Glover mansion and Red Rock catering is announcing the acquisition of a new event facility in the Spokane Valley. The Spokane Valley Event Center (Formerly the Luxury Box and Decades Ballroom) is located between Sprague and Appleway just west of University at 10514 East Sprague.

The event center has been remodeled and is ready for bookings. The event center has 7500 square feet of banquet space that can seat up to 450 guests for dinner. There is a built in bar with flat screen TVs, wireless internet and audio visual available. There are over 350 parking spaces adjacent to the building. The facility is great for all kinds of gatherings, weddings, corporate events, trade shows, meetings and presentations.

Red Rock catering, which is owned by the Glover Mansion since its inception in 2004, will provide all food services for the building. The menus are designed to be affordable and delicious with a wide array of choices. Rents for the building will vary by season and can be waived altogether with food and beverage purchases. A full bar service is available for any event. The phone number is 509-795-0981 and the website is spokanevalleyeventcenter.com.

16th Annual Oscar Night Gala this Sunday

Spokane AIDS Network will host the '16th Annual Oscar Night Gala,' an evening of frivolity featuring a live Academy Awards telecast and auctions to benefit SAN at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Sunday, March 2.

Celebrate Hollywood's biggest night at this black-tie affair and support the Spokane AIDS Network. With the Live Academy Award telecast, 3-course dinner, live and silent auctions featuring local and one-of-a-kind Hollywood items, this event is one not to miss. This event is Spokane's most unique and popular fundraiser, benefitting SAN's direct client services and prevention programs. The event will begin at 5:00 pm. Doors open at 4:30 pm. A gourmet 3-course meal will be served at 6:30pm.

Admission is $125. Admission donations are tax deductible. Tickets are available online at www.SpokaneAIDS.org or by phone at 509-455-8993.

St. Luke's, a 2013 Hospital of Choice Top 10 award winner

St. Luke's has been named a 2013 Hospital of Choice Top 10 award winner. The Hospital of Choice Award from American Alliance of Healthcare Providers is a symbol of a hospital's ability to meet the needs of patients, families and the community. These awards were implemented in 2002 to promote and recognize America's most customer-friendly hospitals-emphasizing competence, customer service skills, public communication, reputation and good citizenship.

Each quarter 400-500 hospitals throughout the country are rated and several further sets of evaluations reduce the number of hospitals under consideration to 100. The hospitals compete based on results from performance tests like the hospital's website, 'secret shoppers', review of public documents and customer phone surveys. Based on service quality outcomes, community outreach and other key indicators, the Top 100 are selected, and out of those after further in depth review the Top 10 hospitals.

Chiropractic and Wellness practice triples space, adds services

Applied Healthcare Associates, providing chiropractic and wellness care for over 15 years, is relocating and expanding its services. The new location opens today at 1303 S. Grand in the building once occupied by The Calm.

AHA will continue to offer the chiropractic care of Drs. Keith Morehouse, Taylor Mortlock, and Kyle Bryant, as well as therapeutic massage, rehabilitation services, and athletic training by multiple licensed and certified providers. Additional services will be added and announced after the move. AHA will also be unveiling a new visual brand and an updated website.

With three chiropractic providers, four licensed massage therapists, and a caring support team, AHA is committed to its philosophy of 'treating the cause instead of the symptoms'. Additionally, Dr. Keith Morehouse is the only Certified Chiropractic Extremity Physician and Sports Diplomat in Eastern Washington and is highly regarded for his ability to truly offer head-to-toe chiropractic care for all ages.

The phone number is 509-838-2225 and the website is ahaspokane.com.

Delta to add new non-stop service from Spokane to Atlanta

Delta Air Lines will add new nonstop seasonal service between Spokane International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with Saturday flights beginning June 21, 2014, as part of its summer seasonal schedule. With the addition of Atlanta service, Delta is now the only airline to offer direct service between Spokane and the southeastern United States.

The flights will be operated using mainline Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi and First Class and Economy Comfort seating.

Tickets are available for purchase at delta.com or by calling 1-800-221-1212.

Prime Real Estate Group adds agents

Prime Real Estate Group, with offices at 417 West First in Spokane has added three new agents to their team.

April Gleason, a WSU graduate in Public Relations, was formerly an award winning financial planner at Pacific Northwest Merrill Lynch. After taking a break from business to have her three children, April jumped right back into work, managing to earn the prestigious Northwest Entrepreneur award from her creation of Spokane's first eco-friendly house cleaning service.

Eric Klamper, moved to Spokane in 2009 from Denver to co-found Spokane Metro Magazine. He was most recently the principal of a local marketing and design business Propaganda Creative.

Felicity Houston moved to Spokane to be with her husband, who is a SERE Specialist for the United States Air Force stationed at Fairchild. She has specialized in sales and event promotion. and most recently was a sales director for Bozzi Media.

The phone number is 509-218-HOME and the website is propertybyprime.com.

Taste of Life to Benefit Hospice of Spokane Feb 28

Join Hospice of Spokane for their 9th Annual Taste of Life, which will take place Friday, February, 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Taste of Life features locally-produced beers, wines and spirits - 5 microbreweries, 24 local wineries and Dry Fly Distilling. Beyond the beverages, a gourmet feast prepared by Chef Urs Moser and the Spokane Club Culinary Team. Best of all, it supports hospice care right here in the Spokane community. The event tickets are $75 and the ticket price is fully tax-deductible.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Jackson at 509-532-6731 or click the following link: www.hospiceofspokane.org.

Bar Method Spokane adds new Childcare Room

The Bar Method Spokane continues to grow and has recently added a new Childcare Room. Ashley Swinyard was recently hired as manager of the new Childcare Room. Ashley has a Bachelor's degree in Children's Studies and a Masters degree in Teaching.

Starting March 4th, childcare will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the 9:45am class. Spots are available starting March 4th on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are made via Mindbody and are highly recommended to ensure your children's spot in the room. Now you can take a Bar class and let your children have a play date all at Bar Method Spokane.

Visit the website for more information, spokane.barmethod.com or find them on Facebook.

Custer Home & Yard Show starts Thursday

Spokane's 36th Annual Home & Yard Show runs this Thursday, February 27 through Sunday, March 2 at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. This year's show features hundreds of displays and demonstrations offering the latest in home and yard related products, services and improvements. Lots of innovative ideas all in one location for the public to shop and compare.

Landscape attractions featuring flowers, trees, waterfalls and ponds. See stunning displays created by Spokane's premier landscapers. Talk to the experts and prepare to be inspired.

Show hours are Thursday & Friday, noon to 8pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm; and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Admission is $7 for adults, good all weekend, and Kids 12 and under, free.

For more information, visit www.custershows.com.

Kohl's Department Stores to Donate More than $42,000 to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital for Healthy Living Education Program

Sacred Heart Children's Hospital will receive a $42,225 donation from Kohl's Department Store at noon February 25 during the Kids at Heart Charity Luncheon fundraiser at the Spokane Convention Center. This Kohl's Cares grant will implement Kohl's Health Smart Kids, a new childhood obesity prevention program. Research and data collected by the Spokane Regional Health District, indicates obesity/diabetes is among the top four major health issues of youth in Spokane County.

For more information, visit Kohls.com/Cares.

Another SNAP Success Story

Jody Swearingen started Freedom Consulting, LLC in March 2011 to provide support to residents with developmental and physical disabilities. Freedom Consulting helps residents with disabilities find their stride When the company she was working for shut down, Jody Swearingen knew it would take a healthy helping of initiative to get back on track.

These days, Jody helps clients with disabilities find the motivation to succeed in their own respective employment searches. Jody worked with a community rehabilitation program for two years until she learned the business would be dissolving. Prior to that, she was a lead counselor for seven years with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, specializing in mental health cases.

One of the first calls Jody made after becoming unemployed was to Dave Heyamoto, business development manager with SNAP Financial Access. She had taken the agency's six-week micro-enterprise course years earlier and knew that Dave would be a good contact for advice and encouragement. It turns out she was right. Dave helped Jody qualify for the Self Assistance Employment Program (SEAP) which allows a person to receive unemployment benefits while they are starting a new business. He also made other recommendations, such as finding a good accountant and accessing help through the Small Business Association.

Jody launched Freedom Consulting, LLC in March 2011 with a pair of classes known as 'Work Strides' and 'Dependable Strengths.' Since then, the company has expanded to offer support in areas like job development and retention, community based assessments, independent living services, benefit planning and counseling. The programs are provided at no cost to clients. Freedom Consulting now has offices in Spokane, Tacoma, Wenatchee and Idaho with a total of 12 employees.

The company receives referrals through DVR and works with those who have physical or developmental disabilities. Jody said the work is all about "finding niches where people can be successful." The company hosts 10 to 14 classes a month with up to 20 people per class. Some clients also have criminal records.

Last June, Freedom Consulting earned the prestigious CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) status. Like SNAP, one of CARF International's basic values describes how 'all people have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.' With a Master's degree in counseling, Jody teaches what she calls 'motivational interviewing' centered around 'really listening to each client.'

"We want to get at what makes you special," she said. "We have quite a few people who come to our classes looking pretty defeated, but when they leave, they're ready to go. It's about preparing them not only for work, but for life in general."

To learn more about Freedom Consulting, contact Jody Swearingen at 509-209-0947 or Jody@FreedomConsultingLLC.com. To find out more about SNAP Financial Access programs like micro-enterprise lending/counseling, credit repair and Second Chance Banking, call 509-456-7106.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Each day is a chance to learn, laugh, and grow. Treat each day as the most valuable gift there is, and your life will change for the better." Motivational speaker and sales trainer Tony Rubleski

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