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Uncle Dan's now at WinCo Foods

Spokane-based Uncle Dan's award winning Seasoning and Salad Dressing announces that their Original Southern Classic Ranch and Country Dill will now be available in WinCo Foods. WinCo will be carrying the two flavors in 31 locations in the Pacific Northwest. To find the nearest WinCo Foods carrying Uncle Dan's Seasoning and Salad Dressing, go to the Uncle Dan's website, uncledans.com and type in your zip code in the Store Locator. Over 1,400 stores carry Uncle Dan's Seasonings and Salad Dressings in the Northwest and western Canada.

Farmgirl Fit opens in Coeur d'Alene

Farmgirl Fit, a women's fitness club at 128 South Sherman in Spokane, has opened a gym in Coeur d'Alene at 2930 North Ggovernment Way. Farmgirl Fit provides fitness programs with personalized training in group settings for women of all fitness levels. They also offer one-hour cross training workouts along with child care at selected times. Get more information at their website, farmgirlfit.com.

EWU sets enrollment record for 6th straight year

Buoyed by one of the largest first-year classes in school history, Eastern Washington University's fall enrollment has set a record for the sixth consecutive year.

The overall headcount for the fall 2014 quarter, which includes all students who take classes at every level at Eastern, jumped by 662 students to 13,453. The number of first-time freshmen is 1,598, falling just short of the 2005 record of 1,610.

EWU President Mary Cullinan noted that Eastern's relevant and challenging academic programs, excellent campus living-learning environment, involved and successful alumni, and outstanding value continue to place the university among the top campuses in the state. The enrollment numbers also reflect EWU's strong commitment to retention and student success, as the first to second year retention rate increased by almost three percentage points, to nearly 78 percent.

Also of note, the overall diversity of the student body increased as well, to more than 35 percent.

In addition to record-breaking overall enrollments, EWU has the largest residential population in its 132-year history. More than 2,000 students reside on campus in eight residence halls, including the new state-of-the-art snyamncut hall.

Women & Children's Free Restaurant Names Lisa Diffley Executive Director

Women & Children's Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen announced the selection of Lisa Diffley as Executive Director. Diffley previously served as Executive Director of Spokane's Women Helping Women Fund, and played a key role in raising $3.5 million during her tenure. She was also a member of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture's development staff. In addition to operational leadership, Diffley will oversee completion of the restaurant's $1.8 million capital campaign and engaged former YWCA Executive Director Trish McFarland to manage the campaign.

New staff at Trindera Engineering

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm with offices in Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, announces the recent hiring of Justin Manning as Designer. Justin is located in Trindera Engineering's Coeur d'Alene office. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Design Drafting Technology from ITT Technical Institute. He has experience designing substations and bridges using AutoCAD software.

Wally John Beck, P.E. has joined Trindera as Project Engineer, located in the Coeur d'Alene office. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho. He has experience in Telecommunications Site Development and Electrical Analysis. Most recently he was a Technical Analyst with Wolfe-SBMC in Spokane.

Social Media for Small Business 201

Wednesday, October 22, from 1 - 3pm, SCORE presents Social Media for Small Business 201 at 801 West Riverside, Suite 444. This workshop is a fit for you if you don't have a Facebook Business Page, of if you have just set one up and need help understanding how to use it. It is also a fit if you are unsure how to set up a Twitter account and/or LinkedIn profile for your business.

This workshop is the second in a series of seminars aimed to walk users through the process of learning social media and the applications for business. This course builds upon the 101 seminar by beginning the process of introducing the business tools offered by Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Cost is $40 per person with advance registration; $50 at the door. For more information and to register call 509-353-2821 or email info@scorespokane.org.

Georgia Miller retires from STCU board after 35 years

Georgia Miller, an STCU board member since 1979, retired from that volunteer position September 30. She was board chair nine years and served more than half her life as a board member. STCU has grown from $20 million to $1.9 billion during Georgia's tenure and is among the top 100 in the nation. STCU had just 9,400 members when Miller joined the board 35 years ago. Today, it has more than 130,000. The credit union has grown from one branch location to 17, with another under construction.

A native of Seattle, Miller taught business for 32 years, the first eight years at Coulee City School District, followed by 24 years in Spokane Public Schools (1978 to 2002). She led the business department at Rogers High School for nearly 20 years. Miller has a bachelor's degree in business education from University of Washington and a master's in business education from Central Washington University.

Founded by teachers in 1934, STCU is a member-owned not-for-profit financial cooperative. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Washington or North Idaho.

Staff changes and grant awards at Inland Northwest Land Trust

Garry Schalla has been appointed Executive Director of the Inland Northwest Land Trust. Previously he was Executive Director of the Okanogan Land Trust. Chris DeForest, who was previously Executive Director has been appointed Conservation Director. Vicki Egesdal, who had been Director of Development, has been promoted to Associate Director.

They have also had some recent grant awards: $5,000 from the Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation for the Wild Lifelines project. $6,000 from the Equinox Foundation Grant through the Inland Northwest Community Foundation for land conservation in Bonner County. And $10,000 from the William H. Cowles Foundation Fund at Inland Northwest Community Foundation to support INLT's conservation mission.

Inland Northwest Land Trust is a local nonprofit organization that has been conserving land in eastern Washington and northern Idaho since 1991.

Chocolate Therapy at the Lincoln Center

This Thursday, October 16th from 6pm to 10pm, enjoy the sweet tastes of chocolate as the Connoisseur's Club at the Lincoln Center presents a special chocolate-laced journey into the world of food & wine. Presented in partnership with Just American Desserts, learn all you ever needed to know about the world of chocolate in a fun presentation by owner Eva Roberts. Join Eola Hills Winery, a premier winery from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, for a sampling of 3 wines paired with 3 different culinary creations from Executive Chef Steve Jensen.

Tickets are $35 per person, (includes tax) with a full no-host bar & social hour at the beginning and wine-themed door prizes all evening. Don't miss this evening of delicious chocolate and great food. For more information, visit thelincolncenterspokane.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self esteem and personal satisfaction." Margaret Thatcher

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