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Numerica is a Billion Dollar Credit Union

Numerica Credit Union announced Friday that it reached $1 billion in assets, solidifying its position as a leading credit union in Washington. Numerica CEO Dennis Cutter made the official announcement to staff over a live video conference last Friday. A successful merger with School Employees Federal Credit Union of Richland, Wash. and positive growth in the first two quarters of 2010 helped put Numerica assets over the $1 billion mark. Since its inception in 1937, Numerica has expanded into new markets and successfully managed numerous mergers.

Numerica Credit Union currently has over 85,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and over $1 billion in assets. It offers a full line of financial products and services, including mortgages and business products. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the State of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle. The website is www.numericacu.com.

31st Annual Pig Out starts Wednesday.

Pig Out in the Park is happening for the 31st time, but this annual food and music festival never gets old. Set to take over Riverfront Park from Wednesday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 6, the event will include 48 food booths with 225 menu items, 55 free concerts on two stages, and three adult beverage gardens. Thanks to Bill Burke, Val Workman and their crew for many years of great food and entertainment in our community! For more information, go to www.spokanepigout.com.

Beautiful "new" Shadle Park High School is open!

The construction at Shadle Park High School is finished, and what a beautiful job by Garco Construction! Public open houses were held over the weekend and the doors open to students on Thursday. One important part of the new school is the Exchange Club Freedom Shrine. Downtown Exchange Club president Mary Giannini presented the Freedom Shrine to the school at the dedication ceremony. The shrine is located in the east corridor next to the Library entrance and includes replicas of the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln's handwriting and many more historic documents. Exchange Club has placed forty-one Freedom Shrines throughout the city since 1955. All the high schools and many of the elementary schools have the displays. This is the second re-dedication at Shadle High School. There also Freedom Shrines at Spokane International Airport and Gonzaga University Law School.

A Savory preview at Sante this First Friday

Savory chef/owner Steven Hermann will make a guest chef appearance at Sante, 404 West Main, this Friday, preparing some of the dishes he will serve at his new restaurant at 13th and Grand that is set to open the end of September. Hermann will prepare Crispy Kurobuta Pork Belly Confit with Apricots & Pistachios; and Kobe Beef Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta and Greens. First Friday artist is Neicy Frey and music will be provided by local band Sidhe. Dinner reservations are recommended. Call Sante at 509-315-4613. The website is www.santespokane.com.

Social Media 101: Finding Your Voice

Launch Pad presents Social Media 101, a workshop on social media strategies for business Thursday, September 9, from 7:30am to 9am, at the LaunchPad Lounge - 5th Floor Holley Mason Building, 157 S. Howard, Spokane.

A recent study shows 83% of all adults who are online use social media. (In fact, social media is now more popular than anything else online.) This workshop will help you discover the who, what, where, why and how of using social media, including an easy, step-by-step process that helps you begin to define your social media efforts. Cost of the workshop is $39. Go to www.launchpadinw.com for more information and registration.

Spokane Cash Register is now DirectPOS-Spokane

Boise-based Teknor, Inc. has purchased Spokane Cash Register and the company will now be known as DirectPOS-Spokane. All 6 employees of the sales and service staff are still employed at DirectPOS-Spokane. Spokane Cash Register was formed in the 70's and has a rich history of outstanding customer service and products that DirectPOS-Spokane will continue to build upon. The product line will now be expanded to include Abacus Credit Card Solutions and CounterPoint Retail Point of Sale systems. DirectPOS-Spokane is located at 2823 North Monroe Street. The phone number is 509-328-5312 and the website is www.directpos.com/spokane-cash-register.

Spokane International Airport passenger traffic and cargo up

The recent upward trend in both passenger and cargo numbers at the Spokane International Airport continues. Passenger numbers are up 2.4 percent over second quarter 2009 and total cargo increased 3.8 percent over the same period last year. Cargo going out of Spokane is up over seven percent due to an increase in goods that are being produced here. Spokane International Airport is also increasing flights and adding service with about 600 seats a day to Minneapolis, seven flights daily to Salt Lake City just on Delta Airlines, and an increase to three flights a day to San Francisco on United. The airport also has new flights to Sacramento, San Jose, and Denver.

Nordstrom Rack moves to Valley Mall

The Nordstrom Rack is moving from Northtown to the former Linens and Things store in the Spokane Valley Mall. The Rack's last day at Northtown will be October 26 and the new store will be open October 28.

Ciao Mambo opening here in January

Ciao Mambo, which is based in Whitefish, Montana and has a location in Hayden, is opening a new 4,000 square foot Italian restaurant and lounge this January in the Lincoln Building in downtown Spokane. The restaurant will also use about 1,200 square feet in the outdoor plaza. Ciao Mambo is expected to hire 75 workers.

Marty Dickinson to address NAWBO

Inland Northwest Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-NW) to host Entrepreneurial Program Series with featured speaker Marty Dickinson, "Downtown Spokane - Why It Continues to Work!," September 9, 2010, at The Lincoln Center. Through a public-private partnership, Downtown Spokane has managed to revitalize itself and bring over $3 billion in redevelopment and new development. Sustaining these efforts is critical, and the Downtown Spokane Partnership provides a unique tool and methodology to make this happen! Learn how it's working and what is in store for Spokane in the next five years.

NAWBO-NW meetings are open to all women business owners and their guests (men can attend as guests). Networking begins at 5:00 pm, dinner and presentation to follow at 6:00 pm. Cost is $34 with RSVP prior to noon September 7; $39 after noon September 7. Walk-ins welcome. For more information or to register, visit www.NawboNW.org or call Jeanette Fairless at (509) 731-3309.

Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course Gives Back!

Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course will be hosting a day of golf for Junior Achievement on Sunday, September 12th 2010. For just $100 golfers will enjoy a wonderful day of golf at the exclusive Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course with $25 going back to Junior Achievement! What an exciting and fun way to help educate our area children to be financially literate, entrepreneurial and work force ready! Secure your tee time today by calling the resort at 208-667-4653 or by calling or emailing the Junior Achievement office at 509-624-7114 or janetb@jaspokane.org.

Balazs and Friends book signing at the Tinman

Harold Balazs will be in the Tinman Gallery West 811 Garland for a book signing this First Friday, September 3rd between 5 and 8 pm. What makes this book signing different is that all of his artist friends who contributed to the book will also be there to autograph their articles. Ken Spiering, Allen Dodge, Lee Ayars, and Tom Dukich as well as Ben Mitchell will be there to sign in addition to the great man himself. This means there will be more than enough anecdotes about Harold and the art world in Spokane to go around. Tinman's phone number is 509-325-1500.

New leadership at Mobius

Mobius Science Center has announced the appointment of Chief Executive Officer Christopher Cable and members of his leadership team. Cable has a proven track record of innovation and of building sustainable programs from the ground up. Most recently, he was the Director of the Imaginarium Discovery Center within the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska. This appointment followed his successful negotiation to merge The Imaginarium Science Discovery Center, a hands-on science center he directed for 15 years, with the Anchorage Museum and its $122M expansion project.

Cable has recruited two key members of his leadership team. Eric Miller joined the Center as the Director of Exhibitions in June 2010. Miller has served as the Director of Exhibitions for The Imaginarium in Anchorage, Alaska, and is a seasoned exhibitions planner and exhibit builder who recently oversaw the design, fabrication and installation of the new science wing at the Anchorage Museum. A respected painter whose works are represented by Anchorage galleries, Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine & Applied Arts from the University of Oregon.

Anna Marlis Burgard joined the team as the Director of Advancement in June 2010. Formerly the Director of Industry Partnerships at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she negotiated collaborative projects with clients including Barnes & Noble, Random House and Showtime Networks, Burgard has extensive experience in fund development, marketing and design. A published author, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

The Business Thought of the Week

"You must never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it." Charles Buxton

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