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If you're looking at the Hotel Ruby, at First and Lincoln, that's Hank Williams looking back at you. The hotel, formerly the Rodeway Inn, has embarked on a project with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture to fill an intersection in downtown Spokane with giant images of performing artists, depicted by local artist Ric Gendron. Working closely with Tinman Gallery which represents Gendron, Hotel Ruby owner Jerry Dicker is installing 30-foot-high images of some of the most recognizable, popular performing icons of the last century on the side of his newly refurbished hotel. The official unveiling is Thursday for Hank Williams, John Lennon, T-Bone Walker and John Coltrane who will be performing along Lincoln Street in an innovative display resembling giant canvasses mounted on the side of the hotel.

aNeMonE to open second store

aNeMonE Paper Flowers announces store #2 located in Spokane's SoDo district at 309 W 2nd Ave right next to the new Finders Keepers Jewelry Galore. Providing all floral needs, aNeMonE specializes in handmade paper flowers and locally made one-of-a-kind gifts. This new boutique store will feature aNeMone's wedding and event rental decor along with custom arrangements, specialty paper, and gift wrapping. The grand opening is set for Friday, November 26th.

STCU named among nation's top-performing credit unions

For the second consecutive year, STCU has been judged among the highest-performing credit unions by Raddon Financial Group. Raddon considers a vast array of data provided by more than 500 credit unions to measure growth, service and overall performance. Based on Raddon's Performance Index, STCU was at the 100th percentile for 2009, meaning that while some of the participating credit unions may have done equally well, none of those studied performed better. STCU was at the 99th percentile in 2008. In August, Raddon honored STCU and nine other large credit unions (those with more than $500 million in assets) with its Crystal Performance Award. STCU also received the honor last year, based on its 2008 performance.

Project Beauty Share helping wipe out poverty in Spokane one roll at a time.

Year-round, Project Beauty Share collects toiletries and beauty products and distributes them through local agencies to women whose circumstances do not allow them to afford these items. This fall, Project Beauty Share is kicking off its inaugural TP Drive. Toilet paper is a household item that so many of us take for granted each day. While it is a necessity, it is not covered by food stamps. Local shelters report that toilet paper is one of their most requested yet least-donated items. But it's easy to help. Support Project Beauty Share and the TP Drive in aiding local, less-fortunate women and families by donating rolls of toilet paper on September 10 and 11 from 9:00am-6:00pm. Donations can be made to the Project Beauty Share main collection center at The Make-Up Studio, located at 216 North Bernard in downtown Spokane. The TP Drive will benefit Anna Ogden Hall, Our Place Community Ministries, Our Sister's Closet, Hope House, Transitions, and Catholic Charities of Spokane's St. Margaret's Shelter and Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA) program.

For more information on the TP Drive, please contact The Make-Up Studio at 509.455.7430 or visit www.projectbeautyshare.org.

Dana Haynes Named Communications Director for the Spokane Regional CVB

The Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau Board has named Dana Haynes as its new Communications Director. She will begin her new position on September 13, 2010. Hayes is well known in the Spokane community as an anchor and reporter for KAYU Fox 28 News and KHQ Television where she has worked since 1996. Prior to that, she worked as the Senior Investigative Reporter for KIVI Television, the ABC Affiliate in Boise, ID. Haynes has been awarded numerous times for her work by the Idaho Press Club, Idaho Broadcasting Association and has been recognized for several years in the Inlander's Readers Poll as "Spokane's Favorite Reporter". Haynes is also known regionally as an entrepreneur as the owner and sole proprietor of Dandles Candles, where she's been making and retailing candles from her home studio since 1999.

Spokane MarCom Association meets September 10

The Spokane Regional MarCom Association's September breakfast meeting will focus on "Finding & Engaging Audiences Online" with featured speaker, Tony Hines, an author and creative director for BHW1, who brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications and is a local expert in online marketing and social media. The meeting will be Friday, September 10 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Herak Club Room at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center, 801 N. Cincinnati, and is open to the public. Visit www.SpokaneMarCom.com to pre-register and pay.

How to Market Your Business in a Challenging Environment

KAYU-TV FOX 28 is sponsoring a seminar featuring Jim Doyle, next Tuesday, September 14, at 7:45 a.m. at the Lincoln Center (1316 North Lincoln Street). Doyle's seminar, "How to Market Your Business in a Challenging Environment," will address marketing issues that businesses are facing. He'll discuss ways to grow your business and how to stay competitive. Doyle has an international reputation as a speaker and seminar leader. The seminar is free to guests, but they must have a ticket. Tickets are available from KAYUTV FOX 28, 4600 S. Regal, or by calling Theresa Skeels at 509-448-2828.

The Fernwell Executive Suites welcomes Ameritrust CDC

Ameritrust CDC and its regional business development officer, Mike Estess, have moved into the Fernwell Executive Suites at 505 West Riverside. Ameritrust CDC, with a main office in Seattle, is an SBA Certified Development Company, licensed by SBA to help administer the SBA's 504 loan program. The 504 program is a fixed asset financing vehicle providing attractive long term fixed interest rates on primarily owner occupied commercial real estate projects. Mike Estess can be contacted at 509-252-5080 or mike@ameritrustcdc.com.

Northwest Medical Informatics Symposium Reception

Network with health experts from around the country and region who have gathered to talk about the latest developments in health care reform and implications of meaningful use for our region's health care providers at the Northwest Medical Informatics Symposium (NMIS). NMIS, sponsored by Inland Northwest Health Services is the largest health information technology conference in the Northwest and brings together experts and industry leaders. Open to the public, a complimentary no-host reception will be on Wednesday, September 15 from 4 until 6 p.m. in the Hall of Doges at The Davenport Hotel and is a chance to meet conference speakers and attendees. Tickets also are available to see guest luncheon speakers on Wed. Sept 15, T.R. Reid, NPR Correspondent and author and on Thursday, September 16 Lance Mackey, cancer survivor and 4-time Iditarod winner. Cost for each is $40, call 509-252-6773 for reservations. Visit www.nmis.info for information about the conference.

Green Home LLC opens in Spokane Business and Industrial Park

Green Home, LLC, based in Donnelly, Idaho, has leased approximately 4,150 square feet of space in Building #3 of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Their primary business is energy upgrading home by installing energy efficient products like insulation and lighting. The toll free phone number is 888-887-0879 and the website is www.yourgreenhome.us

Think Beyond Pink

Beyond Pink is a fundraising event to highlight the importance of early breast cancer screening with thermography, which can help detect changes up to 10 years before other screening methods. The event will be held on Friday, October 8, 2010 from 4 to 8pm at the Spokane Club and includes raffles, auction, a fashion show and guest speaker Dr. Letitia Dick from Windrose Naturopathic Clinic. Appetizers and drinks will be served. All profits go to the YWCA to benefit women who could not otherwise afford certified clinical breast exams and breast thermography.

Event Sponsors are needed. Cost for business sponsorship is $250 which includes business name on all banner and promotional material. Cost for a vendor table is $75 which covers admission, food and exposure for the vendor. Donations are being accepted for the raffle, time, service or product. Tickets to the event are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. For more information, go to www.BeyondPink.net

Waste Management building recycling facility

Waste Management has announced plans to build a $12 million dollar state-of-the-art recycling facility as the centerpiece of a user-friendly, regional strategy that will dramatically reduce waste and boost recycling across the Inland Empire. This new Waste Management facility will allow local residents and businesses to conveniently recycle a broader assortment of materials, resulting in 40 percent more recycling in the region. The recycling center will allow residents to use just one container for all recyclables, including many materials that are not currently accepted for recycling.

Residential customers will put all recyclables in one easy-pull cart with wheels and an attached cover. This system is popular throughout the country because it is user-friendly and has proven to significantly increase participation in recycling. The new Waste Management facility will process and market all recyclables, including items not currently accepted for recycling, such as all number 1-7 plastic containers, including tubs and clam shells, milk cartons and juice boxes, all paper products including cereal and beverage boxes, glass bottles and jars, tin and aluminum, small scrap metal including old pots and pans, foil and pie tins, cardboard and even plastic bags.

The new recycling facility will create 50 new construction jobs and 25 permanent jobs in the facility. It is also expected to inject more than $46 million into the local economy over the first five years of the project, according to an independent economic impact study by the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado. For more information, go to www.thinkgreen.com or www.wmnorthwest.com.

Monique's Salon's Cut-a-thon to raise money for local children suffering from hair loss

Monique's Salon, at 10 North Evergreen Road (at Sprague) has partnered up with Treasured Locks For Children to help raise $10,000 in the month of September, which is Childhood Alopecia Awareness Month and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. On September 11th, 2010, Monique's Salon will be donating all monies received for services within the salon directly to TLC. We will also be accepting donations throughout the entire month of September to help reach a goal of $10,000.

Treasured Locks For Children is a non-profit organization based in Spokane Valley, Washington. They work to provide hair replacement for children that need it, regardless of the financial standing of their families. TLC helps children with hair loss due to Alopecia, Chemotherapy and other various Medical Conditions. All donations and monies received are used to help our local children.

In order to create just one wig for a child, it takes a minimum of $500 and 30-35 hair donations. To qualify as a hair donor, the hair must be 10 inches long, and must not have had any prior chemical processing done (for the last three years.) Chemical processing includes color, highlights, relaxers, perms and sometimes chlorine damage. For more information, please call Monique Smith at 509-321-3669 or email at monique@moniquessalon.com.

Northwest Investment Forum held this week

The CFA Society of Spokane will be holding its 2nd Annual Northwest Investment Forum on Thursday September 9th at the Davenport Hotel. The day will include a continental breakfast, presentations by the area's largest publicly traded companies, a banking panel discussion, a luncheon keynote speech from Doug Gordon, Investment Strategist at Russell Investments, "best equity ideas" from analysts at D.A. Davidson and McAdams Wright Ragen, an equity panel with local investment managers and a hosted cocktail reception.

Registration and breakfast is from 8-9am and speakers begin at 9am. The event ends with a hosted cocktail reception from 4-5:30. Cost is $50 for members and $65 for non-members. For more information or to RSVP, contact Colin Kelly at colin@signiacapital.com or 509-789-8973.

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