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2011 booms into downtown this Friday at First Night Spokane

It's the biggest party of the year this Friday night in downtown Spokane! Organizers are putting the finishing touches on First Night Spokane 2011, the 10th anniversary of the region's most fun News Year's Eve party. Last week's Inlander has a special pull out section with all the details in how to ring in 2011 at First Night Spokane. The event will be topped off with the biggest fireworks show of the year sponsored by the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Go to firstnightspokane.org for details and enjoy the fun.

Junior Achievement's 2011 Business Hall of Fame Laureates named

Junior Achievement's Annual Business Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made significant contributions to the growth of business and the economy in the Inland Northwest. This year Junior Achievement will be honoring three extraordinary local individuals May 13th at the Davenport Hotel. The 2011 laureates to be inducted into the Business Hall of Fame are Carol and Dick Wendle of Wendle Motors and Leroy Nosbaum, former CEO of Itron.

Carol and Dick Wendle own and operate Wendle Motors, the Inland Northwest's leading new and used automobile dealer. Wendle Motors has been in business for over 65 years. Based on Chud Wendle Sr.'s vision, philosophy, commitment to the employee and customer, and business ethics, Wendle has grown into a successful family business. And, over all those years the Wendle family has generously given time and funding to the community.

Leroy Nosbaum, retired CEO of Itron will also be honored as a Laureate. Nosbaum served as Executive Chairman of Itron Inc. from May 2002 to December 31, 2009 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from March 2000 to March 31, 2009. Mr. Nosbaum joined Itron in March 1996 and had executive responsibilities covering manufacturing, product development, operations and marketing. He has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience with companies supplying the utility industry with metering and communications systems, including wireless network solutions.

Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest and Braniff Airlines and Group VP Marketing for United Airlines, will be the keynote speaker at the event. He is a business and motivational speaker, author, consultant, commentator, and online mentor on: Leadership, Customer Service, Change, Transformation and Ethics.

For more information on how to attend, available sponsorships or Junior Achievement, please contact Suzie Seefried, president of Junior Achievement of the Inland Northwest, at 509-624-7114, or email suzie@jaspokane.org.

A new local magazine debuts in Spokane

Spokane SAVVY LLC recently purchased partial assets of the company J & J Ventures, which included the magazine, Spokane SAVVY. J & J Ventures, a sole proprietorship owned by Jesse Martinez, sold all rights to the publication Spokane SAVYY along with the web site, email, newsletter, and database of customers, to Jeff and Judi Bailey along with other undisclosed investors. No other assets or equipment was purchased from J & J Ventures as part of this agreement.

As part of the new changes, Kevin Oliver, a long time Spokane resident and media professional, will be heading up the magazine as the General Manager, while Judi Bailey moves to the General Sales Manager role. Oliver, who was the Sales Manager under Jesse Martinez, has a great deal of experience in publications as he was the GSM and GM of Target Media NW which produces thirteen publications in Eastern Washington. Bailey, who also has experience producing publications, recently moved here from the west side of the state to enjoy a better lifestyle with her family.

The vision of Spokane SAVVY going forward will be to contribute valuable support to the Spokane community by developing a partnership through trusted relationships and becoming the premiere local venue to promote and advertise local businesses, writers, artists, and the lifestyles and people of Spokane.

Spokane SAVVY is distributed exclusively to waiting rooms all over the area including all medical and dental offices, chiropractic offices, physical therapists, as well as hair and nail salons and coffee shops. "Basically anywhere a group of people are sitting and waiting with nothing better to do than read a local magazine", added Oliver. "We want multiple people to read each magazine instead of one person taking it home and throwing it away". Spokane SAVVY also distributes a monthly newsletter that is emailed to over 1,100 people as well as having the entire publication online. In addition, nearly 900 fans follow Spokane SAVVY via Facebook, and that number grows weekly. For more information about Spokane SAVVY Magazine or Spokane SAVVY LLC email info@spokanesavvy.com.

Quinn Group wins "Best Television" award from National Grocers Association.

Longtime Spokane advertising agency Quinn Group, has won its second "Best Television" award from the National Grocers Association. The campaign called "Man Shopping Challenge" for Trading Company stores won "Best of Show" in 2009. The latest series of commercials in that campaign won "Best Television" this year and is up for "Best of Show" as well.

The National Grocers Association recently held the judging for their 2011 Creative Choice Awards Contest, where winners were selected in each of the 25 advertising and merchandising categories. A record number of entries were received this year, almost 100 more than last year, reflecting N.G.A.'s diverse and robust membership base of independent retail grocery stores. The presentation of "Best in Show" will happen at the N.G.A's convention in February of 2011.

Three elected to Spokane Valley Partners board

Spokane Valley Partners, a social services clearinghouse, announces the election of three familiar Valley residents to its board of directors. Those elected during the SVP board meeting on December 17 are:

• Richard Munson, who served on the Spokane Valley City Council from 2003-2009, including two years as mayor. Munson is twice retired: first as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and then as a stockbroker. He is a past president of downtown Spokane Rotary Club 21.

• Nancy Nelson, president of Spokane Valley-based Humanix, the region's leading temporary staffing service.

• Darla Sowl, Liberty Lake Branch manager for STCU, who has lived in the Valley for more than 20 years.

STCU, Humanix and the City of Spokane Valley all are longtime supporters of Spokane Valley Partners.

The new board members join existing SVP board members: Ann Miller (president), Dick Denenny (vice president), Bob Jayne (past president), Anne Martin (secretary), Rhonda Willey (treasurer), Taylor Demars, Jared Jones, Gail Kogle, Peggy Rudolph and Denise Swinney.

For more than 40 years, SVP has been the only comprehensive source of social services between the Spokane city limits and the Idaho border. In addition to its food bank, which this year distributed more than 1.5 million pounds of food, SVP operates these five ongoing programs: clothing bank; emergency assistance; protective payee services; telephone voice mail; and Baby O Baby, which provides baby care items to new moms. SVP also offers seasonal assistance in many ways.

Additionally, SVP provides a Valley home for the Spokane Regional Health District; SNAP; ValleyFest; ChangePoint, which provides services to the disadvantaged; Hearth Homes, which helps women and children find suitable homes; and Grins and Giggles Family Dentistry. Washington State University nursing students offer screenings at the center, and the Theater Arts for Children stages productions in its 150-seat theater. SVP operates in partnership with faith communities, local and state agencies, supporting businesses, service clubs, Second Harvest Food Bank and community volunteers.

Eco Depot hires Bill Easley, plans solar power seminar

Bill Easley, a native of Spokane, and formerly a real estate agent with ReMax, has joined Eco Depot to provide sales and marketing outreach to the design-build community. Eco Depot Inc., located at 1326 E Sprague Avenue, concentrates on Solar Power and recycled products to save energy costs and keep the planet green.

Eco Depot will be offering a solar power seminar on January 15, from 9:00 am until noon. Learn the basics of Solar Power and the information necessary to make an educated decision on Solar Power installation. Pre-registration is required. Cost of class is $35.00 per person and includes a catalog and educational materials. For more information, contact Nadine Sullivan at 509-924-8803.

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"Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right!" Oprah Winfrey

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