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Startup Weekend Spokane brings challenge and opportunity to local entrepreneurs

Startup Weekend Spokane brings challenge and opportunity to local entrepreneurs

 

 

One idea and 54 hours. That is all local entrepreneurs will have to develop a business plan to be presented to a panel of judges during Startup Weekend Spokane.

 

View it as a challenge, opportunity, or better yet both. The weekend will provide emerging entrepreneurs with the experience, resources and contacts to start a viable business. By Sunday evening, participants will have created a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to present to local entrepreneurs and potential investors.

 

The event aims to bring fresh faces into Spokane's business community. Those with no startup experience are especially welcome to attend, participate and develop their entrepreneurial spirit.

 

Fellow Coworking helps foster creativity and innovation in Spokane

 

Cities like Spokane are the perfect place to breathe life into innovative ideas, and coworking spaces are the perfect place to make those ideas a reality. At least that's what Luke Baumgarten and Benji Wade of Fellow Coworking believe.

 

In a way, bringing a coworking space to Spokane is innovative in itself. While coworking has found great success in many cities around the world, finding traction in Spokane has been a slower process.

 

“I think there's a potentially pretty big slice of the market here that we could have access to that would be interested in coworking in general, and Fellow specifically. But because they don't know what coworking is, it's not even on their radar,” Baumgarten said.

 

Coworking is a global phenomenon reinventing the way individuals work. To simply put it, a coworking space is a place professionals pay to work in. For these professionals- typically freelancers or telecommuters- coworking spaces are an alternative to the basements, couches, or crowded coffee shops with unreliable Wi-Fi they'd otherwise work at.

 

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has announced the office will  launching a statewide ‘Get Certified’ campaign starting January 20th intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments.

 

The campaign will be held from January 20th through January 23rd. Activities will include conducting more than 35 educational workshops and other stops across the state to help boost understanding for small, diverse businesses regarding the benefits getting a variety of certifications – including OMWBE certification.

Area Get Certified Roadshow events will take place at the following:

Wednesday, January, 21st

  • Republic |10:00 a.m. |Ferry County PUD 686 S Clark Ave Republic, WA 99166
  • Kettle Falls| 2:00 p.m. | Sandy's Drive Inn 1045 U.S. 395
  • Colville | 5:00 p.m. Dept of Transportation Upstairs Meeting Room 440 North Hwy, North Roundabout

 

Thursday, January 22nd

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista reports energy savings success from partnership with Spokane Public Schools

Avista said energy improvements made to district school from their partnership with Spokane Public Schools (SPS) during 2014 have qualified for $237,189 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives. These are expected to save SPS approximately $65,000 in energy costs annually.

 

Since 2005, the school district has received more than $2.7 million in energy efficiency incentives as a result of this ongoing partnership.

 

According to Avista, the majority of projects in 2014 focused on the new Ferris High School building, which was built with energy efficiency in mind. It includes some of the following features:

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

This year, the holidays were looking pretty bleak for 83-year-old Becky Sanchez.

The north Spokane resident was scrambling to get to her cancer treatment appointments while dealing with a chronically painful back and a history of heart problems. Despite her physical challenges, Sanchez continued to serve others by volunteering for the local VFW and gathering Christmas presents for kids at Shriner’s Hospital.

To top it off, the roof of Sanchez’s mobile home on Crestline Road was literally caving in.

Living on a fixed budget, Sanchez had no money to pay for badly needed repairs. Water damage to her roof made it so she couldn’t turn on the lights in her kitchen and hallways. With the snow, ice and rain of winter bearing down, Sanchez made a desperate call to SNAP, an agency that had helped her in the past.

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

The winter holidays are already making their way into River Park Square. Earlier today, construction of the giant Christmas tree that graces the mall's main entrance was completed by Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29.

This is the union's 2nd year setting up the tree. According to River Park Square's Marketing Director, Elizabeth Mills, the tree was set up in a record time of 1.5 days.

The Christmas tree you see today has been the main part of River Park Square's holiday decorations since about 2002. The tree itself stands 50 feet tall; the 4 foot star atop the tree makes the whole thing tower 54 feet above the main floor.

10,000 LED lights sparkle on the tree's 689 branches. The silver and red ornaments that give the tree its holiday cheer are numerous. In fact, there are roughly 2,400 of them.