Spokane Journal of Business

Calendar of Events

February 16, 2017
Meetings & Events

 

Northwest Planning Inc. will hold a two-day retirement planning educational event on Thursday, Feb. 16, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 1 N. Monroe. The sessions will cover key retirement topics, including understanding Social Security options, how to recession-proof retirement investments, and understanding Medicare and long-term care options. The sessions are free. To register, call 800.435.9577 or email taylor@northwestplanning.net.

 

Startup Spokane, a program of Greater Spokane Incorporated, will hold Entrepreneur Connect on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Startup Spokane Central, 610 W. Second. Attendees will learn about Photoboxx, an event-based photo activation company founded in 2012. The event is free. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/2jjSsJi.

 

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold the Business Connections Lunch on Friday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Entrepreneur Tyler Lafferty will be the presenter. Registration costs $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit                bit.ly/2jMC1SZ/.

 

Spokane Young Professionals will hold SYP at Wild Walls Climbing Gym on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Wild Walls Inc., 202 W. Second. Attendees can climb walls and network with other professionals. The event costs $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration isn’t required in advance. For more information or to register, visit                bit.ly/2k8kqVB. 

 

Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors will hold Monthly Membership Breakfast – Workforce Development on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at 4935 E. Trent. Cheryl Stewart, executive director of Inland Northwest AGC, will give a presentation. Registration costs $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/2kJbqZ7.

 

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. to The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. The event is open to the public and costs $15 with reservations and $20 without. Networking starts at 7 a.m. For more information or to register, contact 208.762.1185 or email                           info@haydenchamber.org.

 

Greater Spokane Incorporated will hold Business After Hours on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. Each attendee at the networking event will get a ticket to watch the Spokane Empire versus Green Bay Blizzard football game for free. The event is free for members or $10 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/2kC8cs9.

 

The deadline to enter the Northwest Entrepreneur Competition is Friday, Feb. 24, at midnight. Each team has to have a certain number of college students, but community members are welcome to be on teams as well. Startup teams can enter by submitting a one-page executive summary of their business idea and a one-minute pitch video. For more general information, to find out what requirements are needed to enter, or to register, visit nwentrep.com.

 

Junior Achievement of Washington will hold its annual JA Bowling Classic on Friday, Feb. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lilac Lanes, 1112 E. Magnesium Road, and on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Valley Bowl Inc., 8005 E. Sprague. Attendees can network and bowl at this fundraising event. The entry fee costs $12 per person, or $60 per bowling team of five. For more information or to register, visit jawashington.org/bowling.

 

Weathers & Associates Consulting will hold Budget Today, Plan for Tomorrow on Friday, Feb. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 105 S. Madison. The event is a small group interactive discussion for married couples in their late 20s or early 30s and will address issues necessary in building a personal financial plan. The free seminar will provide opportunity for open discussion, a flow of information, collaborative ideas, and will address individual concerns. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/2kPvuv3.

 

Greater Spokane Incorporated will hold the 2017 Health Care Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. The panel will discuss growing a health and life sciences industry hub in Spokane and how it will benefit nonlife science businesses and small businesses throughout our region. Registration will cost $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit              bit.ly/2l1F7rf.

 

Greater Spokane Incorporated will hold Meet the BIGS! Doing Business with the Government on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ramada at Spokane Airport, 8909 W. Airport Drive. Attendees will learn how to do business with some of the largest government agencies and contractors. Attendees will meet prime contractors, get introduced to subcontracting opportunities, and learn the requirements to do business with the government. The event is free, but booth pricing varies. For more information or to register, visit              bit.ly/2kBRI3p.

 

The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council and Next Generation Zone will hold Next Gen Job Fair on Wednesday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. The career fair is designed to connect area employers with young workers between the ages of 16 and 24. Businesses that offer entry-level, seasonal, or temporary worker, or on-the-job training are encouraged to attend. Attendance is free for job seekers. Registration costs $35 for employers. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/2llEbxV.

 

Workshops & Seminars
 

The Spokane County Library District will hold free AARP Inc. Tax-Aid help workshops at the Deer Park Library, 205 S. Forest, Deer Park; the Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal; and the Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. Help is also available by appointment at the Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, and the Cheney Library, 610 First, at Cheney. Each library has different hours designated for tax help. For more information or to find out tax help days and hours, visit bit.ly/2jtWZJi.

 

Startup Spokane will host a number of office hours in the upcoming weeks at Startup Spokane Central, 610 W. Second. Michael Ebinger, director for the Washington State University Center for Innovation, will be available for office hours on Fridays, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. Ebinger is a resource for businesses looking to have a second set of eyes on business plans, and he also helps to develop new ideas for commercialized products and services. Bjornson Law Offices will hold office hours on Wednesdays, Feb. 22 and March 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jason Powell, of Bjornson Law Offices, advises start-up companies. Financial Trek will hold office hours on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Certified Financial Planner Denise Downey will be onsite to offer personal financial planning services. Stonebraker McQuary Insurance will hold office hours on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Mark Pond, a business librarian with the Spokane Public Library, will hold office hours Thursday, March 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pond can assist startups with many needs, including business market research and analysis. The office hours are free. For more information, visit bit.ly/24Px7ue.

 

Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners will hold a number of workshops in the following weeks. Navigating Your Credit World will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Medical Lake Library, 321 E. Herb, in Medical Lake. Attendees will learn how to access their credit reports, understand what they mean, increase scores, establish good credit, and deal with collection agencies. Lean Start Up One will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Women’s Business Center, 500 S. Stone. The six-week series of workshops will help attendees learn how to avoid expensive project launches and failures by producing products and services based on customers’ wants and needs, while also building a business plan. The second class in the series, Lean Start Up Two, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Women’s Business Center. Technology One will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Women’s Business Center. The workshop is the first of a four-class series that instructs attendees on building a website, creating a presence on social media, blogging, and search engine optimization. The second in the series is on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the same time and place. Women’s Business Center Orientation will be held on Wednesdays, Feb. 22 and March 1, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 500 S. Stone. The workshops explain the resources available through the Women’s Business Center. Lastly, Give Yourself a Raise will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Medical Lake Library; Monday, Feb. 27, at the Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne; and Wednesday, March 1, at the Medical Lake Library. Attendees will learn key principles to succeed with their budgets and avoid financial crises. Registration for the Technology One workshops cost $40. The other workshops are free. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/1SUf52F.

 

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media Marketing on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oxford Suites–Spokane Valley, 15015 E. Indiana. Attendees will learn to make the most of the combination email and social media for business. The workshop is free. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/2jMtzCW.

 

Startup Spokane, a program of Greater Spokane Incorporated, and Financial Trex will hold What’s Your Financial Health? on Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Spokane Woman’s Club, 1428 W. Ninth, and Startup Spokane Central, 610 W. Second, respectively. Attendees will learn how to calculate some key financial metrics for personal or small business finances. The workshops are free, and no registration is required. For more information or to register, visit tinyurl.com/zptnhpe.

 

Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors will hold a number of workshops and training sessions in the upcoming weeks at 4935 E. Trent. Pricing for these workshops may vary depending on an attendee’s membership in the Inland Northwest AGC or Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., or not having membership to either. Construction Law Update–2017 will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 8 to 11 a.m. Registration costs between $50 and $75. 10-Hour OSHA Construction Safety will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration costs between $150 and $200. Eight-Hour Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Recertification Training will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration costs between $200 and $250. Two-Day Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training will be held on Wednesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration costs between $375 and $425. Project Manager Development Program One: Estimating and Job Costing on Wednesday, March 1, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Registration costs between $350 and $425. Army Corps of Engineers Quality Control Management (CQM) will be held on Thursday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration costs $150 for AGC members and $175 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit nwagc.org/events.

 

SCORE Spokane will hold two Wednesday workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 801 W. Riverside, Ste. 444. QuickBooks Financial Management will be held on Feb. 22. A QuickBooks expert will guide attendees through using QuickBooks as a bookkeeping and financial management tool. The workshop is especially valuable for people already in business. How to Start a New Business will be held on March 1. The workshop will cover step-by-step consideration of legal, tax, insurance, accounting, business planning, and funding topics needed to be addressed to successfully start a business. Registration costs $25 in advance or $40 at the door. For more information or to register, visit scorespokane.org/workshops.

 

Associated Industries will hold three workshops at 1206 N. Lincoln. Providing Productive Feedback—It’s a Priority will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. The workshop will talk about the importance of coaching business teams toward improved performance through the development of key objectives, effective goal setting, continuous feedback, and supportive recognition. The workshop costs $75 for members and $150 for nonmembers. The Power of Recognition will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. The interactive session will discuss the power of positive feedback, practice the four components of recognition, and instruct on how to make it part of attendees’ regular work routine. The workshop costs $75 for members and $150 for nonmembers. Welcome to Management: Management Basics Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The training is ideal for new or recently promoted supervisors. Registration costs $95 for members and $175 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/2jZ4Qvp, bit.ly/2kPxyTC, and bit.ly/2lmQDul, respectively.

Conventions & Shows
 

2017 Spokane Golf and Travel Show
Saturday, Feb. 18, to Sunday, Feb. 19
Spokane Convention Center,
334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Expected attendance: 3,000

 

2017 39th Annual Home and Yard Show
Thursday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 26
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana
Expected attendance: 18,000

 

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