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STEX, a new motorsports shop opens at 123 E. Sprague

Ever since he was 10 years old, Stephen Gates has wanted to own a motorcycle shop. Now after working for three years in his south hill garage repairing and restoring motorcycles, he finally opened his own shop in July, STEX, at 123 East Sprague. In addition to providing service, repair, accessories and restorations, STEX sells new and used motorcycles and scooters. They carry European and Japanese bikes including Gas Gas, Beta and Ural Russian motorcycles as well as a full line of US made Genuine Scooters. The scooters, which start around $2,000, get about 140 miles per gallon literally paying for themselves in about a year.

STEX is open from 8 am to 7:30 pm seven days a week. The phone number is 509-474-1456 and the website is stexmotorsports.com.

Imprezzio Inc. hires Holly Doering and Rick McNeely

Imprezzio Inc has hired Holly Doering as a technical writer. She was previously an editor for the Better Business Bureau and also taught composition at Spokane Falls Community College.

Rick McNeely has also joined Imprezzio, Inc. as marketing director. He was previously a partner in Smash Media, an advertising agency in Coeur d'Alene.

KXLY's Roger Nelson is a finalist for a Mercury Award

KXLYs Roger Nelson, who serves as a radio account executive and morning news host, is up for a Mercury Award, the premier honor for radio advertising. Nelson is one of 99 finalists worldwide, and one of 14 finalists for best commercial written and produced by a radio station. The award is for a 30 second commercial he wrote and produced with Steve Hawk at KXLY's radio production department. The commercial is for Anheuser-Busch's 'Kokanee Beer', called 'Yeti Pitchman'. Final judging is October 3rd. You can hear it at radiomercuryawards.com.

Ashley Martin promoted at Klundt Hosmer

Visual communications firm, Klundt Hosmer, has promoted Ashley Martin to Account Director. Following her graduation from Gonzaga University, Ashley has been with Klundt Hosmer for 7 years as an Account Coordinator and Account Executive. In her new position she is responsible for the leadership, planning and management of both print and online marketing efforts for her accounts.

Klundt Hosmer is a design-based, visual communications firm offering a range of creative print and online strategies to achieve any organization's branding and marketing requirements. Klundt Hosmer's offices are located at 216 W. Pacific, Suite 201.

River Park Square Brings Back Nationally-Acclaimed Fashion's Night Out

Modeled after New York City's annual event and often labeled the 'Best Fashion Show in History', River Park Square is bringing Fashion's Night Out back to Spokane this Thursday, September 6 from 5 pm to 9 pm. The global initiative was created in 2009 as a way to celebrate fall fashion, restore consumer confidence and boost the economy.

Today, Fashion's Night Out is celebrated in more than 100 cities and 16 countries. With a commitment to support and promote downtown community involvement under River Park Square's newly created Urban Link initiative, the public is encouraged to drop off new or gently used makeup and beauty products for Project Beauty Share, or clothes for Our Sister's Closet, at the event. Donations can be dropped off at the Concierge Desk.

River Park Square is teaming with Ryan Oelrich, owner of Air Art, who has designed ten creative balloon dresses in honor of Fashion's Night Out. Oelrich is an award-winning balloon artist who earned a world record for 'Longest Time Spent Living in a Balloon House', when he constructed a home out of over 7,000 balloons and lived in it for 168 hours as a benefit for Habitat of Humanity. Oelrich's unique dresses will come to life on September 6 in the Nordstrom corridor. For a preview of his other work, visit: airsculpting.com/sculptures.html.

OPTIONS Conference for career advice is September 22 at SCC

Candidate Coaching and Prescreening, in conjunction with Washington Trust Bank and Peacock Virtual Solutions, will present the first annual OPTIONS Conference. The OPTIONS Conference will be held on Saturday, September 22, from 8 am to 5:30pm at Spokane Community College. The goal of this conference is to give those in need of career advice all the information and resources they need to make an informed decision.

This seminar is specifically designed for those looking for work, looking to change jobs, and for those looking to start a business. Resource tables, provided by local businesses and higher education organizations, will be available for attendees to gather additional information. Resource tables open until 7pm. Registration fee is $59.

For more information and to register online go to ccp.mycustomevent.com.

Changes at Family Home Care

Family Home Care is divesting of its Medicare Certified Home Health, and Housecalls Primary Care Practice and Hospice business to focus on Home Care and Non-Medicare Certified Home Health going forward.

The company has announced the sale of their Housecalls Practice, Medicare Certified Home Health, and Hospice business lines to Gentiva Health Services, Inc. Gentiva is the nation's largest provider of home health and hospice services based on revenue, delivering innovative, high quality care to patients across the United States.

Family Home Care has also announced a new leadership team:

Ryan Fix, previous Chief Business Officer, has been named as Chief Executive Officer. Fix is an accomplished business leader with 14 years of experience in the healthcare and technology industries with a wealth of business leadership and entrepreneurial experience.

Jeff Wiberg, previous Vice President of Human Resources, has been named as President. Wiberg has been a part of the Senior Leadership of Family Home Care for just under 5 years, and comes from a 12-year background in business, consulting, and leadership.

Michael Nowling, previous President, will continue as owner and will continue to assist in the growth and success of Family Home Care's future.

Headquartered in Liberty Lake, Family Home was founded in 1966 and has been locally owned and operated since, employing approximately 200 people. For more information, visit www.familyhomecare.org.

Steve Utt leaves RiverBank

Steve Utt, who was one of the co-founders of Spokane-based RiverBank, has resigned from the company. RiverBank CEO Chuck Brooks said Utt resigned as executive vice president and chief credit officer. Brooks did not elaborate on Utt's reason for departing. He said Utt did not sign a non-compete clause, leaving him able to work for another bank if he chose.

Utt helped found the commercial bank in 2006 with Duane Brandenburg. Its downtown offices are at 202 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. Utt began his 25-year banking career at Farmers & Merchants Bank, and also worked at AmericanWest Bank.

The company will appoint John W. Roewe as senior vice president and chief credit officer, subject to approval by regulators. He has been with the bank as its credit administrator. RiverBank has undergone several management shake-up and business reforms after federal regulators insisted the bank raise capital and undertake 'safe and sound' banking practices.

Spokane Employers honored for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness

The Spokane Community Partners have announced the Spokane winners of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for their exemplary workplace practices.

Given by Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, the Sloan award recognizes employers that have distinguished themselves in Spokane and across the country. Winners are identified through a rigorous selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers' flexibility programs and practices (from telecommuting to job sharing to phased retirement programs) and a confidential employee survey. Spokane's Community Partners is the official host of the awards in Spokane, WA.

Greater Spokane Incorporated will recognize recipients of the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility at their Good Morning Greater Spokane Breakfast September 7, Friday, at 7:30 am at The Lincoln Center.

This year's winners are BDO USA, LLP: Northwest Orthopedic Specialists, PS: Humanix; and Principal Financial Group. Career Path Services received an Honorable Mention

Why so many zippers say 'YKK'

The YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (say that five times fast!). In 1934, Tadao Yoshida founded Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (translated Yoshida Industries Limited). This company is now the world's top zipper manufacturer, making 90% of all zippers in over 206 facilities in 52 countries. In fact, they not only make the zippers, they also make the machines that make the zippers; no word on if they make the machines that make the parts that make up the machines that make the zippers.

The Business Thought of the Week

"A heartfelt compliment is never, ever forgotten."
Mike Dooley

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