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Throughout the month of March, Jersey Mike's is collecting donations for the NICU at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. It's part of the Month of Giving at both stores in Spokane, where customers can donate in increments of $1, $3, $5 or more when purchasing an item from the restaurant. Additionally, everything made in sales Wenesday, March 29, will be donated entirely to the NICU. Be sure to get lunch or dinner at either of the two Jersey Mike's in the Spokane area this month! 

Don't miss the MAX at Mirabeau's weekly viewing parties for Fox's new hit TV show: Kicking and Screaming. This event will take place every Thursday at 8 PM until former executive officer of Fairchild Air Force Base, Terry Fossum, is no longer on the show. There will be signed pictures, door prizes, and more with no cost to attend. 

Join Suncadia for an evening of art, bites and wine at the Ben Joyce Gallery, 1024 West Rail Road Ave. Tuesday, March 21 from 3 – 6 p.m. You can enter to win a stay at Suncadia and much more! Please RSVP by March 15 at With more than 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape, sun-dappled meadows and rushing rivers, Suncadia Resort offers a wealth of year-round activities. 

Fairchild Air Force Base announces that its 92nd Medical Group will officially launch the U.S. Department of Defense's new electronic health-record system. Fairchild's medical facility will be the first in the defense deparment to pilot the new program, called Medical Health System GENESIS. To read more, click here.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is happy to announce that the Emerging Leaders (Mini MBA) Program will be here in Spokane again for 2017. The program is extremely valuable and free to selected applicants. The deadline for applications is March 1, telephone interviews are the first two weeks of March and classes begin April 4. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity!

The Inland Northwest Peace Corps Association (INPCA) invites the community to view the world through the visual arts and experiences of local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s). The INPCA exhibit opens as a part of the Downtown Spokane First Friday Art Walk, March 3, 5:00 pm to 8 p.m., at Express Employment Professionals, 331 West Main Street and will be available through the end of March during normal business hours. This exhibit is part of the nationwide 56th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Peace Corps.  For more information, please contact Karen Larsen at 509-868-9875 or email at

Eastern Washington University announced it is part of a statewide $3 million collaboration grant from the National Science Foundation to help improve the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teacher-preparation programs in Washington. The grant, which is funded over a four-year period, will enable multiple state partners to work together to anticipate and identify the needs future teachers will face, and provide effective support for those teachers. 

BECU celebrated the opening of its first Spokane-area branches by giving back to the community, in partnership with Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP). The credit union awarded $5,000 grants to Cutthree local businesses selected from SNAP’s small business and entrepreneurship development program. Recipients of the SNAP Forward grants include A&J TransportationKitchen Spokane, and Anvil Welding Instruction. For more information, read BECU’s press release.

The College Success Foundation - Spokane is looking for adult mentors for the class of 2017 CSF Achievers Scholars at Ferris, Lewis and Clark, North Central, Rogers and Shadle Park high schools. It is a commitment of one hour, one day a month meeting with seniors at school. There are 217 CSF Achievers Scholars this year who will appreciate your guidance as they write their personal statements, apply to colleges, complete their FAFSA applications, apply for scholarships and seek perspective on the college experience. Most students are the first in their family to attend college and your perspective is invaluable. CSF provides training and a comprehensive discussion guide for each session. Must be 21 years of age or older to volunteer. To be a mentor, register here.



The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) and Gonzaga University announce the medical school again ranks No. 1 in the nation for primary care education in the latest U.S. News and World Report 'Best Graduate Schools,' 2018 edition. This is the 23rd time in the 24 years of this U.S. News ranking category that it has held the No. 1 primary care position. 

The University of Washington School of Medicine and Gonzaga University recently celebrated the first anniversary of the Regional Health Partnership, an initiative to advance medical education and research in the Spokane Region. The past year have been busy, productive, and most of all- success. Read more here.

Southwest Airlines Co. was recentlyu named to FORTUNE's 2017 list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Southwest ranks #8, and is the only commercial airline among the Top 10. This is Southwest's 23rd consectuive year on the list. 

UW CoMotion, the University of Washington's collaborative innovation hub, expands to Spokane! The expansion of CoMotion services will connect the region's vibrant startup community more fully with western Washington by bringing UW resources, assets, tools, and networks to the region. CoMotion also announced that it has hired Brady Ryan as the CoMotion Labs @ Spokane manager. We look forward to the opportunities this will bring to our region!

Raymond Lawton was named the 2016 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Printing Industries of America. The award honors business leaders who have made major, long-term contributions to the graphic arts industry and have been a force in shaping the business of printed communications. Lawton is chairman of Lawton Printing Services in Spokane. He is also the vice president of File-EZ Folder Co. and co-owner of Rempeltes & Lawton LLC.  

Bernardo|Wills Architects  welcomes their newest hires. Lauren Welsh, Associate IIDA, and Dillon M. Reese, AIAS, have joined as an interior designer and a BIM/CAD technician, respectively. 

BumbleBar, Inc. recently announced that the company's CEO, Liz Ward, completed the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 2016 Emerging Leaders Initiative. Liz began the seven-month program in April of this year. Since the SBA started offering the Emerging Leaders program in various locations across the country, graduates have created more than 2,400 new full-time jobs, accessed more than $73 million in new financing, and secured federal, state, local and tribal contracts worth more than $1 billion. Congratulations on the achievement, Liz! 

Strata, A Professional Services Corporation (STRATA) is proud to announce the arrival of Benjamin Vance, P.E., as a Project Engineer for the Spokane office. Ben has over 7 years of experience in the geotechnical engineering and construction fields. He comes to STRATA from Kiewet Infrastructure Engineers and has gained extensive project experience on high profile projects across the country. Congratulations Ben!

Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers is excited to welcome associate attorney, Molly Moffet. Molly is a 2013 graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she received her J.D. with highest pro bono distinction, the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, and was a Willard H. Pedrick Scholar. She has received many other awards and distinctions. Her practice at Winston & Cashatt will focus on civil and commercial litigation. 

GSI member, Itron Inc., recently signed a contract with Provo Water Co. to upgrade the company's water metering system on the Providenciales Island, which is part of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Itron's system is expected to give Provo Water greater insights into its distribution system and improve meter reading efficiency. 

Support our family-owned local businesses and get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables! Salad dressing maker Uncle Dan's Inc. will now supply Spokane Produce with its dressing products. Spokane Produce distributes to local grocers, restaurants, and wholesalers. 

Congratulations to Kevin J. Curtis of Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers for receiving the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2016 President’s Award. This award redcognizes achievement in a particular case or series of related cases, or long-time service to the criminal defense bar. Kevin has distinguished record of accomplishment, which has included some of the Pacific Northwest’s most high-profile cases. Excellent work!

The City of Spokane is a 2016 Governor's "Smart Communities" Award Winner! Spokane was recognized for its Pedestrian Master Plan, which promotes a high-quality walking environment that supports increased levels of physical activity, connections to transit, and wider range of transportation options for all. 

Spokane named 2016's 13th Best City for a Staycation by a study of 150 cities across the US from Wallethub. Staycations are a great way to save money and get to know your city a little better. The 2016 Coziest Cities List by Country Living also ranked Spokane the 8th coziest city in America.

Lawton Printing recently awarded scholarships to four of 46 local students for their work in designing multi-page booklets that highlight environmental initiatives within the printing industry. Great job to the winners and Lawton Printing for their work in creating environmental awareness through their competition.   

Kevin J. Curtis of Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers is the recipient of the Champion of Innocence Award from the Innocence Project Northwest. Kevin worked toward the exoneration and exoneration of a wrongly convicted client who served almost 6 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. It is great to have someone like Kevin represent our community and to have Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers as a member with us here at GSI.

Josh Neblett, co-founder and CEO of Etailz Inc., has been named by Ernst & Young Global Ltd. as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of teh Year 2016 Award in the Pacific Northwest. The award celebrates entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their business and communities. Neblett is one of 21 finalists throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

Southwest Airlines shares this important message to all air travelers; please take a moment of your time to visit to learn more about the crucial need for reform, for a more enjoyable and efficient travel experience. Help the U.S. regain its position as a global leader in aviation technology and preserve the safety and efficiency we ALL deserve. Southwest has also filed an application to operate nonstop service from three Florida airports to Cuba, creating one-stop connections for dozens of U.S. cities. Learn how you can support Southwest's efforts.  

The City of Spokane's Fleet Services Department has been recognized as an "EnviroStar" for its work to protect the enviornment by properly managing and reducing hazardous waste. The City's Fleet Services operation is the first non-business entity to seek and receive the certification. Learn more.