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Numerica is among the 2014 Agora Award winners announced by GSI

Five Spokane companies and two nonprofit organizations were winners Wednesday of the 2014 Agora Awards, chosen by a panel to recognize business excellence.

 They were:

  • U-District Physical Therapy (small business)
  • Asuris Northwest Health (medium business)
  • Numerica Credit Union (large business)
  • Blessings Under the Bridge (small nonprofit)
  • Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations (large nonprofit)
  • Quality Inn Downtown (community service award)
  • Lee & Hayes (entrepreneurial spirit)

 The awards were presented Wednesday by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

GSI sponsoring Thursday morning health care act overview for area employers

Greater Spokane Incorporated is hosting a health care symposium Thursday morning, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Davenport Hotel. It's scheduled to end at 9:30 a.m.

The panel will present health and insurance professionals discussing the Affordable Care Act and what employers and individuals should know. Online registration is closed.  Registration will be available at the door.

For more details, check out the GSI link here.  Cost is $25 for GSI members, $30 otherwise.

The agenda online listed these presenters:

  • Compliance: what businesses need to know, do, how and when, and how's the rest of the country doing? With Heidi Alessi, Partner, K&L Gates/Seattle.
  • Washington's Health Benefit Exchange - updates for employers and how it aligns with the ACA. With Nelly Kinsella, Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
  • Dental care and the A.C.A - in or out and for whom?  With Sean Pickard, director of government affairs, Delta Dental of Washington.
  • The big picture from provider and insurance perspectives. With Kelly Stanford, Vice President, Spokane Development for Group Health.



STCU, six other area firms win Agora Awards for business excellence

Seven Spokane area businesses or nonprofits won Agora awards Wednesday, an annual excellence in business designation presented by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

They winners and categories were:

  •  Two Wheel Transit (small business)
  •  Arbor Crest Wine Cellars (medium business)
  •  STCU (large business)
  •  Spokane H.O.P.E. School (small nonprofit);  
  •  Christ Clinic/Christ Kitchen (large nonprofit)
  •  Rosauers (community service award)
  •  VEBA Service Group LLC (entrepreneurial spirit award)

GSI’s Thursday session explains some impacts of new health care law

Greater Spokane Inc. has scheduled a “Calculating New Health Care Costs” session for area groups or businesses, starting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. It's at the GSI offices at 801 W. Riverside.

Mark Patrick, a partner at Spokane's Moloney+O'Neill, will discouss how the new laws will affect company heath care costs. The GSI press release also says: “This is vital information for nonprofits, for-profits, HR reps, business owners and others.”

The program starts at 8 and runs to 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20 for GSI members, $35 for others.

Register here.

Shaun Higgins to provide GSI members with economic overview on Friday

Longtime Spokane economic “handicapper” Shaun O'L Higgins gets on stage tomorrow, May 11, for another in his annual forecasts for the region.

Higgins, formerly marketing and circulation manager for The Spokesman-Review (now retired), will go over the upticks, downsides and unlikely indicators that provide guidance on how the economy is doing.

The presentation is sponsored and presented by Greater Spokane Inc. and starts at 7:30 at the Marie Antoinette Room of the Davenport Hotel.
Prices, if you haven't registered yet: $30 for GSI members; $55 for others.
To register, go here.

GSI topic: Spokane’s role in aerospace industry

Spokane's role in building the regional aerospace industry will be discussed Wednesday morning at an event sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

Members of the Washington Aerospace Partnership and the Spokane Aerospace Initiative for Recruitment Team also will present information from the recent Washington State Competitiveness Report.

It begins at 10:30 a.m. at Greater Spokane Incorporated, 801 West Riverside Ave., Suite 100.

GSI site gives voters a way to contact legislators, voice support for the MAC

State voters and taxpayers who want Washington's legislators to keep funding the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) can find a quick link to an online letter form at the Greater Spokane Incorporated's

The letter is a quick form that allows people to support the MAC, which faces possible closure due to major cuts proposed by the governor's 2011-2013 biennial budget. The message there will be forwarded to legislators based on selections the letter-writer chooses in the online form.

The MAC is dependent on state funding, plus grants, private support, memberships and exhibit sponsors.

The museum houses the Inland Northwest’s largest art and history collections, exhibitions, and historical records. 

GSI's site gives citizens quick ways to contact elected officials on important policy decisions.

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