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GSI hosts Thursday BizStreet session on digital marketing strategies

Marketing works. But how best to market in a digital world?

GSI is looking for ways to help area business owners answer the question.

Later this week — Thursday — it's hosting a session termed “Online Marketing, Taking the Next Step.”

The three hour BizStreet Intensive features Chris Reilly of Unleashed Online Marketing  and Ed Reese of Sixth Man Marketing. Spokesman.com did a feature on Ed a few years ago.

The two will describe options for businesses to maximize online presence and marketing. It starts with a coffee warmup at 7:30 a.m. and runs from 8 to 11 a.m. at the GSI first floor meeting room, 801 W. Riverside Ave.

You should register ahead of time, by going here: REGISTER.

It costs $30 for GSI Members / $50 for non-members.

LaunchPad innovation session is Wednesday; will GoDaddy speaker address the SOPA issue?

Spokane-based networking team LaunchPad INW is hosting an “innovation show” on Wednesday at Mirabeau Park, running from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (really).

The event is described as a series of tech-connected events, starting with a lunch, followed by topic sessions, followed by a networking party.

The keynote speaker is Dave Koopman, who is the chief scientist for website domain registrar GoDaddy.

It would be interesting if Koopman talks about the unfortunate decision GoDaddy made on the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) issue that erupted into widespread discussion last winter.

In a move that didn't suggest corporate support for web innovation, GoDaddy initially took the wrong side of that SOPA argument. For background: a number of members of Congress supported the SOPA bill that would have given legislators and regulators unusually broad powers to go after website owners who were accused of copyright violations.

Many opponents argued SOPA would have amounted to outright censorship of businesses or website operators who were accused, and not even convicted, of those violations.

At first, GoDaddy was among the companies that fully backed SOPA. Later, after a storm of criticism erupted and thousands of its customers switched their domains from GoDaddy, the company changed its mind, and decided it did not back SOPA. It issued a statement backing “First Amendment rights” and web innovation.

The bill in Congress later died. For a SOPA overview, try out SOPAStrike.com.

Koopman will speak starting around noon, according to the LaunchPad releases.

The cost, if you're not a LaunchPad member, is $35. To register and find more information, go to this link.

Comcast will offer TV-plus-Skype, home security service for Spokane in 2012

Comcast Corp., the largest cable company in Washington and the U.S., plans to announce new services for Spokane and Washington state broadband customers next year.

Those are a Skype TV service and a home security over broadband service.  The Skype plan will let users with modern TVs use the interactive platform for video conferencing and phone calls. Skype, of course, can be used as a simple IM chat service as well.

No price plan has been announced and no announced start date has been set.

The home security service has been going through some early testing, including in parts of Portland. For a story on that test, here's an Oregonian report.

For a nice overview of how Comcast and Time Warner and other companies are diving into home security, here's a solid story from the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-cable-home-security-20111206,0,3074487.story

The home security option will require some investment in equipment or at least using an upgraded version of the Xfinity app. The monthly cost, apart from startup fees and equipment costs, will run aboug $40 a month, according to a Comcast press sheet.

LaunchPad lines up a long list of medical, professional leaders for Tuesday session


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Tuesday's LaunchPad event, starting at 1 p.m. at the Riverpoint Higher Education campus, offers a cross-section of area researchers and business people talking about Spokane's health sciences sector.

Around 1:15 p.m., Seattle journalist Luke Timmerman will talk about biotech prospects for the region.

Following his remarks, a number of breakout sessions will be offered, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., and 3:15 to 4 p.m. The full day's agenda will be at Washington State University's South Campus Facility Court, 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Who's going to be on deck for those breakout sessions? Here's some of the lineup: Howard Grimes, WSU dean of the graduate school and VP of research; Steve Neff, CEO of Revita Rehab; Dave Vachon, of Iasis Molecular Sciences; Jon Copeland, CEO of Inland Imaging; Buck Somes of GenPrime; Paul Domitor of Rehab Logic, and Dr. Patrick Tennican, of Hyprotek. 

To register, use this link.

LaunchPad gets ready for its new downtown Spokane digs


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Spokane-based networking group LaunchPad Inland Northwest holds an open house to mark its relocation to the 1889 Building in downtown, 120 N. Stevens.

The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at the new Training Center and Co-working Space, occupying the main floor of that building. Sharing the other part of the main floor is newly launched winebar Nectar Tasting Room.

LaunchPad is a for-profit group devoted to promoting business and entrepreneur networking. It's relocating from its first downtown offices, at the Holley Mason Building.

For information on the event, go to the LaunchPad info page.

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