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Business in brief: Networking group to meet at the Fox

LaunchPad Inland Northwest will host a quarterly networking event Thursday from 4-9 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.

Bill Kalivas, a co-founder of LaunchPad INW, said the event will showcase services the for-profit company is using to advance business education and community development.

The featured speaker will be John Dickson, administrator of WorkSource Spokane. At 7 p.m., attendees will be invited to watch a rehearsal by the Spokane Symphony, one of the event sponsors. Wine and appetizers will be provided by Vino! and the Glover Mansion.

Admission is $15 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information visit

Wal-Mart plans small urban stores

NEW YORK – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning an aggressive push into urban markets with a new small format that’s a fraction of the size of its supercenters.

The expansion, expected to be spelled out next month at the retailer’s meeting with analysts at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., aims to pump up sluggish U.S. sales.

Real estate executives said that over this past summer, the world’s largest retailer has been scouring for small locations, around 20,000 square feet, in urban areas including New York City and San Francisco. That size is larger than a typical drugstore but smaller than a supermarket.

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