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Briefcase: Three-day event on starting businesses

Thu., Feb. 9, 2012

Three-day event on starting businesses

Spokane resident Brett Noyes is promoting and presenting a three-day Startup Weekend on April 20-22 at Gonzaga University.

Noyes, an MBA graduate of Gonzaga University, discovered the Seattle-based business-coaching concept while doing research on starting his own business. The idea is a trademarked three-day plan that has been presented across the country.

Noyes soon signed up to be the presenter of Spokane’s first Startup Weekend.

Friday night starts with those having business plans making one-minute pitches. A panel then chooses the best business ideas, and divides the full group of attendees into teams.

For the rest of the weekend the teams collaborate and brainstorm business strategies and devise solutions for turning the idea into a successful business.

A facilitator will be on hand provided by the Seattle Startup Weekend group, Noyes said. Several other guest presenters and coaches from Portland and Seattle have been invited, he added.

Noyes said he’s likely to host more than one of the weekends.

Registration, at, is $55 until March 31. It’s $75 after that.

Tom Sowa

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