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LaunchPad INW offering tiered memberships and more business services

Spokane business-networking company, LaunchPad Inland Northwest, has announced new services and business training as part of its offerings.

When the company launched in early 2010, its focus was on offering shared office spaces, promoting networking events and workshops.

In a release coinciding with the firm's relocation to the 1889 Building, at 120 N. Stevens, co-founder/organizer Bill Kalivas said the new services will provide additional training and consulting services for its paid members.  Among those: Social media consulting, on-site training, and business development.

LaunchPad now offers two levels of membership: Plus and Pro, which cost $35 and $79 per month, respectively.

Kalivas said LaunchPad will still host events and workshops for area business people. Pro and Plus members get free or discount access to many events; they also get other benefits, summarized on the LaunchPad membership web page.

Kalivas said the added level of services and training is an “evolution” of the LaunchPad goal of being the go-to organization to help Spokane-area businesses grow more prosperous.

Downtown Nectar Tasting Room now shooting for late-December opening

Josh Wade, the owner of Nectar Tasting Room, said he hopes the Spokane wine tasting hangout opens by the end of the year.

“We’ve got our permits in and should be getting electrical, plumbing and HVAC work done this week,” said Wade.

It’s been about two months since Wade announced he’s opening the room in the main floor of the 1889 Building, at 120 N. Stevens in downtown.

Moving forward took longer than expected. “It always takes longer,” he said.

Our earlier Office Hours blog post is here.

Wade plans on a soft opening the final weekend of December. He will have a formal opening on Jan. 7.

Nectar Tasting Room will serve as a satellite tasting area for five regional wineries. It will stay open Thursday-Saturday at first. Hours will expand as the business starts rolling, he added.

His wine blog is www.nectarwineblog.com/

 

LaunchPad INW moving next month to the downtown 1889 Building

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Spokane business-services company LaunchPad Inland Northwest is moving its offices to the 1889 Building, starting next month. The company, launched by co-founders Bill Kalivas and Alan Battle, is one year old and up to now has used the Holley Mason Building for offices and rented spaces for entrpreneurs.

Kalivas said the new site, at 120 N. Stevens, has advantages that the firm’s current site can’t provide. LaunchPad works with businesses in finding partners, financing assistance and marketing consulting. It also offers work space for its member businesses.

LaunchPad will take 1,000 feet on the ground level of the building; close to two-thirds of the main floor will belong to a new wine tasting business, Nectar Tasting Room, being opened by Spokane resident Josh Wade.

Kalivas said having Wade’s coffee and wine bar as a nearby business helped him make the move, making available wine and other offerings for LaunchPad events or visitors.

The other benefit of the new space, he added, is having street-level access to networking events and work spaces used by LaunchPad members.

Nectar Tasting Room lists the first winery lineup

We mentioned last week that the Nectar Tasting Room, opening in downtown Spokane this fall, will feature five area wineries. Company founder Josh Wade didn’t have those wineries lined up when we first posted the mention.

Now he has. The five wineries are:

  • Kirkland-based Northwest Cellars.
  • Anelare Winery from Kennewick.
  • Hard Row to Hoe, from Lake Chelan.
  • Terra Blanca Winery, from Red Mountain.
  • Skylite Cellars from Walla Walla.

Wade intends to turn the main floor of the downtown 1889 Building into a regular wine event hangout, with eats on the side. His blog gives more details on the five wineries who are setting up tasting areas in the building.

 

Nectar Tasting Room update: It’s at 120 N. Stevens in downtown Spokane

We reached Josh Wade, the DrinkNectar blogger who we wrote about yesterday. Wade is opening a wine-tasting room in downtown Spokane in mid November. Our item yesterday didn’t have two pieces of information. So, to help round out the story, here they are:

The room will be on the main floor at 120 N. Stevens (known as the 1889 Building).Wade is still working out the arrangements for converting some of the space into a satellite tasting area.

Wade’s announcement said he’d have five area wineries using his place for tasting. He didn’t name them, and we now found out why.

“They can’t sign any deals with us until I’ve complete my lease agreements” for the space, Wade explained on Tuesday. He said he’s got solid deals with at least four wineries and expects to have the fifth deal in place before long.



 

Five-winery tasting room to open in downtown Spokane

Josh Wade, a Spokane wine blogger, will open Nectar Tasting Room in November in downtown Spokane.

At the corner of Stevens and Main, the room will house the operations of five Washington winery satellite tasting rooms, Wade said in a press release.

The five wineries he’s arranging deals with have not been announced.

Wade has been using social media, developing a following through his DrinkNectar.com blog and Facebook page. The new business also allows him to focus on his companion business,  www.spokanewinemagazine.com, which will focus on regional wineries and related topics.

In a release, Wade said Nectar Tasting Room will be open Thursday through Saturday and plans on live music for the weekends.

“This will be a unique wine tasting room experience with iPads as menus, a comfortable urban vibe, and activities that promote interactive wine education as an extension of the participating winery’s main location,” he said.