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OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has announced the office will  launching a statewide ‘Get Certified’ campaign starting January 20th intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments.

 

The campaign will be held from January 20th through January 23rd. Activities will include conducting more than 35 educational workshops and other stops across the state to help boost understanding for small, diverse businesses regarding the benefits getting a variety of certifications – including OMWBE certification.

Area Get Certified Roadshow events will take place at the following:

Wednesday, January, 21st

  • Republic |10:00 a.m. |Ferry County PUD 686 S Clark Ave Republic, WA 99166
  • Kettle Falls| 2:00 p.m. | Sandy's Drive Inn 1045 U.S. 395
  • Colville | 5:00 p.m. Dept of Transportation Upstairs Meeting Room 440 North Hwy, North Roundabout

 

Thursday, January 22nd

Annual Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum set for Feb. 3-5

Annual Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum set for Feb. 3-5

The 2015 Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum scheduled for February 3rd - 5th , 2015 at the newly expanded Spokane Convention Center Complex convenes in less than 3 weeks. The largest farm machinery show in the Inland Northwest will host 300 exhibitors and conduct 36 educational seminars and forums relating to agri-business from large-scale operations to small acreage farms and ranches. Exhibitors will range from large farm equipment manufacturers and service providers to businesses catering to small acreage and part-time farmers who hold down other jobs while also running their family farms. Spokane Ag Expo has been bringing agri-businesses and farmers together for 38 years.

Ryan Floch Memorial Basketball Games will be held at BBCC Jan. 3

The 14th annual Ryan Floch Memorial Basketball Games will be held January 3rd at Big Bend Community College.

The BBCC women host the Alumni at 2:00 p.m., and the men’s team will host an Alumni team at 3:45 p.m.

Local high school teams also will compete in BBCC’s gym Saturday. Odessa-Harrington’s Titans will be the home team against Wilbur-Creston. The boys’ game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the girls wrap up the memorial evening starting at 7:00 p.m.

All gate receipts and donations from these games will go to the Ryan Floch Memorial Scholarship to support student athletes graduating from Class B high schools in Eastern Washington.

Ryan Floch was a basketball standout at Odessa High School. He played for BBCC from 1999 to 2001. Ryan and his brother Drew—a BBCC Foundation scholarship recipient—died with their grandfather and a cousin in a boating accident.

Donations also are accepted in Drew Floch’s name for the BBCC Foundation Scholarship awarded each year to a graduate of Odessa High School.

3rd Annual Shop with a Cop event brings joy to Grant County families for Christmas

3rd Annual Shop with a Cop event brings joy to Grant County families for Christmas

The Grant County Sheriff's Office and Moses Lake Police Department teamed up with local businesses Wednesday night to host their third annual Shop with a Cop event in Moses Lake. 

This year, nine children and one family were selected for the program through suggestions made by the Moses Lake School District, Ephrata School District, and Serve Moses Lake. The children were served a pizza dinner, and given a $300 Walmart gift card. The kids were then taken on a shopping spree with the assistance of Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and Moses Lake Police Officers.

One area family was also gifted a $800 gift card to use for Christmas gifts, food, and household items. At the end of the evening, officers found a random family, and helped them by purchasing everything in their cart.

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Google and the National Park Foundation are teaming up for a program that gives girls in Washington state the chance to have their work on display in Washington D.C. for the White House's annual tree lighting ceremony.

Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce to host Vintners and Brewers Tasting and Auction Dec. 6

Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce to host Vintners and Brewers Tasting and Auction Dec. 6

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will host their annual fund raising event, the Vintners and Brewers Auction, on December 6. Doors to the event will open at 6:00 p.m.

The event will kick off the holiday season and will showcase wines for tasting from L'Ecole No. 41, Millbrandt, and Rockwall Cellars. Beer will be offered from Iron Horse Brewery. Hearty appetizers will be provided by Pepper Jack's Bar & Grill.

The silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include door prizes, raffles, and games. The live auction will be the premier event of the evening, and will begin at 8:00 p.m. Live auction items will include lodging and vacation packages, sports memorabilia, specialty food and wine offering, gift certificates to entertainment and sporting events, and more.