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08/20/2003 - Terabyte Tidbits

"Creative Class" Guru Richard Florida to Speak During Post Street Party
Tuesday, September 2, 2003. When Richard Florida's recent book, The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life, was released last year, it was an immediate bestseller with everyone from economic development specialists to urban planners, architects to elected officials. On September 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Dr. Florida will give a free presentation in downtown Spokane as part of "A Street Party on Post." The party to celebrate the Inland Northwest's business spirit will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Post Street between Sprague and Riverside.

INACM Kicks Off Year on September 9
Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Dr. Jeff Putnam, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at EWU, will discuss "Digital Rights Management" at the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (INACM) special interest group (SIG). The meeting will be held at SIRTI, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd., room 432. It begins at 4:30 p.m. with networking and coffee and cookies. The talk will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is no charge and the meeting is open to the public. For more information, email Dr. Putnam at or call John Maus at (509) 995-4758.

Winning Design / Build Contracts
The September program and luncheon meeting of Marketing Associates of Spokane (MAS) will be presented by Leandra Thompson, of Northstar Project Management. Leandra is currently serving as the Vice President of the Northwest Chapter of the Design/Build Institute of America. She will discuss who uses design / build, why they should use it and the advantages design / build provides to the client or owner. Leandra will also provide insight on the creation and development of RFQ's and RFP's.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, September 11th at noon at the Red Lion River Inn, 700 North Division Street in Spokane. The cost is $15 for MAS members and $25 for non-members. Reservation deadline is September 8th. For membership information or to make a reservation, contact MAS Vice President Greg Sofio at (509) 534-0451or see the MAS Web site at

WSU Woman of the Year to Speak at NAWBO
Thursday, September 11, 2003. WSU Woman of the Year for 2003, Bettie Steiger will speak on "Auditing Your Life in the Light of Business" at the NAWBO annual meeting, Thursday September 11, 2003. Steiger is CEO of Steiger Associates, which provides consulting in business planning, marketing, and strategy. Steiger is described as a futurist and an agent of change. Steiger built her reputation as a futurist through her leading edge business models and marketing savvy. She was Principal of Technology and Marketing Development at Xerox PARC, and was honored as a "Woman of Genius" by Trinity College in Washington, D. C. An Alumnas of Washington State University, she has been named Woman of the Year for 2003.

Technet's Women of Innovation Series is a partner for the event. The meeting at the Spokane Club, 1002 W Riverside Ave, will begin with networking at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30. Cost of dinner is $35 per person and reservations are required. For more information, contact Sabina Wynne at (509) 323-1200, or e-mail

Post Street Has Re-opened with Two-way Traffic
Business along Post Street has picked up. Toby Ferris at Joel says it's exciting to see cars on the street again because hes seeing more customers come through the doors. Brews Brothers Espresso, Douglas Gallery, Niko's and Fugazzi are all back to business. And the front door of Spokane's fanciest address, South 10 Post, The Davenport Hotel, is truly open after months of street construction.

September EFGN Workshop Will Feature Nigel Davey
Wednesday, September 24, 2003. Nigel Davey, SIRTI Associate Director and Terabyte Triangle Board Member, will speak on "How To Turn Any Company Into A Growth Engine: Maximizing Performance in a Down Economy." According to Davey, "in today's marketplace, competition will eat you alive unless you can successfully navigate the treacherous waters of your industry." "Whether you are in retail or manufacturing, high-tech or low-tech, managing your business for growth will help make you an industry leader rather than an also-ran."

This EFGN Workshop will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2003, SIRTI 4th Floor Conference Room, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane, WA, admission free. For more information, contact Chris Kelley at .

Aracelia's at Schade Tower Closed
Aracelia's last day at the Schade Tower was Wednesday, August 27. Aracelia's Restaurant at 7905 E Trent Ave remains open, only the Schade Tower location has closed.

Changes Signal Big Breaks for Small Businesses -- 'Sweeping Overhaul' to impact SBA programs
According to Set-Aside Alert, the House Small Business Committee just approved a "sweeping overhaul" of several SBA programs, including new restrictions on contract bundling, an increase in net-worth limits for owners of 8(a) and small disadvantaged businesses, and a redefinition of the HUBZone program.

HR 2802 will give the Office of Management and Budget the authority to break up a bundled contract if an agency refuses to do so, and will require agencies to justify the bundling of new contracts as well as existing ones, including bundled orders through GSA schedules and other multiple award contracts.

The legislation will also increase the net-worth limit for 8(a) and small disadvantaged business owners to at least $750,000, up from the current $250,000. That ceiling could be higher for some industries. The bill will restore "top priority" status to 8(a) companies in set-aside contracts. SBA had asserted last year that 8(a) and HUBZone companies should be given equal priority in determining set-asides.

HR 2802 would fundamentally change the nature of the HUBZone program by requiring that a business must be owned by a socially or economically disadvantaged person to be eligible for HUBZone status. That would disqualify some 5,000 of the approximately 8,000 certified HUBZone firms, according to Ron Newlan, chairman of the HUBZone Contractors National Council.

The bill will also permit government agencies to begin setting aside contracts for women-owned businesses without waiting for the SBA to determine eligibility for the program. The SBA has yet to implement the women's set-aside program; nearly three years after Congress passed it.

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