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"Incubator Without Walls", Saturday October 2
The College of Business and Public Administration at Eastern Washington University will begin its "Incubator Without Walls" seminars on Saturday, October 2 in Room 118 of the Riverpoint campus 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. This seminar will discuss the business planning aspects of owning and running your own business. Norm Leatha, President of the Delta Angel Group, and Terry Sanchez, Director of the Business Resource Center at EWU, will discuss the importance and methods of business planning. The seminar is at no charge. The seminar will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at noon. Contact information:, or Terry Sanchez 358 2208

Expert On Entrepreneurship And Women-Owned Business To Speak
Dr. Sue Marlow, a British expert on entrepreneurship and women-owned business, will present three special community seminars in the Spokane area. The presentations are free.

On Monday, Oct. 11, and Tuesday, Oct. 12, Eastern Washington University's College of Business and Public Administration's Center for Entrepreneurial Activities, EWU's Women's Studies Program and the Inland Northwest Technology Center (INTEC) are sponsoring her presentations for entrepreneurs and any individuals interested in business issues.

These are the presentations:
Ethnic Diversity in the Workforce
Monday, October 11, 7:30-9 a.m.
Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, 801 W. Riverside, Spokane
The road to success for all small businesses is long and winding but ethnic entrepreneurs face additional hurdles and issues unique to their own experience. To examine these issues, the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce's Workforce Diversity Committee, formed to provide a structure to advance cultural diversity in the Spokane workplace, and AHANA will cosponsor a lecture by Dr. Marlow to discuss her previous works, Business Support Needs of Ethnic Minority Firms and The Take Up of Formal Training in Smaller Ethnic Firms.

New Opportunities-Old Challenges? Women, Welfare, and Entrepreneurship
Monday, October 11, 2-4 p.m.
Riverpoint Auditorium, 310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane
Making the transition from welfare to work is difficult for anyone but some responsibilities - caring for children or relatives, having no recent work experience or qualifications - makes this even more difficult. One route which women might use to overcome such problems is self employment - it is flexible and no one asks about previous work histories or qualifications. However, it appears that while articulating the desire for a more entrepreneurial society, the welfare systems are stifling enterprise. Dr. Marlow will explore these challenges in more detail. This discussion will briefly explore what we mean by 'welfare' using the example of Britain and comparing this with the USA. Then, to illustrate how women overcome the problems of making the transition from unemployment to self employment, a number of case studies will be cited which show how women have challenged the system and successfully overcome these difficulties -- going on to manage sustainable businesses providing themselves and their families with income and opportunity.

Any Accounting for Change? Female Entrepreneurs in the Professions
Tuesday October 12, 12-1 p.m.
Monroe Hall, room 207, EWU campus in Cheney
Taking the example of the UK, recent statistics suggest that girls now consistently outperform boys at school. Young women now enter university on equal terms with young men and in traditionally male dominated areas. It might be supposed in the professional entrepreneurial environment, professional female entrepreneurs might have more scope to compete with their male counterparts. This hypothesis was examined through a study of women accountants in sole practice. Dr. Marlow will discuss findings that raise some interesting issues regarding gender discrimination

Dr. Marlow, Department of Human Resource Management, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K., has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and innovation, female self-employment, employment relations, gender and work issues, labor management in small firms, strategic resource management and ethnic minority businesses.

Information about the presentations, which are offered at no charge to the public, is available by contacting Courtney Jensen at (509) 358-2255.

SITSA Presents Advanced Encryption Standard
Advanced Encryption Standard presented by Donna Pierce, Whitworth on Tuesday, October 12, Networking: 5:30 pm; Presentation: 6:00 pm. On October 2, 2000, NIST announced the selection of the encryption algorithm, Rijndael, for the new "Advanced Encryption Algorithm." In this talk we look at the process that led up to this selection as well as a description on the algorithm itself. We conclude with security and implementation issues. Donna Pierce received her PhD in Mathematics from Washington State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA.

WSU Graduate School Fair
Thursday, October 14, 3 - 7:30 pm. Washington State University, 310 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Spokane, WA will have a graduate school fair featuring the graduate and professional programs from universities and colleges around the region. Eastern Washington University's Master of Science in computer science will participate in the fair. Register at: For more information, contact Jane Kinkel at (509) 358-7537 or e-mail

SNAP and SIRTI Host Grant Workshop
Five-day Workshop to Explore Application Process
The Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP) and the Spokane Intercollegiate Research & Technology Institute (SIRTI) will host the Grantsmanship Training Program, October 25 - 29 at SIRTI. The five-day workshop will be conducted by The Grantsmanship Center, the world's oldest and largest training organization for the nonprofit sector. This workshop is designed for novice and experienced grant-seekers. It covers all aspects of searching for grants, writing grant proposals, and negotiating with funding sources. To help members of the nonprofit community to decipher the intricacies of the grant-seeking process, participants will have the opportunity to work in groups to create grant proposals for a more complete understanding of proposal development.

To ensure personal attention, registration is limited to 30 participants. The program fee of $825 includes workshop tuition and one year of TGCI Membership benefits and services. Fifty-percent scholarships may be available for organizations with annual operating budgets under $300,000. To register for the workshop, or to apply for a scholarship, contact The Grantsmanship Center, at 800-421-9512. For local information contact Ron Hardin, SNAP, 509-456-7111 Ext. 242, email: or Jean Montano, SIRTI, 509-358-2055, email:

Through the federal government's Computers for Learning program, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Spokane Branch Office is donating used computer equipment to Riverside High School. When SBA computer equipment no longer has the capacity to run the state-of-the-art software programs it needs to serve entrepreneurial clients, the Computers for Learning program allows the equipment to pass to an eligible recipient. This transfer of resources extends the life cycle and value of the computer equipment exponentially. The SBA is providing Riverside High School with used equipment including five computers, two printers and one fax machine.

Montvale Hotel to Open in November
After years of planning and months of construction, the Montvale Hotel at 1005 W First Ave. will re-open this November. Spokane's oldest hotel, the Montvale, has a two-story glass atrium, beautiful woodwork, fireplaces, a collection of unique European art, many antiques, and spacious rooms. You can also see the craftsmanship of Hazen Audel in the ironwork throughout the hotel and Catacombs Pub. The Montvale Hotel is an eclectic blend of history, culture and comfort. The hotel will have free wireless connectivity.

In addition to the Montvale, ConoverBond Development has brought back nine historic buildings in downtown Spokane, developed the Catacombs Pub, Big Fish in Spirit Lake and Kafka Coffee House in Cheney.

To reserve a room, email ( or call 509-747-1919. To learn more about the hotel, visit

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