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08/31/2005 - Terabyte Tidbits

GameFest Update
The Tourism Promotion area of the Convention and Visitors Bureau has awarded $10,000 as seed money for GameFest 2006. These funds will be used to design and produce the marketing packages for the sponsors and advertisers, attendee packets, and invitations. GameFest will showcase the cutting-edge Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) phenomenon and allow hundreds of players to play together simultaneously. To warm up for this two-day event which will be held in venues in downtown Spokane, a GameFest "Lite” event is planned for this September 24 at CenterPlace, located in Spokane Valley’s Mirabeau Point Park. The event will be held in conjunction with the CenterPlace Grand Opening and ValleyFest. Games will begin at 2:00 PM.

Scholarships Set Up for GU’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
A new scholarship fund for students in Gonzaga University’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program has been established in the name of Gonzaga University alumni Megan Schindler and Sarah Taylor. The scholarships, based on academic achievement and financial need, are designed to reward promising female business students in the Hogan Program. In its inaugural academic year, these $500 scholarships will be awarded to junior Melisa Ziegler of Tacoma, Wash., and freshman Kelsey Dunn of Kenai, Alaska.

Megan (Taylor) Schindler, a 2002 alumna, majored in business administration with concentrations in finance and women’s studies. She is director of membership and special events at the Zino Society in Seattle. Sarah Taylor, an ’04 alumna, also majored in business administration with concentrations in marketing, human resource management, and entrepreneurial leadership. She was a member of the first class of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and was part of the winning team in the 2004 Business Plan Competition. She is an account coordinator at Desautel Hege Communications in Spokane.

Richard and Barbara Taylor, parents of Megan and Sarah, had previously established the Richard B. Taylor, II Family scholarship endowment to assist four students in the Hogan Program. Those scholarships help attract and retain talented students to the program.

Spokane Ranks #2 on Popular Science Medical & Emergency Tech List
Spokane ranked #2 out of 127 Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) in the area of Medical & Emergency Technology in Popular Science’s recently released ranking of Top Cities for Technology. In the medical subcategory, Spokane was second only to San Diego, CA. The ranking was based on many factors including number of hospitals and health care providers with advanced information technology, number of clinical trials underway, percent of emergency vehicles under computer-aided dispatch, and percent of emergency vehicles that are GPS-equipped.

Spokane scored an overall technology ranking of 44 out of 127 cities in the nation. Minneapolis, MN was named top technology city. Other key technology indicator measurements included transportation, jobs, education, connected citizenry, and energy.

Gonzaga U. Hogan Program Receives Grant From Herbert B. Jones Foundation
For the fourth consecutive year, Gonzaga University’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program has received a grant from the Herbert B. Jones Foundation of Seattle to foster entrepreneurship in the region. The $20,000 grant will be applied to the cash awards for the Hogan Program’s 2006 Business Plan Competition held in collaboration with Eastern Washington University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Activities and Whitworth College’s School of Global Commerce and Management. The Business Plan Competition prize fund has reached a total of $42,500 that will be awarded to finalists in three categories: Student-Generated, Community-Based, and Social Enterprises.

"Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses"
Thursday, September 8, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. The Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE) will be conducting two free briefings in Spokane. The first is "Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses". The U.S. Small Business Administration will host these free OMWBE workshops in their training room at 801 West Riverside Avenue, 2nd floor.

Small businesses face many challenges in today's competitive marketplace. A marketing plan is critical to the success of any business, large or small. Attend this free workshop and learn how to put marketing to work for you. Topics include:
· How to find and keep customers,
· Using marketing tools to increase sales and customer satisfaction, and
· Creating a marketing plan (planning guide and worksheets included).

"Washington State Minority and Women Business Certification"
Thursday, September 8, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. If you are a minority, woman, or person of social and economic disadvantage who owns and controls a business in Washington, attend this free certification briefing to find out how your business can benefit. Topics covered by OMWBE include:
· Eligibility requirement for certification with Washington State and the U.S. Dept of Transportation programs;
· Available financial assistance;
· How certification can help your business; and
· Available entrepreneurial training and technical assistance.
Call Spokane SBA at 353-2811 to preregister for one or both free seminars.

SITSA Presents: “RSS, the iPod and Pod-casting”
Tuesday, September 13, Socializing: 5:30 pm; Presentation: 6:00 pm. Presented by Jack-Daniyel Strong, Pod-casting utilizes RSS (really simple syndication) to publish audio broadcasts via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files. This talk will explore RSS and how it is used to push audio broadcasts and data to end users. Presentation will be at Gonzaga University, Herak Room 301, 3rd floor, 502 E. Boone Ave. Spokane, Washington 99258. Parking is available on Sharp and the surrounding neighborhood. On campus parking requires a pass.

IRS Schedule C for Sole Proprietors -- Free Workshop in the SBA Training Center
September 20 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. The U.S. Small Business Administration and local tax experts are collaborating to provide a free workshop, "Schedule C for Sole Proprietors" in Spokane SBA's Training Center at 801 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 240 on Tuesday, September 20th from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Call 509-353-2811 to register. This workshop will focus on issues important to sole proprietors such as federal tax responsibilities, business income and expenses, self-employment tax, estimating tax payments, avoiding tax penalties, and record keeping tips. Learn what is deductible, what can be depreciated, what counts as business use of your home, and which forms to file.

.NET Users Group
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 6:00 PM. Talk Josh Knowles. Meetings are held in room 301 of the Herak building on the Gonzaga University campus.

2005 Bend Venture Conference
Seed and early stage companies invited to pitch regional investors at the bend venture conference October 14, 2005. If you are an entrepreneur representing a seed or early-stage company from the greater Pacific Northwest and Northern CA, you have an opportunity to present your business plan to angel and venture investors focused on seed and early-stage investments at the 2005 Bend Venture Conference. An experienced panel of investors is in place and the audience of registered investors attending the event is growing by the day.
Presentation Categories and Criteria:
Seed Stage - looking for an investment of between $100 - $400K
Early Stage – looking for an investment of between $1M - $3M
"High-Tech" -- High technology startups ready for initial funding round.
"Low-Tech Ventures" -- Startups in low-technology areas with strong business concepts having significant growth potential.
Deadline for applications is September 9, 2005
For more information on Connect Northwest, visit www.connectnw.org.

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