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Movers & Shakers November 3, 2010

| November 3, 2010 9:00 PM

Post Falls Women in Business meeting is today

The Post Falls Women in Business group is having its meeting today with guest speaker Shawn Bonnough, of Velocity Business Inc.

Bonnough's presentation will be titled "Fantastic Failures."

The meeting runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Garden Plaza in Post Falls, at 545 N. Garden Plaza.

Bonnough is a "serial entrepreneur," responsible for many new venture start-ups ranging from large scale brokerage of mining company assets to adventure based inbound tourism from Germany. Shawn has operated and promoted an independent sawmill, a windshield repair company, a skydiving school and has developed land in North Idaho.

Shawn has taught entrepreneurship and new venture creation for the past several years in Canada and the U.S. through his company Velocity Business Training Inc.

The group's mission is to support women in the community both personally and professionally, and to mentor other women in the community. The organization is an extension of the North Idaho Business Journal and membership includes a monthly business card sized ad in the Women In Business page of the publication.

Avista Energy Fair

scheduled for this weekend

The Avista Energy Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Spokane Community College, in the Lair Student Center, Building 6, at 1810 N. Greene St.

The event will include demonstrations and workshops on low-cost and no-cost energy efficiency tips to keep homes warm and safe this winter and provide information about billing assistance. In addition, community organizations, including the Community Colleges of Spokane, WorkSource Spokane, Goodwill, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, SNAP and others, will be on hand to answer questions about employment assistance, weatherization, housing, child care and other topics.

A full list of exhibitors is available at Avista's website, www.avistautilities.com/community/energyfair2010.

Free admission to the event includes access to all demonstrations and workshops, free samples of materials, complimentary food and beverages, and door prizes.

Fair attendees can speak with Avista staff to learn first-hand about low-cost and no-cost energy efficiency measures they can do at home. They can also learn how to install such things as rope caulking, window plastic and door sweeps to help keep the warm air in their homes and the cold air out. And following each demonstration, free samples of each item will be distributed.

Starbucks reaches No. 4

ranking on EPA list

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Starbucks has increased its ranking to No. 4 on EPA's national top 50 list of the largest green power purchasers.

Starbucks more than doubled its annual green power purchase to more than 573 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough to meet 55 percent of the organization's electricity use. Starbucks is buying renewable energy certificates from 3Degrees and Nexant.

"We applaud Starbucks' leadership in green power purchasing," said Rick Albright, the director of EPA's office of air, waste and toxics in Seattle. "Their actions are helping to protect air quality, green our power supply and create renewable energy jobs."

According to the EPA, Starbucks' green power purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 79,000 passenger vehicles per year or the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly 50,000 average American homes annually.

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