An insurance agent, a real estate broker, a mortgage advisor and a business leader are the top nominees for 2013’s Woman of the Year Award, an honor presented annually by Business & Professional Women of Wenatchee.
The winner will be announced Wednesday at the Woman of the Year Award banquet, which starts at noon at the Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee.
Register to attend at 885-8501 or by email at 2013WOY@gmail.com.
Wait a minute … who are these nominees? Debbie Feist is an Allstate Insurance agent. Laura Mounter is a broker for her own real estate company. Traci Dry is an adviser for the Mortgage Advisory Group. And Shiloh Schauer is executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.
BPW is a group that encourages networking, personal growth and leadership training for business women in Chelan and Douglas counties.
Spinal disc to moving fish
Vince Bryan, the brainiac entrepreneur and owner of Cave B Estate Winery south of Quincy, will be the next keynote speaker in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.
That’s no surprise, really, because as a former neurosurgeon Bryan developed the famed BRYAN Artificial Spinal Disc and 75 surgical instruments. In his spare time, he founded the Gorge Amphitheatre and more recently developed an apple-harvesting machine.
Yeah, but what’s he done lately? Well, he’s working on improvements to fish passage and transport systems, including the design of a patented “object transport tube” that’ll work not only on fish but other stuff, too.
Bryan said his presentation — “Is There a Better Way? Innovation!” — will impress upon CWU students, “You’re not just here (at Central) to practice your craft, but to advance it. If you don’t do it, who will?”
Want to be inspired? Bryan will talk at 2 p.m. Thursday at the CWU Student Union theater in Ellensburg. His presentation will follow a panel discussion about “Entrepreneurship Development” that includes Maury Forman, senior manager for the state Department of Commerce and several local entrepreneurs.
For more info, call (509) 963-1954.
Check your calendar — lots to do in Manson
Don’t want to hear any complaints from Manson folks that there’s nothing to do in town. The Manson Business Association has made sure of that.
Last month, MBA members put together a community calendar that gathers together all sorts of events and activities that “benefit churches, charities and children,” according Michelle Lovato, the group’s marketing director.
The list includes all kinds of stuff (some holiday-themed, some not): a designer clothes show, a murder mystery dinner, a pumpkin-painting gathering, a Halloween masquerade, a haunted prom, the village’s holiday lighting event, a Santa fly-over, Christmas caroling and more. Many of the events are hosted by local businesses.
Curious? The full list will be added soon to MBA’s website at visitmanson.com.
This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.