Monday, September 8

Colville Horizons Your Big Idea Contest 2015

Colville Horizons will launch its 2015 Your Big Idea contest at the TEDD-sponsored Global Entrepreneurship Week event. Information about this contest and the prize, a scholarship for WSU's Innovation Assessment Center, can be obtained from Dana McDowell,, (509)685-6158,1-800-776-2178, ext. 6125. Global Entrepreneurship Week will be celebrated internationally November 17 to 23. The program this year in Colville will be conducted by Tri-County Economic Development District, which will announce the date, time and place once determined. Colville Horizons has allocated funds to help sponsor this event. More information about Global Entrepreneurship Week can be obtained here:

Friday, February 15

Save the Date: ERC at the IEL March 9!

The Colville Horizons non-profit organization is presenting a one day Entrepreneur Resource Conference which will be hosted by the Spokane Community College Colville Campus, 985 S Elm St., Colville, Washington.  This event, set for Saturday, March 9, 2013, will feature a business services track and a small farm track to bring more people together.  Colville Horizons also plans to kick off its Big Idea Contest again at that time.

Colville Horizons is looking for Resource Vendors interested in networking their services and marketing their products to the next generation of Entrepreneurs.  You are personally invited to set up a booth and participate as a Resource Vendor.   Booths will be set up in the facility foyer to maximize foot traffic and allow clear access to vendors during the networking sessions.  

Resource Vendor participation includes:
Ø      Official 60 seconds pitch presentation to introduce yourself and what you offer
Ø      Vendor / Entrepreneur Networking opportunities
Ø      Marketing opportunities guerilla style
Ø      Free Lunch
Resource Vendor participation cost:
            Nominal fee of $20 (includes 2 staff and lunch)
            ***add $5 for each additional staff

Limited space available! Contact Dana McDowell or Loli Kalua before February 28, 2013 to reserve your spot today!

For questions and detailed information please contact Dana McDowell - / 509-685-6125 or Loli Kalua – /509-675-4394

Dana McDowell
Colville Horizons Board Chair

Loli Kalua
Colville Horizons Board Member

2013 Your Big Idea! Contest

“Big Idea” Contest

   Entrepreneur Resource Conference

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Colville Community College
8:30am – 3:30pm

YOU are Personally Invited

Make YOUR “BIG IDEA” happen and “KICK OFF” to a NEW FUTURE

There will be presentations and information on:
Ø   Local & Regional Business Resources
Ø   WSU Innovation Assessment Center
Ø   “The Heartbeat of Business”
Ø   Marketing Strategies

Thursday, January 31

Lineup Shaping up for Horizons 3/9/13 ERC

 Saturday, March 9, 8:30 to 3:30
Community Colleges of Spokane, IEL

 Got an Idea to expand, improve or launch?

Find out what you don’t know...that you don’t know. 

Experts coming just for you!

Business and Entrepreneur Resource Vendors
Ben Cabildo - Business Expansion Specialist
Larry Sullivan – Marketing Specialist
Tri-County Economic Development
SBDC - Small Business Administration
Service Corps of Retired Executives
PTAC – Government Contracting
USDA – Loans and Grants
WSU – Grant Writing
WSU – Innovation Assessment Center
Vets Garage
SCC – Integrated Business & Entrepreneur
IEL Colville College – Business
Chewelah Small Business Development

Monday, January 28

ERC Set for Saturday, March 9, 2013

Colville Horizons will stage its fourth Entrepreneurial Resource Conference on Saturday, March 9, at the Community Colleges of Spokane (CSS) IEL Campus, 985 E. Elm, Colville, from 8 to 3:30. Admission price is $8 per person or $15 per couple, and includes sandwiches provided by Mr. Sub, plus chips and beverages.

"For existing business or potential new business owners in this area, we're going to have excellent speakers from marketing and startup operations," says Dana McDowell, Horizons Board chairman. "We're going to kick off the Your Big Idea contest, and provide two tracks, one for small business entrepreneurs and one for farmers."

Keynote Speakers

CCS Trustee and Community-Based Economic Development Director Ben Cabildo will speak on "The Heartbeat of Business." Cabildo is founder and executive director of AHANA Business and Professional Association. He also serves as the board representative to the CCS District Equity Council, CCS Finance Committee and the CCS Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to financial planning and real estate investment, Cabildo has more than 30 years' experience founding, coordinating and directing nonprofit organizations. He serves on the Washington State Human Rights Commission and Providence Health Care Diversity Council. A SCORE business counselor, Cabildo is an ex-officio member of the Spokane Area Economic Development Council, International Trade Alliance and Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Larry Sullivan will address "How to Build a Powerhouse Marketing Campaign." At CCS Sullivan teaches courses in principles of marketing, advertising, human relations in organizations, selling, decision making, time management, goal setting. He also is is the consultant/owner of a marketing and sales company providing expert development of international and domestic marketing campaigns. The company brokers and consults to companies exporting to the Pacific Rim, specializing in sales management, product development, PR and copy writing. 

Breakout Sessions and Resources

Michael Ebinger, of the WSU Innovation Assessment Center will provide information about what services Your Big Idea contest winners can expect to receive as they work towards developing their inventions.

Tom Harrison, vice president of the Northwest Washington Farmers' Market will speak on marketing aspects for farming, and will moderate a panel that will include John Crandall of Crandall Coffee Roasters, Joe Petrucelli of Meyers Falls Market and Dee Acheson of Front Porch Farm. Additionally, a panel of small business entrepreneurs will be featured.

A wide array of vendors will be present to demonstrate what resources they can provide businesses and farmers, including representatives from banks, Tri-County Economic Development, credit unions, USDA, website creators, accounting experts, and grantwriting experts. Loli Kalua will provide information on social media marketing, "Launch Without a Loan."

For more information contact Horizons board chairman Dana McDowell, 509-685-6125 or board member Loli Kalua, 509-675-4394.

Thursday, August 30

Horizons To Meet September 11, 2012

Hello, everyone, Board members and interested individuals:

Colville Horizons will start up its monthly Board meetings again on September 11th, Tuesday, at Colville WorkSource at 4:30 pm. WorkSource shares a building at Rural Resources Community Development, 956 S. Main, Colville, behind Do-It Hardware.

Colville Horizons will be starting to plan for an event, tentatively named Convention on Entrepreneurship. This event, set for Saturday, February 23, 2013, will feature a business services track and a small farm track to bring more people together.  Colville Horizons  also plans to kick off its Big Idea Contest again at that time.

Everyone who is interested  is welcome to attend the September meeting, and help us put together our programs. 

Thank you...we look forward to reconvening!

Dana McDowell
Horizon Board Chair

Thursday, May 5


Registeration Form is located under the Community Event tap under the Upper Columbia Volunteer Center section.

The NEW Alliance Counseling Services AmeriCorps Program is partnering with Community Colleges of Spokane, Colville HORIZONS and Washington State University to sponsor the first Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program in Northeastern Washington. The course will be held at Institute for Extended Learning, Colville Center on May 26 and 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4p.m both days. Registration fee will be $20.00 for both days and lunch will be provided.
The MHFA program will train police officers, emergency responders, primary care professionals, education personnel, clergy and members of the public to improve mental health literacy -- helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.
"We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid to our community," said Ann Van Dielen, AMERICORPS member. "This important educational effort really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction. We hope this program will help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and move more and more people toward recovery."
Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual. The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and offers overviews of common treatments. Research has shown that the MFA program is effective in improving trainees' knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.
Mental Health First Aid comes under the auspices of the ORYGEN Research Centre at the University of Melbourne in Australia under the direction of MHFA founders Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm. To date, it has been implemented in six other countries worldwide, including Hong Kong, Scotland, England, Canada, Finland and Singapore.
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare brought MHFA to the United States in 2008. In its pilot year, the program was introduced in nearly 20 states and more than 40 communities nationwide
The program has been made available to the residents of the area through grants from the Washington State Mental Health Transformation Project, Eastern State Hospital, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and Washington State University. The course will be taught by John Murphy, a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. John is a Patient Advocate at Eastern State Hospital, a trainer for Wellness Recovery Action Plan and Recovery and Resiliency program. He is on the state board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has been advocating for mental health for more the 20 years.
“MHFA offers those who take the program a way of approaching someone in crisis and asking how they're doing and offering resources that could help them,” John said. Safety is another aspect of mental health first aid where trainers teach people whether they can approach someone, or should call law enforcement.
Many times, people want to respond but don't know how. Participants will learn about signs and symptoms of mental illness and about effective treatments in an effort to help reduce stigma.
For more information and registration form go to Contact Ann Van Dielen at 509-389-1950 or email at