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A Web site aimed at recruiting and keeping professionals in the Valley got a leg up from the Port of Walla Walla.

The Walla Walla Valley Business Connection has received $3,000 to help pay for development of a local job-posting site, according to a news release.

The effort started in the spring, when local businesses joined forces with the aim of attracting talented business professionals to the area, and keeping them here.

"The money is the fuel that will pump this project into gear," said Jonathan Marley, staffing partner at Key Technology and WWVBC member, in the release.

Local officials and business people see the site as a way to recruit not just workers, but also their families, by showing what Walla Walla has to offer.

"I'm very excited about the project, this Web site will be a tool to attract people to our community," Port Commissioner Paul Schneidmiller said in the release.

Besides job postings, the site is expected to provide information and resources to prospective hires and their families.

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Impress Salon will hold its second and third community-building lectures this month and next.

The business started the Invest Lecture Series as "an experiment in education, entertainment and the arts," according to a news release.

The series is intended to encourage dialogue, awareness and communication on a variety of topics. The inaugural lecture in June tackled architecture and design, and the upcoming event, Thursday at 7 p.m., will focus on community. Representatives from community organizations and residents who focus on the topic will be on hand at the salon, 1423B Plaza Way.

A third lecture, on the environment, is planned for Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

Talks are followed by open dialogue and refreshments.

The talks are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so attendees are asked to RSVP to info@impresssalon.net with the following information: name, e-mail address and phone number, in addition to which lecture is desired.

For more information, go to www.impresssalon.net/events.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Alasdair Stewart can be reached at alasdairstewart@wwub.com or 526-8311.

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