Etailz is an online retailer that curates quality products for modern consumers and develops innovative technology for leading vendors. As a company, they are committed to helping vendors navigate international and domestic online marketplaces.
Etailz was originally pitched by Josh Neblett as “GreenCupboards” to Tom Simpson’s entrepreneurship class at Gonzaga University back in 2007. Neblett and his then girlfriend, Sara Wollnick, went on to win the Inland NW Business Plan Competition in 2008. With Neblett’s comfort in risk taking and Wollnick’s incredible relationship skills, along with mentorship and guidance from Tom Simpson, entrepreneur and investor, Neblett and Wollnick began GreenCupboards. After several years of bootstrap product and business development, GreenCupboards had expanded its share in the online marketplace and its product offering enough to mandate a new moniker. Just before their fifth anniversary, 2012, GreenCupboards acquired ecomom.com and formally changed its name to etailz.
Neblett and Wollnick have since married and Simpson remains a critical mentor in etailz’s growth and expansion. Etailz encompasses several satellite entities that have emerged in an effort to meet client demand and serve client needs. They operate a handful of niche websites offering items from eco-friendly beauty product to trendy home goods in addition to selling on Amazon for the last eight years, recently expanding to the Jet, Rakuten, and eBay marketplaces.
Propriety software and their absolute commitment to long-term relationships are foundational at etailz. After building close and trusted relationships with vendors, and in an effort to do right by those relationships, they have created technology that optimizes brand performance across all channels and improves customer experience. This philosophy has naturally grown into product development, processing facilities, and innovative online retail partnerships. It has also expanded into a brick and mortar offering, Wollnick’s, a downtown Spokane storefront selling the same products they promote online.
When asked about how the office dynamics work as a married couple running a company, Josh quickly quips, “We decided from the very beginning that I’m the boss at work, while Sarah is the boss pretty much everywhere else.” Sarah confirms, “It has always worked that way. We never wanted to create any confusion or tension about who does what and who has the final word.” This insight has helped build an energetic team of associates who are passionate about what they do, and has created an empowered team environment that seems to really work.
Big Hairy “Tech” Dream? Sarah, the relationship guru, would love to see teleportation or some technology that would enable instantaneous person-to-person interactions to take place. Josh, on the other hand (tech nerd) is looking forward to the expansion of 3D printing and what that might mean for order fulfillment in the future. Think Jetsons.
Lisa Shaffer, Owner/Founder,
Paw Print Genetics
850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Suite 200 Spokane, WA 99202
509-483-5950 | www.pawprintgenetics.com
Genetic Veterinary Sciences, DBA Paw Print Genetics, is a laboratory that performs genetic testing for inherited diseases in dogs. They work with breeders to help ensure they are breeding healthy puppies and work with owners and veterinarians who are concerned about the genetic health of their dogs. Through a new product called Canine HealthCheck, Paw Print offers breed-specific genetic testing and genetic screening for any dog, purebred or mixed breed. Canine HealthCheck is especially useful for adopted or rescued dogs for which little history is known.
Lisa Shaffer, Paw Print’s owner, has a PhD in human genetics and is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in genetic diagnostics. Shaffer found she really enjoyed answering genetic questions for animal researchers through work with her last company, Signature Genomic Laboratories. When Signature Genomics was acquired, she decided to combine her passion for genetic health and her love of animals. Paw Print Genetics was born.
Several laboratories in the U.S. and elsewhere provide genetic testing for dogs. Most offer small menus of tests while Paw Print provides the largest number of tests for dogs, including breed-specific diseases, coat colors and other traits. Their tests are presented in panels so clients can choose the tests they need or select the whole panel for a comprehensive result. In addition, Paw Print is the only laboratory that performs every gene mutation twice, with two independent laboratory methods and each result is reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian to provide the highest accuracy in the industry. Shaffer is most proud of the great customer service and online account management they provide their clients. They are working hard to be a one-stop-shop for everything genetic for dogs.
Big Hairy “Tech” Dream? “Someday, we will know all there is to know about the canine genome. We will be able to sequence your dog’s genome at a reasonable price and tell you all of their genetic secrets – about their health, their anticipated lifespan, and behaviors,” says Shaffer. Her dream is that Paw Print Genetics will be able to provide even more information to enhance the health and well being of your dog as new technology emerges.
Jon Copeland, CEO/Founder, Nuvodia
850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. #124, Spokane WA 99202
509-688-6342 | www.nuvodia.com
Nuvodia is an information technology business that delivers secure, reliable, cost-effective technologies and consulting services that help organizations improve performance, reduce costs and maximize results. Nuvodia has more than 120 professionals serving clients in healthcare, government, financial, energy, and manufacturing industries across the U.S. Their deep domain knowledge in healthcare has spawned intellectual property used today to efficiently manage, route and track radiology workflow in the U.S. and Canada. Nuvodia is also working on extending their expertise to a workflow application that they believe will be a game changer for anatomic pathologists.
Nuvodia was created through a spin-off of the IT division of Inland Imaging, and acquisition of TROI, LLC in 2010 (both IT business units). In 2011 Nuvodia acquired business assets of a company in St. Louis called Quick Study Radiology (QSR). With these foundations Nuvodia, meaning “new day” in Latin, emerged.
Novodia’s radiology picture archive and communication system (PACS) is utilized by dozens of hospitals and clinics and more than 5,000 registered users. Their service allows X-Ray or CT images from an injured or sick patient, for example in Montana, to be viewed by radiologists anywhere on the planet with secure login credentials and internet access. These patients can be diagnosed rapidly, improving patient care and conservation of resources.
Information technology changes rapidly. “Customers need specialists who can create, manage, support and secure multiple systems. The complexity of the systems and the diversity of those systems drive ever-greater need for highly skilled individuals,” states Jon Copeland, Nuvodia’s CEO. “We seem to continually be seeking talented IT specialists and project managers to serve our growing clientele.”
Although Nuvodia’s business footprint spans the U.S. today, they are committed to keeping its headquarters in Spokane. “We are proud to provide high-quality jobs and an opportunity to make a good living in this wonderful city,” says Copeland. Nuvodia recently relocated to the McKinstry Innovation Center and is excited to be in such an innovative environment in the U District.
Big Harry “Tech” Dream? Copeland admits his would be to take all the medical “OLOGIES” to a digital state. Nuvodia took radiology digital for Inland Imaging and many other hospitals in the region and is now taking cardiology imaging and anatomic pathology from glass slides and a microscope to a digital format. They hope to be “Shutterfly” on steroids.