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Seattle isn't the only place where digital entrepreneurs go to meet; Startup Weekend in Spokane attracts plenty of techies with high hopes for their small business.

A new motto for November in the Northwest: Can't be rainier than October! Before the holidays descend, make something happen at a day trip to a local festival:

Spokane: Startup Weekend Spokane

We've all had a dream of being our own boss, but it can be intimidating to take the first step getting a business off the ground. On Veteran's Day weekend, this small business boot camp in Spokane will provide 54 hours of idea creation, networking, business model design, and feedback from local entrepreneurs. The three-day crash course at Gonzaga University will focus on three vital steps—pitching an idea, building a product, and presenting the model to potential investors—necessary to launching a business. November 11–13

Portland: Northwest Filmmakers' Festival

The Emerald City's giant film festival won't start up until next May, but Portland is going to the movies in the fall. Explore films made by regional artists, get inside the minds of the filmmakers, and, new this year, examine industry trends at a filmmakers' summit on opening day. Now in its 43rd year, the motion-picture festival added two new venues, Portland State University’s 5th Avenue Cinema and Skype Live Studio; this means most films will be screened twice. Drinks, snacks, a live DJ, and dancing are all part of the festivities. November 10–15

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Vancouver: MEC Snowfest

It's always nice when an event costs the same in American and Canadian currency: free. Although you'll have to cross a border to get there, Snowfest in North Vancouver is a festival devoted to snow-related activities and and a chance to score discounted outdoor gear. A "snow swap" has sweet deals on used gear, and visitors can sell their own used equipment. Plenty of snow-sport brands, clubs, and organizations will be represented at the festival, along with various clinics and workshops. Kids activities, food vendors, and prizes will all be available. November 12, 10am–3pm

Puyallup: Northwest Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival

The holiday season means gift-giving, and nothing beats handmade craft gifts. This needlework festival has quilt making, sewing, and other craft artists teaching and displaying professional products. Look for a display of sewing machines and sales on fabrics and tools. The event, located in the Pavilion Building at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, also offers free parking and warm beverages. November 17–19

Pasco: Hemp and Health Expo

Since its legalization in Washington in 2012, the marijuana industry has changed dramatically, and many potential pot businesses have found themselves in an entrepreneurial haze. At the second-annual cannabis convention at the TRAC Center in southeastern Washington, guests will be able to hear from innovative minds in the marijuana field. talking about how legalization has altered use and stigma. The one-day event includes presentations on the history of hemp, its growing methods, holistic solutions, and more will. There is a break in action between 3:30 pm and 5 pm for people to socialize during a live performance from local jazz band, Smooth as Jazz. November 12, 10am–7pm

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