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Refis bounce back

Some Spokane banks and credit unions are reporting a mini-boom in home mortgage refinance loans in recent months due to another dip in mortgage interest rates. In the Spokane area, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rates had fallen to between about 3.69 perce...

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SBA lenders encouraged by rebound in volume

Some providers of U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans here are anticipating a second con...

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Ag loans remain gainful, expected to rise next year

While commercial and other kinds of loans have taken a hit over the years since the economic recessi...

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Steadily rising

Phoenix Protective Corp., a Spokane-based provider of security services, had revenues of $10 million...

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Making security strides at Riverfront Park

Security calls at Spokane’s Riverfront Park have fallen as the park’s security department starts...

Key to IT security: user training, monitoring

Your cell phone rings. It’s your office manager. Something has happened. An employee has a cryptic text file on their screen, something about all their files being gone and a demand of $500 ransom to get them back. ...

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Security system features, controls are going mobile

Advances in electronic security systems are bringing new capabilities into the mainstream, says Jay Hunt, president of Spokane-based Allied Fire & Security Inc. ...

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Odom Corp.’s new digs

The Odom Corp. expects to ship 5 million cases of beverages—mostly beer—this year through its new distribution center on the West Plains, says Dale Birchell, Odom’s regional operations manager. The company also projects 3 percent of growth in sales...

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Joanie’s Magic Spoon classes deliver comfort food

After raising two daughters, and having a successful career as an administrative assistant, Joan Jamison retired, but not for long. She decided to open Joanie’s Magic Spoon almost five years ago, teaching cooking classes from home in her dream kitchen o...

Port delays could hurt agricultural markets, Northwest Farm Credit Services report says

Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Spokane-based agricultural lending cooperative, says in a 2015 market outlook that lower fuel costs are good news for producers, but that many are experiencing higher transportation costs and slower sales due to shippin...

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