Spokane Journal of Business

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Spokane’s Child Care Crisis

The child care industry was facing workforce shortages and high operating costs before the COVID-19 pandemic, and Spokane-area providers say the situation will grow more dire as people returning to work seek day care services from an industry ...

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‘Pause’ could hamper WSU’s research cause

Though money for research has risen steadily in recent years at Washington State University Health ...

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Huppin’s to reinvent North Side showroom

Longtime Spokane electronics retailer Huppin’s Hi-Fi, Photo & Video Inc. is reimagining its north ...

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Goodwill lives tale of two states

The reopening of Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest stores in Idaho is a welcome relief...

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Making distance on Spokane’s manufacturing floors

Several Spokane-area manufacturers say most of their employees are in environments where being ...

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Stimulus funds received, not targeted, some Spokane nonprofits say

Despite efforts nationwide to encourage people to donate their federal stimulus checks to nonprofits, Spokane-area organizations have largely avoided such campaigns. ...

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Manufacturers grapple with aerospace slowdown

Spokane-area manufacturers that serve the aerospace industry say they’re staying aloft for now and feeling somewhat optimistic about the long term, even as new orders for aircraft and components have taken a nosedive. ...

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Q&A with Mountain Dog Sign’s Marshon Kempf

Custom sign maker Mountain Dog Sign Co. isn’t making many signs in the midst of a viral pandemic. The company has been manufacturing face shields and counter barriers—transparent partitions that separate customers from cashiers—to sell or donate to ...

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Sonderen Packaging sees pandemic sales boost

As more custom paperboard packaging manufacturers are bought out by large conglomerates, Spokane-based Sonderen Packaging Inc. intends to stick to its vision of remaining “fiercely independent,” says principal and co-owner Keva Sonderen. ...

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Next phase of expansion starts at Bella Tess apartment complex

The city of Spokane Valley has issued permits for the $18.7 million third phase of the Bella Tess apartments. When complete, the project will add 156 living units in five, three-story buildings to the multifamily complex, building permit application ...

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