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Economic data tells more of story than credit downgrade

While we’ve been expecting an uptick in volatility in the back half of the year, we didn’t expect the spark to be a lowering of the U.S. credit rating as occurred earlier this month, when Fitch Ratings lowered it from AAA to AA+....


Try to reimagine retirement, embrace next life stage

Retirement has recently undergone a remarkable transformation. Gone are the days when retirement was synonymous with withdrawal from the workforce for a life of leisure. Today, retirement represents an opportunity for individuals to leverage their...


Investment policy statement acts as guide for nonprofits

The Inland Northwest has a vibrant philanthropic community that includes numerous home-grown nonprofits as well as chapters of national organizations. A great example of the area’s generous nature is Innovia Foundation’s management of over 800...


Amazon fined for safety violations in Spokane

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is fining Amazon.com Inc. for unsafe conditions at its fulfillment center in Spokane. ...


Heritage Health leases U.S. Bank call center building

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank has sold its 60,000-square-foot Coeur d’Alene service center to a prominent local commercial real estate company, and Coeur d’Alene-based nonprofit health care provider Heritage Health has agreed to lease the building....


Glacier Bancorp to acquire Wheatland Bank parent

Community Financial Group Inc., the holding company of Spokane-based Wheatland Bank, has agreed to be acquired by Kalispell, Montana-based Glacier Bancorp Inc., pending shareholder and regulatory approval, the companies announced today....


Idaho gas stations fill up with Spokane drivers

As gas prices in Washington remain among the country’s highest, more Evergreen State residents are crossing state lines to fill up their tanks. Dave Nagra, who co-owns the Amerimart Convenience Store and gas station in State Line, Idaho, says...


Protogetic to launch tools for building security industry

Spokane-based tech startup Protogetic is expanding the digital marketplace it created for the security industry, says CEO and co-founder Matt Morgan. Founded in late 2021, the company plans to launch five new resources next month that are expected to ...


Long-term care insurance market stabilizes as WA Cares gears up

Payroll deductions for the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Act, also known as the WA Cares Fund, began July 1, but the private long-term care insurance market has been largely unaffected, some in the industry here say....


Whatever Happened To: Ex-Kaspien CEO Kunal Chopra

Kunal Chopra, former CEO of Spokane-Valley based e-commerce company Kaspien Holdings Inc., having been back in Seattle for over a year, is now at the helm of a new startup called PawCare. “I wanted to return to my entrepreneurial roots and build a...

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