Spokane Journal of Business

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Growth Management finale may be delayed

Years of Growth Management Act planning were to culminate late this spring with the finalization of urban growth area boundaries here and the presentation to the public of new comprehensive plans for both the city of Spokane and Spokane prospects 5...

A blending of art and science

As Hamilton Photography & Film Co. points out in its brochure, anybody can point a camera and snap a picture. Its the simple chemistry of light on film.Great photography or cinematography, the company suggests, begins with an artists vision....

$30 million office park planned

First National Financial Group Inc., of Spokane, plans to build a 44-acre business campus in Liberty Lake that is to include two medical buildings, a hotel, a restaurant, and four structures that would house manufacturers and manufacturing which is...

Tidyman’s to expand its reach

During the past year, whats now known as Tidymans LLC digested a merger that nearly doubled the number of stores it operates to 23, is expected to boost its annual sales to more than $300 million, and has expanded its territory.But the chain...

Construction activity soars

Spokane city and county recorded a dramatic $188 million combined increase in building permit activity in 1998, zooming past numbers posted during a mostly lethargic construction season the previous year.Together, they issued permits last year a...

Bullhide Liner launches initial public offering

Bullhide Liner Corp., a Spokane maker of a spray-on, pickup truck bed liner, is planning an aggressive expansion, fueled in part by money its attempting to raise in an initial public offering launched in December.Ron Grossman, Bullhides says...

Strawboard offering eyed; British want to buy shares

Northwest Strawboard Inc., a Pasco, Wash.-based company thats been formed to develop three plants in Eastern Washington to make particle board out of straw, hopes to raise $5 million in a stock offering to help pay for the first of the plants, in...

Dakotah to hire 300 more insurance agents

Dakotah Direct Inc., the big Spokane telemarketing company, plans to hire 300 additional insurance agentsmost of them in Spokaneover the next eight months to handle increased telemarketing business from insurance companies.Connie Browning, a...

Home Depot secures Coeur d’Alene location

Home Depot Inc., of Atlanta, has leased land at the northeast corner of U.S. 95 and Sunset Avenue in Coeur dAlene and plans to build a store there, says Amy Friend, a Fullerton, Calif.-based company spokeswoman.Earlier, Home Depot had said it...

Labor here is in short supply

As Spokane Countys unemployment rate has slipped lower and lower, the available work force here, which has been touted for years as plentiful, isnt so abundant any more.Both companies with large hiring needs and temporary-help agencies are a...

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