Spokane Journal of Business

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Some auto dealers here see large jumps in sales

Some auto dealerships here are experiencing record sales so far this year, due partly to manufacturers incentives such as 0 percent financing and large rebates, while other dealers are seeing little change over last years numbers, a spot check up...

Public art no mystery to Enigma

In 1970, Tom Askman got an incredible urge to create a sculpture, even though the painter and art instructor hadnt done any sculpting before. I decided I wanted to do it back in Wyoming, where he had been raised, Askman now says. I...

FERC criticizes Avista

A public hearing has been set for April in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions investigation of possible misconduct by Avista Corp., Avista Energy Inc., and two affiliates of Enron Corp., and an initial decision in the case could come next...

Eviction filings triple here

Unlawful-detainer filings, which landlords use in Washington state to forcibly evict tenants who have violated rental-agreement terms and then ignored notices to leave, have tripled in Spokane County over the last 10 years.The number of such in...

East Sprague retail woes persist

Two years ago, veteran commercial real estate broker Marshall Clark said hed never seen so many vacant retail spaces in the Spokane Valley, especially along the traditional retail area of East Sprague Avenue between Thierman and Sullivan then, he...

Growing Itronix leases former Telect building

Itronix Corp., the Spokane maker of rugged computers, has leased a 2-year-old building in Liberty Lake that telecommunications equipment maker Telect Inc. owns and had occupied until scaling back its operations last year.Dave Bergman, Itronixs...

Daines’ company waits out technology slump

World Wide Packets, of Spokane, found itself within the fallout radius of the technology-industry meltdown last year, and since then has been trying to wait out what founder and CEO Bernard Daines describes as a nuclear winter.He remains in...

Water features oceans apart

The story of a Spokane venture started by a self-described homebody begins a half a world away.It was early 2000 when Pete Smith founded the business, called Mainstream Watergarden Construction, out of his Spokane home. Instead of relying on and...

ICT Group hiring 100 in Valley

ICT Group Inc.s big Spokane Valley call-center operation is in the process of hiring 100 additional workers here to handle customer relations for a new nationwide wireless-telephone service thats being launched by Virgin Group, the quirky and a...

Development process improves

Though the regulatory maze remains tortuous for some, developing property in the Spokane area appears to be getting easier, industry and government officials say.That may be most evident in comments by developers, contrasted by time.Its a...

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