Spokane Journal of Business

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Session to be ‘all about money’

Washington state legislators will head to Olympia next month attempting to answer a $2.6 billion question: Whats the best way to deal with a 2003-2005 biennium deficit of such enourmous size?Something they wont lack, though, are suggestions...

After move, Wolffs bustle

Two years ago, Alvin J. Fritz Wolff Jr.s four sons came to him, requesting a family meeting to discuss a departure from Spokane.It was a weighty topic to broach for the four sons, whose grandfather and father had built the family Wolff is...

Hip fracture rate here tops state average

Hip-fracture sufferers usually endure extreme pain, need surgery, and face permanent lifestyle changes. In the Spokane area, they also have lots of company.Spokane Regional Health District figures show that the number of hip fractures here is a...

Aiming radiation more precisely

For years, radiation administered to treat head and neck cancers has damaged patients salivary glands so badly they were left unable to produce adequate saliva. For the rest of their lives, theyd eat with a glass of water at hand, be awakened a...

Doctors put patient charts in palms of their hands

When Dr. Tom Schaaf began fielding questions from family members of a patient he visited at Sacred Heart Medical Center recently, his answers were coming a little easier than usual.It was Schaafs first day doing his rounds using a hand-held a...

Banner Bank’s expansion here awaits progress

Longtime Spokane banker D. Michael Jones says that Banner Bank, the Walla Walla-based institution hes now leading, needs to expand its branch network in the Spokane area substantially, but its ability to grow here is being hindered by a lack of A...

D.A. Davidson takes swings in regional economy in stride

Finding a brokerage firm that hasnt struggled in the past two years would be like finding a grain of pepper in a pile of rocks. D.A. Davidson & Co., a Great Falls, Mont.-based investment firm with a Spokane branch, has had its taste of the to...

Global plans prominent presence in city’s core

Seeking greater prominence in downtown Spokane, Global Credit Union has bought a building in the citys core and plans to invest $1.3 million to convert it into a commercial real estate lending center and a full-service branch.Global is the is...

ICM brings RedChip Cos. to Spokane

Spokane-based ICM Asset Management Inc. has moved here a Portland, Ore., company it bought a year ago that provides analyst coverage of small public companies. The Portland company, RedChip Cos. LLC, has moved to the 11th floor of the Mutual at...

Hair salon chain serves 27,000 people a month

Regina Lillie is a hair-salon owner who has never snipped a tress herself. Shes been a businesswoman in Spokane for 20 years, but only has lived here since 1993. Shes a volume dealer in an industry thats full of sole proprietors....

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