Spokane Journal of Business

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Avista unit gobbles up downtown office space

To accommodate its rapid growth, Avista Communications, an affiliate of Spokane-based Avista Corp., has leased more than 16,000 square feet of additional office space in downtown Spokane since the first of the year.Avista Communications, which a...

Economic-development leaders to meet on goals

Leaders of Spokane-area economic-development groups plan to meet this month to compare goals and look at ways the groups might cooperate.Were pulling together key organizations involved in economic development to see what everyone is doing a...

Her work is a merry-go-round

As the cheery music starts and the colorful horses spring forward on their circular journey, eyes light up and smiles spread across the generations. From toddlers to seniors, the magic of the merry-go-round touches every age.The carousel is as...

Systems integrator flourishes

George Calvert figures he violated several of the basic tenets for surviving in business last year.He allowed the West Plains company he heads, Calvert Technologies Inc., an automation-systems integrator and manufacturer, to grow at a dizzying a...

Spokane’s Pawn 1 chain to launch private offering

Pawn 1 Inc., the Spokane-based pawn shop chain that has more than doubled in size over the last five years, says it soon will seek to raise $1 million from private investors to use for general working capital and further business expansion. That is...

WSU scientists sign pact with Spokane company

Advanced Reproduction Technologies Inc., a Spokane biotech research company that has been trying for six years to commercialize its fertility-treatment technologies and spin-off discoveries, appears to have taken a significant step toward its in by...

Nationwide insurer buys agency here

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., a Lincoln, R.I.-based insurer with offices nationwide, has gained a foothold in the Spokane market by buying the Thomas S. Porter Inc. insurance agency, which has represented Safeco insurance here for five years and is a...

Dishman Dodge plans to build new showroom

The company that owns Dishman Dodge here plans to build an estimated $2 million new showroom and sales facility at the southeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Park Road, and to remodel and expand its current new-car sales area for other Hollenback,...

Dakotah Direct to add 440 jobs here this year

Dakotah Direct II LLC, the big Spokane-based telemarketing company, says it plans to hire 440 more employees here by the end of the year.Sandy Taylor-Spring, Dakotah Directs chief operating officer, says most of the new hires will join the in...

‘Programs! Get your programs …’

When Ray Hare was a kid living on Spokanes North Side, he tacked to his bedroom walls some of the Gonzaga University football game programs from his fathers playing days in the late 1930s.Many program collectors, as Hare has become, might...

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