Spokane Journal of Business

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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...

Agilent eyes hiring more than 100

Agilent Technologies, which owns Hewlett-Packard Co.s former operations here, is looking to hire more than 100 people in Spokane immediately.Liz Cox, an Agilent spokeswoman here, says the bulk of the new hires are needed to fill entry-level in...

Itron plots comeback this year

Itron Inc. appears to have regained its confidence, but not its profitabilityyet.The Spokane-based maker of meter-reading equipment for the utility industry has suffered financial losses, layoffs, and unmet expectations over the last couple...

Huge dealership set to swell

KELLOGGThe biggest auto dealership in the Inland Northwest is getting bigger. Dave Smith Motors, both marveled at by admirers and despised by rivals for the high volume of sales it conducts from this old mining town, says it soon will begin in...

Biomedex whips up first forays

Biomedex Inc., a biotech company formed here last year, expects to begin this month producing trial batches of its first producta sterile alcohol disinfectant for clean roomsand also has landed an exclusive license to make and sell a new which...

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