Spokane Journal of Business

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SCC readies pitch for big project

The next session of the Washington Legislature is eight months away, but Spokane Community College officials already are seeking to rally support for a $15.7 million capital project they consider key to the college providing more graduates for a of...

Insurance hikes hit truckers

Already slowed by high fuel prices and a sluggish national economy, trucking companies say surging insurance rates have slapped a jake brake on their profit margins.Some Spokane-area trucking companies report that their liability-insurance have...

Metropolitan plans Hawaiian project

Spokane-based Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co., which has a long history of involvement in Hawaiian property development, is pursuing a new multimillion-dollar project on the island of Oahu. The company, through its Summit Property plans a...

Banner Bank plans new branch near NorthTown

Banner Bank, of Walla Walla, Wash., is seeking federal regulatory approval to open its second Spokane branch, in the Northtown Office Building at 4407 N. Division.Banner hopes to open the branch in July, says Bill Endress, vice president and of...

Agencies adjust to change in Focus 21 contributions

As Focus 21 leaders discuss the future of the private economic-development organization, its two beneficiaries here are adjusting their operations to reflect current or potential reductions in the contributions they receive from the group. For...

New Colfax company eyes strawboard plant

A Colfax, Wash., businessman is heading a new company that hopes to bring a $90 million strawboard and ethanol plant to the farming community 60 miles south of Spokane. The businessman, Gary Young, says the new company, Colfax-based Columbia Ag...

Road project at Seltice, Highway 41 set to begin

Work is expected to begin soon on an up to $2 million project in Post Falls to reconstruct the intersection of state Route 41 and Seltice Way and reconfigure on- and off-ramps to Interstate 90 there. The long-awaited project will satisfy raised...

Spicing up the meat industry

The pleasantly mixed smells that permeate Michlitch Co.s building near downtown Spokane are difficult to distinguish, but leave little doubt as to what the business does.Theres a teasing hint of garlic, perhaps a bit of nutmeg and basil, and...

Cold Stone Creamery returning to Spokane

Cold Stone Creamery Inc. is returning to Spokane, after an earlier brief debut here, and the Spokane couple in charge of developing Cold Stone franchisees in Washington and North Idaho say they foresee strong growth in this region for the national...

Idaho Trust buys financial adviser firm

Idaho Trust Co., of Coeur dAlene, is reaching out to opposite ends of the investing spectrum with two recent moves, one targeting the very wealthy and the other, the trying-to-become wealthy. In the latter case, the independent trust company a...

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