Spokane Journal of Business

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SNAP, utilities partner to keep lights on

Requests for assistance paying utility bills have essentially doubled in Spokane, according to Carol Weltz, director of community action at community service nonprofit Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners. ...

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Social capital drives fund for response to COVID-19

We were lost. Not dangerously lost, but definitely turned around and off-course. During the third day of a 50-mile backpack trip with my son’s Scout troop, we broke camp and unknowingly started following a ridgeline that led away from our planned route....

McKinstry launches building optimization service

Construction and energy-efficiency contractor McKinstry Co., which is based in Seattle and has a big presence in Spokane, has launched a new service meant to help building owners and managers optimize their facilities while occupancy is low due ...

Medcurity plans to add staff, move

Medcurity Inc., the Spokane-based medical records tech company, has secured $200,000 in funding from a West Side investment firm. WRF Capital, the investment arm for Seattle-based nonprofit Washington Research Foundation, made the investment last month, ...

WARN notice activity decreases

In the last month, the number of Spokane County employers filing layoff notices with the Washington state Employment Security Department have arrived at a slower pace than the month prior. ...

Washington Lottery office to move to NorthTown Mall

Washington’s Lottery plans to open its first retail space in the NorthTown Mall this year, although those plans have already been slowed somewhat by the current pandemic, says Grove Ayers, general manager of the mall. ...

Xfinity to roll out 5G mobile service in Spokane

Competition for fifth-generation mobile service in Spokane has increased with the introduction of a new Xfinity Mobile service. Xfinity Mobile, a trade name of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. subsidiary Comcast Cable Communications LLC,...

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Restaurants & Retail

Mark Schneider Rambleraven Gear Trader 3220 N. Division, Spokane I opened as NW Outdoors in 2017 as a consignment shop for outdoor gear and clothing. Those first three years were challenging, but despite not having a large marketing budget, we’ve...

The Journal’s View: Coming out of quarantine, business sector must unite

As Spokane County enters the next phase of reopening and begins to look further ahead, now is the time for the business community to band together to ensure it returns to prosperity as soon as is practical. ...

Guest Commentary: Future is suddenly looking bright for Northwest papermakers

In recent years, papermakers in the Pacific Northwest have been losing ground. However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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