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Guest Commentary: Effects of Fed’s tightening, easing were foreseeable

During the pandemic, the government responded quickly with massive government spending and by lowering interest rates. Ignored by the public, a massive third response from the Federal Reserve was happening: the Federal Reserve’s bond buyback program...


Pickleboom: Explosion in pickleball’s popularity leads to business opportunity

The surge in pickleball popularity in the Inland Northwest has sparked growth in business ventures from entrepreneurs making sports gear and clothing for the sport’s aficionados. Hayden-based Selkirk Sports, a pickleball focused company founded in...


Foreclosures rise in INW, following national trend

Recent foreclosure activity in Spokane and Kootenai counties shows a significant increase during the first three months of 2023 compared to the year-earlier period, following a year-over-year increase in 2022. Foreclosures on deeds of trust in Spokane...


An Unintended Catalyst: Lessons learned at U District building lead to new startup

Since the opening of the Catalyst building in Spokane’s University District in September 2020, energy-efficiency system designer and contractor McKinstry Co. has formed a new company focusing on elements first designed for the building....


2023 Business Icons: DH’s Cher and Jim Desautel

Cher and Jim Desautel, 70 and 74, respectively, recognized a void in the public relations sector in Spokane in the 1990s. While there were PR professionals in town, Cher says, many of them were headquartered elsewhere. After outlining a plan on a bar ...


2023 Business Icons: North Idaho’s Judy and Steve Meyer

Service to the community is an inherent trait shared by Judy and Steve Meyer, says their son, Chris Meyer. “They have always been keenly aware of the value of public service and support of others,” he says. “They do it because it’s the right...


2023 Business Icon: Kiemle Hagood’s Tom Quigley

Tom Quigley, 71, has lived in the Spokane area his entire life and has spent nearly 50 years working at Spokane-based commercial real estate brokerage Kiemle Hagood, where some who know him say his quiet and composed demeanor belies a truly dedicated ...


2023 Business Icon: Whitworth University’s Bill Robinson

William “Bill” Robinson’s position as a Spokane-area leader began in the early 1990s, when he met with multiple panels of students, staff, and faculty as he interviewed for the position of president of Whitworth University....


2023 Business Icon: Tomlinson Family of Companies’ Bob Tomlinson

Bob Tomlinson, who recently turned 76, winters six months a year in Arizona and no longer is actively involved in managing the Tomlinson Family of Companies real estate brokerage he helped develop into a major enterprise here over five decades....


Meet & Greet with Incyte Diagnostics’ Mari Patel

Incyte Diagnostics, the Spokane Valley-based diagnostic pathology clinic, has promoted Mari Patel to CEO from chief operating officer. Patel was born and raised in Canada and attended Loma Linda University, in California. She holds a doctorate in...

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