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Former Itron employees form Treasury4 fintech startup

A trio of former Itron Inc. employees has launched Treasury4 Inc., a fintech software startup aimed at serving large corporations. Steve Helmbrecht, Nathan Brown, and Ed Barrie quietly incorporated Treasury4 in July 2020. Last month, the company closed ...


Spokane-based sustainability company Resource Synergy expands into Seattle market

Resource Synergy LLC, a Spokane-based energy consultant, has agreed to pilot a waste-reduction program within five schools on Seattle’s west side, says Erik Makinson, the company’s founder and president. Through the agreement with Seattle Public ...


Parting Thoughts with United Way’s Tim Henkel

Tim Henkel has announced his pending retirement as president and CEO of Spokane’s United Way. Henkel grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he studied Political Science. A year after graduating, he ...


Fall prevention becomes growing focus

In order for retirement home residents to avoid falls, retirement communities have developed programs, activities, and assessments to help seniors to get and remain active throughout the year. Jeff Thaxton, PrimeFit instructor at Fairwinds Spokane...


Baldwin Sign owners plan commercial complex in northeast Spokane

Two new 18,000-square-foot buildings with parking and amenities are planned on adjacent parcels of commercial land on Spokane’s North Side. JNW Properties LLC has filed a State Environmental Policy Act application with the city of Spokane to develop ...


Spokane’s attributes touted to attract more retirees

In recent years, various publications and organizations have been touting Spokane as one of the best midsize cities for retirement in the U.S. Livability.com, for example, ranked Spokane No. 7 in its top 10 best places to retire in late 2018, one of ...


Vantage Point Brewing moves forward in Coeur d’Alene

The owners of Vantage Point Brewing Co. aim to bring a taste of old-world ales to a modern setting in a rapidly growing part of Coeur d’Alene by next Memorial Day. Site work for the new brewery and restaurant began in mid-August at a vacant lot at ...


Tax proposals said to affect retirement decisions

Inland Northwest financial experts have observed an increase in people retiring slightly earlier, and some say the potential for an increase in certain federal taxes is playing a role. John Kessler, senior vice president with Spokane-based Washington...

Going West: Witherspoon Kelley expands to keep up with demand

A Spokane law firm older than the state of Washington is experiencing a growth spurt with a recent acquisition. Christopher Varallo, president of Spokane-based Witherspoon Kelley, says the acquisition of Yakima-based Lyon, Weigand & Gustafson PS ...


Working-class housing planned in Logan neighborhood

A new 36-unit apartment complex is in planning stages at 3028 N. Madelia by Spokane-based Modre Ventures LLC, a real estate investment fund and development company founded by 22-year-old CEO Richard Kennedy. The development site is five blocks east of ...

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