Spokane Journal of Business

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Union participation rate grows in Spokane

The union participation rate in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area trails Washington state, but outpaces the nation as a whole, according to recently released data. At all levels, the rate of unionized workers has grown during the pandemic. In the Spoka...


Retirement home occupancy rates near pre-pandemic levels

Occupancy rates at some Spokane retirement complexes are keeping pace with national trends, which are steadily approaching pre-pandemic levels of occupancy, according to retirement home executives here....


Parting Thoughts with Rockin’ B Ranch’s Pamela and Scott Brownlee

Pamela and Scott Brownlee, hosts of the Cowboy Supper Show at Rockin’ B Ranch, are stepping back after 28 years of serving and entertaining the local community at their barn and home located along Idaho Road, on the Washington side of the ...


Value Village store planned at former Hastings site

A Value Village thrift store will occupy the former Hastings music and bookstore space at 1704 W. Wellesley, near Shadle Park High School on Spokane’s North Side. A sign permit filed with the city on March 23 calls for four illuminated Value Village ...


Digital mortgages increase in INW

Some lenders in Spokane County have experienced an increased volume of digitally initiated mortgage applications since the onset of the pandemic, though not all attribute the shift to COVID-era behavior changes....


Rising rates to widen bank’s net margins

Anticipated federal funds interest rate hikes are expected to foster an environment of growth and diversified investment among banks. One of the key ways in which banks make money is through interest rates on funds the banks loan. ...

Journal names its 2022 class of Business Icons

The Journal of Business has selected its 2022 class of Business Icons, who will the honored at an in-person event on May 4. ...


SBA-backed lending surges in the Inland Northwest

U.S. Small Business Administration-backed lending had a strong year in 2021 and is keeping up pace so far this year, some SBA lending officials here say....


Gander & Ryegrass chef revamps tiny downtown bar

Peter Froese, the owner and chef at Spokane restaurant Gander & Ryegrass, has opened a "fancy dive bar" in a minuscule space in the downtown core....


Bornhoft Commercial opens on South Hill

Longtime brokers Marianne and Chris Bornhoft have opened a new commercial real estate company, Bornhoft Real Estate, which does business as Bornhoft Commercial, in Spokane. Commercial real estate, specifically investment property, multifamily property...

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