Spokane Journal of Business

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The Journal’s View: Good neighbor agreements should become standard for city

It’s good to see the Spokane City Council discussing a good neighbor agreement with a homeless services provider. It should become standard practice, as some members of the business community have been calling for such agreements for years. Bringing ...

Guest Commentary: City’s appeal of bargaining ruling defends voter’s call for openness

On Monday, Sept. 20, the city of Spokane decided that one judge should not be the final say regarding a law approved by nearly 80% of voters. The city has officially filed an appeal to Judge Tony Hazel’s bizarre August ruling that overturned collective...


Back to (obedience) school: Demand for dog trainers increases

Demand for pet behavioral training services is higher than ever due to multiple factors, including an increase in pet adoptions and purchases in the pandemic era, canine training professionals here say. ...


Expiration of federal unemployment aid might cost employers

With the Sept. 4 expiration of federal pandemic unemployment assistance, employers may see higher unemployment insurance charges as more former employees transfer to regular unemployment benefits, according to the Washington state Employment Security ...


Stronger International spins off cybersecurity training company

Spokane-based cybersecurity expert Heather Stratford has created a subscription-based microlearning cybersecurity and compliance training software platform company called Drip7 Inc. Drip7 aims to train people on cybersecurity and regulatory compliance ...


2021 Journal of Business Rising Stars

The Journal of Business is proud to present its 2021 class of Rising Stars. The 10 women and men recognized this year have emerged as leaders in their respective fields. In some cases, they’ve established themselves as visionaries in the Inland ...


Eastern State Hospital steps up during pandemic

In the face of COVID-19, Eastern State Hospital, in Medical Lake, has been recognized by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for setting up separate wards for quarantined patients and COVID-positive patients, despite a temporary funding cutback. ...


Tamarack Aerospace emerges from Chapter 11 reorganization

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington has issued a final decree and closed the case in the voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization for Sandpoint, Idaho-based Tamarack Aerospace Group Inc. Tamarack pursued Chapter 11 ...


The Kitchen Engine plans expansion in Flour Mill

Eric Frickle, co-owner of cookware and cutlery store The Kitchen Engine, says he hopes to begin expansion on a full kitchen to increase space for culinary classes offered there. Frickle says he would like to see construction start this month at the space...


Parting Thoughts with LifeCenter Northwest’s Kevin O’Connor

Kevin O’Connor has announced his pending retirement from the position of president and CEO at organ and tissue procurement organization LifeCenter Northwest, which is based in Bellevue and has an office in Spokane. O’Connor, age 66, spent most of his...

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