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2018 Rising Stars: Christina VerHeul

Christina VerHeul, communications director at Washington State University’s Spokane-based Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, says she doesn’t take a moment for granted since returning last year to Spokane. “It has been one of the most rewarding...

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2018 Rising Stars: Ramsey Pruchnic

Ramsey Pruchnic, 31, describes himself as both a creative thinker and a serial entrepreneur, having established two new businesses in Spokane—an online marketing company and a donut shop—within less than a year. Pruchnic says that for him, being a...

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2018 Rising Stars: Deanna Tiemann

Deanna Tiemann created Squishy Peanut Marketing LLC six years ago out of her desire to have both a career and a healthy family life. “I really wanted to create a company where I could do good work for clients while having a family life,” Tiemann says...

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2018 Rising Stars: Jeff vom Saal

Most of us view music as entertainment or a hobby, but for Spokane Symphony executive director Jeff vom Saal, it’s a way of life. “I’ve always enjoyed music,” he says. “As a young person, I liked it and was good at it and just kept gravitating...

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2018 Rising Stars: Emily Arneson

Last year, employment and public records attorney Emily Arneson knew she needed a new line of work even though she enjoyed what she was doing for a Spokane law firm. “I really hated having to bill people for the work I was doing,” Arneson says. “I ...

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2018 Rising Stars: Christopher Malde

After having begun his professional career in Seattle and on the East Coast, Christopher Malde, owner of Malde Capital Management LLC, says living in Spokane is a dream come true. Malde, 36, grew up in Ellensburg, Wash., and attended Washington State...

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After Rover came over to Spokane

On a typical work day, between 10 and 15 dogs play, pant, and bark around Rover’s downtown Spokane office. “In our Seattle office, we can have up to 50 dogs because we have more employees over there,” says Jennifer Summers, Rover’s Seattle-based...

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Spokane podcasters make some noise

While podcasts have been around for over a decade, local enthusiasts say the medium is growing in popularity, with everyone from simple hobbyists to business owners looking to start their own broadcast. Andrea Parrish is a digital marketing assistant...

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Tiny towns, big hopes in Pend Oreille County

Two small, neighboring towns about 50 miles north of Spokane are hoping to boost manufacturing activity—and economic development in general—with the help of a national grant. Smart Growth America, which is dedicated to bringing smart growth practice...

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Amazon’s project challenge in Spokane

Last month marked the start of construction on what will eventually become a new Amazon Fulfillment Center on the West Plains. The Journal previously reported that the $181 million facility, being built at 10010 W. Geiger Blvd., just southwest of...

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