Spokane Journal of Business

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Tackling workforce education in Spokane

Greater Spokane Incorporated has taken on a big challenge with its new community initiative called Greater Minds that aims to provide working adults with support to return to school. The program’s goal is to increase the percentage of adult workers in ...

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Game over for overtime rule?

The white-collar overtime rule that the Obama administration had set to go into effect in December remains on hold, and some employers and their counsel here don’t see it coming back soon. “As a practical matter, I think it’s over for a while,...

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Rail facility looks likely to be built on West Plains

Spokane County Commissioner Al French says the county soon will submit a request for proposals to operate what he calls a “transitional transload rail facility” on the West Plains, just east of Fairchild Air Force Base. French has spearheaded Spokane...

Court overturns ruling on ‘Freddy Park’

A Washington state appellate court panel here again has reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that Spokane County commissioners improperly authorized the construction of a road through dedicated parkland in the Wandermere area north of Spokane....

Spokane SBA office to offer business leadership class

The Spokane branch of the U.S. Small Business Administration, for the second year, is offering an Emerging Leaders training initiative for the owners or chief administrators of small Inland Northwest businesses that are on the cusp of growth. The entrepr...

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Opinions differ on Conflict of Interest Rule

In its desire to protect retirement savers better, the U.S. Department of Labor last year ruled all financial professionals working with retirement plans, or providing retirement planning advice, would be recognized as fiduciaries by the federal agency. ...

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World affairs said to bode well for Patriot Portfolio

National and international trends bode well for the young Patriot Portfolio formed by Spokane-based Vorpahl Wing Securities, says portfolio manager Eli Petropoulos. The Spokane-based stock brokerage, which Petropoulos says manages close to $100 million ...

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WorkSource looks to add flexibility, efficiency

Administrators at WorkSource, Spokane’s longtime employment and worker retraining agency, say recent changes in federal laws have given it the ability to create a more practical employment and training center for their customers. “The changes in the ...

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Preparing for Spokane’s future

It’s only been a year since Lisa Key started her position as director of planning for the city of Spokane, but within that time, she says she’s been on the front lines of some big changes, particularly downtown and in the U District. “Projects tha...

Contractors Northwest lands Riverfront Park ice rink project

The city of Spokane has selected Coeur d’Alene-based Contractors Northwest Inc. as the general contractor for the new Riverfront Park ice rink and upgrades to the Skyride facility and ticket office. CNI presented the lowest of three bids, at $6.7 milli...

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