Spokane Journal of Business

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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...


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...


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...


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...


Flirting with fiber in Spokane

Members of a city-appointed working group charged with exploring options for a fiber optic network in Spokane say they’ve narrowed their focus to two possibilities: a public-private partnership or a private company. The concept is not without its...

Fatbeam acquires school IT division of Ednetics

Coeur d’Alene-based fiber optic provider Fatbeam LLC has acquired a division of sister company Ednetics Inc. and is planning more acquisitions after securing $10 million in financing from two private equity firms. Greg Green, CEO of Fatbeam, who...


Streaming the Beam

When Seattle-based OAC Services Inc. first introduced a remotely controlled, moveable robot that enabled the user to visit with people in its Spokane office, employees weren’t sure what to do with it. “At first, it was, well this is kind cool, but...


Wolff, Katerra combo to be prolific

In his dual role, Spokane’s Fritz Wolff could become a significant factor in addressing the Spokane area’s housing shortage. Wolff is the son of Alvin J. “Fritz” Wolff Jr. and a third-generation leader in the family’s business. He serves as exe...


Britz Designs: Tools for lakeside living

Liberty Lake-based Britz Designs LLC designs products geared toward making lakeside living easier for homeowners, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts. This season marks the company’s second summer of operations, and its owners say sales are climbing along ...

Ciena Corp. to close its Spokane Valley office this fall

Ciena Corp., a Maryland-based global supplier of telecommunications networking equipment, software, and services, plans to close its Spokane Valley office this fall. Jamie Moody, a Hanover, Md.-based spokeswoman for Ciena, says the decision to close its ...

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