Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

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Momentum mounts at The M

A year into The M redevelopment, Spokane developer Centennial Properties Inc. and its affiliates have obtained or applied for building permits valued at more than $33 million for the renovation project at 608 W. Main, the former site of Macy’s departmen...

Kootenai Health begins $4.3 million in renovation work

Kootenai Health has started interior renovations valued at $4.3 million this month for three departments in its main hospital building, at 2003 Kootenai Health Way in Coeur d’Alene. The upgrades involve improvements to existing and recently expanded s...

Two Spokane-area pilots plan to build hangar at Felts Field

Buck N Brown Hangars LLC plans to begin construction of an aircraft storage hangar at Felts Field next month. Veradale-based Buck N Brown is a company formed last summer by Norris Brown, a retired Kaiser Aluminum employee, and Scott Buck, owner of Spoka...

Riverfront Park projects move toward next phase

The city of Spokane parks department is moving to the next phase of planning and development of renovations at Riverfront Park heading into next year. Meanwhile, Riverfront Park projects that started in 2017 are expected to wrap up during the first half ...

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The learning curve for STCU’s Ezra Eckhardt

Ezra Eckhardt might not be assuming the role of president and CEO of Liberty Lake-based STCU until Jan. 1, but he’s already hit the ground running visiting branches and learning all about the organization he’ll soon lead. In an interview just a week...

Idaho Independent Bank prepares for transition

While its customers might not realize any difference in services or policy, Coeur d’Alene-based Idaho Independent Bank will face a big change come New Year’s Day. On Jan. 1, Kurt Gustavel, 48, will take over the leadership of IIB from his father, Jac...

Despite popularity, robo-advisers can miss big picture

Automation and the transition to digital solutions are affecting more and more industries, and financial services are no exception. Over the past few years, tech-savvy consumers increasingly have embraced financial-technology investment tools to save tim...

Emotions can lead to loss aversion or overconfidence in investing

Economist Richard Thaler was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in the field of economics for his contributions to behavioral economics. According to the Nobel committee, Thaler has “incorporated psychologically realistic assumptions into analyses of economi...

Don’t procrastinate when acquiring life insurance

With life insurance, there are no “do overs.” You have to make it count the first time. You can’t buy more after you die. With that in mind, have you ever wondered what the maximum amount of life insurance is that you can buy to protect your loved...

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Financial planning for parents-to-be has many facets

While most people agree the decision to start a family is one of life’s biggest adventures, it also comes with a hefty price tag, one that financial advisers here say parents-to-be should try to be proactive in planning for. “Whenever you’re facing...

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