Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Delaying succession planning likely to restrict options

As a business owner, what do you hope happens to the business when you retire or die? Will it be closed, sold, or transitioned to family or an employee? Usually, we want something as personal as the business we have developed and nurtured to carry...

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Keiretsu Forum works to build momentum in Spokane

The months-old Spokane branch of San Francisco-based investment concern Keiretsu Forum is trying to build momentum, with young companies here formally introducing their businesses to the organization's investor network in hopes of receiving Taing,...

Investor optimism said rising

U.S. investor optimism rose to an index rating of 31 in March, up from -8 recorded in November 2012, in the latest quarterlyWells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index. The overall rise in optimism was due to a surge among whose...

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Harper West sees demand for analysis

Spokane's Erick West has worked in forensics for the past decade, although he doesn't spend his days on crime scenes or scanning fingerprints.West is the president and owner of forensic economics company West Economics Inc., doing business as a...

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Commercial banking bolstered

Commercial banking veteran Bob Beck has joined Spokane-based AmericanWest Bank, after working nearly half of his 40-year banking career at a North Idaho-based bank.At AmericanWest, which is refining its identity as a business-focused community a...

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ML Architect sees spike in multifamily projects

Mark Latham, founder and president of ML Architect & Associates Inc., says he's seeing a surge in multifamily housing work at the Post Falls firm, which currently is working on nearly 300 units of housing across the Inland Northwest.So far this a...

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Halme apparent low bidder on South Hill water project

Halme Construction Inc., of Davenport, Wash., is the apparent low bidder on a $2.7 million city of Spokane water project expected to begin this summer on the South Hill, says city spokeswoman Julie Happy.The project will include replacing water...

EWU to build recycling center on its campus

Eastern Washington University plans to build a 5,000-square-foot recycling center on the north side of its Cheney campus, with site-preparation work scheduled to begin this month.Shawn King, EWU associate vice president for facilities and says a...

West Side-based security concern opens Valley outlet

Absco Alarms Inc., a Lynnwood, Wash.-based supplier of security surveillance systems, has leased 1,600 square feet of space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3020 N. Sullivan, in Spokane Valley, where it has opened a Spokane sales and a...

East Valley Construction starts $1.4 million project

East Valley Construction Inc., of Spokane Valley, has started site work on the West Plains for a $1.4 million, 18,000-square-foot warehouse for Spokane-based records management company Northwest Vital Records Center Inc. Northwest Vital Records...

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