Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

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Ankle replacement interest grows

Ankle replacement surgery, though far less common than knee and hip replacement procedures, gradually is gaining favor as baby boomers age, people become more aware of it as a medical option, and medical technology improves, orthopedic surgeons is...

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Banks are boosting small-business focus, adviser says

After working nearly four decades as a commercial banker, Alan Stanford has spent the last few years as an adviser with a Small Business Development Center office in Spokane, showing business owners how to strengthen loan applications, among other...

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...

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,...

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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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CHAS clinic transforms on North Side - Art only

Community Health Association of Spokane has completed the second phase of the expansion of its Maple Street Clinic, located at 3919 N. Maple. The third and final phase currently under way is expected to be completed late this month....

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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...

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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