Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report


Downturn squeezes women financially

In Spokane, our community has been hit hard by the pandemic’s impacts due to our business demographics and population. According to the Washington state Employment Security Department, our economic engine in the Inland Northwest is a community of...


Photon Biosciences looks to bring heart test home

A Spokane Valley-based startup founded by two Washington State University professors is looking to develop an in-home testing kit for heart failure and blood platelet contaminations....


Heart monitoring technology improves

A cardiologist at MultiCare Health System’s Pulse Heart Institute, in Spokane, says a new combination of existing technologies allows patients and doctors to monitor cardiac activity in real time. Dr. David Cleary says Bluetooth-enabled implantable...

Emergency bypass surgery comes far in 50 years

A procedure pioneered in Spokane by medical teams led by cardiologist Dr. Francis Everhart and cardiac surgeon Dr. Ralph Berg in 1971 changed the standard of care for people having a heart attack and has led to further advances in emergency ...


Pandemic pushes scores of people toward retirement

Last year, investment adviser Kyle Weir received a call from a client looking to explore her options. Weir’s client, a veteran educator, was right against retirement age....


A home-health care comeback

Following a sharp decrease in demand as the pandemic swept through Washington state in March, in-home care companies now are starting to see an uptick in demand for their services, as isolation and exhaustion lead more seniors to seek outside care...


Vaccinations underway at Spokane retirement homes

COVID-19 vaccines are being administered throughout retirement communities here, and administrators say the process is going smoothly. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, more than 63,000 doses of the vaccine had been ...

Five qualities to seek in a financial adviser

Walmart is getting into the business of financial advice? I immediately thought, well, they are no longer as prevalent now that Amazon has taken so much of their market share, and they are trying to stay profitable to the market changes....


The closing chapter on the Metropolitan Mortgage saga

U.S. Bankruptcy Court trusts have issued what might be the final payments to investors who lost hundreds of millions of dollars when Spokane-based Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co. and affiliate Summit Securities Inc. shut down nearly two decades ago...


Spokane-area lenders undertake second round of PPP funding

The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a third round of Paycheck Protection Program loan funds, and bankers here say they’re prepared to handle changes made as a result of updates to the program....

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