Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Concrete pumping tax to proceed

A bill intended to clarify the definition of concrete pumping services for tax-assessment purposes will be reintroduced in the next session of the Washington state Legislature, says Sen. Jeff Holy, of Cheney. ...

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Preparing for CARES: Businesses line up for Paycheck Protection Program loans

Spokane-area small-business owners are looking into taking advantage of aid offered to them through the CARES Act, says Sheryl McGrath, Spokane-based associate state director of the Washington Small Business Development Center. ...

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State ABLE programs helps disabled people save for future

Washington state has added another tool to its roster to provide financial independence for those with disabilities and is engaged in a statewide push to increase awareness of its new ABLE program. ...

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New rules for noncompete agreements take effect

Many business owners are either unaware of a new state law regarding noncompete agreements or are unaware of the scope of the law that went into effect Jan. 1, says Stephen Bergman, of Cooney Law Offices PS, of Spokane....

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Witherspoon Brajcich McPhee strive for full service

The Spokane-based law firm of Witherspoon Brajcich McPhee PLLC prides itself on being the small, big firm despite the fact they’re looking to expand. Though in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, senior partner Jim McPhee says the firm is busy...

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Feltman Ewing adjusts expectations

Spokane-based Feltman Ewing PS has seen two years of steady growth following its merger and expected another year of consistent growth, but recent developments have forced the firm to scale back its year-end expectations....

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What to do before saying ‘I Do’

A wedding is typically a happy event, but what comes afterward can be anything but pleasant, if the newlyweds haven’t planned how — or whether — to integrate their financial lives....

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Spokane’s service network tries to do more with less

Service organizations long have been a staple in the Spokane community, and despite dwindling membership numbers, they are still hard at work giving back to the community, with well over $500,000 in donations given in 2019. ...

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Older investors outnumber young with financial plans

Paul Viren, owner of the financial investing firm Viren & Associates Inc., in downtown Spokane, says two-thirds of his nearly 600 clients are Baby Boomers. The average age among all his firm’s clients is 56....

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Redirecting gifts can make donors feel betrayed

Americans love donating to charities. Charitable giving continues to grow in popularity as online donation platforms make it easier than ever to give. In 2019, over $500 million was donated online in the U.S. on Giving Tuesday,...

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