Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report


Spokane homeowners leave money in bank for now

Despite layoffs and wage reductions, industry observers say homeowners are avoiding using the equity in their homes during this challenging financial time. The mortgage data company Black Knight Inc. says Americans had $6.2 trillion in ...

Low rates drive surge in mortgage, refinance activity in Spokane

Veteran Spokane bankers report strong mortgage growth largely in part due to existing homeowners refinancing in order to take advantage of record-low interest rates. ...


Financial software company adds Spokane client

A Spokane Valley software company that caters to credit unions is returning to its roots with the addition of a Spokane client, after almost two decades without a customer in its home market. Shaun Murray, president and CEO of Enhanced Software Products...


Driving retirement

The most popular part-time job for retirees in Washington state is that of school bus driver, according to a report released last month by national life insurance agency Choice Mutual. But whether that job will remain in the top spot for retirees is hard...


WSU to debut senior-living major

About a decade ago, some of the nation’s leading senior care providers began reaching out to Washington State University’s School of Hospitality Business Management about establishing academic courses in their field. ...


Some employers here make 401(k) adjustments

Americans already were struggling to save for retirement, and the pandemic has only made the situation worse, reports show. Local industry observers say, however, some Spokane employers largely have stayed on track with retirement plans, while others ...

Life insurance policy can be ‘the last love letter”

Jim Lusk remembers going to the wake of one of his clients who had died after being hit by a truck. The client’s widow pulled him aside and asked if she and her kids were going to be financially OK. “I told her, ‘We’re going to pay off your ...


The Airway Heights Housing Boom

Karen O’Donnell, a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Tomlinson, has worked as a broker in the region since 2002, and has marketed newly constructed homes since 2008. She’s claims she’s never seen anything in Spokane County that rivals the ...


California manufacturer plans to move to Liberty Lake

Ventura, California-based Swiss Productions Inc. is planning a new 25,700-square-foot manufacturing facility in Liberty Lake, where it will move its operations when the project is completed in 2022, says Richard Petrash, senior vice president and chief ...


Rebound follows initial drop in coworking usage

Managers and owners of coworking spaces in the Spokane area say that while occupancy is low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who have been taking advantage of such spaces are thankful to have them, and the popularity of coworking spaces could increase ...

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