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Next Generation Zone prepares young adults for careers

Sherman Birdtail says he doesn’t know where his life would be without the educational, employment, and emotional support he’s received from the staff of Spokane’s Next Generation Zone, a career center for young adults. “I came in at 16 to get my ...

Blending work, play in hobby entrepreneurship

Work and hobbies lie at opposite ends of the motivational spectrum. By definition, we go to work to ...

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WSU adds to research, innovation capabilities in Spokane

Washington State University’s Office of Commercialization has added a new position to the universi...

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Space studies blast off at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy

Students at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, in Rathdrum, have started up their own space program, ...

Don’t lose new employees to burnout

As managers, we have all been there. There seems to be a revolving door in Human Resources. Everyo...

Harnessing hospitality to enhance guest services

Tourism and hospitality constitute one of the largest industries in the United States today, generating an impressive $118 billion in tax revenue nationwide and $1.1 billion in Washington state alone. In the city of Spokane, the industry accounts for more...

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Rocking the private-event business at the Knitting Factory

The Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane, which is known as a venue for showcasing an eclectic array of regional and nationally touring performing artists, also has become a rental venue and service provider for local private events, says Annie Christy,...

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The future of the hotel key

Several large hotel brands have begun experimenting with digital key technology here, which enables hotel guests to enter their room by holding their smartphone to the lock, rather than using the traditional plastic key card. Hotel representatives here ...

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Spokane-area events planner merges her passions

It wasn’t what she originally planned upon starting her own business three years ago, but Spokane Valley resident and entrepreneur Karen Herford now is using her skillset in the hospitality industry and applying it to a second job working with homeless ...

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SBA-backed lending starting strong in the Inland Northwest this year

U.S. Small Business Administration-backed lending has started strong in 2017, and demand for the guaranteed loans looks to remain steady, some top SBA lenders here say. Ted Schinzel, SBA’s Spokane branch manager, says, however, that although 2017 has s...

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