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Ronald McDonald House Charities: Big events, big returns

For 30 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest has provided temporary lodging, comfort, and support for families with children accessing medical care. That help would not be possible without the financial contributions of businesse...


Reform buzz builds uncertainty among Spokane-area tax pros

Some Spokane-area tax preparers say President Trump’s recently announced plan for tax reform has shifted their focus toward possible major changes coming in 2018, rather than the comparatively few changes in the tax code for this year. “In my opinion...


Shelly O’Quinn hopes to increase foundation’s visibility

In taking over as CEO of the Spokane-based Inland Northwest Community Foundation, Shelly O’Quinn says she quickly realized she was going to work for an organization that wasn’t yet a household name among the communities it serves. O’Quinn had been ...

Take strategic approach to philanthropic endeavors

Giving back not only feels good, but it can also be good business. Many companies and business leaders see charitable giving as a benchmark of success when they have the resources to give back to the community. Natural disasters and tragedies have been ...


Dingus Zarecor finds niche among health care nonprofits

Tom Dingus, co-owner and managing partner at Spokane Valley-based Dingus, Zarecor & Associates PLLC, says the accounting firm caters to a narrow niche of customers. That focus has led to substantial business growth for the firm over its 14 years in opera...


A bump in bariatric surgeries

Nearly six years ago, Melani Schorr, a 44-year-old radiology information systems administrator at Deaconess Hospital, in Spokane, had gastric bypass surgery, a decision she says has changed her life. “I’d been overweight my whole life—diets, exerci...


Providence makes app for expecting, new mothers

Spokane-based Providence Health Care has unveiled a smartphone application to assist expectant and new mothers both during and following their pregnancies. Kim Jorgensen, the director of women’s and children’s services at Sacred Heart Children’s Ho...


Deer Park breast cancer survivor spotlighted in national campaign

Jackie Kaps believes in running from problems. Well, at least when the problem is breast cancer. “I work, and I train, because if I stop, then cancer wins,” says the 55-year-old Deer Park woman who has been cancer free for three years. For her effor...

Clear social media policies are a must

As more and more people get their media online and on their mobile devices, the need for businesses to communicate with and market to key audiences on social media channels also is increasing. However, overlapping state and federal laws, along with tort...


Young Kairos Law works to help small businesses

Spokane attorney Christal Lam says she’s attempting to take her practice in a different direction than what tends to be the norm for private practitioners just starting out in the realm of business law. Lam, a 28-year-old graduate of Gonzaga University...

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