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MMEC Architecture & Interiors plans for future

Spokane-based architectural firm MMEC Architecture & Interiors says it’s embracing change as it prepares its staff for greater leadership roles and strives to incorporate the latest technology into its building designs. Established in 1999, MMEC offers...


Strata forges ahead after management changes

Jim Murphy, CEO of Strata Inc., which specializes in geotechnical engineering and construction material testing and inspection, says the company has transitioned quickly from a leadership change that occurred in March this year. Murphy—who previously s...


MSI Engineers shows resistance to lulls

The Spokane mechanical engineering firm known today as MSI Engineers has enjoyed steady growth since its start, says founder William Meulink. “Even during the downturn, we didn’t contract,” he says. “We continued to grow.” Today, MSI Engineers...


Spokane COPS looks to balance future with effective past

Patrick Striker, executive director of Spokane Community Oriented Policing, known here more generally as Spokane COPS, says a challenge he sees facing the 25-year-old nonprofit—and others like it—is balancing its past successes with more recent and em...


Cooking up new ideas

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest is moving forward with new ideas to battle hunger, as it seeks to expand its distribution and improve its nutritional education programs through its kitchen space. Jason Luke Clark, the organization’s C...


SNAP finding ways to tap interlinked areas of need

For decades, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners has helped people establish stability and self-reliance. Today, more than 30 SNAP programs support Spokane County and Eastern Washington residents. Broader than many people realize, those services range f...

Youth refugee relocation program in Spokane sees gains

Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program, which helps to resettle refugee youth who have been separated from parents or guardians, has grown again recently. Refugee foster parent recruiter Lisa Johnson says since Oct...


Entrepreneurial spirit runs in bagel brothers’ family

On the surface Einstein Bros. Bagels may appear to be just another franchise, but for the Schmidt brothers, Matthew and Mark, it’s always been a family-run business. “Our family is definitely very involved in the business,” says Matthew. “They h...


Rising doctors: Inspired to instruct

By his own admission, Dr. Darryl Potyk, the chief of medical education for the University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership, tends to approach situations—and people—in cautious fashion. So upon first meet...

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