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A trend of interest: Businesses, lender confront rising rates for first time in years

Federal interest rates are expected to rise continually, and inflation pressure could ease slightly, resulting in more expensive loans for borrowers who have less money to spend because of the current high costs of goods and services. The Federal Open ...

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Spokane’s event, tourism year to be its busiest ever

Pent-up demand for conventions, sports, entertainment, and travel over the past few years has led to a jam-packed season of events in the second half of 2022, says Stephanie Curran, CEO, Spokane Public Facilities District. “We’re definitely the ...

Economy forecasted to bend, not break, this year

For the first time in more than two decades, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined for eight consecutive weeks into late May, the longest since 1932. Similarly, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ dropped for seven straight weeks — the first time since 2011 ...

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Women hold reins at key Spokane economic groups

With the hiring of Emilie Cameron last month to the position of president at Downtown Spokane Partnership, three Spokane major economic development organizations—Downtown Spokane Partnership, Greater Spokane Inc., and Visit Spokane—now are led by...

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Women lead Spokane’s wine scene

The Spokane Wine Association is led by four women wine professionals who are working to elevate awareness and appreciation of the local wine industry, says Patricia Butterfield, owner of Winescape Winery and this year’s SWA president....

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Teen parents learn to lead at Lumen High School

Shauna Edwards says running a high school wasn’t what she initially envisioned for herself, but after working with teen parents and learning of the barriers they face completing a high school education, she knew she’d be involved in ...

Businesses gain from culture that supports women

Much of my career has been spent writing and speaking to the value of creating a strong, highly functioning internal culture. It should be implicit in building that strong culture that it be one that is inclusive and supportive....

Subtle sexism may hamper employee retention

The “Great Resignation” has created a strong job market for workers and a competitive environment in which employers must work hard to attract and retain talent. In an environment in which “We’re Still Hiring” signs and sign-on bonuses have ...

Women are urged to take seat at table for change

This female is moving toward change. Spokane has gone through a lot of change during the pandemic, and it’s easy to get caught up in all the uncertainty, from inflation to global conflict and instability....

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INW nonprofits capitalize on a trend

Businesses, organizations, and individuals didn’t stop giving to local nonprofits in support of capital campaigns throughout the pandemic, as evidenced by at least four nonprofits who are in the midst of construction or have recently completed ...

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