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Rising Star Jessica Atkinson: Prodigy learns recipe for success early on

When her mother folded Jessica Winfrey Atkinson into the early mix of personnel at Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop at age 14, the business prodigy turned out to be the leavening agent for a company on the rise....


Rising Star Justin Botejue: Pivot away from law proves to be healthy move

Justin Botejue, the 27-year-old provider relations liaison for Shriners Children’s Spokane, continues to defy the limitations of time. In addition to his full-time job at Shriners, Botejue is an STCU board member, an ordained elder at First...


Rising Star Tim Ledford: Powering up a thriving tech startup

What began as a college project among three classmates at the University of Idaho in 2016 has turned into a company with annual revenue now in the millions. Tim Ledford, the 28-year-old CEO of Post Falls-based SafeGuard Equipment Inc.,...


Rising Star Amanda Landreth: ‘Busiest year’ reaps its own rewards

Amanda Landreth, director of lending administration at STCU, says her drive to succeed has helped push her through the busiest year of her life. “I just want to get the next step done so I can be proud of what I’ve done and show my kids that you ...


Rising Star Derek Taylor: Scoping out an untapped sports niche

Derek Taylor, CEO of Sport Scope Inc., is an example of a local, successful entrepreneur and deserves to be recognized as a Rising Star for his quiet and humble leadership style, says Tom Simpson, president and CEO of Ignite Northwest. ...


Rising Star Heather Hamlin: Contagious energy leads to opportunity

Heather Hamlin says being executive director of the Women Helping Women Fund has been somewhat of a “full-circle moment” for her. “Growing up in a small town, my family utilized some of the same services that I now get to fund as a grant maker,” ...


Brick West Brewing goes salmon safe with new beer

Brick West Brewing Co., of Spokane, is launching Upstream, the brewery’s first Salmon-Safe certified beer, says Scotland Shouse, Brick West’s head brewer. ...


McKinstry doubles size of its clean energy team

McKinstry Co. has doubled the size of the renewables and energy-efficiency team at its Spokane office in the past three years and expects growth in that sector to continue, as recent federal legislation aims to make clean energy technology more ...


Heat pump demand expected to grow by next year

Recently proposed Washington state building codes for single-family new construction projects, in addition to climate concerns of consumers, are expected to raise demand for electric heat pump purchases and installations, heating and cooling industry ...

Surge in ESG funds calls for closer scrutiny

The exploding popularity of environmental, social, and governance funds is prompting the federal Securities and Exchange Commission to take stricter measures on how investment managers brand their funds. ...

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