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Spokane Arena’s birthday year, big acts

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is heading into its 20th year with a 2016 men’s NCAA tournament bid secured, a big musical act announcement, art projects, and more planned events, says Matt Gibson, the arena’s general manager. ...


Northwest Specialty Hospital targets medical tourism market

Northwest Specialty Hospital, in Post Falls, is looking to capitalize on Canada’s growing medical tourist market by bundling some of its surgical procedures with a stay at the Coeur d’Alene Resort....


Tourism conference on tap for North Idaho

Regional tourism professionals will gather in Coeur d’Alene next month to collect and share ideas on how to further strengthen one of North Idaho’s top industries, says Christina Petit, director of sales and marketing at the Best Western Plus Coeur d...


Spokane Woman’s Club venue draws more activity, members

The Spokane Woman’s Club is experiencing what members hope are the first signs of a renaissance for the organization, which has seen its membership decline over the past 30 years. It now is looking to renovate its more than 100-year-old clubhouse on the...


Chateau Rive flourishes through collaboration

In the elevator-access-only, bottom level of the Flour Mill at 621 W. Mallon is an intimate, stone-wall room with an old world feel that’s been named the Chateau Rive. Occupying around 5,200 square feet of space, the Chateau Rive is an event center owne...


Refis bounce back

Some Spokane banks and credit unions are reporting a mini-boom in home mortgage refinance loans in recent months due to another dip in mortgage interest rates. In the Spokane area, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rates had fallen to between about 3.69 perce...


SBA lenders encouraged by rebound in volume

Some providers of U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans here are anticipating a second consecutive year of loan growth after the dollar volume bounced upward in fiscal 2014 from a year-earlier decline. Last year, lenders in the SBA’s Spokane ...


Ag loans remain gainful, expected to rise next year

While commercial and other kinds of loans have taken a hit over the years since the economic recession, agricultural loans have remained more robust, some industry leaders here say. Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Spokane-based agricultural lending ...


Steadily rising

Phoenix Protective Corp., a Spokane-based provider of security services, had revenues of $10 million for 2014, up about 10 percent from the previous year, and is expecting more growth this year, says co-owner and President Sheila Leslie. ...


Making security strides at Riverfront Park

Security calls at Spokane’s Riverfront Park have fallen as the park’s security department starts to plan for $2.8 million in public safety improvements—part of the $64.3 million master plan passed by voters in November, says Jeff Bailey, acting Rive...

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