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Minds-i engineers new ag-tech device

Minds-i Inc., a Liberty Lake robotics, drone, and education resources company, is gearing up to release a new self-driving robot that could launch the company into the agricultural-technology market, say husband-and-wife cofounders...


Uptic Studios adds “Curated” trio of services

Architecture and interior design company Uptic Studios Inc., of Spokane, has completed the formation of Uptic Curated, a design division dedicated to providing procurement, styling, and staging services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest....


Simpson Engineers keeps long family legacy alive

Founded in the garage next door to where its Spokane Valley office now stands, Simpson Engineers Inc. has operated as a family-run business for over 75 years. Today, brothers Aaron and Ed Simpson make up the third generation of Simpsons running the...


Kootenai County justice complex design nears completion

Boise, Idaho-based Lombard-Conrad Architects has nearly completed the initial design phase for expanding the Kootenai County justice complex with plans for a new, 60,000-square-foot building that will connect with the county’s existing courtroom...


Spokane-area hospitals look to improve financials

Hospitals across the state of Washington suffered a total of $2.1 billion in operating losses in 2022, data compiled by the Washington state Hospital Association shows. The two largest health care organizations that operate in the Inland Northwest...


Long-anticipated recession now expected by year-end

Inland Northwest economists are predicting a recession will set in toward the end of this year—later than had been previously anticipated—yet there isn’t consensus regarding projections for the length or depth of a long-anticipated economic...


Multifamily multiplying: Permit data shows surge in what was already a bustling apartment construction market

Apartment construction isn’t letting up anytime soon, if building permit activity from the first five months of 2023 is any indication. From January to the end of May this year, three municipalities issued 57 multifamily permits that will add...


Women find success in INW automotive industry

Some women serving in executive positions at three regional auto dealerships started their careers in the industry through family connections, however growing up around their family’s businesses didn’t guarantee an easy career, they say....


Sister entrepreneurs support each other’s ventures

Entrepreneurial sisters Emily Elizabeth Johnson and Jenny Cashion say that although they own distinct small businesses, they frequently lean on each other for support and advice. “We always say we’re in the same boat, but we’re in different water...

Women are making gains in finance, small business

Women are increasingly taking charge of their finances and future. While we move toward gender equality and equitable economic opportunity, we can see the outcomes of generations of hard work when we look at the increasing numbers of women...

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