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SBDC research intern program: Going beyond borders

The Washington State University Small Business Development Center’s research internship program is giving college and graduate students real-life research experience while also helping Washington businesses with export market research. ...

Smokers found increasingly expensive to employ

Hiring a smoker could cost business owners nearly $6,000 extra per year. That was the finding of a recent study comparing the cost of employees who smoke with nonsmokers, published in the peer reviewed journal Tobacco Control. This cost includes increa...

WSU program looks to fulfill hospitality training

Spokane has long enjoyed strong-rooted success in community involvement and with marquee local events such as Hoopfest and Bloomsday, both of which draw national participation. Add to this the construction underway at the Davenport Grand Hotel, and it’s...

Community colleges prioritize entrepreneurship

Inland Northwest community colleges are beginning to take on a business ownership angle in some of their course offerings. Both Spokane Community College and North Idaho College have entrepreneurship programs into which Spokane-based Avista Corp. has inve...

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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. ...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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