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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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...

Key to IT security: user training, monitoring

Your cell phone rings. It’s your office manager. Something has happened. An employee has a cryptic text file on their screen, something about all their files being gone and a demand of $500 ransom to get them back. ...

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Security system features, controls are going mobile

Advances in electronic security systems are bringing new capabilities into the mainstream, says Jay Hunt, president of Spokane-based Allied Fire & Security Inc. ...

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Odom Corp.’s new digs

The Odom Corp. expects to ship 5 million cases of beverages—mostly beer—this year through its new distribution center on the West Plains, says Dale Birchell, Odom’s regional operations manager. The company also projects 3 percent of growth in sales...

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Joanie’s Magic Spoon classes deliver comfort food

After raising two daughters, and having a successful career as an administrative assistant, Joan Jamison retired, but not for long. She decided to open Joanie’s Magic Spoon almost five years ago, teaching cooking classes from home in her dream kitchen o...

Port delays could hurt agricultural markets, Northwest Farm Credit Services report says

Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Spokane-based agricultural lending cooperative, says in a 2015 market outlook that lower fuel costs are good news for producers, but that many are experiencing higher transportation costs and slower sales due to shippin...

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Small food businesses in West Central share space, ideas

Mika Maloney and Karyna Hamilton, owners of Spokane small businesses Batch Bakeshop and Flora Yogurt Co., respectively, teamed up this month to share space and help promote each other and the Spokane small business community. Batch, which is located at...

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