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Spokane Seed stays strong in competitive market

Spokane Seed Co., a fourth-generation dried pea and lentil processor and distributor, has nurtured its markets and grown revenue in recent years despite increased competition from high-volume distributors in the last decade, says Andrew Fontaine, general ...

Northwest Taste show slated for November

Food and beverage vendors will have the opportunity this November to showcase their products here in what’s being touted as Spokane’s sampling show, called Northwest Taste. The show is owned and being organized by Ronda Swanson and Caroline Kloetsch...

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Farm-to-table food vendors find growing demand

The so-called farm-to-table food movement seems to have taken hold across the country as well as here in Spokane. Plentiful fresh local produce and other food can be purchased from a number of neighborhood farmers’ markets, and served the same night. Bu...

Restaurant revenues hit record, early figures show

Eating and drinking place sales totaled $47.3 billion in July, the strongest monthly volume on record and up 0.2 percent from June, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Steady job growth and improving consumer confidence poin...

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Hewescraft fishing boat maker preps for facility expansion

Hewes Marine Co., the Colville, Wash.-based manufacturer of Hewescraft aluminum fishing boats, is in the architectural planning stages of a $2 million facility expansion, says Tim Baris, the company’s operations and finance director. Garco Constructi...

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A sewing resurgence

After years of contraction in the sewing manufacturing industry, some remaining sewing manufacturers here are seeing a resurgence in sales and employment growth, and others are looking at setting up operations in the Inland Northwest, some industry source...

Third annual manufacturing expo slated next month

Manufacturers from a broad range of industry sectors are expected to gather here for the third annual Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Aerospace Expo, which will be held Sept. 29-30. The expo aims to highlight opportunities for Inland Northwest manufac...

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Ex-Im bank supporters weigh reauthorization

The fight over whether to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, the government’s export credit agency that helps foreign companies buy U.S. goods, is frustrating to some Spokane-area manufacturers and business owners. They support the reauthorization of t...

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Amy Doneen: Curbing cardiac events

Amy Doneen is a nurse practitioner, an author, an international speaker, and a business owner. She is in the business of preventing heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. She is also co-founder of the Bale/Doneen Method of heart attack, stroke, and diabe...

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Federal rules update pregnancy-discrimination safeguards

Recent enforcement guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission signals that the federal agency is targeting pregnancy-related discrimination as an area of emphasis, say knowledgeable observers, who add that Washington state also has rob...

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