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Nursing to be most in-demand profession in Spokane, forecast says

An annual occupational forecast from the Washington state Employment Security Department suggests that registered nurse will be the most in-demand occupation in Spokane County for jobs that requires at least a bachelor’s degree, says D. Patrick Jones, w...


A peek at peak wedding season

As Spokane approaches wedding season, traditional Saturday slots for both ceremonies and receptions nearly have filled up at some popular venues, managers say. “Every year, it seems like people start booking further and further out,” says Bob Adolfso...


Curran sees PFD as part of Spokane renaissance

From Stephanie Curran’s ground-level administrative office on the south side of Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, the new CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District has an expansive view of the downtown construction activity that starts right across t...

Return customers drive success in hospitality sector

Between an ever-globalizing world that makes traveling to exotic locales easier and increased marketing, the tourism industry has changed dramatically in the last five years. Hospitality, travel, and tourism managers and marketers are now faced with the c...


Once-obscure Washington Cracker venue draws events, visitors

Since its purchase four years ago by local investor group Cracker Box LLC, the former Washington Cracker Co. building at 304 W. Pacific quietly has been transforming into a popular Spokane event venue. Darby McKee, who co-owns the building along with Mar...


HomeStreet’s new home in downtown Spokane

Following the launch of commercial lending services here barely two years ago, Seattle-based HomeStreet Bank recently opened its first retail branch in Spokane, where it has consolidated both its commercial and retail services, says Steve Storey, senior v...


Demand for HELOCs strong in Spokane despite rising rates

Despite rising interest rates, applications for home equity loans, such as home equity lines of credit, have remained consistent and even increased some throughout the past year, some Spokane-area lending experts say. David Flood, chief lending officer a...


Chimney Rock Mortgage strives to keep lending local

Despite potential challenges posed by recent upticks in interest rates, Mike Hogan, loan officer and branch manager for Spokane-based Chimney Rock Mortgage LLC, says he believes there are still opportunities for growth in Spokane’s home lending markets....


How angel investors earn their wings

In recent years, Spokane has seen a handful of local startup companies grow into successful ventures resulting in benefits for both their founding entrepreneurs as well as early investors. Those who follow news of startup successes may have wondered wh...


Northwest Entrepreneurship Competition increases its reach

Organizers, supporters, and participants in this year’s Northwest Entrepreneur Competition are eager to see who will join the ranks of past winners that have become successful Spokane companies, such as etailz Inc. and Photoboxx. Typically, between 70 ...

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