Spokane Journal of Business

Up Close


Rising Star Amanda Landreth: ‘Busiest year’ reaps its own rewards

Amanda Landreth, director of lending administration at STCU, says her drive to succeed has helped push her through the busiest year of her life. “I just want to get the next step done so I can be proud of what I’ve done and show my kids that you ...


Rising Star Derek Taylor: Scoping out an untapped sports niche

Derek Taylor, CEO of Sport Scope Inc., is an example of a local, successful entrepreneur and deserves to be recognized as a Rising Star for his quiet and humble leadership style, says Tom Simpson, president and CEO of Ignite Northwest. ...


Rising Star Heather Hamlin: Contagious energy leads to opportunity

Heather Hamlin says being executive director of the Women Helping Women Fund has been somewhat of a “full-circle moment” for her. “Growing up in a small town, my family utilized some of the same services that I now get to fund as a grant maker,” ...


Brick West Brewing goes salmon safe with new beer

Brick West Brewing Co., of Spokane, is launching Upstream, the brewery’s first Salmon-Safe certified beer, says Scotland Shouse, Brick West’s head brewer. ...


McKinstry doubles size of its clean energy team

McKinstry Co. has doubled the size of the renewables and energy-efficiency team at its Spokane office in the past three years and expects growth in that sector to continue, as recent federal legislation aims to make clean energy technology more ...


Heat pump demand expected to grow by next year

Recently proposed Washington state building codes for single-family new construction projects, in addition to climate concerns of consumers, are expected to raise demand for electric heat pump purchases and installations, heating and cooling industry ...

Surge in ESG funds calls for closer scrutiny

The exploding popularity of environmental, social, and governance funds is prompting the federal Securities and Exchange Commission to take stricter measures on how investment managers brand their funds. ...


Spokane Industries forges ahead

The new owners of Spokane Valley-based foundry Spokane Industries Inc. say the company is responding positively to changes they’ve made since purchasing it earlier this year from brothers Greg and Tyrus Tenold. Pat and Lisa Turner claim that ...


StanCraft Boat diversifies, sees strong growth

Hayden-based StanCraft Boat Co. has been experiencing strong growth with a 30% increase in total sales since the start of the pandemic, says Jory Schmeling, vice president of manufacturing at the handmade wooden boat manufacturing company. ...


Taylor’d Containers pivots to firefighter-training modules

Taylor Rowan is bringing the heat to the shipping container market with the fabrication of custom-made, compact, mobile firefighter training modules, that the industry refers to as props, that are designed for fire departments to have access to a training...

Sign up for our E-mail updates

including the
Morning Edition

Join our list