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Wedding venues are busy with nuptials as many reschedule

Wedding venue managers in Spokane say a rebound in the number of bookings signals a resurgence for the industry, though many weddings scheduled for 2022 had originally been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic....

Hope, hard work lift prospects for visitor upturn

Ending 2021 on an omicron note wasn’t ideal for Spokane’s tourism industry, but Visit Spokane is looking at a solid upturn in 2022. People are hungry for travel, and we’re ready to welcome them. Like Cobra Kai’s Johnny Lawrence sweeping ...


Real estate tech startup Auctionable to launch this spring

Auctionable, a new real estate tech company based in Liberty Lake, plans to launch this spring in the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Boise markets, says Todd Sullivan, an Inland Northwest homebuilder and cofounder of the startup. Sullivan says the ...


Equity firm partnership becomes new X factor for Exbabylon

Silicon Valley private equity firm Oval Partners has acquired a stake in Newport, Washington-based managed-service provider Exbabylon IT Solutions. In the transaction, which the companies characterize as a partnership, Exbabylon will have access to ...

App to monitor wildfire smoke’s effects on health

Spokane-based technology company Urbanova and Washington State University’s College of Nursing have partnered to design the mobile application, U-Track, to help mitigate and reduce health risks to young adults with asthma during wildfire events. ...


CarbonQuest takes its technology to NYC

CarbonQuest Inc., a clean tech company headquartered in the Spokane Valley, has launched its first fully operational onsite system, named Building Carbon Capture System, in New York City. The company’s technology is designed to capture, separate...


Single-use serviceware law flusters restaurants

Restaurant owners here say they’re struggling to adapt to a state law that regulates how single-use food serviceware is provided to customers. Chris Siemens, vice president of Mustard Seed Management Co. Inc., says retraining employees not to include...


Ag Energy acquired by Pullman-based NuPhy

Ag Energy Solutions Inc., a Spokane-based agricultural renewable technology company, has been acquired by Pullman, Washington-based plant and tree fruit producer NuPhy Inc....


Hispanic Business Professional Association steps up in pandemic

Oscar Escamilla, who co-owns Tacos el Sol restaurant with his wife, Irma Zuniga, says he considered closing the restaurant at 3422 N. Division, in Spokane, during the first month of the pandemic in 2020, as he put his staff of three on leave....


Diversity takes back seat to solving trucker shortages

Across the country, alarms are sounding the need for more truck drivers as the pandemic has created an increased demand for shipping. Although some trucking industry associations have decided to include diversity as a recruitment and retention strategy, ...

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