Spokane Journal of Business

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Spokane Woman’s Club venue draws more activity, members

The Spokane Woman’s Club is experiencing what members hope are the first signs of a renaissance for the organization, which has seen its membership decline over the past 30 years. It now is looking to renovate its more than 100-year-old clubhouse on the...


Chateau Rive flourishes through collaboration

In the elevator-access-only, bottom level of the Flour Mill at 621 W. Mallon is an intimate, stone-wall room with an old world feel that’s been named the Chateau Rive. Occupying around 5,200 square feet of space, the Chateau Rive is an event center owne...


Refis bounce back

Some Spokane banks and credit unions are reporting a mini-boom in home mortgage refinance loans in recent months due to another dip in mortgage interest rates. In the Spokane area, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rates had fallen to between about 3.69 perce...


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 ...


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 ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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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