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Communication can deter medical-leave challenges

Traversing requirements for granting unpaid medical leave and leave as an accommodation for individuals with disabilities can be complicated for employers and employees unless everyone at the workplace knows the ground rules. Best practices for stat...

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Washington state’s first charter school targets fall 2015 opening

Organizers of Spokane-based PRIDE Prep School of Technology and Science, the first charter school approved in Washington state, are laying the groundwork now to open in the fall of 2015. Led by former Spokane public school teacher and administrator Bre...

Inslee launches new effort to trim unemployed ranks

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last month directed the state Employment Security Department to deploy $4 million in federal funds in new efforts to put the long-term unemployed back to work. “To continue our economic recovery and build a Washington that ...

State workforce programs said showing good results

Washington state’s workforce development services are performing well overall, says a report released earlier this year by a state agency called the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board. Most of the state’s workforce training program...

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Hotel promoters here predict some pain before gain

The Spokane-area hospitality market could take up to five years to absorb all of the new rooms that the new convention center hotel will add to it when the 715-room establishment opens downtown in the summer of 2015, lodging and tourism promoters says. I...

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Framework Meetings is expecting solid growth in 2014

Coeur d’Alene-based Framework LLC, which does business as Framework Meetings & Destinations, expects to book more than 50 corporate training events and meetings and more than 120 other events throughout the U.S., say co-owners Wendi Haught and Scott She...

Owner plans to spruce up Holiday Inn near airport

BHG Hotels LLC, the Wilsonville, Ore.-based company that owns the Holiday Inn Spokane Airport, at 1616 S. Windsor, plans to renovate the 80,000-square-foot hotel’s two meeting spaces, 122 guest rooms, main lobby area, and its in-house restaurant, Peppe...

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New Valley events center operator looks to revive U-City space

Glover Mansion Events LLC, of Spokane, owned by Bob Adolfson and his wife, Kimberly Coy, has opened a new event center in Spokane Valley, and Adolfson says it has gotten off to an encouraging start. The Spokane Valley Event Center is located at 10514 E. ...

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SBA lenders predict volume rebound in 2014

Some lending institutions that are among the leaders here in originating U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans are anticipating renewed interest from borrowers this year, following a dip in total loan volume in the SBA’s Spokane district in 20...

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Lenders play by new ability-to-repay rules

Spokane-area banks and credit unions are adjusting to new federal residential mortgage lending standards that require federally insured lenders to take additional steps when collecting a borrower’s financial information and calculating ability to repay ...

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