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Spokane advisers on the FIRE approach to investing, saving

While many of us have asked a financial adviser what steps might help us achieve an early retirement, it’s a good bet the majority of younger workers don’t really expect to be able to do so anytime soon. ...


Factoring illness, diseases into financial planning

When someone has or suspects they might develop a chronic, disabling health condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Huntington’s disease, preparing for retirement has challenges to be faced on a case-by-case basis, some financial advisers here ...


Quantum Financial takes team approach to planning

Quantum Financial Planning Services Inc., founded here by Al Herman and Houston Scrudder in 1979, got on the financial planning train relatively early, says Eric Christiansen, certified financial planner and a managing member with the company. ...


Manufacturing next-generation interest

When Spokane-based manufacturer Wagstaff Inc. landed a series of large contracts recently to produce custom machinery components, a quandary presented itself: the maker of aluminum-casting equipment didn’t have the skilled workforce needed ...


KSPS develops new workforce development project

Broadcasters with KSPS Public Television say they’ve helped create a new workforce development and education project called Career Explore Northwest that’s designed to guide students and job seekers toward career opportunities in high-demand...

Prioritizing pursuit of professional development

I recently had the opportunity to attend an amazing Women’s Business Conference right here in our own gorgeous city of Spokane. It was three intense days filled with inspiring speakers, thought leaders, engaging breakout sessions, and a ton of fantastic...

Employers should map course to navigate leave law

The coming year will usher in a new era in how Washington state companies handle employee leave. Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act established a statewide insurance program, which will issue payments to workers who need to take time off to...


Outsourcing with the blind and visually impaired

John Dubay started Strategic Contact Solutions Group Inc. about five years ago, almost by accident. A client with whom Dubay had previously worked reached out to Dubay to see if he’d be able to help with tasks such as performing outreach and customer...


Cooled by the Sun: Spokane engineers produce solar-powered refrigeration system

A Moses Lake, Wash.-based applied solar company with a team of engineers based here has invented a mobile refrigeration system that runs entirely on solar power. ...


GeoEngineers broadens its leadership structure

Following the retirement of the Spokane office's founder James Harakas in 2015, engineering concern GeoEngineers Inc. has transitioned to a group leadership approach while still being involved in several prominent projects in the Spokane area....

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