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Front and Center: Ted Schinzel makes big business out of small business

If you’re determined to make 2018 the year you launch your startup, a good first step might be visiting the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Spokane branch office at 801 W. …


Front and Center: Be happy it’s Pizza Rita

Brian Dickmann would rather be scammed 100 times than lose a Pizza Rita customer.


Front and Center: Kathy Jo Avery helps resolve bad habits with hypnotherapy

Changing bad habits can be tricky, but Kathy Jo Avery offers help through her hypnotherapy practice.


Front and Center: Jung Kim kicked his way into the gym business

Jung Kim operates three dojos – with headquarters at the North Division Y and gyms also on the South Hill and in the Spokane Valley. His students demonstrate their board-breaking …


Front and Center: Avista’s Mike Broemeling is the company’s point man for customer service

Mike Broemeling has had one job title at Avista: director of customer and shared services. The biggest part of that involves overseeing the utility’s call center, or “contact center,” which …


Front and Center: Sean Curran turned tongue twisters into a career

Sean Curran makes the business a speech therapy fun for clients and personally rewarding.


Front and Center: Donald Sewell has turned a landscape photography hobby into a business

Donald Sewell’s calendars depicting Northwest landscapes are readily available in checkout lines at Rosauers or Yoke’s. During a recent interview, Sewell discussed the challenges of turning a hobby into a …


Front and Center: Steven Forsness steers obsession into a business of painting bicycles

People bring their bicycles to Steve Forsness for a personal touch, and he delivers with custom paint jobs on everything from BMX racers to high-end carbon fiber triathlon bikes.


Front and Center: Pam Almeida is the drive behind Meals on Wheels

Pam Almeida says her Meals on Wheels program is more than providing meals to people across the county, it’s a way to lower health-care costs and enrich lives.


Front and Center: Brooke Matson brings a creative spark to teaching

Brooke Matson creating an alternative educational experience as executive director of Spark Central.


Front and Center: Anne Mitchell has an eye for the talent

Talk about occupational hazards. Anne Mitchell once got a 3 a.m. text that read, “I don’t think I’m called back tomorrow. I was prematurely eaten by a dragon.”


Front and Center: Lonnie Benn turned a passion for welding as a teenager into a successful career

Lonnie Benn has been welding for five decades and now teaches the next generation how to do it right.


Front and Center: Tim Culpepper is the bark behind Gonzaga’s ROTC program

Leading ROTC programs at colleges used to be a job for officers in the sunset of their career. Not so at Gonzaga, where Maj. Tim Culpepper took the coveted military …


Front and Center: Gary Westermann, owner of Marlin Windows, has clear view of how to make a business work

Gary Westermann, the owner of Marlin Windows, shares advice about energy efficient windows, the benefits of aluminum and the importance of employing can-do people.


Front & Center: Tainio Technology cultivates success

Running in circles isn’t always a waste of time. “When I was in college, I took a fitness class,” recalls Athena “Teena” Tainio, “and one day while running around the …


Front & Center: Dog trainer Penney Morse shares new tricks

Dog trainer Penney Morse helps owners break bad habits and teaches new tricks.


Front & Center: House mover Jude Doty give new life to old homes

There is household recycling, and then there’s whole house recycling. Most of us divert a few ounces of aluminum, paper and plastic from the waste stream each week.


Front and Center: Business coach Kevin Weir instills teamwork

Kevin Weir has always been a team player. Ask him about high school, and he recounts wrestling and football at Ferris.


Front and Center: The Best of Balazs

Harold Balazs has always been part artist, part prankster. He even borrowed his motto – “transcend the bullshit” – from original “merry prankster” Ken Kesey.


Front & Center: Land Expressions

When Dave Nelson graduated from Washington State University three decades ago, the economy was emerging from recession and there weren’t many opportunities for freshly minted landscape architects.


Front & Center: Dave Richardson found a good home at Spokane Humane Society

Since taking the reins 10 years ago, Dave Richardson has stabilized the Spokane Humane Society’s finances, increased the animal save rate to 98 percent, and eliminated euthanasia as a means …


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Front & Center: Drawing for dollars and a laugh

As hobbies go, what could be more affordable than drawing cartoons? But as a career, cartooning is a joke. Just ask David Rowles, who has been tickling Journal of Business …


Bushels of success

REARDAN – Keith Bailey earned his college degree through what he jokingly calls Washington State University’s “extended program.” “I started college in 1974 and finished in ’92.”


Copper roofing expert still going strong at 70

Years ago, actors Robert Wagner and Jill St. John contacted Joe Zappone about having copper shingles installed on their roof. “Jill and I got along good on the phone,” Zappone …


Whitworth professor makes music his lifelong pursuit

Brent Edstrom’s job description sounds exhausting: college professor, author, transcriber, composer, performer. “One of the things I always tell my students is that the music business requires an entrepreneurial spirit,” …


Customers become canvas for Tiger Tattoo owner

In his youth, Walt Dailey envisioned becoming a doctor. “It only appealed to me because they make a lot of money and have respect,” he acknowledged.


Winning strategy

On Berry Fowler’s 31st birthday, his mother gave him a book titled “Ten Young Millionaires.” Fowler, an art teacher, read the book over Christmas break, got inspired, and within a …


Eyes on the skies

Dirty shorts and cleats aren’t typical attire when applying for a job. But Michelle Skomars is anything but typical. And the job application was an impulse.


Log furniture business thrives on low, high tech

Dan Booterbaugh traces the roots of his career to a high school elective that may be heading toward extinction: wood shop. “When I was a senior,” he recalled, “I had …


Voice of experience

Some people flip houses. Laurie Roth flipped a restaurant.