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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

Downtown Eddie Bauer store closes

Outdoor clothing retailer Eddie Bauer closed its downtown Spokane retail store recently, leaving only an outlet store in the Spokane Valley, the Bellevue-based company said Friday.Spokeswoman Sarah Redgrave said Eddie Bauer does not comment on store closures or openings. She declined to say if a…

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Ambassadors posts quarterly dividend 

If you own 1,000 shares of Spokane travel company Ambassadors Group, you just made $60. (Not $600 as originally posted.) The company's directors Thursday declared a quarterly dividend of $.06 per share, to be paid on June 10, 2010 to shareholders of record on May…

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Cascade Windows plans aggressive expansion

Spokane Valley window and door maker Cascade Windows has signed a marketing deal with Portland-based Bradshaw Advertising to create a new look for the brand.A company release said the goal is helping direct a consumer-focused campaign that will take the Cascade brand to a wider…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010

MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010

IT-Lifeline secures Oregon bank endorsement

Liberty Lake based IT-Lifeline announced it's become certified as a recovery and continuity solution provider for the Oregon Bankers Association. It's the first group to get that OBA certification, said IT-Lifeline's COO Jim Sandford. IT-Lifeline will work with OBA subsidiary BancSource to offer banks recovery…

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FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010

Steve Dahlstrom, CEO of Spokane Teachers Credit Union, continues to prove that his soft-spoken guidance is a beacon in dark economic times. (Dan Pelle)

Dahlstrom will hand STCU reins to Tom Johnson

Spokane Teachers Credit Union on Thursday announced Vice President Tom Johnson will take over as CEO when Steven L. Dahlstrom (in photo) retires in December.On May 24, Johnson will be promoted to executive vice president, in preparation for the handoff of the CEO reins.Dahlstrom has…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010

Three groups win top Spark Awards

Three area groups and their ad agencies won the top awards in the recent Spark Awards, presented by Spokane Regional MarCom Association, made up of area marketing and public relations professionals.About 80 different Spark awards were presented to groups, businesses and associations for creative work.…

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Malcolm Unsworth is the CEO of Itron Inc., a publicly traded company with world headquarters in Liberty Lake. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Itron could use more visits with Obama

Did it make any difference when Itron Inc. CEO and President Malcolm Unsworth met with President Barack Obama in a Rose Garden ceremony last week?The Itron stock symbol seems to tell the story.On Friday morning, April 30, Itron shares opened at $80.45. That morning Unsworth,…

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TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

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TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

GU's MBA program gets national ranking

Gonzaga University's master's of business administration program ranked No. 58 in the most recent rankings for "part-time MBA programs" prepared by U.S. News & World Report.In the specialty rankings, GU's accounting program scored No. 31. Its entrepreneurship program was No. 24 (see item below on…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010


FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010

Magnuson Hotels see growth in total reservations 

Spokane-based Magnuson Hotels, which represents more than 1,500 independent hotels and lodges, reports that its affiliate businesses saw reservation revenue increase by 65 percent, comparing April 2010 with one year earlier.The growth occurred in large part due to an increase of 444 hotels joining the…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010


ZAP acquires technology developed at PNNL

A California electric car company called ZAP has licensed a battery-charger controller developed by the folks at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in the Tri-Cities.ZAP has made trucks and electric vehicles for customers in more than 70 countries.It announced it will use the controller (or…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010

Dry Fly Distilling will start contract distilling

Spokane's Dry Fly Distilling saw its liquid assets disappear quickly last month.That was the day of the distillery's second release of its all-wheat Washington Whiskey. The distillery store was sold out in 60 minutes. And those retail state liquor stores given allotments (which were not…

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.