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UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Crumbling roads, spotty internet trouble small businesses

Every hour that one of The Advance Group’s trucks is stuck in highway or bridge traffic, it costs the moving company around $200. And with 40 trucks trying to get …


Pair build urban farm to be source nursery, home gardening resource

Tucked behind a 106-year-old farmhouse on bustling Argonne Road, a 1-acre urban farm is taking root and getting ready to bloom. Fruit Hill Farm is the grown-up dream of childhood …


Renée Sunde: Raising costs on health care products will not solve opioid crisis

SB 5988, presumably designed to address the opioid epidemic, completely misfires at the root causes of the problem, and it threatens to increase health care and prescription drug costs across …


Two Men and a Truck moving franchise opens in Spokane Valley

Two Men and a Truck, a national moving franchise, has opened a Spokane Valley location at 111 N. Vista Road.


It’s not too late to save money on 2018 business taxes

Small business owners with sloppy records will not only find it harder to compile their returns, the haphazard books may be costing them money, and they may overlook expenses that …


Confidence growing among small-business owners, according to USB survey

Competition from big business has replaced “uncertainty” about the future as the chief concern among small business owners nationally, according to the ninth annual U.S. Bank Small Business Survey.


Local restaurant startup among many that take advantage of Women’s Business Center at SNAP

Open to both men and women, the Women’s Business Center at Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners is essentially a one-stop business resource shop, according to Weipert, offering business training, individual business …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

While you’re asleep, this Olympia woman is working on the perfect loaf of bread

Carol Elewski, originally from Ohio, has been baking since she was 11 but is largely self-taught, she said, except when she spent a week with a commercial baker in Jackson, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

GOP tax cut: Small biz boon or loophole for rich and Trump?

President Donald Trump and his Republican partners in a nearly $6 trillion tax-cutting plan insist it would benefit middle-class Americans and not the wealthy.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

Google teaches small business how to boost their online presence at Coeur d’Alene seminar

Google put on a seminar in Coeur d’Alene on Monday to help small businesses optimize search results for their companies. Many of the tips are available online at


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 7:13 p.m.

Health benefit offers from small businesses keep vanishing

The Kaiser Family Foundation said Tuesday that 50 percent of companies with three to 49 employees offered coverage this year. That’s down from 59 percent in 2012 and 66 percent …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 3:14 p.m.

Trump visits putting big dent in small airports’ business

Thor Solberg’s business is down – try practically nonexistent – at a time when it’s usually way up, and he has President Donald Trump to thank for it.


Small businesses in clean energy sector still hope for best

They’re confident in two trends they see: A growing awareness and concern about the environment, and a desire by consumers and businesses to lower their energy costs.


BBB tip of the week: Small business means big impact

Small businesses may seem small, but they have an enormous impact in local communities as well as the U.S. economy. According to the


Business optimism back to pre-recession levels

Small business owners are as optimistic as they were before the Great Recession. That’s the finding of a quarterly survey by Wells Fargo, whose Small Business Index rose 20 points …


A great majority of our nation’s small business owners are old, white men

Two weeks ago the Kauffman Foundation, a well-regarded non-profit group that specializes in entrepreneurism, released its annual State of Entrepreneurship report – and at least in one respect, the news …


Coeur d’Alene drone startup xCraft recognized by U.S. Senate committee

A Coeur d’Alene drone startup has been named Small Business of the Month by U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.


Trump signs measure easing regulations for small businesses

President Donald Trump has signed an executive action aimed at cutting regulations, and said at a White House breakfast he wanted to “create an environment for small business.”


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

Social media expert Mike Ellis helps Spokane companies with branding

Mike Ellis is a social media manager and influence marketer. He helps local companies get positive messages out about their businesses on Facebook and Twitter.


How much marijuana was sold in 2016? A lot!

In 2016, sales of legal marijuana in North America totaled $6.7 billion—an increase of more than 30 percent—according to a report from Arcview Market Research. The number is projected to …


Sue Lani Madsen: Government regulations bedeviled small business even before minimum wage jump

Higher minimum wage is only the last straw in a pretty big haystack of challenges facing small business.


Great expectations: Small businesses upbeat about 2017

Donald Trump’s election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017. Dean Bingham says he’s cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop …


A Target store offers ‘quiet hours’ for its autistic customers

To accommodate its customers who suffer from autism (or are on the spectrum), Target opens its doors from 6 a.m.to 8 a.m. every Saturday and provides a peaceful place to …


Focusing on seniors: Business owners follow the demographics

Some small business owners looking for customers are following the nation’s changing demographics – literally. They’re moving long distances to places like Florida, Arizona and California, expecting retiring baby boomers …


Beyond fast food: New franchising ideas draw entrepreneurs

NEW YORK (AP) – They’re not household names like McDonald’s or The UPS Store, but small franchises beyond the usual restaurant groups and retailers are attracting buyers who want something …


Business owners: We need policy specifics from candidates

NEW YORK (AP) – Small business owners say it’s time the presidential candidates provide concrete details on how they’ll tackle key issues including taxes, health care costs and government regulations. …


Neighborhood bars closing, but don’t count them out yet

NEW YORK (AP) – Taps are running dry and doors are closing at neighborhood bars across the country. That has left the remaining ones to try to find ways to …


Front & Center: Gray Dog Press binds writers’ dreams

Russ Davis has helped hundreds of authors realize their dream of publishing their own books of poetry, recipes, Western romance or crime novels – even if the print run is …


Get Started: Pros and cons of giving gifts to employees

Small business owners who want to give holiday gifts to employees need to be aware that pitfalls can be found in good intentions.


Small retailers get creative when holiday sales turn slow

With the Thanksgiving weekend behind them and the big final rush of holiday shopping still to come, independent retailers have to get creative to bring customers in during the slowest …