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Regional Voices: Shahrokh “Shawn” Nikfar – Northwest Fair Housing Alliance, Caffe Affogato

Shahrokh “Shawn” Nikfar is an assistant director of the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance and owner of Caffe Affogato, a popular downtown coffee shop.  What brought him to Spokane: When I was a teenager growing up in Iran, my sister, who … Read more

Regional Voices: Dr. Luisita Francis – Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Dr. Luisita Francis was named an assistant dean of Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in March 2016. Her responsibilities include helping develop clinical campuses in Spokane, Vancouver, the Tri-Cities and Everett for third- and fourth-year medical … Read more

Regional Voices: Liz Ward – BumbleBar

Liz Ward co-founded BumbleBar in 1995 “so I could combine two of my greatest passions – healthy food and sustainability – into one great-tasting, organic snack bar.” She launched the company on Washington’s west side and moved the production facility … Read more

Regional Voices: April Needham – Avista Corp.

April Needham is an Avista Corp. executive employee currently on loan to Greater Spokane Inc. to assist with Startup Spokane, a program that connects aspiring entrepreneurs with resources needed to launch and grow successful companies. Startup Spokane is affiliated with … Read more

Hotstart succeeds in international markets

For the past 75 years, Hotstart has helped businesses heat engines throughout the U.S. working with companies like Caterpillar and Cummins. Today, Hotstart is taking on additional business by expanding into target markets overseas, which, along with increased sales opportunities, has brought … Read more

Seeking 2nd Cohort for Creative Enterprise Program

Window Dressing Creative Enterprise applications are live! If you’re an artist, maker, designer, crafter, culture creator, in need of help with the business side of things, get excited, this program is for you! Receive training, mentorship, and assistance in launching … Read more

Local Manufacturers Receive Statewide Recognition

Seattle Business Magazine honored Top Washington State Manufacturers at a reception held at the Boeing Museum of Flight. Companies making important progress in productivity, growth and innovation were recognized in seven categories. Read more in the magazine’s May digital edition.   No-Li … Read more

Spokane Falls in Full Glory

Blue skies and sunshine frame the Spokane Falls, flowing through the middle of downtown Spokane. Annually, the runoff feeds the falls to a level which is truly impressive to see. Enjoy a tour of the falls via Peak Travels’ drone video. Locals appreciate … Read more