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Mushrooms ready to be harvested. (Courtesy Ostrom Mushroom Farms LLC)

Sunnyside mushroom farm secures $45 million in financing

By Ted Escobar, Daily Sun News Sunnyside is closer to 200 new year-around jobs thanks to Ostrom Mushroom Farms LLC acquiring funding for its new state-of-the-art composting and operating platform at the Port of Sunnyside. Ascendant Partners Inc. of Colorado recently announced a $45 million financing package for Ostrom, the largest commercial mushroom producer in…

Villa’s Fresh Produce stand behind IHOP and Taco Bell on Road 68 in Pasco. (Courtesy Villa's Fresh Produce)

Father-daughter duo share bounty from their small sustainable Pasco farm

By Marilou Shea Have you noticed that farm stands are few and far between these days with the success of our local farmers’ markets? I’m almost sure I heard a collective sigh when the popular Cool Slice stand shuttered its bins in Pasco two years ago. One of the reasons is that sustaining a small-scale…

D. Patrick Jones is the executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis.

Tri-Cities’ financial sector boosted by strong economy

By D. Patrick Jones Remember the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid?” It certainly is true when assessing the state of regional lending. Let’s walk through what the economy does for the regional financial sector. But first, a word about the sector. The “credit intermediation” industry – largely banks and credit unions – works on a…

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell addressed a full house at AWB's first-annual Federal Affairs Summit on Sept. 21, 2017 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. (Courtesy Brian Mittge/AWB)

Connect with congressional leaders at Aug. 14 summit

By Kris Johnson It isn’t just the decisions made in Olympia that impact the economy in Washington state. What happens in the “other” Washington can also affect employers, their employees and our families. Everything from health care to trade and immigration to taxes are increasingly impacted by what happens — or doesn’t — in Washington,…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Prudent investor rule helps to protect other people’s money, assets

By Beau Ruff You can do whatever you want with your money and assets but when charged with caring for another person’s money and assets, a body of law provides guidance on how you should proceed. Enter the prudent investor rule. I am not talking about financial planners and wealth management companies, though both are…

(Courtesy Grocery Outlet)

Grocery Outlet to open new Sunnyside store

By Ted Escobar, Daily Sun News Known for its low prices for common grocery items, Grocery Outlet will open a new store in Sunnyside. Grocery Outlet spokeswoman Kelly O’Rourke said construction will start soon. “Delivering thrilling deals has become our mission,” O’Rouke said. “It’s led us to become the nation’s largest extreme value grocery retailer.” Brand-name groceries…

(Courtesy Four Feathers Wine Estates)

Winemakers work with earth’s energy to cultivate grapes

By David Forsyth Plants are the ultimate energy-conversion machine, taking energy from sunlight along with carbon dioxide to produce plant biomass and oxygen. Wine grapes, like many plants, will store some of this energy as sugar in the fruit. The grapevine using the captured energy, along with water, nitrogen and other nutrients from the soil…

Jade’s British Girl Treats sells a wide variety of original chocolate creations, including Jack Daniel’s pyramids. All of the dessert recipes are unique to owner Jade Visser, who moved to the United States from England. (Yakima Valley Business Times)

Owner overcomes humble beginnings to launch dessert shop in Prosser

By Emily Goodell, Yakima Valley Business Times Nestled inside Desert Wind Winery in Prosser is Jade Visser’s pride and joy: Jade’s British Girl Treats, a confection shop, bakery and deli. Every day, Visser crafts chocolate concoctions and English toffee, designs delicate desserts and — most importantly to her — finds daily enjoyment in providing a…

The new Richland Standard Paint & Flooring store is 24,000 square feet and features a more extensive product offering than the previous location in Kennewick. The company also opened a store in Sunnyside this spring. (Courtesy Yakima Valley Business Times) 

Standard Paint & Flooring opens new stores in Richland, Sunnyside

By Dave Leder, Yakima Valley Business Times Standard Paint & Flooring has been busy this spring — busier, perhaps, than at any other time in its 64-year history. During the past month, the Yakima-based home décor chain not only opened two new showrooms in Richland and Sunnyside, but also improved its online ordering system to…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Disclaimer trusts can reduce or eliminate estate taxes

By Beau Ruff Why in the world would I write about such an esoteric issue as the disclaimer trust? Simply put, it is one of the best and most frequently used trusts by estate planning attorneys to reduce or eliminate the estate tax and provides great flexibility in your own estate plan. Note, this is…

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