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Second chance hiring may expand talent pool for Tri-City employers

By Jerry Goodstein Washington became the 11th state to adopt the Fair Chance Act on June 2, extending “ban the box” job seeker protections to cover the state’s public and private employers. The bill delays criminal background checks until an applicant meets the basic criteria for the job and prohibits employers from automatically or categorically…

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Empowering employees helps business owners succeed

By Danielle Kane Congratulations, business owner. You have successfully found and hired a team of smart and capable employees to help accomplish the organization’s goals. The team is working well – until one day, your top manager needs an unexpected couple of days off during a busy time when you and your other employees are…


A pumpkin primer in time for the holidays

By Marilou Shea It came as no surprise to my mom when I told her that Lurene Fleshman of Harris Produce in Pasco told me that they don’t use pumpkins in their pie-making. They use squash. In New England, where we’re from, squash pie was the original pumpkin pie. It was in that same region…

Impact investing means aligning your portfolio with your purpose

By Meredith Farris You want to make a difference in the world in a way that reflects your deeply-held beliefs. Increasingly, investors are defining long-term value as not only realizing attractive returns, but also generating positive social or environmental impact. To that end, they are looking for ways to align their portfolios with their purpose,…

Alex Ovechkin, right, hands the Stanley Cup to Olie Kolzig after the Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup finals in June. (Courtesy Olie Kolzig)

Famous trophy helps to raise money for autism foundation

By Annie Fowler The most iconic trophy in sports made an appearance in the Tri-Cities last month, helping to raise $15,000 for the Responding to Autism Center in Kennewick. The Stanley Cup, the guest of former NHL goalie Olie Kolzig, made an appearance Oct. 23 at the Carson Kolzig Foundation in Kennewick and at a…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Place real property in an LLC to reduce liability exposure

By Beau Ruff Generally, in Washington state, income-producing real property should be placed into a Washington limited liability company, or LLC. What is real property? Real property is any property that is of a non-movable nature: land, house, condo, building, etc. It is distinguished from personal property. What does it mean to be income producing?…

Doug Gore, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates executive vice president of winemaking, vineyards and operations, has been winemaking for 36 years in Eastern Washington. He retires at the end of the year. (Courtesy Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)

Longtime Ste. Michelle winemaking executive retires

By Andy Perdue One of Washington’s longest tenured and most successful and prolific winemakers will be retiring at the end of this year. Doug Gore, Ste. Michelle Wine Estate’s executive vice president of winemaking, vineyards and operations, has been winemaking for 36 years in Eastern Washington. The California native came north to Washington in 1982,…

Construction is a common sight between Road 100 and Road 68 in Pasco. The recently built Self-Storage at Chapel Hill at 615 Chapel Hill Blvd. includes 599 storage units and a retail strip mall with 8,000 square feet of space for lease. The project totaled $7.2 million. (Photo: G2 Construction)

City of Pasco: growth spurs economic development

By Arielle Dreher The city of Pasco is running out of room. So much so that the city has asked Franklin County to expand by more than 4,800 acres north of the current city limits. The growth in population is fueling large home developments as well as new school construction in the city. Pasco, population…

Attorneys are working under a six-month timeframe to create a partnership that would allow for-profit RCCH HealthCare and nonprofit Providence St. Joseph Health to become the member-owners of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Cancer Center)

Cancer center to modify corporate structure after hospital sales

By Jennifer L. Drey The corporate structure of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center will change in the wake of RCCH HealthCare’s acquisition of member hospitals Trios Health and Lourdes Health, but patient care and related services will continue as they have for nearly 25 years. The intention on all sides is to find a public-private partnership…


How to find and develop the next generation of leaders

By Danielle Kane Being a leader means not only are you able to take the lead on projects or divvy out assignments, but you are able to identify and help foster other employees’ skills so that they, too, can become a leader later. Leadership development encompasses a lot of facets once you have the right…

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