Articles by Laura Kostad

Laura Kostad is a freelance reporter for the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times. After completing her bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the University of Washington in 2015, she moved to Kennewick to pursue new opportunities and launch her career. She has been with the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business since 2017 and has enjoyed getting to know her new community through journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys working on the many book ideas she has and the occasional poem.
Casey Hart, regional vice president of Benton-Franklin Title Co., stands behind the front desk at the local business’ new office at 510 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick. The company decided to move from its present location on Clearwater Avenue after 30 years to be closer to planned development in the Vista Field area.

Benton-Franklin Title moves into renovated Vista Field office

After more than 30 years at its Clearwater Avenue location, Benton-Franklin Title Co. has moved into a newly renovated, larger space at 510 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick where it will continue to provide “one stop” title and escrow services to the Tri-City community. “We wanted to be out here in the Vista Field area…

Bath Fitter Central Washington has moved its operations to 4207 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. It used to be located on Port of Kennewick property on West Third Avenue.

Bath Fitter expands into Clearwater Avenue shop

Bath Fitter Central Washington has more than tripled its space with a move to a higher traffic shop at 4207 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. The new location provides Bath Fitter with 3,300 square feet that includes a 1,000-square-foot showroom to stage seven full-size bath/shower setups representing their product lines, an office and conference room.…

Construction is underway on Silo’s Sports Bar and Grill at 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. It will offer upscale bar food accompanied by beer, wine and spirits and 24 taps served in a modern industrial atmosphere.

New sports bar and grill to feature rustic industrial look, unique menu

A new bar and grill is under construction near the Leslie Road roundabout at the west end of West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. Silo’s Sports Bar and Grill’s doors are expected to open in mid- to late January in this rapidly expanding edge of town near Interstate 82 at 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. Silo’s owner,…

(Courtesy Grocery Outlet)

Tri-Cities’ second Grocery Outlet opens on Road 68

A line of hundreds of eager customers waited patiently for Pasco’s newest grocery store to open. The Black Friday-like line outside the new Grocery Outlet extended past the adjacent Planet Fitness and Dollar Tree stores that opened earlier this summer and wrapped around the corner of the building. Some waited for more than an hour…

Columbia Basin College President Rebekah Woods, left, and Washington State University Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes stand near the Small Business Development Center office at the Tri-City Development Council in Kennewick. The two colleges have teamed up with TRIDEC to bring the business consulting resource back.

Small Business Development Center returning to Kennewick

New businesses are opening up left and right in Tri-Cities, while existing ones continue to grow and expand, with new development opportunities like the Vista Field overhaul and other, smaller scale projects on the horizon. But there’s a lot of nuance inherent in starting a new business or expanding an existing one. And the region’s…

BlockChyp, a new kind of payment terminal technology, integrates with third-party point-of-sale and other transaction systems using blockchain-encrypted firmware. The product was developed by Jeffrey Payne and one of his colleagues. The pair have worked for many years in the development of enterprise e-commerce merchant systems. They recently opened an office in Kennewick.

Kennewick startup develops payment transaction solution for small businesses

Small businesses face a lot of challenges. And the least of business owners’ worries should be accepting payments from customers. In the modern era of chip cards, cryptocurrencies, Apple Pay, and other emerging payment methods, processing transactions can be a tedious and frustrating part of running a business. That’s where Kennewick’s BlockChyp comes in. The…

SIGN Fracture Care software developer Josh Short, left, and intern Matt Moen worked together this summer to bring online a user-friendly application to enable SIGN employees to more easily mine the Richland company’s extensive fracture case database to better analyze data and trends.

Improved database enables new analytical capabilities for Richland manufacturer

It turns out data analysis isn’t just a game for number crunchers. For one Richland manufacturer, it’s also a means of finding new ways to improve medical devices and equipment. During the nearly 20 years that SIGN Fracture Care International has been treating patients worldwide, the company’s vast network of surgeons has logged more than…

A 11,062-square-foot retail strip mall is under construction at 1080 George Washington Way in Richland. Its design will be similar to its next door neighbor, Hilton Homewood Suites.

New riverside retail space under construction on George Washington Way

More coveted waterfront retail space will be available in early spring along Richland’s George Washington Way. The new 11,062-square-foot strip mall will cater to retailers and restauranteurs. Ground was broken in mid-August, and general contractor on the project, O’Brien Construction Company Inc., estimates a six-month construction period, with completion planned for February or March. Company…

Kate Feinberg Robins, left, and her husband DeShawn Robins, owners of Find Your Center in Pasco, received a loan to upgrade their new dance and martial arts school. Benton-Franklin Council of Governments’ new loan program aims to help women- and minority-owned businesses with micro-loans up to $25,000. So far, two businesses have successfully applied.

New loan program aims to help businesses owned by women, minorities

Have an idea for a new business start-up or dreaming of expansion, but having trouble securing the funding to move forward? The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments may be able to help. Last year, the intergovernmental organization launched a new loan program intended to help women- and minority-owned businesses with micro-loans up to $25,000. “More than…

Roxana Romero of Kalliflorico Dance introduces the group during the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Una Noche de Éxitos, or A Night of Achievements, gala dinner in April that recognized those who work to make the community a better place to live. Chamber President Nikki Torres is pictured behind the podium and chamber board member Sayuri Peralta is at far left. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce poised for ‘that next big step’

The Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continues to seek new members as the organization expands its presence throughout the Tri-Cities and becomes involved with more regional and state-level committees that work to serve the needs of the Latino business community. “We’re the largest we’ve been and the strongest we’ve been financially, and I think we’re…

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