Washington leads way to standardize licensing practices for ‘fintech’ companies

Washington and six other states have launched a new national approach to licensing money service businesses. These businesses, known as “fintech” companies, include money transmitters, payment service providers and currency exchangers. Fintech refers to new technology used to support or enable banking and financial services. Generally, money service businesses have to apply for a license […]

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Ignite Youth Mentoring

Ignite Youth Mentoring program’s future uncertain

Declining revenue has forced the Richland-based Ignite Youth Mentoring program to lay off staff and focus on restructuring. The executive board of the struggling Christian mentoring organization issued an announcement about the “steadily declining revenue” to staff, donors, mentors and the community last month. The board planned to meet community members, supporters, mentors and church […]

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The Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco recorded a modest 0.2 percent increase in passenger boardings in 2017 over the previous year despite weather-related flight cancellations and fewer available seats. (Courtesy Port of Pasco)

Tri-Cities Airport reports 723-passenger uptick over previous year

Airport officials expected more but winter weather, pilot shortage took toll The Tri-Cities Airport saw a modest growth of 723 additional passengers last year despite facing the challenges of a harsh winter and the loss of more than 35,000 available seats, the result of a reduction in available flights. That’s fewer than anticipated for the […]

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A University of Washington student works on the roll-to-roll printer at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. (Courtesy UW Clean Energy Institute)

PNNL-UW partnership could lead to new scientific discoveries

Organizations form NW IMPACT to advance research in materials science A closer collaboration between the top scientific brains at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington could fuel future discoveries. PNNL and UW’s new partnership aims to power advancements in materials that transform energy, telecommunications, medicine, information technology and other fields. Touch screens, […]

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Business Briefs

Business Briefs — February 2018

Fire destroys Pasco onion shed Fire officials are working to determine the cause of a fire at a Pasco onion shed that burned to the ground Feb. 2. Damage was significant, with estimated losses of $3 million, according to the Pasco Fire Department. Twenty-eight firefighters from the Pasco Fire Department, Richland Fire Department, Franklin Fire District […]

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Networking — February 2018

HONORS & AWARDS The Tri-City Association of Realtors has announced the winners of its 2017 annual awards: Realtor of the Year, Gayle Stack, owner of Everstar Realty; Sunrise Award (for contributions to a better tomorrow for the community), Cathryn Tames, executive director of the Children’s Developmental Center; Realtor Community Service Award, Jed Morris of Windermere […]

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Business Updates — February 2018

NEW BUSINESSES IDK Restaurant has opened at 335 W. Columbia Drive in Kennewick. The restaurant offers breakfast favorites, burgers, steaks and other dinner specials. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Contact: 509-579-0588, Facebook. Jade’s British Girl Treats has […]

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Bankruptcies — February 2018

Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings: Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up non-exempt property and debt is charged. Chapter 11 — Allows companies and individuals to restructure debts to repay them. Chapter 12 — Allows family farmers to restructure finances to avoid liquidation for foreclosure. Chapter 13 — Plan is devised […]

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Top Properties

Top Properties — February 2018

Top property values listed start at $500,000 and have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure. Property values are public record and can be found by visiting the county assessor’s office. BENTON COUNTY   1348 White Bluffs St., Richland, 2,521-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $629,000. Buyer: Dustin & Jennifer Gillespie. Seller: Anthony & Crystal Burdo. 512 […]

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Building Permits

Building Permits — February 2018

BENTON COUNTY Lamb Weston, 187107 S. Watts Road, $83,500 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Hendon Construction Co. James Hutchinson, 4771 W. Lattin Road, $705,900 for new commercial construction. Contractor: RD Construction. FRANKLIN COUNTY Douglas Fruit, 110 Taylor Flats Road, $3,206,600 for commercial construction. Contractor: Double Cold. T-Mobile, 202 Pepiot Road, $20,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: […]

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