Focus

choosing the right tax preparer

IRS offers tips for choosing qualified tax return preparers

As the tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to start thinking about who will prepare their federal tax returns. In 2017, more than 132 million individual and family tax returns were e-filed, the most accurate, safest and easiest way to file, according to the agency. More than 16 million were […]

Read More
A variety of yoga accessories are on sale at the Steel 3 Yoga studios in Richland and Kennewick. (Courtesy Steel 3 Yoga)

Steel 3 Yoga to open third studio after taking over 11Exhale Yoga

Eight instructors work between Richland, Kennewick studios The owner of Steel 3 Yoga plans to open a third studio to eager Tri-City yoga enthusiasts for “workshops, training and some classes to come” this month. Brenda Steel, an ex-corporate worker turned yogi, took over 11Exhale Yoga’s two existing studios in Richland and Kennewick in August. “It’s […]

Read More
Officials at the Aging and Long-term Care/Aging and Disability Resource Center at 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., suite D100, in Kennewick help determine eligibility for the state’s new caregiver support programs. They can be reached at 509-735-0315 or toll-free at 866-720-2582.

DSHS introduces new caregiver support programs

More than 450 people have enrolled statewide, with 117 signed up in southeast Washington Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services recently added two new support programs intended to make more services available to more than 850,000 unpaid family caregivers statewide and the loved ones they care for. The two new programs, Medicaid Alternative […]

Read More
Triplets Lisa Olson, from left, Laura Geertsma and Leslie Miller-Stidham recently expanded the boutique within Flash Your Style, which offers eyelash extensions, microblading and more. The boutique boasts hand-selected clothing, shoes and accessories. The shop is at 118 Keene Road in Richland.

Triplets expand Richland lash salon to include boutique

In addition to eyelash extensions, waxing and microblading, sisters offer training, online sales Three sisters believe owning and operating a business together is triple the fun. Meet Laura Geertsma, Leslie Miller-Stidham and Lisa Olson — identical triplets who have always worked together. From their first teen job at Subway to working nights at a casino, […]

Read More
Viera’s Bakery opened in 2004 at 430 W. Lewis St. in downtown Pasco. The family opened a second shop at 6411 Burden Blvd. in 2009.

Family-owned bakery boasts loyal following in Pasco

Nine family members work between Viera’s two bakeries Eulogio Zarate considers himself a fan of weather reports. The manager of Viera’s Bakery said he can tell when business is good based on the weather. “We always get excited as a business when it’s raining or cold,” he said while standing behind the counter at his Lewis […]

Read More
Jared, leJerad, left, and Duane Groth operate their separate Allstate agencies as one business. Jerad recently bought and renovated this building at 4021 W. Court St. in Pasco and his father made improvements at his office in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.ft, and Duane Groth operate their separate Allstate agencies as one business. Jared recently bought and renovated this building at 4021 W. Court St. in Pasco and his father made improvements at his office in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.

Father, son run their separate insurance agencies as one business

Jerad Groth owns Pasco Allstate agency, his dad owns one in Richland Jerad Groth didn’t plan to follow his father’s footsteps into the insurance business. But he’s glad he did. The young entrepreneur bought an established Allstate agency in Pasco in 2011 at age 25. “Since 2011, we’ve nearly doubled our clientele and grown twice […]

Read More