Mustang Sign Group in Kennewick is a state-certified woman-owned business. Owner Lauran Wang has completed one project because of the designation.

Certifications aim to help women-, minority-owned companies

By Robin Wojtanik An entrepreneurial spirit, combined with ingenuity and determination has helped Salina Savage grow her Richland-based business to the point where she may no longer be designated a small business. She’s had help along the way from the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, or OMWBE. The Olympia-based office certifies…

Ms. Flower’s Interpreters and Translators owner Flor Garza Gutierrez, right, said her business can supply audio simultaneous interpreting equipment. The devices were used at the Benton Franklin PUD winter weatherization workshop last year. Simultaneous interpreter Veronica Mendez is pictured at left. The West Richland-based company landed a state contract last October, boosting the company’s revenues 150 percent in 2017.  (Courtesy Ms. Flower’s Interpreters and Translators)

West Richland business grows in tandem with increased need for interpreters, translators

As a Spanish interpreter traveling throughout the Tri-Cities and eastern Oregon for more than 20 years, Flor Garza Gutierrez noticed a distinct need for interpreters. During her decades of interpreting for several agencies, she made notes about these needs, names and phone numbers of associates and jotted down business ideas. She had a distinct feeling…


Kennewick’s new Diversity Commission tackles complex issue

By Michelle Dupler After a year of discussion, the Kennewick Diversity Commission has an eye on making a report to the city council this fall on the state of diversity in the city and its recommendations for promoting inclusiveness. Commission Chairwoman Zelma Maine Jackson said the group recently concluded a citizen survey and is in…

Chaplaincy Health Care’s efforts to provide hospice care to the Hispanic community are paying off with year-over-year growth. Chaplain Alberto Tass, from left, senior nurse case manager Anita Mundy, Chaplain Victor Ortega and Executive Director Gary Castillo show off the Latino Health Care Professional of the Year award they received from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for their outreach efforts.

Chaplaincy team serving more Hispanic families through hospice care

The hospice team members dispatched to assist Hispanic families caring for a dying loved one know they must use a different approach to earn their trust. The Chaplaincy Health Care team knows it’s best to seek out the patriarch of the family and use titles like “Señor” or “Señora” until given permission to use first…

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