Young Professional 2018: Ann-Erica Whitemarsh

Ann-Erica Whitemarsh, Founder/Executive Director of Rascal Rodeo Age: 35 Education: Warner Pacific College, bachelor’s in business administration Hometown: Pasco Do you have family? 1-year-old son named Colton Briefly describe your company: Rascal Rodeo produces rodeo events for people with special needs of all ages throughout the Pacific Northwest. Showing them they are loved, cared for,…

Millennials won’t have their grandparents’ retirement

By Megan Nichols Attention fellow millennials: You and I are facing a retirement that is likely going to be longer than our parents’ and grandparents’ and will involve more uncertainties. In general, we will have to pay more for our retirement out of personal savings than previous generations. Not to mention the fact that life…

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Online comments can spread like wildfire, cause irrevocable damage

By Don C. Brunell Since President Trump took office, the attention to social media has mushroomed.  His pointed tweets are often the top news story each day. Twitter, Facebook and the other apps are pervasive and even though Google and some others have their share of problems preventing leaking of private information, they aren’t going…

Q&A with Pamela Montgomery

Number of employees you oversee:  Chukar employs more than 50 team members total, but I work directly with three individuals on marketing and branding and with two company executives on business planning and growth strategy.   Brief background of your business and its origins:  In the mid-80s our young family purchased a 100 acre cherry…

Fields of peppers at Harris Produce in Pasco. (Courtesy Harris Produce)

Fresh flavors featuring bobcats, scorpions and goats? Oh my!

By Marilou Shea If you’re looking for flavors like bobcats, scorpions and goats, look no further than Harris Produce in Pasco. An institution of freshness, Harris’ all-natural produce has offered items like the bobcat varietal of tomatoes, scorpion varietal of super-hot peppers and goats, as in just goats, for the past 78 years. Lurene Fleshman,…

d's Wicked Cider

D’s Wicked Cider’s serving up barbecue as part of expanded menu

What do you get when you cross apple cider brews with an open pit barbeque? A new dining experience at d’s Wicked Cider House & Tasting Room in Kennewick, that’s what. Located at 9312 W. 10th Ave., d’s Wicked Cider recently introduced a full-scale restaurant menu to its offerings, providing visitors a full meal deal…

Sexual harassment prevention training continues in wake of #MeToo movement

Nearly a year into the #MeToo movement, the awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace has prompted many large and small business owners to take a closer look at their own policies and procedures. John Heaton, president of Pay Plus Benefits in Kennewick, believes there’s been cyclical attention to the issue over the years. “This…

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…

Paulina Valdez has worked as the site coordinator for Communities in Schools at River’s Edge High School in Richland for almost four years. She said she believes the program has helped reduce dropouts at the school.

Dropout prevention program expands reach in Tri-City area schools

By Arielle Dreher What causes a kid or teen to drop out of school? The answer to that question can be vast — and attributed to myriad factors, from housing to economic status to food and transportation. Enter Paulina Valdez, who works for Communities in Schools, or CIS, and has a portable on the River’s…

Chemists are developing the processes they’ll need to analyze radioactive tank waste before it’s turned into glass. These vit plant chemists are working inside a 3,300-square-foot laboratory at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. (Courtesy Bechtel)

Columbia Basin College offers space to train vit plant lab workers

The U.S. Department of Energy and Bechtel National Inc. are collaborating with Columbia Basin College in Pasco to help prepare chemists for their work at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s analytical laboratory. The 3,300-square-foot laboratory at CBC will be used to prepare the analytical laboratory’s future staff for work at the vit plant…

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