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Kurtzman Park in Pasco has been named by community members as a location of historical significance.

Pasco works to identify historic African American sites

The city of Pasco is working quickly to identify historic African American buildings and locations of significance in the community before they’re lost to city growth. “It just seemed like it was prime time, if you will, to capitalize on this opportunity and preserve the history of this community,” said Tanya Bowers, project manager for…

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…

Lisa O. Armstrong, Project human resources manager of Bechtel National Inc., Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant

Q&A with Lisa O. Armstrong

Brief background of your business: Founded in 1898, Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction and project management companies. Bechtel is designing and building the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. The Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, also…

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…

(Courtesy Washington State University)

WSU records third best fundraising year with $145M

Total private fundraising activity across Washington State University topped more than $145 million during fiscal year 2018, the third best fundraising year in WSU history. “A vibrant culture of philanthropy at WSU is essential for success as WSU continues its drive to be recognized among the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030,” said…

Consuelo Soto Murphy’s artwork features subjects ranging from agricultural landscapes to regional landmarks. She’s among the artists participating in the 15th annual Open Studio Tour. (Courtesy Open Studio Tour)

Area artists open up studios during free, self-guided tour

To step into an artist’s studio is to get a glimpse into the creative process. Tri-Citians can experience this magic when nine artists open their studios from Benton City to Kennewick during the 15th annual Open Studio Tour, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29-30. The event is free. The tour began…

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho operates both a 501(c)(3) and a 501(c)(4) organization that will both be affected by changes to Washington state’s campaign finance laws. (Courtesy Amanda Katz)

How will state’s new campaign finance laws affect nonprofits?

By Arielle Dreher State Democratic Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane finally got his way against “dark money” in the 2018 legislative session. After several years of introducing legislation to strengthen Washington state’s campaign finance laws, lawmakers in Olympia passed the Disclose Act earlier this year with the help of a Democratic-controlled Senate. The legislation targets…

Mutant Printing & Promotions and Snarky Cancer is two doors down from the Kennewick Department of Licensing office off Clearwater Avenue. The shop does screen printing on T-shirts but also designs and sells customized mugs, banners and other products for the general public.

Family launches T-shirt, custom printing company in Kennewick

By Arielle Dreher A gold hand-drawn ladybug hangs in Trishia Shelly-Stephens’ freshly painted new office. It is an ode to her friend D’Ana, whose nickname was “Ladybug,” who died from metastatic breast cancer last June. Shelly-Stephens gets emotional as she explains how she and D’Ana used to talk about starting a T-shirt company. “She was…

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. supports the STEM Like ME! program with classroom volunteers mentoring middle school students. Hanford contractors offer their employees plenty of opportunities to volunteer and give back to the communities they live and work in. (Courtesy CHPRC)

Hanford employees know as they help charities, they help community

Hanford employees work in a variety of fields, from engineering to management, electrical and pipefitting. But despite their diverse career choices, thousands have one trait in common: philanthropy. “We do about one to two employee-volunteer events a month,” said Reneé Brooks, communications specialist for Mission Support Alliance, the prime contractor for the Hanford site. “There’s…

Business sale strategy: gifts of appreciated stock to charity followed by sale

By Beau Ruff If you are a business owner who is looking toward succession planning and the option of selling your interest in a business, has inclinations toward charitable giving and wants to save money on taxes — this strategy may be right for you. It starts with a desire on the part of the…

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