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Entrepreneurs: be a goal-setter and goal-getter in new year

By Paul Casey One of the greatest predictors of success for entrepreneurs is goal orientation. Goals are dreams with a deadline. ’Tis the season to set your annual business goals and ensure they fit into your long-term vision for success. Prepare for the goal-setting process. In advance, self-evaluate against key priorities before setting goals. This…

David Phongsa poses with a bahn mi sandwich outside of the walk-up window at the Pasco Specialty Kitchen in downtown Pasco.

Restaurateurs take baby steps toward brick-and-mortar ventures

Notice more food trucks opening brick-and-mortar locations? It’s a growing trend in the Tri-City food scene, accelerated in part by incubators like the Pasco Specialty Kitchen. Once mobile food vendors like Fresh Out  The Box, Hot Tamales, Foodies and Mercy’s Pizza Taco have graduated from food truck to sit-down restaurants. And more hope to follow…

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Resort, restaurant, retail stories lead our top web stories in 2018

A resort, restaurants and retail topped the list of the most-read stories on the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ website in 2018. News about the opening of Eritage Resort in Walla Walla and the demolition of Regal Cinemas at Columbia Center mall to make way for Dick’s Sporting Goods received the most clicks. Here are…


Take precautions: BBB reports 42 scams in the Tri-Cities in past year

By Danielle Kane Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific spends a lot of time talking to local media outlets about national, regional and local scams. But did you know there could be scams taking place in your very own neighborhood? Since November 2017, there have been 42 scams reported in the Tri-Cities with an estimated…

Benton, Franklin counties see boosts in taxable retail sales

A 17 percent jump in construction and increased sales of building materials helped boost the state’s taxable retail sales in the second quarter of 2018. The sales increased by 10.6 percent over the same period in 2017, reaching $42.7 billion. Retail trade, a subset of all taxable retail sales in the state, also increased by…

Q&A with Lola Franklin

Brief background of your business: I work for two nonprofit trade associations and a for-profit subsidiary. The Realtor associations were established in the 1950s. They serve real estate licensees and the real estate profession by providing continuing education, public relations, legislative and regulatory advocacy and business services. The term “Realtor” is owned by the association…

Let’s work together to prioritize rural economic revitalization

By Kris Johnson The mission of the Association of Washington Business is to bring people together throughout the state to promote economic prosperity — from the urban centers to the most rural corners. We know that parts of Washington have boomed since the end of the recession, but others areas — particularly the rural communities…

Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies in Kennewick.

Successful libel lawsuits can be complex

By Beau Ruff When a person conveys false or misleading information about another person or entity, the injured party has a potential cause of action (lawsuit) against the offending individual. Regrettably, most people misunderstand this cause of action and the requirements for a successful lawsuit. An aggrieved person may feel slighted but the lawsuit to…

Mark Howell, center, owns Sandy’s Trophies in downtown Pasco. He’s standing in front of a display of trophies with employees, from left, Sandy Stephens, Jaime Stephens, Debbie Wirick and Gregg Wirick. Howell has owned the business since 1987, but it’s been open since 1964.

Longtime Pasco trophy shop strives to make lasting memories

For Mark Howell, the key to running a successful business is more than just making gobs of money. As the owner of Sandy’s Trophies in Pasco, Howell believes caring a lot about people is just as, if not more important, than the bottom line. He and his first wife bought the established business from the…

Vivian Terrell opened the Tri-Cities’ first HoneyBaked Ham Café in Kennewick last December. In addition to café fare, the franchise also sells meats, side dishes and desserts that can be heated up and served at home.

Customers hungry for hams find tasty fare in Kennewick

Almost one year to the date Vivian Terrell opened the Tri-Cities’ first HoneyBaked Ham Café, the entrepreneur feels the business has been a success. “I feel good. I’d give this last year an 8,” said Terrell, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. A steady stream of customers came through…

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