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The Professional Investment Management Services team includes Nicki Kennedy, from left, office manager; Garrick Russell, investment advisor representative; and Kiarra Tow, executive assistant. The Kennewick firm, which celebrates 20 years in business in 2020, positions itself as an independent boutique advisory firm. (Courtesy PIMS)

Small Kennewick financial firm values personal relationships

Professional Investment Management Services celebrates 20 years in business in 2020 A Kennewick independent boutique investment advisory firm is closing in on 20 years of business next year. That’s the case for Professional Investment Management Services, or PIMS for short, at 7103 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B, upstairs in the new Copiers Northwest Building in…

Robin Wojtanik of Richland stands next to one of her Sign Gypsies’ signs outside Badger Mountain Elementary School in Richland. Her business provides custom yard greetings for homes, schools or businesses. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Customized signs spread messages of joy throughout Tri-Cities

Sign Gypsies owner delivers personalized messages for friends, family, customers Robin Wojtanik of Richland didn’t expect to become an expert on Tri-City area soil density when she launched her new business, Sign Gypsies, this summer. But putting up signs with custom messages at homes, schools and businesses has turned her into one. “North Richland is…

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes or yam? Let’s unravel the myths

By Marilou Shea If you’re a foodie, you’re probably head down planning your Thanksgiving dinner in earnest right about now, though the ultimate foodie would have started in September when harvest was underway. And this foodie would have already taste-tested new recipes, twisted from the traditional ones, and scoured local stores to ensure the ingredients…

Association of Washington Business Government Affairs Director Amy Anderson helped lead a discussion about the importance of child care to Washington businesses at the 2019 AWB Policy Summit held in September. (Courtesy Brian Mittge/AWB)

Child care is critical issue for the health of families, economy

By Kris Johnson The lack of access to affordable, high-quality child care isn’t just a problem for families. A recently released report shows that it’s also a major issue for employers and for the overall economy. The report, “The Mounting Costs of Child Care: Impacts of child care affordability and access to Washington’s Employers and…

Brunell column Handshake

Job creators, job holders must work together for success

By Don C. Brunell Employers and employees need to set aside their differences and partner with one another. The same advice should be heeded by our elected officials. Easier said than done, especially in a vitriolic and politically-charged atmosphere punctuated by an absence of listening and a profusion of people shouting at one another.  Success…

Beau Ruff, Cornerstone Wealth Strategies

Solo 401(k) for business owners offers tax savings

By Beau Ruff Conventional financial wisdom suggests that the first thing a person should do after building the three- to six month rainy-day fund is to maximize contributions to retirement accounts. Qualified retirement accounts offer a clear tax advantage: contributions are pre-tax, and therefore can reduce taxable income and the associated tax liability. Further, the…

Gurbir Sandhu, president of the hospitality group Ignite Hotels LLC, paid $3.5 million at a recent auction for a 15,000-square-foot home built by a former NHL goalie on 95 acres of land on the Horse Heaven Hills. (Courtesy DeCaro Auctions)

Tri-City hotel mogul buys Kolzig mansion for $3.5M

A prominent Tri-City mansion recently sold to a local hotel mogul for $3.5 million. The new owner of the home built by hockey legend Olie Kolzig is Gurbir Sandhu, president of the hospitality group Ignite Hotels LLC. Sandhu said he intends to deed the Kennewick property to an LLC that has not yet been formed…

The Port of Pasco bought 300 acres for $6.5 million north of the Pasco Processing Center off Highway 395. The port plans to develop the site into a new industrial park, with full buildout expected to take up to 20 years. (Courtesy Port of Pasco)

Port of Pasco buys 300 acres for future industrial center

The Port of Pasco has bought 300 acres for $6.5 million to develop a new industrial park. The port finalized the deal Oct. 31, buying the property from Balcom and Moe Inc. The land is about a mile north of the port-developed Pasco Processing Center off Highway 395. “In 2018, the port sold the last…

Tri-Cities Airport, 3601 N. 20th Ave., Pasco

Nonstop flights from Pasco to Chicago arrive in June

Travelers can hop a nonstop flight from Pasco to Chicago starting in June. United Airlines has announced it will begin offering red-eye flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport beginning June 4, 2020. This is the first time that Tri-Cities Airport will have nonstop connection to Chicago, and it is also the airport’s first overnight flight,…

A Lep-Re-Kon Harvest Foods store is moving into the former Shopko Hometown building at 471 Wine Country Road in Prosser. (Courtesy Vanessa Guzmán)

New family-owned grocery store coming to Prosser

Harvest Foods will open in 2020 after renovation of vacant Shopko building A Lep-Re-Kon Harvest Foods store plans to renovate and move into the vacant Shopko Hometown building on Wine Country Road in Prosser next year. The 28,000-square-foot building will undergo an extensive renovation before it opens in 2020. The store will include a staffed…

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Tri-City hotel mogul buys Kolzig mansion for $3.5M

Port of Pasco buys 300 acres for future industrial center

Nonstop flights from Pasco to Chicago arrive in June

New family-owned grocery store coming to Prosser

Port of Benton names 4 finalists for executive director job

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