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Martin Clubb, center, owner and managing winemaker of L’Ecole No. 41, and Dan Roberts, president and general manager of Manhasset Specialty Co., join AWB Government Affairs Director Amy Anderson, left, to discuss the value of the U.S. Export-Import Bank to their growth and success during a panel discussion at the third-annual AWB Federal Affairs Summit in Richland on Aug. 20. (Courtesy Brian Mittage/Association of Washington Business)

Help Washington growers, manufacturers get their products delivered

By Kris Johnson As summer turns to fall and farmers wrap up their harvests, the changing season is a good reminder about the importance of trade and infrastructure for Washington’s economy. Apple growers in Wenatchee and Yakima, wheat growers on the Palouse, Mid-Columbia potato growers and Washington’s celebrated wine industry all rely on export markets…

Beau Ruff, Cornerstone Wealth Strategies

An invisible hand to steer college savings: the education trust

By Beau Ruff There are many options available to pay for the education of a loved one. There are direct gifts, state-sponsored 529 plans and educational savings accounts, to name a few. But, if a person wants to use funds that are not available until after death and wants to influence how the money is…

Kris Lapp, former president and founder of i-3 Global.

Companies fight Lapp’s efforts to discharge bankruptcy debts

New claims have been filed against a Kennewick businessman in an attempt to stop him from discharging some of his debts under a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Two separate court filings—from E2 Consulting Engineers and Integrated Global Staffing—allege “false representation,” “embezzlement,” and “fraud” against Kristopher Lapp, former president of the now defunct i-3 Global, which…

This fall Ben Grogan, holding his daughter Nora, and his business partner, Tyson Crudup plan to open Sage Brewing Co. in west Pasco at 8425 Chapel Hill Blvd. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

New brewery to open in Pasco this fall

Sage Brewing Co. will serve up multiple IPAs, hop-fed pales, easy-drinking beers When Tyson Crudup and Ben Grogan met each other while working at Yakima Chief Hops a few years ago, little did they know at the time they would eventually become business partners. This fall, the men expect to open Sage Brewing Co. at…

Esprit to become Minuteman Press

Kennewick print shop’s new owners plan to transition to franchise

Esprit Graphic Communications will become Minuteman Press by year’s end Skip and Shannon Novakovich began Esprit Graphic Communications in downtown Kennewick in 1989. They’ve long been active in the Tri-City business community, as well as involved in local charities over the past 30 years. They’ve received numerous awards over the years—including Kennewick Downtowners of the…

Workers put the finishing touches on the exterior of the new Kennewick Goodwill store at 345 S. Columbia Center Blvd. The store, located between Flower Farm and Fred's Appliance, opens Aug. 30.

New Kennewick Goodwill store opens

Kennewick’s new Goodwill store opened at 345 S. Columbia Center Blvd. on Aug. 30. This is the first Kennewick retail Goodwill store location to be built from the ground up. G2 Construction of Kennewick was the general contractor for the $3.1 million retail store and warehouse. Archibald & Co. Architects of Richland was the architect.…

A new gas station and convenience store that will feature a fast-food chicken restaurant is under construction in the Badger Mountain South development, north of Rancho Reata, at 5151 Trowbridge Blvd., just off Dallas Road. The original plan put the housing development’s completion at 2030, but following a slow start, the revised date is now 2037. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Construction on south side of mountain points to more growth

Signs of new construction on the south side of Badger Mountain—including a new service station and convenience store that will include a fast-food chicken restaurant—signal more growth coming to the planned development that’s been years in the making. Badger Mountain South’s owner and developer Nor Am Investments has an end-goal of building 5,000 household units,…

More than 50 people attended an Aug. 6 hearing in Kennewick—one of seven meetings held across the state—to provide feedback on Labor and Industries’ proposed changes to significantly increase the minimum amount employees must earn before they can be exempt from receiving overtime pay. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Tri-City employers balk at state’s overtime proposal

By Andrew Kirk Several Tri-City employers and nonprofit leaders criticized the state’s proposal to overhaul its worker overtime exemption rule at a recent public hearing, citing concerns about their bottom lines and ability to serve customers and clients. More than 50 people attended an Aug. 6 hearing in Kennewick—one of seven meetings held across the state—to…

Construction on Benton County’s new $1.79 million Public Services Building for permitting and land use needs is underway at 102808 Wiser Parkway near Interstate 82. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Benton County consolidates public services under one roof

3 departments merged near Tri-Cities, expanded services coming to Prosser The process of jumping through the required hoops to start new construction projects is set to run more efficiently in Benton County once a new “one-stop shop” opens in the Tri-Cities, replicating some services currently only available in Prosser. The move will merge the county’s…

The first nonstop, daily flight to LAX arrived at the Tri-Cities Airport to much fanfare this past spring. The route addition was the result of years of effort on behalf of the airport and its hired consultant to offer a nonstop Southern California flight daily to and from Pasco. Now airport officials want to add capacity to current markets. (Photo courtesy Port of Pasco)

Tri-Cities Airport eyes increased flight capacity

Following a successful effort to land a daily, nonstop flight to Los Angeles, the Tri-Cities Airport is setting a course for adding capacity to existing routes. “I think that’s more realistic than trying to get some new market when you don’t have any grant dollars,” said Buck Taft, director of the airport. “Add capacity to…

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