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SIGN engineer Don Hoyer demonstrates SIGN surgery during the annual SIGN conference.

SIGN Fracture Care ends 20th year with goals for next five years

By Andrew Kirk SIGN Fracture Care International ends its 20th year in business with a goal to more than triple the number of patients it serves each year over the next five years. Doctors trained by Richland-based SIGN treat long-bone fractures in 30,000 people per year in dozens of developing countries. The nonprofit manufactures the…


Online purchases, phishing, tech support scams among most reported in Tri-Cities

By Tyler Russell Your Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific wants you to be safe navigating the world when your money and personal information are involved. Scams popping up in your backyard are a fact of life, but we don’t have to be happy about it, and we can do something about it. Let’s dive…

4.1.1 Share of Children Ages 3 and 4 Enrolled in Preschool

2020 wish list should include making progress on Tri-Cities’ early learning gap

By D. Patrick Jones In this year-in-review issue, I’d like to look forward – far forward to the impacts of early childhood education in at least a couple decades. This is not the usual stuff of my columns, but the topic has significant implications for the future, including economic ones, of the greater Tri-Cities. As…


New restaurants, future developments top our most-read online stories in 2019

What do Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ online readers love to read most? It’s always news about restaurants, developments and big contracts. Stories about the opening of a new Kennewick indoor playground for kids, a new Brazilian steakhouse and taco restaurant, and a massive West Richland housing development were among the stories receiving the most…


Your best friend can be a strict liability

By Beau Ruff Personal liability exposure is an important planning consideration. A person should be able to identify potential risks and assess means to mitigate those risks with the ultimate goal of reducing liability and the costs associated with the liability. In the world of liability, “man’s best friend” presents notable liability traps for the…

Nick Bacon of Asotin County Fire District 1, drove 6 1/2 hours to Olympia from Clarkston to pick up this bag of toys and a check for $1,000 to bring holiday cheer to families in his community. Over the past three decades, the Association of Washington Business has raised nearly $450,000 for rural fire districts to provide a bright Christmas for families in need through this annual project.

Sharing the spirit of the season across our state

By Kris Johnson Sometimes you meet a person who makes you feel proud to be a human being. When that person is only 10 years old, it’s especially inspiring. Several of us at the Association of Washington Business had exactly that experience recently as we prepared for the lighting of the 31st annual Holiday Kids’…

Jeremy Dimond, left, and Pete Kelley man their Roof Maxx trade booth at the Regional Home and Garden Show to educate customers about their new business, Roof Maxx, which offers a plant-based spray treatment to extend the life of roofs.

Tri-Citians launch new roof spray treatment business

Roof Maxx’s award-winning technology can extend the life of roofs Jeremy Dimond and Pete Kelley once worked together as wine salesmen. But they always wanted to own their own business. It happened this year when they launched Roof Maxx. Kelley was scrolling through Facebook one day when he learned about the Roof Maxx story. It…

It’s up for debate whether the city of West Richland has the right to easements on lots in these two areas of West Richland and unincorporated Benton County. The parcels were established as far back at the 1930s, when the Hanford nuclear reservation was taking shape.

Land use questions draw concern in West Richland

Some West Richland, Benton County residents worry about fate of their land due to an obscure 81-year-old law Whose land is it anyway? When it comes to portions of lots in West Richland, it depends on who you ask. “Legally, under my impression, this land has been mine, because Benton County has done all their…

The Kennewick home builders who bought the 39-acre Harris Farm on the Columbia River in Pasco will build 500 to 600 townhomes and condominiums on the property. A separate buyer purchased two waterfront homes but has no immediate development plans. (Courtesy Musser Bros. Auctions)

2 bidders buy Harris Farm property for $5M

A prominent west Pasco farm will sprout homes after an unnamed developer bought the land at a recent auction.  The 45-acre Harris Farm sold for $5 million at a Nov. 14 auction conducted by Musser Bros. Auctions. The property at 11530 W. Court St. was sold in four parcels to two separate buyers. A private…


Experienced new owners buy Brazilian steakhouse

Kennewick’s Boiada Brazilian Steakhouse will remain open after a seasoned operator bought the unique restaurant from its founders. Helia Vieira, a 20-year veteran of Fogo de Chao chain of high-end Brazilian restaurants, and his partner, Josiane Ballin, bought Boiada from its founders for $64,000. The deal includes a five-year lease for the 6,000-square-foot restaurant, as…

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