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Common Ground | Mayor’s forum celebrates people who make things

The art of making things is making a comeback in the United States and Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz is hosting a “Makers Forum” next Thursday to highlight some of the impressive efforts — both industrial and small-scale — happening in the Wenatchee Valley.

More passengers, more car rentals at Pangborn

EAST WENATCHEE — Pangborn Memorial Airport is flying high. Airport officials announced Friday that an increase in numbers of Pangborn passengers and car rentals during the first three quarters of this year have surpassed 2013, one of the busiest years ever for local enplanements.

SCORE offers advice to small businesses

WENATCHEE — Sixteen local business experts can offer advice to “get you going down the right path” towards entrepreneural success, SCORE says.

Banner, AmericanWest banks to merge

EPHRATA — AmericanWest Bank — with branches in Ephrata, Moses Lake and other central Washington cities — announced Wednesday it will merge with Walla Walla-based Banner Bank. The $702 million deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.
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Change? It’s in the mail, folks

Some of the biggest changes in decades to Wenatchee’s mail service are coming up next year, including the complete renovation of a local Chinese restaurant into the city’s primary post office. And that ain’t chop suey.

SCORE offers advice to small businesses

WENATCHEE — Sixteen local business experts can offer advice to “get you going down the right path” towards entrepreneural success, SCORE says.

Banner Bank taking over American West Bank

WALLA WALLA — Banner Bank is taking over Spokane-based American West Bank in a $702 million deal that will expand the Walla Walla bank to 190 branches in five states.
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Everyday Business | So how you like them apples?

Now that our local fruit industry is nearing the end of what’ll be the biggest apple harvest in history, we thought we’d check in with some of the big local companies to see how they’ll market more than 140 million boxes of fruit. Here are two ideas worth noting:
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Building booms as home demand rises

WENATCHEE — Saws are whirring, hammers are pounding and developers are grinning as home construction rises across Chelan and Douglas counties. Some officials say 2014’s surge in new homes and remodels is nearing pre-recession levels.