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Tainio Biologicals, Inc., a family-owned company pioneering the development of sustainable, biological agriculture and farm products, recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for their new Spokane County headquarters. “Having been at the same location for over 30 years, we are very excited about our new facility”, said Athena (Teena) Tainio, President , Tainio Biologicals, Inc.  “This larger space will allow us to continue to grow and thrive.” At 13,650 square feet, the single level, wood framed building will consist of offices, laboratories, warehousing, and research and production facilities.  The project is planned for completion in December of 2016.  Tainio plans to bring on additional employees once the facility is complete.   Baker Construction & Development, Inc. is the general contractor on the project. “Our company is proud to bring this project to life,” said Barry Baker, President, Baker Construction & Development, Inc.  “Tainio Biologicals’ new corporate facility will allow them to continue to innovate, and grow their company and their products worldwide.” As part of Greater Spokane Incorporated’s Economic Development Expansion Program, GSI assisted Tainio in gaining approval for a pilot economic development program through the Department of Revenue. The pilot program requires two projects to be from Eastern Washington.  Should Tainio decide to use the program, it allows for a five year tax deferral on the sales and use tax on the construction of a manufacturing facility. Companies using the pilot program are permitted to invest their business taxes into workforce-training programs that support manufacturing businesses in the state.  This program was passed by the 2015 Washington State Legislature under the leadership of Senator Sharon Brown of Kennewick, as part of her Invest in Washington Jobs Act. “We appreciate Tainio Biologicals’ long term engagement with our GSI team,” said Todd Mielke, CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated.  “Their work in research and development of these sustainable products is resulting in healthier foods for the worldwide consumer.” GSI’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) also assisted Tainio in obtaining their woman-owned business certification, and GSI staff worked with Tainio on the Washington State Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment program. In addition to sales throughout the United States, Tainio products are also distributed in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Central America. Tainio is a member of Greater Spokane Incorporated.

Inland Northwest Food Truck Rally 2016

Inland Northwest Lighthouse Food Truck Rally

Today from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. please come join us to support the Inland Northwest Lighthouse Food Truck Rally! This is a wonderful event to help support job opportunities, independence, and empowerment for people who are blind in Spokane while enjoying great food & beer!

At the INL Food Truck Rally, you will find:

Four local Food Trucks!

  • Shameless Sausages
  • The Scoop
  • King of Tacos
  • Roamin’ Pizza Chariot

Lively activities!

  • Fantastic raffle prizes
  • Beer garden
  • Special tours of the INL facility
  • Hands-on program demonstrations
  • Fun for you, your whole family, and friends!
This event will be held at the:
The Lighthouse for the Blind
6405 N. Addison St. Spokane, WA 99208
Best Western - Nampa

Groundbreaking planned Friday for new Nampa hotel

NAMPA — The owners of a new hotel that’s planned to go in next to the Nampa Civic Center will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the site on Friday.

Peppertree Hospitality plans to build a new 81-room Best Western Plus Hotel. The four-story hotel is expected to cost about $5 million and will go in the northwestern corner of the Civic Center parking lot.

Crews have already removed asphalt from the parking lot to make way for the new hotel.

Nampa city officials agreed to a land swap to make the 39,000-square-foot property at the Civic Center parking lot available for the hotel. In exchange, the city received a vacant building in downtown Nampa that it planned to use for storage.

“We are very excited about this venture,” Nampa Mayor Bob Henry said in September when the hotel was announced. “I can tell you, for years, there has been discussion about whether we could just get a hotel down there. They can have multi-day events at the Civic Center. That would be a real boon. This hotel isn’t even going to have a restaurant. They plan to utilize the Civic Center as much as possible.”

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Civic Center at 205 Third St. S. The hotel’s owners, contractor and architect will join city officials for the ceremony.


Barry Baker, “Power 50″ 2015

Barry Baker, President/CEO of Baker Construction, was voted as one of Catalyst Magazine’s 2015 “Power 50″. This is a group of men and women in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene being recognized as the most influential people in the local business environment and community. We are very proud of you, Barry!


Brooke Baker, 20 Under 40

Brooke, who works in the Business Development Department here at Baker, was voted in as one of Catalyst Magazine’s 2015 young business professionals under the age of forty making things happen in the business environment here in our area. Congrats Brooke!

20 Under 40 2015