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Dave Hanna

Dave Hanna moved to Tonasket from western Washington 33 yrs. ago, just like so many others. After 5 years of various small businesses and employments, he decided to get into real estate. “I’m the realtor that's there helping do pump tests, gravel roads, remove brush and move furniture. I am a big fan and promoter of the area and want to see it grow and prosper. We want more businesses with like-minded people who appreciate this lifestyle choice of living in a rural community. We need to have jobs for locals and families. We’ve got a number of successful small businesses who have moved here, and we’re looking for more. When I first moved here, I just felt so welcome, and I’ve met so many other people who have said the same.” Dave’s free-time passion is in aviation. He helped start an aviation club to help passionate individuals get their licenses and owns several planes himself.

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Dave Kester

Dave was a CPA for many years and a stockbroker after that, he became tired of sitting behind a desk, and tired of the bigger city so he pursued looking for opportunities in smaller communities, happened to run into a business here in Tonasket and the individual who owned it had been wanting to sell it. They got together and made the arrangements, it just fell together. Dave chose to keep the business name the same in order to keep the name recognition for the local communtiy. "It is important to people in a small community that you don’t have somebody come in and change everything and tell them how to run their life. It won’t happen". Dave chose to stay with what works, and has been here for years and years. This is the 100th anniversary for the store. It was started in 1920 by Lee Frank.

Dave suggests "if somebody wanted to move in here and become involved in retail, I would say don’t come in and expect to change the world, but do expect to come in and provide good service and good products to the local community". They didn’t do anything different from the previous owners except for expanding. They expanded sporting goods simply because there was a need. They expanded appliances because there was a need. They expanded canning, because there was a need. They just kind of figured out what the community was looking for and what they could offer them, and they expanded in to those areas that were beneficial.

In Dave's spare time he enjoys recreating with his grand kids (he recently built them a go-cart), fishing, canning and working on community projects. Dave was highly involved in a community of 150k-250k where he used to live and was highly involved in the chamber of commerce and group there, and brought that experience here, "I don’t like going to meetings I'd rather be doing the physical part of that, let the group go and raise the money, organize it, and I’ll go do it".

"If you’re unhappy where you are, we welcome you here, but please don’t bring the ideas here that made you unhappy where you came from. Give us a shot. Come look at us. Come recreate. Give one of us a call. Come take a look around".
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Roger Castelda

Roger, a retired attorney from 42 years of practice in Tonasket and served as a Municipal Court Judge for 18 years. Roger is a Retired Military Combat Veteran, and is currently looking to help bring new businesses into Tonasket. Roger is the co-founder of the US Armed Forces Legacy Association.
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Jeff McMillan

Jeff has worked in the Fruit Industry in Tonasket since 1980 and is a current Tonasket City Council member.
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George Frank

George is a retired longtime Tonasket business owner and a Tonasket Business Pioneer as the original owner of Lee Franks Mercantile.
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Opportunity Tonasket
It’s a lifestyle choice.
Welcome to the Tonasket family.


“You only get to do this life once, so let’s make it count.”

324 S Whitcomb
PO Box 2124
Tonasket, WA 98855

Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Serving Boise to Portland to Seattle to British Columbia and Alberta

Opportunity Tonasket can:


Help you find home, land and office space

Plug you into the right connections to aid in a smooth relocation
People can purchase everything they would ordinarily use from Tonasket without having to travel out of town, unless they want something more elaborate or fancy, they may need to travel or go online, but Tonasket provides a great number of services or products for the population here in a small community setting.

Help you with integration into the community
If your business is planning to service the locals, you would find a great deal of support and loyalty from the local people who love to spend their money locally.

In Tonasket you can park in town; get your prescription drugs, your groceries, you can walk half a block to get your mail, your banking, you can go grab lunch and not have to find another parking spot for that day.

Accelerate new and existing small business
Community members stand by to assist and expedite new businesses wanting to relocate through the planning and permitting processess and working with the local goverment. Tonasket has a substantial workforce available.

Guide you through the available infrastructure
If you are shipping out of the area, we have UPS and FedEx on a daily basis. We also have a shipping truck service that comes out of Spokane/Wenatchee for larger items or pallets.

Connect you with local government agencies and small businesses to help you with your needs
A special committee is set up consisting of various community members having experience in real estate, law, agriculture and business ownership to assist with a new business or relocation.

Let you relax
All roads lead to Tonasket. Tonasket is laid back easy living from the city, higher activity from the schools, sports, swimming pool, and small town stuff for people to do. You can fill your time with rural activities like fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, etc.. Which is what we have to offer here. We can help those people who want to vacation. There’s some traffic down the middle of town, that’s by design, so people stop and we have recently paved our airport 5 minutes away.
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Opportunity Tonasket

Our primary mission is to promote economic development and growth in the city of Tonasket and surrounding area. This is a group of local citizens sharing a common goal. We wish to assist and promote existing businesses wishing to relocate, local businesses wishing to expand and local individuals wanting to startup a business. Preserving and enhancing the small town and rural lifestyle in a way which benefits everybody and maintains a healthy lifestyle.

Opportunity Tonasket was created to be a hub for information and contacts with local city and county agencies, as well as local businesses and real estate connections. Their goal is to connect current and newly relocated individuals and businesses and “plug them in” with the best services, advice and experts in the area. Opportunity Tonasket is like a leg-up, as if one’s already had a foothold in the community.

Together with several lifetimes of experience and family roots in the area, Opportunity Tonasket was formed as a result of local individuals and business professionals passionate to preserve and improve Tonasket and the surrounding areas. They are a non-government entity and are not tied to any particular city or county government or chamber of commerce. They pride themselves as a civic-minded bunch, not hard-core business people, and as the heart of the community who want to see it grow and thrive.

In Tonsket our economy is stable, we create our own economic environment. If you want to have a place to grow up or raise your kids, this would be a good community, a good strong community, a healthy community, active in the schools, wrestling, basketball, and football. A lot of close towns that we compete with on a friendly basis, include Oroville, Brewster, Bridgeport, it is just a very tight-knit community. If you want to become active in the agricultural, we have FFA programs, so that even a city kid can learn a little bit about agriculture in farming/orchards and ranching. There are numerous branches of churches and religious services available. Tonasket has a strong spiritual communty.

In Tonasket you can go to Canada for dinner and be home the same night; you can go to the coast for the weekend and come back. You can stay here and go fishing, boating, waterskiing, you can go to Canada skiing in the winter time, you can go to Idaho snow skiing and be home that night, or that weekend make a 2 day trip out of it, we are very close to a lot of recreational opportunities. Tonasket serves a resource based economy, which if your familiar with how they classify businesses with would be called a primary, Tonasket derives its income from natural resources. Which includes mining, forestry agriculture, fishing and the like. And that’s our base.

People come to Tonasket to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle.

 

 

Resources (Please provide whichever organizations or businesses you would like here)

Banking

Real Estate

Professional Services

 

Members

Team Member
Dave Hanna

Team Member
Dave Kester

Team Member
Roger Castelda

Team Member
Jeff McMillan


 

 

Contact Us
We'd love to hear from you

(509) 322-3330 Office
PO Box 2124
324 S Whitcomb
Tonasket, WA 98855
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM