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Travel tips for a safe holiday | Better Business Bureau

Roadways and airways are about to get a little crowded as we enter peak travel season for the holidays.

  • Nov 14th, 2016

 

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Missing Andy Hill already | Don Brunell

State Senator Andy Hill was one. Tragically, Hill lost his battle with lung cancer last week. He was 54 and leaves behind his wife, Molly, and three children. Hill represented the 45th Legislative District, which includes Redmond, Woodinville, Kirkland, Sammamish and Duvall. He was first elected to the legislature in 2010, and rose quickly to become the state senate’s chief budget writer.

  • Nov 7th, 2016

 

Millennials resurrecting whiskey | Don Brunell

Last month while touring Ireland, our guide proudly pointed out Irish whiskey…

 

Take a page from Gerald Ford’s playbook | Don Brunell

It’s D-Day for American voters. With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump carrying unusually low approval ratings and having a deep antipathy for one another, no matter which one ultimately is elected, the nation will be bitterly polarized.

Storms bring in scammers | Better Business Bureau

A windstorm blew through Western Washington and the Oregon coast this weekend knocking out power to some residents and leaving behind a trail of damage.

  • Oct 17th, 2016

Storms bring in scammers | Better Business Bureau

While the storm may have passed, now is the time for scammers to blow in as storm season approaches. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is warning homeowners to use caution when hiring help to rebuild and repair after the storm.

  • Oct 17th, 2016
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Thrift store moves to new quarters, continues support of mobile clinic

The location might have changed, but the mission remains the same.

  • Oct 11th, 2016
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Be smart during seasonal hiring season | Better Business Bureau

The holidays are just around the corner and businesses are already busy hiring for seasonal work. According to the National Retail Federation holiday sales increased three percent last year to $626.1 billion.

  • Oct 10th, 2016

Be smart during seasonal hiring season | Better Business Bureau

The holidays are just around the corner and businesses are already busy hiring for seasonal work. According to the National Retail Federation holiday sales increased three percent last year to $626.1 billion.

  • Oct 10th, 2016
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Sumner realtor combines business with community service

As a real estate agent for the last 15 years, Gary Gray has tried to fold his passion for art, poetry and community service into his career. Now, as the head of his own company, Sozo Realty, Gray is looking forward to building a company culture around community as well as business.

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October Is Cyber Security Month | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is participating in National Cyber Security Alliance's STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign to improve the public's awareness of the basic steps needed to stay safe online.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016

October Is Cyber Security Month | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is participating in National Cyber Security Alliance's STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign to improve the public's awareness of the basic steps needed to stay safe online.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016

Regulating America out of jobs | Don Brunell

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce looked at the cost of regulations in America and found that excessive regulations are undercutting our economy and costing us jobs.

Minorities more vulnerable to scams | Better Business Bureau

As the country celebrates the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans during Hispanic Heritage Month, Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has received reports that some minority groups are often the target of specific schemes.

  • Sep 19th, 2016

Avoid purchasing EpiPens online | Better Business Bureau

The rising costs of pharmaceuticals has been a hot topic, most recently with the price hike of the allergy medication EpiPen.

  • Sep 6th, 2016

Avoid purchasing EpiPens online | Better Business Bureau

The rising costs of pharmaceuticals has been a hot topic, most recently with the price hike of the allergy medication EpiPen. This trend has caused some people to seek prescription drugs outside of pharmacies by hunting online and across the border.

  • Sep 6th, 2016

Climate policies should be comprehensive | Don Brunell

The flurry of climate regulations coming out of federal agencies is an example of what to avoid. Whether those new rules are based on laws enacted by Congress is questionable.

Make back-to-school shopping a breeze | Better Business Bureau

School is either underway or right around the corner for many students across the northwest. The preparation for heading back is a big money maker for some businesses.

  • Aug 25th, 2016

Make back-to-school shopping a breeze | Better Business Bureau

School is either underway or right around the corner for many students across the northwest. The preparation for heading back is a big money maker for some businesses.

  • Aug 25th, 2016

IRS strikes Olympic gold | Don Brunell

Guess who was among the first to welcome our Olympic athletes back home from Rio? None other than the IRS. For U.S. athletes, winning an Olympic medal comes with pride, glory – and a hefty federal tax bill.

Scammers claim to be working with the BBB | Better Business Bureau

No one is immune from having their identity stolen, not even Better Business Bureau. Reports have been coming in to BBB offices and on Scam Tracker regarding individuals claiming to be working with BBB.

  • Aug 18th, 2016

Scammers claim to be working with the BBB | Better Business Bureau

No one is immune from having their identity stolen, not even Better Business Bureau. Reports have been coming in to BBB offices and on Scam Tracker regarding individuals claiming to be working with BBB.

  • Aug 17th, 2016

Investors want high-tech companies to save water | Don Brunell

Recently, Bloomberg reported that investors in massive data centers are making water availability a critical measurement in their decisions--especially in drought-ridden California.

Don’t get swept up in wildfire charity scams | Better Business Bureau

Wildfires have sparked across the country including the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Western Wyoming. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is sending out a warning over the dangers of donating relief funds to the wrong people.

  • Aug 9th, 2016

Don’t get swept up in wildfire charity scams | Better Business Bureau

Wildfires have sparked across the country including the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Western Wyoming. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is sending out a warning over the dangers of donating relief funds to the wrong people.

  • Aug 9th, 2016

National energy policy must be broad and inclusive | Don Brunell

America must have a thoughtful and comprehensive national energy policy which focuses on supplies that are environmentally friendly, abundant and affordable.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016

National energy policy must be broad and inclusive | Don Brunell

America must have a thoughtful and comprehensive national energy policy which focuses on supplies that are environmentally friendly, abundant and affordable. Our strategy needs to include all energy sources. It must have balance and we need to have the patience, persistence and wisdom to implement it. It should encourage innovation.

BBB encourages neighbors to look out for one another | Better Business Bureau

On Aug. 2 communities across the country will participate in National Night Out. The annual event is a community-building campaign meant to encourage police-community partnerships and neighborhood benevolence to make communities safer.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

BBB encourages neighbors to look out for one another | Better Business Bureau

On Aug. 2 communities across the country will participate in National Night Out. The annual event is a community-building campaign meant to encourage police-community partnerships and neighborhood benevolence to make communities safer.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

Watch out for fake Seahawks tickets | Better Business Bureau

The day many Seattle Seahawks fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Today single-game tickets go on sale and will be made available to purchase at the CenturyLink Field NW Box Office.

  • Jul 25th, 2016

Watch out for fake Seahawks tickets | Better Business Bureau

The day many Seattle Seahawks fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Today single-game tickets go on sale and will be made available to purchase at the CenturyLink Field NW Box Office.

  • Jul 25th, 2016

Maintaining low cost electricity vital to Washington’s clean tech industries | Don Brunell

Since the construction of Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams, Washington has enjoyed an abundance of low cost, reliable hydropower. It has been one-key competitive advantage for energy intensive industries and now it is vital to our state burgeoning “clean tech industries.”

Made in America | Don Brunell

In the presidential campaign leading up to the November elections, hopefully we will hear about ways to "Make America Great Again!"

  • Jul 5th, 2016

Made in America | Don Brunell

In the presidential campaign leading up to the November elections, hopefully we will hear about ways to “Make America Great Again!” One of the most effective strategies is to entice U.S. companies with foreign factories to relocate back home. Another is to encourage those who remained in America to reinvest here.

Watch South Carolina closely | Don Brunell

Washington leaders need to keep an eye on South Carolina. It is a state which is becoming a strong magnet to attract business.

  • Jun 27th, 2016

Watch South Carolina closely | Don Brunell

Washington leaders need to keep an eye on South Carolina. It is a state which is becoming a strong magnet to attract business. A couple of years ago, the front page news was the competition between Seattle and Charleston to lure Boeing’s 787 assembly production. Now, it has grown to include international trade and the associated economic development and jobs.

Award scam a big loser | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has received numerous reports of an email scam targeting small businesses across the country. In the past 24 days BBB Scam Tracker has received 23 reports from potential victims in the Northwest region. This ploy is known as the vanity award scheme —one we've reported on in the past.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Award scam a big loser | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has received numerous reports of an email scam targeting small businesses across the country. In the past 24 days BBB Scam Tracker has received 23 reports from potential victims in the Northwest region. This ploy is known as the vanity award scheme —one we’ve reported on in the past.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Detoxifying Congressional politics | Don Brunell

Thankfully, June 8 marked a milestone for Congress. Members came together and overwhelmingly approved a sweeping bill that regulates tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products, from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.

  • Jun 20th, 2016

Detoxifying Congressional politics | Don Brunell

Thankfully, June 8 marked a milestone for Congress. Members came together and overwhelmingly approved a sweeping bill that regulates tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products, from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.

Fire chief Alan Predmore shares some last-minute advice with the 29 members who graduated last week from the Buckley fire department’s most recent fire academy. Photo by Kevin Hanson.

Buckley academy turns out 29 firefighters

Forty started the long and arduous process and 29 remained.

Fire chief Alan Predmore shares some last-minute advice with the 29 members who graduated last week from the Buckley fire department’s most recent fire academy. Photo by Kevin Hanson.

Oregon’s tax measure a potential boom for Washington | Don Brunell

Washington's next economic development plan may be written by Oregon voters next November.

  • Jun 13th, 2016

Oregon’s tax measure a potential boom for Washington | Don Brunell

Washington's next economic development plan may be written by Oregon voters next November. The plan's center piece is a new gross receipts tax which would transform Oregon from one of the nation's lowest business tax burden states to one of the nation's highest.

Scammers hope to win big during track and field trials | Better Business Bureau

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials are returning to Eugene, Ore. July 1- 10. The Trials attract more than a thousand athletes to Hayward Field and thousands more will attend as spectators.

  • Jun 7th, 2016

Scammers hope to win big during trials | Better Business Bureau

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials are returning to Eugene, Ore. July 1- 10. The Trials attract more than a thousand athletes to Hayward Field and thousands more will attend as spectators.

  • Jun 7th, 2016

Surge in rental home scams | Better Business Bureau

Rental scams might be a common trick these days, but unfortunately, it is still common for house hunters to fall for it. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has noticed an uptick in this type of scam being reported to BBB Scam Tracker.

  • May 24th, 2016

Surge in rental home scams | Better Business Bureau

Rental scams might be a common trick these days, but unfortunately, it is still common for house hunters to fall for it. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has noticed an uptick in this type of scam being reported to BBB Scam Tracker.

  • May 24th, 2016
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BBB warns consumers before hiring movers | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers to be cautious when hiring a moving company or they could end up with a business that can't deliver.

  • May 2nd, 2016
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BBB warns consumers before hiring movers | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers to be cautious when hiring a moving company or they could end up with a business that can’t deliver. Consumers who inadvertently hire an unlicensed company usually have little or no recourse if their belongings are damaged, lost or stolen.

  • May 2nd, 2016
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BBB uncovers fake online car dealership in Spokane | Better Business Bureau

On April 1, 2016 Better Business Bureau Northwest first reported on a fake online car dealership claiming to be based in Spokane. Now, BBB investigators say there's another site, claiming to sell recreational vehicles also out of Spokane.

  • Apr 25th, 2016