Business

Tax scams spike during filing season | Better Business Bureau

With tax season in full swing, the Better Business Bureau Northwest warns of new twists on tax scams hammering local consumers.

  • Jan 19th, 2016

Tax scams spike during filing season | Better Business Bureau

With tax season in full swing, the Better Business Bureau Northwest warns of new twists on tax scams hammering local consumers.

  • Jan 19th, 2016

Thanks, Dick; Dick’s Drive-In founder | Don Brunell

Seattle lost an icon earlier this month when Dick Spady, the 92-year old founder of Dick’s Drive-In restaurants, died.

  • Jan 18th, 2016

Six business resolutions for 2016 | Small Business Administration

As we enter into the New Year, a lot of people focus on bettering themselves. More workouts and fewer vices are the usual focus of resolutions this time of year. But for business owners, here are some simple resolutions with your businesses well-being in mind.

  • Jan 13th, 2016

Fraudsters aim to score big during NFL playoffs | Better Business Bureau

With the Seattle Seahawks advancing into the first round of the NFL Playoffs, Better Business Bureau warns the faithful 12th Man to avoid too-good-to-be-true deals on tickets, travel packages and Hawk accessories.

  • Jan 8th, 2016

Fraudsters aim to score big during NFL playoffs | Better Business Bureau

With the Seattle Seahawks advancing into the first round of the NFL Playoffs, Better Business Bureau warns the faithful 12th Man to avoid too-good-to-be-true deals on tickets, travel packages and Hawk accessories.

  • Jan 8th, 2016

Revenue offers free tax workshops throughout Washington state

Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) will host a series of free workshops for new and small business owners throughout the state during 2016.

  • Jan 4th, 2016

Longview-based Clary Auto Group expands to Auburn

Longview-based Clary Auto Group has purchased two additional car dealerships in Auburn, expanding the corporation’s reach into a major metropolitan market for the first time in its 56-year history.

  • Jan 3rd, 2016

Tips for businesses filing state taxes in January | Department of Revenue

January is a busy time for the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue), with state excise tax returns due by the end of the month from more than 500,000 taxpayers with active tax registrations.

  • Dec 30th, 2015

Keeping manufacturing in America | Don Brunell

As we approach 2016, we need to stop and look at what it takes to keep manufacturing in America.

Countdown to Jan. 1 healthcare coverage | Washington Healthplanfinder

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is reminding residents today that less than one week remains to select health coverage through wahealthplanfinder.org for coverage that begins on Jan. 1, 2016. Customers will have until Dec. 23 to select a Qualified Health Plan that goes into effect at the start of the New Year.

  • Dec 21st, 2015

Innovative support for small businesses | Calvin Goings, SBA Regional Administrator

The Puget Sound economy has added 106,618 jobs since January 2010. These jobs are made possible thanks to our local small businesses. Besides being the engines of our economy, they are the unique fabric of our community.

Innovative support for small susinesses | Calvin Goings, SBA Regional Administrator

The Puget Sound economy has added 106,618 jobs since January 2010. These jobs are made possible thanks to our local small businesses. Besides being the engines of our economy, they are the unique fabric of our community.

Lots already done to cleanse our air | Don C. Brunell

Just before Gov. Jay Inslee (D) flew to Paris for the global climate summit, he met with Washington business leaders who sought assurances that his proposed carbon cap rule won’t wipe out good-paying manufacturing jobs and send even more industrial production overseas.

  • Dec 14th, 2015

Avoid gift card fraud this holiday season | Better Business Bureau

Gift cards may be the most popular and convenient holiday gift, but Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns of bogus cards and security flaws.

  • Dec 9th, 2015

When a higher wage isn’t | Don Brunell

The news is full of organized protests and street demonstrations demanding a $15 minimum wage. Several cities across the nation have passed or are considering big hikes in their minimum wage.

Holiday shopping countdown | Better Business Bureau

While shoppers gear up for the biggest shopping weekend of the year, Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to not get overwhelmed with door buster sales. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers plan to spend an average of $463 on family members this holiday season.

  • Nov 23rd, 2015

Presidential travel, China style | Don Brunell

When China's President Xi Jinping flew into Seattle last September, his presidential airliner looked like any other Air China 747-400 passenger jet. That is because it was.

  • Nov 21st, 2015

Presidential travel, China style | Don Brunell

When China’s President Xi Jinping flew into Seattle last September, his presidential airliner looked like any other Air China 747-400 passenger jet. That is because it was.

Storm victims could make for easy scam targets | Better Business Bureau

As consumers pick up from Tuesday's powerful wind storm, Better Business Bureau reminds homeowners who have suffered property damage to take precautions when cleaning and making repair decisions.

  • Nov 19th, 2015

No requiem for northwest aluminum | Don Brunell

Alcoa's announcement that it is shutting down our state's last two aluminum smelters may be a long awaited requiem for some, but there are other factors we should consider before burying it.

  • Nov 14th, 2015

Small Business Saturday in Sumner |

The Downtown Sumner Main Street Merchants, announced its participation in the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on November 28 to support small businesses in Sumner.

  • Nov 14th, 2015

No requiem for northwest aluminum | Don Brunell

Alcoa’s announcement that it is shutting down our state’s last two aluminum smelters may be a long awaited requiem for some, but there are other factors we should consider before burying it.

BBB combats scammers this Veterans Day | Better Business Bureau

As Washingtonians honor former military personnel on Veterans Day, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urge consumers to remain vigilant against scammers targeting veterans.

  • Nov 11th, 2015

Apply Navy’s nuclear technology to civilian use | Don Brunell

Today, many elected officials are fixated on tearing down coal-fired power plants and replacing them with solar and wind farms. But that isn't practical, because when there is no wind or sunlight those plants produce no electricity.

  • Nov 6th, 2015

Apply Navy’s nuclear technology to civilian use | Don Brunell

Today, many elected officials are fixated on tearing down coal-fired power plants and replacing them with solar and wind farms. But that isn’t practical, because when there is no wind or sunlight those plants produce no electricity.

New senior housing to come to Bonney Lake

Bonney Lake will soon have a new senior housing community, operated by one of the foremost senior housing operators in Washington. Zenith Capital and Village Concepts have announced plans to build a 122-bed assisted living and memory care community for seniors in Bonney Lake.

  • Nov 3rd, 2015

Politics aside, Koch’s way is good for America | Don Brunell

To listen to liberal politicians such as President Obama and Hillary Clinton, political donations by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch epitomize what’s wrong with America’s political system. But Obama and Clinton are silent when liberal billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer do the same.

Politics aside, Koch’s way is good for America | Don Brunell

To listen to liberal politicians such as President Obama and Hillary Clinton, political donations by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch epitomize what's wrong with America's political system. But Obama and Clinton are silent when liberal billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer do the same.

  • Nov 2nd, 2015

Changes to Obamacare are coming | Don C. Brunell

Maybe there is finally something Democrats and Republicans can agree on – fixing the Affordable Care Act.

  • Oct 26th, 2015

EPA overreach not what Scoop intended | Don Brunell

More than 40 years ago, Washington’s Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson authored the National Environmental Policy Act, which led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Make the switch to protect your bottom line | Small Business Administration

A major transition is happening in America and business owners who fail to act may see an impact on their bottom line. U.S. credit card companies have set October for the national adoption of chip cards.

EPA overreach not what scoop intended | Don Brunell

More than 40 years ago, Washington’s Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson authored the National Environmental Policy Act, which led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Washington water bottle a hit in Yellowstone | Don C. Brunell

Later this month, most facilities in Yellowstone National Park will close for the winter. The year’s visitor total is likely to top last year’s 3.5 million people.

  • Oct 5th, 2015

Washington water bottle a hit in Yellowstone | Don Brunell

Later this month, most facilities in Yellowstone National Park will close for the winter. The year’s visitor total is likely to top last year’s 3.5 million people. It may even beat the all-time total of 3.64 million set in 2010.

Washington water bottle a hit in Yellowstone | Don Brunell

Later this month, most facilities in Yellowstone National Park will close for the winter. The year’s visitor total is likely to top last year’s 3.5 million people. It may even beat the all-time total of 3.64 million set in 2010.

Washington Business Week at 40 | Don Brunell

In the early 1970s, a small group of Washington business leaders led by Yelm grocer, Hal Wolf, decided it was time to integrate business owners with high school students.

Silver mining has a silver lining | Don Brunell

Remember the old saying, “Out of sight out of mind?” How about, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you?” Both of these axioms are problematic today, especially when it comes to things we need for our everyday lives. Here’s why.

Silver mining has a silver lining | Don Brunell

Remember the old saying, “Out of sight out of mind?” How about, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you?” Both of these axioms are problematic today, especially when it comes to things we need for our everyday lives. Here’s why.

Tesla and the mining business | Don Brunell

Tesla is the premium entry in the electric car market, with a starting price of $75,000. According to the Wall Street Journal, the high-end “Signature” model costs $132,000, slightly more than the base price for Porsche’s AG’s 911 GT3.

Tesla and the mining business | Don Brunell

Tesla is the premium entry in the electric car market, with a starting price of $75,000. According to the Wall Street Journal, the high-end “Signature” model costs $132,000, slightly more than the base price for Porsche’s AG’s 911 GT3.

State Supreme Court Ruling Derails School Choice in Washington | Don Brunell

On Sept. 4, the State Supreme Court derailed Washington’s nascent charter school movement when it ruled that charter school Initiative 1240 is unconstitutional.

Mining contaminated waters | Don Brunell

The next billionaires may be the entrepreneur who figures out how to turn uncontaminated mine water into drinking water. In the process, they would make part of their fortune recovering chemicals and metals we use in our everyday lives.

  • Aug 28th, 2015

Mining contaminated waters | Don Brunell

The next billionaires may be the entrepreneur who figures out how to turn uncontaminated mine water into drinking water. In the process, they would make part of their fortune recovering chemicals and metals we use in our everyday lives.

  • Aug 28th, 2015

Bob Morton represented his people unconditionally | Don C. Brunell

Imagine rolling into Olympia in your travel trailer each year for the start of the legislative session knowing your district has the highest unemployment in the state and the lowest average annual wage.

  • Aug 17th, 2015

Arctic exploration is not new, just different – and safer | Don Brunell

Recently, activists paddled a flotilla of kayaks – made from petroleum products – into the Seattle harbor in an attempt to blockade a Shell Oil offshore drilling platform destined for the Arctic. Then activists in Portland suspended themselves from the St. Johns Bridge – using all sorts of equipment and supplies made from petroleum products – in an effort to stop Shell’s ice breaker from leaving a local shipyard.

Arctic exploration is not new, just different – and safer | Don Brunell

Recently, activists paddled a flotilla of kayaks – made from petroleum products – into the Seattle harbor in an at tempt to blockade a Shell Oil offshore drilling platform destined for the Arctic. Then activists in Portland suspended themselves from the St. Johns Bridge – using all sorts of equipment and supplies made from petroleum products – in an effort to stop Shell’s ice breaker from leaving a local shipyard.

Inmate college scholarships shine light on mounting student debt | Don Brunell

The Obama Administration announced it will begin providing Pell grants to federal prisoners, effectively overturning a 1994 ban on the practice. While overturning the ban requires Congressional action, the administration is circumventing Congress by designating the plan a “pilot program.”

  • Aug 1st, 2015

Inmate college scholarships shine light on mounting student debt | Don Brunell

The Obama Administration announced it will begin providing Pell grants to federal prisoners, effectively overturning a 1994 ban on the practice. While overturning the ban requires Congressional action, the administration is circumventing Congress by designating the plan a “pilot program.”

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… And it’s a full closure of the I-90 floating bridge | South King County Transportation

The Blue Angels are in town and many of you have already seen them in fantastic formations as they practice for this weekend’s Seafair Air Show. But any time they fly above Lake Washington, we need to close the I-90 floating bridge to ensure the safety of the public and pilots – and that causes frustrating formations on the road. So keep in mind, there will be three more I-90 closurestomorrow through Sunday. Several ramps will also be closed.

  • Aug 1st, 2015