Business

State ports losing ground | Don Brunell

Unfortunately, Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott (D) was correct earlier this year when he said Canada’s west coast ports are “eating our lunch!”

  • Jul 27th, 2015

Chinese wine may appear on store shelves | Don C. Brunell

There was a time when wine connoisseurs looked with distain on wines produced in the United States.

Startup in a day with the Small Business Association

Starting a business can be overwhelming. You have to set up a legal structure, find office space, and apply for multiple licenses and permits, before you can even open your doors to customers. The process should not be tedious or time-consuming. That’s why the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to join the White House in announcing the launch of our Startup in a Day initiative, in alliance with the National League of Cities.

  • Jul 10th, 2015

Startup in a day with the Small Business Association

Starting a business can be overwhelming. You have to set up a legal structure, find office space, and apply for multiple licenses and permits, before you can even open your doors to customers. The process should not be tedious or time-consuming. That’s why the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to join the White House in announcing the launch of our Startup in a Day initiative, in alliance with the National League of Cities.

  • Jul 10th, 2015

When forests become the “big polluters” | Don Brunell

We associate air pollution with big cities, but millions of people are feeling the impacts of pollution from wildfires burning from California to Alaska and as far east as Colorado. It is one of the worst years on record for forest fires and we will spend billions to fight the fires and protect people, homes and businesses.

  • Jul 10th, 2015

When forests become the “big polluters” | Don Brunell

We associate air pollution with big cities, but millions of people are feeling the impacts of pollution from wildfires burning from California to Alaska and as far east as Colorado. It is one of the worst years on record for forest fires and we will spend billions to fight the fires and protect people, homes and businesses.

  • Jul 10th, 2015

Commencement Bank makes stock announcement

Commencement Bank, which maintains a presence in downtown Enumclaw, announced that the company’s common stock began trading on the OTCQX Best marketplace under the ticker symbol “CBWA.”

  • Jul 6th, 2015

Del’s will soon disappear; in it’s place will be Tractor Supply

Big changes are coming to a highly-visible, Griffin Avenue location in downtown Enumclaw. The existing Del’s Feed and Farm Supply will be torn down and a new building will rise in its place, operating as a Tractor Supply Co. store. Tractor Supply owns the Del’s locations.

  • Jul 6th, 2015

WSU President Elson Floyd a hard act to follow | Don Brunell

Elson Floyd leaves big shoes to fill at Washington State University.

Careful about imposing a state income tax | Don Brunell

Connecticut is in a deep financial pickle and is in danger of seeing a mass exodus of businesses looking for states where taxes are lower and private sector employers are welcome.

Pharmacy specializes in custom orders | New Businesses

Pharmacists have long been taught the art and science of compounding, but it takes more time and detail than most professionals can offer. That’s where Foothills Compounding Pharmacy is different from most.

  • Jun 8th, 2015

The Local…a coffee shop and more | New Businesses

The Local – A Modern-day General Store and Coffee House made its downtown Enumclaw debut June 4.

  • Jun 8th, 2015

Business booms for 50-plus | Calvin Goings

Entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners. For age 50+ individuals, entrepreneurship offers an opportunity to use knowledge and experience that has been gained during a lifetime and put it toward creating a new business that can be rewarding and challenging.

Business booms for 50-plus | Calvin Goings

Entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners.

Kansas and North Carolina cutting taxes to spur jobs and growth | Don Brunell

In Olympia these days, lawmakers are high centered in a second special session over the budget to operate the state for the next two years. The stalemate has come down to the choice of raising taxes or funding government within the current revenues.

Kansas and North Carolina cutting taxes to spur jobs and growth | Don Brunell

In Olympia these days, lawmakers are high centered in a second special session over the budget to operate the state for the next two years. The stalemate has come down to the choice of raising taxes or funding government within the current revenues.

Reusing water can help farmers and fish | Don Brunell

Over the last few years, one of the remarkable successes is the record salmon returns to the Columbia River and its tributaries. Conversely, one of the biggest disappointments is low recovery of delta smelt in San Francisco Bay.

Reusing water can help farmers and fish | Don Brunell

Over the last few years, one of the remarkable successes is the record salmon returns to the Columbia River and its tributaries. Conversely, one of the biggest disappointments is low recovery of delta smelt in San Francisco Bay.

Veteran and military personnel scams | Better Business Bureau

Veteran and military personnel scams | Better Business Bureau

  • May 26th, 2015

People in glass houses | Don Brunell

There’s an old saying that people living in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks. The moral is that before criticizing others, you should make sure your own house is in order. Companies, such as REI, supporting Gov. Inslee’s climate change legislation should heed that advice.

People in glass houses | Don Brunell

There’s an old saying that people living in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks. The moral is that before criticizing others, you should make sure your own house is in order. Companies, such as REI, supporting Gov. Inslee’s climate change legislation should heed that advice.

Almost Necessities adds fashion items and accessories | New Enumclaw businesses

After operating Almost Necessities for 21 years at Enumclaw’s busiest intersection, Peggy Wenham decided it was time for a change. The result is Almost Necessities Chapter 2, which opened for business May 1, still at the corner of Cole Street and Griffin Avenue.

  • May 11th, 2015

Cascade Place offers assisted living care | Enumclaw businesses

Cascade Place, an assisted living facility, is now serving the local community. Owned by Enlivant Senior Living, Cascade Place offers 24-hour care, with a licensed nurse on call every day. Residents are provided three meals daily, each created by a licensed dietician, and there is weekly housekeeping and laundry service.

  • May 11th, 2015

Connecting the dots… | Don Brunell

How is Seattle’s Lighthouse for the Blind connected to the Export-Import Bank? Very closely. Since 1918, The Lighthouse for the Blind has provided education, training and manufacturing jobs for people with visual and hearing disabilities. Of the 400 people currently employed there, approximately 240 are blind or deaf-blind.

Connecting the dots… | Don Brunell

How is Seattle’s Lighthouse for the Blind connected to the Export-Import Bank? Very closely. Since 1918, The Lighthouse for the Blind has provided education, training and manufacturing jobs for people with visual and hearing disabilities. Of the 400 people currently employed there, approximately 240 are blind or deaf-blind.

Warning about hiring a mover | Better Business Bureau

The Utilities and Transportation Commission and Better Business Bureau have some words of caution for consumers who need to hire a moving company for an in-state move: check with the state before it’s too late.

  • May 4th, 2015

Big ships are bringing big waterfront changes | Don Brunell

The Longshoremen’s work slowdown that snarled west coast ports for nine months is over, leaving behind bitter memories and billions in economic damages. But the global trends that foreshadowed that port disruption remain.

Big ships are bringing big waterfront changes | Don Brunell

The Longshoremen’s work slowdown that snarled west coast ports for nine months is over, leaving behind bitter memories and billions in economic damages. But the global trends that foreshadowed that port disruption remain.

Trade promotion imperative for America | Don C. Brunell

To many, giving President Obama more authority is a bad idea. However, regardless of how you feel about him, the President of the United States needs the power to negotiate trade agreements.

Trade promotion imperative for America | Don Brunell

To many, giving President Obama more authority is a bad idea. However, regardless of how you feel about him, the President of the United States needs the power to negotiate trade agreements.

Trade promotion imperative for America | Don Brunell

To many, giving President Obama more authority is a bad idea. However, regardless of how you feel about him, the President of the United States needs the power to negotiate trade agreements.

Washington’s tax freedom day comes later than usual | Don Brunell

Will you celebrate Tax Freedom Day this year? Until April 24, every penny we’ve earned in 2015 goes to pay your taxes.

Olson’s again brings home coveted Silver Platter | Enumclaw Businesses

For the third year in a row, the crew from Enumclaw’s Olson’s Meats and Smokehouse captured the Silver Platter, awarded to the all-around grand champion at the Northwest Meat Processors Association annual convention.

Wine shop open for business | Plateau businesses

A new shop with roots in the Plateau’s wine-loving community has opened its doors in downtown Enumclaw. The shop is headed by Maria Kok, a sommelier with more than 35 years of experience in the wine retail business.

  • Apr 10th, 2015

Wine shop open for business | Enumclaw business

A new shop with roots in the Plateau’s wine-loving community has opened its doors in downtown Enumclaw. The shop is headed by Maria Kok, a sommelier with more than 35 years of experience in the wine retail business.

Steps toward financial fitness | Better Business Bureau

With the looming tax deadline and the demand from consumers for financial stability, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington advises people to take action during April’s Financial Literacy Month.

  • Apr 6th, 2015

InnovateHER Business Challenge | Small Business Association

Entrepreneurs can compete for opportunity to participate in national small business competition.

  • Mar 30th, 2015

U.S. Department of Transportation change requirements for commercial vehicle owner

Beginning October 23, 2015, businesses that need US Department of Transportation (USDOT) numbers for company vehicles will be required to obtain and renew the numbers in one, convenient, on-line web site.

  • Mar 22nd, 2015

New on the Plateau business scene | Enumclaw and Bonney Lake

A new martial arts school, diesel vehicle service business and a hot new candle business have come to the Plateau.

  • Mar 9th, 2015

New on the Plateau business scene | Enumclaw and Bonney Lake

A new martial arts school, diesel vehicle service business and a hot new candle business have come to the Plateau.

  • Mar 9th, 2015

Can Washington avert California’s water wars? | Don Brunell

California is in the midst of a fierce water war, a conflict that holds lessons for us in Washington State. In many ways, we are alike. Both of our states’ populations are growing and we have some of the world’s most prolific agriculture regions which require lots of water. Washington is served by a vast network of storage reservoirs that make up the Columbia River drainage. It stretches from the northern Canadian Rockies to as far south as Wyoming.

Can Washington avert California’s water wars? | Don Brunell

California is in the midst of a fierce water war, a conflict that holds lessons for us in Washington State. In many ways, we are alike. Both of our states’ populations are growing and we have some of the world’s most prolific agriculture regions which require lots of water. Washington is served by a vast network of storage reservoirs that make up the Columbia River drainage. It stretches from the northern Canadian Rockies to as far south as Wyoming.

Puget Sound area employee compensation costs up 4.8 percent over the year

The latest BLS News Release showing total compensation costs for private industry workers in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia metropolitan area.

  • Feb 23rd, 2015

Congress must stop abusive IRS tactics | Don Brunell

First, the agency targeted conservative groups seeking non-profit status.

  • Feb 23rd, 2015

U.S. Small Business Administration Obama cabinet official visits Tacoma

On Feb. 18, Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will visit Tacoma, joined by Congressman Denny Heck.

  • Feb 17th, 2015

Obama on wrong track with Alaska energy | Don C. Brunell

In his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted plunging gas prices. Ironic, since Obama has done everything in his power to curtail domestic oil production and drive up gas prices.

Third quarter 2014 taxable sales increase 7.3 percent | Washington State Department of Revenue

The state’s taxable retail sales increased to $33.25 billion for the third quarter of 2014 (July through September), up by 7.3 percent over the same period in 2013. Retail trade, a subset of total taxable retail sales, rose 5.5 percent to $14.58 billion.

  • Feb 14th, 2015

Boosting main street lending | Small Business Administration

Did you know two out of every three new private sector jobs are created by small businesses?

LiveLocal98022 organizers will host Feb. 18 kickoff

All of Enumclaw – but the business community in particular – is invited to a kickoff event for LiveLocal98022.

New on the business scene | Shin returns, new event venue

George Shin has returned to Enumclaw following a four-year absence, ready to train students how to live a balanced and healthy life through exercise, nutrition and karate. Shin notes that his family-oriented approach promotes health “from the inside out.” Experienced instructors focus on longevity, life-changing nutritional information, proper exercise techniques, body mechanics and traditional Okinowain karate. The goal is to promote health, sportsmanship, respect, friendship and integrity.

  • Feb 10th, 2015