Department of Revenue offers free property tax webinar for nonprofits

The Department of Revenue will offer a free webinar for churches and other nonprofit organizations on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

  • Feb 9th, 2015

Boosting main street lending

Did you know two out of every three new private sector jobs are created by small businesses? Small businesses are the unique cornerstones of America and the backbone of our economy. And that’s why it’s so important for small businesses to have access to capital to start and grow their businesses.

Department of Revenue offers tax workshop Feb. 11. in Tacoma

Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report.

  • Feb 2nd, 2015

A leftist leader with the right idea | Don Brunell

Can you imagine a nation’s president, a former guerilla fighter with socialist leanings, enacting policies that favor business and encourage foreign investment? How about a leaderwho prefers living in a farmhouse rather than the presidential mansion? That person is José Mujica, the 79-year old president of Uruguay who finishes his five-year term in March. Uruguay, a small South American country sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil, does not allow a president to stand for reelection, so later this spring, Mujica will take a seat in the senate.

Scam alerts for tax season | Better Business Bureau

As Washingtonians prepare for another tax season, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, along with several federal agencies—is reminding them to beware of scams and identity theft.

  • Jan 28th, 2015

Feb. 2 is the deadline for businesses to file annual tax returns | Washington State Department of Revenue

With the deadline for annual tax filings just around the corner, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is offering some tips to help businesses file their taxes on time.

  • Jan 28th, 2015

Deadline approaching for Better Business Bureau’s 2015 Students of Integrity Scholarship

The deadline for Better Business Bureau’s 2015 Students of Integrity Scholarship is quickly approaching. High school seniors in the Northwest have a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship by creating a 90-second video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers.

  • Jan 19th, 2015

Disadvantaged and small businesses invited to learn about future contracting opportunities | WSDOT

Mark your calendars: minority-, woman- and small-business owners interested in participating on transportation contracts are invited to attend multiple opportunity forums being held across the state in late January and early February.

  • Jan 18th, 2015

New space for Plateau Rehab | Plateau Business

Plateau Rehab is not new to Enumclaw, but recently moved to a new quarters to better utilize the staff’s special equipment and training. The clinic now occupies space in the Becker Building, 1427 Jefferson Ave.

  • Jan 16th, 2015

Zumba classes return to Enumclaw Wellness Center | Plateau Business

Dance fitness classes have returned to the former Enumclaw Wellness Center on the south end of Cole Street.

  • Jan 15th, 2015

Sedro Woolley company bringing space age technology down to Earth | Don Brunell

Designers of the International Space Station (ISS) had to make it self-sustaining because, once aboard, astronauts had no way to get water or discharge sewage and no connection to Earth’s power grids.

Revenue director to leave for banking executive role

Director Carol K. Nelson announced she is returning to the private sector after a successful term as the head of the state Department of Revenue.

  • Jan 12th, 2015

Phishing scams targeting businesses | Department of Revenue

Scammers are at it again. This time, they are targeting Washington citizens and businesses with fraudulent emails asking them to pay off tax liens owed to the state.

  • Jan 12th, 2015

Top 10 scams of 2014 | Better Business Bureau

That’s why Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has put together the Top 10 Scams of 2014 so consumers can be aware and better protect themselves in 2015.

  • Jan 2nd, 2015

Washington State Department of Revenue offers free E-file webinar Jan. 8

To help business owners better understand the benefits of filing their taxes online, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) will host a free live webinar for new and small business owners on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

  • Jan 1st, 2015

Scammers move in as Seahawks playoff tickets go on sale | Better Business Bureau

With Seahawks playoff tickets going on sale today, Better Business Bureau warn fans of fraudsters selling fake tickets and counterfeit merchandise.

  • Dec 30th, 2014

Second quarter taxable sales rise 6.8 percent | Washington State Department of Revenue

The state’s taxable retail sales reached nearly $31 billion in the second quarter of 2014 (April 1 - June 30), recording a 6.8 percent increase over the same period in 2013.

  • Dec 29th, 2014

Better Business Bureau offers $10,000 scholarship

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has officially launched the 2015 Students of Integrity Scholarship.

  • Dec 29th, 2014

We can make it happen | Calvin W. Goings

At the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), we’re all about helping small businesses start, grow and succeed.

Is Boeing having second thoughts about moving to Illinois? | Don Brunell

In 2001, Boeing announced it would move its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. Today, you wonder if Boeing is having buyer’s remorse.

Better Business Bureau tips to give wisely during holiday season

Don’t be pressured. Take time when making a donation and avoid on-the-spot decisions. Reputable organizations will welcome a gift at any time.

  • Dec 24th, 2014

Counting our blessings | Don Brunell

It’s that time of year when we count our blessings. In America, they are abundant, especially this year. For starters, the unemployment rate is down from 7 percent last December to 5.8 percent. Washington State mirrors the national average.

Small Business Administration minority business round table

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it renewed its partnership agreement with the Minority Business RoundTable (MBRT) to continue joint outreach efforts to minority entrepreneurs.

  • Dec 23rd, 2014

Remembering our fallen with Christmas wreaths | Don Brunell

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving for a lost loved one. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed in action this year.

Country Girl Boutique opens doors | Enumclaw Business News

Specializing in handcrafted items made by local residents, Amanda and James Sprau have opened Country Girl Boutique in downtown Enumclaw.

  • Dec 10th, 2014

Ketul J. Patel named CEO of CHI Franciscan Health

Ketul J. Patel has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CHI Franciscan Health

  • Dec 8th, 2014

Department of Revenue moves free e-file webinar to Jan. 7

To help business owners better understand the benefits of filing their taxes online, the Washington State Department of Revenue

  • Dec 8th, 2014

Live chat among Revenue’s top online customer improvements

Improvements at the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) have made doing business with the agency easier than ever.

  • Dec 1st, 2014

Puget Sound area prices up 2.1 percent over the past year | Consumer Price Index

Prices in the Seattle area rose 0.3 percent for the two months ending October 2014, while up 2.1percent over the past 12 months

  • Nov 30th, 2014

Washington State Department of Revenue offers free E-file webinar Dec. 10

To help business owners better understand the benefits of filing their taxes online, the Washington State Department of Revenue

  • Nov 30th, 2014

Tax on business is a tax on you | Don Brunell

Jonathon Gruber recently created a stir with his comments about Obamacare and “the stupidity of the American voter.”

  • Nov 29th, 2014

Small Business Administration partners with National Restaurant Association

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, announced that the federal agency is partnering with the National Restaurant Association to promote dining out during Small Business Saturday on Nov.29.

  • Nov 24th, 2014

Shop and give wisely | Better Business Bureau

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday—the holiday shopping season is here, and Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Western Washington and Oregon is advising consumers to shop and give wisely.

  • Nov 23rd, 2014

Kathy Hettick of Enumclaw elected first vice president of the National Society of Accountants

Kathy Hettick of Enumclaw was elected first vice president of the National Society of Accountants during the recent NSA 69th annual meeting in Baltimore, Md. She will serve in the position for one year.

  • Nov 22nd, 2014

Give charter schools a chance in Washington | Don Brunell

Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast in 2005, flooding cities and towns in four states and killing more than 1,800 people. The government response to Katrina, especially by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), became the poster child for an inept and incompetent bureaucracy. But out of this disaster has come a story of success. The hurricane gave New Orleans educators the opportunity to reinvent the city’s failing public schools.

Puget Sound and Seattle area employee compensation costs up 3.1 pecent over the year

The latest BLS News Release showing total compensation costs for private industry workers in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia metropolitan area is now available online at

  • Nov 14th, 2014

Minimum wage jumps to $9.47 beginning Jan. 1

Washington’s minimum wage will increase 15 cents to $9.47 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the Department of Labor and Industries has announced.

  • Nov 12th, 2014

‘Jingle’ spirit is encouraged in Enumclaw

Businesses in downtown Enumclaw are encouraged to show off their “holiday jingle” spirit by decorating their storefronts and competing against fellow merchants.

Washington Healthplanfinder Business launches statewide

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced the statewide launch of Washington Healthplanfinder Business.

  • Oct 30th, 2014

Connecting the dots to lower gas prices | Don Brunell

It’s often difficult to “connect the dots,” to show people how the global marketplace affects their daily lives. But plunging gasoline prices are giving Americans a first-hand lesson in the law of supply and demand.

Scammers prey on Ebola fears | Better Business Bureau

Scams tend to follow the news, especially when a health scare makes the headlines.

  • Oct 20th, 2014

Secure Your ID Day | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington and Wells Fargo present Secure Your ID Day, a free identity theft prevention event, this Saturday at the Tacoma Mall.

  • Oct 20th, 2014

Woman’s Business Council Partner to expand opportunities | Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Women’s Business Council have joined forces in an effort to increase the flow of capital by and into small businesses run by women.

  • Oct 20th, 2014

Small Business Administration accepting nominations for 2015 Washington state business awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office is now accepting nominations for its 2015 SBA Washington State Small Business Awards.

  • Oct 9th, 2014

Secure Your ID Day Oct. 18 | Better Business Bureau

Be the first line of defense when it comes to protecting identity.

  • Oct 6th, 2014

Small Business Administration continues to zero out fees on small dollar loans

The U.S Small Business Administration has announced that fee relief on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less implemented last year and originally slated to expire on Sept. 30, will be extended through fiscal year 2015.

  • Oct 6th, 2014

Spot digital risks during cyber security month | Better Business Bureau

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As part of a global cyber security awareness campaign, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are partnering with STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ to help digital citizens stay safe online.

  • Oct 6th, 2014

M&Ms and the American Dream | Don Brunell

Entrepreneurs helped make America great. Many of the “big businesses” we know today started in the imaginations of immigrants who came to America, the land of opportunity – a place of boundless possibilities where your station in life didn’t matter, a land where hard work, innovation and perseverance held the key to the American dream.

Impact investment fund expanded | Small Business Administration

Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet, announced today it has expanded the Impact Investment Fund.

  • Sep 29th, 2014

Cost of new medications could bankrupt health care | Don Brunell

The good news is we are developing new life-saving medications every day. The bad news is they are very expensive and paying for them could bankrupt our health care system.