Freshwater shortage looming as next world crisis | Don Brunell

Even though water covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, less than two percent is freshwater. Therein lies the problem. As the world’s population grows, demand for water is increasing; in periods of drought it becomes a crisis.

Better Business Bureau cites complaints from cosmetic retailer Julep Beauty

Beauty has a price—especially for subscribers of Seattle-based Julep Beauty Inc, who say once they sign up, it is nearly impossible to get out.

  • Sep 22nd, 2014

Is an all-green energy strategy worth the cost? | Don Brunell

What if we could peer into the future and see the consequences of the decisions we make today? In a way, we can.

New Enumclaw shop offers current fashions at budget prices | Business Focus

Offering a variety of women’s and children’s fashions at budget-friendly prices, Budget Fashion has opened for business at a Cole Street location in Enumclaw.

  • Sep 10th, 2014

Staffing industry job growth continues | U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Seasonally adjusted temporary help employment was up 0.5 percent over July 2014 and 8 percent over August 2013, according to the monthly employment situation report released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Sep 7th, 2014

Labor Day epilogue: Partnering for success | Don C. Brunell

Over the Labor Day weekend, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee gave a compelling commentary on the need for employers and employees to set aside their differences and partner.

New loan model to support women entrepreneurs| Small Business Administration

Helping banks get to “yes” on small business loans for women entrepreneurs has never been more important to America’s economic health then it is right now.

Multiple job holding increases | U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The latest BLS report showing multiple jobholders as a percentage of total employment, by state, is now available online.

  • Aug 18th, 2014

Pasado’s Safe Haven’s Spay Station in Enumclaw

Pasado’s Safe Haven’s Spay Station, a state-of-the-art mobile spay/neuter clinic on wheels, is operating at Cobber’s Pet Pantry in Enumclaw on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

  • Aug 18th, 2014

Enumclaw Grocery Outlet Feed the Need thank you

Terry and Mandy Pruss would like to thank you all for helping Enumclaw Grocery Outlet Feed the Need right here on the Plateau.

  • Aug 17th, 2014

Strong state employment but warning lights are flashing | Don Brunell

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate. In July, an average 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington State’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.

Small businesses gain federal contracts | Calvin Goings

In Fiscal Year 2013, our government awarded 23.39 percent in federal contracts to small businesses. That’s $83.1 billion of contracting dollars, according to SBA’s Small Business Procurement Scorecard.

Private Christian Academy opens | New Business

Bonney Lake Christian Academy plans to open its doors and begin teaching classes Sept. 4.

  • Aug 11th, 2014

Bathtubs, smokestacks and a five-star resort: lessons from Kohler, Wisconsin | Don Brunell

Today, there is a tendency to look with distain at manufacturing facilities, especially those located on working waterfronts. Historically, those factories were sited there because the raw materials and finished products could be transported only by water.

Russian crime ring amasses Internet passwords | Better Business Bureau

A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credential.

  • Aug 6th, 2014

The rest of the story: Demand for electricity is growing | Don Brunell

For decades, radio newsman Paul Harvey gave us a side of the news that we either hadn’t heard or hadn’t considered. His “Rest of the Story” commentaries provided an in-depth look at the news behind the headlines.

Public asked to nominate a company that gives back to the community | Office of Secretary of State

We all know of a corporation or business that steps up and does good things in your community, whether it’s donating money or supplies, or providing volunteer help. Here is your chance to help give that company some much-deserved recognition and praise. Nominate that business for Washington’s highest civics award.

  • Jul 27th, 2014

Puget Sound region prices up | Bureau of Labor Statistics

Prices in the Seattle area increased 0.4 percent for the two months ending June 2014, while up 2.0 percent over the past 12 months

  • Jul 23rd, 2014

Free webinar offered for business owners about taxes | Department of Revenue

Business owners in Washington have many responsibilities, including knowing which taxes they must report.

  • Jul 18th, 2014

It’s not easy being green | Don Brunell

Reducing mankind’s carbon footprint has become the defining issue of our time and rightly so. Virtually every level of government has policies to reduce greenhouse gases by regulating everything from industrial CO2 emissions to cow flatulence.

Jobs abound in the Dakotas | Don Brunell

If you are looking for a family-wage job these days, there is no better place to look than the Dakotas . . . but for entirely different reasons.

New owners celebrate at Enumclaw Sears | Plateau Business

Enumclaw’s Sears store will host a “grand reopening” this week to celebrate a change in ownership.

  • Jul 9th, 2014

U.S. should not be more like France | Don Brunell

President Obama thinks the United States should be more like France. He made the comment recently while pushing for mandatory paid family leave. “France has worked this out, why can’t we?”

Feds are ready to assist veterans with business | Calvin Goings

Last week, Americans celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games and family reunions

Grocery Outlet to help feed the hungry

Grocery Outlet’s will help fight local hunger during the month of July as part of the “Independence From Hunger” program.

Salon opens in Bonney Lake | New Business

Shar and Ross Wagers opened Daniel Ross Salon and Skin Care in Bonney Lake on May 26, 2014. The Wagers have a salon in Covington that has been open for the past 16 years.

Top 5 disaster risks to small businesses | Small Business Administration

Two major challenges small business owners face after disasters are sales losses and a diminished customer base.

  • Jun 30th, 2014

America’s Independence Means Reducing Foreign Dependence | Don Brunell

While much of today’s news deals with America’s decline, there is hope we can stimulate our economy, create manufacturing jobs and pay down our national debt by increasing our manufacturing and energy production.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal proposed for aviation projects | WSDOT

Contractors, trade and labor organizations, small and disadvantaged businesses, and others who are interested in doing business with the Washington State Department of Transportation are invited to comment

  • Jun 23rd, 2014

Trucks, trains, ships and pipelines | Don Brunell

All too often our network of highways, pipelines, railroads, barges, ship terminals and airports goes unnoticed unless there is an accident.

  • Jun 20th, 2014

Enumclaw Fugate Ford ‘Drive One For Your School’ tops $5,000

With the help of the local community, the Enumclaw High School Football Foundation and the EHS Choir Booster Club, more than $5,000 was raised during the Fugate Ford and Ford Motor Company’s “Drive One For Your School” event.

  • Jun 20th, 2014

Sharon Jobin completes Dermalogica training program | Plateau Business

Sharon Jobin of Salon Beeutiful has completed each phase of the Dermalogica training program and has been accorded “expert” status.

  • Jun 20th, 2014

Filigree Farm ready to host weddings, events, all special occasions | Plateau Business

The manicured lawns and grassy meadow at Filigree Farm are available for weddings, family gatherings, club events or any special celebration.

  • Jun 20th, 2014

IRS imposters ramp up robocalls | Better Business Bureau

It’s one of the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams and it’s making its way across the Pacific Northwest again. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received several reports of IRS impersonators.

  • Jun 19th, 2014

Puget Sound area workers earn 27% more than national average | Bureau of Labor Statistics

The latest BLS News Release showing employment and wage data for occupations in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, metropolitan area.

  • Jun 15th, 2014

America Needs a Turnaround Leader Like Alan Mulally | Don Brunell

Later this year, Alan Mulally will leave Ford Motor Company. On July 1, he turns the reins over to 53-year old Mark Fields, closing a storied career at Ford and Boeing.

Soccer World Cup scams | Better Business Bureau

On June 12 the FIFA World Cup tournament begins in Brazil, pitting 32 of the best football—or “soccer” in the United States.

  • Jun 8th, 2014

Remodel and repair tips | Better Business Bureau

According to the National Association of Home Builders, 60 percent of home owners hired professional contractors to perform work in 2011.

  • Jun 7th, 2014

Tuesday workshop will tout benefits of keeping dollars in local Enumclaw community

Hoping to keep more dollars circulating through the Enumclaw economy, the city and the local Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to present a “buy local” workshop.

  • Jun 7th, 2014

Authorize the export, import bank | Don Brunell

We’re all familiar with car loans and home mortgages. They make it possible for consumers to make major purchases without paying cash up front. Responsibly done, everyone benefits – the purchasers, car dealers, autoworkers, realtors, construction crews and suppliers.

Retail sales jump 7.4 percent for all of 2013 | Washington State Department of Revenue

Taxable retail sales increased 7.4 percent to $117.1 billion during calendar year 2013 compared to 2012, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

  • May 25th, 2014

Affordable, non-traditional college education | Don Brunell

Imagine 350 college grads walking across the stage to receive their degrees in a ceremony with no valedictorian and no student honors. That is exactly what the 2014 graduating class looked like when WGU Washington held its third graduation ceremony earlier this month.

WGU is an Unconventional Success Story | Don Brunell

Imagine 350 college grads walking across the stage to receive their degrees in a ceremony with no valedictorian and no student honors. That is exactly what the 2014 graduating class looked like when WGU Washington held its third graduation ceremony earlier this month.

Scams aimed at Memorial Day | Better Business Bureau

As Washingtonians take time to honor service men and women this Memorial Day, Better Business Bureau warns of scammers who have their sights set on ripping off military personnel and their families.

  • May 22nd, 2014

Prices up 2.4 percent over the past year | Bureau of Labor Statistics

The latest Consumer Price Index news release for the greater Seattle area is now available from BLS

  • May 19th, 2014

Tips to avoid travel troubles | Better Business Bureau

Sunshine, warm sand and exotic meals are tempting after long dark winters and many people are emerging from hibernation to prepare for summer travel.

  • May 19th, 2014

Leaders who forged Washington’s forests and fish | Don Brunell

Billy Frank, Jr. and Stu Bledsoe came from very different backgrounds, yet their friendship and determination laid the groundwork for what today is known as Washington’s historic Forests and Fish agreement. Those accords paved the way to revitalized wild salmon habitats, cleaner water and better forest management.

Enumclaw’s first craft brewery open for business on Cole

Enumclaw’s first craft brewery opened for business in February under the watchful eye of owner/brewer Eric Brandjes.

  • May 16th, 2014

Commencement Bank expands to Enumclaw

Commencement Bank, which has been offering a full line of personal and business banking services since its 2006 inception, is expanding to Enumclaw.

  • May 16th, 2014

Enumclaw’s Olson’s Meat receives the Golden Platter award

The crew from Enumclaw’s Olson’s Meat once again received the Golden Platter, awarded to the all-around grand champion at the Northwest Meat Processors Association annual convention.

  • May 16th, 2014