The great leaders who forged the future of 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.

Puget Sound employee compensation costs up 1.7 percent over the year | Bureau of Labor Statistics

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

  • May 12th, 2014

Mother’s Day scams | Better Business Bureau

Whether it’s a beautiful bouquet or a box of chocolates, sons and daughters are expected to pay big this Mother’s Day.

  • May 12th, 2014

Webinars for women entrepreneurs | Small Business Administration

Women business owners are invited to learn more about increasing opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the federal contracting arena.

  • May 12th, 2014

Buckley market will host vendors every weekend

A country market is being offered every weekend by the Buckley Downtown Business Association.

  • May 7th, 2014

Catching up with Mike Lowry | Don Brunell

These days, too much of our politics is agenda-driven, with little regard for the impact on “real people.” Politicians proclaim their concern for the little guy, but they hang around with rich folks, celebrities and power brokers.

  • May 5th, 2014

Better Business Bureau hosts shred event

With nearly one thousand participants and more than 18 tons of personal documents destroyed, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington and its partnering organizations wrap up a record-breaking BBB Secure Your ID Day.

  • May 4th, 2014

Department of Revenue offers free tax workshop for business owners in Tacoma

Business owners in Washington State are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them better-understand that process, the Tacoma office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners.

  • May 4th, 2014

Employment and wages in Washington – third quarter 2013 | Bureau of Labor and Statistics

The latest BLS News Release showing employment and wage data for Washington counties is now available online

  • May 4th, 2014

Americans are spoiled | Don Brunell

Let’s face it. We’re spoiled. Even in our tough economy, most Americans enjoy a myriad of conveniences we take for granted.

Better Business Bureau warns of income tax scams

As the filing deadline quickly approaches, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is warning tax-paying consumers to file cautiously.

  • Apr 14th, 2014

‘Claim your Cash!’ | Washington State Department of Revenue

Chances are, you are one of more than three million people who have unclaimed money and assets held in trust by the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue). The question is: what are you waiting for?

  • Apr 14th, 2014

Small Business Administration awards grant to fund entrepreneurship

As part of its “Boots to Business” program, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it has awarded a $3 million grant to Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to deliver entrepreneurship education and training to transitioning service members.

  • Apr 14th, 2014

Total Compensation is Key in Minimum Wage Debate | Don Brunell

One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself. If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages.

Over 50 and looking for a business mentor? | Calvin W. Goings

Are you over 50 and looking for your next career? New research shows that one in four people age 44 to 70 are interested in starting their own business or nonprofit in the next five to ten years.

BLS data: 200,000 involuntary part-time workers in Washington in 2013

The latest Measures of Labor Underutilization news release for Washington is now available from BLS online at

  • Apr 6th, 2014

It’s a Mistake to Rely on Russia’s Space Shuttle | Don Brunell

When President Obama permanently grounded America’s space shuttles a couple of years ago, he made a huge mistake. He gave Russia carte blanche over the International Space Station and we now pay $70 million each for our astronauts to hitch a ride.

What we didn’t see at Sochi | Don Brunell

During the Winter Olympics, viewers around the world marveled at the pristine snow-capped mountains surrounding Sochi, Russia’s Black Sea resort city.

K9 Complete Care opens on Enumclaw’s east side | Plateau Business

Offering more than two decades of experience working with animals, Melinda Ruiz has opened K9 Complete Care on Enumclaw’s east side.

  • Mar 13th, 2014

Hawaii and the Electric Cow | Don Brunell

Normally, you wouldn’t think the cost of electricity would clobber ranchers, but in Hawaii, high power rates are the central competitiveness issue. In fact, the owners of the mammoth Parker Ranch on Hawaii’s big island have calculated their “per cow” electricity costs.

  • Mar 12th, 2014

Memory Haven Sumner | New Business Scene

A different approach to dementia care will be opening its doors soon in Sumner. Memory Haven Sumner is a purpose built home for people with dementia care needs, according to their website.

Emerging leaders initiative returns | Small Business Administration

A solar company that increased staff by nearly 50 percent, a medical equipment firm that opened a retail division, a trucking company revolutionizing the way truckers are paid in a struggling industry, and a storage company that opened a new location – these are a few examples of the successful, sustainable growth achieved by Seattle-area graduates of the Emerging Leaders initiative.

  • Mar 8th, 2014

Joe Dear, a Man of Integrity and Humility | Don Brunell

It is rare that someone with deep roots in Washington State has his obituary published in the New York Times, but when Joe Dear died, the newspaper ran an extensive story.

Protect your business from spring weather threats | Small Business Administration

Floods are a threat for areas hit by heavy late-winter snowfalls. Severe storms—sometimes in the form of deadly tornadoes or massive rainfall—often wreak havoc across the U.S. during spring.

  • Mar 6th, 2014

Is California a Glimpse Into Our Future? | Don Brunell

It’s not often we get a chance to peer into the future to see the consequences of our actions. California has given us that opportunity.

Let’s learn from the Skagit River Bridge replacement | Don Brunell

The news these days is filled with stories about Big Bertha, the stalled Seattle waterfront drilling machine, and the cracks in the pontoons of the new SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.

Help available for military vets | Calvin Goings, Regional Administrator, Small Business Administration

Our nation’s veterans have served our country proudly and bravely. They are true American heroes, and we must make sure that we’re doing everything possible to support them, once they re-enter civilian life.

Crossfit caters to beginners and lifetime athletes | Enumclaw

Anyone looking to get fit and build strength is a potential customer for the owners of ACME Crossfit, a new offering on the Enumclaw business scene

  • Feb 21st, 2014

Free webinar teaches small business taxes | Department of Revenue

Business owners in Washington have many responsibilities, including knowing which taxes they must report. To help reach more businesses statewide, the Washington State Department of Revenue will host a free live webinar from 10 to 11 a.m., March 12, for small business owners.

  • Feb 17th, 2014

Assess risk and put it in perspective | Don Brunell

Where there is life, there is risk. That’s not some insightful quotation, it’s just a fact.

Puget Sound area employee compensation costs up 1.7 percent

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

  • Feb 10th, 2014

Winter Olympic Games draw scammers | Better Business Bureau

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, may prove dangerous for those seeking to support their countries’ medal hopefuls. Better Business Bureau reminds consumers that while athletes compete for medals, scammers compete for personal information and credit card numbers.

  • Feb 10th, 2014

Approve the keystone pipe | Don Brunell

The Seattle Times headline said it all, “Obama running out of reasons to reject Keystone XL.”

Washington sees increase in taxable sales | Department of Revenue

An increase in business and consumer spending boosted the state’s taxable retail sales by 7.6 percent for the third quarter of 2013.

  • Feb 5th, 2014

Small Business Administration amends Small Business Innovation Research

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has amended its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Policy Directives in response to public comments and input from all parties involved in the program.

  • Feb 3rd, 2014

Careless Super Bowl parties pose severe liability penalties

If you’re planning to host a Super Bowl party this Sunday, be sure to add safety and common sense to your playbook before guests arrive. As hosts of a party, homeowners and renters could be liable for the safety of their guests – even after they leave the party.

  • Feb 3rd, 2014

“One Ring” phone scam reported in Western Washington | Better Business Bureau

First recognized by Better Business Bureaus on the East Coast, the “One Ring” phone scam is now being reported across the United States. As an industry leader in identifying and tracking emerging scam trends, BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is alerting the public to this simple—yet extremely effective—ploy that can result in unauthorized charges on wireless statements.

  • Feb 3rd, 2014

Ordering champagne on the Titanic | Don Brunell

An enterprising Associated Press reporter put the cost of the recent $1.1 trillion dollar federal spending bill in perspective.

Enumclaw Toastmasters develop skills that help bring lifelong success

Standing in front of the room, that first time, my hands shook, my arms trembled, my whole body quivered.

  • Jan 28th, 2014

U.S. entrepreneurs rank behind Azerbaijan | Don Brunell

With the ongoing debate about income inequality and increasing the minimum wage, it’s important to revisit the basics. In order to demand a wage increase, you must first have a job. In order to have a job, someone must create that job. In order to create that job, someone must start a business

  • Jan 24th, 2014

Tips on avoiding bad deals on airfare and Super Bowl events | Better Business Bureau

The Seattle Seahawks are headed to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, making The 12th Man’s quest to attend difficult and expensive.

  • Jan 24th, 2014

Small Business Administration Webinar: Top Reasons for Returns and Declines of Applications for Business Development Program

Small Business Administration Webinar: Top Reasons for Returns and Declines of Applications for Business Development Program

  • Jan 19th, 2014

Washington State Department of Revenue offers tax tips for annual business filers

January marks the busiest time of year for the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue), with tax returns all due from monthly, quarterly and annual filers. In all, Revenue could receive as many as 490,000 returns this month.

  • Jan 19th, 2014

Improve highway 167 to improve state’s future | Don Brunell

Improving Highway 167 could help change the face of global commerce and the future of Washington state. Really.

Avoid counterfeit NFL playoff ticket sales | Better Business Bureau

As the 12th Man prepares for the Seattle Seahawks’ NFC championship playoff game, cons are preparing to line their pockets with the sales of knockoff NFL memorabilia as well.

  • Jan 12th, 2014

Puget Sound area households spend 20 percent more than U.S. average

Consumer units (households) in the Seattle area spent an average of $60,674 per year in 2011-2012, 20 percent above the $50,581 U.S. average.

  • Jan 12th, 2014

The American way, nobody starts at the top | Don Brunell

Our country is awash in the politics of envy these days.

New owners keep Enumclaw downtown landmark Mint operating every day

The doors to the Mint Restaurant and Ale House, a longtime fixture in downtown Enumclaw, had been closed for months. That all changed in August when the popular venue was reopened by new owners Ryan Lundeen and Scott Megargle.

  • Jan 10th, 2014

Small Business Administration webinar series on navigating 8(a) Business Development Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration will present Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, the first of a free, two-part webinar series on Jan.15 at 2 p.m. EST.

  • Jan 9th, 2014

It’s time to rethink Obamacare | Don Brunell

Amidst all the confusion, broken promises, false starts, delays, changes and mounting costs, 2014 is the year the president and Congress must rethink the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.