Small Business Administration and Operation HOPE

The U.S. Small Business Administration and Operation HOPE, Inc., signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to encourage entrepreneurship and economic empowerment through increased collaboration on entrepreneurial and financial education for small business owners.

  • Jan 6th, 2014

What did 2013’s disasters teach us | Small Business Administration

Small businesses were particularly hard-hit by the floods, tornados and wildfires that occurred in the U.S. in 2013. Some were even forced to close temporarily, causing economic injury to business owners and communities that were already struggling.

  • Jan 1st, 2014

Money Matter in 2014 | Better Business Bureau

‘Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions, and according to a recent survey from Fidelity Investments, about 54 percent of Americans—up from 35 percent in 2013—will be considering financial resolutions for 2014.

  • Jan 1st, 2014

We all need a fresh start in 2014 | Don Brunell

The New Year is traditionally a time for reflection and renewal. A shiny new year lies ahead, full of promise.

Give wisely for Christmas | Better Business Bureau

Thousands of generous Washingtonians will open hearts and wallets this holiday season, opening themselves up to scammers in the process. Cons are employing all sorts of tactics to weasel money away from unsuspecting consumers and Better Business Bureau reminds donors to give wisely.

  • Dec 23rd, 2013

Washington small businesses to get health insurance tax credits

The U.S. Treasury Department announced today that it will allow qualifying Washington businesses to get tax credits to help pay for up to 50 percent of their employees’ health insurance premium next year.

  • Dec 23rd, 2013

Keep the holiday spirit all year long | Don Brunell

During the holidays, our thoughts naturally turn to giving — not just giving gifts but donating our time and money to charities and community programs.

Target Corporation announces massive data breach exposing 40 million accounts

Target Corporation announced that it experienced a massive data breach, exposing approximately 40 million customer accounts.

  • Dec 19th, 2013

HUBZone Webinar | Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration will present the concluding chapter of its two-part webinar series on How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification, on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. EST.

  • Dec 16th, 2013

Toy safety tips | Better Business Bureau

The holidays are quickly approaching and shoppers will be rushing to purchase and ship last minute gifts. At the top of many lists are the latest toys and electronics for kids.

  • Dec 16th, 2013

What’s the plan? | Don Brunell

This summer, the nation sweltered in a deadly heat wave ... This fall, the nation froze in near-record cold.

Appliance shop opens doors on Garrett Street in Enumclaw

Offering new and used appliances, repairs and service calls, Doug Reynolds launched American Appliance in October.

  • Dec 13th, 2013

Enumclaw’s Kathy Het-tick elected second vice president of the National Society of Accountants | Business

Enumclaw’s Kathy Het-tick was elected second vice president of the National Society of Accountants during the NSA’s 68th annual meeting in Indianapolis.

  • Dec 12th, 2013

New business openings

A new pharmacy has opened in Bonney Lake. The Rxpress Pharmacy is an independent, locally-owned pharmacy committed to spending the extra time to meet all of their patron’s needs.

Shopping at small businesses strenghtens America | Calvin Goings

During the holiday season, Americans across the country have a unique opportunity to strengthen their local economies, support their communities and get great services and products by shopping small – shopping at small businesses, that is.

12 Scams of Christmas | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns about common holiday scams and frauds.

  • Dec 8th, 2013

The ethanol shuffle and other bad ideas | Don Brunell

Have you heard of the Ethanol Shuffle? One step forward, two steps back. Actually, it’s not a dance; it’s part of California’s clean energy policy — a program our governor wants to emulate.

Owner of Washington clinic pleads guilty of theft and fraudulent billing | Department of Labor and Industries

The owner of a Vancouver chiropractic clinic has repaid the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) nearly $90,000 resulting from fraudulent billing.

  • Nov 30th, 2013

Preserve affordable health insurance | Don Brunell

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler made national news when he quickly rejected President Obama’s call for insurers to extend individual health insurance policies cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to as Obamacare.

U.S. Small Business Administration encourages Americans to shop small

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is encouraging Americans across the country to shop small this November 30 as part of Small Business Saturday, a day that is dedicated to supporting the small businesses that anchor our local communities and strengthen our economy.

  • Nov 29th, 2013

WorkSource is working, study says

The state’s WorkSource system is a good taxpayer investment, according to a new study released today by the Employment Security Department.

  • Nov 21st, 2013

Better Business Bureau Secure Your ID Day events

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington hosted six Secure Your ID Day events in October to securely destroy sensitive documents, recycle cellular phones, collect donations for local food banks and raise awareness about local identity theft issues.

  • Nov 18th, 2013

Providing business help to veterans | Small Business Association

Across America, there are more than 250,000 service members transitioning out of our military and looking to start their own businesses.

When Boeing speaks, we should listen | Don Brunell

When Boeing warns that something is wrong, people listen — or at least they should.

Station 082 aims to provides creative and fun environment for its young customers | Plateau Business News

Station 082 appeals to the creative and competitive side of its mostly-young clientele.

  • Nov 14th, 2013

Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce hires new director

Amy Hardebeck is settling into her role as executive director of the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce.

  • Nov 14th, 2013

Coffee and collectables are served up at Main Street’s Cowboys and Angels Café | Plateau Business News

Cowboys and Angels Café, a new shop offering coffee and handmade collectibles, will soon be opening in downtown Buckley.

  • Nov 14th, 2013

Better Business Bureau accepts entries for 2014 Business of the Year Torch Awards

Better Business Bureau announces that it is now accepting entries and nominations for the 2014 Business of the Year Torch Awards.

  • Nov 11th, 2013

Hire our veterans | Don Brunell

The good news is, America is bringing its troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. However, that presents a challenge because a large number of those troops will leave the military upon their return. That shift, along with significant cuts in military spending, means tens of thousands of veterans will be looking for work.

  • Nov 8th, 2013

Online security course | Small Business Administration

Small businesses can help keep their business information safe and protect their online information with a new free course from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • Nov 4th, 2013

Congress should rebuild Obamacare | Don Brunell

In the midst of all the turmoil, confusion and partisan infighting over the Affordable Care Act, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s words have come back to haunt us: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”

Latest property tax figures show 2.3 percent increase in 2013 | Washington State Department of Revenue

Property tax levies due in 2013 increased 2.3 percent to $9.5 billion.

  • Oct 27th, 2013

Will Washington be big in Boeing jumbo jet’s future?

When the first passengers took off in Boeing’s 747 in 1970, the aircraft was dubbed the “Queen of the Skies.” Since then, the company’s mammoth plant just south of Everett has been the kingpin of the world’s jumbo jet production.

Lonesome Larry has lots of friends | Don Brunell

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, the end of his migratory journey. Biologists dubbed the sole survivor, “Lonesome Larry.”

Protect youth from identity theft | Better Business Bureau

More than 16,000 children and young adults under the age of 19 fell victim to identity theft in 2012, according to the Federal Trade Commission; and many of these kids will likely struggle for years to clear their names.

  • Oct 13th, 2013

Regulatory overreach, ‘enough is enough’

News stories about the government shutdown have shined a spotlight on the issue of government overreach.

Eclectic mix of goods at new shop | Plateau Business

As the name suggests, Eclectic offers a varied assortment of gifts and home decor.

  • Oct 11th, 2013

Liquor and Wine Enumclaw moves | Plateau Business

Liquor and Wine Enumclaw recently moved to a new location, but remains in the convenient QFC shopping center.

  • Oct 10th, 2013

Sam Vanassa launches Gorilla Business Consulting | Plateau Business

Aiming to help local customers improve their bottom line, Sam Vanassa has launched Gorilla Business Consulting.

  • Oct 10th, 2013

Hair care, massage at Salon Bonita in Enumclaw | Plateau Business

Owner Carolyn Tyrrell and Amanda Resser care for customers’ hair, offering coloring, cuts, extensions and smoothing treatments.

  • Oct 8th, 2013

Franz Kafka and the Department of Ecology | Don Brunell

In 1915, Franz Kafka wrote a novel about a man who was arrested by two unidentified agents from an undetermined agency and put on trial before unseen judges for an unspecified crime. He was compelled to defend himself without knowing what crime he’d allegedly committed.

Dangerous duels with Americans caught in the middle | Don Brunell

After spending a couple of days last week in Washington, D.C., I wonder how Congress and President Obama will settle their differences without hurting the taxpayers or crippling our struggling economy.

ESA listing could undercut Washington’s economy | Don Brunell

A small critter is causing big problems in the South Puget Sound. It’s called the Mazama pocket gopher.

Better Business Bureau supports military

Local military installations are an integral part of Western Washington and Better Business Bureau is stepping up efforts to arm service members and their families with the tools to combat fraud and make smarter shopping decisions.

  • Sep 15th, 2013

When national parks burn | Don Brunell

Today’s news is filled with images of the massive wildfire that has raged across nearly 400 square miles near Yosemite National Park, threatening San Francisco’s water supply.

Railroads move America’s energy safely and efficiently | Don Brunell

For activists intent on stopping all use of fossil fuel, train safety has become their cause du jour. After all, if you can block transport of fossil fuels, you can choke off their use.

The minimum wage debate | Don Brunell

The central element of Proposition 1 is a $15 per hour minimum wage for workers at SeaTac Airport and area hotels, restaurants and car rental agencies. But, it also includes a complex web of employee work rules enforced by the City of SeaTac.

Threat to Washington state wine industry

The threat Newhouse refers to is the lack of available clean plants for vineyard plantings. Viruses can reduce the life of a vineyard investment by up to 50 percent.

  • Aug 24th, 2013

Washington homeowners receive relief under National Mortgage Settlement | Attorney General

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that the five banks covered under the National Mortgage Settlement have reported providing over $1.2 billion dollars in consumer relief to Washington homeowners.

  • Aug 24th, 2013

Different strategy, same results | Don Brunell

There’s an old saying, “There’s more than one way to catch a cat.” It means, if you don’t succeed one way, try again using a different strategy.