Business

Attainable health coverage for small businesses

America’s 28 million small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating two out of every three net new jobs and employing half of America’s workforce. From mom-and-pop stores and restaurants, to high-tech startups and productive manufacturers, small businesses are helping to drive the Washington economy and create jobs in our local communities.

2013 Corporations for Communities Award nominations open | Secretary of State

Time is running out for the public to offer nominations for a 2013 Corporations for Communities Award. The nomination deadline is August 31.

  • Aug 19th, 2013

Is carbon dioxide really the target? | Don Brunell

Environmental activists claim they want to reduce production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. If so, they’re going about it in a very strange way.

Statistics show fewer homeowners falling behind | Shawn Inman

Until 2008, most people had never heard the term “short sale.” Unfortunately, in the years since, it has become a phrase that almost everyone is familiar with.

Tehaleh bestselling community in Puget Sound region, real estate report says

The New Home Trends report reviewed new home sales in 499 Pierce, King, Snohomish and Thurston county communities for the first six months of 2013. As of late July, Newland Communities had sold 142 homes in Tehaleh.

Seattle area employee compensation costs up

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 http://www.bls.gov/ro9/eciseat.pdf.

  • Aug 11th, 2013

L&I announces new centers of Occupational Health and Education | Department of Labor & Industries

The Department of Labor & Industries has finalized new agreements with health-care organizations to provide Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHEs).

  • Aug 11th, 2013

In defense of Gerald Ford | Don Brunell

Musings on a president's political courage and legacy.

Better Business Bureau investigation of airline voucher awards

Thousands of Washingtonians have qualified for two round trip airline tickets valued at more than $1,100, according to hand-addressed letters from a company claiming to be “American.” This too-good-to-be-true offer has prompted a Better Business Bureau investigation.

  • Aug 8th, 2013

Feedback sought on transit projects | WSDOT

Webinar to be held in August; comments welcome until Sept. 16.

  • Aug 3rd, 2013

Starting on business continuity plan | Small Business Administration

You’ve gone online to get the checklists, read the articles, joined the webinars, and gathered some really good disaster preparedness tools for your business.

  • Aug 3rd, 2013

Reloading scams target previous victims and senior citizens | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is advising consumers—and especially seniors—to get educated about “reloading” scams to avoid ending up on the “sucker list.”

  • Jul 31st, 2013

Weighing Washington’s high cost of doing business | Don Brunell

Gov. Jay Inslee was in New York for the world rollout of BMW’s new electric car, the BMW i3, which is partially built in Washington. We are all justifiably proud of our state’s role and see the car as a harbinger of Washington’s economic future.

The magic of Washington Business Week | Don Brunell

Each summer for the past 38 years, students and adult leaders from across our state have gathered at university campuses for week-long free enterprise “boot camps” called Business Week.

The Affordable Care Act for Washington’s self-employed

There are currently 23 million self-employed entrepreneurs in United States and that number continues to rise, especially here in Washington. These innovative entrepreneurs reflect a diverse array of professions and businesses that are helping to drive our economy – from consultants and IT specialists to painters and roofers.

Understanding short sales | Plateau Real Estate

Until 2008, most people had never heard the term "short sale." Unfortunately, in the years since, it has become a phrase that almost everyone is familiar with.

ObamaCare in need of a remake | Don Brunell

Summer is blockbuster movie season, a time when Hollywood releases its biggest productions. In our nation’s capital, the political version of a blockbuster, “The Affordable Care Act: Obamacare,” is now making its debut. But early previews suggest it’s not quite ready for the big screen.

Washington Health Benefit Exchange offers free seminar for people and businesses affected by Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is moving closer to full implementation. Washington State has chosen to establish a Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace where individuals and businesses with fewer than 50 employees can shop for insurance plans.

Kim Harvey returns to Western Washington and opens Salon 410 in Buckley

Owner Kim Harvey recently opened Salon 410 in Buckley, offering customers a full line of services.

  • Jul 10th, 2013

Discount appliance store adds second location, opens doors in Buckley

A second Appliance Discount NW store recently opened for business in Buckley.

  • Jul 10th, 2013

Vintage clothing, furniture found at downtown shop in Enumclaw

Vintage Garden, a new enterprise launched by owner Coreen “Corey” Baxter, is sharing some highly-visible space on Enumclaw’s Cole Street.

  • Jul 10th, 2013

Military news a mixed bag for Washington’s economy | Don Brunell

Washington has major bases and military suppliers such as Boeing.

  • Jul 6th, 2013

Refuse illegal fireworks sales | Better Business Bureau

According to the Office of the Washington State Fire Marshal, more than 350 fireworks-related injuries or fires were reported in 2012, with most occurring around the Fourth of July. Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to exercise caution this week while celebrating Independence Day.

  • Jul 3rd, 2013

Construction on Market at Tapps to update 1980s aesthetic

If you've stopped by the Market at Lake Tapps — the shopping center that includes Fleet Feet Sports and Office Depot — you've probably noticed construction crews working on the building.

Science can help feed starving people | Don Brunell

It’s hard to believe there are starving people in the world when Americans shop in well-stocked supermarkets and dine out at any of our 618,000 restaurants.

Science can help feed starving people | Don Brunell

It’s hard to believe there are starving people in the world when Americans shop in well-stocked supermarkets and dine out at any of our 618,000 restaurants.

Boating Season: watercraft safety and insurance will keep you cruising this summer | NW Insurance Council

Summer is heating up and boaters are taking to the water for aquatic fun. Now is a great time make sure you are doing everything you can to protect yourself, your passengers and other boaters while cruising Northwest waters throughout the summer.

  • Jun 29th, 2013

Kasey Kahne makes appearance in Enumclaw | Slideshow

Kasey Kahne made an appearance at the Kasey Kahne Store in Enumclaw June 20. The NASCAR driver signed autographs and spent time with kids.

  • Jun 26th, 2013

Elder abuse and exploitation | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging

Millions of older Americans are living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities and roughly seven percent of complaints on long-term care residences involve abuse, neglect or exploitation—according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging.

  • Jun 23rd, 2013

Top lenders honored at National Small Business Week

Three banks, two certified development companies and two Small Business Investment Companies today received the highest recognition by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C., as they were proclaimed 2013 Lenders and Investment Companies of the Year, during National Small Business Week.

  • Jun 23rd, 2013

What about the rest of us? | Don Brunell

The newspaper Politico reports that dozens of members of Congress and their staffers are so worried about rising premium costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that they may quit or retire before the law fully goes into effect Jan. 1.

Portland is municipal fluoridation’s odd duck | Brunell

When it comes to drinking water, Portland is an odd duck. Since 1956, voters have consistently rejected adding minuscule amounts of fluoride to their water supply to prevent tooth decay. They again flocked to the polls in May to kill the latest ballot measure.

Expanded kitchen and menu | Enumclaw Business

Enumclaw’s Rendezvous Wine and Brew reopened May 8 with an expanded kitchen and, with that, an expanded menu.

  • Jun 14th, 2013

Lift Espresso stocks 80 flavors | Enumclaw Business

Lift Espresso debuted earlier this year at 230 Roosevelt Ave., a highly-visible location between McDonald’s and Enumclaw Ski and Mountain.

  • Jun 14th, 2013

Mexican take-out at La Cocina in Enumclaw

Owner Maribel Dore offers Mexican take-out cuisine at La Cocina, which opened May 4 at 1547 McHugh Ave. in Enumclaw.

  • Jun 14th, 2013

Expert panelists to join small business week | Small Business Administration

During National Small Business Week, June 17-21, the U.S. Small Business Administration has invited expert panelists to join Google+ Hangouts.

  • Jun 14th, 2013

Appraisals key to sale process | Shawn Inman

Last month I talked about the greatest force driving our market, which is inventory – or, more specifically, the lack of inventory. As long as there are more buyers than sellers, there will always be an upward pressure on prices and that’s definitely what we’ve seen on the Plateau during the first five months of 2013. There is something offsetting that pressure, though, and that is the appraisal process.

Property appraisals are key to sale process | Plateau Real Estate

Last month I talked about the greatest force driving our market, which is inventory, or more specifically, the lack of inventory. As long as there are more buyers than sellers, there will always be an upward pressure on prices, and that’s definitely what we’ve seen on the plateau in the first five months of 2013. There is something that is offsetting that pressure, though, and that is the appraisal process.

Small Business Administration announces $50 Million in Early Stage Fund

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today, during remarks at a G8 session on social impact investing, in London, England, that the agency’s next solicitation for its Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Early Stage Fund will be opening in the fall of 2013.

  • Jun 10th, 2013

Preserve and expand Washington’s traditional manufacturing jobs | Don Brunell

As the budget battles continue in Olympia, state lawmakers are rightly focusing on the need to retain and expand good-paying aerospace and high-tech manufacturing jobs.

Preserve and expand Washington’s traditional manufacturing jobs

As the budget battles continue in Olympia, state lawmakers are rightly focusing on the need to retain and expand good-paying aerospace and high-tech manufacturing jobs.

Preserve and expand Washington’s traditional manufacturing jobs | Don Brunell

As the budget battles continue in Olympia, state lawmakers are rightly focusing on the need to retain and expand good-paying aerospace and high-tech manufacturing jobs.

Connie Bacon wins 2013 Globe Award for Lifetime Achievement | World Trade Center

At the May 31st World Trade Center Tacoma Board Meeting Port of Tacoma Commissioner Connie Bacon was invited to attend and give her perspective on the Globe Awards. Commissioner Bacon was Executive Director of the World Trade Center Tacoma in 1993 when the very first Globe Awards event was launched.

  • Jun 6th, 2013

Better Business Bureau alert about contractors

Better Business Bureau and Washington State Labor and Industries are issuing an alert to consumers over a recent and steady stream of complaints against contractors. Homeowners wishing to remodel or improve houses complain to BBB that after paying thousands of dollars for home repairs the work is either shoddy or never completed.

  • Jun 3rd, 2013

Small Business Administration and the W20 Group webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, a cluster of digital communications companies, will present Identifying and Connecting with Your Influencers, the fourth topic in the five-topic social media webinar series.

  • Jun 3rd, 2013

Higher taxes and costs will send jobs out of state | Don Brunell

As lawmakers scramble to fund the state budget, some legislators and interest groups are targeting tax incentives designed to attract businesses and create jobs. Meanwhile, much-needed workers’ compensation reforms languish in the Legislature.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program disparity study now online

A study to determine whether the Washington State Department of Transportation’s contracting activities are fair and equitable for all is now available for review.

  • May 20th, 2013

Who says Congress and the President can’t move quickly? | Don Brunell

Air travelers received a bit of good news recently: A bill to put air traffic controllers back to work whisked through the House and Senate and flew into the White House for President Obama’s signature.

Plateau Business Roundup for May

A brief look at three new businesses on the Plateau

Lack of inventory shifts housing market into bidding wars | Real Estate on the Plateau

The current real estate market in the Plateau area can be summed up in one word: inventory.