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.

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.

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.

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.

Two businesses open doors, theater gets major remodel

Businesses open doors in Enumclaw and Buckley, theater gets major remodel

  • May 7, 2013

Market is driven by inventory | BUSINESS

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

  • May 6, 2013

Avoiding the Obamacare train wreck | Don Brunell

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, cost estimates for Obamacare’s new entitlements — the Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies — have doubled since it was signed into law in 2010.

What happens in Seattle stays in Seattle | Don Brunell

There’s an old saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Well, what happens in Seattle should stay in Seattle.

Public counsel recommends changes to Puget Sound Energy’s multi-year rate plan proposal

The Public Counsel Section of the Washington Attorney General’s Office today filed expert testimony recommending modifications to a multi-year rate plan filed by Puget Sound Energy (PSE).

  • Apr 27, 2013

Disaster preparedness for business owners

Whether it's an earthquake, wildfire, flood or windstorm, natural disasters can devastate parts of the Pacific Northwest at any time and Northwest business owners need to get ready now to protect both employees and their business investment.

Are we creating more poor people? | Don Brunell

There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."

Electronic company racking up complaint | Better Business Bureau

Bellevue-based WorldWide Electronics LLC is racking up complaints from customers who paid thousands of dollars for televisions that were never delivered. Some complainants say they paid more than $4,000, alleging that the company accepts only checks or wire transfers.

  • Apr 13, 2013

New federal regulations will boost the cost of gas, again | Don Brunell

Imagine that you see a swimmer floundering in the water. You call the rescue squad and then you toss the swimmer a concrete block. Does that make sense? Of course not, but that’s what’s happening in Washington, D.C.

Consumers still rely on Better Business Bureau

After more than 100 years, consumers are still relying heavily on Better Business Bureau for free reports on companies and charities, ethical business guidance, complaint services, anti-fraud education and marketplace news.

  • Apr 7, 2013

Exporting creates jobs and profits | Pierce County Economic Development Department

With 95 percent of potential customers living outside the United States, exporting goods and services makes great sense and can add significantly to a firm’s bottom line.

Washington taxable retail sales increases

Taxable retail sales increased 5.6 percent to $29.5 billion during the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

  • Apr 7, 2013

State budgets in disarray | Don Brunell

When an errant SUV crashes through your picture window, you may not notice that your barbecue tipped over and caught your house on fire. So it is with the U.S. economy these days.