Business

Washington state is missing out on tourism dollars | Don Brunell’s Business View

When we moved from Montana to Olympia 35 years ago, we saw enticing television and magazine ads for our neighboring states, but none for Washington. Fast forward to 2013 and nothing has changed. It was puzzling then, but even more perplexing today, considering the money and jobs at stake.

Department of Labor & Industries offering grants for innovative safety and health projects

Have an innovative idea for improving workplace safety and health, such as with training, equipment or another new idea? If so, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) would like to hear from you and may help fund your project.

SBA Hurricane Sandy Loan approvals surpass $1 billion

Less than 90 days after Hurricane Sandy struck, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $1.1 billion in disaster loans to 16,800 residents and businesses in the federally declared states affected by the storm.

  • Feb 2, 2013

Tips on disaster planning | SBA/Agility Webinar

Managing the flow of information about your company is crucial when an emergency occurs. Regardless of your abilities as a leader, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when a crisis hits.

Washington slips in ‘Best States’ ranking | Don Brunell’s Business View

The famous baseball pitcher Satchel Paige used to say, "Don't look back — something might be gaining on you." With all due respect to Satchel, Washington should glance over its shoulder because something is gaining on us. Competing states are coming after Washington’s economic powerhouse: aerospace.

Whitehouse restaurant biggest challenge yet for eponymous entrepreneur

"Stepping stones" is the phrase Tim Whitehouse Jr. uses to describe his career as a restaurateur.

California vs. Texas | Don Brunell

California and Texas are like the two biggest kids on the block going toe-to-toe for bragging rights. Who’s the biggest? Who’s the best? Bravado aside, comparing the business climate in these two states reveals why one state is lagging while the other is thriving.

A commitment to our veterans | Don Brunell

In the midst of seemingly endless partisan arguments in our nation’s capital about how to reduce unemployment, Wal-Mart, America’s largest retailer, announced its own plan to deal with the problem.

Kim Beach with some of her four-legged clients. She plans to travel with her husband after she retires in June.

After grooming 75,000 dogs, Kim Beach calling it a career in Buckley

After 30 years in business, and 27 years on Main Street, pet groomer Kim Beach will retire in June. Klips By Kim is the oldest standing business in the city of Buckley.

Kim Beach with some of her four-legged clients. She plans to travel with her husband after she retires in June.

Sustainable landscaping workshop offered for landscape professionals | Pierce County News

Landscape professionals looking to incorporate sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance into their business are invited to attend a Pierce County workshop on sustainable landscaping in February.

Kicking the can off the ‘cliff’ | Don Brunell’s Business View

When I grew up, kids in neighborhoods gathered in a vacant lot or backyard to play “kick the can.” It was a combination of hide-n-seek, tag and capture the flag — and it was fun.

Kim Beach with some of her furry clients.

Klips By Kim owner retiring after 27 years in Buckley

After 30 years in business, and 27 years on Main Street, pet groomer Kim Beach will retire in June. Klips By Kim is the oldest standing business in the city of Buckley. "I've worked every Saturday for the past 30 years," Beach said. "It's time to get out there and find out what happens on Saturday."

Kim Beach with some of her furry clients.

Employment Security goes after income-tax refunds to resolve debts

When is an income-tax refund not a refund? When it’s intercepted by the Employment Security Department to repay wrongly claimed unemployment benefits.

  • Jan 6, 2013

State tax ollections up for fiscal year 2012

State tax collections increased 0.9 percent to $16.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2012, according to Tax Statistics 2012, published online by the Washington State Department of Revenue.

  • Jan 5, 2013

New Year, new regulations | Don Brunell

Traditionally, the new year is a time for resolutions and new beginnings. Unfortunately, it is also a time when new regulations kick in.

New website to help states implement self-employment assistance programs | U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor today jointly announced a new website to support state workforce and unemployment agencies in implementing or enhancing Self-Employment Assistance programs.

Putting money in your hands | Small Business Administration

For two years in a row the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has helped to put more than $30 billion into the hands of small business owners across the country.

Biomass a good source of renewable energy | Don Brunell

As we look ahead in 2013, the cost and availability of electricity will become more important to our families, farmers, merchants and factories.

Focus is on private donors as need grows | Don Brunell

With all the class warfare these days, "rich" has become a four-letter word. To hear some tell it, high-income earners are greedy misers who don't pay their "fair share."

The Buckley Chamber of Commerce thank you

The Buckley Chamber would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Dec. 1 Christmas tree auction a success. The decorated Christmas trees were beautiful this year.

  • Dec 25, 2012