Dahlquist given Association of Washington Businesses’ Cornerstone Award.

“I truly appreciate being honored by the AWB, particularly because of the good work they do to protect our state’s job creators and get people back to work in this difficult economy,” said Dahlquist, R-31st District.

Committee-deciders couldn’t thread the Needle with their tangled bureaucracy | Brunell’s Business View

No project can garner 100 percent support — there will always be proponents and opponents. Even the world’s fair had its detractors. But in the end, the 1962 World’s Fair was a huge success and put Seattle on the map. The 1974 Spokane World’s Fair did the same and revitalized that city’s downtown. Both happened because visionaries like Eddie Carlson and Joe Gandy in Seattle and Luke Williams in Spokane weathered the storm and refused to give up.

White River Credit Union elections later in April

Beginning April 20 through the April 27 WRCU will host a vote for its Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee.

Improving your financial literacy | Better Business Bureau

During Financial Literacy Month in April, Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to keep track of their credit, debt and sensitive financial documents.

Taxable retail sales increase in fourth quarter 2011 | Washington State Department of Revenue

Taxable retail sales increased 4.2 percent to $27.9 billion during the fourth quarter of 2011compared to year-earlier results, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

Helping young entrepreneurs succeed | Calvin Goings

All across the country, there are young men and women dreaming of opening their own business. Some are looking to start the next social media phenomenon, while others are focused on a business idea that fills an important niche on their campuses and in their communities.

  • Apr 8, 2012

Red tape is a tourniquet on entrepreneurial lifeblood | Brunell’s Business View

Greece is Europe's poster child for debt, with experts predicting default even after massive bailouts. Knowing that, wouldn't you think the government would welcome entrepreneurs like Fotis I. Antonopoulos and reduce its cumbersome regulations to help small start-up businesses?

Tyler Freed is Windermere Bonney Lake’s new branch manager

Freed specializes in new home sales and listings, a primary focus for the Bonney Lake office, which houses Windermere Builder Services South.

Sound Publishing, owner of Courier-Herald, has new president

Gloria Fletcher has been named president of Sound Publishing, owner of the Courier-Herald newspapers.

  • Apr 2, 2012

It’s tax season! Do you know all the tax credits that might benefit you?

Many small businesses don’t realize that 17 small business tax cuts have already been signed into law and an additional five small business tax cuts are proposed for 2013. These tax cuts are available to all types of small businesses, from main street shops to high growth startups.

Gloria Fletcher named president of Sound Publishing

Fletcher comes to Sound from Gatehouse Media, where she was Regional Vice President responsible for 85 publications spread over 13 states based in Joplin, Mo.

Drop in unemployment rate may cause change in benefits eligibility

Washington gained an estimated 4,200 jobs in February, adding to the state’s gradual climb up the employment ladder, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.

Les Schwab Tire Centers free beef promotion in Bonney Lake

Les Schwab Tire Centers announced the awards for its free beef promotion, promotion that has a 49 year tradition throughout the west.

Unclaimed property workshops scheduled for businesses

Businesses holding unclaimed property can learn about their obligation to report it to the state through free workshops being offered around the state by the Washington State Department of Revenue.

State health insurance is too important to snooze through | Brunell’s Business View

When you talk about state health insurance exchanges, eyes tend to glaze over. (See, it’s happening right now.) The subject seems far too complicated and confusing.

New focus at Transmogrify takes additional space | Enumclaw Business

One of Enumclaw’s growing businesses has outpaced its former space and moved into new, larger quarters.

Export-Import Bank fuels trade and job growth | Brunell’s Business View

It started in 1935 with a $3.8 million loan to Cuba for the purchase of U.S. silver ingots. That loan, backed by the U.S. government, was the beginning of the Export-Import Bank. Today, the bank helps finance export sales by thousands of U.S. manufacturers.

Kim’s cakes make sweet new business | Enumclaw

Since her days at Enumclaw High School, Kim Lauk has loved to bake.

State liquor storefronts open for sale to privateers

Looking to get into the liquor business? This might be your chance. State liquor stores all across Washington, including Bonney lake and Sumner are now being surplussed and auctioned off to the highest bidder in time to get the government out of the alcohol business by the June deadline set by last fall's voter initiative.

DIY tobacco shops cut out the manufacturer to cut retail prices

A common complaint of smokers is the seemingly rocketing price of a pack of smokes. The habit is expensive, made more so by mounting taxes on tobacco products. In response to consistent price increases on product, the market's responded with a relatively new business model for tobacco shops.