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Gloria Fletcher

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.

Gloria Fletcher

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.

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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.

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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.

Tobacco Tavern owner Sevrianna Bertrand and the RYO filling station customers rent to pack their smokes.

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.

Tobacco Tavern owner Sevrianna Bertrand and the RYO filling station customers rent to pack their smokes.

Familiar face at Dick’s Barbershop

There is a familiar face standing behind the chair at Dick's Barbershop in Enumclaw. The latest addition joining the hair-cutting crew at 1452 Cole St. is Kellee Aashiem, who started in January.

Doors open to Diane’s Mail Room in Buckley

Diane’s Mail Room, which opened its doors last week in Buckley’s Jefferson Avenue Business Park, might be considered a small-businessman’s dream.

An Example for Us All | Don Brunell

Adversity often brings out the best in people. We find ways to pitch in and solve problems that government can’t.

An Example for Us All | Don Brunell

Adversity often brings out the best in people. We find ways to pitch in and solve problems that government can’t.

Baseball parents open year-round facility in Enumclaw

Wet, windy weather makes it hard to get on a baseball field this time of year. Which, in turn, makes it hard for players to stay on top of their game.

Mark B. Johnson was hired as a union negotiator by the Inernational Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers International.

Sumner’s Mark Johnson named top negotiator for aerospace machinists’ union

A Machinists Union officer who worked for more than 25 years at Boeing in Puget Sound is now one of the union’s top negotiators with aerospace companies across North America.

Mark B. Johnson was hired as a union negotiator by the Inernational Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers International.
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Bonney Lake Mongolian grill enjoys ironclad market share

When some people get a wild hare, they buy a new car or take up a hobby. Christina VonTorne opened a business. And not just any business: VonTorne opened Iron Dragon Mongolian Grill, taking on the ever-risky food service industry armed with business analyst experience, an angel investor, experienced kitchen managers, and a determination to build a successful enterprise from scratch.

In keeping with the traditional model

Cutting through Washington’s tax maze | Don Brunell’s Business View

"Keep it simple." This old saying is more than a bumper sticker slogan, it's a principle that is especially important when it comes to taxes and regulations. Washington employers have been working for decades to simplify our state's tax and regulatory policies. Currently, employers must work their way through a maze of complex, overlapping and often contradictory regulations and tax rules that differ from one city to the next, one county to the next.

CrossFit aiming to get clients in shape

Enthusiasts gravitating toward the new CrossFit Enumclaw Gym at 1713 Garrett St. in Enumclaw, are working toward a healthier lifestyle.

Salon La Bell sets grand opening

Sarah Bell dreamed of starting a salon with her sisters. At one time, all three were studying massage, cosmetology or to be an aesthetician.