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Thurston economic index encouraging

A large crowd heard an encouraging, but cautious, report on the updated Thurston Economic Vitality Index yesterday.

This is the second year that St. Martin's University Department of Economics, led by Professor Riley Moore, conducted the economic analysis of local data sets.

"Leading indicators suggest the decline may be tapering out, renewing hope that we might soon be entering the recovery stage," according to the Index.

December 2009

National award for state leader

Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has received the "Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award" given annually by consumer advisors to a nationwide association of insurance regulators.

The award honors "the regulator we believe has most effectively represented and advanced the interests of consumers," according to Sally B. McCarty, one of the 16 consumer representatives on the panel.

December 2009

Nonprofit seeks sites for free housing rehab

Rebuilding Together Thurston County is searching for homes that need rehabilitation and maintenance services. This work can be free to low-income homeowners who are elderly, disabled or have young children.

Applications for this service are available at or by e-mailing application requests to or by calling (360) 539-7830. Deadline for application is Jan. 10, 2010.

December 2009

Heritage Bank passes the test

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation today issued its list of state nonmember banks recently evaluated for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

Heritage Bank of Olympia is the only Washington financial institution included in this review and it received a Satisfactory rating.

December 2009

Major employers highlighted

The Dec. 7th edition of Business Examiner includes the annual compilation of major employers in the South Sound, using information provided by economic development agencies and other sources.

Not surprisingly, U.S. Army jobs at Fort Lewis -- both military and civilian -- comprise the largest of 84 employers on the list with 42,231 jobs.

December 2009

Housing sales continue to close

Home sales continued to outperform year-ago totals and prices continued to show signs of stabilizing, according to the latest report from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Pending sales for November tapered off from October's surge during the rush to beat a looming tax credit deadline, but are more than 31 percent ahead of November 2008 numbers, with brokers crediting move-up buyers as one factor for the positive activity.

December 2009

Small businesses compete for Black Friday shoppers

As crowds gathered late last night and early this morning at big box stores like WalMart, Best Buy and Toys R Us, small businesses throughout the South Sound began various campaigns to snag a piece of the Black Friday market.

November 2009
Spreadsheets can show errors in business

Spreadsheets can show errors in business

If the devil is in the details then certainly one of his minions is in a spreadsheet somewhere, since understanding and following accounting practices by keeping accurate records can mean the difference between profit heaven or deficit hell for small businesses.

Business coach Douglas Hammel, founder of Hammel and Associates, presented this lesson and more at a free workshop Wednesday at the Thurston County Chamber on "Accounting Logic." The workshop addressed the need for a straight forward explanation of how accounting works without resorting to jargon.

November 2009

South Sound partnership benefits charities

O Bee Credit Union and Fast Transact Inc. have partnered to bring credit card processing of charity donations to a financial institution's Web site.

Specifically, food banks and other nonprofits that might not otherwise have the online technology to accept gifts in this manner will be served seemlessly, with donations going directly to the charities' bank accounts.

November 2009

Southbound backups continue on I-5

Drivers traveling Interstate 5 south of Olympia can still expect lengthy backups and delays due to emergency roadway repairs near Maytown in Thurston County even though that work has now wrapped up.

Crews closed the right lane of southbound I-5 near the Maytown Rest Area, milepost 95, Saturday, Nov. 21 to repair a 15-foot roadway section that was sloughing.

November 2009
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