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The Thurston County Chamber is hosting a free seminar about how to obtain an SBA loan at 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Attendees will learn how the SBA loan program works, the eligibility and credit requirements, whether loan proceeds can be used to consolidate debt or help with cash flow or buy a building, what lenders are looking for when approving loans, who can help with a business plan or a loan proposal and what other financing options are available. For more information or to register, call (360) 357-3362.

January 2010

People on the move

Angie Wilson has been hired as an agent by GHB Insurance. She specializes in assisting small employers in Thurston and Pierce County with employee benefits including dental, vision, disability and individual medical. Wilson, who will be working out of the Olympia office, has several years experience in the insurance industry.

The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center Executive Chef Allan Wambaa earned the ProChef Level II certification from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). There are three levels of certification. Wambaa was able to bypass level one due to his years of experience including more than 10 years as an executive chef as well as having graduated from culinary school at the Career Training Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. He embarked on an eight-month journey preparing for the exams that took place over a four-day period in June. The scope of the accreditation now qualifies Wambaa as a dietician and a nutritionist.

January 2010

Best December since '06 for pending home sales

Northwest Multiple Listing Service reports that 4,399 buyers' purchase offers were accepted in December. That volume of pending sales was up more than 35 percent from a year ago and marked the best December since 2006.

Shrinking inventory, the extension of the first-time home buyer tax credit, and favorable interest rates are among factors brokers have said they believe will sustain activity.

"With what our agents already have in the pipeline, I'm optimistic about a positive first quarter," said NWMLS director Meribeth Hutchings, the broker at Windermere RE/Lake Stevens. "We had a very strong December and the momentum seems to be there to keep things moving,"

January 2010

Construction jobs are not building

Construction employment declined in 324 out of 337 metropolitan areas over the past year, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of federal figures released today, as spending on construction projects dropped by more than $137 billion in November to a 6-year low of $900 billion.

"Private nonresidential construction is in freefall, with every category except private power construction down sharply compared to a year ago," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist.

January 2010

PSE shares with nonprofits

Puget Sound Energy Foundation today announced more than $600,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations in the state in 2009, directing $244,500 in December to 62 organizations as part of the foundation's second round of grants.

None of the foundation's funds will ever come from PSE's utility customers, instead being allocated from an endowment established with the corporate merger into Puget Holdings LLC earlier this year.

December 2009

People on the move

Mary Segawa will be leaving TOGETHER! in mid-January to become prevention manager for the State Liquor Control Board. She has been with Lacey nonprofit! since 1996 and has served as executive director since February 2003. Kathy Houston, retired executive director of the Girl Scouts Pacific Peaks Council, will be interim executive director while a search takes place.

Amanda Graham is the Lacey Chamber's newest staff addition as the events coordinator and will be doing marketing sales as well. She relocated from Texas bringing an extensive background in event management.

December 2009

More solar power in cloudy times

A year of cloudy economic news proved to have at least one bright spot: the rapid growth of Puget Sound Energy customers connecting their home or small business solar systems to the utility grid.

In 2009, nearly 200 PSE customers installed solar systems, making it the fastest-growing year ever for local renewable energy from the sun. The growth raises the total number of grid-connected solar systems to 516 - up from only 100 solar power systems that were online with PSE in early 2007.

Thurston County residents installed 50 solar generator units this year, with another 16 put in by PSE customers in Pierce County.

December 2009

Money available to improve workplace health

Employers within Thurston County are invited to apply for funding to support employee health and wellness programs.

The county has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health to support employers interested in completing projects that create better access to healthy eating or physical activity at work and promoting those options to employees.

December 2009

Gitomer: 'Listen to family, friends'

Most people surround themselves with family during the holiday season. If you are among the lucky ones, now is the perfect time to talk to them about your success plans for next year.

BE regular columnist Jeffrey Gitomer has some ideas you can use in tapping your "Holiday Sounding Board." Read more here.

December 2009

Businesses support neighbors

With an advance plan for 35 attendees, Tumwater's Comfort Inn Conference Center and Occasions Catering ended up serving more than 60 youth at a special holiday gathering Monday evening.

The guests were participants in the R.I.S.E. Transitional Living Program, a comprehensive program for young adults, 16 to 21 years old, who are homeless, living in unsafe situations, or have been in the state foster care system. It is operated by Community Youth Services of Thurston County.

December 2009
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