Archive of: Thurston County

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People on the Move

Thurston County Chamber Foundation has named Patti Grant as coordinator for the Leadership Thurston County. A county resident for 20 years, she graduated from 10-month program of training that builds a network for emerging and established leaders in 2002.

Mike Ball to its sales and property management team of ALLEN Realtors in Lakewood. He has a 15-year background in restaurant management.

August 2009

Coffee Break: bank on it

The Business Examiner would like to know the reasons why you bank where you do. Is it the interest rates, fees, the free toaster when you opened an account?

Let us know why you changed, if you found yourself switching financial institutions recently.

Email your thoughts to News@BusinessExaminer.com. Responses run on Friday.

August 2009

State forecast: 'It's improving...'

The newest Washington State economic forecast released late yesterday sees signs the economy is approaching a turning point. While labor market conditions continue to deteriorate, they are doing so at a markedly slower rate - just 2.8 percent annually, which is less than half that in the previous quarter.

Building permits probably hit bottom in the second quarter of 2009, the outlook said, and the state's index of leading economic indicators has increased in each of the last three months.

August 2009

Clear the tracks!

State transportation officials announced today that the second daily Amtrak Cascades train between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. will begin service next Wednesday, Aug. 19.
 
The Canadian government approved the second train service as a pilot project to run until after the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games. State transportation officials worked with Amtrak, BNSF Railway, U.S. Customs, and other stakeholders to get the additional Amtrak Cascades service operational as soon as possible.

August 2009

Sky is more gloomy with taxes

A monthly Small Business Economic Trends survey shows small business owners are less optimistic than they were, but still above their position in March, the lowest reading of this recession. NFIB, a national group of small company owners, said optimism fell 1.3 points to 86.5, producing the second monthly decline in a row.

The main cause was a decline in expectations that business conditions would improve in six months. The percent of owners expecting business conditions to deteriorate lost 10 percentage points from June, 15 points from May, this in spite of increasingly positive signs that the economy is improving.

August 2009

Agency claims savings on printing

The state Department of Licensing has redesigned a number of recurring printing projects to achieve significant cost savings and sustain local jobs.

Improvements to these products, which include vehicle titles, vessel titles and vehicle renewal notices, are expected to save taxpayers more than $360,000 per year.

August 2009

Does BE know your business?

Business Examiner would like to tell others in the South Sound community about your company and the goods and services it has to offer. One way this happens is through inclusion in the BE Data Bank and our annual Book of Lists.

To make sure we know about your business, please click this link and update your company's information, location and identify which industry, or industries, best describe your operation.

August 2009

Around the Sound

The sixth-annual St. Clare Hospital Golf Tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17 at the Tacoma Golf & Country Club, with proceeds from the special event supporting a remodel of the Lakewood hospital's busy emergency department. Reservations are requested by today  and space is limited. Call 253-552-4168 or e-mail.

Express Employment Professionals of Olympia is having an open house to celebrate a move to new, larger offices on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. It's right next door to the former location, at 2615 Capital Mall Dr. SW, Suite A1. Call (360) 357-7195 or send an e-mail.

August 2009

Can you build a ferry?

Washington's ferry fleet took another step forward Friday afternoon with the advertisement of a contract to build at least two 64-car ferries. The State Department of Transportation's Ferries Division is building four ferries in the next five years to replace its aging fleet.

Nine of the current 20 auto-passenger ferries are between 40 and 60 years old and must be replaced in the next 20 years. The last new state ferry was put into service in 1999, and the state recently sold four 82-year-old Steel Electric class ferries after they were removed from service for safety reasons.

August 2009

40 Under Forty on TV Sunday

The new episode of South Sound Business Report will feature four of this year's 40 Under Forty honorees. The episode will air at 9 a.m. Sunday on CW-11 KSTW-TV.

In-depth interviews with Jemima McCullum of Gordon Thomas Honeywell law firm; Jennifer Robbins of J. Robbins Florist; Miguel Stansberry, Lacey Police Department; and Ryan Betz of Boys & Girls Club Thurston County are included in the program.

This program episode is also the first of an exciting, new partnership between BE and Northwest Media Productions of Olympia and its principal, Jason Hearn. It will also be available in streaming viedo Monday at the SouthSoundBusinessReport.

August 2009
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