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AT&T to refund customers for roadside assistance fees

Calling all current and former AT&T Mobility customers: If you have a wireless phone, you may have paid $2.99 per month without your knowledge for a program called Roadside Assistance. The Washington Attorney General's Office says that if you didn't use the service and didn't authorize the addition of the service to your wireless account, you may qualify for a refund under a new settlement filed today in Thurston County Superior Court.

February 2009

State economic picture darkens

The preliminary forecast  from the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council assumes a much more severe recession than did the forecast adopted in November.

The recession is expected to last six quarters with a peak-to-trough decline in real Gross Domestic Product of 2.7 percent. The unemployment rate, which has already risen from a cyclical low of 4.4 percent in December 2006 to 7.6 percent January 2008, is expected to climb to 9.0 percent in March 2010. Payroll employment, housing starts, and personal income are also much lower in the new forecast. One piece of good news since the November forecast is the adoption of much larger stimulus package than assumed in November.  

February 2009

People on the move

Venture Bank recently hired Pat Steingruber as an accounts payable assistant at the bank's DuPont Financial Center. She has more than 30 years of banking experience. 

February 2009

Mountain View sells to Houston cemetery group

Tacoma's Mountain View will not see a fifth generation of Thompsons operate the family cemetery business. The business has been sold, said President Cindy Thompson, and the new owner is Northstar Memorial Group based in Houston.

"The check is in the bank today," she said after a due-diligence progress that took several months. "They are really good people."

February 2009

Olympia firm gets Army Corps green light

The Olympia laboratory of Materials Testing & Consulting, Inc. was recently approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform tests and inspections on construction projects under its oversight.
 
MTC is now one of only three laboratories in Western Washington validated by the corps to perform the combination of aggregate, bituminous, concrete, grout, masonry, mortar and soil tests for corps-administered projects.

February 2009

Dark state revenue forecast worsens

Rep. Ed Orcutt, the ranking Republican on the House Finance Committee and member of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, isn't happy with the failing state of Washington's economy as the forecasted shortfall is now at the $8 billion mark. But also is calling for cooler heads to win the day against adding taxes to fill the budget hole.

February 2009
Rethink networking as chances to give, not take

Rethink networking as chances to give, not take

The keynote speaker at the Tacoma-Pierce County "Prosperity on Purpose" event this morning had a simple - but seemingly revolutionary - message about networking. It is better to give than receive.

"We have to get it out of our heads that it is self serving,"  said nationally acclaimed speaker and author Jeff Shore, who has authored three books on the issue. "Sales networking is about giving when it is successful. Think of it as 'what can I do to make that business more successful? Forget about the take (of a quick sale or a signed contract) and think about the give.'"

February 2009

Blog Watch: gag order

The AWB's blog has an item about Attorney General Rob McKenna's legal thoughts on labor's "top legislative priority" this session. The so-called Worker Privacy Act, which businesses argue would impose unnecessary, unworkable and unconstitutional restrictions on employer communications with employees, would apparently be illegal.  

McKenna confirmed that fact  by saying it would run afoul of federal law.

February 2009

People on the move

Western Washington University's College of Business and Economics Leadership program hosted Mark Nelson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Columbia Bank, to recognize students who have distinguished themselves through scholarship and leadership while in WWU's College of Business and Economics. This recognition is bestowed on them by way of nominations from faculty in their respective departments. South Sound student honored at this luncheon included: Brandon Myking, Economics major from Puyallup and Rocky White, a Management major from Auburn.

February 2009

New writing course focuses on clear communication

Technology has changed the way business people communicate, but one thing has not changed: Writing well is essential to good communication.
 
A new professional development course offered at University of Washington Tacoma teaches participants to write in a direct, organized and grammatically correct business style -- whether they're writing a letter, an email or a presentation. Taught by Sheri Gietzen, an English faculty member at Tacoma Community College, Effective Business Writing and Communication helps participants to write with clear intent, analyze their audience and organize documents based on specific objectives and purpose.

February 2009
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