December 2015

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It’s that time of the year: ‘Call me back after the holidays’

With buyers focused on their families, the Christmas holidays can be miserable times for sales people, but there are some tips to succeed in spite of the slowdown in commerce.

People on the Move -- Dec. 21, 2015

People on the Move -- Dec. 21, 2015

Executive hirings, promotions and recognitions by South Sound employers

Introducing the BizExam’s future

Business Examiner, the South Sound's exclusive business news leader for 30 years is moving to a monthly magazine publication beginning in January 2016. The first issue of South Sound BIZ is at the printer right now and should be entering the postal stream within one week to be delivered by mail to all who have received the bi-weekly tabloid local business journal, plus 2,000 additional decision-makers from companies and organizations in the marketplace, who will receive limited-time samples.

2015 Review – Manufacturing

Natural resources-based industries continue to be challenged, while tech-related sectors struggle to find enough workers.

2015 Review – Retail & Dining

Seattle Seahawks' play in the 2015 Super Bowl gave extra retail opportunities to local merchandisers, while a number of new restaurant offerings opened to serve residents.

2015 Review – Law & Legislation

Employers located in Tacoma – and those who do business in the City – will face new rules starting in 2016 that mandate paid sick leave and a staged movement toward $12 per hour minimum wage.

2015 Review – Trade

2015 Review – Trade

With so many South Sound jobs dependent upon international trade through local ports, a lengthy slow-down dispute between longshore union workers and shipping lines was felt widely.

2015 Review – Building & Real Estate

A strengthening housing market moves forward, while new retail operations surround UWT in downtown Tacoma, less interest in former Tumwater brewery properties

2015 Review – Health Care

2015 Review – Health Care

New ways to deliver health care to South Sound residents emerged in 2015, from new clinics in pharmacies to diminishing numbers of independent physicians' group practices.

2015 in review – U.S. Open

2015 in review – U.S. Open

The world literally was watching Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place in June 2015 as the elite among professional and amateur golfers convened for the U.S. Open – the largest spectator sporting event in the region's history.

Sound off on 2015

Business leaders from around the South Sound look back on the expiring year for accomplishments, challenges, priorities and unfinished tasks.

McMenamins ready to transform downtown Tacoma

McMenamins ready to transform downtown Tacoma

More than 120 years after it first welcomed folks to the City of Destiny, Tacoma's Old City Hall will again be an active landmark under development plans from McMenamins of Portland.

Your name matters to your prospects. Or does it?

Restaurant and lodging associations to unite

Recognizing their common interests, boosters of firms to serve visitors, guests join efforts to impact legislation, provide local services

Your guide to holiday gift-giving as a business

Offering tokens of your business' appreciation to customers, staff and others requires thoughtful consideration

People on the Move -- Dec. 7, 2015

Executive hirings, promotions and recognitions by South Sound employers

Microsoft trades carbon credits to protect forest near Mt. Rainier

Thurston's Nisqually Land Trust brokered the deal where software giant invested in local forestlands as part of its commitment to becoming 'crbon neutral'

Q&A: Talking philanthropy with 'Mr. Tacoma'

'We’re in (charitable work) really to improve not only the experiences for our community and our people, but also our families.'

As it grows, Columbia also steps up philanthropy

Thurston financial institutions actively giving back

Thurston banks, credit unions bring person-power and dollars to the work of local non-profits and charitable causes.

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