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April 2017

04/28/17

Newest Spaceworks venture is Tacoma elopement chapel

Spaceworks’ newest backed company is a Tacoma entrepreneur’s small-scale wedding chapel — a venture she hopes will give couples the courage to marry who and how they wish.

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04/28/17

South Sound cities among fastest-growing in Puget Sound

Puget Sound Regional Council has released an overview of the fastest growing cities in the Puget Sound region, and while Seattle and the East Side are well represented, the South Sound gets its due as well.

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04/28/17

New executive director at Life Care Center of Federal Way

Robert Siekert has been named executive director of Life Care Center of Federal Way.

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04/27/17

Pierce jobs report for March is stellar

Even before the traditional 'Spring' has sprung job-wise, greater Tacoma's employment picture continues to brighten. There are almost 9,000 more locals working this year, compared to the first quarter of 2016.

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04/27/17

New board member at Timberland Bank

Timberland Bank has added James A. Davis to its board of directors, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of James C. Mason.

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04/27/17

Alaska FCU adds Tacoma financial center

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has opened a new financial center in Tacoma, the institution’s 35th in Washington.

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04/27/17

Record first quarter net income for Columbia Bank

Columbia Bank posted a record first quarter net income of $29.2 million during 2017’s Q1, up 37 percent from the same quarter last year.

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04/27/17

Rent or buy? In South Sound, it's better to own

Trying to decide whether to rent or buy in the region? SmartAsset’s latest study, in which the finance website ranks the best Washington markets to own a home, might help.

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04/26/17

2017 Financial Executives of the Year named

It was financial executives’ day in the spotlight today as Business Examiner Media hosted its fourth annual Financial Executives of the Year event today at Historic 1625 Tacoma Place.

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04/26/17

Modest growth for Heritage Bank in first quarter

Heritage Bank’s first quarter earnings report today showed a model of consistency, with a net income of $9.3 million for 2017’s first quarter compared to $9.1 million for 2016 Q1.

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04/26/17

Commencement Q1 income surges after Thurston First merger

Commencement Bank reported a net income of $569,000 for 2017’S Q1 — up year over year from $272,000 during 2016’s first quarter.

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04/25/17

Washington marijuana sales spike 79 percent on 4/20

April 20 — 4/20, colloquially, to marijuana users — is the de facto Black Friday of the cannabis market, and sales numbers in Washington show it.

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04/25/17

Earth Friendly Products celebrates 50th anniversary in Lacey

Earth Friendly Products, which manufactures ECOS Laundry Detergent and other green cleaning products at its Lacey facility, celebrated its 50th anniversary yesterday.

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04/25/17

Bankers to put on teaching hats on Thursday

Bankers are taking over Harvard Elementary School on Thursday, as more than 20 Wells Fargo employees will take over teaching duties as part of Teach Children to Save Day.

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04/25/17

Port of Oly's Small Cities program awards funds

With the initiative now in its eighth year, Thurston County’s small cities are set to benefit again financially from the Port of Olympia’s aptly named Small Cities program.

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04/24/17

What’s in a proper commercial lease?

As part of continuing efforts by City of Tacoma Economic Development staff, a commercial real estate broker will present at a Commercial Leasing Workshop next week.

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04/24/17

2017 Finalists for Financial Execs

More than 150 attendees and supporters of the 14 finalists for 2017 South Sound Financial Executive of the Year will be attending the Wednesday recognition luncheon on Wednesday. Read more about all these remarkable fiscal experts here.

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04/24/17

Special session opens, action still slow

State lawmakers appear to be mostly sitting around the Legislative Building in Olympia, unwilling so far to open real negotiation dialogue to arrive at a new two-year budget. The Special Session began today, but there's no apparent progress.

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04/24/17

Port of Olympia retirement, restructuring?

Arguably the "dean" of Washington ports financial experts, Jeff Smith will retire from Port of Olympia next month. Managers and commissioners of the port district are considering whether to restructure fiscal roles in his absence.

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04/21/17

New Clover Park scholarship aimed at auto tech careers

The nonprofit RPM Foundation and Tacoma’s BMW Northwest are partnering to offer a new scholarship program for Clover Park Technical College students interested in careers in autos.

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04/21/17

Nisqually Red Wind Casino celebrating 20 years

Nisqually Red Wind Casino is commemorating its 20th anniversary during the month of May, amidst an expansion that will yield more casino space and an adjacent hotel.

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04/21/17

Seaport Alliance: International container shipping strong

According to the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s “Breakwater” newsletter, the first quarter was a robust one for international container shipping, with volumes strongest since 2005.

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04/21/17

When all see same, compromise is easier

Bringing four decades of fiscal management in education to South Sound school has meant valuable experience to face challenging fiscal realities.

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Small Business Week coming

04/20/17

Small Business Week coming

There is one more week for registration to attend one or both days of learning at a Small Business Summit planned for the first week of May.

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04/20/17

New data to study for biz planning

New statistical data released by the federal government today contains detail down to the County level, if you are a numeric wizard or diligent follower of obtuse instructions.

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04/20/17

Eatery inspection results online

Public health authorities in Thurston County have a new website to share their inspection results with the public. The searchable detailed listing will be updated daily.

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04/20/17

‘So much more’ than the numbers

"Service to others' is a personal guiding light for this finalist in 2017 Financial Executive of the Year recognition program, and that mission is while he's working, as well as within his local community – and the world.

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04/20/17

SPSCC ranked in ‘Top 50’

A leading community college in the South Sound is included in a ranking of the 50 best such schools in the U.S., coming on the recent analysis that shows it returns more money to government budgets than it costs.

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04/19/17

Rebuilding a structure & community

For a C.P.A. to enjoy a work diversion into construction management requires a willingness to embrace new ideas. "Every day I get up and look forward to going to work," says this finalist for 2017 South Sound Financial Executive of the Year.

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04/19/17

Enrollment in state insurance exchange tops 200,000

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has announced that as of this April, more than 204,000 Washington Healthplanfinder customers have enrolled in a 2017 Qualified Health Plan during the most recent open enrollment period.

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04/19/17

Economic topics on agenda when WSTC visits Lewis County

Freight and tourism will be talking points when the Washington State Transportation Commission meets next week with local officials from Centralia, Chehalis and the Lewis County Area.

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04/19/17

Washington unemployment drops to near-record low

Washington’s robust job market continued to move the jobless rate downward in March, as unemployment fell to the lowest rate since August 2007.

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04/18/17

New title sponsor for Olympia Harbor Days

Olympia Harbor Days has a new title sponsor, as the Squaxin Island Tribe has stepped forward to present the three-day festival.

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04/18/17

Open house on S.R. 167 completion tonight

The local business community celebrated when a new transport package in 2015 brought the long-held goal completion of SR 167 closer to reality. Curious about where things stand?

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04/18/17

Are region's small cities good places to start a business?

Personal finance website WalletHub has just released an analysis of 2017’s best small cities to start a business, with mixed results for South Sound communities.

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04/17/17

Tacoma office supply company under new ownership

Tacoma’s Chuckals Office Supplies, established by founders Chuck Hellar and Al Lynden in 1994, is under new ownership.

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04/17/17

Aerospace supplier to nearly double Tacoma facility size

Tool Gauge, a manufacturer of plastic and metal assemblies for the aerospace industry, has announced today the expansion of its Tacoma manufacturing facility.

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04/17/17

Tacoma’s social enterprise business plan

Neighbor businesses and residents along South Tacoma Way may get their skeptical questions about a youth drop-in center and young adult emergency shelter answered at a meeting next week.

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04/17/17

‘He definitely hires vets’

State employment agencies will be recognizing a Tacoma firm this week, whose workforce is 89 percent comprised of military veterans.

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04/17/17

More new homes join inventory

Homebuilders in several areas of the South Sound are beginning to add completed projects to the starved market of residential real estate. This should help more frustrated home buyers find their new castle, maybe without competing bids.

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04/17/17

‘Activities + Execution = Results’

Having worked in financial management roles since 2002, the CFO of Tacoma tech company, SiteCrafting, applies his formula for success and earns a finalist status for 2017 Financial Executive of the Year.

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04/14/17

Failure to pay taxes gets Kent bar owner prison sentence

The former owner of a bar in Kent was sentenced today to eight months in prison for multiple misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns.

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04/14/17

Area insurance agents disciplined by commissioner

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner has announced disciplinary fines against a pair of agents practicing in the South Sound for violating state regulations, while another had the revocation of his insurance producer license upheld.

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04/14/17

‘Be flexible, not caught up with small details’

After just two years with the large South Sound non-profit, this finalist for 2017 Financial Executive of the Year was promoted to chief financial officer. More than six years later, she's become a trainer for YMCA staff across the country.

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04/13/17

Blue waters, ‘green’ port

The local chamber of commerce dubbed Port of Olympia as the leading 'Green Business' operation among government agencies.

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04/13/17

Right hire at the right time, place

A later entry to the financial management world, this finalist for 2017 South Sound Financial Executive of the Year has shown great success for two separate medical group practices, and learned much about her own abilities and value.

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04/13/17

Auburn company lauded by Boeing — again

For the third time, Orion Industries has been recognized as a Supplier of the Year by Boeing.

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04/13/17

Pacific Lutheran president to step down after term ends

Pacific Lutheran University’s Thomas Krise, who has served as the Tacoma school’s president since 2012, has announced that he will leave the post when his current term ends in May.

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04/13/17

PacMtn program provides laptops for Pacific job seekers

Thanks to a pilot program funded by Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, every library in Pacific County now has a pair of Chromebook laptops for job seekers.

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04/13/17

Washington fourth worst state for millennials

Financial website MoneyRates.com has ranked the best states in the country for millennials, and the list is bad news for young people in the Evergreen State.

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04/12/17

Anchor Bank agrees to merger with Washington Federal

Lacey-based Anchor Bank has agreed to a merger with Washington Federal, Inc., headquartered in Seattle.

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04/12/17

Investment firm rebrands, leaves Federal Way for downtown Seattle

Investment firm Federal Way Asset Management LP has relocated from its namesake city to Seattle, with a rebrand reflecting its new downtown home.

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04/12/17

St. Joseph earns national award for heart attack treatment

St. Joseph Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association for its dedication to improving care for patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

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04/12/17

Small business hiring, but applicants scarce

Small business owners were hiring in March — and upping compensation, too, to remain competitive in a tight labor market. In fact, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’ March jobs report, the dearth of qualified applicants is becoming an issue

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04/12/17

Why?’ is the most important question

This long-time controller/CFO has added HR responsibilities since joining Association of Washington Business some 3+ years ago. And the assignment fits well, as he understands that People are the most important factor to any organization's success.

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04/11/17

ThINk program's first 'Opportunity Night' on Monday

Interested in investing in a Thurston County business? You'll have a chance to do so at the Thurston EDC's first Thurston Investment Network "Opportunity Night” on Monday.

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04/11/17

Small business owners remain optimistic, but...

A surge in small business optimism that began late last year has shown sustainability, but uncertainty looms, according to data collected by the National Federation of Independent Business.

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04/11/17

WA Biz Bank CEO lauds success at Q1 earnings report

Washington Business Bank posted a net income of $132,300 for the year’s first quarter, a 17.8 percent increase from the same period last year.

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04/11/17

Tacoma has fourth fastest growing rent in country

Noteworthy rent increases are becoming the norm in cities around the United States, and Tacoma is no exception.

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04/10/17

Tacoman tapped to lead Children's Therapy Center

Children's Therapy Center, the state’s largest nonprofit pediatric therapy program, has announced Barry Gourley as its new CEO.

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04/10/17

One South Sound school among state's 'Best Value Colleges'

University of Washington-Tacoma has improved on its 2016 showing on SmartAsset’s Best Value Colleges list, moving up from ninth in the state last year to third.

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04/10/17

Financial Services manager is ‘the glue’

The financial management tools she created in her previous position are still being used, and now this finalist for Financial Executive of the Year is bringing innovation to her current position with the office of Pierce County Auditor.

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04/07/17

Commercial building a bright spot

Construction remains one of the stronger industry sectors, according to the monthly national employment report that was issued this morning.

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04/07/17

UPS is tops in jobs for grads

Finding a job after college is a matter of great concern to most graduates – and their parents – and a new study of outcomes from most American universities lands one South Sound institution atop the list for Washington state.

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04/07/17

Next recession forecast for late 2018-19

As much of the U.S. economy is fully recovered (statistically) from the Great Recession – western Washington is leading the way – a regional forecaster sees the next much more minor slow-down coming late next year and into 2019.

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04/07/17

Controller enjoys ‘insurmountable’ problems

From his start with small businesses that led to a degree in accounting and CPA credentials, through a big role in guiding a non-profit growth project and now, as controller for a growing business, David Gleason has always found fun in financial management.

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04/07/17

Fake L&I claims bring jail

Five years after an on-the-job injury claim from a construction accident, an Auburn man received a jail sentence this week, and was ordered to repay worker's compensation payments he collected.

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High school apprenticeships open

04/06/17

High school apprenticeships open

Employers in advanced manufacturing and machine shop fields are working with apprenticeship programs to find new and future hires, while they are still in high school.

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04/06/17

More jobs coming: Why all in Seattle?

Pierce County added 9,400 new jobs in 2016, but local proponents wonder why it wasn't more, when 63,000 new hires came to the overall Puget Sound region. One of every 6 jobs lands in downtown Seattle, South lake Union or Paine Field, Everett.

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04/06/17

Home sales ‘red hot,’ sellers notice

With the arrival of spring, residential real estate activity in the South Sound continues setting records with higher prices and more new listings, though not near enough to satisfy the buyer demand.

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04/06/17

Car wash empire expanding

One smaller family-operated car wash group in the South Sound is moving into a larger chain, still locally owned by a family.

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04/05/17

MultiCare clinics earn group's 'Excellence' distinction

All five of MultiCare's pharmaceutical resource clinics have passed the Anticoagulation Forum’s assessment program, earning the designation as an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence.

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04/05/17

Boeing spreads its base – elsewhere

Business-friendly Texas is gaining a new Boeing Co. operation later this summer, with a new customer services headquarters announcement that was made today.

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04/05/17

Matson ships will use SSA in 2018

A minor shift in services will take place at the South Harbor (Tacoma) of Northwest Seaport Alliance next year, when a regular cargo carrier changes terminals.

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04/05/17

‘Creating order out of chaos’ is appealing

Sue Horgen has been keeping the numbers in order for most of the time since late 2000, when she joined The Rescue Mission in Tacoma. But she is clear that her work is about more than numbers in a budget or account – it's about people.

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April SSBiz: ‘It’s about the money’

04/04/17

April SSBiz: ‘It’s about the money’

The South Sound's only local business monthly magazine for April is headed to subscribers this week, including coverage of local banks & credit unions, as well as hospitalists, tips to avoid workplace conflicts and more.

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04/04/17

U.S. Int’l trade deficit improves

In spite of how the President characterizes America's international trade position and agreements, the monthly report of the U.S. trade deficit for February shows marked improvement.

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04/04/17

Builders will put down hammers to meet

As home builders amp up efforts to provide more housing options for growing South Sound populations, they will be taking a long lunch this Thursday to study the economic picture facing their industry. And you can join them.

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Tacoma aerospace supplier to expand

04/04/17

Tacoma aerospace supplier to expand

A minimum $5 million expansion of a Tacoma manufacturing operation was announced today at a trade show in Germany. The growth will come over the next 20 months and should result in between 50 and 100 additional jobs.

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04/03/17

TAPCO garners marketing awards for rebrand

TAPCO Credit Union has been honored by the Credit Union National Association’s Marketing & Business Development Council for the Tacoma institution's 2016 rebrand.

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04/03/17

Bekins Northwest expands with Crown Moving acquisition

Ever-active Bekins Northwest has acquired the name and assets of fellow relocation company Crown Moving Co, Inc.

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04/03/17

Toray consolidates American operations

Japanese firm Toray Industries, notable for its large manufacturing plant in Frederickson, has announced the consolidation of its American businesses into one single entity.

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04/03/17

‘Making a difference for others’ motivates

When asked to identify a significant benchmark in her career, Lisa Woods, Business/Finance manager for Tacoma (city) Venues & Events Department, identifies her work group’s qualification for $21 million in capital improvement funds to bring Tacoma Dome up to modern standards. Not her own world, but her employer’s work. That commitment to mission illustrates why she became a finalist in 2017 South Sound Financial Executives of the Year. “I chose financial management because I like the enterprise aspect of what I do – not just the numbers,” Woods explains, “but building relationships and having an opportunity to continually assess and make things better.” This single mother of four kids has a PLU business degree and two...

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