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August 2013

08/30/13

Franchise Appreciation Day is Saturday

More than half of all retail sales in the U.S. come from franchised businesses and Saturday, Franchise Appreciation Day, is the day to recognize these companies. In honor of the holiday, franchises across the country, including Starbucks and Jamba Juice, are offering special deals at participating stores to customers who "check-in" with any social media or location-based mobile check-in app. Franchises interested in the opportunity can sign up on the holiday’s website.

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Torklift International: WTC's Exporter of the Year

08/30/13

Torklift International: WTC's Exporter of the Year

Torklift, WTC Tacoma's 2013 Exporter of the Year, is a family-owned and operated company that crafts hitches, camper tie-downs and other towing and trucking accessories for the RV industry. After jumping into exports in 2005, Torklift now ships to five continents worldwide.

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08/30/13

Reber Ranch expands inside Kent facility

Reber Ranch pet store in Kent is adding new services this fall. Earlier this week, the shop opened a full-service horse boarding facility on its 46-acre property, and, next month, it will open a veterinary hospital, a professional grooming salon and a seven-bay do-it-yourself dog wash within its 18,000-square-foot store.

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08/30/13

Master Builders donates more than $30K

On the first day of school, the Master Builders Association of Pierce County (MBA Pierce) will donate $34,630.54 to Communities in Schools Tacoma.

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08/30/13

Ten more health exchange options approved for consumers

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has reached settlements with Community Health Plan of Washington and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest and approved their 10 plans for sale in Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange, the Washington Healthplanfinder.

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08/30/13

TCC ranked among nation’s top 50 community colleges

The magazine Washington Monthly places Tacoma Community College among the top 50 community colleges in the nation and the top five in the state.

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08/28/13

Taste of Tumwater on Sept. 21

The second Annual Taste of Tumwater & BIZ Expo will be held on Saturday, September 21, noon to 6 p.m. in the Capital events Center, ESD #113 Building, at 6005 Tyee Drive in Tumwater.

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08/28/13

Car dealer to pay former employee, resolve suit

Puyallup car dealership Northwest Motorsport, Inc. will pay $80,000 to a former employee and provide other relief to resolve a harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced today.

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08/28/13

Mason PUD sells former engineering building

Officials from Mason County PUD 3 and Northwest Resources II have signed closing documents for the sale of the PUD’s former engineering building on a half-block site at the corner of Third and Grove Streets in downtown Shelton.

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08/28/13

Lundt joins Wells Fargo in Tacoma

Scott Lundt has been named senior business banking relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Tacoma.

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08/28/13

Are your shoes holding you back?

Potential bosses are looking at shoes much more critically than young men are, and that might have some frustrating consequences for male job seekers, according to a new study from Allen Edmonds, the men's business and casual shoemaker.

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08/28/13

Transforming students into entrepreneurs

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program this fall to help middle and high school students become entrepreneurs. To help make the program possible, the Chamber is looking for corporate partners, guest speakers and volunteers to donate their time or services.

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08/27/13

$75K from Boeing to Goodwill for Operation: Goodjobs

The Boeing Company has awarded Tacoma Goodwill $75,000 to support the Operation: GoodJobs program, assisting 145 transitioning veterans and their families this year with job training, job placement and career planning.

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08/27/13

Franciscan gift to fund hospital simulation lab

The University of Puget Sound has announced an $18,000 gift from the Franciscan Foundation that will pay for equipment for a new hospital simulation laboratory in the college’s center for health sciences, Weyerhaeuser Hall.

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08/27/13

Regence, MultiCare announce collaborative care initiatives

Regence BlueShield in Washington and Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System have announced their partnership in new collaborative care initiatives, including a shared incentive reimbursement arrangement.

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08/27/13

McKinley Irvin's Christianson named a "Best Lawyer"

Marc Christianson, Tacoma-based partner for family law firm McKinley Irvin, has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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Women of Influence honorees announced

08/27/13

Women of Influence honorees announced

Technically, March is officially Women's History Month, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the accomplishments of the women in our business community year-round. That's why Business Examiner Media Group holds its annual Women of Influence program, which recognizes outstanding female leaders in South Puget Sound. Honorees — selected by a panel of judges comprised of prior years' winners — are chosen for their achievements in business, community, government, military and/or nonprofit sectors. This year's event, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the McGavick Conference Center, will celebrate a diverse group of honorees from a variety of different fields. The 2013 Women of Influence are: • Jan Brazzell, PhD,...

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08/26/13

Housing rebound adds 500K new jobs

The year-over-year rise in single-family home construction contributed approximately 500,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in the last year, according to a new analysis released today by Regional Economic Models, Inc., an economic analysis firm.

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08/26/13

Integral Consulting named on list of top 100 firms

Integral Consulting Inc. has been included on the Zweig Letter Hot Firm List of the top 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms in the U.S. and Canada.

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08/26/13

Mixed-use development planned in Federal Way

Developers are planning a mixed-use project at the former Federal Way School District transportation center on South 320th Street and 11th Place South, according the Federal Way Mirror.

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08/26/13

EPA enforcement actions against Kent company

As part of ongoing federal and state efforts to restore Puget Sound, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced enforcement actions against four Seattle-area companies, including Special Interest Auto Works Inc. of Kent, for discharging industrial stormwater to Puget Sound waterways in violation of the Clean Water Act. 


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08/26/13

Andy Kaplowitz knows a guy...

I'm Andy Kaplowitz, and I’m the new guy around here. Hopefully, you’ve read my Op-Ed from the August 19 edition so you know a little about me, but let me tell you a little bit more. My friends and family will tell you that I was born to be in marketing and sales, and I suppose that’s true.

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Congressman facilitates trade industry discussion

08/23/13

Congressman facilitates trade industry discussion

A congressional trade update may not always be the most fun or interesting discussion, and that’s coming straight from the mouth of Denny Heck, Washington State’s 10th Congressional District Representative. “But who needs a recession?” And with that, Heck had everyone laughing.

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08/23/13

Microsoft's Ballmer to step down by year's end

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced that he will retire within the year.

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08/23/13

WA UTC recommends seven more years for CenturyLink

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is recommending that CenturyLink be allowed seven more years of pricing flexibility in setting residential and business landline telephone rates under a multi-party settlement agreement filed today.

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08/23/13

Port of Olympia, Shin-Nishinomaya now sisters

A "sister marina" agreement has been signed in the Washington state capital by the Port of Olympia’s Swantown Marina & Boatworks and Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor.

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08/23/13

Thurston to ban plastic bags? Maybe

Thurston County may soon ban plastic carryout bags at local groceries and shops, according to County officials.

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08/22/13

Franciscan adds services to Bonney Lake facility

Franciscan Health System has expanded its services at the new Franciscan Medical Pavilion in Bonney Lake to include physical therapy and state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging.

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08/22/13

Kent man pleads guilty for counterfeit parts

A Kent man who sold more than $500,000 in counterfeit luxury vehicle parts and accessories pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to trafficking in counterfeit goods.

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08/22/13

Glitch causes three-hour Nasdaq shutdown

Technical difficulties were the cause of a screeching halt in trading today at the Nasdaq stock exchange, resulting in a nearly three-hour delay before action resumed.

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08/22/13

Helix Group designs app to keep kids safe

Helix Group, a Tumwater-based web and application design company, held a live demo of its newly developed emergency communication software today at Rainier Middle School in Rainier. The company created this product, which will be available for schools to purchase for an undetermined price this fall, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December.

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Business, labor leaders show support for terminals

08/22/13

Business, labor leaders show support for terminals

Leaders from both business and labor camps gathered in Tacoma today to throw their support behind proposed export expansions in Washington State — expansions which would increase capabilities for the trade of bulk commodities such as timber and coal.

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Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles relishes success

08/22/13

Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles relishes success

Making pickles isn’t revolutionary in and of itself, but a local entrepreneur has made a name for herself selling them across the country.

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08/21/13

Olympia Master Builders wins nat'l awards

Olympia Master Builders (OMB) recently received two Association Excellence Awards from the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Home Builders.

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08/21/13

AG's opinion on I-120 narrowly drafted

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson today issued a formal opinion related to Initiative 120 and the provision of reproductive care by tax-supported medical institutions.

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08/21/13

Charities gain $20k from Chuckals event

Chuckals Office Products with its customers, vendors and friends raised almost $20,000 in its sixth annual Charity Golf Tournament last week.

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08/21/13

Maritime Festival marks firm's 50 years

Dande Company, a Tacoma provider of custom gifts and awards, is celebrating its 50th year in business by contributing to this weekend’s Tacoma Maritime Festival.

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08/21/13

Ford dealers reward 'Secret Sausage'

Auburn’s Way Scarff Ford presented a $2,500 prize check to Secret Sausage of Seattle, the truck vendor that beat out other local traveling food businesses.

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08/21/13

Weyerhaeuser executive changes named

Federal Way-based Weyerhaeuser Company today announced a number of changes to its senior management team.

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08/21/13

Wash your car before the rains return

Family-owned Brown Bear Car Wash is celebrating its 56th anniversary by bringing sparkle to thousands of cars and trucks with free car washes.

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08/21/13

State roots in Beijing senior living facility

South Sound roots were on display in Beijing as the China-based affiliate of Seattle’s Columbia Pacific celebrated a grand opening of a 60,000-sq.-ft. senior living facility.

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08/21/13

Feds urged to find manufacturing help

Aerospace manufacturers from the South Sound carried their message of hiring shortages to federal officials. Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance hosted a meeting to share concerns over lack of qualified workers and the need for improved regulatory oversight.

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Last week for Tacoma TOP Food & Drug

08/21/13

Last week for Tacoma TOP Food & Drug

Tacoma’s TOP Food & Drug store located at 3130 S. 23rd Street will close its doors for good this weekend. The Haggen grocery store announced the planned closure earlier this summer, shortly before Walmart opened on the other side of 23rd Street. It expects the final day to be Saturday, but that could change depending on how quickly its remaining inventory sells.

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08/20/13

State Farm to sell DuPont facility, but...

With the big move into Tacoma upcoming, State Farm has announced a potential real estate sale deal for its DuPont facility, though operations there are to continue as usual through a leaseback agreement.

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08/20/13

State Farm to sell, lease back DuPont facility

With the big move into Tacoma upcoming, State Farm has announced a potential real estate sale deal for its DuPont facility, though operations there are to continue as usual through a leaseback agreement.

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Hotel Murano kicks you-know-what on social

08/20/13

Hotel Murano kicks you-know-what on social

In our most recent bi-weekly issue, we featured “5 South Sound Companies kicking a** on social media.” Hotel Murano was among these companies that offered their insight on how they approach social media and how it’s affected the way they do business.

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08/19/13

Bob's Burgers and Brew coming to Puyallup

Bob’s Burgers and Brew is set to open its first South Sound location in December at 15706 Meridian Ave. E. in Puyallup, across from the Sunrise Village shopping center.

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08/19/13

OMAX celebrates 20 years, shows off expansion

Hundreds of manufacturers across North America are expected at OMAX Corporation’s 20th anniversary event tomorrow. The Kent-based abrasive waterjet machine manufacturer will showcase its newly expanded factory and feature a number of presentations about the uses of its products.

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08/19/13

BNSF Plans $125 million program in Washington

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) plans to invest an estimated $125 million on maintenance and rail capacity improvement and expansion projects in Washington state this year.

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08/19/13

3 South Sound companies recognized for corporate giving

In honor of World Humanitarian Day today, we wanted to recognize a few South Sound companies for their corporate philanthropy. Intel, Sleep Country USA, and Kelley Imaging Systems made the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2013 lists of top 25 corporate philanthropists for cash giving in Washington state in 2012.

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08/19/13

Patch to end coverage in Washington

Patch, the community news site owned by AOL, is closing shop and laying off workers in Washington state, Geekwire reports.

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08/19/13

Planned power outage in Steilacoom

Business is not running as usual in Steilacoom today. Power to the town is shut off from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. so maintenance crews can upgrade equipment at the Bonneville Power Administration Steilacoom substation, which is the town’s sole source of power.

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08/16/13

Jinkins named NALBOH legislator of the year

The National Association of Local Boards of Health named Rep. Laurie Jinkins as one of its two legislators of the year at an award ceremony in Salt Lake City. The national public health organization recognizes elected officials showing outstanding leadership in promoting public health and in championing public health policy for this prestigious award.

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08/16/13

Housing inventory improves; sales, prices rise

The housing recovery appears to be in full swing across the country. For the 18th month in a row, both home sales and prices are higher than the same month in the previous year. July home sales were 17.0 percent higher than last July and the median price, $189,950, was 11.5 percent higher.

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08/16/13

Milton, Algona and Federal get $2.6 million

Three South Sound towns will receive a sum of $2.6 million for construction projects from the state’s capital budget, according to a release issued by the House Democratic Caucus.

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08/16/13

New website for Tumwater Chamber

The Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce will launch its new website and introduce a new logo at the lunch forum on Aug. 20. In addition, the Chamber will reveal a new travel partnership meant to bring community members an affordable and enjoyable overseas trip annually.

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Fresh perspective: Lynnette Buffington

08/16/13

Fresh perspective: Lynnette Buffington

Lynnette Buffington, 2013 40 Under Forty honoree and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce membership outreach manager, grew up in the South Sound but has also spent some time all over the map. Recently, we got a chance to talk with her about what she sees around Tacoma's business community from both her work with the Chamber and her window at the Chamber building downtown. We shared some laughs, but also gleaned quite a bit of insight from Buffington's perspective, and now we share that interview here on Everybody's Business.

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The Red Hot celebrates birthday, announces move

08/16/13

The Red Hot celebrates birthday, announces move

Tacoma’s craft beer and hot dog eatery The Red Hot announced on its blog today — it’s birthday — that it will be moving into a larger space on the corner of N. Junett St. and Sixth Ave., next door to its current location.

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It’s not so bad being vegan at the farmers market

08/15/13

It’s not so bad being vegan at the farmers market

Our reporter Katie Scaff is getting a taste of vegan life. She’s on day 5 of this new lifestyle, and today we sent her to the farmers market to see how easy (or hard) it is being vegan in Tacoma.

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08/15/13

Tacoma seeks building advisors

Business persons with knowledge and/or experience in design or construction related to building, fire, mechanical, plumbing or energy codes are being sought by City of Tacoma.

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08/15/13

Muckleshoot Tribe funds scholarships

Local Native American students have scholarship funds waiting at University of Puget Sound.

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08/15/13

Start-ups still too risky for most jobless

Fewer than five percent of managers and executives chose self-employment over a more traditional career path, suggesting that starting a business remains far too risky for most people.

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08/15/13

Jobless rate slightly up, more jobs filled

With yesterday’s announced 6.9 percent unemployment rate for July, Washington state has now had 10 straight months of job growth, averaging about 6,000 jobs a month. This is true even with July’s result being one-tenth of a percent higher than the reported rate in May and June.

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08/15/13

Staff: PSE should lower, not raise, rates

State regulatory staff recommended late yesterday that Puget Sound Energy reduce electric rates, not raise them, rejecting the company’s claim it needs additional revenue to cover power-supply costs.

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Remembering our first computers

08/15/13

Remembering our first computers

Monday was National IBM Day, honoring the birth of the personal computer 32 years ago, and Friday is the release date for “Jobs,” the movie about the famed Apple co-founder. A lot has happened in the last three decades — although I think I’ll never forget the sound of dial-up Internet — and we’re curious what you remember about the first few generations of computers on the market.

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08/15/13

Clover Park Tech. College names president

Lonnie L. Howard, Ph.D., of Houston, Texas, has been offered the position as president of Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

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08/14/13

Hundredth straight five-star rating for OFS

BauerFinancial Inc., an independent rating service that analyzes and reports on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry, has awarded Olympia Federal Savings a five-star rating for the 100th consecutive quarter.

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08/14/13

Finished goods PPI unchanged in July

The Producer Price Index for finished goods was unchanged in July, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

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08/14/13

Construction prices flat in July

Construction materials prices were unchanged in July but are up 2 percent year over year, according to the latest Producer Price Index release by the U.S. Labor Department. Nonresidential construction materials prices were down 0.1 percent for the month and are 1.8 percent higher than one year ago.

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08/14/13

Buds & Blades honored by PLANET

Olympia's Buds & Blades Landscape Company announced today it was recently awarded the No Vehicle Accidents award in an annual Safety Recognition Awards program hosted by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), a national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals.

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Who’s the mystery retailer at the Commons?

08/14/13

Who’s the mystery retailer at the Commons?

Employees at The Commons at Federal Way say there are two new anchor tenants coming. The first, set to open in September between Century Theatres and Target, is clearly Kohls, but who is the second? What new retailer would you like to see at The Commons?

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08/13/13

Sound Transit considers fares for Tacoma Link

If you’re looking for a free ride in downtown Tacoma, you might soon be out of luck. Ridership has been increasing on the Link light rail, so Sound Transit is considering charging fares, according to The Tacoma News Tribune.

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08/13/13

Retail sales edge up in July

It was a mixed bag for retailers in July, with sales gains in many back-to-school categories like clothing and sporting goods, but surprising declines in home-based categories, including building materials and furniture stores.

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08/13/13

Saint Martin’s updates website to better serve military students

A newly launched section of the Saint Martin’s University website offers a more simplified, one-stop access point for members of the military community who want to explore educational opportunities and programs at Saint Martin’s.

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08/13/13

Staff to recommend re-filing proposed marijuana rules to accommodate public input

Staff of the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) will recommend the Board re-file the rules necessary to implement Initiative 502 to allow time to consider recent input.

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Wedding limo rentals still recovering

08/13/13

Wedding limo rentals still recovering

South Sound industry experts say spending on wedding limo rentals has yet to return to pre-recession levels. Jon Abbott of Olympic Limousine said things may be turning around for his business, but there also seems to be a growing interest in classic car rentals for big events like weddings.

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08/13/13

4 South Sound companies named best workplace

Four South Sound-based companies made the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2013 list of Washington’s Best Workplaces.

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08/13/13

SONIC to open 14 new drive-ins in greater Seattle area

SONIC Drive-In, the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, announced plans to open 14 new drive-ins in the greater Seattle market with a new franchise partner, Cascade Development Group, LLC. It is anticipated that the first drive-in will open fall of 2014, joining the five existing SONIC locations in the Seattle market.

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Walmart is buzzing with business

08/13/13

Walmart is buzzing with business

Everybody supposedly hates Walmart, but the parking lot was full of cars this morning. Manager Adam Fann said business is doing well and expects it to pick up with McDonald’s and Starbucks slated to open in its parking lot later this year. So, have you checked out the new Walmart? Will McDonald’s and Starbucks give you a reason to stop in?

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Sweet 16 for South Hill RAM

08/12/13

Sweet 16 for South Hill RAM

Puyallup South Hill's RAM Restaurant and Brewery is enjoying its Sweet 16. Or, at least, the brewery part of it is. The restaurant itself has actually been around for 18 years, but the Pierce County eatery is celebrating 16 years of onsite brewing in 2013. That may not sound like much of an anniversary, but it makes a difference, if especially if you have a well-practiced palate for beverages.

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One-third of consumers skipping back-to-school

08/12/13

One-third of consumers skipping back-to-school

An ongoing shopper behavior study by Integer and M/A/R/C Research found 31 percent of survey respondents said they won't be shopping for any back-to-school products at all.

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Fresh perspective: Sarah Cutting, Exit 133

08/12/13

Fresh perspective: Sarah Cutting, Exit 133

Sarah Cutting of Tacoma blog Exit 133 — and one of the Business Examiner’s 40 Under Forty honorees this year — has been a resident of the city for the last 15 years. She originally moved here to study at University of Puget Sound and University of Washington Tacoma, and now, she’s been the editor at Exit 133 for almost two years. As somebody who keeps her pulse on everything Tacoma for her blog, we thought it would be interesting to get some insight from her regarding Tacoma, what she sees in the city’s future, and her own line of work — specifically, the changing world of journalism and how she sees it continue to evolve.

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'Everybody's Business' is live

08/12/13

'Everybody's Business' is live

Hey! It finally happened! Okay, maybe not "finally," per se. After all, we did just let the cat out of the bag in the last print publication that the Business Examiner would be debuting a new blog this month. Whatever the case, here it is — our shiny new daily blog, "Everybody's Business."

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08/12/13

Sterling Bank to become Argent in Calif.

Sterling Financial Corp. of Spokane, the bank holding company of Sterling Savings Bank, announced today that it will rebrand all the branches acquired within California by late September.

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08/12/13

State economic forecast continues bright

Economic reports continue to document a recovery in Washington state, according to the monthly data from the official state forecast office.

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08/12/13

Kent animal supply store 'One to watch'

Reber Ranch of Kent was recently named 2014 "One to Watch Retailer of the Year" by Pet Product News International, an animal-focused publishing group.

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08/12/13

Weyerhaeuser is 'sustainable forestry'

Weyerhaeuser Company now owns or manages approximately 20.5 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and Canada; it is one of North America's largest private sustainable forestry operations.

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08/12/13

Int'l film festival in Tacoma Sept. 3-7

Tacoma and its Grand Cinema will be host in early September to FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue with free public screenings of eight films.

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08/12/13

Friday focus: entrepreneurism & black youth

Friday this week, Aug. 16, will see a forum in Tacoma to discuss and design strategies of inclusion that promote economic advancement.

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08/09/13

Federal Way Courtyard gets recognized

The Courtyard Seattle/Federal Way has received a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for maintaining an overall rating of four or higher on a five-star scale, as ranked by travelers.

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08/09/13

Changes proposed to statewide air plan

The Washington Department of Ecology invites the public to comment on the state’s proposed update to portions of the State Implementation Plan for meeting air quality standards.

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08/09/13

MGH staffers earn WTA titles

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Wound Care Services recently enhanced its bedside wound care through additional staff training through the Wound Treatment Associate course, offered by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society and MGH&FC’s Continuing Education program.

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08/09/13

Olympia Master Builders defends public process

Attorneys for the Olympia Master Builders (OMB) filed a Petition for Review to the Growth Management Hearings Board for Western Washington today. The group is asking the board to review the City of Olympia’s recent decision to defund 11 existing park projects in order to purchase properties located at 505 and 529 Fourth Ave. W. in Olympia for the future Isthmus Park.

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08/09/13

Health sector job growth flat for first time in a decade

Health care employment rose by only 2,500 jobs in July 2013, well below the 24-month average of 22,000, and the lowest increase since July 2003, according to the Altarum Institute.

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08/08/13

Weyerhaeuser closes tree farms for fire danger

Weyerhaeuser Company has announced that, effective immediately, the Weyerhaeuser tree farms in Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Skamania counties will be closed to public access due to extreme forest fire danger.

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08/08/13

Federal Way's Colorado Tire expands in Mont.

Colorado Tire Corp, based in Federal Way, is expanding in Billings, Mont.

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08/08/13

WTC Globe Award winners announced

World Trade Center Tacoma has announced this year's Globe Award Winners — businesses and individuals thriving through international trade.

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08/08/13

Washington sets export record, ITA says

The International Trade Administration today announced that new data shows Washington merchandise exports increased 11 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, growing from $35.2 billion to $39.0 billion, a record high export level for the state.

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08/08/13

Franciscan adds Harrison Medical Center

Franciscan Health System continues to expand, adding Bremerton's Harrison Medical Center to its list of affiliated hospitals.

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08/07/13

Providence, union closer to settlement

The long-running health care dispute between Providence St. Peter Hospital and the Service Employees International Union 1199NW is sliding toward settlement with a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge.

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