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February 2016

02/29/16

Survey finds PNW business owners a little less optimistic

According to the bank, 59 percent of small business owners in the region think the national economy is headed in the wrong direction, 15 percent up year over year.

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02/29/16

Megaship Benjamin Franklin's arrival signals future trends

Today’s arrival of the Benjamin Franklin, the largest cargo ship to visit the United States, could be a sign of things to come for the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

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02/29/16

Major developments coming to Puyallup

According to a list of major developments, there are 10 new projects and six continuing projects on the slate for 2016.

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02/29/16

Seattle Southside has big dreams for growing tourism

With waterfront access and small town feel, Des Moines could play a central part in attracting tourists to South King County.

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02/26/16

Tacoma's Spaceworks nets $100K grant from Chase Foundation

Tacoma’s Spaceworks program has received a $100,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, for use toward its Creative Business Strategic Growth Plan.

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02/26/16

Anytime Fitness now open in Federal Way

Anytime Fitness —one of the world’s fastest-growing health club franchises with more than 3,000 gyms worldwide — is now open in the Federal Way market.

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02/26/16

Fire that evacuated Auburn Haggen started at deli

A blaze that caused the evacuation of an Auburn Haggen location yesterday started as a grease fire at the grocery’s Oriental Express deli.

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02/26/16

Funding restored for potential Federal Way light rail

Funding has been restored for preliminary engineering on a light rail extension from Kent to the Federal Way Transit Center.

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02/26/16

University of Puget Sound selects new president

The University of Puget Sound has a new president: Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D., currently provost of Seattle University.

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02/25/16

Kent dealership honored for customer satisfaction

Bowen Scarff Ford Lincoln in Kent has been given a Five Star Dealer award by national car buying website Edmunds.com.

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02/25/16

State Farm grant to help Tacoma, other cities

State Farm's benefit to its Tacoma community keeps growing, as the insurance giant has announced the city will be one of 11 beneficiaries to a $4 million grant issued to support the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

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02/25/16

South Sound executives of note

New additions and appointments include a new VP at a venerable Tacoma manufacturing company, a new Columbia Bank branch manager in Kent and promotions abound at Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority.

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02/25/16

10 finalists for Financial Exec of Year

Finalists for the South Sound Financial Executive of the Year serve companies and organizations stretching from South King County to Lewis and Mason counties, and include family-owned businesses on to a Puyallup manufacturer recently acquired by German owners, along with a publicly-traded financial institution.

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02/24/16

Site says Olympia is best small city to make a living

Olympia has been named the best small city to make a living in the United States by finance site MoneyGeek.com.

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02/24/16

America's Credit Union hires new CFO

As America’s Credit Union ramps up its presence in Pierce County, it’s hired a new chief financial officer, Gary Schminkey.

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02/24/16

Ruling coming for Olympia Food Coop's boycott of Israeli products

Tomorrow, Feb. 25, a ruling will finally come on whether to dismiss the lawsuit against Olympia Food Co-op’s decision to boycott Israeli products.

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02/24/16

Bates offering nursing credit waiver for veterans

Through a new initiative, military veterans who served in health-care classifications during their service are eligible for an abbreviated option through Bates' Practical Nurse LPN Program.

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02/23/16

Amputated workers to receive better care through L&I, Harborview

Workers who get amputated on the job — be that arms, legs, hands or feet — will now be able to receive care at Harborview Medical Center.

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02/23/16

City of Lakewood celebrates 20th anniversary tonight

Tonight, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the South Sound city recognizes its 20th anniversary at Lakewood City Hall in an event called “Celebrating Excellence — Past, Present & Future.”

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02/23/16

Tacoma gets a D for family friendliness

You may not like hearing it, but when it comes to family living, Tacoma gets a D, according to a study done by Apartment List, an online rental search company.

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02/23/16

Retail development hot in Frederickson

Momentum for new retail development is building on the intersection of Canyon Road and 176th in Frederickson.

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Federal Way accepting applications for new hotel

02/22/16

Federal Way accepting applications for new hotel

According to a request for proposal that started officially started Friday, Feb. 12 and ends April 15, the hotel would become part of the Town Center project.

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02/22/16

Fight brewing over cottage housing in Gig Harbor

The City of Gig Harbor is considering a zoning amendment that would allow for increased density and, in particular, cottage housing.

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02/22/16

Two chances to learn more about methanol plant

This Thursday presents two options for learning more about Northwest Innovation Works proposed methanol plant, which was paused late last week.

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02/22/16

Study: Port slowdown chalks up $770M in losses

Last year’s West Coast port slowdown resulted in $769.5 million in total near-term losses for Washington state, according to a new study published by the Washington Council on International Trade.

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02/19/16

Tacoma methanol plant on hold

Responding to widespread community criticism of its plans, the proponent of a huge methanol plant in the Port of Tacoma has asked the City to "pause" its environmental review process for several months.

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02/19/16

Open house next week for Puyallup Sounder improvements

Commuters and residents will have a chance to comment on the Puyallup Station Access Improvements Project next week.

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02/19/16

New hires and promotions of note in South Sound

Spaceworks Tacoma, General Plastics Manufacturing Company, CHI Franciscan Health and Epic Realty announce some big moves in their companies.

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Tacoma to explore bikeshare program

02/19/16

Tacoma to explore bikeshare program

Next Thursday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Campus of the Evergreen State College (1210 6th Avenue), the City of Tacoma hopes to answer that question with an Open House.

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02/19/16

Weyerhaeuser finalizes merger with Plum Creek

As expected, Weyerhaeuser has completed its merger with Plum Creek, making for more than 13 million acres of timberlands.

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02/18/16

Insurance agent’s ‘sweat equity’ brings $$

Local community involvement brings national charitable donation to nonprofit in South Sound.

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02/18/16

South Sound grads go forth to the world

Higher education institutions in Washington state continue to lead most others in the numbers of Peace Corps volunteers accepted by the government program to assist less developed countries.

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02/18/16

Inside the funding of Weyerhaeuser campus

Puget Sound-based funding helped L.A. firm to buy Weyerhaeuser corporate campus in Federal Way.

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Details emerge for new Frederickson plant

02/18/16

Details emerge for new Frederickson plant

Construction will start soon for a new manufacturing operation in Pierce County that will have 75 jobs when it opens early next year.

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02/18/16

Tacoma ‘Tech’ on TV

Tacoma highlighted for its value as a 'tech' home in Seattle TV newscast.

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Small business is leading, exec says

02/17/16

Small business is leading, exec says

The nation's leading advocate for small businesses spoke glowingly in Tacoma today of this sector that accounts half of all private sector employment in the country.

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02/17/16

Comcast, Goodwill partner for hiring event

Comcast is looking to fill up to 50 jobs at its Fife call center, and Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region is partnering to help.

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02/17/16

'Perfect storm for Pierce County tourism' in 2015

Travel Tacoma + Pierce County announced today that travel spending reached $1.09 billion in Pierce County in 2015.

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02/17/16

Propel Insurance acquires Oregon firm

Tacoma’s Propel Insurance — already one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance agencies — is growing further, announcing today that it has acquired United Risk Solutions.

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02/16/16

Olympia small biz leader to Legislature

The state House of Representatives has a new small business owner in its ranks today after Olympia's Andrew Barkis was selected to fill an empty seat covering portions of Pierce and Thurston counties.

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02/16/16

Brighter outlook in small biz poll

Stronger cash-flow and better consumer confidence reports persuaded small business owners polled in mid-January to have more optimism about their future than at any time in the past year.

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02/16/16

Remodeled dealership ready in Tacoma

New investment in dealership remodel along legacy "auto row" South Tacoma Way features second-story display box.

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02/16/16

Tax exemptions summarized

Washington state wouldn't have a budget-balancing revenue problem, if all tax exemptions were eliminated. But a new report from the state Department of Revenue shows how many of 694 separate waivers apply to whom, and it is clear that almost every taxpayer gains from at least one.

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02/16/16

Last week to nominate CFOs

Final Call issued for nominations to 2016 Financial Executives of the Year recognition program.

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02/15/16

New program in Lacey for veteran entrepreneurs

The Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business and Innovation has announced the establishment of the Veterans Microenterprise Program.

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02/15/16

Methanol plant study session set for Tacoma port commissioners

The controversial methanol plant proposed for construction at the Port of Tacoma continues to hover near the top of local priorities, with Port commissioners set to a study session about the plan at its Thursday meeting.

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02/15/16

Avamere to break ground tomorrow on new Tacoma facility

The Avamere Family of Companies is set to break ground tomorrow for a new Tacoma post-acute health center.

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02/12/16

TPC Chamber honors WorkWell winners

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber honored this year’s class of WorkWell Awards winners today at a luncheon at the Pacific Grill Events Center.

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02/12/16

Plum Creek, Weyerhaeuser shareholders approve merger

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., announced today that its stockholders have “overwhelmingly approved” its proposed merger with Weyerhaeuser.

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02/12/16

SBA financing workshop in Olympia next week

Beginning Feb. 17 in Olympia, the U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting workshops to educate entrepreneurs about their financing options.

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02/12/16

Federal Way's $2 theater now owned by AMC

The owner of Federal Way's Gateway 8 theater, Texas-based Starplex Cinemas, was acquired last July by AMC Theatres in a $172 million transaction.

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EB-5-backed Sheraton hotel opens in Des Moines

02/11/16

EB-5-backed Sheraton hotel opens in Des Moines

Today marks the opening of the Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport South in Des Moines — the culmination of a multiyear project funded through the EB-5 visa program.

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02/11/16

Strategic Research Associates opens Federal Way location

The Spokane-based marketing research firm has added a new focus group research location to reach Seattle and Tacoma area consumers.

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02/11/16

Wilco opening big farm supply store in Puyallup

Wilco, the Pacific Northwest agricultural supply chain, is opening up a new, 43,000 square-foot store in Puyallup.

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AIM Aerospace acquired by private equity investors

02/11/16

AIM Aerospace acquired by private equity investors

AIM Aerospace, a major supplier of Boeing which has a major presence in the South Sound, is getting acquired by private equity investors Liberty Hall Capital.

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02/10/16

Multi-year grant awarded to Auburn's Orion Enterprises

Auburn–based Orion Industries, which provides manufacturing jobs for people with disabilities or other employment barriers, has been selected for multi-year grant funding by California venture philanthropy organization REDF.

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02/10/16

L&I workshop for new business owners in March

If you’re hazy on things like workers’ compensation, health requirements, and other employer rights issues your new business may encounter, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries continues to have you covered.

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02/10/16

Retail sales Q3: South Sound growing fast

The state’s taxable retail sales keep on going up, according to third quarter numbers from the Department of Revenue.

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02/10/16

Looking at the future of Weyerhaeuser's campus

Industrial Realty Group's past projects reveal what might become of the Weyerhaeuser campus' future.

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02/09/16

Sold! Weyerhaeuser campus purchased by IRG

Today, the timber giant announced that it has sold the campus — comprising 425 acres and 810,717 square feet of office, lab and industrial space — to Industrial Realty Group.

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02/09/16

Health Care Authority data breach affects 91,000 Medicaid clients

The Washington State Health Care Authority is sending a notification letter to more than 91,000 clients of Apple Health after the agency discovered mishandling of data by an employee.

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02/09/16

Study shares Port of Oly's economic benefit numbers

Results are in from the Port of Olympia’s 2014 Economic Benefit Study, measuring the economic benefits the Port provides the community.

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02/09/16

Retail study: Auburn underserved, has room to grow

As Auburn looks to grow its economy, the city has some good news and some bad news.

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02/08/16

Silicon Valley firm buys Tacoma's IID for $45 million

Tacoma cybersecurity firm IID has been acquired by publicly traded Silicon Valley firm Infoblox for $45 million.

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02/08/16

Puyallup company jumps into 'tiny house' craze

DeTray’s Custom Housing, based in Puyallup, is jumping on the latest craze favored by hipsters and hippies alike (and generally frugal people) — tiny houses.

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'Aggressive' mixed-use project coming to Auburn

02/08/16

'Aggressive' mixed-use project coming to Auburn

A new 592-unit mixed-use project called "The Reserve" is making its way through the permitting process in Auburn. It's another example of successful transit-oriented development.

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02/08/16

South Sound additions of note

New leadership team for WorkForce Central, added executives for area banks, and an Olympian heads a new Fife department.

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02/08/16

Pierce County seeking developer for Chambers Bay resort

Not long after Chambers Bay Golf Course brought the eyes of the golf world to the region, Pierce County is looking to capitalize by bringing a resort-style development to University Place.

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02/05/16

Week one of new employment standards: A little frantic

The city is taking an educational approach in the first week of Tacoma’s new employment standards, but one attorney thinks enforcement strategy could soon become more aggressive.

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02/05/16

FA Insight acquired by TD Ameritrade

The acquisition of the Tacoma company by the Orlando-based online brokerage heralds the ever-growing importance of big data to the financial services industry.

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Lots of leasing, building activity at Britton Plaza

02/05/16

Lots of leasing, building activity at Britton Plaza

The Britton Plaza Retail Center, located in Lacey’s Hawks Prairie district, is filling up fast, according to Michael Cholerton, president of BPCI general contractors.

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02/05/16

Weyerhaeuser ready for new year after mediocre 2015

In the fourth quarter, wood products fell $101 million down to $922 million, compared to $1.02 billion in the third quarter, curbing minor successes in the timberlands and cellulose fibers industries.

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02/04/16

Depleted housing inventory a '2016 game changer'

Northwest Multiple Listing Service officials are reporting "overwhelming" traffic at open houses, as the inventory of homes in the South Sound continues to deplete.

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02/04/16

New assisted living facility coming to Federal Way

Right now, general contractor company PETRA Incorporated is constructing the 69,000 square-foot facility, comprising two three-story structures.

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02/04/16

MultiCare expands cancer research with new partner

MultiCare’s Northwest Community Oncology Research Program will now span four states, thanks to the addition of Intermountain Healthcare as a partner.

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02/04/16

Wells Fargo cuts 59 mortgage jobs in Washington

In another sign of a recovering economy, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage announced that it is eliminating 59 positions in mortgage lending in Washington.

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02/03/16

Sound Physicians inks deal with Massachusetts Hospital

Hospitalist provider Sound Physicians, based in Tacoma, has announced an agreement to provide medical services for Vibra Hospital of Western Massachusetts.

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02/03/16

Record 2015 results for TrueBlue

TrueBlue, Inc. has announced its fourth quarter and full-year 2015 results, including a record $2.7 billion in full-year revenue.

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02/03/16

ConcertoHealth opening Lakewood care facility

ConcertoHealth is bringing a new care center to Lakewood, with a grand opening for the facility set for Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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Puyallup's Linden Golf and Country Club extends lease

02/03/16

Puyallup's Linden Golf and Country Club extends lease

Linden Golf and Country Club has entered into a new lease agreement with the Nix family to extend the Puyallup facility’s lease to 2045.

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02/02/16

Hunter Benefits Consulting Group moves to UP

Retirement planning advisory firm Hunter Benefits Consulting Group has moved its Seattle area location from Kent to University Place, and it’s ready for its Pierce County closeup.

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02/02/16

City of Tacoma has small business financing available

The City of Tacoma, in coordination with the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority, has low-interest financing available to help Tacoma’s small businesses grow.

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Morgan Jewelers closing down Tacoma location

02/02/16

Morgan Jewelers closing down Tacoma location

According to a statement sent to Daily Biz Briefs, the shop was never able to gain traction because of low visibility.

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02/01/16

New employment standards start today in Tacoma

Today is the day that businesses in Tacoma must start following new paid leave and minimum wage standards.

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02/01/16

Tacoma entering next phase of Tacoma Mall plan

Armed with comments and concerns from several public meetings and a multi-day design workshop, the project team is ready to start developing a draft plan and a draft environmental impact statement.

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02/01/16

Environmental group reneges support for methanol refinery

That support, which was stated by the organization’s former executive director in May of 2014, was made without consulting the Board.

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02/01/16

Group Health members signal support for acquisition

In an advisory vote on Saturday, Group Health members weighed largely in favor of the looming merger with Kaiser Permanente.

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02/01/16

Local Better Business Bureau poised for merger

The Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington — which is headquartered in DuPont — is looking to expand its reach with a proposed merger.

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