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Community Transit CEO Joyce Eleanor, a member of United Way of Snohomish County's board of directors, has been named the 2012 United Way campaign chair. She has selected "Get on Board" as the theme for the campaign, which reflects her transportation background and her goal of expanding workplace campaigns.

John Zipper has announced the formation of Zipper Geo Associates. The founding principals include Zipper, Tom Jones, Jon Einarsen and Rob Ross. They bring more than 90 years of combined experience. The firm is based in Lynnwood and offers geotechnical engineering and environmental consulting during due diligence, feasibility, design and construction.

Ronna Lane, owner of Holistic Skin Care in Stanwood, was one of just five aestheticians from the West Coast to be invited to Germany to participate in an intensive new study on the latest European skin-care techniques, products and practices from Dr. Grandel Inc. She was awarded a certificate at the end of the program. More information is at www.ronnalane.com.
Kudos
The Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross has presented Don Eager of Everett with the organization's Director's Award in recognition of his eight years of service, locally and nationally, supporting families in times of crisis. The Glassberg Award was presented to Don and Sally Odenberg of Camano Island, who together gave 26 years as Red Cross volunteers at various chapters.
Events
Snohomish County Business Watch will discuss preventing commercial burglary through alarms. Guest speaker Erik Isakson of Guardian Security will answer questions about alarms types, costs and benefits. The group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mukilteo City Hall, City Council Chambers, 11930 Cyrus Way, Mukilteo. Cost is $5 and includes lunch from Jersey Mike's Subs.

The public is invited to comment at a Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board forum on strategies to help Washington residents obtain the education and training needed to land jobs and advance in them as Washington's economy grows more competitive and workplace expectations rise. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Everett Station, Weyerhaeuser Room, 3201 Smith Ave., Everett. Public comments are needed to help shape Washington's strategic plan for workforce development. The draft plan and additional information on how to submit comments are available at www.wtb.wa.gov/highskills2012.asp.

Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Summer After Hours, hosted by HomeStreet Bank, is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce & Regional Visitor Information Center. The event will celebrate the return of President Caldie Rogers and features light hors d'oeuvres and wine from Willis Hall Winery. RSVP to 360-659-7700 or Admin@MarysvilleTulalipChamber.com.

After 15 years, the City of Sultan is cutting the ribbon on the U.S. 2 and Sultan Basin Road Realignment Project. The ceremony is to be held at 11 a.m. July 23 at the intersection of Cascade View Drive and South Sultan Basin Road (formerly Foundry Drive). The city received more than $2.5 million in state and federal funding for design and construction.

Workforce Development Snohomish County, in partnership with workforce development councils across Washington, will host a roundtable discussion with gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. July 25 in the Weyerhaeuser Room at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave. in Everett. To RSVP for this free event, please email heather.villars@wdcsc.org.

Business and community leaders from Snohomish County will gather to hear Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon present the county's key developments in 2012 and plans for the coming year. The event is July 25 at 7:30 a.m. Registration and networking starts at 7 a.m. Call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227 for reservations.

United Way of Snohomish County, in partnership with Community Transit, will be accepting donations of cash, non-perishable food and toiletries at the Stuff-a-Bus food and toiletries drive. Proceeds will benefit food banks, nonprofits and United Way's Local Community Fund. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. July 28 at the Albertsons on 196th Street and Highway 99 in Lynnwood.

Join leaders from every business sector to network at the second annual Economic Alliance Snohomish County Summer Networking event. The event is from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Strato Deck at the Future of Flight. Hor d'oeuvres will be served. Call 425-248-4227 for reservations.
Announcements
Whitfield's United Insurance Agencies has affiliated with the Leavitt Group, the nation's second-largest privately held insurance brokerage. The agency will now do business as Whitfield United-Leavitt. Local agency leaders Ted Schlatter, Randy McDonald, Don Whitfield, Sean King and Jeff Olsen share ownership in the agency with the Leavitt Group. Schlatter will be the agency's local managing co-owner. He joined Whitfield three years ago with experience as an insurance sales manager and principal. McDonald will manage the personal insurance department. Whitfield, having served as the company's president and CEO for many years, will focus on mergers and acquisitions. King and Olsen are commercial insurance advisers who will continue to operate in the Everett and Oak Harbor offices.

Trinity Lutheran College in Everett has been approved as a State Need Grant school by the Higher Education Board of Washington State. Trinity is the only institution in the past five years that has been awarded the designation that will allow students who qualify for the grants to receive funding for their college education at Trinity.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to launch Operation Boots to Business. It is a training program for helping service members and veterans become entrepreneurs and to create jobs. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/bootstobusiness.

Nearly a year after launching Facebook and Twitter pages, the City of Mountlake Terrace has added a You Tube channel. CityofMLT was created to get the word out about Mountlake Terrace to potential investors, businesses and shoppers to support economic development and downtown revitalization. You can find the links at www.cityofmlt.com.
Good deeds
A partnership between the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Key Bank and MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions has enabled Compass Health to retrofit their facility at the Bailey Building in Everett with plumbing, lighting and HVAC improvements that will save the facility approximately $85,000 annually in operational expenses, a 30 percent savings. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses to Compass Health.

The 11th annual Flight for Sight fun run, sponsored by the Women's Committee of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, brought in more than $12,000 for Guide Dogs of America. More than 80 union volunteers came together to put on the June 2 race, which was also supported by Boeing's Facilities and Global Corporate Citizenship groups and by the Boeing Everett Recreation Center.


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