Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news
Sound Community Bank hired David DeBond as business development officer. DeBond has 14 years of banking experience. Previously he held positions in retail banking, including relationship sales and management. DeBond will work with all five branches to develop new business relationships while fostering existing ones.
Mike Cooper, former mayor of Edmonds, has been approved by the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center Board as the new executive director for the Center. Cooper has extensive community service experience. He worked for more than 25 years with the Shoreline Fire Department, served four terms in the state House of Representatives and was elected to the Snohomish County Council.
Coastal Farm & Ranch has promoted Kelley Haynes to manager of the Mount Vernon store. Haynes has been part of the Coastal Farm & Ranch team since 2004, most recently serving as assistant manager of the Auburn Store and the Yakima store prior to that. Coastal Farm's Mount Vernon store is at 2021 Market St.
Skip Rock Distillers in Snohomish recently was honored among the best of the Northwest by Sip Northwest magazine for two creations. Raspberry liqueur won best fruit-based liqueur and nocino, a walnut liqueur that is a traditional Italian after-dinner drink, won best old-world style. The selection process included a blind tasting by professionals. Ryan Hembree, co-owner of Skip Rock, said he was excited to fare so well against impressive competition. To learn more about Skip Rock, go to skiprockdistillers.com.
Two Snohomish Health District staffers have been recognized by professional organizations for career achievements. Public health nurse Barbara Bly received the 2013 Marguerite Cobb Public Health/Community Health Nurse Award from the Washington State Nurses Association. Public health dental hygienist LeeAnn Hoaglin-Cooper received the Community Water Fluoridation Determination Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics' Campaign for Dental Health.
AAOA Healthcare in Kirkland has been awarded United Advantage Platinum status by UnitedHealthcare for 2013. The company provides employee benefit solutions for small and mid-sized employers. AAOA Healthcare is the only organization in the Northwest to have received this award for five consecutive years.
Approximately 500 local bank branches collected cash and food donations for Northwest Harvest during the Bankers Care Spring Food Drive's three-week campaign. With final contributions now tallied, Northwest Harvest estimates that proceeds from the event will provide more than 170,000 meals for hungry people across the region.
Learn about the Solar Express program and its incentives at informational sessions from Snohomish County Public Utility District. The first is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the PUD Everett Commission Room. The second is 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 29 in the PUD Edmonds/South County Office. Go to www.snopud.com/solarexpress for more information.
Opportunities for housing around Everett Station, and how the built environment contributes to healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods, are the topics for a short walk and talk around the neighborhood from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The meeting will begin in the Weyerhaeuser Room at Everett Station. RSVP to Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join WorkSource Snohomish County for SummerPalooza 2013 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday at WorkSource Monroe. Employers and community organizations will be on hand, offering summer employment, internships and volunteer opportunities for high school youth and adults. Bring resumes and be prepared to interview. Space is limited for this free event. Register online at goo.gl/07bM9.
The Port of Everett is participating, for the first-time, in National Marina Day. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 8. It will feature a boat show, seminars and entertainment. Limited boat rides and free Coast Guard Boat Safety Inspections will also be available. Visit the port's website for more information.
Workshops, classes and webinars
Mortgage industry veteran John Harding will speak at the Fraud Prevention Workshop for Seniors at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Harbour Pointe Residential Retirement & Assisted Living in Mukilteo. A complimentary boxed lunch will be provided. For more information please go to www.hpretire.com or call 425-493-8555.
A career-building tool called Career Quest Cards will be featured in a workshop with career coach Halimah Bellows at 1:30 p.m. on June 1 at Vision Quest Bookstore and Wellness Center in Everett. Cost for the workshop is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. More information is available at www.careerquestcards.com.
Snohomish County PUD reminds customers about potential scams to steal customers' identity and bill payment information. These include door-to-door visits, social media, fliers, phone calls and text messages. The PUD never calls customers to collect credit card information over the phone. If a person comes to a customer's home or business claiming to be a PUD employee, ask to see their PUD identification.
The City of Mountlake Terrace is now accepting nominations for its fifth annual Evergreen Awards program to recognize property owners who take great care of their properties. Nomination forms, available at www.cityofmlt.com and at city facilities, will be accepted through Friday. For more information, check the city's website.
Emeritus at Silver Lake will be delivering care packages to local senior veterans or their surviving spouses during Memorial Day week to assist them in staying safely in their homes. Packages include items like night lights and first-aid kits. To recommend a local senior veteran or veteran spouse, call 425-338-3227 or via email at email@example.com.
Snohomish County-operated Paine Field will soon begin multiple construction projects, which include rebuilding the airport's smallest runway. The project is being funded with a Federal Aviation Administration grant worth $5.4 million. The airport also will be reconstructing two roadways beginning Aug. 1.
The Everett Afternoon Letip business group is taking applications to fill both a handyman position and an electrician position. If you are interested in growing your business and joining the group, please call Vicki at 425-359-6620. The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in Everett.
Bothell-based BioLife Solutions, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical-grade hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze media for cells and tissues, and contract aseptic media manufacturer, has announced record revenue for the first quarter of 2013 of $2.2 million, including license revenue of $0.6 million. This represents 5 percent sequential growth over the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers to the recent upswing in cybercrime dollar losses. Cybercrimes bilked consumers of more than $525 million in 2012. Washingtonian losses increased to more than $11.5 million, compared to $9.5 million in 2011, moving Washington into the top 10 for total number of complaints and total amount of dollars lost.
Everett-based Intermec announced the opening of the Cedar Rapids Technology Center in Iowa. The total investment for the project was $28 million. Nearly 220 employees are employed at the Cedar Rapids facility. Intermec employs more than 2,300 people globally in more than 65 countries.
The federal Department of Agriculture is seeking applications from qualified organizations to provide technical assistance to rural businesses to help them expand and create jobs. The announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy. Funding will be provided through USDA Rural Development's Rural Business Opportunity Grant program.
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