MILL CREEK — H.M. Jackson High School DECA chapter members earned the organization's highest honors at DECA's 67th annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., on April 24-27.
Breanna Fee and Chase Weholt, took first place at the conference among the 212 school-based enterprise manuals that were submitted for the 2013 certification review.
"This is quite an accomplishment for H.M. Jackson High School," said adviser George Brush. "I believe it's the first time in Everett School District history for a first place showing. Jackson's last recognition was for third place in 2001."
Everett student Caitlin White was one of the top 20 finalists in the DECA Food Marketing category.
"All the presentations were done in private, so Brea and I had no inclination to the quality of our project in comparison to other teams," said Weholt. "We felt confident in the work we did, but did not know what to expect from the judges. It wasn't until the grand awards ceremony, when the trophy was given, that we learned of our success. DECA's International competition brings the next generation of business leaders to one location, and I'm incredibly honored to have met and competed with such notable students."
School-based enterprises help prepare students for the transition from school to work or college. For many students, they provide the first work experience; for others, they provide an opportunity to build management, supervision and leadership skills. Marketing educators and DECA advisers have used them as a powerful teaching tool for more than four decades.
In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with more than 60 internationally recognized businesses.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.
Peoples Bank opens new Everett branch
EVERETT — Peoples Bank opened its Everett Financial Center May 20 at 2733 Colby Ave.
The bank's newest office is a full-service branch with personal and business banking, commercial lending and real-estate lending services. The leadership team includes Jim Lonneker, senior vice president and business team leader, and Charlie Martinez, assistant vice president and branch manager. The branch is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
"Great communities like Everett need solid, client-focused community banks to grow and thrive," said Peoples Bank executive vice president Anthony Repanich. "During the financial downturn a number of local financial institutions were lost and now more than ever we believe there is an opportunity for Peoples Bank to make a difference in this community".
Pearson General Construction performed tenant improvements. Kelli Smith and her team at Dykeman Architects managed all aspects of design.
Peoples Bank also purchased the long-vacant building on the southwest corner of Colby and Everett avenues and will develop that site into a flagship financial center expected to open in 2016. Upon its completion, bank staff will move there from the newly opened branch at California Street and Colby Avenue.
Spirit of Snohomish County nominations due June 7
EVERETT — United Way of Snohomish County is accepting nominations for its Spirit of Snohomish County Awards in four categories: adult, youth, labor and community partner. Award winners will be recognized for their efforts to advance the common good and improve the lives of people in Snohomish County. They must also demonstrate a broad and deep commitment to the community.
Award winners will be honored at the annual Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast on Sept. 25 at Tulalip Resort Casino.
Nomination forms and criteria can be found online at www.uwsc.org/spiritnominate.php and are due June 7.
You may submit your nominations online or download the forms and mail them to Spirit of Snohomish County Awards, United Way of Snohomish County, 3120 McDougall Ave. Suite 200, Everett, WA 98201. You can also submit nominations by fax to 425-374-5555 or by email to email@example.com.
Last year's winners were Dominick Juarez (youth); Mary Jane Brell Vujovic (adult); Allyn Triezenberg (labor), Campbell's StockPot (community partner) and the Bob Smith Family (Reeves/Sievers Founders' Award). All of the nominations for the different awards — except the Reeves/Sievers Founders' Award, which recognizes a lifetime of commitment to the community — are considered by a panel of volunteers.
Alaska USA credit union will support high school students in Washington state by providing five scholarships to Washington Business Week. Events will be held June 23-29 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, July 7-13 at Gonzaga University in Spokane, July 21-27 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg and Aug. 4-10 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The $5,000 sponsorship will provide five students the opportunity to experience a simulated career environment learning business, teambuilding, leadership and life skills in a general business setting. For more information, go to wbw.org.
SEATTLE — On June 1, Northwest farmers and Fred Meyer stores launched the Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive. The goal is to raise $100,000 and 100,000 pounds of food to benefit Feeding America affiliates: Food Lifeline, 2nd Harvest, and Oregon Food Bank during June Dairy Month. During June, collection bins have been placed at every Fred Meyer store in Washington and Oregon to collect canned goods and other non-perishable food items. A direct mail postcard will be sent to 136,000 select Fred Meyer customers with a coupon for a local dairy product and a scannable barcode that will let shoppers can make a direct cash contribution to their local food assistance organization. The monthlong drive is supported by the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Oregon and the Washington and Oregon state Departments of Agriculture.
LYNNWOOD — The Lynnwood City Council and Mayor Don Gough proclaimed May 23 as Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood Day. The Lynnwood Kiwanis was first chartered as a part of Kiwanis International on May 23, 1963. The club meets Thursdays at 7 a.m. at the Lynnwood Fire Station on 188th Street SW and 44th Avenue W. Members have served the community and the world through volunteering thousands of hours of community service. Among the club's projects was construction of Lynnwood Kiwanis House, which served as transitional housing for unwed teen moms. Fundraising efforts have enabled the club to support the Lynnwood Food Bank, Alderwood Boys & Girls Club, Clothes for Kids and Kiwanis Camp Casey. Charter member Byron Gourley has been an active member of the club for 50 years. The club will celebrate its anniversary with a brunch on June 8 at Embassy Suites.
EVERETT — Bartell Drugs has purchased two pharmacies, located in Everett and Marysville, from The Everett Clinic. The pharmacies will be operated by family-owned Bartell Drugs starting June 10. The pharmacies are located in the Founder's Pharmacy Building on the clinic's Everett campus and at its Marysville clinic.
EVERETT — IMCO General Construction of Bellingham was awarded a $5 million contract for Snohomish County's runway 16L-34R reconstruction at Paine Field Airport, located across from Boeing's Everett campus. This is IMCO's second major Snohomish Country contract at Paine Field in the last two years. Crews broke ground in late May. The work is contracted to be complete in two months.
ARLINGTON — Dwayne Lane's Arlington Chevrolet is partnering with the Stilly Valley Little League. The car dealership has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution, invitations to free instructional clinics and an opportunity for community members to enter the free Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes.
EVERETT — Intermec announced the opening of its new 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. Its headquarters are in Everett.
TULALIP — The Boom City Swap Meet opened in May. It will close June 3 to July 12 for Boom City Fireworks vendors then reopen July 13 and remain open through early September. To reserve a space, vendors can sign up at www.boomcityswapmeet.com or call 425-359-3864. Vendors will be charged $20 to rent a space.
SULTAN — GROW Washington in Sultan will host a new summer Artist in Action series. If you are a local fine artist with a business license and interested in renting a space to sell your pieces, stop by GROW Washington at 922 U.S. 2, Sultan, to pick up an application and artist agreement. Space is limited.
BOTHELL — Foggy Noggin Brewing is celebrating the return of one of their seasonal beers, Chief Lightfoot Irish Red, at their tasting room in Bothell. The seasonal brew is expected to be served for six to eight weeks after its May 4 release.
BOTHELL — 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 that it has licensed specific areas of its intellectual property to Janssen Research & Development. BioLife CEO Mike Rice said the company had already worked closely with Janssen for several years.
SKYKOMISH — Skykomish, with its new Town Center and Great Northern and Cascade Railway tourist attraction, will run a one-eighth-scale railroad built to haul people. The town needs volunteers to help with parking control and people control most weekends this summer and into the early fall. This will be a fun event and interested volunteers can be taught how to run one of the trains. For more information, call Kevin Weiderstrom at 425-231-8797 after 1 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SILVANA — A new business, Silvana Vintage and Art, is now open at 1401 Pioneer Highway in downtown Silvana. The store features original art from local artists, repurposed items and antiques. It also does business in buying, trading and consignment of various objects. The shop officially opened on May 7.
EVERETT — YMCA of Snohomish County's Invest in Youth campaign has raised 8 percent more this year than last year. The 2013 campaign goal was $1,258,000. As of May 1, the YMCA confirmed it exceeded the campaign goal with a record $1,264,201. The funds support children, teens and families throughout the organization's five branch operations and Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate.
EVERETT — Independent film company Chronicle Factory of Everett has started production on a sci-fi thriller web series after two years in development. Chronicle Factory was created by Jonathan Holbrook, the founder of award-winning media firm Tall Taurus Media. Chronicle Factory started first day of production in Lake Stevens on May 4.
SULTAN — Sultan Earlywords Toastmasters is looking for new members. If you are interested in becoming a leader in your company or community, you are invited to attend a breakfast meeting. Sultan Earlywords meets Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at Sultan's Sky Valley Eagles Club. For information, call 425-327-2093.
EVERETT — Amprobe has introduced the LT-10 Lamp Tester, a pocket-sized, lightweight tool that takes the guesswork out of troubleshooting fluorescent light fixtures. The one-button LT-10 can verify in seconds whether fluorescent bulbs are operational prior to installation or removal, making it a good choice for facility and property maintenance teams with a large number of fixtures to maintain.
EVERETT — Boeing has rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner to be built at the increased production rate of seven airplanes per month. The airplane is the 114th 787 to be built overall and the 100th 787 to be built in Everett. Boeing's 787 program is on track to achieve a planned 10 per month production rate by year-end.
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — An updated planned action ordinance allows development in the Mountlake Terrace Town Center without further environmental review provided such development is consistent with identified mitigation measures and all city development regulations. The Mountlake Terrace City Council adopted the Town Center Plan in February 2007 to encourage revitalization of its existing downtown.
SEATTLE — Washington state philanthropists are being sought as nominees to be named as Outstanding Philanthropists on National Philanthropy Day Nov. 14, 2013. Philanthropists of all types are being sought: young, old, individual and corporate. Nomination forms can be found online at www.afpwashington.org/philanthropy-day. Nomination letters must be postmarked or submitted by June 7.
EVERETT — 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, they should ask to see their PUD identification.
EVERETT — Emeritus at Silver Lake will deliver 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 nightlights and first-aid kits. To recommend a local senior veteran or veteran spouse, call 425-338-3227 or email email@example.com.
EVERETT — The Everett Afternoon Letip business group is now taking applications to fill both a handyman position and an electrician position. If you are interested in growing your business and joining the group, call 425-359-6620. The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in Everett.
BOTHELL — 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 $600,000. This represents 5 percent sequential growth over the fourth quarter of 2012.
EVERETT — Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County has announced that it supports Gov. Jay Inslee's Aerospace Industry Strategy, which he outlined on May 9 at the Museum of Flight in Everett. The plan aims to shape the future for Washington's aerospace landscape, with goals that include developing a robust and talented aerospace workforce.
DUPONT — 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. Washingtonians' losses increased to more than $11.5 million, compared to $9.5 million in 2011, moving Washington state into the top 10 for total number of complaints and total amount of dollars lost.
OLYMPIA — The state's Employment Security Department has reduced reduce emergency unemployment compensation benefits by 21.08 percent due to the federal sequester law. Beginning May 19, EUC recipients saw their weekly benefits reduced when they move from regular benefits onto EUC, or when they move from their current tier of EUC to the next tier.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. 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.
WASHINGTON — The Energy Department has selected Washington State University for a $200,000 award to support the development of curricula and training that will help researchers and students gain a better understanding of the complex conditions of a modern electric grid, focusing on synchrophasor technology. Washington State received one of seven awards totaling $1.4 million.
WASHINGTON — According to a new AFL-CIO report, 60 workers were killed in Washington State in 2011, giving the state the third lowest worker fatality rate in the country at 1.9 workers per 100,000 workers. Nationally, 4,693 workers died on the job in 2011, a rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, down from the previous year's rate of 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers.
WASHINGTON — An interim final rule published in the Federal Register and effective immediately will amend regulations to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program. It will allow for greater access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 that was signed in January.
MUKILTEO — The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour was awarded a spot on the www.gogobot.com list of Top 25 Best Guided Tours in the world. Two other Puget Sound guided tours made the list including the Seattle Underground Tour and the Savor Seattle Food Tour at Pike Place Market.
EVERETT — Klein Honda sales consultant Ravinder Sharma is one of only 32 Honda employees nationwide to earn the top volume sales consultant status for the Council of Sales Leadership program. Sharma beat out more than 14,000 Honda sales consultants nationwide for the honor and was also the top performer in his zone for Honda.
SNOHOMISH — Pink Blossom Events has been chosen as the 2013 Winner of the Best Wedding Planner in Snohomish by the Wedding Industry Experts Awards. Pink Blossom Events is also a finalist for the Best Wedding Planner-Washington, Top 100 Best Wedding Planner-United States and Top 100 Best Wedding Planners-Worldwide.
MONROE — WorkSource Monroe has received the annual Washington State Chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals Customer Service Award. The award recognizes individuals and groups providing exceptional service to customers served throughout the workforce system.
EVERETT — In a national survey, Snohomish County Public Utility District ranked No. 1 for its program offerings. It ranked in second place for overall brand value, which measured nine key attributes including reliability, customer service and environmental friendliness. The survey was conducted by ESource in coordination with the Nielsen Co.
EVERETT — Garden Court Retirement Community in Everett was named as the overall top local retirement community by SeniorHomes.com, an online directory and resource for seniors and their families. Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek and Mountlake Terrace, Sunrise of Edmonds and Washington Oakes in Everett were also included on the Top Rated Communities list.
EVERETT — Everett Community College Ocean Research College Academy students Mallory Suggs of Monroe and Stefan Sorensen of Lake Stevens have earned scholarships from the Youth Maritime Training Association. The academy is the only early college in the nation that uses the local marine environment as the interdisciplinary connection to critical analysis in all disciplines.
GRANITE FALLS — Granite Falls High School students Alaina Vanderhoff, Aakash Sethi, Jeremy Miller, Pooja Sethi and Katelyn Campbell have qualified for the national Future Business Leaders of America competition that will be held in Anaheim, Calif. The students placed in the top five in their category at the state competition in Spokane.
EVERETT — Soroptimist International of Everett presented awards at its annual luncheon in April. Club Choice Awards were given to Little Red Schoolhouse, Adopt-A-Stream and Senior Services of Snohomish County. The Violet Richardson Awards went to Christie Luttrell and Interfaith Homeless Shelter. A scholarship award was given to Sarah Ungvarsky and a Women of Opportunity Award was given to Stephanie Webber.
MOUNT VERNON — Provitro Biosciences has received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office covering foundational technologies that enable the rapid, disease-free, and high volume production of bamboo plants for the first time. The patent reflects more than a decade of innovative research by Provitro in the field of non-genetically modified commercial-scale plant propagation methods.
ARLINGTON — Seattle Business Magazine honored 20 of the state's top manufacturers at the 2013 Washington Manufacturing Awards on April 25. Outback Power of Arlington was recognized as an emerging manufacturer of the year in the small firm category. Snohomish County is the state's manufacturing center with 22 percent of the workforce in manufacturing.
EDMONDS — Bill Brayer, founder of an Edmonds-based nonprofit that helps those with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities, has been named the 2013 Edmonds Citizen of the Year sponsored by the Edmonds Kiwanis Club. Brayer, himself a sufferer of MS, founded the MS Helping Hands Donor Closet, a nonprofit group that provides durable medical and mobility equipment for a minimum suggested donation.
KIRKLAND — Greenpoint Technologies has received AS9100 Rev C Aerospace Quality Management System recertification. The AS9100 quality audit recognizes Greenpoint's strengths of having an active, continuous improvement culture, implementing lean manufacturing initiatives and having a robust program management function that considers every aspect of the build program.
KIRKLAND — AAOA Healthcare has been awarded United Advantage Platinum status by UnitedHealthcare for 2013. The company provides employee benefit solutions for small and mid-size employers. AAOA Healthcare is the only organization in the Northwest to have received this award for five consecutive years.
WALLA WALLA — Banner Bank received top honors at the Small Business Administration's 12th annual SBA Small Business Awards Gala on May 9 at the Museum of Flight. The SBA Seattle District Office awarded Banner Bank Community Lender of the Year for the SBA's fiscal year ending September 30, 2012.
MONROE — The Windermere Foundation has presented a $2,500 check to Monroe's Take the Next Step, an organization that reaches out to the homeless, teen moms, families and children in need. The donation will help Take the Next Step to run their Kidz Club program this summer. Windermere Monroe has been helping out the organization for several years.
LYNNWOOD — Clothes for Kids was among the winners of Umpqua Bank's Show Us How You Give campaign. Grant winners were selected through community voting on Umpqua's Facebook page. Clothes for Kids will receive a grant of $2,500. The organization provides clothing to children in Snohomish County schools.
EVERETT — Cedar Grove Composting will award a $2,500 scholarship to a graduating senior at Everett High School this June to be applied toward their college education. The student who is awarded this scholarship will be selected based on demonstrated interest, action and achievement in issues surrounding sustainability and the environment.
EVERETT — Local nonprofit Housing Hope has received a $25,000 grant from The Everett Clinic Foundation for Housing Hope's Economic Empowerment Initiative. The grant supports the programs of both Housing Hope and its subsidiary, HopeWorks, to assist homeless and very low income families across Snohomish County.
SNOHOMISH — Dream Dinners honored first responders to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., with dinners to go during National Emergency Services Week. The event honors the dedication of EMS personnel around the country who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services on the front lines.
MONROE — Businesses and organizations have donated more than $4,000 and volunteered labor toward the traditionally planted islands, flower planters and hanging baskets along Main Street and Lewis Street in Monroe. Donating groups included Republic Services, Pine Creek Nursery, Monroe Garden Club, Monroe Lowes and the Monroe Reformatory. Budget cuts would have otherwise halted the purchase of the annual flowers.
EVERETT — Bethany's eighth annual Taste of the Northwest in April raised more than $54,000 for senior and disabled residents. More than 600 guests attended. Tangerine Travel donated two weekend trips and a cruise in the raffle. Guests donated more than $3,500 exclusively for a remodel kitchen project that will enhance dining services at Bethany's Silver Crest campus.
SEATTLE — 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.
SNOQUALMIE — The Snoqualmie Tribe Fund has awarded donations to 113 organizations following its winter application cycle. Of the organizations being funded, 41 are located in the greater Seattle area. The Snoqualmie Tribe Fund prioritizes organizations whose work focuses on community development, the environment, arts and culture, health and human services, and education.
Port of Everett shipping schedule as of May 28. The schedule is tentative and subject to change.
May 28: Westwood Victoria, Westwood
June 4: Westwood Discovery, Westwood
June 6: Queen Sapphire, EUKOR
June 10: Glovis Prestige, Glovis; Grindanger, Westfal-Larsen
June 11: Westwood Columbia, Westwood
June 18: Westwood Pacific, Westwood
June 25: Westwood Olympia, Westwood
Ship port calls 2013 YTD: 45
Barge port calls 2013 YTD: 25
Ship port calls 2012: 101
Barge port calls 2012: 66
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