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Published: Monday, July 1, 2013, 2:12 p.m.

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Dr. Arthur Grossman has retired from Western Washington Medical Group's Department of Family Medicine. Grossman is a well-known family doctor and biking enthusiast who plans to ride 13,000 miles this year. Grossman began his family practice at Everett Family Medicine in 1977.
Prime Pacific Bank, with branches in Lynnwood, Kenmore and Mill Creek, has promoted Chuck Dodd to the position of chief credit officer. Dodd joined Prime Pacific Bank in 2003 and has served as a commercial credit officer, special asset officer and has assisted in credit administration.
W.S. "Buzz" Rodland of Rodland Toyota-Scion in Everett was named 2013-14 president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association at the organization's annual convention last month. He previously served on the WSADA board of directors and executive committee and is past chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.
Joseph Williams, a Microsoft executive and former professor at Colorado State University, has been named the dean of Seattle Pacific University's School of Business and Economics. He succeeds Jeffrey Van Duzer, who was named provost at SPU in November after serving 11 years as dean of the School of Business and Economics.
Monroe-based Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. has announced the appointment of Dean Clapp as regional manager for Northern California sales. Clapp has more than 20 years of experience in the cabinet industry. For the past 12 years, he has been a rep for a national custom cabinet manufacturer and was based in the Denver area.
Reid Middleton, an Everett-based engineering, planning and surveying firm, has hired Mike Yeoman as survey director and Katie Maurer and Kenneth O'Neill as designers in the Everett office. The company has also promoted Erik Bishop to project engineer in the Everett office.
Kudos
Rachael Cooper of Lake Stevens has been named one of 10 inaugural recipients selected by the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program in a national scholarship competition. The scholarship will cover 50 percent of Cooper's tuition at Northwest Hair Academy in Everett.
Chermak Construction of Edmonds was honored as one of Seattle's Best 100 Places to Work. The firm also took home state and regional awards from the Building Association of America and the Master Builders of King & Snohomish Counties. Projects were recognized in the Bath Excellence, Kitchen Excellence and Major Remodel Partial House categories.
Four drivers representing FedEx Corp. operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2013 Washington State Truck Driving Championship recently held in Kent. Bob Hinds, owner of RR Ground Home at the FedEx Ground station in Everett, captured his second state title in three years with a win in the Step Van Class.
For the third year in a row, The Everett Clinic has been named to the list of 100 Best Companies to Work For by Seattle Business magazine. The clinic was recognized for workplace environment, corporate culture and leadership. It ranked 17, up from 18 last year, in the large company category.
BioLife Solutions, a Bothell-based developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical grade hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze media for cells and tissues, also has been named as one of the best places to work in Washington by Seattle Business magazine.
Everett-based Origin East West Marketing announced that the president of the company, David Cook, has received an award from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. It was for creative copywriting of a radio commercial for an insurance company.
Kirkland's AAOA Healthcare has been named to the 100 Best Companies to Work For list, complied by Seattle Business magazine. AAOA Healthcare is the association health plan sponsored by the Affiliated Associations of America.
Good deeds
On June 19, the Snohomish Community Food Bank welcomed eight employees from Liberty Mutual Insurance's Seattle office who came to paint the south entry to the building, which doubles as the produce room. The Liberty Mutual employees who volunteered participated through the company's annual Serve with Liberty campaign.
The Mukilteo Food Bank says it is now 2,520 pounds of food heavier and many dollars richer thanks to Mukilteo QFC and Albertsons shoppers who donated and to broker volunteers who offered their time and effort for Windermere's Community Service Day. The Food Bank also thanks Albertsons, QFC, Opus Bank and Starbucks for continued support.
Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. has partnered with Recycled Playtime, a Monroe–based company that provides children's play kitchens made of repurposed furniture pieces, recycled wood and other materials. Canyon Creek will donate scrap plywood to build the kitchens and to recycle wood waste.
Sound Community Foundation has approved grants for the Sequim Operetta Booster Club, Gay City Health Project, Family Law Court Appointed Special Advocates, Boys & Girls Club of the North Olympic Peninsula, YMCA, Plus One Foundation and a scholarship for the Young Leaders Conference. Sound Community Bank is in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Clallam counties.
Local businesses, including independent insurance agency McClain Insurance Services, are sponsoring Everett's Independence Day festivities and fireworks. McClain Insurance is also a sponsor of the popular Cinema Under the Stars summer outdoor movie series at Thornton A. Sullivan Park near Silver Lake in south Everett.
Events
More than a dozen Puget Sound-area Ford businesses are hosting events in which local food trucks compete in taste tests, while Ford vehicles challenge rivals in competitive test drives. On Tuesday, Bickford Motors in Snohomish will host a competition between food trucks My Chef Lynn and Sound Bite. Harris Ford in Lynnwood will host Happy Grillmore vs. Streetzeria on July 12.
The BehrPro Experience Tour will be stopping in Everett on July 8. The tour is showcasing the company's products and offering tips for local professionals at Home Depot stores across the country. There will be a community barbecue and promotions.
Snohomish County Human Resources Association's monthly meeting is 7:30 to 9 a.m. on July 11. Chapter meetings bring together local HR professionals throughout the Snohomish County and adjoining areas. Monthly meetings are held at the Holiday Inn at 3105 Pine St. in Everett.
The Port of Everett's Port Report International Trade Reception, with optional free Summer Harbor Cruise, is from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 11 at the Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way in Everett. Cost is $25 for Economic Alliance Snohomish County investors, $30 for non-investors. You must come to the event to participate in the cruise. More information is at www.economicalliancesc.org.
Wine, work, fun, networking and a live band are scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on July 18 at the Port Gardner Bay Winery at 2802 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett. Display tables are available for $20. Participants should bring business cards. Please RSVP to Trina at 360-668-0350.
The Edmonds Community College Foundation's 23rd annual Golf Classic is to be held Sept. 23 at the Seattle Golf Club. Last year, the tournament raised more than $58,000, providing vital support to the college. Registration prices will increase after July 8. Register by Sept. 2 at www.edcc.edu/foundation or call 425-640-1274.
Classes, workshops and webinars
Join Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration for an online discussion of how to protect your business before a disaster strikes. The Top 5 Risks for Business Disasters in America event is from 11 a.m. to noon PDT on July 9. Space is limited. Register at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/934008056. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.
A workshop to gain hands-on experience preparing a responsive government bid is scheduled for July 17. It's sponsored by the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Economic Alliance Snohomish County and Shorebird Creative. The event will be from from 8 a.m. to noon in the Vega Training Room at the alliance at 728 134th St., Suite 128, in Everett. Register online at washingtonptac.org/events-workshops. For more information, contact Jean Hales at 425-248-4223 or JeanH@economicalliancesc.org.
Announcements
Final repairs to the Port of Everett bio-swale will require the closure of the Pigeon Creek Public Access Trail that runs behind the port's shipping terminals. The trail will be closed through Wednesday. It will reopen for the July 4 holiday weekend but will close again July 8-12.
Thursday is one of six major holidays on which Community Transit does not operate. There will be no bus or DART paratransit service. The RideStore and Customer Service will be closed. All services will resume regular schedules on Friday.
Everett Grocery Outlet store is kicking off of the third annual Independence from Hunger food drive. During July, the store is encouraging customers to donate food and cash to support the Salt of the Earth Food Bank. Over the past two years, more than $500,000 has been raised in cash, gift cards and food donations companywide.
New lights at Everett Civic Auditorium are estimated to save $7,517 per year and 81,956 kilowatt hours per year. The Snohomish County Public Utility District reimbursed the Everett Public Schools, which owns the auditorium, almost $10,000 for the cost of the project because the new light-emitting diode bulbs will save energy.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs' Hero 2 Hired program will be present at the Arlington Fly-In on July 12 to 13 with its Mobile Job Store operation. The Hero 2 Hired program is a program to address the unique employment challenges facing members of the Guard and Reserve.
The City of Monroe is seeking members to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee for 2013-14. Applicants must be either a representative of the hotel-motel business required to collect the lodging tax or involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received from the lodging tax. Contact Jeff Sax at jsax@monroewa.gov or 360-863-4521. Deadline is July 10.
The Edmonds City Council is seeking applicants interested in serving on the city's Economic Development Commission. Interested individuals may apply at www.edmondswa.gov/government/boards-and-commissions.html. You can also pick up an application at the reception desk in the lobby of City Hall or call 425-771-0247 for an application to be mailed or emailed. Applications must be submitted by July 23.
The Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has received a $1,000 grant to supplement its annual scholarship program. The grant will enable the Chapter to make up to $2,000 in scholarships available this year. The grant is from the National AIA.
Members of the Washington congressional delegation urged the U.S. Small Business Administration to approve the state's request for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses affected by the I-5 Skagit River bridge collapse. Economic Injury Disaster Loans help businesses cover uninsured expenses and financial obligations after a disaster.
The state Department of Labor and Industries is promoting two programs: Stay at Work and File Fast. Stay at Work reimburses qualified employers half an injured worker's base wages when he or she is given a light-duty or transitional job during recovery. FileFast is replacing the paper process and can improve claim receipts. For more information, go to www.WorkingSolutions.Lni.wa.gov.
State regulators have approved a multi-year rate plan for Puget Sound Energy that will raise electric and gas rates beginning July 1 but limit increases for the next three to four years. The newly approved rates will generate $52.3 million of additional revenue for PSE's electric operations and $9.1 million for natural gas operations.

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