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Chuck Taylor |
Published: Monday, August 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news


Whidbey Island Bank has hired David Barrett to be a real estate loan officer at the bank's Marysville branch. The Marysville resident has more than 10 years of lending experience. Barrett will be responsible for the origination of residential, custom construction and land/building site loans.

Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. has promoted Scott Veitz to product engineering manager. Veitz has been with the company for almost 19 years. In his new role, he will manage the product development process, including prototype and new product testing, as well as the special products request department. And national trainer Jeannine Laitres recently gained Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist designation. The CAPS program teaches design professionals the skills to help older adults modify their homes. Laitres heads up the company's Design Services program.


Fluke CNX Wireless Test Tools have been named the EC&M 2013 Gold Product of the Year, placing second in the top three awards. CNX Wireless Test Tools won the portable test and measurement equipment category as well as Gold overall, while the Fluke VT02 Visual Thermometer won the Camera and Imaging Equipment category. Fluke is based in Everett.

Good deeds

In Western Washington, nine Target stores, including the one in Lake Stevens, gave children from Salvation Army programs a Back-to-School Shopping Spree. The children, from kindergarten through high school, each received an $81 Target gift card to purchase school clothing and supplies. The event took place Aug. 14.


Brown Bear Car Wash will give away free Bear Essentials car washes at all 21 automated tunnel locations to celebrate its 56th anniversary on Thursday. The special one-day event runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Seattle-based, family-owned company has offered similar free wash events for several years.

Join leaders from every business sector in Snohomish County for networking at the annual Economic Alliance Snohomish County summer networking event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Strato Deck at the Future of Flight in Mukilteo. Cost is $35 for investors and $40 for non-investors. More information and registration is at

Local musician Annemarie Russell is hosting a free concert on Sept. 5 to benefit Everett-based non-profit Housing Hope, an agency providing homes and services to homeless and low-income families in Snohomish County. The show will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Port Gardner Bay Winery at 2802 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County's Business After Hours with the Everett Silvertips is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 28 at 2000 Hewitt Ave. Suite 101, Everett. The event is free to attend. Talk hockey and business while enjoying food and drinks. Enter to win Silvertips tickets, autographed merchandise and more. More information is at

The national LGBT resource RainbowWeddingNetwork returns to Washington with a wedding expo from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood at 20610 44th Avenue West. Couples and advocates are invited to attend. More information is at

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Comcast Arena, Global Spectrum Management is hosting a 10th Anniversary Block Party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 on Hewitt Avenue between Broadway and Oakes Avenue. The event will be followed by the Silvertips season opener. Interested vendors should call 425-322-2626 for more information.

The Western Washington Nurse of the Year Awards are Nov. 21 at the Meydenbauer Conference Center. Nominations are being accepted through Sept. 27. Event proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. The 2013 Nurse of the Year Chair is Kim Williams of Providence Regional Medical Center. Nomination forms can be found online at or obtained by calling 206-624-1373.

Classes, workshops and webinars

Western Washington University's Everett-based Weekend MBA program will host information sessions at 6 p.m. on Aug. 29 and on Sept. 26 in Gray Wolf Hall at the University Center of North Puget Sound on the campus of Everett Community College. For more information, visit, email or call 360-650-3717.

All Things HR presents "Leaves of Absences: What You Need to Know to be in Compliance." The workshop is from 7:45 a.m. to noon on Sept. 12 at the All Things HR conference room at 4210 198th St. SW Suite 105, Lynnwood. Cost is $99 per attendee. Resister at

The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Washington will host the AFP-WA Symposium on Major Gifts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Marriott Waterfront, 2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle. It will feature speakers Marla Cornelius and Ronald J. Schiller on successful major gift fundraising. More information: or 206-367-8704.


Vapor Eruption, an authorized distributor of Volcano Fine Electronic Cigarettes, will celebrate its grand opening in the Everett Mall on Sept. 16. Unofficial opening for the new business is scheduled for Sept. 13. The owner is Jeremy Wilson, an active duty naval officer, and his wife, a navy veteran. E-cigarettes are a tobacco alternative.

The city of Edmonds is accepting applications for the landscape architect position on the Architectural Design Board. It is a volunteer position. Applications can be obtained at Edmonds City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N., at or by calling 425-771-0247.

The City of Mill Creek's newly designed website has launched. It offers visitors easier access to community information. Among the many new features are user-friendly ways for residents, visitors and businesses to communicate issues, questions and concerns to city staff. These can include such issues as street repair or public safety concerns. See the new website at

Combined solar energy capacity for customers of the Snohomish County Public Utility District stands at two megawatts, double that of just 18 months ago. The bulk of the small-scale solar energy production comes from customers participating in the PUD's Solar Express program, which offers financial incentives and technical assistance for solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems.

BioLife Solutions, a Bothell-based developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical grade hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze media for cells and tissues, and a contract aseptic media manufacturer, announced record revenue of $2.3 million for the second quarter of 2013. The increase represented 112 percent growth over the second quarter of 2012.

The Washington state Department of Transportation is accepting applications for state loan funding for freight-rail projects. Ports, rail districts, publicly owned railroads and local governments are eligible to apply for project loans available through the Freight Rail Investment Bank program. Applications are due September 20, 2013. Go to

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