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Chuck Taylor |
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: people and businesses in the news


Shannon Affholter, vice president of business and economic development for Economic Alliance Snohomish County, has been named the new executive director of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Affholter, who also serves as Everett City Council vice president, will start work on Nov. 5. He will replace Ed Youmans, who is stepping down next month.

Carolyn Black has been named the new chief development officer for Providence General Foundation and Providence Regional Medical Center. Black started her new position at Providence General Foundation on Sept. 23. Prior to joining Providence, she was with the University of Washington for more than 11 years as a director for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Western Washington Medical Group Marysville Family Medicine, part of Western Washington Medical Group, announced that Dr. Susana Escobar has expanded her medical practice and is now taking new patients in integrative medicine. Escobar completed a two-year fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.

Swedish Health Services has named Anthony "Tony" A. Armada chief executive officer, effective Nov. 1. Armada currently serves as president of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, an academic and research hospital in the Chicago region. The hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, the largest health provider in Illinois.


The Washington Finance Officers Association (WFOA) presented Marysville city finance director Sandy Langdon with the President's Award at its annual conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino on Sept. 19. The award honored Langdon and her committee for developing the organization's Internship Program, launched in 2010. She has served as city finance director for more than 12 years and is a WFOA past-president.

The Office of the Secretary of State announced that Everett's McClain Insurance Services is one of five state businesses to receive the prestigious Corporations for Communities Award. Secretary of State Kim Wyman will present the award during a ceremony on Oct. 22. McClain Insurance Services is an independent agency owned by Claudia McClain.

Good deeds

Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers and several community partners recently provided more than $28,500 to install an elevator at Jacob's Well, a new facility in Shoreline providing housing and support to homeless women and children. Susan Camerer, executive director of Vision House, accepted the donation.

Through Oct. 31, guests can visit any Elle Marie Hair Studio to receive a pink hair extension for a $10 or greater donation as part of the new Pink Hair 2 Save a Pair breast cancer awareness fundraiser. Proceeds go to Snohomish County nominees selected by Elle Marie's management team. Visit for more information.

Everett Elks helped to Fill-A-Ford for the Troops at QFC last month. The 1955 trophy-winning truck was filled with items donated by generous shoppers. There are two more collections planned for upcoming Silvertips games. The Fill-A-Ford items will be mailed to the troops in November and should arrive before Christmas.


Edmonds travel television host and author Rick Steves will receive the European Union's Outstanding Friend of Europe Award for positively contributing to deeper transatlantic ties by encouraging Americans to travel to Europe. Afterward, he will speak about "Travel as a Political Act." The free event is from 7 to 9 p.m. today at University of Washington Kane Hall. Register at

Registration for the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce Candidate's Forum begins at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the Medallion Hotel in Smokey Point. The meeting will adjourn at 1 p.m. Featured candidates are Steve Baker, Jesica Stickles, Chris Raezer, Shery Christianson, Mike Hopson, Jan Schuette, Ken Klein and Bill Blake.

Bartell Drugs' Health & Beauty Week runs through Saturday at the company's Seattle Hill Road and Silver Lake stores in Everett. Activities will include health clinics, mammograms, free beauty mini makeovers and Conair hair styling demonstrations. For more information about the activities and for a detailed store location schedule, visit

The ISIS Foundation is seeking more volunteers to help at the 10th Anniversary Packathon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at The Courtyard Hall at 720 238th St. SE in Bothell. The supplies packed benefit Kiwoko Hospital in central Uganda. More information is at

The community is invited to join Mountlake Terrace officials for a cup of coffee and to hear first hand what's happening in the city. This casual event is from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th Street SW. For more information, visit the city's website at or call 425-744-6206.

The Stanwood Chamber of Commerce will hold its October general meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday. Location and speaker information will be emailed to members. Ad space is also now available on a new map of the Stanwood area. For more information, call 360-629-0562 or go to

Economic Alliance Snohomish County will host a public-officials reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Holiday Inn at 3102 Pine St. in Everett. It is a chance to chat with elected officials about business issues and to connect with fellow business leaders. To register, go to

The Alaska USA Marysville branch is hosting a special Seahawks event from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday in the front of the Marysville Haggen store. Seahawk alumnus Craig Terrell and two Seattle Seagals will be present to sign autographs. Alaska USA will also conduct a drawing for free Seattle Seahawks tickets.

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing will celebrate its 19th anniversary with the release of Poop Deck Pale Ale. The first pints will flow at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Brewery & Alehouse at 621 Front St. in Mukilteo. The company will release dry Irish-style Banana Stout on Oct. 17.

Join Economic Alliance Snohomish County and Dwayne Lane's Family of Auto Centers for a free Business After Hours networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at 10515 Evergreen Way in Everett. Although tickets are complimentary, an RSVP is requested by Oct. 14. Go to

The fourth annual Old Fashioned Christmas in Stanwood is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood. Businesses are invited to become a sponsor or to donate items for the Santa Gift Bags. Every child who comes to see Santa gets a bag. For more information, call 360-629-0562.


The GROW Washington Small Business Resource Conference has been rescheduled for Nov. 22 during Global Entrepreneur Week. More information is to be released in the near future.

Award-winning Snoqualmie Ice Cream is now offering custom flavors, ideal for special events, to retail and wholesale customers. Custom flavors require a six-gallon minimum purchase, and pricing varies by order. Flavors can be sweet, savory, salty or herbal and can be made as an ice cream custard, gelato or sorbet. To inquire, email

Everett-based Intermec announced the release of the CN51 rugged mobile computer. It is the company's latest product to offer a choice of Android or Windows operating systems on a single device. Designed for flexible application support, this next-generation mobile computing solution is primed for use in direct store delivery, transportation and logistics and field service operations.

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce office hours through Dec. 31 are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. If you need to stop by the chamber office, it is by appointment only. Outside these hours, call the office first at 360-659-5453 to ensure a volunteer is there.

Washington's minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour beginning Jan. 1. The minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.92 per hour, in 2014. More information is available at, or call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.

The Better Business Bureau is warning Washingtonians about an increase in fraudulent activity related to the launch of the Affordable Care Act. Government agencies will not call, text or email seeking personal information, and trained certified helpers are not allowed to charge for their advice. To learn more about the Affordable Care Act or the Health Insurance Marketplace, visit

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