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Biz bits: Business news from Snohomish County

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Sam Henry recently joined Lynnwood-headquartered Bank of Washington as its new vice president and senior relationship manager. Henry, a resident of King County, is based out of the bank's Redmond office. The graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School is a veteran of the banking industry with a background in commercial lending and business banking around the Puget Sound region.
Kudos
Glasair Aviation USA has received authority to conduct flight training in its experimental aircraft. Glasair developed a transition training program and applied for the letter of deviation authority in direct response to recommendations made to the industry by the NTSB in their 2012 study into safety of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft. For more information about the company, visit www.glasairaviation.com/.

Snohomish Girl Scout Troop 40392 have transferred Sweetie Pies, their seasonal pie and sweet rolls business, to Troop 52830. Sweetie Pies was founded five years ago to help the girls raise money for travel and college scholarships. Seven members of Troop 40392 graduated from high school in 2013 and headed off to college. Troop 52830 will now use the business to raise money. For more information about Sweetie Pies and Troop 52830, email tnvontrotha@hotmail.com.

A young German Shepherd, who six months ago was unwanted and bouncing around from home to home, is now the official face of 1st Security Bank. Lucy, who earlier this year found a home with a Silverdale family, received over 600 "Likes" in the bank's "Most Awesome Dog" Facebook contest to become the new Spokes-Pooch. She has already received a beauty day at the dog spa and a $250 gift card from Petco.
Good deeds
The employees of Canyon Creek Cabinet Company donated 160 pounds of food and a check for $1,585 to the local Sky Valley Food Bank. Every year, Canyon Creek conducts a food drive over the holidays to benefit needy families of Snohomish County, and has been one of the food bank's largest contributors for over 13 years. Canyon Creek also made financial and product donations to several charities over the past year.

Representatives from Swinerton Builders have presented Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond with a $14,725 check. An additional donation brought the total amount to over $15,000. The gift was the result of a corporate fundraiser that raised $83,766.98 for non-profit organizations across the country thanks to the efforts of Swinerton employees. The Seattle-based division office raised more than any of the 12 total participating locations, and the Swinerton Foundation matched their contributions.

Kaman Auctions, a wholesale auto auction business owned and operated by two sisters in Edmonds, helped raise $3,600 to benefit the Edmonds Boys & Girls Club. The auction company partnered with local businesses to host a live charity auction on Nov. 14. More than 20 local businesses, retailers and area car dealerships donated items for the auction. Tom Pasma was the auctioneer for the event that featured getaways, services and gift certificates.
Events
As a free community service, a Washington State Housing Finance Commission Homebuyer Workshop will be hosted by Remax Real Estate and HomeStreet Bank from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 in Lynnwood. Attendees will learn the basic strategies and concepts to buying and financing real estate in today's market, and how to prepare. Senior instructor Cheryl Lewis will be presenting. Please call 425-770-5504 for seating confirmation and additional information.

Harbour Pointe Retirement in Mukilteo will host speakers Gordon Strand and Mari-Ann Jackson from the Nordic Heritage Museum at 2 p.m. on Jan. 8. The public program will include life stories of individuals throughout Snohomish, King and Skagit counties as well as Scandinavian settlements in coastal and Eastern Washington. For more information, go to www.hpretire.com or call 425-493-8555. Harbour Pointe Retirement is located at 10200 Harbour Place in Mukilteo behind Walgreen's.

WSU Snohomish County Extension in partnership with the WSU Small Farms Team, USDA, and Snohomish Conservation District will again offer Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning to help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing. The course runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, from Jan. 14 through April 1, along with three Saturday seminars on focused topics. The central Puget Sound course will be held at WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, WA. Cost is $285.62 with a service fee. Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. For more information, visit www.cultivatingsuccess.org. To register, visit brownpapertickets.org/event/328901

Everett Community College is hosting two free college financial aid workshops. Workshops are at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at EvCC's East County Campus, 14090 Fryelands Blvd. SE, Suite 373 in Monroe and at 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at Shuksan Hall Room 141 on EvCC's campus at 2000 Tower St. in Everett. Participants need only attend one workshop. Registration is not required, but there is an online sign-up at www.collegegoalsundaywa.org to guarantee a time slot.

Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance's 13th Annual Aerospace Conference is set for Feb. 4-6 in Lynnwood. This year's conference features more than 35 speakers from the world's leading aerospace companies to help suppliers understand what is driving change in the aerospace industry. In addition to presentations, there is ample opportunity for networking, access to aerospace companies through exhibit booths and the suppliers fair. To register: www.pnaa.net.
Announcements
Jones Lang LaSalle's Capital Markets announced the $8.7 million sale of Meridian Glen, an 86-unit apartment community in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Everett. The buyer was Chicago-based Randolph Street Realty Capital. Jones Lang LaSalle's managing director David Young, senior vice presidents Corey Marx and Seth Heikkila, and associate Matt Kemper led the team on this transaction.

Fabric of Life Foundation's Fair Trade shop in downtown Edmonds will close its doors on Dec. 31. Founder Carol Schillios announced that the Fabric of Life Foundation will now expand its efforts in Mali and fund future students through a new sponsorship program as well as online wholesale and retail sales. After Dec. 31, individuals and businesses can sponsor a young woman in need in Mali to become an artisan at the Fabric of Life website: www.fabricoflife.org.

The nonprofit Women's Wellness Center on Rockefeller Avenue in downtown Everett is offering special rates for the New Year including the return of 10 for $10 New Student Pass cards for classes such as Yoga and Pilates. The fitness center offers classes schedules that are convenient for working women including noon and after work classes. More information is at www.WomensWellnessCenter.org.

The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2012 Service Annual Survey, which shows a revenue increase in 10 of the nation's 11 service sectors for employer firms between 2011 and 2012. The utilities sector was the only sector to show a year-to-year decline in revenue, down by $22.7 billion to $533.4 billion, for 2012. The Service Annual Survey provides the most comprehensive national statistics available each year on service industry activity in the United States.

The Washington Roundtable has outlined its priorities for the upcoming legislative session in its newly released 2014 Policy Agenda. Among its priorities for 2014 is enactment of a new statewide transportation investment and revenue package. The Washington Roundtable is a non-profit, public policy organization comprised of senior executives from major private sector employers throughout the state. The board has met with Gov. Jay Inslee and other legislative leaders to stress the need to pass a transportation package as soon as possible, before the start of the 2014 regular session.

The Treasury Department has announced transition relief for employers in Snohomish and other counties in Washington state that do not have the Small Business Health Options Program coverage and access to the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. Under this relief, an otherwise-eligible small employer may qualify for the ACA tax credit by providing health insurance beginning in 2014. For details, go online at www.irs.gov/uac/Small-Business-Health-Care-Tax-Credit-for-Small-Employers.
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