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Announcements: Campaign to help women, minority business owners

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Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises have announced the statewide Get Certified campaign intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments. The campaign will launch during the newly declared Minority and Women-owned Business Week Jan. 20 to 24. For more information, visit www.getcertifiednw.com.
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The Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation is actively seeking qualified candidates for up to 24 fellowships in Class 37 of its leadership program. People involved in the agriculture, forestry, fisheries or related industries are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is April 30. More information is at www.agforestry.org.
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United Way of Snohomish County released its legislative priorities with a focus on early learning, food and nutrition, housing and homelessness, and support for seniors. The announcement came as legislators prepared to meet in Olympia for the start of the 2014 legislative session on Jan. 13. United Ways of Washington, an umbrella group that brings together United Ways from across the state, will hold its annual Lobby Day on Feb. 13.
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Better Business Bureau reminds fans that counterfeit Seattle Seahawks gear currently flooding the market may be inexpensive, but the value and quality is often poor and purchases divert funds away from legitimate organizations. Buy merchandise from official team stores and authorized retailers when possible. If prices seem too good to be true, products are most likely fake.
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In an effort to reduce toxic chemicals in products, Washington state has partnered with eight other states through Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse to publish a guide for companies interested in finding safer alternatives to potentially harmful chemicals. Alternatives assessment is a process that helps companies make more informed product choices. The guide is available online at www.newmoa.org/prevention/ic2/.
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Residents across Washington can now see where their tax dollars are being spent on capital and transportation projects through a new online map. The map allows constituents to choose their county or legislative district or to simply click on the statewide map to see details of capital and transportation projects. Go online at http://fiscal.wa.gov/WebMaps.aspx.
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According to the Colliers International real estate report for the fourth quarter 2013, the Puget Sound north end industrial market finished strong in 2013. The south Everett and Woodinville submarkets performed the best. The forecast for the north end Industrial market is that rental rates will remain close to current levels in the immediate future.
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The Washington Council on International Trade and its members — manufacturers, retailers, farmers, ranchers and service providers — have welcomed the introduction of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation and urged Congress to act quickly on it. The legislation provides direction on Congress’ priorities and negotiating objectives for the country’s trade agreements, increasing the accountability and transparency of the trade policy agenda.
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Share your thoughts about Everett’s future and Comprehensive Plan update by completing the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2966F3S. This information will be used by City staff, the Planning Commission and the City Council to help make decisions about Everett’s future. Deadline to respond is Wednesdasy. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please call 425-257-8731.
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The Women’s Wellness Center, a nonprofit affordable women’s fitness center in downtown Everett, has added new classes. TruBarre is a full body workout with a foundation based on pilates. Group personal training is a drop-in class. Beginning Jan. 20, the center will expand hours. For more information and a full list of classes and services, go online at www.womenswellnesscenter.org.
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