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Published: Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: Business news from Snohomish County


A promotion and a new hire at Premera

Premera Blue Cross has named Bill Akers as vice president and general manager of Premera's Washington Group Market and Beth Johnson has been recruited to replace Akers as the vice president of Premera's Health Care Delivery Systems. Johnson spent the last six years at Regence Blue Shield, serving as vice president of Network Management and Contract Strategy.

New community development director hired in Mountlake Terrace

Mountlake Terrace city manager Arlene Fisher has hired Steve Osguthorpe as the city's new Community and Economic Development director. Osguthorpe, who is currently serving as Community Development director for the City of Yakima, will start his new position with Mountlake Terrace on June 30.

New vice president at Bellevue's Outerwall

Debby Fry Wilson is the newly appointed vice president of corporate and public affairs at Outerwall in Seattle. She is a corporate and public affairs veteran with more than 20 years of experience in corporate and public sector leadership roles. Wilson was most recently senior director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for UW Medicine.


TripAdvisor gives excellence marks to Tulalip Resort Casino

Tulalip Resort Casino has earned TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. Now in its fourth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Resort Casino has also been honored by the Washington Lodging Association.

Infill plan recognized by Puget Sound Regional Council

A plan to encourage infill development in the city of Everett is a winner of the Puget Sound Regional Council's VISION 2040 Awards. The Residential Infill Measures Report is a reference manual of innovative infill practices and an exploration of potential housing types, infill locations, and land use code changes that will increase residential development capacity in Everett.

Good deeds

Windermere agents in Mill Creek to work on a Housing Hope home

Windermere Real Estate's Mill Creek office will donate a day of service to Housing Hope helping to build a house in honor of the Annual Windermere Real Estate Community Service Day on June 20. Windermere's Community Service Day was established to offer agents and staff a chance to volunteer an entire workday in the neighborhoods in which they live and work.

Kids Fishing Day sponsored by Tulalip Cabelas

Tulalip Cabelas, in partnership with the Everett Salmon and Steelhead club, provided all the equipment and tackle for a Free Kids Fishing Day on June 7. Children ages 5 to 15 had the opportunity to fish for free in the company's portable trout pond. The Seattle Poggie club cleaned and cooked the fish for the children.


New Lynnwood mayor plans “State of the City” address

Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith will present her first “State of the City” address from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th Street SW, Lynnwood. Networking and registration begins at 7:30. This is a free event but an RSVP or registration is requested. Contact Julie Moore at or 425-670-5023.

Renovated Marriott in Lynnwood host to business networking event

The next Economic Alliance Snohomish County Business After Hours event is 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Lynnwood. Tickets are complimentary but please RSVP so the hosts can have a head count for the event. More information is at

Health screening planned on Camano Island

Skagit Regional Health is offering affordable Cholesterol/Diabetes and Vitamin D Screenings and Bone Density Screening from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. June 18 at Skagit Regional Clinics located at 127 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island. For information call Skagit Regional Health at 360-814-2424 or 360-629-6481. No appointment or registration is required.

Lake Stevens financial adviser to host a coffee club

Rich Carton, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, will be hosting his coffee club at 9 a.m. June 20 at his office located in the Highway 9 Business Center, 9623 32nd Street SE, Suite B-101, in Lake Stevens. The public is invited to this courtesy event that takes place on the third Friday of every month.

Cascade hospital offers free mammograms at Relay for Life

Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation and Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics will be hosting free mammograms at Arlington's Relay for Life. Call 360-618-7848 to book an appointment. The Relay for Life event is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 21 at Arlington High School.

Edmonds chamber releases schedule of events

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has released a schedule of events for 2014. These include An Edmonds Kind of 4th, Taste of Edmonds, the David Stern Memorial Golf Tournament and more. Detailed event information can be found at or contact the Edmonds Chamber office at 425-670-1496.

Art Walk events planned in Mill Creek

Mill Creek Town Center is the site of the Second Thursday Art Walk on the second Thursday in June, July and August. The event runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. On Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. it is also the site of a free summer concert series. For more information, see the Mill Creek Town Center Facebook page.

Classes, workshops and webinars

Navigating the ‘Digital Universe' focus of workshop

The next Economic Alliance Snohomish County workshop is “Small Business Workshop: Navigate the Digital Universe” featuring Andrew Stegall and Matt Cail. It takes place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the EASC offices located at 808 134th St. SW, Suite 101, Everett. This workshop is free to investors and $60 for non-investors. Register at

Free webinar on resiliency during a disaster

Join Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration in a live online discussion about “Leading with Resiliency During a Disaster.” This free webinar is from 11 a.m. to noon June 17 and features former Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator R. David Paulison. Space is limited. Register at


Heritage, Whidbey Island banks sponsoring AquaSox ‘Good Karma Mondays'

Heritage Bank and Whidbey Island Bank are sponsors of “Good Karma Mondays” with the Everett AquaSox. At each Good Karma Monday, fans can name their ticket price and proceeds from that evening's ticket sales will be donated to local non-profits. The Good Karma Monday beneficiary on June 16 is Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation's Oso Landslide Relief Fund.

Marysville residents offered survey on cable

City of Marysville officials are asking local residents to take an online cable community survey to gauge attitudes toward cable television service and to determine future cable-related service needs. To take the online survey, visit the city's website at or go directly to the survey at Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday.

PUD offers information about solar

More than 450 solar energy systems have been installed at homes and businesses served by the Snohomish County Public Utility District. There are federal tax credits and state production incentives to help pay off installation and the PUD offers cash incentives and educational support through its Solar Express program. To find out more, call 425-783-1700 or visit

Bothell retirement community expanding

Chateau Retirement Communities has submitted applications to the City of Bothell for permits to build a multi-family building to add 76 units dedicated to senior living on their West Riverside Drive property. The addition of this building is the final piece to completing Chateau at Bothell Landing. It will increase the number of units from 185 to 261. Groundbreaking for this project is slated for this summer.

Diamond Knot mug club members can renew

Diamond Knot Brewery Mug Club members can renew memberships for the 2014-2015 Mug Club beginning Monday. All renewals need to be requested and paid for at the Brewery & Alehouse or Brewpub at Mountlake Terrace by July 9. New members will be accepted at the annual Mug Club Sign Up Day on July 14. People pay $50 for a membership — or $75 for a couple — for a mug and discounts throughout the year.

Insurance companies announce merger

Locker & Ebert Insurance has announced their merger with Blaine Insurance. Blaine Insurance, a division of Employee Benefits Planning, has offices in Mount Vernon, Blaine, and Bellingham. Blaine Insurance, Locker & Ebert, and Employee Benefits Planning companies have combined experience of over 100 years in the insurance industry.

Mill Creek nursery opens for its first season

Steve Compton of Li'l Sprout Nursery on the Bothell Everett Highway wants Mill Creek residents to know the nursery is open for its first full garden season. The nursery that carries items suitable to the Northwest is in the same location that previously housed first Wileywood Nursery then My Garden. For more information, go to

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