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The next Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will feature Jean Hernandez, president of Edmonds Community College, as speaker. The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 at Edmonds Community College’s Gateway Hall in Room 352. To register, go to

Edmonds Community College’s Workforce Development program and the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will host Entrepreneurial Women Conference 2014, “Light Up Your Future,” an annual business network and resource fair. The event is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 17 in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College. For more information, contact Leilani Leighton at, 425-478-8697, or go to

Everett City Councilman Paul Roberts and former Snohomish County resident David McGuire will entertain guests and play original roots music from 4 to 7 p.m. at the April 18 tasting event at Wicked Cellars in Everett. Call Wicked Cellars at 425-258-3117 for more information.

Harbour Pointe Retirement Community and Select Outpatient Services invite the public to an open house celebrating Occupational Therapy Month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23. This event will give the community an opportunity to learn more about physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. Call 425-493-8555 or go to for further information.

Susan Thoman, vice president of corporate development at Cedar Grove, is the speaker at the next Snoleaf Branch Collective Educational Series. The event is 12 to 1 p.m. on April 23 at Snohomish County PUD, 2320 California St. in Everett. A light lunch will be provided.

HomeStreet Bank at 1238 State Ave. in Marysville is hosting a free Shred-a-Thon. Community members are invited to bring up to six boxes of paper per household from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the trucks are full, on April 26. Non-perishable food donations for the Marysville Community Food Bank will also be accepted.

Mountain Pacific Bank in Everett is hosting a free Shred Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. Bring up to 50 pounds of documents to be shredded securely by Shred-it. The bank is located at 3732 Broadway. Call 425-263-3500 with questions or for more information.

An exclusive Winemaker Dinner featuring the knowledge of JARVIS winemaker Ted Henry is being hosted by Wicked Cellars in Everett on April 26. It is a special five-course meal paired with JARVIS wines. Seating is limited to 24 guests. Reservations and guarantee are required. Contact Wicked Cellars at 425-258-3117 to make a reservation.

The 13th annual Flight for Sight charity fun run and walk, sponsored by the Women’s Committee at Machinists Union District Lodge 751, is June 7 at the Boeing Everett Activity Center, 6098 36th Ave. W. in Everett. The event includes chip-timed 5K and 10K runs and a one-mile non-competitive walk. Details are at


Top Shelf Shoes is a newly opened business at 3417 Broadway, Suite B, in downtown Everett. The unique store for buying, selling and trading shoes is owned by Everett High School graduates and sports enthusiasts DeVante Edwards and Wesley Monger. This is their first professional business venture.

Decked, a manufacturer of full-sized pickup truck bed storage systems, has announced a partnership with five new dealers in the greater Seattle area including Magic Toyota in Edmonds and 4-Wheel Parts in Lynnwood. Nationwide, 82 new dealers were added to the Decked network of retailers.

Coast|Sperry Van Ness in Everett has arranged a lease for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the recently-acquired future administration offices of Coastal Community Bank at 5415 Evergreen Way from which FEMA will deploy resources tied to President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration for the Oso landslide. FEMA intends to occupy the office between three to 12 months.

Dave Kleiber, president of the board of Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic, has signed a letter of intent to merge the Whatcom County-based company with Compass Health, a behavioral health organization in Everett that serves Snohomish, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties. The expected closing date of the merger is June 30.

Frost Doughnuts announced plans to move to a new location in Mill Creek Town Center in May. The move to 15217 Main Street, Suite 106, across from La Palmera restaurant and next to The Split End Salon will double its current space. Additionally, the location would add a dessert lounge with cupcakes, soft-serve frozen custard, full service coffee bar and more. Frost’s spring launch in the new location will introduce cupcakes in 12 rotating flavors.

Coast|Sperry Van Ness in Everett last month arranged a 20,000-square-foot lease to Snohomish County in the America West Bank Tower on Colby Avenue in Everett. Occupancy is scheduled for July 1.

A campaign to raise funds for social purpose corporation and food hub North 40 has been set up. Contributors are refunded with sponsored gift cards. For example, if people give $25 to North 40, they receive $25 to a major retailer. Details about the campaign can be found at

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill will open a new location at 10:30 a.m. April 16 at 3000 184th St. SW in Lynnwood. This will be the company’s second location in Washington. There are 71 locations nationally. Cafe Rio was named the nation’s No. 1 Overall Quick Service Restaurant for the third time by Sandelman &Associates.

Boomerang in Clinton will change its name to Whidbey Island Printing &Office Supply. By the end of the month, there will be a new website, new email addresses and a new store sign. The current website,, will redirect traffic to the new website

The state’s Public Service Recognition Week Celebration Committee is asking the public and fellow employees to nominate recipients for two state awards — the Leadership Award and the Extra Mile Award. Nomination forms are due by April 25 and may be downloaded from, under the “awards” tab at the top of that web page.

The PUD has improved its online EnergyAdvisor tool, a resource to help customers identify ways to save energy and money. Through the end of June, customers can try it out and get a chance to win $200 credit to their utility bill. Three prizes will be awarded during the promotion, which runs through June 30, 2014. Go to

Washington Banking Co., the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, announced that the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of14 cents per common share to be paid on April 29 to shareholders of record as of April 15. Payment of the quarterly dividend has been accelerated because of the pending merger of the company with Heritage Financial Corp.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for its annual Tibbetts and Small Business Innovation Research Hall of Fame Awards. The Tibbetts Awards are presented to those small businesses and individuals judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR program. Nominations can be submitted online at The deadline is 8:59 p.m. May 2.

The state Department of Commerce has announced a grant to Snohomish County’s Paine Field to advance environmental permitting efforts and help prepare sites for large-scale manufacturing development. Paine Field will receive $400,000 to conduct environmental review for the approximately 840,000-square-foot Aerospace Business Park planned for the west side of the airport.

Heritage Financial Corporation and Washington Banking Company announced that Glass Lewis &Co. and two independent proxy voting and corporate governance advisory firms recommend that Heritage and Washington Banking shareholders vote to approve the proposed merger agreement at their respective special shareholders’ meetings. The meetings are scheduled for April 14 for Heritage and April 15 for Washington Banking.

Aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and others are invited to attend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events held May 12 to 16 in San Francisco, Kansas City, Boston and Washington D.C. Throughout the week there will also be webinars and other live events. Interested individuals can register online at where additional information


Teriyaki Box restaurant owner Mike Youn of Marysville has been honored as Volunteer of the Month by the city of Marysville. Youn, pastor at North Lynnwood Bible Chapel, launched a program that provides free meals to low-income individuals one Saturday a month. An average of 70 people are served on those days.

Classes, workshops and webinars

Thrivent Financial is hosting a free educational event to help attendees start to develop a strategy to maximize Social Security benefits for retirement. The hour-long event is at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at Everett Golf &Country Club, 1500 52nd St. SE, Everett. Register by calling 425-258-5000. Space is limited.

Several free homebuyer workshops are available locally. Two are at the Shoreline Library at 7:15 p.m. April 30 and at 7 p.m. May 2. More are at Century 21 Real Estate Center at 7 p.m. April 23 and at 10 a.m. May 3. Call Carl at 206-307-2754 for seating reservations.

The state Department of Revenue will host a free live webinar about business taxes for new and small business owners. The event is 10 to 11 a.m. April 30. To register, send an email to with your name, company name, phone number and email address. Deadline to register is April 25.

Good deeds

Union Bank has been named the 2013 Top National Heart Walk Team by the American Heart Association. It is the third time the bank has earned this distinction. Union Bank was also the Top National Heart Walk Team in 2012 and 2010. Bank employees, family, friends and customers collectively raised more than $580,000 during the 2013 campaign.

Kathy Huber has announced her new association with Ticor Title Company as the company’s vice president county manager of Snohomish County. Huber is an industry veteran and a lifelong resident of Snohomish County. Ticor Title is a member of the Fidelity National Financial family of title companies.

The Mountlake Terrace City Council on April 7 appointed the following members to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee: Ayesha Sheikh, Laura Peckinpaugh, Carol Brickel and Carol McMahan. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee makes funding recommendations to the City Council for organizations that promote tourism in Mountlake Terrace.

Carletta McKinney has opened Dakota’s Dog Washing Service in Edmonds. The business is willing to accept so-called “bully breed” dogs, such as pit bulls and Rottweilers, which they say a majority of other groomers will not take. McKinney accepts animal clients based on the individual rather than the breed.

Doug McIalwain has rejoined Monroe-based Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. to head up the operations of its Spokane store and showroom. The company has also appointed Gallagher Marketing Group to represent its five product lines in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Cabinet Savvy Group will represent its five product lines in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

The Mill Creek City Council is seeking individuals interested in joining a new Mill Creek Economic Development Committee. If you are interested in applying for this volunteer opportunity, please submit a letter of interest by April 30. More info:, call Sherrie at 425-921-5717 or email

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