Biz Bits


Economic Alliance Snohomish County has announced the hiring of Jim Stephanson for the new position of director of business development. Previously, Stephanson was a director of development for Bethany of the Northwest, where he had a strong track record of success in fundraising and business development. Stephanson is the brother of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.


Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring recently presented city employee Jeff Cobb with a Dare to Soar Innovative Service Award for his efforts that led to significant energy cost savings at the Marysville Waste Water Treatment Plant. The installation of new dissolved oxygen probes, arranged for by Cobb, could result in power savings costs of about $60,000 per year.

A Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest civilian employee has been selected as the Robert V. Ronick Fleet Manager of the year. Transportation specialist Gary Passmore works for the public works department at Naval Station Everett. Passmore has worked for the Navy for more than 20 years and was responsible for implementing a number of innovative energy strategies.

Richard Beresford, senior partner at Beresford Booth PLLC in Edmonds, has received the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Professional of the Year award. Beresford was chosen as the recipient of the award for his 41 years of service as a member of the Washington State Bar Association and numerous community service organizations.

The FAA regional office plans to present Paul Nyenhuis, owner of Aviation Inspection &Repair in Arlington, with the Mechanic of the Year award at 1 p.m. April 3 at the Arlington Municipal Airport. Nyenhuis and his wife Shirley are among the airport’s longest established tenants. They have been located at Arlington since 1974.


Gina Matzen from Windfall Lumber is the speaker at the next SnoLeaf Branch Collaborative Educational Series presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Snohomish County PUD building in Everett. A light lunch will be provided. More information is available at

Foggy Noggin Brewing in Bothell celebrates its fourth anniversary this month. Celebrations include the release of 2014 Anniversary Ale. The brew is limited and only available in bottles. On March 20 and 21, there will be a private tasting of the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Anniversary Ales. The cost is $30 person. Details are at

Domino’s Pizza is looking to add 500 new team members in Western Washington on its Regional Hiring Day. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 26. All new positions are for delivery drivers, assistant managers and general managers. Locally, the Hiring Day address is 7601 Evergreen Way in Everett. Apply early online at

Corinne Sayler, PA-C, with Skagit Regional Clinics Dermatology, will conduct free visual inspections of skin to look for skin cancer on the afternoon of March 26. Call 360-814-2424 or 360-629-6481 to schedule an appointment. Skagit Radiology in Mount Vernon will offer ultrasound screening to test for stroke and vascular risk for $59. To register for an appointment, call 360-428-8208.

The newly formed Arlington Drug Awareness Coalition is sponsoring a community-wide drug and alcohol awareness event, “Out of the Shadows,” at 6 p.m. March 26 in the Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd, Arlington. Community members, parents and youth can attend this event. Childcare for younger children will be provided by the National Honor Society.

Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants is hosting two events in April to benefit the Everett Community College Foundation. Lombardi’s at the Everett Marina is hosting a Wine vs. Beer event at 6:30 p.m. April 3. The Lombardi’s at south Mill Creek and the Everett Marina are also hosting Dine Out for Education nights on April 3 through 5. Seating is limited. For tickets, call 425-388-9434.

Cabela’s at Tulalip has scheduled a Ladies’ Day Out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5. The event will feature hands-on demonstrations, seminars, live archery practice, shopping discounts, giveaways, samples and more. The first 100 women through the doors will receive a special gift. A full schedule of Ladies’ Day Out events is at

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.

The Washington State Sugar Artists 2014 Cake Show runs April 26 and 27 at Comcast Arena in Everett. There will be displays, demonstrations, classes and competitions. The theme is Explore Washington. Registrations are now being accepted. For details and registration information, go online at

Classes, workshops and webinars

A two-part seminar on demystifying the Internet and how to use it to get prospects to come to you will be held at Snohomish City Hall. The first session will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. March 31 and the second will be two weeks later on April 14. Register at to reserve your spot.


Cornerstone Chiropractic of Everett has announced the acquisition of new technology to provide advanced chiropractic care to auto accident victims. This new tool, combined with X-ray imaging, helps chiropractor Michael Ilyankoff to identify the location where special attention or adjustments are needed and isolate that area for specialized attention.

Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital has introduced veterinary house calls for dogs and cats. In addition, the practice now schedules Sunday small-animal appointments at the hospital, for seven-day-a-week coverage. The hospital is offering these expanded options for appointments to increase client convenience.

With the help of the Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program, small construction firms were awarded more than $1.2 billion in contracts in fiscal year 2013. This number represents a 61 percent increase over fiscal year 2012. The guarantee program encourages surety companies to bond small businesses who are having difficulty obtaining bonding on their own.

Consumer advocacy site recently released a list of the 20 best places for homeownership in Washington. Mill Creek East in Snohomish County came in at No. 2 on the list. Other Snohomish County neighborhoods on the list were Eastmont, Silver Firs and Bothell West. The full list along with more detailed analysis can be found at