Biz Bits


Dentist Amy Norton of Everett was a speaker at the sixth annual International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics conference July 22-24 in Boston. At the conference, Norton learned about the latest techniques and materials available in the field of aesthetic dentistry and related professions.

Ronald Heller will join Union Bank, N.A., on Aug. 30 as market president for Washington state; he will be based in Everett. Heller joins Union Bank after serving 32 years in leadership positions at Wells Fargo and predecessor First Interstate Bank. He was most recently senior vice president and community banking president for the Northwest Washington division of Wells Fargo, and he has served on the boards of Providence Seaside Hospital and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County. Heller currently serves as treasurer for Secret Harbor/Foster Care Resources.

Kim Hillhouse, a Marysville native, has been named director of administration for the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. A former emissary for the chamber, her 25 years of experience includes serving as primary liaison between two major facilities at Boeing where she provided technical support for the launch of companywide computer and database implementations. Hillhouse recently sold her business, The Sun Factory in Marysville. Kimberlie Ritchey, who has been the director of administration for the chamber for almost seven years, is relocating with her family to Idaho. The chamber invites members to drop by from noon to 3 p.m. Friday and meet Hillhouse and say goodbye to Ritchey.


New health care requirements and their effects on businesses will be the topic at Business After Hours this week, offered by the Greater Marysville Chamber of Commerce. Donna Steward, director of government affairs for health care education and unemployment for the Association of Washington Business, will talk about ramifications of the new health-care law and answer questions. Cost is $23 for registration, or $28 at the door. Business Before Hours will be 7 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Canoes Cabaret Room at Tulalip Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. To register, e-mail or call 360-659-7700.

Registration is being taken now for Retirement Planning Today courses, sponsored by and held at Everett Community College, which begin next month. Instructors will be Thor McIlrath and Sam Eck of McIlrath &Eck investment, retirement and estate planning. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 21, or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 30. Cost is $59, in advance, for individuals or couples. For more information or to register, call EvCC at 425-267-0150.


Frosted Cupcakes &Cakes opened Thursday in Nama’s Candy Store at 102 1/2 Fifth Ave. N. in Edmonds. It will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sundays. Four cupcake flavors will be available each day, says owner and pastry chef Stefanie Buono.

Good deeds

Union Bank’s Snohomish branch, 818 Ave. D., last week presented a $500 donation and school supplies to the Snohomish Community Food Bank as part of its ongoing drive to provide supplies to children in need from kindergarten through eighth grade. More than 50 pounds of school supplies have been donated by customers and bank employees so far, and the bank will continue to accept donations through Aug. 31. Among items needed are pencils and colored pencils, crayons and erasers, composition and wide-ruled spiral notebooks, round-tip scissors, Elmer’s glue and calculators.

The Fred Meyer Fund recently gave Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe a $16,000 grant for its back-to-school and Christmas toy drives. The fund’s community grant program is made up of Fred Meyer associates throughout the Northwest; money comes from donations from Fred Meyer associates and customers. The fund has awarded more than $11.5 million in grants since 1998.


David and Rani Bal, owners of Signs Now, 18002 Bothell-Everett Highway, Suite 6, in Mill Creek, recently received an International Sales Growth Award for being in the top five network businesses in increased sales percentage growth for North America for the month of June. The awards are distributed from Signs Now headquarters in Sarasota, Fla.

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