Biz Bits


The KSER Foundation elected five members to serve three-year terms on the board of directors for the Everett-based public radio station, KSER-FM (90.7 FM). New members are Gary Evans, a Snohomish School District teacher who recently completed a 10-year term on the board of directors for Washington Air Search and Rescue, and Candace McKenna, senior project manager at Microsoft who previously served nine years on the board. Board members re-elected for a second term are Brenda Mann Harrison, senior communications specialist for Safeco Insurance who also serves as vice president of the board; John Thielke, retired engineer and founding member of the foundation who also is treasurer of the board; and Kari King, victim and witness advocate with the Snohomish County Prosecutors Office and secretary of the board. The KSER board of directors meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at its studio, 2623 Wetmore Ave. in Everett. The public is welcome to attend.

Bryan McDonald at Whidbey Island Bank was been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer. McDonald has served as senior vice president and commercial banking manager since 2006. Also, George Bowen was named to the senior management position of commercial banking manager. Until recently, he was chief lending officer at Peoples Bank in Bellingham.

Small-business fair

HomeStreet Bank’s Marysville branch is having a free, open-air Small Business Fair, focusing on encouraging consumers to shop at locally owned businesses. More than 20 small businesses will participate, including retail shops, food and coffee establishments and a massage practitioner.

The fair is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the parking lot adjacent to HomeStreet Bank, 1238 State Ave. in Marysville. For more information, phone 360-651-0308.

Workshops and training

The state Department of Revenue’s Everett office will have a free workshop for new and small-business owners from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., in Everett. Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. To register or for more information, go to the Department of Revenue website,, or phone 425-356-4800.

YouthBuild Snohomish County, a grant-funded program hosted by the Workforce Development Council Snohomish County, Center for Career Alternatives, Housing Hope and local community colleges, plans informational sessions for potential members. YouthBuild Snohomish County, now in its second year, is a 10-month construction training program that offers work in housing construction, an opportunity to complete GEDs at no cost, and help with finding a job after program completion. Aspiring participants must be Potential YouthBuild Snohomish County participants and be between 18 to 24 years old, unemployed or low income and lack a GED. Attendance at a one-hour information session is mandatory. Sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. today on the second floor of the WorkSource Youth Center, 3201 Smith Ave. in Everett. A session also is planned for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Station, 8713 271st St. NW in Stanwood.

Public meeting

A public meeting on the possible future of the Point Wells development is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 First Ave. NE in Shoreline. The developer of a proposed mixed-used community, BSRE Point Wells, LP, will share information and seek input from the community about preliminary site design concepts. Point Wells, owned by Paramount of Washington LLC, is a 61-acre site that includes a defunct oil refinery, oil depot and asphalt plant, and future plans include transforming it into high-end condos, shops and offices. Point Wells is accessible only by a two-lane road through the Shoreline neighborhood of Richmond Beach. The proposal cleared a hurdle Aug. 12 when the Snohomish County Council changed the zoning from industrial use to allow houses and commercial space. The County Council would have to approve any final design.


The Kimberly–Clark Corp. pulp and tissue manufacturing facility in Everett on Aug. 27 surpassed 1 million safe-employee hours without incurring a recordable injury. The milestone had never before been achieved at the Everett facility. In recognition of this achievement the Kimberly–Clark Everett facility will receive the company’s Crystal Eagle Award.

Brown Bear Car Washes offered free washes Aug. 26 to celebrate its 53rd anniversary, and drivers of just shy of 27,000 vehicles took advantage of the event, held for 12 hours at 20 Brown Bear locations. Brown Bear founder and owner Vic Odermat started Brown Bear in Seattle in 1957 with one location. Brown Bear now owns and operates 41 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and in Spokane.


Sparling, a specialty electrical engineering and technology consulting firm that has an office in Lynnwood, is opening an office in Houston. Seattle-based Sparling, founded 63 years ago, also has offices in San Diego and Portland, Ore.

Good deeds

Cascade Bank plans to host three volunteer sites as part of United Way of Snohomish County’s annual Day of Caring event. Cascade has chosen Little Red Schoolhouse in Everett as the location for its Snohomish County volunteer event Sept. 24. Cascade employees will perform maintenance work inside and outside the schoolhouse, which offers early education to infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays. In Skagit County, bank employees will clean up and perform landscaping for Camp Kirby on Samish Island on Sept. 10. The bank’s King County event, on Sept. 24, will benefit Food Lifeline in Shoreline.

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