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Jake O’Banion of Monroe ranked as the No. 1 agency manager in Country Finance’s Western Region in 2009.

Andrew Ballard of Marketing Solutions will speak at the next Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, set for 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the StayBridge Suites in Mukilteo. He’ll discuss how to get better results from promotional campaigns.

Cheryl DeBoise, an employee at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Sensors business, was honored at the 2010 Evening of Stars banquet recognizing the business’ top performers for 2009, chosen from more than 15,000 employees nationwide.

Awards

The Hampton Lumber Mill in Darrington received a safety award from the state Department of Labor and Industries. The mill, which operates on 320 acres and has more than 150 employees, successfully completed L&I’s Voluntary Protection Program.

Business news

Verizon says it has extended and improved its 3G wireless data network in east and north Marysville. The upgrade enables higher-quality voice calls, access to the Web, e-mail, text and picture messaging, plus music and video.

Specialty retailer Zumiez Inc. plans a conference call to discuss first-quarter fiscal 2010 financial results live over the Internet at 2 p.m. Pacific time Thursday. Go to ir.zumiez.com at least 15 minutes before the start time to register and download any necessary software.

Adecco, a workforce staffing agency, has moved its office from Everett Mall Way to the Lynnwood Corporate Center, off 196th Street. The new address is 19401 40th Ave. W., Suite 270, Lynnwood.

Bel Red Energy Solutions in Mukilteo has been selected as one of 12 contractors in the United States to represent the residential heating and air conditioning industry on Honeywell’s 2010 Residential Contractor Council. This council provides input to Honeywell, the largest manufacturer of comfort controls and thermostats in the United States, on new products, industry trends, and technical issues.

The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce will present its 2010 business awards at its monthly breakfast meeting Friday at the Tulalip Casino’s Canoes Cabaret. Cost is $23 with a reservation. Call 360-653-7539.

Training

Pathways to Work, an employment support class designed to help homemakers re-enter the work force, will begin a new free class taught by Brenda Patrykus on June 2. Call 425-258-2766, ext. 226, for more information or e-mail bpatrykus@ywcaworks.org.

A session on search engine optimization and online marketing is planned by the Northwest Business Institute, an arm of the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. May 26 at Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. To register, call 425-774-0507 or e-mail info@s2c3.com.

Send your Business FYI news and color photos to Mike Benbow, Business editor, The Herald, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206, by fax at 425-339-3435 or by e-mail at economy@heraldnet.com.