Biz Bits: Business news from Snohomish County


Boy &Girls Club executive wins top award

Bill Tsoukalas, executive director of the Boys &Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, has been awarded the 2014 Thomas G. Garth Character and Courage Award — the highest honor the organization can bestow on a club professional. Tsoukalas was presented with this award during a ceremony held at the nonprofit’s 108th annual national conference in San Francisco.


PSE gives ‘Energy Efficiency’ awards to two local contractors

Clean Crawls of Marysville and Washington Energy Services and American Crawlspace Cleanouts in Lynnwood were among the 12 local contractors recognized with the Puget Sound Energy 2013 Energy Efficiency Leader awards. Puget Sound Energy recognized the contractors for helping customers take advantage of incentives from PSE to make their homes and multifamily properties more energy efficient.

Cancer partnership in Everett wins national award

Providence Regional Cancer Partnership, a cancer clinic featuring a collaboration of several local providers, has been presented with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. It is one of only 74 U.S. facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor based on surveys performed last year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

Port of Everett recognized by federal Department of Commerce

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented the Port of Everett with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Everett ranked first in the state for export value at $22.7 billion in 2013.

Mukilteo retirement facility receives perfect score

Harbour Pointe Retirement &Assisted Living Community has received a perfect score from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. According to executive director Ann Struthers, very few retirement communities receive a 100 percent rating. Harbour Pointe Retirement &Assisted Living Community opened its doors in 2000 and has been serving the Mukilteo community for 14 years.

Good deeds

EvCC employees turn plastic bottles into kids greenhouse

With the help of local businesses, a group of Everett Community College employees turned 1,500 donated plastic bottles into a greenhouse for kids at EvCC’s Early Learning Center. The two-liter bottles, donated by Safeway Bottling, make up the new greenhouse’s walls. The greenhouse will be used for the children to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Monroe businesses, organizations beautify city

The City of Monroe and the Parks &Recreation Department extended thanks to the businesses and organizations who donated money and labor toward planting the city’s signature islands, downtown planter pots and hanging flower baskets along Main Street and Lewis Street in the heart of Monroe. Total value for these donations and volunteer labor exceeded $4,000.

Bothell Furniture donates to Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

It was announced that Bothell Furniture donated $4,000 to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. The donation came at the conclusion of Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April. The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation aims to establish optimal quality of life for the Northwest Parkinson’s community through awareness, education, advocacy and care.

Snohomish’s Carnegie Library helped by Fred Meyer customers

Thanks to the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program, the public can contribute to the rehabilitation of the historic 1910 Snohomish Carnegie Library building just by shopping. Fred Meyer Rewards card members should call 1-866-518-2686 while at their computer. By inputting information, including the number 93895, Fred Meyer will donate to the non-profit based on the Rewards Club member’s shopping.


Snohomish financial adviser hosts coffee club

Sterling Gurney, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, will host his monthly coffee club gathering at 9 a.m. Friday at the Edward Jones office located at 602 Second St., Suite C, in Snohomish. The public is invited to this courtesy event. Gurney hosts a coffee club meeting on the first Thursday of every month.

Boeing union organizes charity run Saturday

The 13th annual Flight for Sight Fun Run and Walk to benefit Guide Dogs of America will be Saturday at the Boeing Everett Activity Center, 6098 36th Avenue West. Registration on race day will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Racing starts at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $35. Advance registration is just $30. Registration forms are available online at

‘American Winter’ documentary to be shown at EvCC

The Department of Financial Institutions and the office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson have announced a free screening of the film “American Winter” in Everett. The documentary about Pacific Northwest families struggling in the wake of the economic downturn will be shown 6 to 9 p.m. on June 10 at Everett Community College. Get free tickets at

Strawberry crop almost ready

Biringer Farm has announced that the local strawberry crop should be ready by mid-June. Check the farm’s website,, for updates on harvest dates. You can also call 425-259-0255. The farm will host the Farm in Funland Strawberry Harvest Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21 and 22. Admission is free.

AquaSox, Providence raising money for breast cancer research

The Everett AquaSox are partnering with the Providence Comprehensive Breast Center for “Pink at the Park” at the Everett AquaSox-Spokane Indians game on June 27. Tickets for this event are on sale now at with the group password: pink2014. Four dollars from every ticket purchased through this link will go to the Providence Comprehensive Breast Center Fund.

Machinists union plans hot rod show for charity

The Bill Baker Memorial Steel &Wheel SuperShow is coming back to Everett in August. The annual hot rod and motorcycle show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at Machinists Union District Lodge 751‘s Everett Union Hall, 8729 Airport Road. It is a fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America.

Classes, workshops and webinars

Providence hosts class about heart failure

The community is invited to a free class about heart failure from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 3 at Providence Regional Medical Center’s Colby Campus in Everett. It is in the Medical Office Building’s Baker Room. Participants will receive a free blood pressure screening and a healthy eating consultation with a registered dietician. Please RSVP to 425-261-4359.

Financial workshop to help people with Social Security

Thrivent Financial is hosting a free educational event to help attendees start to develop a strategy to maximize Social Security benefits for retirement. The 60-minute event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 26 at Everett Golf &Country Club, 1500 52nd St. SE, Everett. Register by calling 425-258-5000. Space is limited.


Credit union offered cash giveaways throughout May

Verity Credit Union, a Seattle-based, not-for-profit financial institution, just completed a promotion to encourage locals to join their credit union during the month of May. Each business day in May, one new member was awarded $100. All new members were entered in a drawing for $10,000. Verity has a branch in Lynnwood.

Edmonds shop Wishing Stone reopens

The Wishing Stone, a Edmonds shop that features artisan-made, sterling silver gemstone jewelry as well as rocks, minerals, shells, books, and nature-inspired gifts, celebrated its grand reopening on May 31. The store’s new location is at 523 Main St. in Edmonds just over two blocks from its former site. The store also has a location at SeaTac airport.

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