Biz Bits: Business news from Snohomish County


Cathy Staup has joined RE/MAX Direct Realty in Edmonds as a full-time associate. Staup entered the real estate industry 12 years ago. She specializes in single and multi-family homes, condominium properties, manufactured homes, improved and unimproved land, new construction and presales. During the last 12 years she has worked primarily in King and Snohomish counties.

Robert Jorgensen is the new manager for the Edmonds Branch of 1st Security Bank. Jorgensen, who grew up just a half-mile from the branch, is a veteran of 12 years in the banking business. He most recently served as manager of the bank’s Canyon Park branch, which he joined in 2008. He lives in Lynnwood.

Melissa Harris is the new manager for the Canyon Park Branch of 1st Security Bank. The Port Angeles native has been with the bank for 12 years, first at the Lynnwood branch then spending the past six years as assistant manager at Canyon Park. Harris, a graduate of Port Angeles High School, lives in Lynnwood.

Canyon Creek Cabinet Company in Monroe announced the addition of Christian Stjern as its new safety manager. Stjern will be responsible for communicating, implementing and monitoring the company’s safety policies and procedures to prevent accidents, and to create protection policies for employees. Previously, Stjern held safety-related positions for construction, pulp and paper and petrochemical companies.

Dr. Kasra Pournadeali, founder and director of the Northwest Center for Optimal Health in Marysville, is the new president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Pournadeali, who hosts a weekly radio program, is past president of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He worked to pass legislation to define naturopathic doctors as primary care providers.

Good deeds

The Sultan Veterans of Foreign Wars post will present the Sultan Red Apple grocery with a plaque at the Feb. 5 Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting in appreciation for its support. According to Commander Chuck Donahue, Red Apple has offered ongoing support by allowing its members to hold poppy distributions and bake sales to support the organization’s causes.

The Nysether Family Foundation has granted the Boys &Girls Club of Snohomish County $7,500 to help support the Skills Mastery and Resistance Training Girls program at the Clubs. The long-term goal of SMART Girls is to help participants acquire and maintain lifelong attributes of a positive self-concept and good decision-making skills regarding personal safety, relationships, and healthy lifestyles.

Lynnwood Kids Dentist will join with national non-profit organization Dentistry from the Heart to provide a day of free dentistry for children who need dental care and can’t afford it. To apply for one of the free dentistry appointments, email with a phone number and reason why the free dental care is needed.


Economic Alliance Snohomish County, the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee and the cities of Arlington, Everett, and Marysville will host a breakfast meeting to help you recruit and train your employees in high skill aerospace and advanced manufacturing occupations. The event is 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 6 at Marysville City Hall. Register at

Grow Washington will open a new location at 3013 Colby Ave. in Everett. The week-long grand opening celebrations, which coincide with National Entrepreneurship Week, will begin Feb. 17 and culminate with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 22. Each day will feature workshops and local artists and entrepreneurs.

The Skagit Wedding Show is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Swinomish Casino &Lodge Walton Event Center in Anacortes. Vendor space is still available. For questions, contact Creative Celebrations at 360-428-5972. Tickets for the event may be purchased online at

Classes, workshops and webinars

Wine Industry Leadership Development is facilitating a workshop at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Convention to further equip any individual who wishes to aspire to leadership in the wine industry. “Leadership and Influence” is at 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at Kennewick’s Three Rivers Convention Center. Cost is $65. You do not need to be a convention attendee. Register at

A three-day business development workshop for new or existing businesses involved in craft distilling will be held Feb. 20 to 22 at two locations in Snohomish. The fee is $485 and includes all class materials and food. For more information, visit


Nominations are being accepted for executive and entrepreneur of the year. These people should be dedicated private- or public-sector individuals who excel in business, community involvement and support Snohomish County’s economic development. The winners will be honored during the Economic Alliance Snohomish annual recognition luncheon in May. Nominations entry forms can be found at Nominations can also be sent to HBJ editor Jim Davis at PO Box 930, Everett, WA 98177 or email to Please include name, title, reason for nomination and the name of the person submitting the nomination. More info: 425-339-3097.

Eco-Cleaning, an all-natural, non-toxic, kid and pet safe house cleaning service, has expanded its professional cleaning services to include local businesses. Service areas will include Arlington, Stanwood, Marysville, Conway, Camano Island, Darrington, and other north Snohomish County areas. The company also offers new construction and post remodel cleaning. For more information, contact Angie Drake at 425-622-3313.

Macaroni Kid, a free weekly e-newsletter and website that highlights things for kids and their families to do in their community, is now available in the Marysville, Lake Stevens, Snohomish and Everett area. Parents can sign up at and select Marysville-Lake Stevens-Everett-Snohomish from the drop-down list.

New participants and existing customers in Snohomish County PUD’s Planet Power program who increase their contribution by at least $3 a month will receive 12-oz of ground “Twilight Blend” coffee from local roaster Velton’s Coffee. Customers can sign up for Planet Power by filling out the card in their bill, by calling 425-783-1700, or online at

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking decision makers from outdoors-oriented businesses to serve in the retailers and manufacturers advisory group. Applications should include detailed contact information, experience and effectiveness in marketing to anglers and potential anglers. Applications are due by Feb. 14 and may be submitted to Kelly Cunningham by mail: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501; or email

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that 14 commercial software companies that provide their Free File tax prep products at no cost have begun offering their products at Although you can complete and e-file your tax return now, the Free File companies will hold it until Jan. 31 when the IRS begins accepting returns.

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