Biz Bits: News about people and businesses in Snohomish and Island counties


Janet Kusler of Snohomish has been appointed to Everett Community College’s Board of Trustees. Kusler owns Kusler’s Pharmacy in Snohomish and has 15 years of business experience. Kusler replaces Thomas Gaffney, who completed his term in October after serving since 2002. Kusler’s term runs until September 2016.

Dawn Ipsen has been named the 2011 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in Washington. Ipsen has been employed at Kusler’s Pharmacy in Snohomish for eight years. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2001 with a doctorate in pharmacy. The award is sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Cos. and is presented annually to a pharmacist in each state for individual excellence.

Bob Rea of Edmonds has joined Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corp. to lead its expansion in the Pacific Northwest. Rea, a long-time resident of the area and Puget Sound-area mortgage executive, was recruited to Mason-McDuffie to build a network of branches in the Pacific Northwest as well as Nevada and Arizona.

Alicia Hanson has been named director of design for Dillon Works!, a custom design and fabrication company that has worked with Walt Disney, Microsoft and Nordstrom. Hanson has 17 years of experience in design, fabrication and management. She studied interior design at the University of Nevada-Reno. Dillon Works! is located in Mukilteo.

Scott Randall has been named general manager of Stanwood Cinemas, 6996 265th St. NW, Stanwood. Randall has been involved in local community theater for 25 years and spent six years working as a make-up artist. Randall will focus on the facility, its cleaning and repairs as well as implementing the customer service criteria he learned most recently working at Starbucks.


Sky Valley businesses will host a Winterfest Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 3 at Sultan High School. The event includes a craft, health and business fair along with live music and food. Bring toys, clothing or nonperishable food to donate to Sultan Food Bank. For information, call Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce: 360-793-0983.

The Association of Washington Business is hosting a health care forum from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 15 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison St., Seattle. The forum will address the latest developments in the rollout of federal health care reform law.

Find out how the creation of a public bank could benefit you. State Rep. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, will speak about public banks, which would partner with community banks, credit unions and bigger banks to supply affordable credit to local economies. The event starts at 1 p.m., Nov. 20 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace. Info:

Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce hosts business before hours with Beth Buelow, founder of The Introvert Entrepreneur. The event starts at 7 a.m., Nov. 18 at the Tulalip Resort Casino in the Canoe Room. Cost: $23 for members, $28 for nonmembers. Info:

The Lake Stevens Chamber will host a “Blogging for Business” course at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 17 at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Services Center, 12309 22nd St. NE, Lake Stevens. Cost: $35 for members, $45 for non-members. RSVP: Melody at 425-334-0433 or MelodySedy

The Future of Flight Foundation will host its next community speaker event with Jim Freeman, former director of flight standards for Alaska Airlines. Freeman works with the implementation of the iPad into Alaska’s fleet. The event, which is free to the public, will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Nov. 30 at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, 8415 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo. For $15, interested individuals can meet the speaker at an event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the same location. RSVP for that part of the event to

New businesses, products

The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing has launched a new website: The site is a resource for businesses in aerospace and advanced materials manufacturing and the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. The website also includes information about workforce development in Washington state. The center will use the website to continue to communicate about advancements in education and industry in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing fields.

Safeway Inc. opened a new store Friday at 24040 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell. The grocer honored veterans in their opening-day celebration. Safeway stores across the country joined in a national fundraising initiative from Nov. 11 to 13 to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

D.A. Davidson &Co., an investment firm in the Northwest, will relocate its Everett office effective Nov. 14. The branch’s new location is at 2825 Colby Ave., Suite 201, in the Union Bank Building, directly across from its former location. Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses will not be affected in the move. Eleven employees work in the office, which is one of 15 Washington locations.

Kruger Clinic Orthopaedics will relocate to an office building at 21401 72nd Ave., Edmonds. The new 27,000 square-foot, three-story clinic and physical therapy facility will feature state-of-the-art diagnostic technology. Relocation of the practice and its physicians is expected to occur in December 2012. For more information, go to

NW Plus Credit Union is pleased to announce a new location at 8825 34th Ave. NE, Suite K, Tulalip. Info:

Stanwood’s Evergreen Surveying, Inc., has announced its merger with Harmsen &Associates, Inc., of Monroe. James B. Smith, owner of Evergreen Surveying, said the merger will allow his company to expand its surveying services to Harmsen clients. Harmsen also will open a new office at 603 S. First St., Mount Vernon. An open house will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 17. For more information, contact Jim Smith at or 360-336-9199.

Crane Aerospace &Electronics has announced the 2012 release of a supplemental type certificate for its SmartStem Wireless Tire Pressure System to be fitted on Dassault Falcon 20 and 50 business jets. Starting in 2012, the retrofit kits for this equipment will be available exclusively through Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. SmartStem Tire Pressure Sensors are already certified for use on a variety of other business jets, and Crane is in the process of certifying SmartStem on additional business, regional, and large commercial aircraft. SmartStem was developed by Crane Aerospace to provide a fast and reliable method of checking tire pressure without gas loss. Info:


The Tulalip College Center is helping train American Indian workers for the construction trades. The Tulalip Tribes, in partnership with Edmonds Community College and the U.S. Department of Education, offers this training to its members as well as other American Indians, in order to help them obtain necessary skills to enter the job market. The training period is 10 weeks.

Cascadia Community College is enrolling students for a grant-funded two-quarter energy audit specialist certificate program that will begin in January. Funding is provided by a grant received by the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. The program is intended for dislocated workers. They will receive support and assistance from WorkSource Snohomish County. For information, go to or call 425-352-8139.

Low-interest student loans are available through the Higher Education Coordinating Board to individuals seeking training at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center, located at 2008 100th St. SW, Everett. The new Aerospace Loan Program provides funds of up to $4,800 for the 12 weeks of training. Loan recipients have up to three years to repay their loans. For information on the loans, go to For information on the training center, go to or call 425-640-1840.

YWCA is offering “Pathways to Work” employment classes in Everett, Lynnwood, Stanwood and Monroe. The courses are three hours long. Space is limited. Register by calling 425-258-2766 ext. 226 or e-mail bpatrykus

Good deeds

SportClips at Smokey Point held a fundraiser, called Help a Hero. The store offered free haircuts for military men and donated $1 per ever haircut to Help a Hero. The store had raised $750 by early last week. Nationwide, SportClips raised $400,000.

YouthBuild Snohomish County invites public participation in a Skykomish riverfront cleanup at 10 a.m., Nov. 19 at Lewis Street Park Picnic Shelter, 561 S. Lewis St., Monroe. Volunteers should dress warmly; this event happens rain or shine. Info:

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