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Wade Stringfield has joined the staff of business advisers at Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics’ Small Business Development Center. Stringfield is a banking industry veteran. He spent nine years working for US Bank and Wells Fargo Bank in the Puget Sound area and was senior business relationship manager for Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Group in Bellingham.


Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, along with Workforce Development Council Snohomish County, will host “STEM Education: Preparing Our Children for the 21st Century Economy,” a look at science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with a panel of experts from across the state. The program will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sept. 13 at Edmonds Community College. More information is at

Registration is under way for free fall computer classes at the Mountlake Terrace Library. The classes start Sept. 11 and are aimed at very beginning to intermediate computer users. Topics include email, job hunting and Microsoft Word. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 425-776-8722.


The Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, the Island County Historical Museum and the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to honor Jim and Dave Stewart, founders of Seattle’s Best Coffee, which got its start 43 years ago on Front Street. A celebration is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. For information, call 360-678-5434.

Sterling Gurney, an Edward Jones financial adviser, hosts a coffee club at 10 a.m. every first Thursday of the month. The next meeting is Sept. 6 in the Edward Jones office at 602 Second St., Suite C, Snohomish. For more information, call 360-563-1042.

The Snohomish Chamber of Commerce invites local businesses to attend an after-hours event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Hosted by NW Security &Sound, the special event will be held at their new office at 1208 10th St. in Snohomish. To learn about becoming a door-prize donor, contact Michele by email at or call 360-691-4200.

Everett Community College’s Next Steps orientation for new students is at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 12 at EvCC’s Fitness Center. Starting at 4 p.m., students can purchase a parking permit or ORCA bus pass and get the free student ID card. A campus tour will be offered at 4:30 p.m. starting outside of Jackson Center. Free event parking can be found across from the Fitness Center.

Western Washington University’s Weekend MBA at Everett program will hold an informational session at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the University Center of North Puget Sound on the campus of Everett Community College in Gray Wolf Hall, room 160. The program is accredited and ranks in the top 100 MBA programs worldwide by the Aspen Institute. For more information, visit, email or call 360-650-7780.

Our Giving Tree, a nonprofit of John L. Scott real estate agents from the Everett and Mill Creek offices, is hosting a golf tournament Sept. 22 to support Seattle Children’s Autism Guild. Golfers and sponsors are welcome at the Nile Shrine Golf Course in Mountlake Terrace. For more information, contact Michelle Macris at 425-931-1136 or, or O.J. Marston at 425-210-0744 or

Comcast Arena is the venue for the eighth annual Washington State Everett Fall Home Show from Sept. 28 to 30. The event features specialized local businesses ready to customize, update or design homes. Exhibitors and sponsors include Judd &Black Appliances, BECU, Snohomish County PUD and others. More information is available at the Comcast Arena website.

Tulalip Resort Casino’s award-winning food and wine aficionado event, Taste of Tulalip, is set for Nov. 9-10 this year. Executive chef Perry Mascitti and sommelier Tommy Thompson have spent the past year planning the event, which will feature national and local celebrities. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at

Good deeds

Everett Community College says that students are learning more about electrical engineering thanks to 12 new handheld digital multimeters donated by the Fluke Co. to the Everett Community College Foundation in June. The EvCC Foundation welcomes such donations of equipment and technology, as well as cash donations for equipment, scholarships and program support.


Mountain Loop Books and Coffee in Darrington held its grand opening Saturday. The bookstore had been open for some time but the coffee shop is new. The event featured music and an appearance by author Heidi Thomas.

The deadline to nominate companies for the Corporations for Communities Award is Aug. 31. Secretary of State Sam Reed started the award program in 2009 to recognize exceptional Washington businesses that demonstrate a commitment to giving to improve local or regional social and environmental conditions. Winners of this year’s award will be announced in September. Nomination forms can be found on the secretary of state’s website.

The Value Added Producer Grant program is designed to help farmers, ranchers and rural business owners find ways to expand product offerings, increase revenue and create more economic opportunity by bringing additional value to what they already produce. Applicants have until Oct. 15 to apply. For local information, contact Sharon Exley at 360-428-4322, ext. 159, or email

The City of Snohomish is accepting applications from nonprofits for projects to develop tourism and promote the city. The program is funded through taxes imposed on lodging. Details and an application can be found at Applications are due at 4 p.m. on Sept. 14.

YouthBuild Snohomish County is a 10-month construction training program for youth 18 to 24 who have no GED. The program run by Workforce Development Council Snohomish County will offer construction training, paid work in housing construction and an opportunity to complete a GED at no cost. The 2012 session will be in Monroe. Call Travis Green at 425-418-4540 for more information.

The Albertsons at 6727 Evergreen Way in Everett celebrated a grand re-opening last week. The refurbished store will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Bothell-based BioLife Solutions announced record results for the second quarter that ended June 30. The company recorded an eighth consecutive record revenue quarter, with revenue surpassing $1 million for the first time. Total revenue for the second quarter of 2012 was $1.1 million, compared to $623,000 in the same period of 2011.

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