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Sparling marketing manager Sandy Chapin will serve as president-elect for the Society for Marketing Professional Services Seattle chapter.

Marysville chiropractor Vuong Vo is joining the Washington Center for Pain Management. He is now accepting patients at the group’s new Bellevue facility. Vo will work full time with the Washington Center for Pain Management Monday through Friday and treat patients at his own clinic, Performance Chiropractic, on Saturdays.


Workforce Development Council Snohomish County, with other local organizations, will host Build Your Future, a career fair to showcase advanced manufacturing and building trades to Snohomish County middle and high school students. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds Events Center in Monroe.

Citizens, business owners and others from the community are invited to join Mountlake Terrace city officials for a cup of coffee and a chance to hear first-hand what’s happening in the city. This casual event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Recreation Pavilion Center Court, 5303 228th St. SW in Mountlake Terrace.

Local business owners are invited for an evening of fun and networking at Big E Ales in Lynnwood from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. This LeTip event is intended to help grow your business. For information, call Vicki at 425-359-6620.

Network and build relationships with one of the best monthly networking meetings in Snohomish County, Good Morning Snohomish County. The next meeting is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227 to register. Remember to bring business cards for meeting new contacts.

Mountain Pacific Bank will hold a free shred day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Bring up to two boxes or 50 pounds of documents to be shredded by Shred It. The address is 19705 Highway 99 in Lynnwood.

Snohomish County Business Watch will hold its October general meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Holiday Inn on Pine Street in Everett. The speaker is Jim Sawyer, director of security at Seattle Children’s and current president of the Washington State Crime Prevention Association. RSVP to

The Solarize Mukilteo coalition will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. A collaborative effort of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, the Snohomish County PUD and volunteers, Solarize Mukilteo helps people go solar by a streamlined process and group discount. More information is at

Join Economic Alliance Snohomish County, the Port of Everett and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle to learn how international trade affects your business and your family, locally and statewide. The Port Report: International Trade Reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227 to register.

Workshops, classes, seminars, webinars

Edward Jones Financial Advisor will host the Take Stock in the Market Brown Bag Seminar from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. Participants will learn about basic stock terminology, as well as time-proven stock strategies created to help investors reach their financial goals.

Dozens of Seattle-area financial planners will offer free, one-on-one professional advice on budgeting, retirement planning, income taxes, investment strategies, debt and other personal finance matters at Seattle Financial Planning Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Garfield Community Center in Seattle. The advice will be offered without obligation. The event will also feature classroom-style workshops on personal finance topics. Free parking will be available at the center, 2323 E. Cherry St., Seattle. Register online at or call 877-861-7826. Walk-ins are also welcome.

A series of free one-hour workshops explain the basics of the Safety and Health Investment Projects grant program of the state Department of Labor and Industries. The grant cycle for Return-to-Work applications is open now. One of the workshops will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 23 in Mount Vernon. To register or find out more, visit or call 800-574-2829.


The U.S. Postal Service is hiring temporary employees to work during the upcoming holiday season at mail processing facilities across the state, including Everett. The non-career positions pay $11 an hour with no benefits. Hours worked will depend on mail volume. Interested parties must apply for the positions online at the Postal Service’s website.

Sparling and its architectural lighting design and consulting division, Candela, have consolidated two Puget Sound offices into one location in Lynnwood. In the past month, 35 employees from Sparling and Candela’s Seattle office moved to Sparling’s Lynnwood building at 4100 194th St. SW.

Ivar’s Seafood Bar in Everett is closed temporarily through the end of the month for refurbishment and a menu update. This is the first major makeover for the over 25 year-old location.

Green Tara has announced plans for the Greenness Memorial Park to serve the Pacific Northwest’s growing community of Buddhists in the Greenness plat in Edmonds. The Memorial Park will feature two crematoriums, one state-of-the-art and one for traditional Buddhists, and a large columbarium with shrines and a stupa.

Snohomish County is accepting applications for affordable housing, public facility and infrastructure projects from nonprofit organizations, for-profit developers and government agencies. An estimated $3.5 million in federal and local grants is anticipated for the 2013 program year. Applications are available on the Snohomish County Office of Housing and Community Development website.

The state Employment Security Department has awarded nearly $4.9 million to the Snohomish Workforce Development Council to help workers. It’s about $84,000 less than last year. The council uses the funds to provide counseling, skill assessments, job-search assistance and training to laid-off workers, low-income adults and low-income or disadvantaged young people. The services are available through WorkSource offices in Snohomish County.

Snohomish County has been awarded a $5.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program to rebuild part of a runway at Paine Field. The grant provides 90 percent of the funding for the project to upgrade runway 16L-34R, which was constructed 25 years ago and needs repair to meet FAA standards.

NW Plus CU has announced the opening of its newest location. Opened in April, the Lake Stevens branch is the first full-service credit union branch in the city. It’s the seventh branch for NW Plus CU and the fourth opened or built in the past two years.


The Tapley Auto Group of Skagit County will celebrate 25 years in business on Oct. 15. The Tapley family has owned and operated Skagit Ford Subaru Mazda for three generations.

Good deeds

RBC Wealth Management presented a RBC Blue Water Community Action Grant of $5,000 to be used by the City of Edmonds to improve Willow Creek. The project will protect and restore natural areas. RBC launched the Blue Water Project in 2007 as a multi-year commitment to the worldwide stewardship of water as a natural resource.

Everett Downtown Storage and will raise money via storage auction sales to benefit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. Everett Downtown Storage has devoted a storage unit at each location to be used as a collection point for donated goods, which will then be sold at the time of the company’s next auction.

Klein Honda held its third annual charity golf tournament on Sept. 19 at Walter Hall Golf Course in Everett. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross. After the tournament, players and guests enjoyed dinner, and awards were handed out.

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