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Robert (Bob) Tavares has been named president of the Electronics Group of Crane Aerospace &Electronics, and David Bender is president of the Aerospace Group. Before joining Crane, Tavares was president of e2V, a global provider of technology solutions for high-performance systems. Previously, Bender was president of both groups.

Harmsen &Associates of Monroe, Oak Harbor and Mount Vernon says Michael E. Ryan has joined the firm’s civil engineering division. He previously was director of engineering and one of the principals of HBA Design Group (formerly Higa Burkholder). Ryan’s focus at Harmsen is land development, including roads, site utilities, water, sanitary sewer and stormwater management and control.

The National Retail Federation has announced that Jennifer Gunderson of My Garden Nursery in Mill Creek has been selected as a finalist for the This is Retail nationwide video contest. The selection process will continue throughout April as the top 20 videos go head to head in a bracket-style tournament. You can vote for her video at

Jossey-Bass (an imprint of Wiley) has published a book by Edmonds resident Ray Olitt. “Peer Power: Transforming Workplace Relationships” was co-written with Seattle resident Cynthia Clay. The book promotes interpersonal collaboration at work by discussing how to work with and change the behavior of peers.


Aviation Technical Services has received a 2011 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for work by its component services business unit. The Boeing Co. issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. ATS maintained a gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period ending Sept. 30, 2011.

Tulalip Bay Restaurant at the Tulalip Resort Casino was honored with the inaugural Seattle magazine award at the 10th annual Washington Wine Restaurant Awards. The award, accepted by sommelier Tom Thompson, was presented March 26 at the Washington Athletic Club and paid homage to the restaurant’s leadership in the business community.


The Technology Alliance, a statewide, not-for-profit organization of leaders from Washington’s technology and related businesses and research institutions, will hold an Innovation Showcase Tuesday at the Rainier Square Conference Center in Seattle. For more information, contact Amy Bell at or 206-389-7261.

The City of Snohomish will present Snohomish on the Rocks: A Celebration of Washington State Spirits, April 20 at the Snohomish Business Park on Bickford Avenue. A private industry event is from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the public event from 6-9 p.m. To register for the industry event, or if you would like your spirits to be featured at Snohomish on the Rocks, contact Debbie Emge at 360-282-3197 or

The Business Expo, hosted by the Port-to-Pass Partners, will be held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on April 28. The event is designed to connect manufacturers, retail businesses and government agencies to bring more customers and economic expansion to the region. It is free, but seating is limited. Call or email event coordinator Ted Jackson at 360-793-1022 or to reserve a spot.

WorkSource Snohomish County, in partnership with Everett Community College and the Emprove Performance Group, will host a free seminar with career coach Dieter Hertling Friday at the Everett Station’s Weyerhaeuser Room. Advanced registration is required. Complementary registration is available online at

The Mountlake Terrace City Council will review a resolution in support of the proposition to construct a new civic center at its work-study session Thursday and will hold a public hearing, followed by consideration of the resolution, at the regular meeting April 16. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Interim City Hall Council Chambers, 6100 219th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace.

Windermere Real Estate in Marysville will hold a free document-shredding event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Documents and discs will be professionally shredded by Confidential Data Disposal. Refreshments will be served. Windermere Real Estate is at 801 State Ave. in Marysville. For more information, call 360-653-2509.


Uncle Peteza’s Pizzeria has opened at 24118 Bothell-Everett Highway in Bothell. The family-style dine-in restaurant will offer pizza, pasta, sandwiches, beer and wine. For more information, go to

The Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, a business accelerator devoted to finding, funding and fostering successful clean-tech businesses, has launched its fourth annual competition. Participants are encouraged to apply by May 8. To apply and learn more, visit

KeyBank plans a new branch to open this fall in Edmonds. It will be Key Bank’s first in that community. The Edmonds branch will feature a convenient drive-up teller lane, a 24-hour drive-up ATM and a night drop for merchants.

Scenic Washington State, an interactive magazine and guide to help travelers plan the Washington road trips, has launched online. The tools by Destination Media Alliance offers consumers print, digital and mobile travel planning. Free print copies of Scenic Washington can be ordered online at

BrandQuery has launched a new website for the Mount Vernon Downtown Association at to engage local residents and tourists. Each retail shop, restaurant, entertainment venue and personal-service business has its own page on the site. Downtown’s upcoming events are announced on every page, and a comprehensive parking map is viewable and downloadable as a PDF.

Food processors participating in tax-incentive programs have until April 30 to file required surveys covering 2011 activity or risk losing the benefits, according to the state Department of Revenue. Businesses that fail to submit surveys on time will be taxed at the manufacturing rate of 0.484 percent of gross income. For more information, call 1-877-345-3353 or 360-902-7079.

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board has announced more than $1 million in public investments targeting business growth and job creation across the state. These included a $25,000 grant to the Tulalip Tribes for a study to determine the feasibility of an innovative process for treating dairy waste to recover nutrients. The board’s funds are matched by $14,000 in local resources.

Good deeds

YouthCare’s Straley House, a home for young people previously homeless or victims of abuse, is getting a new courtyard thanks to local organizations. The Master Builders Care Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, is teaming with the National Football League Players Association former-players chapter in Seattle. Labor and materials will be donated by various members including Weisman Design Group, Tarrazo Marble and Stone, Trendset, Mutual Materials and Economy Fence Center.

Nearly 400 community members gathered at the Annual Breakfast for Snohomish Students held March 15 at Glacier Peak High School to raise money for students. Corporate sponsors were Saxton Bradley, Sodexo, Whidbey Island Bank, The Inn at Snohomish, Dull Olson Weekes Architects, Kusler’s Pharmacy, Kiwanis of Snohomish, McDaniels’ Do-It Center, Eve Rutherford DDS, Beresford, Comcast, Foster Pepper PLLC, Cadyville Carriage House, Everett Community College Foundation, Puget Sound Energy and Rotary of Snohomish.

Snohomish County Red Cross has acknowledged that local supplies are easily accessible and ready to go thanks to the free storage space provided in downtown Everett by Everett Downtown Storage. For four years, Everett Downtown Storage has donated two 20-by-25-foot storage units valued at $480 per month. Local accessible storage space helps the Red Cross set up emergency centers faster in a disaster.

Dwayne Lane’s Arlington Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, instructional clinics and a monetary donation of $500 to Stilly Valley Little League in Arlington. There is also an opportunity for the team to raise an additional $10,000 through a Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes. Tickets are available through sponsorship coordinator Shannon Kujath at The program runs through July 15.

Everett dentist Colleen Tracy recently launched a Good Deed Contest which will end on May 31. The contest is open to any youth 18 and under. Tracy will be giving away a new computer to the winner who submits the best essay. Submit essays online at

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