Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news


The Snohomish County Young Lawyers Division, led by past-president Luke Wickham, was given the 2011 Outstanding Affiliate Award by the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Zonta Club of Everett honored six women for their work in the community: Margaret Bruland, Kathy Duffy, Susan Mayer, Pat Lawrence, Carol Dreysse and Kathy Atwood. Each of the women received a yellow rose. The event was March 8 at the Everett Golf and Country Club.

Snohomish County Tomorrow, a cooperative forum to oversee countywide planning policies, selected officers recently. Mill Creek City Councilman Terry Ryan and Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan will co-chair. Jon Nehring, mayor of Marysville, and Stephanie Wright, vice chair of the Snohomish County Council, will share vicechair responsibilities.

Edmonds Center for the Arts has welcomed Marla Miller to the Edmonds Public Facilities District board and David Jaffe and Tom Tomberg to the Edmonds Center for the Arts board. Miller has spent 32 years in public education. Jaffe is the retired CEO of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Tomberg served as Edmonds fire chief for 10 years. Edmonds Center for the Arts is partnered with the Edmonds Public Facilities District.

The Back Pain Relief Center in Everett has announced that chiropractor Christopher Keezer is now certified as a laser therapy technician through the Multi Radiance Laser Institute. He is said to be the first and only chiropractor to be laser certified in Snohomish County.

Workshops and classes

Unemployed workers from the Kimberly-Clark Mill, Seattle-Snohomish Mill and Arlington Mill are invited to attend free, hour-long seminars on resources available to them, including free services, money-saving services, money-protecting services and money-growing services. Nothing will be sold. Free Lotto tickets will be given to all workers who attend, and door prizes include $50 gas cards and grocery cards. Seminars will be held at 4:32 and 7:02 p.m. Thursday and at 9:04 a.m., 10:34 a.m. and 12:04 p.m. Saturday at Snohomish County PUD headquarters, 2320 California St., Everett. Call 425-344-6322 to reserve a seat. The seminar is co-sponsored by Mill Town Credit Union, The Herald and local unions. Space is limited.

At the next Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, get answers to common marketing questions for the small-business owner. Business After Hours will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce, 8825 34th Ave. NE, Suite C, Tulalip. It’s free for chamber members. Call 360-659-7700 or email to register.

The Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce will hold an educational federal tax workshop with Rizwan Chaudhry from 4 to 7 p.m. March 27 at Fire Station 82, 9811 Chapel Hill Road, Lake Stevens. The workshop focuses on the fundamentals of federal taxes for small business owners. The class is free for chamber members and $10 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. RSVP or pre-pay by Friday to the Chamber office at 425-334-0433 or pre-pay at

Edward Jones financial advisor Joe Gogal of Everett is hosting a presentation titled, “Social Security: Your Questions Answered,” at 4:30 p.m. April 4 at Mill Creek Country Club. The presentation is also at 1 p.m. April 16 at the 92nd Street Event Center, Marysville. The presentation is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Joe Gogal or Ginger Niva at 425-513-9222.


Chris Louie of IAM/Boeing Joint Programs in Everett has received a gold-level President’s Volunteer Service Award, which is the top award given by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The awards go to volunteers who give more than 500 hours of their time to community service in a year. This is the third year in a row that Louie has been honored. He previously received bronze-level awards for having given more than 100 hours of community service in both 2009 and 2010.

Providence Regional Medical Center and the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership was featured on Becker’s Hospital Review annual list, “70 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs.” Providence Regional Cancer Partnership includes four providers of cancer services: The Everett Clinic, Northwest Washington Radiation Oncology Associates, Western Washington Medical Group and Providence Regional Medical Center.

John McKeon, CEO of McKeon Financial, has earned a top-25 spot on the top producers list with his broker-dealer, Independent Financial Group. The rating was based on the highest levels of production.

Announcements and news

Fidelity Investments has announced the opening of its new investor center in Lynnwood. Located at 18825 33rd Avenue West, adjacent to Alderwood mall, the new 5,700-square-foot office is a state-of-the-art facility that will offer customers increased access to Fidelity representatives and technology.

Puget Sound Computers now offers IT services, technology planning, support and project management to health-care providers in King and Snohomish counties. The company has served businesses in the Everett area since 2010. Its philosophy is to take care of technology needs, leaving clients free to focus on their business.

Business start-up funding totaling up to $10,000 will be available through Central Washington University’s Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression. The money will go to the winners of the CWU Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I4IE) Business Plan Competition. More information about the competition is online at

With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the Internal Revenue Service has asked small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit. The recently revamped Small Business Health Care Tax Credit page at is packed with information and resources designed to help small employers see if they qualify for the for the credit and how to figure it.

Shipping news

Port of Everett shipping schedule as of March 12: March 12, Thor Leader, PNW Ship; March 13, Westwood Pacific, Westwood; March 20, Westwood Columbia, Westwood; March 22, Muntgracht, Inchcape; March 27, Westwood Cascade, Westwood; April 3, Westwood Olympia, Westwood; April 10, Westwood Discovery, Westwood.

The schedule is tentative and subject to change. 2012 year-to-date ship port calls: 13; barge port calls: 10.

Good deeds

During the month of March, Klein Honda in Everett will donate $100 per vehicle sold to the American Red Cross. March is officially Red Cross Month. Last year, the dealership raised $18,100 dollars for the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross. This year’s goal is $20,000.

Seattle Children’s Hospital is joining forces with eight local Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants for the second annual March Month of Giving fundraising campaign. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant.

In honor of its 63rd anniversary, Sunnyside Nursery is awarding $25 gift nursery certificates to 20 participants from the 2011 Giving Gardens program of the Marysville Community Food Bank. The participants met the challenge of donating at least 63 pounds of homegrown produce to the food bank over the 2011 growing season.

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