Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news


Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Bob Bolerjack of Lake Stevens to the Everett Community College board of trustees. Bolerjack recently joined the Snohomish County PUD as a public relations and media liaison after nearly 25 years in leadership positions at The Daily Herald, including 10 years as editorial page editor.

Lynnwood-based Sparling has announced the return of 20-year Sparling veteran Arne Berger as chief operations officer after a three-year absence. Berger’s previous leadership was instrumental in growing Sparling from a 34-person electrical-engineering firm to a 130-employee multidisciplinary firm.


The Zonta Club of Everett has honored former club member Darlene Conkle of Mukilteo as the 2012 Founders Day award recipient. Conkle was recognized for years of service as a tireless recruiter of new members, as well as years of volunteer service to community organizations, including the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, Mukilteo Kiwanis and Mukilteo Farmer’s Market.

Library Place Apartments have been named the winner of the MultiFamily Development of the Year award from the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Library Place is a 200-unit apartment complex adjacent to the main branch of the Everett Public Library. Factors for the award included quality of design, quality of construction and contribution to the surrounding neighborhood.

Good deeds

Wells Fargo &Co. employees have donated $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations and schools in Washington as part of the company’s annual Community Support and United Way Campaign. Wells Fargo matches gifts up to $5,000 to qualifying schools.

The Lynnwood Food Bank was recently presented with a $250 donation from AFSCME Local 3035/Council 2, which represents members of the City of Lynnwood. Union members have supported the food bank for several years.


Crown Distributing of Arlington has announced two local appearances of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Both events are open to the public. The big horses will be in the parking lot of the Navy Exchange in Marysville from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday and in the Smokey Point-Arlington Walmart parking lot from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will host the November session of 425 Launch Entrepreneurs’ Forum, which will focus on “The Ten Mistakes Smart Entrepreneurs Avoid.” Travis Snider of BETS Consulting will be the featured speaker. The session will be at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 in the Edmonds City Hall Brackett Meeting Room. It is free and open to the public.

If you “like” Good Morning Snohomish County on Facebook by Nov. 29 using the contest tab, you will be entered to win a signature sponsorship, display table or ticket to the event. The next Good Morning Snohomish County is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Dec. 14 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Call 425-248-4227 to register.

The next Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours event is 7 to 9 a.m. on Nov. 30 at the Canoes Cabaret Room in the Tulalip Resort Casino. The theme is “A Caring Community Putting the Quality in our Quality of Life.” It will feature the Marysville Food Bank, Salvation Army and Goodwill. For reservations, email or call 360-659-7700.

SCYPN, a young professionals network that helps build connections for the leaders of tomorrow, will celebrate SCYPN Night at the Tips to cheer on the Everett Silvertips hockey team. The event is Dec. 7. Discounted tickets are available to SCYPN attendees at just $15. Go to the SCYPN Facebook page for more information.

Classes, workshops, webinars

November’s Web chats hosted by the U.S. Small Business Association are “Holiday Marketing Tips &Ideas” with Caron Beesley at 10 a.m. on today and “Getting Your Small Business Ready for the Tax Filing Season” with Edward S. Karl at 10 a.m. on Nov. 28. The Web chats can be accessed at under the “What’s New” tab.

The Western Washington University Master of Business Administration Program will host an information session for prospective MBA applicants at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel Seneca Room. No reservations are needed and refreshments will be served.

The Edmonds Community College Discover Project Management open house is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 5 in Snohomish Hall 304, 20000 68th Ave. W. in Lynnwood. Project-management certification complements careers in business management, construction management, energy management, event planning, economics, occupational safety, engineering and international business.


SnoLEAF of Cascadia Green Building Council has partnered with Snohomish County in a Green Greenhouse Design Competition to help food growers throughout the region meet the growing demand for fresh, locally grown produce. The competition ends March 31. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Fawn Clark at 425-280-9569 or go to

Ivar’s at 1520 41st St. near Everett Memorial Stadium has re-opened the seafood restaurant that has served the Everett community for 26 years. Renovations include a sleek interior, brightly colored exterior and a new menu.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County is involved in a cooperative project with colleagues in King, Kitsap and Pierce counties. The Job Sector Survey is a tool that provides a comprehensive assessment of conditions, challenges, needs and opportunities for business employers of all types and sizes. To participate, contact Matt Smith at 425-248-4219 or go to

Throughout November the OneMain Financial branch at 221 SE Everett Mall Way in Everett and at 19230 Alderwood Mall Parkway in Lynnwood will be collecting food donations to help support the mission of Northwest Harvest food bank. Donors can pick up a free gift while supplies last and enter a sweepstakes to win an Amazon Kindle.

Western Washington Medical Group has added Marysville Family Medicine to the group effective Jan. 1. WWMG has family practice care centers in downtown Everett and in the Silver Lake area. Lake Serene Clinic, a WWMG affiliate, offers primary care and a walk-in clinic in the Lynnwood area.

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