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Edmonds-based Landau Associates has promoted staff at three of its offices, including in Edmonds. Allan Barton and Eric Zick were both promoted to Graphics II. Steven Shaw was promoted to project geologist. Chad McMullen was promoted to senior engineer in Landau Associates’ geotechnical group. Kenneth Reid was promoted to senior geologist.

The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens has selected Tracy DeLorm as the Rotarian of the Year for 2013-14. The Rotarian of the Year Award goes to members who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens. DeLorm has been a member of the club since 2002 and has made major contributions serving on several committees.

Sarah Ozanne, a senior accountant with Moss Adams in Everett, was one of several award winners in this year’s presentations by The Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. Also earning awards in the Puget Sound region were Rick Anderson, Peterson Sullivan, Wendy Kwan, Dave Trujillo and Mike Cheney.

Good deeds

Master Builders Career Connection will cease to operate this month. However, the foundation is distributing $85,150 in grants immediately and transferring $365,000 in assets to The Seattle Foundation in order to continue providing scholarships, training and outreach to those interested and involved in the homebuilding industry.

U.S. Bank employee volunteers helped to distribute backpacks and school supplies to 84 children who reside at Mercy Housing in Lynnwood. The backpacks and school materials were supplied through collaboration between U.S. Bank and the nonprofit Schoolhouse Supplies. More than 650 children in seven cities who reside in Mercy Housing rental developments benefitted from the program.


This week on KSER 90.7 FM and KXIR 89.9 FM’s monthly personal finance show “Getting Your Dough to Rise,” host Chuck Noel welcomes Linda O’Bryon, producer and original co-host of PBS’s “Nightly Business Report.” Other guests include Bruce McClary of Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions and Nathalie Gautheron of Senior Services of Snohomish County. The program airs from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Join Economic Alliance Snohomish County at a free event presented by WSU North Puget Sound at Everett. WSU’s athletic director, Bill Moos, WSU’s Chancellor Bob Drewel, and Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will be present at the event from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Everett Theatre in Everett. Go to for details.

Edmonds Community College invites the public to a free open house exploring composites and aerospace manufacturing programs from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4 in Monroe Hall on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Staff will explain how to apply and enroll, as well as answer any financial aid questions. For more information, go to

McKeon Financial invites the public to a shredding event from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the office located at 1507 172nd St. NE, Marysville. The community event features a shredding truck onsite. Shredding old documents can help protect you from identity theft. For more details, call or visit McKeon Financial.

Classes, workshops and webinars

The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce and Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick will host a free business-growing workshop. The guest speaker is Andrew Ballard, the owner of Marketing Solutions and a Herald Business Journal columnist. The workshop is to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 in the City Council Chambers, 319 Main St, Sultan. Reservations at 360-793-0983 or email


The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual photo contest. The winning photo, with photographer’s credit, will be featured on the 2015 Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Membership Plaque and Preferred Business Directory. All submissions must be received by Nov. 6. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 425-670-1496 or by email at

Edmonds Center for the Arts has launched a new Education &Outreach initiative this season called Arts for Everyone. Arts for Everyone will offer schools in this region significantly discounted tickets to performances in ECA’s Education Matinee series, based on the percentage of students in free and reduced-price meal programs. For details, contact Gillian Jones at or 425-275-9483.

According to the Smith Travel Research report for July 2014, Snohomish County finished the month of July over 2013 in all three measurements: Occupancy; Average Daily Rate; and Revenue Per Available Room. Overall demand was up 10.8 percent compared to this month last year and revenue saw a 22.6 percent increase.

Time is running out for nominations for a 2014 Corporations for Communities Award. The nomination deadline is Aug. 31. Anyone can nominate businesses for the award. Nomination forms can be found at .

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