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5-story building in Mill Creek would include affordable housing

MILL CREEK — If a proposal to build two five-story buildings here is approved, the city will have met its goal for housing development and be able to turn its attention to attracting more businesses.That's according to

Date: 08/31/2015 | Local News

Marine Corps duty was a ‘higher calling’

COOS BAY, Ore. — For some people, life is all about the experiences.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Northwest

Celebrating the family farm

Walking through The Evergreen State Fair can nearly overwhelm the senses: the flickering lights of carnival rides, the bleats of goats and bass thumps from the concert stages, the soft wool of sheep, a Purple Cow's cooling flavors...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Editorials

Drought hits bottom line

Lack of rain drives up businesses’ costs, cuts into revenue

Date: 08/14/2015 | Business

Worker pay shows smallest gain since 1982

WASHINGTON — Wages and salaries rose in the second quarter at the slowest pace on record, dashing projections that an improving labor market would boost pay.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire

Racism stings at black-owned businesses

PITTSBURGH — When Paulette Still left a career in banking to open Posy Flower Design and Event Decor, she expected to sacrifice a steady and hefty paycheck for the chance to be her own boss. She didn't expect the number of people who would challenge her entrepreneurship based...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Business Wire

Don’t change cannabis buffers

Only a week after setting its regulations and zoning for operation of marijuana businesses, the Everett City Council may be asked to reconsider one aspect of the rules: the rejection of a proposed 1,000-foot buffer...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Editorials

Everett City Council’s decision rejects local businesses, revenue

It’s been just over one year since the marijuana industry opened its first retail store in Washington state, generating more than $143 million, with sales now averaging more than $2 million a day in the state. Despite this success, many applicants are struggling to find state compliant properties...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Commentary

Court win for small businesses

Compared with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the national insurance exchange for the federal Affordable Care Act, a decision earlier this month by a Washington state administrative law judge regarding employee health...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Editorials

Why no vote on export tool?

It might only be temporary, but Congress' failure to reauthorize the charter of the federal Export-Import Bank by yesterday's deadline offers an alarming look at the potential effect of its absence.The federal export credit agency, frequently shortened to Ex-Im Bank,...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Editorials

State’s farms, businesses need trade deal

Opening foreign markets to American agricultural exports has provided strong returns to rural communities. When the high-quality products grown and made in rural Washington have a chance to compete on a global scale, every Washingtonian benefits.Expanded exports mean more...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Commentary

GE to move jobs overseas if Ex-Im Bank ends

WASHINGTON — General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt threatened to move U.S. jobs overseas if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Export-Import Bank’s charter, which expires at the end of June.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire

5 inbox-worthy email newsletters for small business owners

Do you subscribe to any daily email newsletters?If you don’t, you should.I know what you’re thinking: “NO! I don’t need any more emails into my already flooded mailbox. I’m trying to cut back and have fewer emails to deal with.”

Date: 06/15/2015 | Business columnists

Leveling the showroom floor

Most of us would probably say that we want to see the downtowns and small businesses in our communities thrive. They provide jobs. They provide goods and services we need. And it's enjoyable to buy something from someone you become familiar with, an exchange that adds to our sense of...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Editorials

Economy needs Main Street

Two business professors who write a column for the Washington Post posed this refreshing (or heretical, depending on your view) theory last month: If...

Date: 06/09/2015 | Editorials

Noncompete agreements keep workers' pay low

In olden days, the way you kept good workers was to pay them more. That's no longer the case in many jobs. Companies have been using "noncompete" agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.Originally designed to stop tech...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Business ban helps black-market growers

On May 6, Snohomish County Councilmembers voted 4 to 1 to ban legal marijuana business owners from operating in the agriculturally compatible rural 5-acre zone (R5) of the county.The R5 zone is where urban sprawl meets rural protectionism, and has long been the battleground...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Commentary

Talking trash in Stanwood

Businesses team with city to promote cleaning up public spots

Date: 05/08/2015 | Local News

A minimum wage that works

At $9.47 an hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage among the 50 states, well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25. But even at that rate, a family of three with one wage-earner grossing a little less than $19,700 a year would still fall below the federal poverty level...

Date: 05/01/2015 | Editorials

20 Riverside headlines Record Store Day show in Everett

When 20 Riverside heard that the guys from Everett Music Initiative were organizing a Record Store Day event to support Bargain CDs, Records & Tapes, the members of the band had an idea.Why not make like the Beatles and play on top of Bargain CDs?Well ...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Entertainment

Still spinning

County's last independent record store now a golden oldie

Date: 04/17/2015 | Entertainment

Since when is selling cake a religious act?

This is a tough one. My first reaction, when our neighbor-state baker refused to serve a gay couple, was that she ought to have the right to decide who takes her cake. There's a funambulist in me that still wonders. But the crudely hatched, later revised Indiana law has...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Increase would hit shop owners, the poor

Increasing cigarette taxes, which is under consideration by the state Legislature this year, unfairly burdens lower-income smokers and their households. Cigarette taxes are one of the most regressive forms of taxation because they most negatively affect lower-income...

Date: 04/13/2015 | Commentary

‘Look What’s Local’ becomes a week-long challenge

GRANITE FALLS — You may want to bring a passport to get around town this week. Carrying the right one will give you discounts at restaurants, coupons for shopping and the chance to win a flat-screen television.

Date: 04/12/2015 | Local News

Bradley's Diner

Full-service restaurant is open for business in Darrington

Date: 04/06/2015 | Business

Our response when rights clash

It's worth noting that the authors of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights felt the subject of religious liberty important enough that they addressed it succinctly in the first 16 words of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Editorials

Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage

Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.The fast food workers who staged walkouts to advance the...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Business Wire

Everett's new sweet spot

Oh Sweet Chocolate shop is a decadent treat

Date: 03/31/2015 | Life

Give distilleries a fair shot

The Small Distilleries Fairness Act, a bill cosponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen, is a sensible, straightforward, non-controversial, needed, economic-driven piece...

Date: 03/09/2015 | Editorials

Distilleries want a break

Lower taxes could give craft liquor businesses a boost

Date: 03/05/2015 | Business

Let Export-Import do its work

Once Congress is through with its latest game of chicken, which threatens to shut down the Department of Homeland Security tonight, it can move on to another episode of brinkmanship as the June 30 deadline approaches to reauthorize the federal

Date: 02/27/2015 | Editorials

Extend tax breaks for film productions in state

With the Oscars airing today — 4 p.m. on ABC, 2 p.m. if you're into the red carpet stuff — let's take a moment to consider Washington state's film industry. And zooming in for a close-up, let's consider Snohomish County's supporting role.Among the recent...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Editorials

Entrepreneurs’ corner: Agency helps small businesses start from scratch

Do you have an idea for a business, but have no idea how to get started?Or maybe you have an invention sitting in your garage but don't know the first steps of turning your invention into a business?For many would-be entrepreneurs, taking the first step is...

Date: 02/16/2015 | Business

Beauty from the inside out

Boudoir photos are sexy, elegant portraits of any woman

Date: 02/14/2015 | Business

Lack of snow is a drag

Warm weather hurts Stevens Pass, nearby businesses

Date: 02/12/2015 | Local News

Cafe Zippy owner wants to 'make things happen' with co-op idea

Think of a co-op, and REI might come to mind. The outdoor gear retailer is a huge consumer cooperative. In Everett, the Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op sells organic groceries to hundreds of members. Now, a local coffee shop is working to become...

Date: 02/11/2015 | Local News

Setting goals for prosperity

Before they get too much deeper into the session, state legislators would do themselves and their constituents a favor by sitting down with a cup of coffee, a highlighter and a copy of a new report, "Opportunity Washington: Priorities for Shared Prosperity." Actually, we'd...

Date: 02/02/2015 | Editorials

Businesses plan to boost salaries

CHICAGO — Many workers might have reason to feel more optimistic about their chances of getting a raise than they have in years.

Date: 01/23/2015 | Business Wire

'Smiles and memories'

Vintage soda brands come to life at Mukilteo business

Date: 01/21/2015 | Business

Relax and raise a glass

New law allows Snohomish day spa to serve alcohol

Date: 01/20/2015 | Life

This book will help leaders in any organization

Did you see that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, has started a Book Club?He announced earlier this month “my challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.”

Date: 01/19/2015 | Business columnists

Keeping it wild

Camano family honored for farm stewardship

Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News

The real bottom line

Millions spent in Oso, but generosity can't be measured

Date: 12/21/2014 | Local News

Boeing workers donate $500K for job training

EVERETT — Boeing workers gave $500,000 on Friday to HopeWorks Social Enterprises, a nonprofit that is creating businesses in the community to provide job training.It's the largest capital grant ever given by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound and...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Business

Dogged determination

Mudslide put distillery on hold - not forever

Date: 12/15/2014 | Business

Covington boat maker’s fraud persists, authorities say

SEATTLE — Philip Warnock’s deceptions go back decades.

Date: 12/14/2014 | Local News

What comes around

Sharing Wheels helps low-income people get rolling

Date: 12/12/2014 | Local News

Oregon moves to allow crowdfunding investments

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon is moving toward joining a growing number of states that allow small businesses to pick up a large number of small investors through crowdfunding.

Date: 12/06/2014 | Northwest

Pearls of wisdom

The brains behind the sayings on Dunn’s sign in Everett

Date: 12/02/2014 | Whats Up With That?

Obama supports ‘Small Business Saturday’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tried to draw attention to independently owned businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a day that is increasingly being marketed as one for deal-hungry consumers to remember to patronize these outlets while doing their holiday shopping.

Date: 11/29/2014 | Nation & World

Do sad desks make sad workers?

One desk was stashed in a forbidding storage closet. One was crammed into a corner. Another was curiously isolated in a large, spooky warehouse and surrounded by skids stacked with boxes.

Date: 11/26/2014 | Business Wire

Pizza by ambulance

Pizzeria's delivery car caters to dining emergencies

Date: 11/25/2014 | Whats Up With That?

‘Black’ day for Thanksgiving

Here's how ridiculous this is: It's easier to list the major retailers that won't be open on Thanksgiving than it is to list those that will. Among the retailers allowing their workers the day off to share a meal in celebration are Costco, REI, Nordstom, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Pier 1...

Date: 11/25/2014 | Editorials

Few employers drop health benefits, surveys find

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act so far has not prompted the nation’s employers to drop health benefits for some or all of their workers as critics of the law had predicted, according to two major surveys released Wednesday.

Date: 11/20/2014 | Nation & World

What's up with that?

Our new blog explains the stuffed gorilla at an Everett shop

Date: 11/04/2014 | Whats Up With That?

Darrington business group getting new name, new focus

DARRINGTON — The town’s business group is changing its name and broadening the focus to include more community projects as well as business promotion.

Date: 11/03/2014 | Business

Closures leave Arlington grocery shoppers with limited options

ARLINGTON — Local shoppers and city leaders are hoping to see a couple new grocery stores come to town soon.The back-to-back closures of Haggen and Food Pavilion have cut down on options for buying groceries near downtown Arlington.The Food Pavilion, at 146...

Date: 10/30/2014 | Business

2 beers started it all

Diamond Knot brewery celebrates its 20th anniversary

Date: 10/29/2014 | Business

52 big breaks

Studio's weekly project gives local musicians a chance

Date: 10/19/2014 | Life

Yellen warns of widening income inequality

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the last several decades have seen the most sustained rise in income inequality in a century.In a speech to a Boston conference on economic opportunity, Yellen said this problem is of great concern to her...

Date: 10/17/2014 | Business Wire

Communities, businesses need the other to thrive

American business leaders express guarded confidence in the economic recovery, yet many low- and middle-income households continue to experience stagnant incomes and bleak prospects. This marks a dangerous and decisive moment for the country, says a new report from the Harvard Business School.

Date: 10/15/2014 | Opinion Columnists

A simple but crucial to-do list for the state

Less than a month away from Election Day and three months out from the start of the legislative session, it's not too early to start jotting down the to-do list for state senators and representatives. You can do this on a post-it note:No. 1. Fully fund education.

Date: 10/12/2014 | Editorials

App designers, there’s an apt revenue strategy for that

Microsoft’s recent purchase of the game Minecraft for $2.5 billion reflects the changing landscape of the software industry.

Date: 10/06/2014 | Business

Everything's ready for this wedding except the couple

One lucky couple will win a free wedding for themselves and 48 guests.Several Whidbey Island businesses have joined together to hold a contest for the wedding that includes the venue, the cake, invitations, photos and music. The party is valued at $16,000.Couples...

Date: 10/06/2014 | Business

App designers, there’s an apt revenue strategy for that

Microsoft’s recent purchase of the game Minecraft for $2.5 billion reflects the changing landscape of the software industry.

Date: 10/06/2014 | Business columnists

More small firms closing than opening

Americans are starting fewer businesses, new companies are going out of business more quickly, and the new firms that do get off the ground are creating fewer jobs.None of that bodes very well for an economy still trying to find its footing.

Date: 09/18/2014 | Business

California mandates sick days for workers

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers.

Date: 09/11/2014 | Business

Biz Bits: People and places in the news

AnnouncementsLake Stevens design firm celebrates anniversaryDistinctive Interior Designs of Lake Stevens celebrates its 19th anniversary Sept. 25. Kelly DuByne, lead designer and owner since 1995, has worked with many local contractors...

Date: 09/08/2014 | Bizblog

Marijuana business is still wacky

NEW YORK — Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever.The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses...

Date: 09/04/2014 | Business

Court backs Yelp in ratings lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO — Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.

Date: 09/04/2014 | Business

Supply problems delay Lake Stevens weed shop

LAKE STEVENS — Denise Evans is getting ready to open the city’s first recreational pot shop.She hopes to start selling marijuana at Cannablyss, located at 2705 Hartford Dr., by the end of September.

Date: 09/03/2014 | Local News

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