Business Briefs

  • Thu Jun 28th, 2012 9:16am

HBJ staff

Providence to build new clinic in Monroe

MONROE — Providence Medical Group and Providence Regional Medical Center have announced plans for a new, $22 million multiuse ambulatory care medical building on N. Kelsey Street.

The Providence Medical Building Monroe is scheduled to open in fall 2013. At 43,000 square feet, the facility will be nearly twice the size of the current Providence Medical Group Monroe clinic. It will house more than 30 medical providers, with an extended-hours urgent care center, imaging services, a lab and retail pharmacy.

The clinic will house Providence Medical Group Monroe’s 17 current primary physicians, plus a women’s center offering OB/GYN and midwifery; a heart and vascular center offering noninvasive diagnostic services and on-site cardiologists; and a musculoskeletal center with orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and rehab specialists. Other specialists will include ear-nose-throat physicians, gastroenterologists, general surgery physicians, urologists and sleep-health specialists.

Port’s waterfront plan gets back to basics

EVERETT — A simplified and flexible approach is planned for the Marina District property slated for development at the Port of Everett. The Everett Port Commission adopted a strategic direction that is intended to get back to basics, emphasizing boating services, in-water activities, jobs and public access.

The strategy is designed to meet the project goals of coordination of marina and upland development, a full-service marina facility, a destination with “quality of place,” job creation and connection of the community to its waterfront with sustainable development.

The property was under a development contract before the 2008 recession forced developer Maritime Trust Co. into bankruptcy. Since then, the port has chosen to develop the property itself.

The strategic direction, first presented to the commission on May 8 and adopted on June 12, focuses on the Port’s core missions: boating and other water-related activities, maritime business and industry, economic opportunity and community access.

Port officials said the direction adopted by the Port Commission is a result of extensive research and public outreach efforts. In 2011, port staff convened an ad hoc committee at the commission’s request. The committee was asked to make recommendations on updating the 2005 development program for the North Marina or Port Gardner Wharf property. Their report was used to craft the scope of work for the current planning effort.

The Marina District Master Plan, includes both early action items and future action items. The planning team has identified early action opportunities in the upland and in-water areas near W. Marine View Drive in the old Everett Shipyard area. They include boating and other in-water activities, the creation of the “village heart” area and environmental cleanup.

Port officials said the village heart is intended to include restaurants, apartments, hotels, grocers, public areas and a community center. For the in-water portion, the first area of focus will be the northeast corner of the marina, which would include the removal of the shipyard railway and dredging as part of the environmental cleanup.

The marina revitalization is a critical element and focus area of the development, port officials said. It calls for reworking the northeast corner to include moorage for commercial vessels, guest moorage and space for other in-water activities. The port plans to preserve its diverse mix of in-water uses.

Future action items are intended to include the creation of an employment center that supports 50 jobs per acre and flexible, market-driven perimeter development that will include parking improvements adjacent to the North Marina, a possible hotel and conference center development, public access and marina services.

A public meeting is expected later this summer to report on the planning progress to date.

Alaska USA bolsters Wash. Business Week

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union provided $5,000 to sponsor five high school students to attend the Washington Business Week summer camp, giving them the opportunity to experience a simulated corporate environment learning business, teambuilding, leadership and life skills.

Beginning June 24, students attended one of four weeklong business camps at universities around the state, experiencing a college environment. Students stayed on campus and participated in small teams, or “companies,” and completed challenges with real-life business scenarios through production, marketing and finance competitions.

At the end of each week, Alaska USA employees joined other business community members as judges, evaluating company pitches and investing mock Business Week dollars in the strongest companies. This is the second year Alaska USA has participated in judging Business Week events.

Learn more about Washington Business Week at


EVERETT — Petite Sweet Bakery and Cafe has moved from Arlington to Everett. The European and American inspired bakery offers breakfast and lunch in addition to bread, pastries, pies and cakes. It is located at 2613 Colby Ave. To welcome the business to the neighborhood, J.Matheson Gifts, Kitchen and Gourmet is offering their customers 25 percent off a single purchase through July 15 if they show a purchase receipt from the bakery.

ARLINGTON — Volunteers are needed for Arlington’s Fourth of July celebration. To help with the kids’ or grand parade, email or To assist with the Pedal, Paddle, Puff triathlon, email

MONROE — Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. recently hosted a Master Builders Association Remodelers Council event at its manufacturing plant in Monroe. The Hawaiian-themed event consisted of mini tours to different stations throughout the plant where attendees were able to learn about Canyon Creek directly from employees. Canyon Creek manufactures custom cabinetry.

LAKE STEVENS — The law office of G. Benjamin Lindsey III, GBL3 Law, has opened in Lake Stevens. Lindsey has been an attorney since 2005. Previously he worked as an attorney at Bellevue’s Davis Wright Tremaine and also held various management positions at the Boeing Co. GBL3 Law primarily focuses on labor-employment, construction and hospitality law and civil litigation. For more information, go to or call 425-263-9585.

SNOHOMISH — NW Security &Sound thanks its guests, partners and supporters for making its recent grand opening a success. Attendees enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and potato salad and marked the opening of NW Security &Sound’s new Snohomish offices and the launch of its website, Customers can visit the showroom and meet the staff at 1208 10th St., Snohomish.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission is seeking paintings, prints, drawings, miniatures, calligraphy, photographs, 3-dimensional and artisans’ works for its 34th annual Juried Art Show, sponsored by the Friends of the Arts. Volunteers and donations are also needed. More information is available at, or call 425-771-7068 or email

EVERETT — Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has opened a branch in the Silver Lake area of Everett, inside Safeway at 11031 19th Ave. SE. It’s the credit union’s fourth branch opening in Washington this year. The branch offers a full range of credit union services. Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Washington is eligible to join Alaska USA.

SNOHOMISH — Haggen/TOP Foods celebrated the grand reopening of the Snohomish TOP Foods store under the Haggen Northwest Fresh brand. Between now and October, the company plans to rebrand as many as 10 Haggen and TOP Foods locations.

EVERETT — The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee will contract with Workforce Development Council Snohomish County to provide in-demand green and energy-efficient skills training at no cost to apprentices and incumbent workers. The program is through the Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit. Apprentices and incumbent workers must be employed by companies which currently participate in AJAC’s apprenticeship program. For more information, go to

EVERETT — Snohomish County PUD reminds business and residential customers about scams that aim to steal customers’ identity and bill payment information. If a customer receives a phone call, supposedly from PUD, they should call PUD Customer Service at 425-783-1000 to verify the information they were given. PUD employees carry an ID card with their picture on it and will show it if customers ask.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The City Council has approved an agreement with the Mountlake Terrace Business Association for operating the farmers market downtown. The agreement provides a waiver of certain permit fees by allowing the city to provide community information on-site. The farmers market recently began its third season and is open from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays through September at 23208 56th Ave. W. For information, go to or call 206-778-5724.

SEATTLE — Moran &Company’s Seattle-based sales team recently represented Holland Partners in the sale of a six-property, 1,000-unit portfolio of apartment complexes in Everett, Lynnwood and Renton. The sale covered Mirabella, Saratoga and Cascadia Point in Everett; Serra Vista and Nickel Creek in Lynnwood; and Copper Ridge in Renton. The buyer was an institutional investor. The sales price was not disclosed.

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Bainbridge Graduate Institute has announced that the Organization Systems Renewal program is joining the institute. The OSR program has educated leaders to design and guide major northwest organizations for more than 30 years. It is a rigorous Master’s degree program that prepares students to design and lead systemic organizational change. Founded in 2002, BGI was the first school to offer an MBA in Sustainable Business.


SULTAN — Snohomish County PUD’s Youngs Creek hydropower project has received a 2012 Honor Award from the Seattle Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Youngs Creek facility started operation last October south of Sultan. With a generating capacity of 7.5 megawatts, it produces enough energy at full capacity for nearly 6,000 homes.

EVERETT — Safeco Insurance has named Everett-based Whitfield United to the company’s elite agency recognition program, the H.K. Dent Society, which acknowledges superior performance, loyalty and partnership of Safeco’s top-performing agents. Fewer than 10 percent of Safeco agents received this honor in 2012.

EVERETT — Joseph Gogal of Edward Jones in Everett recently won the firm’s Spirit of Partnership Award for outstanding performance during 2011. Gogal was one of 1,100 financial advisers out of the firm’s more than 12,000 advisers to receive the award.

MILL CREEK — The City of Mill Creek recently earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities’ Employee Benefit Trust. As a result of earning the designation, WellCity Award recipients will receive a 2 percent premium discount on their Regence BlueShield or Asuris Northwest Health medical coverage in 2013. A total of 84 cities and public entities met the standards for the award.

Good deeds

MARYSVILLE — Marysville Windermere Real Estate/JS and Marysville Sunrise Rotary hosted the Strike Against Homelessness Bowl-a-Thon on June 2 at Strawberry Lanes in Marysville. The event raised more than $20,000 for Housing Hope’s Beachwood property in Marysville.

EVERETT — Since the beginning of June, local drugstores have administered nearly 450 doses of whooping cough vaccine to low-income or uninsured adults. The Snohomish Health District supplies the pharmacies with free vaccine from the Sanofi Pasteur AmeriCares patient assistance program. Pharmacies charge a small amount to give the shot. Find a complete list of the participating pharmacies at

LYNNWOOD — Whole Foods Market donated five percent of total sales from six local stores to PAWS on June 5. The participating locations include the recently opened store in Lynnwood. PAWS rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife and shelters and adopts out cats and dogs.

TULALIP — The Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund has awarded Bethany of the Northwest a $10,000 grant. The funds are designated to meet Bethany’s Dignity Project list of critical needs and will be used to improve the lives of the senior and disabled residents. Since 1992, the fund has donated more than $44.3 million to more than 300 charitable organizations in the state.

EDMONDS — The Hazel Miller Foundation has awarded the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce a $30,000 grant to support the An Edmonds Kind of 4th event. The grant ensures that the community-driven celebration will continue in downtown Edmonds in the years ahead. Miller and her husband, Morris, were longtime Edmonds residents. For information, go to

EVERETT — The Greater Everett Community Foundation awarded 28 grants worth more than $73,000 to Snohomish County nonprofits and school districts. Grants focused on human services, education and programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Programs include a guitar-building class in Arlington schools, a new pilot program for emergency foster care and food banks in Darrington, Sultan and Monroe. For more information, go to

SNOHOMISH — Columbia Bank recently provided a donation of $1,200 to GROW Washington, a Snohomish-based nonprofit enterprise that serves as a retail business incubator for small businesses to get their products into the marketplace. The donation will be used to support training workshops and consultations for entrepreneurs.

EVERETT — Fluke Corp. has donated more than 125 test tools and accessories to Perry Technical Institute in Yakima as part of its support of education and training programs. The donation is valued at nearly $75,000 and includes power quality, electrical, pressure, temperature and HVAC tools.

CHICAGO — The Boeing Co. reported it has steadily reduced its environmental footprint while rapidly expanding business and significantly increasing monthly airplane production rates. In 2007, Boeing established aggressive internal five-year environmental goals. Since then, it has reduced CO2 emissions by 3 percent, energy use by 1 percent, hazardous waste by 17 percent and water intake by 9 percent. To view Boeing’s 2012 Environment Report, visit

WASHINGTON — Rep. Rick Larsen has announced that the city of Arlington will receive a $194,635 grant for safety enhancements at Arlington Municipal Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration grant will be used to purchase an emergency generator and additional land to improve runway approach safety.

From HBJ staff reports