Business Events

  • Wed Mar 28th, 2012 3:18pm

SCBJ staff

Capstone accounting class

Everett Community College will offer a new capstone financial accounting class starting April 2 for students and professionals who want to enhance or refresh their accounting knowledge and skills. A portion of the coursework and instruction will be done online.

To register, go to For those who have taken previous EvCC classes for credit, go to

Sky Valley Chamber auction

The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center will have a fundraising auction on Saturday, April 7. The event will support the Sky Valley Recreation &Planning group, which creates unique recreation opportunities, and the Innovative Partnership Zone, which is working to strengthen and attract manufacturing while enhancing tourism opportunities.

For donations and tickets, call 360-793-0983 or email

A good employee handbook

A well-written handbook provides a cornerstone for positive employer-employee communication, and can be a great tool to ensure that each employee receives the same information, in clear language, about your company’s policies and expectations. A handbook may also offer valuable legal protection if an employee or former employee challenges you in court.

Join All Things HR of Lynnwood for this webinar presented by April Upchurch-Olsen of Jackson Lewis LLP. She will cover the importance of employee handbooks, uses and misuses of an employee handbook, essential handbook provisions, developments under the NLRA and social media policies.

The session will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4. Cost is $50 per registrant. It’s geared to HR professionals, small-business owners and decision makers.

Register at

Workshop promises a better business

Better Your Business will present a workshop in Arlington designed to empower local business owners. The session will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Gleneagle Country Club, 7619 Country Club Drive, Arlington.

Workshop topics include common business insurance misconceptions, website traffic and how to get it, facing the challenges of Facebook (bring a laptop), knowing your market niche, getting the most out of your marketing budget and managing your mobile devices. Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch.

More info: 425-346-9486 or Register at

EvCC Foundation breakfast

The Everett Community College Foundation will host a community breakfast with Everett Police Chief Kathy Atwood, an EvCC alumni, at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, to raise money for student scholarships and college programs.

The breakfast will be held at EvCC’s Student Fitness Center, 2206 Tower St., Everett. There is no charge for the breakfast; attendees will be given an opportunity to donate to the EvCC Foundation.

The breakfast is part of the EvCC Foundation’s efforts to increase the number of student scholarships, emergency loans, grants and classroom technology.

More info: To attend, RSVP by April 20 at or call 425-388-9434.

Fashion show in Edmonds

Edmonds merchants will hold A Day in the Life of Edmonds spring fashion show from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. This annual event benefits the Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association and will showcase several local businesses. Dinner, dessert and beverages will be served.

Discounted single tickets are $60 through April 1, $65 after April 1. A table for eight costs $600 ($650 after April 1), which includes premium seating, a table sponsor listing in the event program and eight raffle tickets.

Seats will be assigned on a first-purchased, first-served basis with priority given to reserved tables.

Full event details and registration are available at or 425-332-7114.

Learn about solar power options for Stanwood, Camano

Solarize Stanwood/Camano sponsors a free public workshop about clean green solar energy for your home or small business from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 27201 99th Ave. NW, Stanwood. This program is for people in ZIP codes 98282 and 98292.

Learn about incentives from the state and Snohomish County PUD. Ask questions of Fire Solar Mountain and Whidbey Sun and Wind. Find out how you can receive discounts of approximately 50 percent off the regular price. People who attend the 90-minute workshop qualify for a free site assessment. Start by registering online at

More info: contact Joan Schrammeck at 360-387-9589 or

Financial services summit in Seattle May 1

The financial services cluster in Washington State generated $27 billion in gross revenues in 2010 and employed more than 131,000 workers with total wages of $7.5 billion, according to a comprehensive study commissioned by enterpriseSeattle in 2011.

This year’s second annual Washington State Financial Services Summit, set for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Harbor Club Seattle, will gather financial services industry executives, government officials, media, service providers and economic development professionals to discuss the action items identified to sustain and grow the industry here in Washington. The summit will feature the release of the Strategic Plan for Washington State’s Financial Services Industry that was developed in participation with the region’s financial services industry leaders.

Cost is $45 for enterpriseSeattle members, $55 for nonmembers. Ten-seat table sponsorship is $425 for enterpriseSeattle members, $525 for non-members.

Register online at

Tourism Alliance summit set for April 5

The Washington Tourism Alliance will host its second statewide Tourism Summit April 5 in SeaTac to present its accomplishments and to engage the tourism industry in its future direction.

The summit will feature a presentation by the WTA of its first-year destination marketing activities and a first-phase plan for long-term sustainable funding. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, will deliver the keynote address. Admission is $95 for WTA members, $120 for nonmembers.

The summit runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 at the Hilton Seattle Airport, 17620 International Blvd., SeaTac.


Class for first aid at sea

Washington Sea Grant and Port of Seattle Fishermen’s Terminal are co-sponsoring a Coast Guard-approved first aid at sea course for commercial fishermen and recreational boaters.

Topics include cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, patient assessment, hypothermia, coldwater near-drowning, shock, trauma, burns, fractures, choking, immobilization techniques, first-aid kits and more. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Nordby Conference Room at Fishermen’s Terminal, Seattle. The fee is $80. Space is limited.

More info: To register, contact Sarah Fisken at 206-543-1225 or