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Kella Owen, a senior transportation engineer at Reid Middleton of Everett, has received the 2009 June Rosentreter Spence Award from the Washington chapter of the American Public Works Association. The award, named after the first female president of the state and national association, honors members who actively promote and support public works.

New business

Sojen Cellars has opened a new winery and tasting room at 2828 Hewitt Ave., Everett. The tasting room will be open Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Info: 425-263-9651.


Graduates of Snohomish County’s Small Business Development Center will be featured at a small business expo from 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Lynnwood’s Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave. W. The expo will show how small businesses are using online models and resources such as Web-based operations or distribution to grow. Call 425-640-1435 for information.

The Everett office of the state Department of Revenue will host a free workshop on small business taxes Jan. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave. Participants will learn about the states excise taxes and record-keeping requirements.

The Everett Area Chamber of Commerce is offering members and supporters the chance to buy tickets at a chamber night at the opening game of the Stealth, Everett’s professional lacrosse team. Orders for the game must be placed by Wednesday. The game is Saturday. Call 925-460-8290, ext. 226, for the $15 tickets.

The Economic Development Council of Snohomish County will hold its annual breakfast meeting Jan. 20 featuring Arun Raha, chief economist for the state of Washington. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Edward D. Harsen Conference Center in Everett. Call 425-743-4567.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will give his state of the city address as the featured speaker at the 7:30 a.m. Jan. 21 meeting of the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce. The meeting will be held at the Everett Golf and Country Club, 1500 52nd St. SE, Everett. Call 425-257-3222, ext. 0.

A free workshop for people thinking about starting a business will be offered by the City of Sultan and the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Business 101 workshop will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jan. 15 at the Sultan Visitor Information Center, 320 Main St. Topics include finding free resources, writing a business plan and locating business counseling. Call Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick for information at 425-327-2093.

Business info

One of the state’s most popular online tax videos, “Plan for and Pay Your Taxes,” is now available in Spanish. The video is intended to help startup businesses understand their tax obligations in Washington. The English language version is at and the Spanish version can be found at

Good deeds

The Boeing Co. and the six branches of the Snohomish County YMCA teamed up this year to support the Spirit of the Holidays program in which 75 needy families, most with kids in Y programs, were adopted to receive holiday gifts.

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