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Jonathan Shelton, Kevin Brett, Jack Adams and Steve Hansen have joined Kirtley-Cole Associates of Everett. Shelton and Brett join the firm as project engineers. Adams joins the firm as a superintendent. Hansen will be a senior project manager. Kirtley-Cole Associates is a privately held construction company offering general contracting, pre-construction management and team-build services in the greater Puget Sound area.

Mountlake Terrace finance director Sonja Springer and treasurer Mick Horton have earned the Professional Finance Officer Award for the State of Washington from the Washington Finance Officers Association for the seventh year in a row. Additionally, the Government Finance Officers Association awarded the city its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for preparation of the 2011-12 biennial budget.


The Snohomish Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club invites businesses from Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Monroe to a special networking breakfast event at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at the Snohomish Boys &Girls Club. Registration forms are available online at Or call 360-568-2526 or email at

Tom Thumb, Safeway, Target, Carleton Farms, Taco Bell, Sahara Pizza and Bourne Orthodontics are sponsors of the Pumpkin Carving Contest at Lake Stevens Oktoberfest this year. The Sept. 29 event has categories for kids up to age 18. For more information, go to

Sterling Gurney, an Edward Jones financial adviser, hosts a coffee club at 10 a.m. every first Thursday of the month. The next meeting is Oct. 4 in the Edward Jones office at 602 Second St., Suite C, Snohomish. For more information, call 360-563-1042.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County will hold the EASC Public Officials Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. The next Good Morning Snohomish County event is 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 12. To attend either, call 425-248-4227 to register.


The Bothell office of the state Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. To register, go to or call 425-984-6400. Space is limited.

Columbia Bank is hosting a free seminar titled “How to Operate Your Business More Efficiently Using QuickBooks” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Weyerhaeuser Room of the Everett Station in Everett. It is presented by Jennifer Lundberg, senior accountant at Hascal, Sjoholm and Co. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alexis Cline at 425-740-3038 or

Marysville Parks and Recreation is offering three one-day workshops on business-related topics. “Free and Innovative Marketing Solutions for your Small Business or Charity” is Sept. 26. “How to Sell Crafts at Bazaars, Fairs and Festivals” is Sept. 29. “Small Business Accounting” is Oct. 3. For cost, registration and details, call 360-363-8450 or register at


Distinctive Interior Designs of Lake Stevens has celebrated its 17th anniversary. The company has served Snohomish County and the eastside since 1995. Kelly DuByne, lead designer and proprietor, specializes in residential design. She is also a certified color consultant.

Retailer H&M (Hennes &Mauritz) is opening its fifth Pacific Northwest location at noon Oct. 4 at Alderwood mall in Lynnwood. In celebration, H&M will offer the first 100 shoppers in line an H&M t-shirt and an Access to Fashion Pass valued from $10 to $300.

Mountlake Terrace lodging tax funds of $22,500 are available to qualified applicants for projects and events that promote tourism in 2013. Applications for the funds are available by calling Community Relations director Virginia Olsen at 425-744-6206 or by email to You can also download an application from the city’s website at Applications must be received by Nov. 2.

Chase has announced the voting period for the 2012 Chase Community Giving program, which will allocate $5 million in grants to 196 charities selected by Facebook users and Chase online customers. The voting period will last through Wednesday and is open to the public at ChaseCommunityGiving and for Chase customers at

Bond ratings from Standard &Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service show Snohomish County’s financial position improving with the regional economy. Standard &Poor’s affirmed a stable AA rating while Moody’s upgraded the county’s bonding position.

The state Department of Revenue is continuing efforts to reunite residents with lost property at The agency’s online searchable database contains more than 3 million names and $817 million in unclaimed assets. Examples of unclaimed property include paychecks, utility deposits, bank accounts, uncashed refunds, life insurance proceeds, stocks and bonds and contents from safe deposit boxes.

Good deeds

Machinists Union District Lodge 751 members raised more than $13,000 for charity with three community fundraising events in August. District Lodge 751’s annual Dog Days drag racing event at Pacific Raceways in Kent brought in more than $5,300. Local Lodge 751-A’s annual Bill Baker Memorial Steel &Wheel SuperShow in Everett raised more than $5,200. Local Lodge 751-E’s annual Shoes for Puppies horseshoes tournament in Renton raised more than $2,800.

Philips AED is celebrating the production of its 1 millionth HeartStart automated external defibrillator by donating the unit to Everett Mountain Rescue of Snohomish. Philips will be donating 17 additional units to the other organizations that are part of the Washington Mountain Rescue Association, including the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue. HeartStart AEDs are designed and manufactured at the AED businesses headquarters in Bothell.

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