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Emily Pickett of Lynnwood has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring 60 easy-to-prepare foods. As an independent business owner, Pickett offers food samples at home taste-testing parties. Contact Pickett at or 206-852-2829.

Bryan Jarvis has been promoted to vice president of operations at Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. Jarvis joined the company in 2007 as director of manufacturing. He was promoted in 2009 to director of operations. Canyon Creek, a manufacturer of custom cabinetry, is located in Monroe.


The Lake Stevens Chamber will host its annual candidates forum at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 12. Candidates running for Snohomish County Council, Lake Stevens mayor and Lake Stevens City Council have been invited to attend. The informal meeting will allow business leaders and community members to meet the candidates, who will share their views and field questions compiled by a chamber committee. The event takes place at 12309 22nd St. NE, Lake Stevens. The forum is free of charge but lunch costs $10 for chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. RSVP for lunch by Sept. 8 to 425-334-0433 or

Zumiez Inc., an Everett-based retailer of sports apparel, footwear and accessories, will participate in the 18th annual Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference. Zumiez’s presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Sept. 8, and will be webcast at Check the website in advance to download and install any necessary audio software.

The state Department of Revenue is offering a tax workshop for new and small-business owners from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave. Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, tax incentives and record-keeping requirements. Space is limited. To register, visit or call 425-356-4800.

A free seminar on expanding business through direct mail and shipping will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sept. 14 at the Lake Stevens School District ESC. The U.S. Postal Service will explain how to ship online items. There will also be seminar on direct mailing. Reserve a spot at or

New businesses

Chase has opened its Northgate Homeownership Center to provide one-on-one help for families struggling with mortgage payments. Trained advisers will assist customers whose circumstances have changed and are no longer able to make their scheduled monthly payments. The center is located at 155 NE 100th St., Suite 120, Seattle. Info: 206-522-6654 or

Bellingham-based K&L Media Inc. has launched 360 North Sound Life — a lifestyle magazine with articles about food and wine, arts and entertainment, fashion and lifestyle that span the entire North Puget Sound region. The publication replaces K&L Media’s Bellingham Alive title. The new cover coincides with an expanded distribution area, including north King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan and Island counties.


Brown Bear Car Wash celebrated its 54th anniversary on Aug. 25 by providing 26,523 free car washes at 20 Washington locations. Vic Odermat, Brown Bear founder, said that each location averaged 111 washes in 12 hours. “The pace was fast and furious and it’s a tribute to our team that we were able to serve so many customers,” Odermat said. Brown Bear employees received bonus compensation for their work.

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