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Everett video business owner shares his secrets of success

‘We’re people builders,” says Guy Cochran, owner of DVE Store of Everett in describing his company. These words really stuck with me after a recent… Continue reading

How the power of belief can motivate

James O. Hornfischer’s bestseller, “The Last Stand of The Tin Can Sailors,” describes the ships and the men who sailed them into battle…and almost certain… Continue reading

Marketers, take a lesson from manufacturing

Most of us associate Six Sigma with improving the manufacturing process. Originally developed by Motorola, Six Sigma is a data-driven approach toward improving process, quality… Continue reading

Everett wins big with commercial air travel coming to Paine Field

Whether or not you use the airport, if you are a resident or business owner in the Everett area, commercial passenger service at Snohomish County’s… Continue reading

Workplace incivility on the rise; here’s what to do about it

How well do your employees treat each other? Christine Porath, an associate professor of management at Georgetown University, has found workplace incivility has dramatically increased… Continue reading

How to survive and thrive in today’s retail world

Editor’s note: James McCusker has recovered from an extended illness that kept him from writing his regular column. He wants you to know that he… Continue reading

How a new Everett mayor could affect local real estate scene

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson’s about-face earlier this year on running for what would be a fourth term came as a bit of a surprise to… Continue reading

How to overcome everyday distractions

It’s crucial to learn how to work with focus, considering the many distractions luring us in every day. You can use your calendar dutifully as… Continue reading

Why punctuality matters more than ever

Are you one of those people who are always running a few minutes behind because you want to get ‘just one more thing’ done before… Continue reading

Medicaid column inspires racists to emerge from under rocks

I spoke candidly about the need for Medicaid. And the haters attacked. The failed Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act included a major… Continue reading

Edmonds insurance firm wins Safeco Chairman’s Award

Edmonds-based Insurance Services Group has earned the elite Chairman’s Award from Safeco Insurance for its outstanding performance. The Chairman’s Award is the highest honor Safeco… Continue reading

Housing Hope, EdCC team up to help people get jobs

Housing Hope and Edmonds Community College will offer their Tools for Employment and Education Success workshop series at two locations in order to serve more… Continue reading

Lynnwood’s Kiwanis donates $2,000 to Clothes for Kids

The Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood has donated $2,000 to Clothes For Kids. Kiwanis President Ron Swengel presented the check to Clothes For Kids representatives Lisa… Continue reading

Marysville’s Clean Crawls recognized by Angie’s List 10 years in row

Marysville-based Clean Crawls has earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the 10th year in a row. Winners have to meet strict eligibility requirements,… Continue reading

Column: Partnering can help with accountability

Recently, I took on a new role in my business as a goal coach for a local business empowerment group for women. Along with coaching… Continue reading