In partnership with the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce and GROW Washington, Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick will host a free Business 101 Workshop for start-up businesses and people who are interested in entrepreneurship from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the Sultan Visitors Information Center at 320 Main St.
Community lenders who want to increase their lending to small businesses in Native American communities are invited to attend a U.S. Small Business Administration webinar at 10 a.m. Jan. 23. The event covers programs geared toward providing financing and technical assistance ideal for traditionally underserved communities. Learn more at www.SBA.gov.
Not using social media in 2013 is like not being listed in the phone book back in 1963. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has announced the Jan. 23 session of 425 Launch Entrepreneurs' Forum will focus on social media best practices, do's, and don'ts in a social media update presented by Matt Cail of Super Charge Marketing. The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in Edmonds City Hall Brackett meeting room. The forum is free and open to the public. A joint program of the Economic Development Committee of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and Edmonds Community College, 425 Launch is an entrepreneurial forum that strengthens the greater Edmonds business community by promoting and fostering entrepreneurship by providing a platform for businesses to start, build and grow.
Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will give his annual State of the City address from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jan. 24 at the Everett Golf and Country Club, 1500 52nd St. SE, Everett. Business and community members will gather at this annual event to hear Mayor Stephanson speak on key developments from 2012 and how the community and economic development in Everett will be impacted in 2013. He will also discuss upcoming plans for the city. Admission is $25 for EASC investors, $35 for noninvestors. Register online by Jan. 23 at www.economicalliancesc.org.
Registration is now open for the Better Your Business in 2013 workshops that will take place on Jan. 25 in Arlington. The event is sponsored by Olympic Escrow and Gleneagle Restaurant. Discount pricing is available to groups of four or more. To find out more, go to www.betteryourbusinessnow.com or call 425-346-9486.
Jan. 26 and 27
This year's wedding season officially begins at the Everett/Lynnwood Wedding Expo at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27. Find tips and trends in fashion, food, entertainment, flowers and decor. Connect with hundreds of local wedding professionals. This show will feature a gown sale where brides-to-be can save up to 70 percent on wedding dresses and ongoing fashion shows with models featuring "theme" wedding gowns, traditional fashions, mother-of-the-bride gowns, groomsmen and father-of-the-bride apparel, children's dresses and suits. The expo is produced by Buckles Production. Admission is $15 at the door. Two-for-one admission is available until noon each day. Discount details at www.bridesclub.com.
Through Feb. 18
Native trees, shrubs, ferns and groundcover plants can now be pre-ordered online from Snohomish Conservation District's annual Conservation Plant Sale. The plant sale helps property owners acquire inexpensive native plants. The sale is open to the public and orders will be taken online through Feb. 18 at scdplantsale.gostorego.com. Plants will be available for pick up on March 2.
Through Feb. 25
Verity Credit Union has launched their second Cartwheel for a Cause contest. Washington state residents who are 18 years or older can submit a short video to win $5,000 for the cause of their choice and $1,000 for themselves. Videos can be submitted at veritymom.com until 5 p.m. Feb. 25.