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SOG Specialty Knives and Tools of Lynnwood has named Gerald T. (Jerry) Heinlen CEO. Heinlen is a consumer products veteran whose career includes 25 years driving brands in both durables and packaged goods. Prior to joining SOG, he served as CEO of Yakima Products and as president and COO of Waterloo Industries.
Peoples Bank has hired a commercial lending team in Everett that consists of Jim Lonneker, Larry Jacobson, Patrick Novack and loan analyst Eric Lee. Under the direction of Lonneker, the new team will facilitate the financing, depository and cash management needs of businesses in the area.
D.A. Davidson & Co. has named Jeff Decker, senior vice president and financial consultant at the company's Everett office, to the Chairman's Council, which recognizes top financial consultants and involves them in the direction and philosophy of the company.
Good deeds
United Way of Snohomish County will open six free tax preparation sites throughout the county to help working families prepare tax returns. This service is available for households earning $51,000 or less. Sponsors and partners include the Boeing Co., the state Department of Commerce, Moss Adams, Goodwill, the Walmart Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service.
Economic Alliance Snohomish County submitted a letter of support to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges on behalf of Everett Community College, which recently received funding from the board to expand its composites program. The $362,000 award will be used to purchase equipment to develop a new composites lab at Paine Field, hire additional faculty and develop a curriculum.
The Edmonds Planning Board and Economic Development Commission will hold a joint meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Council Chambers at 250 Fifth Ave. N. in Edmonds. The purpose of the joint meeting is a presentation of the Draft Strategic Action Plan from Tom Beckwith of Beckwith Consulting.
Business and community members will gather at the State of Everett event featuring Mayor Ray Stephanson from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Everett Golf & Country Club. Register for the event at
The Everett/Lynnwood Wedding Expo returns Saturday and Sunday to the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena. Admission is $15 at the door. Two-for-one admission is available until noon daily. Discount details at
Job candidates seeking employment in health care can bring resumes to the free Medical Job Fair hosted by WorkSource from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at WorkSource Everett. Recruiters from retirement homes, clinics, private practices and hospitals will be on hand. A computer lab will also be available for completion of online job applications. For more information, call 425-299-1822.
The Future of Flight Foundation's Family STEM Night will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo. The free event is for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Information and registration is available at or by calling 425-438-8100, ext. 245.
The second annual All in for Guide Dogs Hold'em Tournament is from 3 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Tulalip Resort Casino. The tournament is sponsored by Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-C and is a fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America.
Classes, workshops
Marysville Parks and Recreation is offering a one-day workshop for those interested in starting a small business. The class is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ken Baxter Community Center in Marysville. The cost is $25. There also will be a one-day workshop for those interested in marketing a small business or charity. That class is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30 and costs $35. For registration and details, call 360-363-8450 or go to
Free tax preparation and filing assistance is available this tax season for qualifying taxpayers of all ages, thanks to the American Association of Retired Persons' Tax-Aide program. Eligible participants include military personnel and taxpayers of low or modest income. The AARP Tax-Aide site in Marysville is sponsored by American Legion Post 178. Call 888-227-7669 to locate an AARP Tax-Aide site.
Nominations are due Feb. 14 for the Edmonds Chamber Arts Awards for individuals and organizations supporting the arts. Visit the chamber website at for descriptions of categories and a nomination form. Hard copies are also available at the chamber office.
Employers interested in connecting with the first graduates of Everett Community College's Manufacturing Pre-Employment Certificate Program can contact Floyd at The program is designed to accelerate progress for low-skilled workers and help meet the employment needs of the aerospace industry. The students are ready for entry-level jobs in manufacturing and aerospace.
The Snohomish County Blueprint website has been updated. The Snohomish County Blueprint is a partnership of Snohomish County government, educational institutions and workforce and economic development organizations aiming to develop a collaborative, comprehensive approach that unifies education, workforce, and economic development in Snohomish County. Go to
Everett Community College has named the new nursing and health sciences building Liberty Hall after Liberty Mountain. Scheduled to open in April 2013, Liberty Hall will be home to the college's nursing, medical assisting and phlebotomy programs and other health sciences training. Construction began in 2011 on the three-story, $37.5 million facility.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a beta version of RFP-EZ, an online marketplace to streamlines the government contracting process for small businesses. Go to
Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program. For more information on the program, visit
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