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Published: Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: people and businesses in the news


Washington & Alyeska Vocational Services has appointed Mountlake Terrace resident Bill Munson executive director. He replace Lynn Van Vactor, who recently relocated after an eight year tenure. WVS operates Auntie Anne Pretzel franchises, including Auntie Anne Pretzels at Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip.

Monroe-based Canyon Creek Cabinet Company recently hired Julie Moss to run its Spokane store and showroom. Moss has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and is recognized for designing one of the HGTV Top 10 Amazing Kitchens, featured in the Spokane 2006 Street of Dreams.

Artwork created by local artists Allene Soshea and Sue Dawson, currently on exhibit at Fogdog Gallery, will be on permanent display at Coastal Community Bank at Smokey Point as part of an initiative to promote area artists and build city pride. Other artworks by these artists will soon be showcased at the Snohomish Branch.


The U.S. Small Business Administration's 2013 Washington State Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year is Marysville resident Giselle Saguid. The former program director of the Northwest Washington Women's Business Center in Everett taught entrepreneurial classes as part of the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and Naval Air Station Everett.

Garden Court Retirement Community in Everett was named the overall top local retirement community by, an online directory and resource for seniors and their families. Merrill Gardens at both Mill Creek and Mountlake Terrace, Sunrise of Edmonds and Washington Oakes in Everett were also included in the Top Rated Communities list.

Everett Community College Ocean Research College Academy students Mallory Suggs of Monroe and Stefan Sorensen of Lake Stevens have earned scholarships from the Youth Maritime Training Association. The academy is the only early college in the nation that uses the local marine environment as the interdisciplinary connection to critical analyses in all disciplines.

Granite Falls High School students Alaina Vanderhoff, Aakash Sethi, Jeremy Miller, Pooja Sethi and Katelyn Campbell have qualified for the national Future Business Leaders of America competition that will be held next month in Anaheim, Calif. The students placed in the top five in their category at the state competition in Spokane.

Good deeds

The Windermere Foundation presented a $2,500 check to Monroe's Take the Next Step, an organization that reaches out to the homeless, teen moms, and families and children in need. The donation will help Take the Next Step run the Kidz Club program this summer. Windermere Monroe has been helping the organization for several years.

Cedar Grove Composting will award a $2,500 scholarship to a graduating senior at Everett High School this June. The student will be selected based on demonstrated interest, action and achievement in sustainability and the environment.

Local nonprofit Housing Hope has received a $25,000 grant from The Everett Clinic Foundation for Housing Hope's Economic Empowerment Initiative. The grant supports the programs of Housing Hope and its subsidiary, HopeWorks, to assist homeless and very-low-income families in Snohomish County.

Lynnwood's Clothes for Kids was among the winners of Umpqua Bank's Show Us How You Give campaign. Grant winners were selected through community voting on Umpqua's Facebook page. Clothes for Kids will receive a grant of $2,500. The organization provides clothing to children in Snohomish County schools.


This month's Business After Hours event is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Lombardi's Mill Creek. The casual networking event, with EASC ambassadors and investors, features a no-host bar. The event is complimentary but you are requested to RSVP for a head count. Detailed information is at the Economic Alliance Snohomish County website.

Sound Storage of Lynnwood will hold a grand opening from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The celebration will feature wine, beverages, assorted food and a storage unit treasure hunt with prizes. Sound Storage is at 16429 20th Ave. W. Please RSVP and ask about grand opening specials at 425-742-2222.

Harbour Pointe Retirement will partner with the Mukilteo Community Garden for the Shred Your Old Documents & Help Grow A Tomato event from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at 10200 Harbour Place in Mukilteo. Everyone is welcome to drop off up to three boxes of documents per person and watch them being shred on the spot.

The official opening of Arlington Flight Service's self-serve fuel system and ramp expansion at Arlington Municipal Airport is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday. Planned festivities include a barbecue and beverages.

Opportunities for housing around Everett Station, and how the built environment contributes to healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods, are the topics for a short walk and talk around the neighborhood from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 21. The meeting will begin in the Weyerhaeuser Room at Everett Station. RSVP to Nick at

Ace Internet Services is partnering with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce on the upcoming 425 Launch Entrepreneur Forum. The next session, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on May 22 in the Brackett Room on the third floor of City Hall in Edmonds. James Hoff will be the speaker.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County will hold its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 23 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. It is presented by Whidbey Island Bank. Two community awards -- the John M. Fluke Community Service award and the Henry M. Jackson Citizen of the Year award -- will be presented, as will The Herald Business Journal's Executive of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

The public is welcome to attend Business Expo 2013 free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 1 at the Edmonds Conference Center. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Port of Edmonds, the City of Edmonds, Edmonds Community College, the Edmonds Conference Center and Rusty Pelican Cafe, present this annual event.

For the third year in a row, downtown Snohomish merchants will host wine tastings in their stores. Sunsets in Snohomish wine walk events take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14. Advance tickets are $10, which includes seven tastes of wine. More information and tickets are available at

Classes, workshops and webinars

The University of Phoenix School of Business invites the greater Puget Sound community to a special event to learn more about resources essential for leadership success. The event is from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Friday at University of Phoenix Tukwila campus. More information can be found at


Skykomish, with its new Town Center and Great Northern and Cascade Railway tourist attraction, is seeking volunteers to help with parking control as well as people control. Interested volunteers will be taught how to run one of the trains. For more information, contact Kevin Weiderstrom at 425-231-8797 after 1 p.m. or email

A new business, Silvana Vintage and Art, is now open at 1401 Pioneer Highway in downtown Silvana. The store features original art from local artists, repurposed items and antiques. It also does business in buying, trading and consignment of various objects.

YMCA of Snohomish County's Invest in Youth campaign raised 8 percent more this year than last. The 2013 campaign goal was $1,258,000. As of May 1, the YMCA had exceeded the campaign goal with a record $1,264,201. The money supports children, teens, and families throughout the organization's five branches and the Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate.

Coastal Community Bank celebrated the grand opening of a 10th branch at 16419 Smokey Point Blvd. in Smokey Point on May 10. Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert attended the ribbon-cutting. The public is invited to visit the branch, enjoy refreshments and enter drawings through May 24.

Everett-based independent film company Chronicle Factory has started production on a sci-fi thriller series for the Web after two years of development. Chronicle Factory was founded by Jonathan Holbrook, the founder of award-winning media firm Tall Taurus Media. Chronicle Factory started production in Lake Stevens on May 4.

Sultan Earlywords Toastmasters is looking for new members. If you are interested in becoming a leader in your company or community, you are invited to attend a breakfast meeting. Sultan Earlywords meets on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at Sultan's Sky Valley Eagles Club. For more information call Carolyn Eslick at 425-327-2093.

According to a new AFL-CIO report, 60 workers were killed in Washington in 2011, giving the state the third-lowest worker fatality rate in the country at 1.9 workers per 100,000. Nationally, 4,693 workers died on the job in 2011, a rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, down from the previous year's figure of 3.6.

An interim final rule published in the Federal Register and effective immediately will amend regulations to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program. It will allow for greater access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 that was signed in January.

The state Employment Security Department is preparing to reduce emergency unemployment compensation benefits by 21 percent due to the federal sequester law. Beginning May 19, EUC recipients will see their weekly benefits reduced when they move from regular benefits onto EUC, or when they move from their current tier of EUC to the next tier.

The U.S. Energy Department has selected Washington State University for a $200,000 award to support the development of curricula and training that will help researchers and students gain a better understanding of the complex conditions of a modern electric grid, focusing on synchrophasor technology. Washington State received one of seven awards totaling $1.4 million.

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