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Jim Davis |
Published: Monday, June 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news


Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. of Monroe recently appointed Andrew Weaver to the newly created position of plant superintendent. Weaver has been with Canyon Creek for more than seven years, starting as a supervisor. During his tenure with the company -- including a one-year deployment with the Army National Guard -- he's held various supervisory positions ranging from product development to production to quality control.


Arlington-born Jodey Ellis-Spansel, store director of the Snohomish Fred Meyer, was named director of the year for her district of 19 stores in the north Puget Sound region. This is the first year that Fred Meyer has awarded the designation in each of seven districts.

Snohomish resident Mike Potratz, a financial analyst for the Seattle Pacific Foundation at Seattle Pacific University, has been named SPU staff person of the year. Potratz, who has worked for SPU for more than 28 years, was nominated by peers and SPU staff members, and the final selection was made by the SPU Staff Council.

Washington Aerospace Scholars, a competitive educational program at Seattle's Museum of Flight for high school juniors from across Washington, has accepted five Snohomish County students for summer residency. They are Samuel Hopkins, Zachary Frohardt, Spencer Anderson, Joseph Guerrero and Mario Guerrero.

The Serious Eats online community recently posted an article, "Three Washington State Breweries You Should Know," in which Foggy Noggin Brewing of Bothell was included. The family-run nanobrewery, owned by Jim Jamison, is operated in a residential neighborhood in Bothell. Other breweries mentioned were Reuben's Brews of Seattle and Sound Brewery of Poulsbo.

Good deeds

Housing Hope hosted its 13th annual Stone Soup dinner last month at the Tulalip Resort Casino. The event, with the highest attendance on record, raised more than $239,000 to serve homeless and low-income families in Snohomish County. Event sponsors more than covered event costs, so all proceeds went to the nonprofit. Premier sponsors included BECU, Boeing, The Everett Clinic and Kirtley-Cole Associates.

People's Bank has reached out to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to assist with relief efforts following the tornadoes in that state. Customers and non-customers alike are invited to contribute to the Oklahoma Relief Benefit Account at any Peoples Bank office. All donations will be forwarded directly to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.


The public is invited to complete Snohomish County's Surface Water Management Division online survey at or to attend one of five public meetings. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. They are Wednesday at Longhouse in the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Thursday at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish and June 18 at Snohomish County Campus Administration East, Room 1F07, in Everett. Arlington Public Works Administration is the venue on June 25, and the June 26 meeting is at Lynnwood Senior Center.

Laurie's Boutique is hosting a fashion showcase and happy hour featuring the spring collections of Pure Handknit and Neon Buddha. The products are 10 percent off if purchased and paid for at the event. This showcase is from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at 8705 271st St. NW in Stanwood. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment, a non-profit college for interactive media, will host an Interactive Experience Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Seattle campus in the Seattle Center Armory, Suite 405. Newbie programmers, artists and designers are welcome. For more information, go to

Small business owners and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to participate in dynamic speed mentoring sessions to help start and grow their small businesses during the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week. Locally, the event will be held on June 17 in Seattle. For more information, go to

SnoLEAF presents "Let the Sun Shine: Solar Photovoltaic with Eric Teegarden" from noon to 1 p.m. on June 19. This is a free lunchtime event in the upstairs meeting room at Snohomish County PUD at 2320 California St. in Everett. You are encouraged to bring a lunch and a friend.

Workshops, classes and webinars

Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration will offer a webinar from 11 a.m. to noon Pacific time on Tuesday. It will feature former Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator David R. Paulison, who will speak about "Leading with Resilience During a Disaster." Register at Visit to access past webinars and get additional preparedness tips.


The Snohomish County Public Utility District would like to help customers save energy and money with compact fluorescent light bulbs and LEDs in their homes. PUD lighting discounts are available at local retailers. For more details, including a list of lighting discount locations, visit or call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.

Everett Community College will receive a $303,827 federal grant to help students pursue training in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. The National Science Foundation grant will support the college's Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing program and will enable the program to promote training opportunities to high school students and their parents and help keep at-risk college students enrolled.

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared that June is General Aviation Appreciation Month in Washington. Washington is home to 135 public-use airports, more than 19,000 pilots and more than 6,660 general aviation aircraft. The state's aviation system supports 248,500 jobs, $15.3 billion in wages and $50.9 billion in economic activity.

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