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Published: Monday, June 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news

  • Carrie Radcliff

    Carrie Radcliff


Carrie Radcliff is the new retail sales manager of The Daily Herald and The Herald Business Journal in Everett. Radcliff is a longtime Herald employee. For the past nine years, she has provided retail new business development for The Daily Herald.

HomeStreet Bank has hired Chris Sakas as senior vice president for private banking. Sakas brings 16 years of experience in banking and finance to his new position. He is also active with the Pacific Lutheran University School of Business. Previously, Sakas was vice president of private banking for Columbia Bank in Tacoma.

Mary Kaye Bredeson, director of the Washington State Center for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing, attended the Paris Air Show with the state delegation. She represented Washington's community and technical colleges.

The American Heart Association appointed H.R. Brereton "Gubby" Barlow, president and CEO of Premera Blue Cross, chairman of the Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk. The event is scheduled for Oct. 26 at Seattle Center. It draws more than 10,000 participants from across Puget Sound. This will be the walk's 20th anniversary.

June is National Dairy Month, and the Washington State Dairy industry will be selecting a new Dairy Ambassador on June 28 at the Holiday Inn in Everett. The Snohomish County contestant is Erin Peek, a recent graduate of Arlington High School. She has been very active in 4-H and FFA.


Owen Carter has been named County Engineer of the Year by the Washington State Association of County Engineers. Carter, who serves as deputy director of Snohomish County's Public Works Department, oversees road maintenance, transportation, environmental services and engineering. Those divisions provide regional services to at least 15 cities and agencies in the County.

Scott E. Davis, a Marysville resident, has qualified as a championship agent for Farmers Insurance for outstanding performance. He will attend a conference in Chicago with other qualifying agents and district managers. The group will discuss business strategies and key issues affecting customers and the insurance industry in their communities.

The Snohomish County Public Utility District was honored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Public Power Association with the 2013 Public Power Wind Award. The award recognizes a U.S. public utility each year for leadership in wind energy.

The Employees Community Foundation of Boeing Puget Sound was awarded the National Operation School Bell Award by the Assistance League of Everett. The Employees Community Fund paid for software, scanners and other equipment to support development of a new bar code system for Operation School Bell, making the job of managing 200,000-plus clothing items each year more efficient.

Good deeds

Advancement Via Individual Determination program students will be headed to college, thanks to the Everett Public Schools AVID program, volunteers, Rotary of Everett's commitment of $200,000 and $50,000 from the Gates Foundation. Fred Meyer also provided students with $500 gift cards to use for college essentials. Most AVID students are the first in their families to attend college.


The monthly personal finance radio show "Getting Your Dough To Rise," on KSER-FM (90.7), is from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Host Chuck Noel will be joined by Bruce McClary, director of media relations for Clearpoint Credit Counselling Solutions of Seattle, and Greg Heberlein, a retired business columnist for The Seattle Times.

Sound Transit will hold a community outreach meeting on light rail track alignments and station locations for the Lynnwood Link Extension. The meeting is from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday in the Meadowdale High School Great Hall, 6002 168th Street SW in Lynnwood. For more information, email or call 425-670-5023.

Café Zippy has invited the community to help make a chandelier out of 500 recycled bottles to draw attention to the effects of plastic on the environment. The event is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Clear, clean plastic bottles and scissors are needed. All other materials are supplied. For more information, go to

Harbour Pointe Retirement will host a buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday to honor the police, fire and emergency services men and women who serve the community. At special presentation at noon, residents will present a gift from the community. For more information call 425-493-8555.

C'est la Vie boutique is hosting a fashion showcase and happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at 320 Fifth Ave. S. in Edmonds. The event will feature the spring 2013 collections of Pure Handknit and Neon Buddha. There is a discount on those brands if purchased and paid for at the event.

The next Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours event is from 7 to 9 a.m. on Friday at the Tulalip Resort Casino Canoes Cabaret Room. Call or email for reservations to or 360-659-7700. Cost is $23 per person if you pre-register or $28 at the door.

A new business is opening at noon on Friday in Stanwood. Gerber Collision & Glass is at 8530 Cedarhome Drive, next to where the Wolfkill granary used to be. The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for franchise owner Rick Forest.

WestCare Foundation and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs will present the 2013 Women Veteran Summit from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The conference, free for participants, will provide women veterans with information about opportunities and challenges. To register, please visit

Economic Alliance Snohomish County and the Port of Everett offer an international trade reception with optional free harbor cruise from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 11. The meeting is in the Waterfront Center at 1205 Craftsman Way in Everett. Networking will be a major portion of the event. For more information, go to

Classes, workshops and webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group will present a "Getting Started with Mobile and Location-based Marketing" webinar on Wednesday. The webinar is designed to help small business owners learn how to engage social-media-savvy customers through mobile marketing. It will be held at 10 a.m. PDT. To register, visit

HopeWorks, a Housing Hope affiliate, is hosting another free social-enterprise workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 3 at the Ken Schilaty Learning Center at 5908 Evergreen Way in Everett. For more information or to secure a spot, contact Mary Houston at or call 425-347-6556 x242.


Scammers are calling Washington residents claiming to represent various Washington courts and demanding residents wire money or face arrest. The scammer is spoofing court phone numbers, so it looks like a court is calling. The state Attorney General's Office says that courts never call people to collect debts and consumers should be skeptical of any call demanding money.

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced nearly $8 million in grants to create jobs and to help seven higher-education institutions lower energy costs. Projects for the third round of funding were selected from 10 grant applications requesting a total of more than $11 million. Edmonds Community College received $1,971,537.

The Port Susan Farmers Market will open at 3 p.m. on July 5 just off Highway 532 in the Viking Village. Vending opportunities are still available. The market is also recruiting volunteers. For information about how to become a vendor or to volunteer, contact market manager Leslie Collings at 360-202-3932 or go to and download an application.

The Future of Flight Aviation Center now offers twice-daily guided tours of the center's aviation gallery and exhibits. The 60-minute tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Sept. 20. Admission for the guided tours is included in the regular ticket price.

Everett's Fluke Corp. has launched the Energy Resource Center, an interactive knowledge base to help facility managers identify and quantify energy waste. The tool features interactive diagrams that illustrate energy waste and measurement steps for various building systems. To access the Fluke Energy Resource Center or register for an energy workshop, visit

According to Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield, the city has received a number of financial reporting awards, including the Standard and Poor's AA bond rating, Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The city's 2013 first-quarter financial report and performance measures were presented at the City Council's June 13 meeting.

The Washington State Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is seeking nominations for awards to employers who provide opportunities for people with disabilities and for an individual with a disability who has enhanced the empowerment of people with disabilities. Nominations are due by Aug. 30. More information is at

Cabela's stores nationwide will honor the contributions of those who serve our country and communities by offering employee pricing to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel Wednesday through Friday.

Boeing made significant improvements in its environmental performance, even as total airplane deliveries increased by 50 percent from 2007 to 2012, according to the company's annual environment report. Boeing's manufacturing and office employees consumed less energy and water, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, generated less hazardous waste and sent less solid waste to landfills.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications from cooperatives to provide technical assistance to small, socially disadvantaged agricultural producers in rural areas. Funding will be made available through USDA Rural Development's Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant program. The maximum grant award is $200,000. The program is part of department efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

Thanks to financing from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, 228 affordable apartments will be built in unincorporated Snohomish County -- including four- and five-bedroom units for large families. Just south of Mill Creek on the west side of the Bothell-Everett Highway, near shopping and Paine Field, the District Apartments will be completed next April.

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