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Published: Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news


Mike Sarchet took over as the new Columbia College Naval Station Everett/Marysville campus director after an informal reception on last week to say goodbye to retiring campus director Tom Larsen. Sarchet has been the assistant director at Columbia College's NAS Whidbey Island campus for several years.

Peoples Bank has promoted Kevin Engstrom to vice president and real estate loan manager for Island and Snohomish counties. Engstrom has served customers on Whidbey Island for more than 21 years. In his roll with Peoples Bank, he oversees the home loan production offices in Freeland and Coupeville.

Windermere Real Estate in Mukilteo has welcomed June Bigelow. A Puget Sound resident for more than 25 years, Bigelow has extensive experience in Snohomish County real estate including home owners association management and physical property services. Bigelow also acts as a listing and buyer's agent and has foreclosure and short sale expertise.

Peoples Bank announced the promotion of Laurie Ausmus to assistant vice president and senior loan officer at the Mill Creek Real Estate Loan Center. Ausmus, a community volunteer, has been with Peoples Bank for five years and has been in the financial services industry for 25 years.


The next Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours event will feature Snohomish County Executive John Lovick. His presentation topic is leadership. The event runs from 7 to 9 a.m. on Friday at the Tulalip Resort Casino's Canoes Cabaret Room. Call 360-659-7700 or email your registration to to save a seat.

Angel of the Winds Casino is sponsoring a Snohomish County Council candidate forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on July 31 at Leifer Manor, 12511 State Ave. in Marysville. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by email to Mary Jane at or, for more information, call 360-659-5453.

Applebee's will host the first Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser for the Children's Organ Transplant Association from 8 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 3 at the Lynnwood restaurant. The event is in honor of year-old transplant patient Serene Dana. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance or at the door by contacting Kara Hillius at

Cabela's Tulalip Fall Great Outdoor Days is scheduled for Aug. 17-18. The annual event features workshops and in-store demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Glenn Hall, host of the popular TV show "Hawg Quest," will greet customers on Aug. 17. For more information, visit

Classes, workshops and webinars

DeVry University will host a free time management workshop from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday. The address is 19020 33rd Ave. West, Suite 110, in Lynnwood. Online registration is available until July 24. For more information go to


The Snohomish County Public Utility District now offers even better rebates for exterior lighting for businesses. Rebates are available for 17 types of efficient outdoor lights, including for security, parking lots and streets. To receive an additional 15 percent rebate on exterior lighting, complete a qualifying lighting project by Nov. 29. To learn more, call 425-783-1700 or visit

Ivar's announced it will open a new Bothell restaurant in August. The 2,020-square-foot Seafood Bar will feature seating for 94 people and will be in the Lakeside at Canyon Creek Shopping Center at 24016 Bothell-Everett Highway. This marks the return of Ivar's to Bothell. Its former location in the city closed three years ago.

Tulalip Resort Casino has announced a new sports bar to open later this year. The Draft Sports Bar & Grill will offer drinks, American food and major event viewing on large screen HDTVs. Located adjacent to the hotel lobby, it will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The nationiwide chain Sport Clips Haircuts for men has opened at 8933 Market Place NE in Lake Stevens. Sport Clips stylists specialize in male hair care and stay up to date on industry trends. Walk-ins are welcome. The new store has large flat-screen TV for sports viewing.

The Future of Flight Foundation welcomed 32 students from Brazil for the second year in a row as part of the Brazilian government's Scientific Mobility Program, which provides scholarships to undergraduate students for a year of study abroad. Partial support of this year's program came from a $83,515 grant from Boeing to the Future of Flight Foundation.

Nominations are open for the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion, Washington's highest civics award. The nomination deadline is Aug. 31. Anyone can nominate businesses for the award. Winners will be announced by early October. Nomination forms can be found on the Secretary of State's website at

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