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Published: Monday, August 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news

  • Kristina Raezer

    Kristina Raezer


United Way of Snohomish County has hired Kristina Raezer as its new engagement coordinator. Raezer's work will be focused on creating opportunities for people to get more involved with United Way through giving, advocating and volunteering. She is a lifelong resident of Snohomish County and lives in Arlington with her husband and daughter.

Ailsa Kellam, director of development and communications for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce since March 2012, is resigning from the chamber staff to pursue other business interests. Kellam said she intends to remain in the area and is "excited and supportive" of the city and its business community, and of their future.

Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, a leading provider of equine and small-animal veterinary care in Western Washington, announced that Liana Wiegel has joined the hospital's equine department as an associate ambulatory equine veterinarian. Founded in 1963, PVH is celebrating its 50th anniversary of providing veterinary care in the Puget Sound community.

Hub International Northwest has acquired the assets of The Unity Group, a Bellingham-based full-service insurance brokerage with offices in Everett. In connection with this acquisition, Barry Hanson, currently president of The Unity Group, will be joining Hub Northwest as an executive vice president leading Bellingham operations and becoming a member of Hub Northwest Executive Team.


Edward Jones financial advisor Joseph Gogal of Snohomish County recently received the TNT Client Development Award for his outstanding service efforts over the past year. He was one of only 662 of the firm's more than 12,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

Western Washington University is on Forbes magazine's annual list of America's 650 Top Colleges. With an overall rank of 339, an improvement from 353 in 2012, Western ranked third among public universities in the state of Washington after the University of Washington and Washington State University.


Bothell's OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals will release the company's second quarter 2013 financial results on Thursday. The company will host a conference call and live webcast at 1:30 p.m. that afternoon. To access the webcast, log on to the Investor Relations page of the OncoGenex website at Alternatively, you can access the live conference call by dialing 877-606-1416.

The Zonta Club of Everett will host a meeting to discuss the topic of violence against women at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Everett Golf and Country Club. Cost of the breakfast is $14. For more information, contact Michelle Dietz at 360-631-2027 or email

The state Department of Labor and Industries will conduct workshops to help loggers reduce injuries and employers keep worker compensation rates down. The first is at 1 p.m. on Aug. 14 in Everett. Two others are at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aug. 15 in Mount Vernon. Employers can sign up at or 360-902-4255.

EvergreenHealth is seeking hospice and palliative care volunteers. Details are available at an open house from 10 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 17 at United Way of Snohomish County. A three-day training session is planned for new volunteers in September. For more information, go to or email

A morning mixer will be hosted by Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs and Monika Kristofferson of Efficient Organization. The event is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 20 at the Lake Stevens Chamber cffice, 10020 Lundeen Park Way in Lundeen Park. There will be a light breakfast, door prizes and a networking.

Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation will host the third annual Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one-day national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On Sept. 18, Massage Envy's 24 Washington clinics and spas will donate $10 from every one-hour massage session or facial to the Arthritis Foundation.

Classes, workshops and webinars

Get help with building a disaster preparedness business continuity plan at a free webinar hosted by Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The event is 11 a.m. to noon on Aug. 13. Start Building Your Disaster Recovery Plan will be followed by a question and answer session. Space is limited. Register at


Chain Lake Self Storage celebrated a grand re-opening last week. Corstone Contractors of Snohomish recently completed construction on a new building at the facility to replace one destroyed by fire last year. The event featured a food drive. For every non-perishable food item donated, Chain Lake Self Storage pledged $1 to the Sky Valley Food Bank up to $1,000.

Frontier Communications was recently chosen to install a Metro Ethernet Solution at Everett's Flying Heritage Museum. Metro E will offer greater Internet and port speeds as well as bandwidth for data intensive needs such as VoIP, video, data collection and management. The main advantage of the service is flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the museum.

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced that ANA has ordered three additional 777-300ER airplanes. The order, valued at approximately $945 million at current list prices, will increase the total number of 777s in ANA's fleet to 57 airplanes. ANA is expanding its fleet to meet new business opportunities in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific market.

Until Aug. 31, you can earn double points for Amtrak Guest Rewards when you ride an Amtrak Cascades train on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday. Amtrak Guest Rewards members earn two points for every dollar spent on Amtrak travel, with a 100-point minimum, no matter the price. Registration is required. Register at

The Obama Administration has launched, a one-stop-shop website which will provide employers of all sizes educational materials on how the Affordable Care Act may affect businesses and help them compete. The site includes a wizard tool to help businesses learn how the law helps them provide affordable coverage options to their employees while still meeting their bottom line.

Washington's improving economy will force the state to give up nine weeks of long-term unemployment benefits, according to officials with the Employment Security Department. After the June 2013 unemployment rate was factored in, the three-month average dropped below the seven percent Tier 3 emergency unemployment compensation threshold. Tier 3 funding will phase out on Aug. 11.

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