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March 22  |  Chuck Taylor
We've posted a brief story from the Bellingham Herald via The Associated Press about the proposal to build a rail-to-sea coal terminal within the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve in Whatcom County. Eight hundred people turned out for a meeting about future meetings!

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March 21  |  Chuck Taylor
Composites are big here in the land of Boeing. Bigger than plastics! And state officials hope to make the rarified composites sector even bigger. Companies traveling to Paris next week as part of a state trade delegation include Electroimpact of Mukilteo and Warm Industrial Nonwovens of Lynnwood.

Also, someone's creating an "Olympics Composite Corridor"? Who knew?

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March 21  |  Chuck Taylor
Jon Talton, the Seattle Times business columnist whose day job is crime novelist, blogs about what seems to be the final chapter in the saga of Washington Mutual -- the end of Chapter 11, to be precise. WMI Holdings Corp., the bad part of WaMu that wasn't acquired by JPMorgan Chase, is emerging from...

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March 21  |  By Chuck Taylor
Welcome to Bizblog, our new stream of general business and technology news. Bizblog replaces The Storefront, which was conceived and cultivated by recently retired business editor Mike Benbow.

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March 16  |  
McClain Insurance Services of Everett has won this year's Torch Award for Western Washington, presented by the Better Business Bureau for community service. Here's the news release:




BBB UPDATE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Niki Horace, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations: 206.676.4187 | pr@thebbb.org

BBB COMMENDS WESTERN WASHINGTON’S 2012 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR



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February 21  |  
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and U.S. Small Business Administration Associate Administrator Calvin Goings on Wednesday will tour small businesses in Arlington and Everett and hold a roundtable discussion about challenges and available resources, the congressman announced today.

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February 17  |  
With President Barack Obama visiting the Boeing factory in Everett today, the White House has issued a statement outlining newly announced "actions to promote American manufacturing and increase U.S. exports."

There's something in it for small businesses, of course:

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February 14  |  
This serves as an example of creative P.R. and a reminder for small business owners who wish to keep an ear to the ground for consumer issues. The Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington caught our eye today with the following news release. Note how they are everywhere -- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ -- and are consistently branded across the platforms.




BBB UPDATE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



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January 31  |  By Winonna Saari
Small business owners and self-employed people seeking help with federal tax information should visit the IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center, now available online. You'll find answers to questions, tools and educational material.

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January 26  |  By Chuck Taylor
The U.S. Small Business Administration just released an annual report, "2011 Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories," although much of the most-recent-available data are from 2009 and 2010.

The report consists of individual state profiles, and as usual it is a testament to the importance and influence of small businesses everywhere. (A small business is defined as one with fewer than 500 employees.)

Highlights from the Washington data:

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January 20  |  
The National Federation of Independent Business, the Association of Washington Business and the Washington Policy Center have scheduled a news conference next week in Olympia to announce ways state lawmakers "can improve Washington's small business climate and spur economic recovery in the state."

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January 19  |  By Chuck Taylor
The state's chambers of commerce, including Economic Alliance Snohomish County, issued a news release today urging state lawmakers in Olympia to raise taxes only after they "reduce spending to the greatest extent possible" and "focus on job creation, education and transportation."

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January 9  |  
Details in a news release from the U.S. Small Business Administration:




Release Date: January 4, 2012
Contact: Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059
Internet Address: www.sba.gov/news

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January 6  |  By Chuck Taylor
The governor yesterday announced steps to streamline payment of state business-and-occupation (B&O) taxes and to obtain business licenses by centralizing the system at the state level. Today, local governments collect those taxes and issue licenses.

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January 5  |  By Chuck Taylor
I am not a small business owner. I am merely a small business customer and someone who has written a fair amount about big business. But after the retirement of Mike Benbow, The Herald's venerable business editor, I will be looking for news that's relevant to small businesses and entrepreneurs and sharing it with you here. So forgive me if there is at times a certain bent, that of a consumer. You can help keep me on...

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December 30  |  Michelle Dunlop
About 73 percent of small and medium-sized businesses will buy a tablet in the next year, according to a survey by market research group NPD.

The survey was aimed a companies with fewer than 1,000 employees.

It found that Apple's iPad is the device most frequently considered by small and medium-sized businesses.

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December 27  |  Michelle Dunlop
The U.S. Small Business Administration seeks nominations for small business innovation and technology awards.

The SBA is honoring small businesses and their role in the nation's economy.

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December 23  |  By Mike Benbow
McClatchy-Tribune News Service distributed this Top 10 list of business books from 800-CEO-READ, which compiles it monthly based on purchases by its corporate customers nationwide. Here are the best sellers for November 2011:

1. “The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World” by Daniel Yergin; Penguin Press, 816 pages ($37.95)

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December 13  |  By Mike Benbow
The Dallas Morning News set up a panel of six small business owners to discuss the issues they considered most important today and to talk about how they're adapting to the tough economy. Here's the newspaper's report. At the end is a look at members of the panel.

DALLAS — Dallas entrepreneur Nikhil Nilakantan is trying to hire two people now and more next year.

Fellow startup founders Shama Kabani and Steven White each plan to hire about 10 people next year.

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December 13  |  By Mike Benbow
Here's a story by Dee DePass of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about how and why more small businesses are creating wellness programs for employees.

MINNEAPOLIS — Five years ago Alexandria Extrusion Co. invited nurses, dieticians, personal trainers — and even spiritual leaders — onto its factory floor to help workers battle obesity, diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure.

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December 13  |  By Mike Benbow
Here's an interesting story by Rex Huppke of the Chicago Tribune on the difference in professional networking between men and women. There are different techniques between genders and the occasional disconnect, so it helps to understand the tactics.

I recently received an advance copy of a book that has the word “SEX” in the title in big, red capital letters and, because I'm a sucker and a guy, I opened it and started looking for pictures.

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December 12  |  By Mike Benbow
Here's a story by Corey Williams of the Associated Press on a new board game developed by a Detroit woman on how to take an idea all the way to a startup business.

DETROIT — When Ida Byrd-Hill began thinking out an idea for an educational board game involving inventions, it wasn't out of necessity.

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December 6  |  By Mike Benbow
The state will spend $1.6 million on a new export program aimed at helping small businesses ship their products and services overseas.

Officials said that 95 percent of state businesses are considered small, but only 4 percent are involved in exports. The new program, launched today, uses federal funds from the Small Business Jobs Act.

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December 6  |  By Mike Benbow
The Small Business Administration is hosting a web chat about tax essentials for business owners from 10 to 11 a.m. Pacific time on Dec. 15.

The talk will focus on what to do before year's end to save money on taxes. It will also offer tips on avoiding tax mistakes.

Here are the details"

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December 6  |  By Mike Benbow
The Small Business Administration will offer a free webinar Dec. 20 on leading your business through a crisis or natural disaster.

The agency has partnered with Agility Recovery Solutions to offer business continuity strategies via its PrepareMyBusiness website. To get preparedness tips or access previous webinars, Click here

Here's the info if you want to attend the webinar:

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December 2  |  By Mike Benbow
Here's a story by Diane Mastrull of The Philadelphia Inquirer about the increase in digital marketing by small businesses.

PHILADELPHIA — Bridget McMullin's expertise is designing home interiors. Her world is fabric swatches and paint samples. Floor coverings and window dressings. Exhaustive hunts for wall art and furniture pieces.

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December 1  |  By Mike Benbow
Businesses will pay an average of 13 percent less in unemployment taxes in 2012 and will see rates for workers compensation remain flat, state officials said Thursday.

Gov. Chris Gregoire said a tax reform bill approved earlier this year will mean the unemployment tax rate will drop by 13 percent next year and that 88 percent of businesses will pay less than they do now.

Businesses should save about $207 million, the governor said.

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November 29  |  By Mike Benbow
Here's a story by Celeste Smith of The Charlotte Observer on starting a new business.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The challenging economy isn't enough of a reason to hold off on your dream of starting a business.

If anything, startups will help push the economy to a stronger recovery, according to Marie Johns, deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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November 22  |  By Mike Benbow
More Small Business Saturday tips:

The National Federation of Independent Business is offering a web portal for small businesses to use to promote their deals.

The plan is to list the stores by state so consumers can use the site to buy from a local business.

To check it out, Click here

also

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November 21  |  By MIke Benbow
If your business isn't ready for Small Business Saturday, you might get a free more tips from the Small Business Administration.

The agency has ideas for marketing materials (posters, press releases etc.) that you can check out by Clicking here

You should also check out Facebook by Clicking here

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