State to offer L&I workshop for business owners, managers at Tukwila office

The state Department of Labor and Industries will offer another round of free workshops, including one at its Tukwila office, for business owners and managers to answer questions about basic L&I services.

  • Jul 13, 2011

Flood busting dams save the Northwest | Don Brunell

The U.S. is being inundated with historic floods from Minnesota to Louisiana as a massive amount of water from heavy rainfall and snowmelt races down the Mississippi River. With U.S. taxpayers shouldering the majority of the claims through the National Flood Insurance Program, Bloomberg reports the Mississippi’s surge could result in the highest flooding losses since the $16 billion in claims following Hurricane Katrina.

Taking a business to the next level | Calvin Goings

One of the biggest challenges faced as a business owner, next to starting your own business, is taking it to the next level.As a seasoned… Continue reading

National health care battle moves to the state | Don Brunell

One of the major provisions in the federal health reform law calls on states to establish health insurance exchanges by 2014. These exchanges were envisioned as virtual “open air markets,” managed by new state agencies, where consumers could compare insurance offerings and choose the best health coverage at the best price.

Metropark to close Southcenter Mall store

Metropark, a retailer of brand name men's and women's apparel and accessories, will be closing its Tukwila location at the Southcenter Mall and all 69 store locations nationwide.

  • May 5, 2011

Gas price point to tapping oil reserves at home | Don Brunell

As the price of gas passes $4 on its way to $5 a gallon, the finger pointing in Washington, D.C. has reached a frenzy as politicians rush to place blame. “Wall Street profiteers!” “Speculators!” “Big Oil!”

Mayors of Burien, SeaTac and Tukwila to speak before the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce

The mayors of Burien, SeaTac and Tukwila will address members of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce at the May membership luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Puget Sound Skills Center 18010 8th Ave. S, Burien.

  • Apr 28, 2011

Workers compensation system on brink of collapse | Don Brunell

In Illinois, the workers’ comp system is so out-of-control that Democratic state Rep. John Bradley introduced legislation to abolish it and put workers' compensation cases in the state's circuit courts.

Streamlining the small loan process | Calvin Goings

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s popular 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program guarantees loans of up to $5 million. Many small businesses, however, need much less than that for most business purposes, so the SBA has developed a program specifically to make smaller loans more easily available.

  • Apr 14, 2011

Congress helps small business dig out before the IRS digs in | Don Brunell

Just over a year ago when President Obama, then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., rammed Obamacare through Congress, no one really knew what was in the 2,700 pages of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). But small business soon learned that it wasn’t so affordable.

Financing a business with the Small Business Administration’s assistance

Perhaps no activity in starting up a new business in formulating plans for growth of an existing business will have as much impact on your prospect for success over the long run than ensuring adequate financing.

Small business owners free workshop offered by state Department of Revenue April 6

The Seattle office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at 2101 4th Ave., Suite 1400, in Seattle.

  • Mar 26, 2011

A tax by another name | Don Brunell

Washington voters have made it more difficult for state lawmakers to hike taxes by requiring a two-thirds majority to do so. The Legislature’s response? Increase fees, instead.

2011 begins with big job gains for state

Washington’s unemployment rate dipped from 9.3 percent in December to 9.1 percent in January, backed by the strongest month of job growth in more than three years. The state added an estimated 11,000 jobs in January on a seasonally adjusted basis. It’s the largest monthly gain since November 2007, the month before the national recession began. “It’s unusual to have job gains in the middle of winter, so this is another positive sign that the recovery is under way,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause.

  • Mar 1, 2011

Seattle Southside Visitor Services receives national honor

Seattle Southside Visitor Services, the tourism department for the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Kent and Des Moines, is the newly minted recipient of a Certificate of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America, Puget Sound for their work on a Military Reunion Conference and Familiarization (ConFAM) tour.

  • Feb 25, 2011

Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast is Feb. 16

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce is having its February Networking Breakfast 7-9 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Puget Sound Skills Center, 18010 Eighth Ave. S., Burien.

  • Feb 14, 2011

Changes coming to Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce, which serves the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines with its 375 business members, soon will have a new leader. Nancy Hinthorne, chamber president and chief executive officer, will retire April 15 after 12 years on the job. The chamber’s board of directors expects to choose a new president by late February who will start in April.

Program provides new shoes for Tukwila kids

Lonnie Ploegman, 18, hasn't had a new pair of shoes since last summer. But that changed in December when he became the recipient of Payless ShoeSource's shoe giveaway to youth clients of Sound Mental Health.

See’s Candies opens new shop in Tukwila

Tukwila candy lovers had a reason to celebrate Jan. 27, when See's Candies had its grand opening, of its new digs at Southcenter Square - 17100 Southcenter Parkway. The opening ceremony featured a ribbon-cutting with Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton and See's Candies officials, as well as free samples, hats and lollipops for the youngsters.

  • Feb 2, 2011

Association of Washington Business’s Brunell to speak at chamber lunch

Don Brunell, president of the Association of Washington Business, will be the keynote speaker March 11 at the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce March Membership Luncheon at Highline Community College. Brunell will provide an update on important legislative session items, as well as information on the economy and how it is affecting business and competitiveness. He will allow time for audience questions.

  • Feb 1, 2011