Develop safe gift card giving habits | Better Business Bureau

Gift cards are practical for the people who “have everything,” allowing them to make their own purchases and avoid trips to stores to return ugly sweaters.

  • Dec 22, 2013
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Benefits and dangers of digital receipts | Better Business Bureau

With the probable demise of physical cash in the near future, many retailers—large and small—are adopting point-of-sale solutions to accommodate the increasing use of debit and credit.

  • Dec 8, 2013
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High technology study provides information on tax incentive programs | Washington State Department of Revenue

The Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) has released its 2013 High Technology Study, which includes information about how two tax incentive programs have affected high technology businesses in the state.

  • Dec 7, 2013
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Elements Massage to open store in Maple Valley

Entrepreneurs Dawn and Wayne Wilkinson, owners of the new Elements Massage of Maple Valley, are on a mission to help area consumers experience the healing benefits of massage therapy services tailored to meet their unique needs.

  • Dec 6, 2013
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2014 National Small Business Week awards nominations | Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for its 2014 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.

  • Nov 30, 2013
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Sound Publishing is ready for its biggest Black Friday ever

Sound Publishing is gearing up for a busy Thanksgiving and Black Friday week, delivering 10 million holiday savings inserts to readers in the greater Puget Sound area.

  • Nov 27, 2013
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Americans need to be thankful for what we have | Don Brunell

It is human nature to take things for granted. When you’ve always had something, when it’s been around your entire life, it’s only natural to overlook it, to think it will always be here.

Small Business Administration alliance with Operation HOPE

The U.S. Small Business Administration and Operation HOPE, Inc., signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to encourage entrepreneurship and economic empowerment through increased collaboration on entrepreneurial and financial education for small business owners.

  • Nov 17, 2013
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How SBA helps veterans become entrepreneurs after service | Small Business Administration

Across America, there are more than 250,000 service members transitioning out of our military and looking to start their own businesses. These veterans possess the unique skills, experience, leadership and drive that make them ideally suited to start businesses and create jobs in their local communities.

  • Nov 14, 2013
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New measure to get small business loans to veterans | Small Business Administration

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced new measures to help get small business loans into the hands of veterans by setting the borrower upfront fee to zero for all veteran loans authorized under the SBA Express program up to $350,000.

  • Nov 9, 2013
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Lessons offered at new music school in Four Corners

Lars Kirmser, owner of Music Trader in Maple Valley, wanted to offer young aspiring musicians another place to learn.

  • Nov 6, 2013
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Pulte Homes to host opening of Arbors at Rock Creek | Pulte Homes

Arbors at Rock Creek in Maple Valley Opens to the Public November 2

  • Oct 28, 2013
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Beware when shopping this Halloween | Better Business Bureau

According to the National Retail Federation, the average American plans to spend around 80 dollars on Halloween costumes and products in 2013. Screaming deals are everywhere, but Better Business Bureau warns consumers to be careful when shopping at pop-up retail stores and online “bootiques.”

  • Oct 27, 2013
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Laurie Cardoza awarded Golden Circle designation

Cardoza was awarded Golden Circle membership for her commitment to the organizing profession and in recognition of her six years of experience in the industry.

  • Oct 14, 2013
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Tips for a safe home show season | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau is joining forces with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and the Seattle Home Show to ensure a safe home show season for Washington consumers.

  • Oct 6, 2013
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GSF Mortgage welcomes Ed Nelson to Maple Valley

Nelson will be joining the GSF family under the name of Northwest Capital Mortgage.

  • Sep 30, 2013
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Puget Sound region employment and wage growth twice iincreases | U.S. Bureau of Labor

The latest BLS news release showing county employment and wages in the first quarter of 2013 is now available at

  • Sep 29, 2013
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Better Business Bureau publishes the complete details of complaints

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington now publishes the complete details of complaints, including original complaint transcripts and their accompanying business responses.

  • Sep 8, 2013
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Railroads move America’s energy safely and efficiently | Don Brunell

For activists intent on stopping all use of fossil fuel, train safety has become their cause du jour. After all, if you can block transport of fossil fuels, you can choke off their use.

Looking at the Columbia River Treaty and dams | Don Brunell

There’s an old saying, “There’s more than one way to catch a cat.” It means, if you don’t succeed one way, try again using a different strategy.