Business

Roving scammers working state | Better Business Bureau

Dozens of complaints are rolling into Better Business Bureau and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries from consumers who are upset about poor-quality paving work. Property owners say that crews show up and offer incredible paving deals but leave driveways and walkways in worse conditions.

  • Aug 18, 2013
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Western Washington University to Host Weekend MBA Information Sessions

Western Washington University's Everett-based Weekend MBA program will host two upcoming information sessions at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.29 and Thursday, Sept. 26 in Gray Wolf Hall at the University Center of North Puget Sound on the campus of Everett Community College.

  • Aug 18, 2013
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Is CO2 Really the Target? | Don Brunell

Environmental activists claim they want to reduce production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. If so, they’re going about it in a very strange way.

Reporter website getting an update in the near future

The new crisp-and-clean design makes space for more stories and photographs on the newspaper’s home page, and also offers easier access to readers on the go.

  • Aug 13, 2013
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Department of Labor & Industries announces new Centers of Occupational Health and Education

The Department of Labor & Industries has finalized new agreements with health-care organizations to provide Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHEs). COHEs are organizations that improve medical treatment for Washington’s injured workers.

  • Aug 4, 2013
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Nominations open for businesses that give back to communities | Secretary of State

People can now nominate their favorite community-centric corporations for Washington’s highest civics award.

  • Jul 28, 2013
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Taxable retail sales reach $26 billion in first quarter of 2013 | Washington State Department of Revenue

The statewide taxable retail sales for the first quarter of 2013 (January 1 – March 31) were up 8.0 percent to $26 billion as compared to the same time period a year ago, according to a report released today by the Washington State Department of Revenue.

  • Jul 28, 2013
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Beware of con artists during warm weather | Better Business Bureau

School may be out for the summer, but it isn’t just students who don’t have any class; the warm summer months are typically when traveling scammers move into neighborhoods and try to catch unsuspecting consumers off-guard.

  • Jul 21, 2013
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Serving up fresh, homemade ice cream one scoop at a time | Megan Sheridan

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” I loved this song growing up but now as a parent I think it comes out more of a whine than a song.

  • Jul 10, 2013
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Better Business Bureau warns of imposters targeting businesses

Better Business Bureau warns that businesses are a prime target for impostor invoices, postcards, notices, emails and visitors touting.

  • Jul 7, 2013
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King County industrial facilities earn recognition for environmental compliance

Seventy local facilities that met or exceeded wastewater discharge permit requirements in 2012 earned environmental compliance awards from King County’s Industrial Waste Program.

  • Jul 7, 2013
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Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler fines Allianz Life Insurance $150,000

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has fined an insurance company $150,000 after its agents sold unapproved annuities.

  • Jun 30, 2013
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What about Obamacare | Don Brunell

The newspaper Politico reports that dozens of members of Congress and their staffers are so worried about rising premium costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that they may quit or retire before the law fully goes into effect Jan. 1.

Seattle National Small Business Week Event to feature workshops

Seattle-area entrepreneurs will get tips on how to use technology to stay competitive, useful international trade strategies, and best practices from successful local business leaders on June 17 at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week event.

  • Jun 9, 2013
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Higher taxes and costs will send jobs out of state | Don Brunell

As lawmakers scramble to fund the state budget, some legislators and interest groups are targeting tax incentives designed to attract businesses and create jobs. Meanwhile, much-needed workers’ compensation reforms languish in the Legislature.

Western Washington industries under military complaint fire | Better Business Bureau

This Memorial Day, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds the military community that smart financial decisions begin with education. BBB’s statistics show that military members and their families are filing complaints against Western Washington “Travel Agencies” and “Collection Agencies” more than other industries.

  • May 27, 2013
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Oil and water can coexist | Don Brunell

There’s an old saying that oil and water don’t mix. That may be true, but apparently they coexist quite well.

Small Business Administration and W20 Group present blogging 101 webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, an entrepreneurial ecosystem of digital communications companies, will present Blogging 101, the second topic in the five-topic social media webinar series that will run through June.

  • May 5, 2013
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Avoiding the Obamacare train wreck | Don Brunell

Even some of its strongest supporters now say that the federal Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is going to be a train wreck. The question is, what are we going to do about it?

  • May 5, 2013
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Better Business Bureau, attorney general warn about timeshare scams

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Better Business Bureau are teaming up to remind consumers that scammers never take a vacation. Both the AGO and the BBB have seen a recent spike in “Timeshare Reseller” scams. Together both agencies have received more than 20 complaints since the start of the year

  • Apr 28, 2013
  • BY Wire Service