Business

Several local sales tax rate changes coming Jan. 1

Local sales tax rates will be changing in San Juan County and the cities of Sequim and Spokane on Jan. 1.

  • Dec 9, 2012
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Spirits sales up 2.9 percent for first four months of privatization

Despite some serious stockpiling in May, spirits sales by volume were 2.9 percent higher during the first four months of privatization than they were a year earlier, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported.

  • Dec 5, 2012
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Eastside economy expects growth next year, survey says

The Eastside economy should see growth over the next year, according to a consumer shopping survey conducted by Pulse of America and the Reporter.

  • Dec 4, 2012
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Employers hiring veterans by year’s end may get expanded tax credit | IRS

Employers planning to claim an expanded tax credit for hiring certain veterans should act soon, according to the IRS. Many businesses may qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, but only if the veteran begins work before the new year.

  • Nov 18, 2012
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Seattle area employee compensation costs up 3.3 percent over the year | U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The latest BLS News Release showing total compensation costs for private industry workers in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia metropolitan area is now available online at http://www.bls.gov/ro9/eciseat.pdf.

  • Nov 12, 2012
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Maple Valley Dace’s Rock ‘n’ More to go online with virtual music lessons

Dace’s Rock ‘n’ More is going virtual with online music lessons.

Maple Valley resident Vicki Lewis with her children and one of her Flipzles. Flipzles are painted on both sides so it can be used as both a puzzle and a toy. Courtesy photo

Maple Valley mom pieces puzzle together with Flipzles

In an age when Nintendo 3DS’ and iPads have replaced traditional toys, Vicki Lewis has decided to solve one puzzle with another one.

Maple Valley resident Vicki Lewis with her children and one of her Flipzles. Flipzles are painted on both sides so it can be used as both a puzzle and a toy. Courtesy photo
Sydney Phillips

Clayopatra Arts Studio brings low-cost art to the Maple Valley community

KellySue Robinson wants to bring art to the masses with her new studio in Maple Valley.

Sydney Phillips

Sid Snyder: A good politician, a good man | Don C. Brunell

A few years after Sid Snyder retired as Washington Senate majority leader in 2002, elected leaders from both parties voted to honor by him re-naming the street leading to the state capitol in Olympia “Sid Snyder Avenue.”

  • Oct 21, 2012
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Stroller Strides member Natalie Stumpges and her two children

Mom turned business owner reaps rewards in Maple Valley Stroller Strides

The Maple Valley and Kent Stroller Strides franchise was nominated among the top three in the nation.

Stroller Strides member Natalie Stumpges and her two children

King County executive presents second-annual countywide Small Business Awards

High-energy event honors hard-working business owners who create local jobs and contribute to our regional economy.

  • Oct 14, 2012
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Waste from Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders games plus The Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie go to Cedar Grove Compost

That empty soda cup you tossed into a recycling bin at Safeco Field or CenturyLink Field or even at The Boeing Classic in August, in a year or so, will probably be compost.

BECU celebrates grand opening of financial center in Maple Valley

BECU celebrated the grand opening of a new Neighborhood Financial Center (NFC) today in Maple Valley.

  • Sep 18, 2012
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Best driver report | Allstate

The Allstate Insurance Company (NYSE: ALL) today released its eighth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™.” The report, based on Allstate claims data, ranks America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers.

  • Sep 3, 2012
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Action speaks louder than words | Don Brunell

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tell voters they want manufacturers to stay in America and create new jobs. The president even promised an audience in New Hampshire that he’d create 4.5 million new jobs, half of those in manufacturing.

Dynamic Partners CEO Jon Botten accepts a best workplace award from the Puget Sound Business Journal at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Dynamic Partners near Covington named one of Washington’s Best Workplaces

Dynamic Partners – a consortium of organizations empowering children with special needs through innovation and collaboration – recently was awarded the silver medal for Washington's Best Workplaces by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

  • Aug 16, 2012
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Dynamic Partners CEO Jon Botten accepts a best workplace award from the Puget Sound Business Journal at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Fifth location for Trapper’s Sushi opens soon at Kent Station

Fans of Trapper’s Sushi will soon have a new location to get their fix when the fifth store opens in Kent Station in early September.

  • Aug 1, 2012
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Property Tax Revenues Increase 1.6 percent in 2012

Property tax revenue increased 1.6 percent to $9.3 billion in 2012, with $37 million of the $143 million increase over 2011 stemming from new construction added to the tax rolls, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

  • Jul 29, 2012
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Taxable retail sales increase 4.7 percent in first quarter

Taxable retail sales increased 4.7 percent to $24.1 billion during the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

  • Jul 21, 2012
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Finally Found Bookstore owner Todd Hulbert holds a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the store Saturday

Finally Found Bookstore in Black Diamond holds ribbon cutting July 7

Finally Found Bookstore in Black Diamond held a ribbon cutting for its grand ceremony July 7.

  • Jul 9, 2012
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Finally Found Bookstore owner Todd Hulbert holds a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the store Saturday