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.
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.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered state agencies to cut their budgets and streamline their operations, saying, “State government cannot conduct business as usual.” But instead, some agencies want to offset their agency’s budget cuts with higher fees.
Even though the weather is cold, spring is just around the corner.
As the flowers begin to bloom and families are anxious to head back outside, thoughts turn to spring cleaning. As people start to sort through their items and get rid of things they no longer want or need, it is the perfect time to remind them that The Salvation Army will help make the process easier by picking up their slightly used items – free of charge.
Local businesses are being sought to support the annual Cruzin Passport Challenge which promotes health and awareness of healthy living for children and their families in the Kent School District.
The Cruzin’ Passport challenges our community elementary school children to eat smart, play hard and learn through participating in, increasing awareness of and rewarding healthy living behaviors.
Kent Farmer, owner/designated broker of Prudential Meridian Valley Realty, along with over 30 agent/brokers, started the new year with a move into new offices located at 15423 SE 272nd St. near Lake Meridian in Kent. The new location involved an extensive four-month construction project within the Lake Meridian Station retail center along Kent-Kangley Road next door to Parker Paint.
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.
How do you go about financing your enterprise? The U.S. Small Business Administration recommends developing a proposal, including a business plan, and paying a visit to a commercial lender with whom you’ve done business in the past, a place where you are a known quantity. If that lender will make a loan to finance your proposal, then you don’t need the SBA.
Following the launch of its Michigan office last September, the U.S. Commerce Department’s CommerceConnect is expanding into Seattle – one of 16 regions where the service is being launched this year.
Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That’s particularly true in these tough economic times, as “business and usual” no longer works.
As governors and state lawmakers across our nation deal with record budget deficits, tourism promotion is being slashed. Many in the travel industry realize that if colorful travel brochures and television commercials are to continue, they will have to be privately funded.
The organization enterpriseSeattle, formerly known as the Economic Development Council for Seattle and King County, today announced the organization has established offices in Bellevue and the City of Federal Way while maintaining their current offices in downtown Seattle. The new locations will allow the organization to expand its resources and services throughout King County. enterpriseSeattle has been utilizing office space in the City of Federal Way for several months in conjunction with the Cascadia MedTech Accelerator. The new eastside location will be housed and hosted by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA) in their city of Bellevue offices.
Tucked away in an industrial building on Covington Way is Urban Kids, a place for parents on a budget, which is most moms and dads, to pick up much needed items for their youngsters.
Doug Reynolds, owner of the store, knows this business well as he owned and operated The Little People Store in downtown Kent from 1999-2004.
You see a lot in the news these days about public employee pension costs pushing cities and states to the brink of bankruptcy.
Private sector employers confronted the same crisis years ago and are still struggling with it today.
Today, many small businesses across America struggle to provide health benefits to their employees. On average, small businesses pay about 18 percent more than large businesses for the same health insurance policy.
State Auditor Brian Sonntag reports that our workers’ compensation system is unsustainable ― that huge premium increases are needed to keep the program solvent. But those increases, which must be paid mainly by employers, will cripple our ability to recover from the recession.