Business

Question about health care reform

People have a lot of questions about the proposed federal health care reforms. But the most important question we should ask – perhaps the only one – is will “ObamaCare” work?

Reforest forests, not farmlands

When Congress reconvenes next month, lawmakers will consider costly climate change legislation that includes a massive tree planting program. The plan, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, calls for reforesting 18 million acres of farmland, an area about the size of West Virginia.

A Treasure Box owners Karen Moore and Tina Maletich have been putting the finishing touches on their new consignment shop in Maple Valley.

Finding hidden treasure at a new business

Karen Moore and Tina Maletich might have set a record for taking a business concept to reality. The pair of Covington residents decided to open a consignment shop in the area three weeks ago and should be ready to open up by this weekend.

A Treasure Box owners Karen Moore and Tina Maletich have been putting the finishing touches on their new consignment shop in Maple Valley.

Washington should polish its own manufacturing base

California was once the land of opportunity. Since 1848 when John Marshall discovered gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills, people have flocked to the Golden State for jobs, sunshine and opportunity.

Washington should polish its own manufacturing base

California was once the land of opportunity. Since 1848 when John Marshall discovered gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills, people have flocked to the Golden State for jobs, sunshine and opportunity.

Workshops planned for Covington business owners

Covington business owners are invited to participate in a pair of workshops next month organized by the city, according to Economic Development Manager Shalini Bansal.

Breaching the Snake River dams will turn fertile farmland into a desert

California’s lush Napa Valley is packed with thriving vineyards and wineries. In contrast, the surrounding hills are parched and dry, a reminder of what the valley was like before irrigation.

King County offering recycling workshops for businesses

Business owners in King County can learn how to reduce waste, recycle more and cut their operating costs by participating two workshops scheduled for October.

  • Aug 16, 2009

Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber gearing up for business expo

The Greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual business expo, ‘Prime Time for Business,’ from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Lake Wilderness Lodge.

  • Aug 13, 2009

Texas answers some economic questions for state and country

The federal government is borrowing a trillion dollars to fund its massive stimulus plan, California is broke, the feds have taken over car companies and banks, and the national unemployment rate is 9.5 percent and rising. Nevertheless, bills moving through Congress would spend an additional $1 trillion on health-care reform — an expenditure President Obama says is crucial to the nation's economic recovery. This, say supporters, is the only way to return the U.S. to prosperity. Really? Perhaps they should take a look at what’s happening in Texas. In Texas, business is booming. In 2008, 70 percent of all jobs created in the United States were created in Texas.

Loray Rainwater in front of her new office. She started July 30 as the president and CEO of the Covington Chamber of Commerce.

New face for Covington Chamber

The Covington Chamber of Commerce has a new woman in charge.Loray Rainwater, who grew up in the area and is a graduate of Enumclaw High,… Continue reading

Loray Rainwater in front of her new office. She started July 30 as the president and CEO of the Covington Chamber of Commerce.

Covington Chamber of Commerce announces new president

The Covington Chamber of Commerce announced Loray Rainwater is the new president/CEO of the organization. A press release from the chamber state she is a lifelong resident of the South Puget Sound area and has developed a well-rounded background in business operations, sales, marketing, public relations and has spent the majority of her career in leadership roles.

  • Jul 31, 2009

Passing opportunities that made America great

This summer, many business leaders traded their offices for classrooms to mentor high school students at Washington Business Week. For me, it was the first… Continue reading

School vouchers will cut the knot of teacher union rules

Recently, the Associated Press reported that hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid full salary with benefits to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just doing what they please.

MultiCare named one of nations top 100 most wired health systems

MultiCare Health System has been named one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired health systems and the 25 Most Wireless health systems, according to Hospital… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2009

Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce upcoming events

Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of CommerceEvents for July 16-July 23• Featured Events4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Aug. 19 – Prime Time for Shopping, Food, Services… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2009

State earns record low interest rates in $765 million competitive bond sale

The state's AA+ rated bonds drew strong competition and earned record low rates in Tuesday’s $765 million competitive bond sales, according to a press release… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2009

Washington state unemployment rate increases to 9.3 percent

Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in June, up from May’s revised rate of 9.1 percent, according to a press release from… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2009

Tahoma High students receive $19,000 in scholarships from Maple Valley Rotary

Maple Valley Rotary awarded $19,000 in college scholarships to five Tahoma High School students. • Kelly Apperson, 3.98 grade point average, received $5,000. She plans to attend Whitworth or Seattle Pacific University. She was on honor roll, rotary student of the month and a Rotary Interact Club member. Apperson has helped out with Hurricane Katrina victims, has gone on numerous church mission trips and helps with feeding the homeless. All of this while lettering in multiple sports.

  • Jul 9, 2009

Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce upcoming events

Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce• Feature events• July 11The Farmer’s Market is back.• July 1511:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Business During Hours at The Tahoma… Continue reading

  • Jul 9, 2009