Small Business Administration offers help to those impacted by Kummer Bridge closure

Help is on the way for Black Diamond businesses hurt by the closing of the state Route 169 Kummer Bridge across the Green River.Nancy Porzio,… Continue reading

Covington resident Rick Osborn

Triathlons are Raise the Bar’s business

Raise the Bar, a Covington-based business, is gearing up for another year of managing what it calls the largest, “most-participatory” triathlon team in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Jan 28, 2009
Covington resident Rick Osborn

Job openings plunged in 2008’s second half

Job vacancies in Washington last fall were 32 percent fewer than just six months earlier, according to the the state Employment Security Department – which… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2009

Dance-fitness classes relocate

Instructor Carolyn Stokes’ Jazzercise classes that were conducted at Greater Maple Valley Community Center have been relocated to the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center.The move… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2009

Third-quarter slip in retail sales

Retail sales in King County dropped 4.4 percent to $11.7 billion during the third quarter of 2008, about the same percentage decrease recorded statewide, according… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2009

Office supply store closes

Maple Valley Office Supply has closed after two years of business.Owner Diana Ludke, writing in the newsletter of the Greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2009

Legislator suggests flat corporate tax

Business leaders from eastern King County were looking for answers to Washington’s budget woes as they met over breakfast Jan. 8 with state legislators. The answers were short in coming.

  • Jan 21, 2009

King County spared from 7 percent unemployment

King County's unemployment rate last month was 5.7 percent, while the rates for nearby counties, Washington and the U.S. topped 7 percent.The jobless report from… Continue reading

  • Jan 21, 2009

‘Relationship’ author to do book-signing

Bruce Hudson, a professional photographer who lives in the Maple Valley area, will be at the Ivar's restaurant in Kent Jan. 24 to sign copies… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2009

Careers expert has advice on how to get hired

Author and careers counselor Robin Ryan will discuss hiring strategies from her book, “Sixty Seconds and You’re Hired,” during an appearance Jan. 20 at Covington… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2009

Daniel Ross Salon marks new location

Daniel Ross Salon and Skin Care marked its move to a new location in Covington with grand-opening celebration Jan. 9.The 13-year-old business, now at 17407… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2009

Free storm inspections for businesses, homes

King County is offering free inspections of damaged buildings in unincorporated areas to help speed the repair process for residents, officials said.County inspectors will evaluate… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2009

County unemployment at 5.3 percent

The jobless rate in King County was 5.3 percent, part of a record statewide run on unemployment benefits, according to Washington's Employment Security Department.Officials said… Continue reading

  • Jan 12, 2009

Boeing cutting 4,500 local jobs

By DEAN RADFORDReporter NewspapersThe Boeing Co. announced today that it plans to reduce the workforce of its Renton-based Commercial Airplanes division by 4,500 workers this… Continue reading

  • Jan 9, 2009

Temporary meeting place for MV-BD Chamber

The next monthly membership meeting of Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Jan. 21 at Lake Wilderness Golf Course, the temporary venue… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2009

Minimum wage rings in with new year

Washington's new minimum wage of $8.55 per hour takes effect Jan. 1.The new rate, the highest in the nation, is a 48-cent increase from the… Continue reading

  • Dec 30, 2008

Unemployment claims can be free

The state Employment Security Department has issued a warning that jobless people should be cautious about any offers to help them file their unemployment claims… Continue reading

  • Dec 23, 2008

King County jobless rate rises

King County's unemployment rate increased in November, as did the statewide jobless percentage, according to the Washington Employment Security Department.The state agency today reported a… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2008

Sales for rural home-based businesses get easier

Home-based businesses in rural King County now have more flexibility in what they can sell on their property, according to County Council members who on… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2008

Moratorium in downtown aired

The Covington City Council will conduct a public hearing next Tuesday on whether to continue a temporary moratorium on downtown development.The hearing will be part… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2008