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April 28, 2011

This column focuses on all things legal for your business. Read my column to enhance your knowledge of business law –and follow my business tips below to help keep your business out of legal hot water. If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered, let me know!
Over the next few issues, I’ll cover ways to protect your business name, logo and intellectual property. Let’s start by distinguishing trade names from trademarks. Unless you do business under your own name (“Bob Smith Car Repair” or “Susan …

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

If you are interested in providing goods and/or services to the State of Washington, please register now as a vendor with the State of Washington. Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) is an internet vendor registration and bid notification system. The system offers one central location where vendors register to receive notification of government bidding opportunities and access bid documents posted to WEBS by government organizations. WEBS is the central location for bid posting activities in Washington State.
You will need the following information to complete your registration:

Federal …

April 18, 2011

May 26, 2011 | 7:00 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saint Martin’s University, Marcus Pavilion
Be a difference maker. Be an inspiration. BE GREAT! Help be the change in the life of a child by hosting a table at this year’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Foundation for the Future Breakfast! Being a table captain is an easy way for you and your organization to help the Clubs strive to build caring, responsible citizens by offering a positive place, full of hope and opportunity for every child. …

April 18, 2011

By Patrick L. Williams
Every anniversary, I send a huge bouquet of daffodils to my wife’s office. They remind her of the daffodils that greeted us at the English cottage we stayed at during our honeymoon.
Recently, I strolled into the same shop I go to every year to send the same bouquet to the same address. I won’t reveal the name of the establishment, and that already tells you where this story is headed.
The woman behind the counter was on the phone and it was clear that …

April 17, 2011

Every Business needs to develop a target market. If your business has a commercial product or service then you may want to consider these categories when developing your target market.
Accounting, Auditing and Tax Services
Banking and Financial Services
Building and Construction Services
Business Associations
Business Consulting
Business Development
Car Services and Rentals
Chambers of Commerce
Computer and Internet Services
Custom Brokerage
Debt Collection
Distributors, Sales Agents and Importers
Education and Training Services
Electronic Components and Supplies
Engineering Services
Entertainment Services
Environmental Services
Event Management, Conference Equipment and
Export Management
Furniture and Interior Design
Graphic Design
Hospitals, Clinics and Health Services
Hotels and Meeting Facilities
Human Resources
Insurance Services
Legal Services
Manufacturing and Industrial Production Services
Market Research
Marketing, …

April 14, 2011

Olympia/Thurston County WA –The nationally recognized Bicycle Commuter Contest is gearing up this month for its 24th season in Thurston County.  The month-long Bicycle Commuter Contest, administered by Intercity Transit, encourages new and veteran cyclists to ride to work, school and on errands during the month of May and rewards them with prizes, camaraderie,
cash savings and physical fitness.
Event organizers expect a good turnout this year, especially given the recent and dramatic increases in gas prices, now nearly $4 a gallon.  In market research of commuters conducted in 2009, 94 percent …

April 5, 2011

10.  It’s more charming.
9.  Supports community groups.
8.  Strengthens our neighborhoods.
7.  Keeps our town unique.
6.  Empowers us to make a different.
5.  Focuses tax money into our local area.
4.  Encourages community connections.
3.  Creates local employment.
2.  Strengthens our local economy.
1.  Reduces environmental impact.