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October 24, 2011

Contact: Tiffany Scroggs
Thurston Economic Development Council
665 Woodland Square Loop SE, Suite 201
Lacey, WA 98503
LACEY, Wash., Small Businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs will converge on the Hawks Prairie Campus of the South Puget Sound Community College for a full day focused on their business growth. The annual event to be held on November 1st is called South Sound Success Small Business Conference.
Presented by the Thurston Economic Development Council’s Business Resource Center and the Small Business Development Center of South Puget Sound Community College this one-day conference will feature 16 different …

October 19, 2011

Source: MVP Athletic
Valued Customer,
After 12 years we made the decision that we needed to close the stores down. This was a tough decision but it needed to be made.
We still have lots product on the shelves and it is all going for 50% off or more. Take advantage of this sale right now before all of the good stuff is gone!
We also have lots of fixtures, posters, signs and other things that we are selling.
If you are wondering where to get the things that you used to …

October 13, 2011

Source: Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce wants you to help nominate the Boss of the Year. Selection is based on exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, execution, ethics, service and/or knowledge.
The second annual Boss of the Year results will be celebrated at the Chamber’s December Forum.
Click here and Nominate Your Boss Today
Applications due October 31st

September 19, 2011

For More Information Contact:
Tiffany Scroggs, Business Resource Center Manager Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Thurston Economic Development Council
665 Woodland Square Loop SE, Suite 201
Lacey, WA 98503
Lacey, WA – The Thurston EDC’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center in partnership with South Puget Sound Community College’s Small Business Development Center are pleased to announce a free workshop to small businesses on Selling to the Navy:
October 13, 2011 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
SPSCC – Hawks Prairie Campus 1401 Marvin Road NE, Room 118
Lacey, WA 98516
Registration Required.
The Puget Sound region is home to one of the largest concentrations …

September 18, 2011

By Elizabeth Jamieson
As unassuming as Clark Kent, Bill Hammond entered his conference room for our recent interview, and I had no idea what a treat I was in for! Little did I know that right here on Martin Way exists the office of both, “The Hammond Group,” and “The Green Box,” with founder, technology and business guru William “Bill” Hammond acting as the brains behind them both.
A former Senior Technology Manager for Intel for over a decade, Hammond knows the entire process of technology development, from initial “buy …

September 18, 2011

By Jessica Jensen
A patent is a right granted by the United States government to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing an invention in exchange for public disclosure of the invention’s details once the patent is granted.
There are three broad categories of patents: Utility patents are patents involving a new process, machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter or improvement thereto. An “article of manufacture” is anything that is manufactured (such as a car, printer or light bulb) and “composition of matter” is …

September 17, 2011

By Fairway Collections
Interested in improving cash flow? Managing accounts receivable is a key skill to develop. There are simple steps any business owner or manager can take that can have a significant impact on how quickly your customers pay your business.
Let’s examine one aspect of accounts receivable management – billing your customers.
How effective are your billing statements? Statements are more effective in getting the desired result if they are clear and professional. Your statements should be easy to read, clearly describe the nature and …

September 17, 2011

By Diane Altman
Often, navigating the medical community involves a seemingly complex maze of phone calls, waiting rooms and challenging vocabulary. Unless, of course, patients are fortunate enough to connect with Dr. Gary Goin, one of only four 2011 Thurston County Health Care Champions and president of the Physicians of Southwest Washington, a collaborative network group founded in 1995.
“I enjoy the challenge of every different person and adapting what I know to meet their medical needs. It’s a lot like theater, where you have adaptability in each room,” says Goin, who …

September 14, 2011

Source: Annette Roth, Thurston Energy
As an organization that is dedicated to helping local residents save energy and money, Thurston Energy is continually looking to expand its service offering to our customers. The commitment to our mission of creating jobs while saving energy and money extends to our partnerships with local contractors that provide energy retrofits. We have recently begun collaborating in a unique ‘whole building’ approach with a well-respected local green builder, Scott Bergford of Scott Homes.
When he began building houses in the mid-1980s, Bergford’s primary focus as a …

September 6, 2011

Source: Ken Wilson, CFE, CSAR
It all started late Friday afternoon as the doctor was finishing up with the patient charting. This particular Friday, he was in the office alone because Mary, his office manager and part-time bookkeeper, was attending her mother’s funeral. The funeral was scheduled to start at 4:00 PM and Mary didn’t leave the office until 2:30 PM. The doctor convinced Mary he would be able to handle everything himself and she should leave and not worry about the office. Mary had worked for the doctor for …