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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 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.

March 23, 2011

The 2nd Annual South Sound Green Tour is a a community-wide event that provides the public and our industry with Inspiration, Education and Solutions for the best that sustainable design and construction have to offer.
The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, South Sound Chapter invites you to participate in our first annual EcoExpo 2011, as part of the event at Site #1, LOTT Alliance.  Exhibitors will include many of the same sponsors, suppliers and vendors that have helped to produce some of the Greenest projects on …

March 9, 2011

This year CVM has a new partner in the 2nd Annual South Sound Green Tour!  It’s a community-wide educational event planned for April 16 & 17, Earth Day weekend.  The Tour will showcase the “greenest” homes, buildings and businesses in our community, and demonstrate the financial sense and environmental benefit of sustainable design and construction.
The Green Tour is not just an educational event, but also a marketing and sales opportunity for participating businesses.  Last year’s Tour attracted an average of 175 visitors per site, 36,000 website visits, and new business …

March 8, 2011

Doctors told her she would not be able to continue the physical activity necessary to train people and businesses how to be and stay physically fit.  If she couldn’t train for her own physical fitness how can she help other people train for theirs?  Business owners are resilient and Amanda Price at Fit4Life located on Olympia’s Westside is no exception.
Miss Price has had three unique experiences that shape her as a person and influence her as a professional.  First she was an obese teenager.  Second, after becoming physically fit Amanda …