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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …