Gesa Credit Union opens applications for Local Heroes grant program

Gesa Credit Union is accepting applications for its 2022 Local Heroes grant program, open to any local organization that supports local heroes in Washington, including firefighters, health care workers, law enforcement, teachers and veterans. Grants of up to $50,000 are available, and the application process is open through July 31, 2022. Funds for the grants are generated…

Nominations open for BECU People Helping People Awards

BECU, Washington’s largest credit union, is accepting nominations for its 2022 People Helping People Awards. The annual, member-driven program recognizes both BECU members and local nonprofits that are dedicated to serving their communities, from ending hunger and pushing for social equity and justice, to transforming lives through education, mentorship and more. Interested nonprofits are encouraged…

UW Medicine opens clinic in Mountlake Terrace

UW Medicine recently opened a clinic location in Mountlake Terrace for patients with primary and/or specialty care needs. To do so, the organization relocated its Primary Care at Lake Forest Park clinic along with the UW Medicine Heart Institute Edmonds to create one comprehensive site for providing primary and specialty care in the area north…

City celebrates three new businesses in MLT’s Town Center

A ceremony on Friday evening marked the openings of Baguus Little Asia, Specialty Fitness Pros and Bagdasarov Insurance Agency, a State Farm office. All three businesses are located in the Arbor Village and Atlas 236 buildings, which together anchor the intersection of 56th Avenue West and 236th Street Southwest. This is in the heart of…

Snohomish County announces $5 million pandemic recovery program focused on small businesses, tourism

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers Monday announced $5.2 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) investments to support pandemic recovery efforts for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and tourism. These investments include the creation of a Small Business Innovation Assistance (SBIA) program, which provides technical assistance and grants to small businesses and entrepreneurs; and an expansion…

Sponsor spotlight: Meet hiring employers at the Lynnwood Job Fair May 12

Have you been looking for a new job, career change, or even a side hustle? Look no further than the upcoming Lynnwood Regional Job Fair. You will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with more than 50 hiring employers. The job fair is completely free and open to all. Stop dreaming about working at Amazon,…

Meet the new business: Eye Associates Northwest

Business name: Eye Associates Northwest Products and/or services: Ophthalmology How long in business: Since 1993 — new location in Edmonds Tell us about your history: Rooted in the Pacific Northwest for over 80 years: Eye Associates of Seattle and the Eye Clinic of Seattle had roots in practices established by individual physicians in the 1930s. Dr. H. Frederick…

Attorney offering online Art + Business course April 2

Edmonds attorney Sarah Jordan is hosting a free online class Saturday, April 2 aimed at creative entrepreneurs. The one-hour course, “Art+Business: Business Basics to Keep You Creative,” starts at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Jordan, owner of Jordan Law Firm, notes that the pandemic has prompted many to focus on activities that bring them joy—in particular, creative endeavors…

Comcast to build new digital lab at YWCA’s Somerset Village Apartments in Lynnwood

Comcast Washington and YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish on Monday unveiled plans to build a new Lift Zone Lab: Digital Community Learning Space, which offers free WiFi access, at YWCA’s Somerset Village Apartments in Lynnwood. According to a joint news release, Comcast is contributing free internet connectivity — a $76,000 investment — and a state-of-the-art technology makeover, to help build…

Comcast expands affordable internet connectivity program

Comcast is participating in the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and the $30-per-month benefit can be applied to any tier of Xfinity Internet service. Comcast last week introduced two new ways for customers to connect through ACP and both are available to any customer who qualifies in all the company’s service areas. Customers can sign…

Sponsor spotlight: Tips for your home-based business

Home-based businesses can be financially rewarding and provide a certain amount of flexibility with your day-to-day schedule. Here are some tips to keep your business running at full steam. Stay on top of accounts receivable. It’s easy to get caught up with fulfilling your business obligations while invoices you’ve sent out go unpaid. Agree to payment…

Sponsor spotlight: Tips for businesses to navigate the inflation storm

Snohomish County business owners are feeling the effects of price increases. They are adjusting and planning for increased inflationary costs that are an inevitable part of the economic landscape for 2022. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in December 2021, Seattle and Snohomish County area prices were up 0.6 percent in November, and…

Sponsor spotlight: New construction projects require vision and trusted partnerships

Climbing rent prices, declining inventories, and low rates are creating an opportunity for business owners to consider the advantages of new construction. If your business has expansion plans and you’re outgrowing your current space, you have significant tenant improvements to make on your existing building, or you want a better location for your business, a…

State Farm awarding $25,000 grants to 100 communities for 100th anniversary

State Farm is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022 by awarding 100 grants for $25,000 each (an increase from 40 grants in previous years) to nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood improvement projects. Additionally, the number of submissions being accepted is increasing from 2,000 to 4,000. “State Farm Neighborhood Assist truly embodies the spirit of…

Scene in MLT: Getting ready to hatch

A Patty’s Eggnest restaurant is coming to the Cedar Plaza shopping center. It will be located in the former Voula’s Good Eats at 4306 228th St. S.W., Unit 5. The 3,350-square-foot restaurant space is undergoing some remodeling work. Attempts to contact the restaurant’s owner for comment about an estimated opening date and further information have…

Sponsor spotlight: Year-end tax planning ideas for your business

As 2021 winds down, here are some ideas to consider in order to help manage your small business and prepare for filing your upcoming tax return. Identify all vendors who require a 1099-MISC and a 1099-NEC. Obtain tax identification numbers (TIN) for each of these vendors. Determine if you qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program…

Welcome to our new sponsor: Kita Events, Bridal & Formal Wear

Here’s a sneak peak of a local business that is emerging from the pandemic with a whole new business model. Along with their specialty-event services, they have added a completely new set of offerings. Krista Larrison of Kita Events, Bridal & Formal Wear is opening a formal wear shop in Edmonds and is in the…

Starting Thursday, Lynnwood’s Crumbl Cookies ready to sweeten your day

C is for Cookie… as in Crumbl Cookies. A sensation in the national baked goods arena has launched a shop in Lynnwood. The rain stopped, a good omen for the Wednesday ribbon cutting at 18411 Alderwood Mall Pkwy Suite D. Lynnwood City Councilmember Shannon Sessions, Mayor Nicola Smith, Chamber President Linda Jones, chamber board members…

Economic Alliance Snohomish County launches SnoCODE diversity, equity and inclusion initiative

Economic Alliance Snohomish County on Wednesday said it is launching a new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative  in collaboration with regional partners and major employers. SnoCODE (Creating Opportunities Diversity Equity) is a partnership between EASC, Leadership Snohomish County, Snohomish County government, and non-profit and for-profit entities. “EASC has brought together a diverse group of partners…

Economic Alliance of Snohomish County to present free Business Resiliency Forum Nov. 3

The Economic Alliance of Snohomish County will present a free virtual Business Resiliency Forum Wednesday, Nov. 3. Program highlights include: – A presentation on the “State of Talent,” by Dr. Jenée Myers Twitchell, Washington STEM – A presentation on “Addressing the Workforce Shortage” by Joy Emory, Workforce Snohomish – A panel on “Talent Shaping Our Workforce,”…