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Archives: May 2013

May
31st

Credit union sponsoring five scholarships for high school students to attend Washington Business Week

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union will contribute $5,000 to Washington Business Week, a weeklong camp held four times this summer at four colleges across the state, according to a news release.

The funds are intended to sponsor five high school students who want to attend but can’t afford the full $1,200 cost.

The camp closest to home will be at Pacific Lutheran University on Aug. 4-10. The others are earlier in the summer and will be held at Western Washington University, Central Washington University and Gonzaga University.

Students participate in small teams, or “companies,” and complete challenges with real-life business

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May
31st

SBA ombudsman visiting Seattle on Thursday, wants to hear views on enforcement and compliance

Owners of small businesses will have an opportunity to air their views on regulatory fairness at a forum June 6 sponsored by the Small Business Administration.

SBA Acting National Ombudsman Yolanda Swift will appear at the forum, at the Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave. in Seattle beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Have you or a small business owner you know been unfairly fined or penalized by a Federal government agency, or is a Federal agency enforcement action imminent? the agency asked in a press release this week. If so, and should you wish to make your views known on compliance and

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May
30th

Port of Tacoma Commission raises member salaries to $1,800 monthly

The Port of Tacoma Commission raised salaries for future commissioners Thursday to $1,800 a month, more than triple the $500 monthly commission members now receive.

The salary increase is the first in 21 years for commission members.  The higher salary won’t apply to present commission members unless they successfully run for re-election this fall.  Three of the commission’s five members, Connie Bacon, Dick Marzano and Don Meyer, are running for re-election.

The new salary would apply to them or their successors beginning in January when their new terms begin.  Two other commission members, Clare Petrich and Don Johnson, whose terms

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May
30th

Foss seaplane float dedication set for Wednesday noon

It isn’t exactly Sea-Tac Airport, but Tacoma next week will open a significant addition to the area’s aeronautical assets.

A long-sought seaplane float will be formally dedicated at noon Wednesday on the west side of the Thea Foss Waterway near Thea’s Park.

The float will be only the second such facility in Pierce County. The other is located on American Lake.

The float was a joint project of the Tacoma Waterfront Association and the Foss Waterway Development Authority.  The pre-owned dock was donated by Tacoma’s Marine Floats Inc., and the association and the authority raised funds for planning of the

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May
30th

Singapore Airlines enters launch order for largest version of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner

Singapore Airlines gave a jump start Thursday to Boeing’s plans to build a larger version of its 787 Dreamliner.

The Asian airline said it was ordering 30 of the 320-seat 787-10 aircraft.  While Boeing is offering the aircraft for sale, it hasn’t formally committed to building the plane.  The Singapore order is likely to spur the Boeing board to take that action.

While Boeing hasn’t yet published a list price for the 787-10, the order is probably worth some $8 billion based on the prices for the smaller versions of the Dreamliner, the 787-9 and 787-8.

The 787-10 will likely

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May
30th

Goodwill opening upscale store June 6 in South Tacoma on Hosmer

It’s called “fashion forward merchandising” and its first iteration will be revealed beginning June 6 at the grand opening of Tacoma Goodwill’s newest retail outlet.

A step up from the shopping experience available at typical Goodwill outlet stores, the new store – 25,000 square feet at 8025 S. Hosmer St. – will offer what a recent Goodwill press release calls a “Bon Marche/Macy’s and Meier & Frank experience.”

Major departments at the store include clothing, housewares, glassware, books and media, and toys and furniture.

And to fortify the claim of upscale retail, store manager Gloria Eubanks counts more than 30

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May
29th

Movies To Go soon to be gone – Lakewood store closing June 30

Movies To Go, one of the original video-rental stores in Pierce County, has begun its close-out sale and will finally shutter its doors on June 30.

Owners Mike and Carol Umbehocker, who opened the original Movies To Go in 1983 in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood, will retire following the closure.

“This is good timing for us,” Carol said on Wednesday. “I feel like it’s a blessing and a curse – a blessing because we’ll be able to travel, and we’ll have more time for our family, our kids and grandkids. It will be fun to do what we want

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May
28th

H&M coming to The Outlet Collection Seattle, nee the Auburn Supermall

As part of its $35 million makeover, The Outlet Collection Seattle, the donut-shaped mall at the intersection of highways 167 and 18 in Auburn,  formerly known as the Supermall, is adding Swedish fashion retailer H&M to its repertoire of stores.

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, will open the new 23,000-square-foot store this fall.  H&M, which opened its first store in the U.S. 13 years ago on New York’s Fifth Avenue, has 2,800 stores in 49 countries.

The Outlet Collection store will include fashions for women, men, young men and young women with separate “stores within a store” for accessories, the retailer

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