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Although Employment Security reports that Washington state now has more jobs than before the recession started, we know there are people that this economy has left behind. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 3.8 million people have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more, accounting for 37 percent of the unemployed. That number doesn’t take into account the 755,000 discouraged workers who have stopped looking, believing there are no jobs available to them. read more »

 

SEATTLE — A solar company that increased staff by nearly 50 percent, a medical equipment firm that opened a retail division, a trucking company revolutionizing the way truckers are paid in a struggling industry, and a storage company that opened a new location — these are a few examples of the successful, sustainable growth achieved by Seattle-area graduates of the Emerging Leaders initiative.

For the fifth year in row, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office is offering the Emerging Leaders training initiative for local businesses on the brink of growth.

The intensive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time during seven months. Upon completion of the course, participants have a three-year growth action plan and a network of peers and industry experts. read more »

 
Retirement Lifestyles

Double Your Retirement DollarsDownsizing has become the desire of many Baby Boomers and mature Americans. They have raised their children in the family home, worked hard to pay off or pay down their mortgage and are ready to sell and move to their retirement dream home. Unfortunately for many, it can be difficult to make the finances work. Do they sell the home and pay cash for the new one, get a small mortgage, or just stay? According to the Demand Institute and American Housing Survey, 64.5 percent of homeowners age 62 and older own their homes free and clear and over 40 percent of them have a desire to move and purchase another home. The truth is it’s much easier than ever to make the move. read more »

 
Human Resources

The Kitsap Development Officers Group meeting on March 4 will feature a Major Giving Workshop. Chris Davenport will be showcasing a major giving video from a seasoned professional to lead a discussion about major gifts. Additionally, there will have professionals on hand to answer questions and add real life examples.

Kitsap Community Foundation also will update the group on plans for The Kitsap Great Give, a new philanthropic campaign being organized for this year. The deadline for nonprofits to register for The Kitsap Great Give is March 15.

Any nonprofit located in or serving the greater Kitsap area is eligible to participate in an online day of giving that will be held on May 6. read more »

 

The state Department of Labor & Industries is offering an informative workshop to help new employers. The next workshop will be held March 27 in Bremerton, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the L&I office at 500 Pacific Ave., Ste. 400. Online registration is encouraged to allow for planning, and registration is available by calling 1-800-574-2829 or online at www.Workshops.lni.wa.gov. Make sure to reference course number 3-78-0079.

This free workshop is essential for all business owners and managers who don’t yet have a full understanding of employer rights and responsibilities relative to the Department of Labor and Industries, or of the services and resources L&I provides. Participants will learn about workers compensation, quarterly reporting, critical claims management strategies, workplace safety and health requirements, wage and hour laws, and contractor registration rules. read more »

 

You are registered in the System Award Management (SAM) and ready to sell! Who do you talk to? Who buys your products and services? How do you figure out where to go?

There are a variety of online sources and individuals who are willing to help you through the maze of determining the government agencies to approach. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has classes, counselors and networking events. The Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers a variety of classes, one-on-one counseling and outreach events. There are eight PTACs in the state, including the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance Center, all with counselors experienced in many areas of government contracting. You are welcome to work with more than one PTAC center as counselors have varying areas of expertise. read more »

 

VolunteerKitsap.org will present a daylong workshop April 25 on volunteer management at nonprofits. The free workshop for local nonprofit volunteer managers will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. at Olympic College in Bremerton.

Volunteer Management 101 will be facilitated by Michelle Morris, president of the Volunteer Centers of Washington and senior manager of Community Engagement United Way of Snohomish County. Training will cover topics including trends in volunteerism, recruiting, placing, training and recognizing volunteers, as well as volunteer program evaluation.

The seminar is a Leadership Kitsap team-coordinated event, with training sponsored by United Way of Kitsap County, Leadership Kitsap, The Olympic College Foundation and Kitsap Credit Union.

 

Humor is often a camouflage for fear, says Dianne Juhl, and for women who are not independently wealthy, jokes about becoming “The Bag Lady” are a way to disguise discomfort with planning for their own financial future.

Juhl will speak to that fear, and how to overcome it, at the next AWOB Power Series event on March 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Inn at Gig Harbor. A monthly program presented by The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB), The Power Series is one of the programs sponsored by the alliance that is designed to “empower women in business to reach the next level.”

The founder and CEO of The Feminine Face of Money, Juhl is a financial educator and wealth counselor who will focus on women’s personal relationship with money, and encourage them to master their financial life, step by step, rather than be mastered by it. read more »

 

The state Department of Labor & Industries is offering an informative workshop to help new employers. The next workshop will be held March 27 in Bremerton, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the L&I office at 500 Pacific Ave., Ste. 400. Online registration is encouraged to allow for planning, and registration is available by calling 1-800-574-2829 or online at www.Workshops.lni.wa.gov. Make sure to reference course number 3-78-0079.

This free workshop is essential for all business owners and managers who don’t yet have a full understanding of employer rights and responsibilities relative to the Department of Labor and Industries, or of the services and resources L&I provides. Participants will learn about workers compensation, quarterly reporting, critical claims management strategies, workplace safety and health requirements, wage and hour laws, and contractor registration rules. read more »

 
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