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Expecting that a significant number of people will turn to the library for information on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, Kitsap Regional Library reference librarians are mobilizing to connect Kitsap residents with the resources they need to answer their questions about the new law.

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange created in response to the Affordable Care Act becomes active Oct. 1. Most people will have until Jan. 1 to obtain qualifying health insurance, either through an employer, a government program, the private marketplace or through the exchange. U.S. citizens who do not obtain health care coverage for 2014 will pay a penalty on their 2015 federal income tax. read more »


A part-time employee who was placed at Trader Joe's in Silverdale through a supported employment program does his job keeping merchandise properly arranged on store shelves. (Photo courtesy Trillium Employment Services)Do you know about supported employment? Do your employees represent the diversity of the Kitsap community, including people with developmental

The Bremerton Bar and Grill can answer yes to both of these questions. That’s because Bremerton Bar and Grill partnered with Trillium, a nonprofit employment agency, to hire Greg as one of their dishwashers. read more »


Eric Amundson, owner of IvyCat Web Services and one of the organizers of WordCamp Seattle, will be teaching the Tuesdays@noon Business Skills workshop series in October at OfficeXpats on Bainbridge Island. Topics to be covered include:

  • Week One — How to pick a theme? What do you need in a website? How to get a web host, set up a domain, and download, configure, and upload WordPress.
  • Week Two — Menus, widgets and plugins. How to choose WordPress Plugins.
  • Week Three — SEO, blogs, and content strategy.
  • Week Four: Security and maintaining your website.

For more information and registration read more »


West Sound Technology Association will host a presentation on branding with guest speaker Alan Jones of AccessIPD on Oct. 24 in Poulsbo.

Jones has 20 years experience in graphic design and brand development, and his work has formed the strategy and the design of many brands and re-brands from startups to large-scale brand developers like Cadbury’s. Jones owns and runs Access IPD with a local office in Gig Harbor and an office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Find out more at AccessLogo.com.

Owning a successful brand is a tricky thing to do. Its value is not determined by you, its owner, but by those who use it — your customers. read more »


At its core, the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance delivers business development services to clients by connecting them to strategic relationships and resources that help businesses grow and prosper.

KEDA regularly connects businesses to subject-matter experts and service providers who are able to advise clients in addressing workforce — human capital needs. In this area KEDA routinely works with such strategic partners as the West Sound Education Leadership Council, Olympic Workforce Development Council, WorkSource, West Sound Work Force, West Sound Tech, WSU, WWU, Centers of Excellence, and Olympic College.

The predominance of KEDA’s work in workforce development pertains to training and deploying skilled labor, technicians, production workers and rank-and-file service and administrative staff. read more »


The Bainbridge Island Downtown Association is presenting a Small Business Banking Workshop on Sept. 17, featuring a presentation by Wells Fargo Bank senior vice-president and regional investment manager Jon Snare on “Navigating Through Economic Opportunity: 2013 Mid-Year Economic Update.”

There will be coffee at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop will be from 9-11 a.m. in the conference room at Bainbridge Island Public Library.

The event will include a panel discussion about new resources available to small businesses from 9:30-10:30 with members of the local banking and finance community read more »


Top national journalists, leading thinkers on health care and education, accomplished business executives and Gov. Jay Inslee will anchor the discussions during the Association of Washington Business Policy Summit Sept. 17-19 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.

The 24th annual AWB Policy Summit will focus on the latest developments in federal and state policies that could help or hinder the shaky economic recovery. Scheduled speakers and discussion topics on Sept. 18 include read more »


Benchmarking compares your performance against other similar companies. Any metric is ripe for benchmarking — financial, quality standards, service levels, time to market, you name it. If it can be quantified and measured across comparable companies, it can be benchmarked.

The trick is getting the data. With the exception of financial data, most of this information isn’t public. And, you can bet, the best-in-class performers are going to keep it that way!

The good news is that financial benchmarking can be incredibly helpful and the data is easily available.

But, you say, “My business is an anomaly — no one does it exactly like us.” You would be surprised how many times I have heard this. read more »


Jessie Nino and Pat McFadden, Edward Jones financial advisors in Poulsbo, are hosting a free educational seminar titled Key Life Decisions: Are You Prepared? on Sept. 14 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Martha & Mary, 19160 Front Street NE, in Poulsbo.

Other guest speakers for this event include attorney Tony Hinson; certified public accountant Evelynda Cena; Betty Herman from Martha & Mary; and Lynn Fermstad from Lewis Funeral Home.

The seminar will focus on four major topics:

  • Protecting What’s Important
  • Estate Planning
  • Understanding Taxes
  • Care Options and How to Prepare

The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Toby Craig at (360) 779-6450.

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