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Norma Dompier will present Improv Yourself! at the next Power Series event presented by the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB). 

At the Aug. 13 event in Gig Harbor, Dompier will talk about how it sometimes takes a cache of “Secret Weapons” to conquer the challenges of building a business.   read more »

 

If the coal export Gateway Pacific Terminal is built as planned, trucks and autos waiting at rail crossings could cost the region more than $3 million per year.

That’s a key conclusion from a study released Thursday by the Puget Sound Regional Council, an association of regional governments that advises them. The Gateway Pacific Terminal is proposed by Seattle-based SSA Marine for a shore site near Bellingham. read more »

 

Rachel Lerman, Puget Sound Business Journal

More than 58 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown out every year, and 20 million trees were cut down to make them.

Arlington-based MicroGreen Polymers announced recently that it has raised $17 million to support a technology that would change that.

The company, founded in the late 1990s by University of Washington graduate student Krishna Nadella, found a way to turn the plastic from recycled water bottles into recyclable coffee cups. read more »

 

Rachel Lerman, Puget Sound Business Journal

More than 58 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown out every year, and 20 million trees were cut down to make them.

Arlington-based MicroGreen Polymers announced recently that it has raised $17 million to support a technology that would change that.

The company, founded in the late 1990s by University of Washington graduate student Krishna Nadella, found a way to turn the plastic from recycled water bottles into recyclable coffee cups. read more »

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago over the weekend where more than 1,000 workers gathered to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. read more »

 

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level since February 2006 — nearly two years before the Great Recession began — the government said Thursday. read more »

 

An overhauled public workforce development program will be signed into law by President Obama after overwhelming passage by both the House and Senate, routing funding to Kitsap County to provide job training and employment support services.


“I’ve seen firsthand that federal workforce programs can change lives, boost our economy and get people back to work,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), “but we can’t expect to adequately train Americans for jobs at Boeing or Microsoft with programs designed in the 1990s.”
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EVERETT (AP) — The union representing engineers has filed age discrimination complaints against Boeing, saying that older employees are being targeted for layoffs.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) filed complaints Wednesday at the state Human Rights Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the aerospace giant, The Everett Herald reported Thursday. read more »

 

The next Kitsap Business Forum will feature a panel of elected officials who represent Kitsap on the local, state and federal levels. They will discuss how recent law and policy changes have affected businesses.

The panelists for the Aug. 12 session will be Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, Kitsap County Commissioner Linda Streissguth, and Congressman Derek Kilmer.

With John Powers of Kitsap Economic Development Alliance as moderator, the elected officials will address these topics:

How government decisions impact your business read more »

 
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