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In her first legislative session since switching from the House to the Senate, Jan Angel sure captured her share of attention. Wasn’t the good kind, though, despite the self-congratulatory press release she sent out when the Legislature adjourned. read more »


It is with mixed emotions that I write what may be my last column for the Business Journal, for what is our 26th anniversary edition. As you probably know by now, we have sold this paper to the E. W. Scripps Company, which also publishes the Kitsap Sun. read more »


Over 100 partners of Kitsap’s Economic Development Alliance gathered for our Annual Meeting on March 20 to review 2013 results, approve a 2014 Work Plan, and elect board members and officers for the coming year. read more »


This is not a goodbye, but it is a transition, and after 26 years of doing business, writing articles, discussions over hundreds of advertisements and news releases, change is coming to a very good friend, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal.

Our association with Lary and Dee began 26 years ago when our Seattle advertising agency began to place advertisements in the new-at-the-time Business Journal. It was the only source of business news, commentary, editorial — business news in-depth and nearly all of it local. read more »


By Don C. Brunell

One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself.  If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages.

Case in point:  Bill H. earns $15 an hour as a parking lot attendant.  Lisa W. earns $12.25 an hour at a fast-food restaurant.  But Lisa’s employer provides merit raises, paid vacations, health insurance, management training, education scholarships, childcare assistance and a 401k retirement plan. read more »


It is rare that someone with deep roots in Washington state has his obituary published in the New York Times, but when Joe Dear died, the newspaper ran an extensive story.

Dear, who was raised on the East Coast and migrated to Olympia to attend Evergreen State College, was the powerful chief investment officer at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) in Sacramento until losing his battle with prostate cancer on Feb. 26. He was 62.

Joe Dear was an anomaly. In this age of partisan vitriol, where the motives of politicians and bureaucrats are routinely suspect, Dear acted with integrity and humility.

Perhaps best known for his work at CalPERS, most of us remember him for his days in our state. read more »


Which state will serve as a model for other markets when it comes to crafting a recreational cannabis program: Colorado or Washington?

Colorado appears to be the clear choice at this point from a business perspective, with its recreational marijuana market humming along nicely. The industry is already generating tens of millions of dollars in sales, and entrepreneurs are reporting enviable profits.

Washington state’s program, on the other hand, is mired in controversy and has experienced several setbacks.

The latest issue for the state emerged recently when the agency overseeing the program decided to reduce the number of cultivation licenses a business can apply for and also slash the amount each operation can grow. This is a major change at a relatively late stage of the rule-making process, and it’s creating huge problems for entrepreneurs who have already invested time and money in their business plans and applications. read more »


As we approach our alliance’s 33rd annual meeting on March 20, I want to take a moment to slow down, count our many blessings, and prepare to advance our work at an ever-increasing pace in pursuit of new opportunities under new board leadership in this upcoming organizational year.

This past year was fast-paced and very productive; for that I want to thank our terrific team: Kathy Cocus, business development director; Theresa Mangrum, marketing manager; Mary Jo Juarez, procurement consultant; and Susan Veach, financial administrator and PTAC instructor. Over the past 12 months KEDA has directly advised and assisted more than 150 business clients in securing over $25 million in new business and impacting over 250 jobs in our community. read more »

The Last Word

It’s no secret to any non-Kool-Aid-drinking person actually paying attention to the world around them, that the Obama administration’s corrupt practices have led to a systematic dismantling of the protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Now that I have your attention, of course I realize that sounds blatantly partisan — like an alarmist Fox News rant, with a cup of Tea Party flavoring mixed in. However, if you’ve read George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, you know it isn’t.

The novel, originally published in 1949, is set in the superstate of Oceania, in a world perpetually at war, and where highly intrusive government surveillance of its citizens is omnipresent. Can you say NSA? read more »

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