WA labor and economy set to trend upward
November 27, 2013 Business Examiner
At the Labor Market and Economic Analysis event on Nov. 22, the state Employment Security Department had much good news to report.
First, several major industries have continued to stay strong and generate new jobs throughout the state, particularly manufacturing and health care, which "are pretty much recession-proof," said Cynthia Forland, director of the state LMEA department.
In fact, the state has recovered about 81 percent of 205,000 jobs lost in recession, and divergent growth trends are appearing in various industries throughout each major region. Read more
Video aims to promote Port Orchard, attract businesses
November 26, 2013 I Dannie Oliveaux, Port Orchard Independent
The City of Port Orchard has another way of promoting itself — thanks to a video that was produced this year.
The six-minute video entitled "Destination Port Orchard. Work, Live, Play" had its first showing to the public during the Nov. 12 regularly scheduled council meeting. Councilman Jerry Childs said he first took the idea of making a video about the city to the Finance Committee to see how the city could fund it. Read more
Nominations sought for AWOB awards to recognize women in business
December 4, 2013, The KPBJ
AWOB wants to recognize outstanding women business owners in the four counties where the group's members operate (Pierce, Kitsap, Mason and Thurston.) Nominations and applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, and membership in AWOB is not required.
The nomination form and the complete awards application are available online at www.AWOBwomen.org/crystal-star . The gala event announcing the winners will be May 15. Read more.
County seeks volunteers for seats on Planning Commission, Board of Equalization
NOVEMBER 25, 2013 @ 12:05AM
The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a representative from Commissioner District 2 (Central Kitsap) to serve on the Kitsap County Planning Commission, and representatives from districts 2 and 3 (South Kitsap) to serve on the Kitsap County Board of Equalization. Read more.
Incentives are driving growth of solar energy - and of Poulsbo business
November 22, 2013 | The North Kitsap Herald
POULSBO — There are several incentives for Washingtonians to go solar. Residential and commercial property owners with a "Made in Washington" solar array may be eligible for a check up to $5,000 per year for the power their panels put into the grid. At the same time, their power bill is reduced by the amount of power they produce. Read more.
Company to place self-serve shredding kiosks in Kitsap County stores
NOVEMBER 22, 2013 | KPBJ
All Shred (www.allshred.org), a locally owned shredding company, is expanding its shredding services to include self-serve kiosks located in the Fred Meyer stores in Port Orchard and Bremerton.
The kiosks offer quick, secure document shredding at affordable prices. The machines shred up to 50 sheets at one time, and it takes about five minutes to shred a file-box full of material at a cost of about $3 per minute. Read more.
Port Gamble named one of Western Washington’s Best Wedding Venues
November 19, 2013, Port Gamble
Port Gamble is one of the best wedding benues in the Pacific Northwest, according ot the annual “Best of Western Washington” contest conducted by KING5 Television and Evening Magazine! Read more
Health Care Exchange: Kitsap Regional Library providing one-on-one assistance at Sylvan Way branch
Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 - no appointment required
Kitsap Regional Library is parnering with Peninsula Community Health Services to provide one-on-one assistance navigating the new Health Care Exchange. Trained and cerified assisters will answer questions about individual health insurance options, identify eligibility for reduced premeiums and walk you through the sign-up process. Click here for flyer.
Doña Keating Named BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer
Bainbridge Island, WA, November 16, 2013 --(PR.com)--
BoardSource is pleased to announce that Doña Keating has been named a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT). Keating was part of a group of 24 international experts invited to participate, and joined this select group of expert trainers that begins with completing a rigorous application process, exclusive professional development, and a certification course. Keating is the first and only CGT certified to deliver BoardSource's signature nonprofit governance trainings in the Pacific Northwest region and Alaska. Read more
Comcast extends high-speed broadband network to underserved commercial areas in Kitsap County
Comcast Business recently announced a major expansion of its network to provide high-speed broadband and its next-generation fiber services to underserved commercial areas in Kitsap County.
Local businesses will have access to Comcast’s commercial Internet service in addition to Ethernet services, which can provide data transport services with speeds up to 10 Gbps and the ability to connect multiple locations. Read more.
Port of Bremerton selects new CEO
The Port of Bremerton commissioners have selected Jim Rothlin to be the port’s chief executive officer. He will replace Tim Thomson, who is retiring from the position effective Dec. 31. Read more.
Manufacturer's move dovetails with OC training programs
| ~ KPBJ Editor
A millennial and a Gen-Xer who weren’t on viable career tracks went back to school to learn some new skills. The Olympic College training program they enrolled in was a key factor in the decision of a company that does high-tech manufacturing of composites for the aerospace industry to relocate from Southern California to Kitsap County. That manufacturer, Omohundro Co., wound up hiring both those guys and several others from OC. Read more.
2013 Top Employers Survey Results
KEDA is pleased to publish the results of the 2013 Top Employers Survey. Click here for the complete lists, trends and observations. Thanks to all of the businesses and agencies who participated to this year's survey!
California Aerospace Composites Firm Relocating to Kitsap County
July 29, 2013 I Bremerton, WA
Omohundro, a 50-year-old company currently based in Tustin, CA has purchased a manufacturing facility in Port Orchard, WA. The 41,000 SF site is adjacent to Leader International in the Port Orchard Industrial Park.
Mark and Cynthia Sparks, Omohundro owners, began their search for a potential new location a year ago and researched sites in several western states. They were attracted to Kitsap because of its aerospace and defense focus, skilled workforce, and the proximity to the Seattle region aerospace industry. Kitsap also impressed the Sparks with the quality of life, positive and collaborative “can-do” attitude, the commitment to workforce development, and Olympic College’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing programs. Read more...