Articles by Elsie Puig

Elsie Puig is a freelance writer and web designer. She has a strong background in digital marketing communications, copywriting, and social media. Her passion is using web technology and strong messaging to help small businesses meet their goals. She is currently pursuing her online MA in Web Design and Online Communications from the University of Florida. She lives in Richland with her husband and two children.
Dan Easton, left, owner of Easton Construction, and Mike Walker, owner of Walker Homes, work together on building projects like this eco-friendly home in Inspiration Estates in Kennewick. Last year, the Built Green program certified 270 eco-friendly homes in the Tri-Cities.

Demand for sustainable homes growing but more awareness needed, officials say

270 eco-friendly homes certified in Tri-Cities last year compared to 1,000 in Seattle The owner of Easton Construction’s model home in the Inspiration Estates neighborhood in Kennewick looks like most custom-built homes — a wide and open interior floor plan bringing together the living room, dining room and kitchen with white cabinets and white quartz.…

City of Richland's Transportation Benefit District.

Richland vehicle fee to offset costs for bridge project, street improvements

Proposed $20 annual car registration fee to generate $850,000 annually Nobody likes to pay extra taxes, but Richland city officials say the one they’re proposing will benefit the city for years to come. [blockquote quote=”The transportation benefit district is intended to add dedicated funding to the city’s street resurfacing project and the Duportail Bridge.” source=”Pete…

Criminal Investigations Unit detectives and analysts with the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner serve a search warrant at a business office. The CIU is staffed by two prosecutors, two criminal analysts, a detective sergeant, an administrative assistant and a team of detectives who identify and investigate insurance fraud by organizations and individuals, including medical fraud, staged auto collisions, property, inflated bodily injury claims and other types of fraud. (Courtesy state Office of the Insurance Commissioner)

Special criminal investigations unit takes aim at insurance fraud

Ten percent of all insurance claims are fraudulent. And 10 percent of the cost of all premiums is due to fraud. This number is likely to increase as insurance fraud cases continue to grow, said Mark Couey, director of the Criminal Investigations Unit at the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner. [blockquote quote=”To report insurance…

Christian Diamond of Middlerock Partners talks about market opportunity during the first day of Launch University: Ideation at Fuse SPC in Richland. Launch University is a four-week entrepreneurship training program aimed at equipping budding entrepreneurs with the tools they need to bring their business idea to life. 

Fuse offering classes, events to inspire Tri-City entrepreneurs

Fuse SPC co-working space in Richland is known for being a launch pad for new startups and an incubator for entrepreneurial activity. Even before it was founded, its members have played matchmaking to help fast-growing local startups, such as Sola Spirits Distillery and Dragon The Game. [blockquote quote=”We’re dedicated to turning curious dreamers into hell-bent…

Matthew Sweezea, financial adviser with Primerica, says accountability is a good thing, but said the fiduciary rule could eventually limit investment options and access to financial advice for a lot of middle-income households, already intimidated by investing.

Local financial advisers weigh in on new fiduciary rule

President Donald Trump’s delay of the new U.S. Department of Labor fiduciary rule requiring financial advisers to act in their investors’ best interests might not have its intended effect as some local financial advisers say many firms have already complied with the new standards. The rule would have gone into effect April 10, but Trump…

Housing market

Number of real estate agents in area climbs as housing inventory dwindles

In the Tri-Cities, it’s a seller’s market with homes listed in the morning having several offers that same afternoon. That’s good news for sellers, but not so good for buyers or real estate agents looking to pick up extra listings. With more than 800 real estate agents and fewer than 500 homes on the market,…

Ethos Bakery and Café

Ethos restaurant moves from north Richland to south Richland

If location is a barrier to your business’ success, find a new spot. That’s why Ethos Trattoria’s owners decided to move from north Richland to south Richland. Its owners also have some other changes up their sleeves. The former full-service service restaurant is changing its name to Ethos Bakery and Café and will offer quick-service…

Kadlec’s new leaders chart course for 2017

Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s two new administrators have set ambitious goals heading into the new year with the common denominator being improved patient care. Among their priorities are reducing patient wait time, streamlining services between the hospital and outpatient care and working to become a Level 2 trauma care center. The two new administrators joined…

Coca Cola expands to warehouse in Pasco

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. expands Pasco warehouse

The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Yakima & Tri-Cities is expanding its Pasco warehouse to accommodate significant growth in the Tri-Cities.  “The Tri-Cities is on fire in terms of growth. We certainly see it in our beverage business,” said President Bill Dolsen. O’Brien Construction Co. in Kennewick is working on the $2.2 million expansion, which Dolsen…

One of the Tri-Cities’ biggest economic development wins was the nearly $200 million LambWeston/ConAgra Foods investment for a second French fry processing line at its food manufacturing plant in Richland.

TRIDEC points to successes as it looks ahead to 2017

The Tri-City Development Council has seen an uptick in companies interested in doing business in the Tri-Cities in 2016. “We’re responding to inquiries all the time,” said Carl Adrian, president and CEO of TRIDEC. “In fact we’ve received more inquiries in the last six months than we have in the 12 months prior. Whether that…

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