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.
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…

WholeStory is a new startup based in the Tri-Cities.

Tri-City-based company develops tool to find diverse, talented job candidates

A new startup based in the Tri-Cities is seeking to disrupt Seattle’s hiring culture. WholeStory was cofounded by John Roach, vice president of information and communication technology for TiLite in Pasco, Adam Brault, CEO of &yet in Richland, and Erin Anacker, a design entrepreneur based in Seattle. The web-based professional network and platform couples job…

Loyal regulars buy McKay’s Taphouse in Richland

When the Chacons saw that their favorite Richland restaurant was for sale, they knew they wanted to buy it. Joey Chacon, a health care administrator at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, and his wife Christina Chacon, a local psychiatric nurse practitioner, expect to take ownership of McKay’s Taphouse in December. “It’s just a fun…

Al Cordova

Tri-Cities Community Health CEO retires, leaves clinic on better footing

When Al Cordova arrived at Tri-Cities Community Health five years ago, the clinic was cash strapped, patients were waiting nearly two months to see a doctor and staff turnover was high. When the CEO retires from the Pasco-based clinic this month, he will leave behind a healthier agency that’s better equipped to serve a growing…

The Evauk team launched a new mobile app seeking to change the way businesses pass referrals and track profitability of referral relationships. The app, which launched in July, has gained traction locally. Pictured from left are Damen Bostic, co-founder/Android developer, Thomas Feduk Jr., co-founder/backend developer and team members Crystina Nguyen, Connie Feduk and Thomas Feduk Sr. Nguyen and Feduk Jr.’s parents help with logistics, scheduling, event preparation, event management and documentation. Thomas and Damen are the cofounders and core developers.

New app seeks to make it easier to manage business relationships, referrals

A small Tri-City startup company wants to make the exchange of business cards a thing of the past with the launch of its new mobile app. The free Solo Connect app aims to streamline business-to-business referrals and the introduction process. It’s available for Apple and Android devices. Evauk Corp.’s CEO Thomas Feduk Jr., 30, of…

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