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Employers can’t afford to sit out this election season

Employers can’t afford to sit out this election season

By Kris Johnson for TCAJoB As I’ve traveled the state the last few months as part of the Association of Washington Business’ (AWB) small business listening tour, I’ve noticed campaign signs for nearly every race and political persuasion, from president to county precinct officer. It’s tempting in this era of divided politics to dismiss the…

Business Management

Using phantom stock to reward (and retain) key personnel

By Beau Ruff for TCAJOB One challenge for the business owner is attracting and retaining key personnel. This challenge permeates all businesses from the largest to the smallest. At some point, the key person needs more incentive to stay and excel. One common tool to incentivize the employee to stay is to offer the employee…

Business Management

How to tap human motivation to create a healthy organization

By Allen Johnson, Ph.D. for TCAJOB What is the best way to move an organization toward a quality culture? How can positive change be made without eliciting employee anxiety or resentment? Understanding how people are motivated is key. One thing is certain: people are not motivated by the visions of other people. They are motivated…

Get In Where You Fit In

Young entrepreneur gives new retail life to old sneakers, sports clothing

By Jeff Morrow for TCAJOB When Travis Higbee first started collecting foot bling as a teenager, it didn’t take long for his parents to collectively put their feet down. “My parents couldn’t afford my habits anymore,” Higbee said. Now just 21, the 2013 Hanford High graduate is opening his own retail store that sells sneakers,…

Tourism and Rec

Don’t be scammed when planning that summer getaway

By Veronica Craker for TCAJOB Have you noticed the sun starting to set later in the day? Can you hear the chirping sounds of baby birds? If, like me, you’re counting down the days until spring, you’re probably already planning that summer getaway. Unfortunately, this is also the time when scammers are out trying to…

PNNL

Technology test drive: PNNL offers exploratory licenses

By Frances White for TCAJOB Signing a two-page agreement and paying just $1,000 can get U.S. companies an opportunity to test drive promising technologies through a new, user-friendly commercialization option being offered at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL is the only DOE lab to offer this option, called an exploratory license,…

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When retirement is contingent on selling a business, extra attention is needed

By Beau Ruff for TCAJOB At some point, the lucky entrepreneur is able to realize the fruits of her success and ride off into the sunset after the momentous occasion of having sold her business. But, the path to the sale is a complicated one. Preparation is essential. Too often, the seller pencils out a…

Lorenzo Luzi, Washington State University Tri-Cities Valedictorian

Valedictorian finds niche in electrical engineering

By Maegan Murray for TCAJOB Lorenzo Luzi was 4 years old when he moved with his parents to the United States from Italy in search of better opportunities. But it wasn’t until he came to Washington State University Tri-Cities as a transfer student that he found his true calling in electrical engineering where his hard…

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Olympia misses another chance for quicker project reviews, job creation

By Sen. Sharon Brown Economic growth in Washington rests, in part, on political oversight. Our state faces a number of infrastructure and trade opportunities that, if approved in a timely manner, can create more jobs and a stronger local economy.  Unfortunately, many of these projects stall due to a permit process that shackles them with red…

Saving for retirement

Living happier and healthier in retirement takes good planning

(StatePoint) — The conceptions and realities of retirement have changed a great deal over the past several decades, giving many seniors misgivings about the future. But your golden years can be happy, healthy and productive, say experts. “For many individuals, confusion, fear and an overwhelming sense of powerlessness accompany the prospect of growing old in…

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