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Small businesses must communicate a clear, concise message

By Sara Nelson for TCAJOB The more the Tri-Cities grows, the more competitive the market becomes. The larger the market, the more money moves around the local economy, but the greater the competition is for a piece of that pie. For a small business, that’s a challenge. Bigger businesses have bigger budgets. If a marketing…

Legal & Taxes

Capital gains-now or later: A 1031 Exchange may be the solution

During tax season my father, a W.W.II veteran used to say, “I am proud to be an American and have fought for its freedoms, but I could be just as proud for half as much.” I certainly agree and I am sure many of us feel this way. There are a number of ways to…

Legal & Taxes

Distinguishing the revocable living trust from the will-based estate plan

You’ve likely heard finance experts say it. In fact, Suze Orman wrote about it in the July 2015 issue of the Costco Connection. It is this piece of estate planning wisdom: “A revocable living trust is a document all families should have.” Is this true? Do you need a revocable living trust here in Washington…

Legal & Taxes

2016 brings new Affordable Care Act reporting requirements for small businesses

The vast majority of information necessary to properly comply with the new reporting requirements is found in 26 CFR 1.6055-1 Information Reporting For Minimum Essential Coverage. For those of you who would rather focus on your businesses here are the basic essentials for what you are required to provide. Every person who provides minimum essential…

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PNNL leads, collaborates on technologies to make energy cleaner, more efficient

By Francis White Three technologies — a computational tool to improve power grid planning, a process to create biofuel from kelp and a hybrid device that makes hydrogen and stores energy — are being developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its partners under new projects just announced by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research…

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists win five R&D 100 awards

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists win five R&D 100 awards

By PNNL Staff Technologies that impact cyber security, increase our ability to detect trace amounts of chemicals, convert sewage into fuel, view energy processes under real-world conditions and forecast future electric needs are among the newest R&D 100 award winners. R&D Magazine honored five advancements developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National…

Manufacturing comeback still strong in Washington and nation

Manufacturing comeback still strong in Washington and nation

By Kris Johnson America’s manufacturing comeback isn’t over. That’s one of the findings from the 2015 Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor Report, an annual survey of manufacturing firms conducted by RSM, formerly known as McGladrey. After suffering through years of decline, the resurgence that began in 2010 — leading the country out of recession — is…

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Test bed advances Washington State as a hotbed of energy innovation

by PNNL staff The U.S. Department of Energy is matching a $2.25 million Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to research, develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to create “smart” buildings, campuses and cities to better manage energy usage. Once buildings and devices are smarter — managing energy resources optimally on…

Washington ranks so-so in new ranking of education, transportation and economic vitality

Washington ranks so-so in new ranking of education, transportation and economic vitality

By Kris Johnson Almost a year ago, a coalition of employer groups launched an initiative called Opportunity Washington to help bring prosperity to all corners of the state. We recognized that while some parts of the state, most notably the Puget Sound region, were enjoying strong economic growth, the recovery was not as strong in…

What’s your favorite locally-owned retail store?

What’s your favorite locally-owned retail store?

By Loretto J. Hulse A mercantile offering produce, gifts and edibles, two gift/home décor stores and a sporting goods store were the top shopping picks for three Tri-Cities’ women. For Jammie Horn of Kennewick, who has a hockey-crazy 4-year-old, the Hockey Source in Kennewick is a favorite shopping stop. “The staff there are really helpful,”…

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