Site is eyed for Issaquah human services campus

July 31, 2012

The long-gestating plan to build a human services campus in Issaquah is a step closer to reality, as organizers inch closer to selecting a site for the facility.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need a hand after trailer heist

July 3, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers asked the public for donations to replace a trailer stolen from its Kent headquarters June 19.

Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen.

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City offers human services grants

April 10, 2012

Issaquah is seeking proposals for human service programs to fund in 2013-14.

In the past, city grants funded programs such as Eastside Baby Corner, Friends of Youth and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Potential recipients can apply at http://share1app.culturegrants.org. The application deadline is 4 p.m. April 26.

Email city Human Services Consultant Steve Gierke at SteveG@ci.issaquah.wa.us to learn more.

City, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honor innovators

February 28, 2012

The most innovative businesses in Issaquah manufacture fasteners for airliners, use technology to treat autism, and rely on a tiny-but-talented staff to create slick productions.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced the Innovation in Issaquah honorees — Marketing Masters, Lakeside Center for Autism and Impact Studio Pro — at a Feb. 22 ceremony and luncheon.

The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership. The city spearheaded the 10-unit townhouse development from concept to completion.

Leaders from the chamber and City Hall recognized the entrepreneurs’ accomplishments through the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services. Honorees demonstrate innovation in product development, services, systems or strategies.

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Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honors business innovators

February 22, 2012

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The most innovative businesses in Issaquah manufacture composite fasteners for airliners, educate and enrich autistic children, and rely on a tiny-but-talented staff to create slick productions.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced the Innovation in Issaquah honorees — Marketing Masters, Lakeside Center for Autism and Impact Studio Pro — Wednesday.

The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership. The city spearheaded the 10-unit townhouse development.

Marketing Masters creates fasteners for Boeing and Airbus planes at a small facility behind Burger King in the Issaquah business district.

Lakeside Center for Autism uses technology, such as the Microsoft Kinect, to educate autistic children.

Impact Studio Pro, established at a home office in the Issaquah Highlands, is a video production company.

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Who’s News

February 7, 2012

Kathleen Huckabay named board member of EBC

Eastside Baby Corner recently named Kathleen Huckabay as its newest board of directors member.

Huckabay, a Sammamish resident and former councilwoman for the city, is a financial advisor with US Bank.

Eastside Baby Corner helps children by providing basic necessities so that its partners — schools, social service agencies, food banks, hospitals — can help families become stable, safe, housed, fed and employed.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce seeks business, nonprofit innovators

January 31, 2012

Issaquah businesses and nonprofit organizations continue to innovate, despite a tough economy and other challenges.

In order to recognize local entrepreneurs’ accomplishments, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominees for the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services. Honorees demonstrate innovation in product development, services, systems or strategies.

The chamber launched the program last year. The initial honorees included Democracy Live, Restorix Health, Applied Precision and the nonprofit Eastside Baby Corner.

Nominate a business or nonprofit for the honor at www.issaquahchamber.com/form/innovation-in-issaquah by 5 p.m. Feb. 6.

Chamber leaders plan to recognize the 2012 honorees at a Feb. 22 luncheon.

Walmart campaign donates to Eastside Baby Corner

December 20, 2011

Issaquah-based nonprofit organization Eastside Baby Corner received a Christmas gift from Walmart 12 days early.

The retail giant donated $5,000 to Eastside Baby Corner through the “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign. Overall, Walmart announced donations of $125,000 to 17 nonprofit groups nationwide. The groups focus on promoting better conditions for children. Walmart announced the awards Dec. 13.

Throughout the 12-day campaign, Walmart plans to award $1.5 million to 145 organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

“Our Facebook campaign led us to so many organizations that are empowering our next generation this holiday season and year round,” Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation, said in a statement.

Walmart put out a call for nominations in the “12 Days of Giving” campaign on Facebook. The call resulted in more than 5,400 nominations, as Facebook users shared photos and short descriptions of organizations’ impacts on communities.

Then, a panel from the Walmart Foundation reviewed submissions and selected organizations focused on providing basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and baby supplies.

Karen Ridlon, a pediatric nurse practitioner, started Eastside Baby Corner in 1990 to address inadequate care for babies.

Walmart holiday campaign donates to Eastside Baby Corner

December 13, 2011

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2011

Issaquah-based nonprofit organization Eastside Baby Corner received a Christmas gift from Walmart 12 days early.

The retail giant donated $5,000 to Eastside Baby Corner through the “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign. Overall, Walmart announced donations of $125,000 to 17 nonprofit groups nationwide. The groups focus on promoting better conditions for children.

Walmart announced the awards Tuesday.

Throughout the 12-day campaign, Walmart plans to award $1.5 million to 145 organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

“Our Facebook campaign led us to so many organizations that are empowering our next generation this holiday season and year-round,” Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation, said in a statement. “We believe that children are our brightest hope for the future, and the organizations that we are honoring today share that belief.”

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Eastside Baby Corner hosts holiday open houses

December 6, 2011

Eastside Baby Corner is hosting two holiday open houses from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8 and 15.

The open houses are to be held at the organization’s Issaquah-based warehouse at 1510 N.W. Maple St.

Community members are encouraged to stop by for hot cider, cookies and a behind-the-scenes look at the warehouse and distribution center. Learn about what’s advertised as EBC’s unique business model and how the agency helps support virtually all Eastside organizations that assist families.

Learn more about Eastside Baby Corner, including how to make donations or volunteer, on their website, www.babycorner.org.

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