May 28, 2013
Small businesses have to work hard to keep ahead of the big box stores, and King County wants to recognize that.
Small businesses create two-thirds of the new jobs in the county, according to a press release from King County. For the third year in a row, King County Executive Dow Constantine is celebrating small businesses by asking for nominations for the Small Business Awards.
Businesses are eligible for nomination if they operate within King County, have 50 or fewer employees, and have been in business for at least three years. Cities, chambers of commerce, certain business organizations, and small business owners may nominate local firms that meet the criteria. Go to www.kingcounty.gov/smallbusinessawards to fill out the nomination form for your favorite small business. Nominations close July 15.
An average of 125 firms are nominated each year. Three finalist firms are selected in each of seven categories, and winners are announced at a ceremony attended by nearly 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.
May 7, 2013
King County Executive Dow Constantine will join a discussion of controversial coal trains, coal ports and their impact on the Pacific Northwest at the May 15 meeting of Democrats in the 5th Legislative District in Issaquah. The public is invited.
Constantine, who opposes the plan to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming through the Northwest to proposed ports at Cherry Point near Bellingham and Longview, will be joined by representatives of two leading opponents of the plan — Washington Conservation Voters and Power Past Coal, according to a press release from the 5th District Democrats.
The coal train meeting is the focus of the May 15 monthly meeting of the 5th District Democrats at Issaquah City Hall’s Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way. Networking starts at 6:30 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7 p.m.