Attorney General Rob McKenna challenges businesses to innovate

November 16, 2010

Enlisting the political magnetism of state Attorney General Rob McKenna, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce kicked off a three-month program focused on innovation Oct. 27.

Throughout his local talk, McKenna focused on the necessity of innovation, locally, statewide and nationally, before he answered questions about his talk.

He praised Issaquah companies, like Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, Democracy Live, Restorix/Innovative Health and SearchMarketMe, for their innovation, and congratulated the city for attracting Dataram Corp., a manufacturer of computer memory, storage products and software. Dataram announced last week it would open a development and testing facility in Issaquah.

“Now, why did they decide to come here for their testing and development?” McKenna asked. “Simple, they said, because there is a rich technology talent pool and a welcoming business climate.”

As about 60 chamber members lunched on chicken salad and iced tea at the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah, chamber Chairman Chris Hysom introduced McKenna, the 17th attorney general to serve Washington. Voters elected McKenna, a former King County councilman, in 2004 and again in 2008. McKenna is considered a potential Republican candidate for governor in 2012.

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Attorney General Rob McKenna challenges businesses to innovate

October 29, 2010

State Attorney General Rob McKenna answers questions from audience members at an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday. By Laura Geggel

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 29, 2010

Enlisting the political magnetism of state Attorney General Rob McKenna, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce kicked off a three-month program focused on innovation Oct. 27.

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Pink chair raises cancer awareness

October 12, 2010

Talking about breast cancer used to be taboo, but today, pink ribbons are treated with support and respect.

Now, a pink chair is sparking conversation about the disease, the fifth most common cause of cancer death. Read more

Obama mentions Issaquah pizzeria at White House ceremony

October 5, 2010

President Obama offered another shout-out to Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria during a White House ceremony Sept. 27, a little more than a month after he highlighted the Issaquah restaurant in a Seattle speech.

Flanked by lawmakers and seated before a camera-toting audience of small business owners, Obama signed a small business assistance package. In remarks during the ceremony, the president referred to “Tutta Bella pizzeria in Seattle” as founder Joe Fugere sat in the East Room audience.

“I still haven’t tasted the pizza, but he promises I’m going to get some at some point,” Obama said.

The measure — the Small Business Jobs Act — includes business-oriented tax cuts, and accelerates payouts on loan programs.

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Obama mentions Issaquah pizzeria at White House ceremony

September 29, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 29, 2010

President Obama offered another shout-out to Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria during a White House ceremony Monday, a little more than a month after he highlighted the Issaquah restaurant in a Seattle speech about small businesses.

Flanked by lawmakers and seated before a camera-toting audience of small business owners, Obama signed a small business assistance package. In remarks during the ceremony, the president referred to “Tutta Bella pizzeria in Seattle” as founder Joe Fugere sat in the East Room audience.

“I still haven’t tasted the pizza, but he promises I’m going to get some at some point,” Obama said.

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City makes history in effort to turn restaurants ‘green’

September 28, 2010

A plastic fork and spork get picked out of the compost waste pile by Cedar Grove Composting General Manager Nick Harbert. By Greg Farrar

Groundbreaking packaging ordinance takes effect Oct. 1

Inside the neon-illuminated Rollin’ Log Tavern, the full effect of the city-mandated change from foam and plastic to eco-friendly cups, containers and utensils is apparent after a quick glance at the timeworn bar.

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Off The Press

September 28, 2010

Earning a pizza Ph.D from the master

Laura Geggel Press reporter

The lights in Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria glowed dimly as cooks bustled through the restaurant, asking the small group of reporters if we wanted espressos, cappuccinos or perhaps a Danish?

I enjoy eating at Tutta Bella, and since it opened in Issaquah in June 2009, my pizza intake has steadily increased. I could barely stop grinning after receiving an invitation to learn about the inner workings of the restaurant Sept. 14 at its Stone Way location in Seattle. Read more

Tutta Bella served more than $100,000 in free pizzas last week

August 27, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 27, 2010

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizza doled out more than 8,000 free pies during a customer appreciation campaign last week.

The mini-chain offered free pizzas after garnering recent awards from the National Restaurant Association and the Washington Restaurant Association, plus the Independent Pizzeria of the Year honor from Pizza Today, a trade publication.

Tutta Bella served 8,451 pizzas — worth more than $100,000 — to about 20,000 diners during the weeklong campaign at pizzerias in Issaquah, Columbia City, South Lake Union and Wallingford.

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President Barack Obama touts Issaquah businesses

August 24, 2010

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria founder Joe Fugere (right, in black blazer) listens as President Obama talks to small business owners in Seattle. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (left) also attended the discussion. Contributed

The restaurant President Obama mentioned in a Seattle speech about small business last week: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria in Issaquah.

The lender the president referred to a few sentences later: the former Issaquah Community Bank.

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President Obama touts Issaquah businesses in Seattle speech

August 18, 2010

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria founder Joe Fugere (right, in black blazer) listens as President Obama talks to small business owners in Seattle. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (left) attended the discussion. Contributed

UPDATED — 2 p.m. Aug. 18, 2010

The restaurant President Obama mentioned in remarks about small business Tuesday in Seattle: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria in Issaquah.

The lender the president referred to a few sentences later: the former Issaquah Community Bank.

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