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ONE-STOP SHOP FOR YOUR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
LACEY, Wash., It’s for one day, October 27, 2010, it’s at one place, South Puget Sound Community College’s Hawks Prairie Campus and its fuel for the business owner’s growth; the SOUTH SOUND SUCCESS Small Business Conference.
Presented by the Thurston Economic Development Council’s Business Resource Center and the Small Business Development Center of South Puget Sound Community College this one-day conference will feature 16 different workshops related to business management, including financing, turnaround, personnel, and other business developmental topics. Each workshop is taught by professionals in their respected specialized fields.
“We wanted to create an environment where business owners from all different stages of development can come together and have a day where they can focus on their business,” said Tiffany Scroggs, the Business Resource Center Manger. “We have learning tracks for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as those who are already well established. It’s a difficult time for business owners and we want to give them all the necessary tools and resources available to them.”
The conference cost, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, is $49 if registered before October 13 or $55 after that date. For more information and to register, contact the Thurston Economic Development Council at (360) 754-6320 or visit www.thurstonedc.com.
The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) passed a resolution opposing initiatives 1100 and 1105 at their meeting today. The initiatives, both on the November ballot, would privatize hard liquor sales in Washington State, lead to a 10-fold increase in liquor stores, and cut revenue to cities, counties, and the state's general fund. The vote was 2-0; Commissioner Cathy Wolfe was excused.
The vote came minutes after the BoCC proclaimed October to be Thurston County Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Speaking in favor of the resolution opposing the initiatives, Jim Cooper (the Washington Association for Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention's VP for communications) said it was appropriate to pass the resolution the same day as the proclamation, citing the link between domestic violence and alcohol abuse. Cooper also ponted out that liquor outlet density is the single greatest contributing factor to neighborhood violence, and that the initiatives would lead to an increase from the current 315 liquor stores to 3,000-5,000 liquor stores. As a comparison, there are 750 Starbucks in Washington. Commissioner Karen Valenzuela expressed concern about the increased demand for county services (law enforcement, public health), coupled with likely cuts to funding, calling it a "double-whammy." In Fiscal Year 2010, the Washington State Liquor Control Board gave $710,997 to the Thurston County budget. According to County Manager Donald Krupp, about 2/3 of that comes from the Liquor Control Board's mark-up, which both initiatives would eliminate, and 1/3 comes from the State's Excise Tax, which I-1105 would eliminate.
Sierra Club Endorses Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela
Environmental group cites land-use policies, preservation efforts
OLYMPIA – The Sierra Club’s Cascade Chapter is endorsing Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela in her bid for re-election.
"We are convinced Karen Valenzuela is committed to preventing suburban sprawl by promoting smart growth land-use policies that balance growth and environmental protections,” said Bliss Moore, a member of the Sierra Club’s State Executive and Political Committees. “She shares our values to practice and promote responsible use of natural resources while protecting ecosystems. These values, coupled with her performance as County Commissioner, are why the Sierra Club has endorsed her for return to the County Commission."
Valenzuela, a Democrat, was appointed County Commissioner in early 2009 by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Last November, she won the right to serve the remainder of her predecessor’s term in a special election.
As County Commissioner she has worked on land-use rules to preserve farmlands, steer development to urban areas, and protect wetlands. She is a strong proponent of green economic development and is working to attract living-wage green jobs to Thurston County.
Valenzuela served on the Tumwater City Council from 2000-2009. She has lived in Thurston County for 20 years.
The Cascade Chapter is the Washington State branch of the nationwide Sierra Club. Their mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. This endorsement reflects the position of the state and national organizations.
A candidate forum for Washington's 3rd Congressional district primary. Presented by Thurston Community Television, The Olympian and the League of Women Voters - Thurston County. Live at the Olympia Center, July 1st, 2010 at 7 PM in Olympia, WA. The forum will also be televised live on TCTV Channel 22, as well as streaming on the internet.
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