March 29, 2017

Choosing the Right Payment Processor for Your Business

Credit Card ProcessingIf you are looking at adding credit card processing to your small business, you know you need to choose carefully. After all, having the right processor means many things, all of them important. It means you have made a wise choice for your bottom line, one that reflects the best and most cost-effective combinations of service and support with low prices on your processing. It’s also important to remember that time is money, and to consider carefully how you balance the length of time payments take to process and deposit against the costs of processing to reach the right conclusions.

Knowing you need to take these considerations into account is a little different from actually making the decision for your company, though. To do that, you need a process for breaking down and evaluating your needs when it comes to credit card processing. That means understanding which cards you should be taking and why, as well as which processors are going to offer what levels of service for you. [Read more…]

The Real Pros & Cons of Small Business Loans

Borrowing money is always a tricky situation, because it’s not something anyone is looking forward to, especially in the world of business. Unfortunately, for many small business owners, an SBA is necessary to keep the business afloat. Small businesses are considered the backbone of the American economy, employing more than two-thirds of the workforce over the last 15 years. Still, it’s small businesses that were most hit by the recession crisis in 2008, and it’s been a slow recovery process since. Over the past five years, 53 percent of small businesses have applied for funding; one in four of those businesses have applied more than once.

A small business loan can be a saving grace for your business, but only if the proper precautions are taken. Business owners seeking the best way to get a small business loan should understand the pros and cons before making a decision.  

Small Business Loan Pros [Read more…]

Business News Changes for Bellevue and Eastside of Lake Washington

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Unfortunately, we were not able to build mutual support from local businesses and can no longer spend the time and resources on promoting local businesses for free.
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Factoria Old Country Buffet Closes After 20 Years

Old_Country_Buffet_FactoriaBellevue Old Country Buffet Shuts it’s Doors

By Robert Lee

Bellevue’s Factoria branch of Old Country Buffet closed on Aug 29th 2016. The Bellevue location opened in Factoria Mall over 20 years ago and was a popular stop for many.

In early March of this year, Ovation Brands closed 92 of its restaurant locations across the States – many of them were Old Country Buffets – when they filed for bankruptcy protection.

The Bellevue location opened in Factoria Mall over 20 years ago

No word yet on who might be taking over the space.

Google makes changes to Android OS for Tidyware Bellevue-based app developer

Tidyware LLC BellevueFallSafety Pro by Tidyware – Automatic Fall Detection and Alerts App for Android released by Tidyware, LLC

Designed with the direct assistance of Google, this jobsite safety app features intelligent fall detection and automatic alerts via email, phone and text to emergency contacts.

Bellevue-based FallSafety Pro for Android addresses the number one cause of death in construction accidents by providing intelligent fall detection and automatic alerts via email, phone, and texts to work teams, safety managers, and loved ones. [Read more…]

Transgender in the Workplace: Beyond the Bathroom

Transgender Employment Law Kandis SellsHow to Work with Transgender People in a Respectful Way

In our current political conversations about transgender rights, bathrooms and locker rooms are getting all of the attention but in the workplace, the respectful inclusion of transgender employees goes well beyond the bathroom. Working with employers who have had experiences with openly transgender employees in the workplace, has generated some important lessons learned that may be helpful to others looking to ensure compliant and inclusive practices. [Read more…]

Valve Moving to Lincoln Square Expansion

Valve BellevuePopular Gaming/Technology Developer Valve Leases Nine Floors in New Building

Valve has leased 225,000 square feet of prime office space in the new office tower at Lincoln Square’s 1.5 million square foot expansion site.

With the lease of floors 11 – 19, the company will encompass nearly one third of the total office space available in the new tower which features 710,000 square feet of Class A space. Launched on the Eastside in 1996, Valve first leased space at another KDC office tower in Bellevue Place. [Read more…]

Smart Parking Device FenSens Taking Preorders

FenSensNew Company FenSens Helps Any Car Owner Upgrade Their Tech Without Buying A New One

FenSens pre-orders launch, making parking safe and simple with a patent pending smart license frame & hands-free automated mobile app experience for ANY car.

FenSens, designer consumer electronics with a focus on making new car technology available to everyone, makes available for sale, the new FenSens Smart License Plate Frame on Indiegogo.  The Indiegogo pre-order campaign will feature special unlockable perks which gain access to the “Kammy” backup camera version and 4 free plate colors. [Read more…]

Bellevue’s Outerwall to Be Acquired, Return to Private Ownership

Outerwall logoOUTERWALL ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE MERGER AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY CERTAIN FUNDS MANAGED BY AFFILIATES OF APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT FOR $52.00 PER SHARE IN CASH

Transaction Valued at Approximately $1.6 Billion
Outerwall Board of Directors Declares $0.60 Quarterly Dividend

Bellevue-based Outerwall Inc. has announced that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with affiliates of certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a global alternative investment manager, pursuant to which the Apollo Funds will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Outerwall common stock for $52.00 per share in cash.  No word was given as to whether the company will be relocated or jobs will be affected.

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Mike Shea and Chanel Holman New Managers at Pearl Bellevue

Pearl BellevuePEARL Bellevue SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR WELCOMES TWO NEW RESTAURANT MANAGERS

Chanel Holman and Mike Shea join leadership at Pearl Bellevue seafood bar

 PEARL Bellevue Seafood & Oyster Bar, a locally owned and operated restaurant in Bellevue which features a menu focused on fresh, seasonal seafood and local ingredients, is proud to welcome new restaurant managers Mike Shea and Chanel Holman. Shea will oversee the day-to-day management of the restaurant and Holman will be in charge of marketing, coordinating large events and staff management. [Read more…]