March 23, 2017

All you need to know about Workers’ Comp to save money.

Workers' compEvent in Bellevue to Help Employers Save on Workers’ Comp

No one wants to see a worker go on Workers’ Comp through an occupational injury or illness. When it happens, the first few days after an injury are critical. Being prepared will save your business time and money while supporting injured-worker recovery.

L&I is offering an extensive multi-speaker presentation called “All You Need to Know About Workers’ Comp to Save Money” in Bellevue: [Read more…]

Keep Washington Competitive Urges Support for Millennium Bulk Terminals

Keep Washington CompetitiveKeep Washington Competitive Draft environmental impact statement released for review in advance of public hearings

OLYMPIA — Labor, business and agricultural representatives from Keep Washington Competitive (KWC) are expressing their support of the Millennium Bulk Terminals Project and the release of the Cowlitz County draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). The document, released Friday, represents a significant step forward in the regulatory process for the project. [Read more…]

Walla Walla Business Summit to Be Held Friday May 13th

Walla Walla Business SummitNorthwest business owners and executives looking to increase their knowledge of critical topics, including cybersecurity, business improvisation, leadership development and other important subjects are encouraged to attend the Walla Walla Business Summit on Friday, May 13.

Keynote presenters scheduled to appear at the Walla Walla Business Summit include the following industry leaders:

  • Tom Schauer, a nationally recognized cybersecurity expert based in Bellevue [Read more…]

AT&T Names Rebecca Petersen New Lincoln Square Retail Store Manager in Bellevue

Rebecca Petersen AT&T Store Manager Lincoln Square BellevueAT&T today announced that Rebecca Petersen is now managing the company’s retail store at Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Washington. Petersen will manage 13 employees and focus on delivering a leading customer experience and strengthen the store’s relationship with the Bellevue community.

“From the initial purchase to ongoing service interactions, we are focused on providing an unparalleled customer experience,” said Rebecca Petersen, Manager, AT&T Lincoln Square Retail Store. [Read more…]

Alaska Airlines to Merge with Virgin America, Making it 5th Largest US Airline

Alaska Virgin Airlines tailsAlaska Air Group, Inc.,  parent company of Alaska Airlines, and Virgin America, Inc.  today announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement, under which Alaska Air Group will acquire Virgin America for $57.00 per share in cash. Including existing Virgin America indebtedness and capitalized aircraft operating leases, the aggregate transaction value is approximately $4.0 billion. With an expanded West Coast presence, a larger customer base, and an enhanced platform for growth, Alaska Airlines will be positioned to provide more choices for customers, increase competition and deliver attractive returns to investors. [Read more…]

Design Firm Ware Malcomb Moves Across the Lake to Bellevue

Ware Malcomb Bellevue logoWare Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, recently announced it had moved from Seatte to a new location at 3015 112th Ave NE #205 in Bellevue, Wash. The new office provides more space for the firm’s growing practice, while also bringing it closer to its clients. Ware Malcomb provides architectural design, interior design, civil engineering  and branding services for commercial real estate and corporate clients.

“We are excited to move into a new space [Read more…]

PCC Natural Markets Doubles Its Delivery Options with Partnership with Amazon Prime Now

PCC-Natural-Markets-logoNation’s largest consumer-owned natural food market adds one- and two-hour delivery through Amazon Prime Now

PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the largest consumer-owned natural foods retailer in the U.S., today announced it expanded its delivery options through partnership with Prime Now, Amazon’s two-hour delivery service. PCC has the distinction of being first in Seattle to partner with
Prime Now on delivery of local, organic, sustainably-sourced food.

“We regularly get requests from shoppers for a PCC in their neighborhood,” said Cate Hardy, CEO,
PCC Natural Markets. “By partnering with Prime Now, we’re able to give more [Read more…]

Why YOU Should Be Using Press Releases For Your Business

Joe Tesla Kennedy is @joeconnector on SnapchatUnless you want your business to be the world’s greatest secret, you need potential customers to know about your business.  There are a few different ways to accomplish this.

  1. You could talk to everyone you meet about your business. Many business owners are very good at this, but it’s hard to reach a lot of potential customers this way.
  2. You can spend money on advertising. This works for the world’s largest corporations and it can work for you – if you have deep pockets and don’t mind spending.
  3. You can use social media. Social media marketing is definitely recommended for all businesses, but can be super time intensive and cost a lot of money if you don’t have the time and knowledge to do it yourself.
  4. Write and send out PRESS RELEASES. This is easily the simplest, least expensive and effective way to get the word out about your business.

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Microsoft 2015 Partner of the Year Awards Revealed

Winners and Finalists of Microsoft 2015 Partner of the Year Awards Announced

Redmond-based Microsoft recently announced the winners and finalists of the Microsoft 2015 Partner of the Year Awards. The annual awards celebrate top Microsoft partners that are demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Award winners and finalists, chosen out of nominations from around the world, will be recognized at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference taking place July 12–16, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

This year, the Microsoft 2015 Partner of the Year Awards recognized partners in 43 categories that celebrate each of the core partner competencies, including cloud technology, public sector, citizenship, sales excellence and many more. More than 2,300 entries were collected from 108 different countries worldwide; the award finalists and winners were selected from a group of nominations based on their commitment to customers, their solution’s market impact and exemplary use of Microsoft technologies.

“The Microsoft 2015 Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists honor our top partners that demonstrate excellence in providing solutions and value to our mutual customers,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft. “This year’s award winners and finalists are among the most innovative our partner ecosystem has to offer. Congratulations to each winner on this incredible achievement.”

Categories, winners and finalists for the Microsoft 2015 Partner of the Year Awards appear below. A complete list of the Microsoft 2015 Partner of the Year Awards, including the Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award winners for 2015, is available at

Alliance Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Accenture/Avanade

Global Commercial ISV Alliance Partner of the Year

  • Winner: GE Healthcare

Application Development Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Lieberman Software
  • Finalist: Comping
  • Finalist: Fino Consulting
  • Finalist: Open Text Corporation

Application Integration Partner of the Year

  • Winner: nVisionIT
  • Finalist: Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Finalist: Fusionex
  • Finalist: Mexia Consulting

Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Readify
  • Finalist: Centare
  • Finalist: Commentor A/S
  • Finalist: Sogeti Nederland B.V.

Big Data and Analytics Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Neudesic
  • Finalist: Artis Consulting
  • Finalist: Neal Analytics
  • Finalist: Sogeti

Business Intelligence Partner of the Year

  • Winner: BizData
  • Finalist: Allen
  • Finalist: Bismart
  • Finalist: Hitachi Solutions

Cloud Customer Relationship Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: PowerObjects
  • Finalist: OnDemand4U GmbH
  • Finalist: Sonoma Partners
  • Finalist: Zero2Ten

Cloud Packaged Solutions Partner of the Year

  • Winner: SADA Systems Inc.
  • Finalist: Energy Time
  • Finalist: Syvantis Technologies, Inc.
  • Finalist: Technopolis

Cloud Platform: Application Innovation Partner of the Year

  • Winner: VMob
  • Finalist: Icertis Inc
  • Finalist: Orckestra
  • Finalist: SOLOMO Technology, Inc.

Cloud Platform: Customer Focus Partner of the Year

  • Winner: bluesource
  • Finalist: Beijing Youyun Tianxia Information & Technology Co., Ltd
  • Finalist: Capax Global
  • Finalist: Intergrupo

Cloud Productivity Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Kloud
  • Finalist: (India) Private Limited
  • Finalist: SADA Systems Inc.
  • Finalist: Sulava Oy

Collaboration and Content Partner of the Year

  • Winner: AvePoint, Inc.
  • Finalist: BlueMetal
  • Finalist: BrightStarr
  • Finalist: Content and Code

Communications Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Enabling Technologies Corp.
  • Finalist: Accenture/Avanade
  • Finalist: IComm Australia
  • Finalist: Migesa S.A. de C.V.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Accenture/Avanade
  • Finalist: eBECS
  • Finalist: Hitachi Solutions
  • Finalist: mcaConnect, LLC

Data Platform Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Scalability Experts
  • Finalist: Accenture/Avanade
  • Finalist: CommVault
  • Finalist: Noxum GmbH

Devices and Deployment Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Sogeti
  • Finalist: CANCOM GmbH
  • Finalist: Data#3 Limited
  • Finalist: RealDolmen

Digital Advertising Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Advance Digital
  • Finalist: ResourceiT Consulting Ltd

Distributor Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Tech Data Europe
  • Finalist: ALSO Deutschland GmbH
  • Finalist: Computer Gross
  • Finalist: SYNNEX Corporation

Enterprise Mobility Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Oxford Computer Group LLC
  • Finalist: CDW
  • Finalist: Kloud
  • Finalist: Project Leadership Associates

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Partner of the Year

  • Winner: mcaConnect, LLC
  • Finalist: Azzure IT
  • Finalist: Columbus
  • Finalist: Tribridge

Hosting Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Rackspace
  • Finalist: Datapipe
  • Finalist: GoDaddy
  • Finalist: Extrinsica Global

Innovative Technology for Good Citizenship Partner of the Year

  • Winner: alligatortek
  • Finalist: Gap Consulting
  • Finalist: Ignify
  • Finalist: LiveArena

Intelligent Systems Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Harman
  • Finalist: BlueMetal
  • Finalist: NEC Corporation
  • Finalist: VMob

Learning Partner of the Year

  • Winner: QA Limited
  • Finalist: CTU Training Solutions
  • Finalist: Global Knowledge

Messaging Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Convergent Computing (CCO)
  • Finalist: Dell
  • Finalist: Wipro Technologies

Microsoft Dynamics Industry Partner of the Year

  • Winner: UXC Eclipse
  • Finalist: Edgewater Fullscope
  • Finalist: Hitachi Solutions
  • Finalist: VeriPark

Modern Datacenter: Customer Focus Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Dimension Data
  • Winner: Cisco
  • Winner: NetApp
  • Finalist: Hewlett Packard
  • Finalist: Infront Consulting Group (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Finalist: Technology Effect

Modern Datacenter: Hybrid Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Convergent Computing (CCO)
  • Finalist: CDW
  • Finalist: CommVault
  • Finalist: OCSL

OEM Device Partner of the Year

  • Winner: TrekStor GmbH
  • Finalist: Exertis
  • Finalist: Yifang Digital Technology Co., LTD.

Office and SharePoint Application Development Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Nintex
  • Finalist: DocuSign, Inc
  • Finalist:
  • Finalist: K2

Open Source on Azure Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Alter Way
  • Finalist: Chef
  • Finalist: Omega software
  • Finalist: Sela group

Project and Portfolio Management Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Projectum
  • Finalist: Corporate Project Solutions
  • Finalist: Sensei Project Solutions
  • Finalist: TPG The Project Group

Public Sector: CityNext Partner of the Year

  • Winner: LeapThought NZ Ltd
  • Finalist: Atos
  • Finalist: Intervate
  • Finalist: Ireckon

Public Sector: Education Partner of the Year

  • Winner: IAM Cloud
  • Finalist: GeoGebra
  • Finalist: Innofactor Plc
  • Finalist: New Era IT Ltd

Public Sector: Government Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Advanced Digital Systems, Inc. (d/b/a “Mi-Co”)
  • Finalist: Data#3 Limited
  • Finalist: OGD ict-diensten
  • Finalist: Outsourcery

Public Sector: Health Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Rapid Circle
  • Finalist:
  • Finalist: Cloud2 Ltd
  • Finalist: SELA Canada

Public Sector: Public Safety and National Security Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Black Marble
  • Finalist: Innofactor Plc
  • Finalist: Intergraph Corporation
  • Finalist: Softec International

Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Adactit
  • Finalist: Bitscape Infotech Pvt Ltd
  • Finalist: Paradigm Systems Ltd
  • Finalist: TINCORP

Software Asset Management (SAM) Partner of the Year

  • Winner: COMPAREX
  • Finalist: Fritz & Macziol GmbH
  • Finalist: Infraware
  • Finalist: Universal Management Solutions

Volume Licensing Partner of the Year

  • Winner: COMPAREX
  • Finalist: Crayon Group
  • Finalist: SHI International Corp
  • Finalist: Softwareone

Windows 8 Custom App Developer Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Black Marble
  • Finalist: Bluefragments
  • Finalist: Connecting Software
  • Finalist: Marker Metro Limited

YouthSpark Citizenship Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Global Knowledge
  • Finalist: MReady
  • Finalist: InterSoftware
  • Finalist: MReady

About Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference

Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference provides Microsoft’s partner community with access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Worldwide Partner Conference is an ideal setting for partners to garner valuable knowledge from their peers and from Microsoft. More information can be found at

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Chris Barrow President and CEO of EagleView Technology Named anEntrepreneur Of The Year 2015 for the Pacific Northwest

Chris Barrow Wins Entrepreneur of the Year for EagleView Technology

Bothell-based EagleView Technology Corporation, which provides the technology for aerial imagery, data analytics and GIS solutions, recently announced that EY has named EagleView President and CEO Chris Barrow as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 in the Pacific Northwest Region.  The award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Chris Barrow and other award winners were selected by a panel of independent judges.  The award was presented at a special gala event at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on June 5th.

“It is such an honor to be chosen for this prestigious award recognizing the success of EagleView in the Big Data category,” said Chris Barrow. “I am truly passionate about this company and strive to be a disruptive innovator in the marketplace, particularly when it comes to data mining and delivering solutions derived from Big Data.” Chris Barrow has shaped EagleView from an aerial measurement company and guided it through a merger with Pictometry International Corp. in 2013 to become the industry leader in aerial imagery, data analytics and GIS solutions serving the commercial, government and public utility sectors.  The company’s massive image library covers 90 percent of the population in the U.S., with hundreds of millions of images dating back over the last decade.

Now in its 29th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2014 winner Dr. David Hung, President and CEO and Chairman of Medivation.

As a Pacific Northwest award winner, Barrow is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About EagleView

EagleView Technology Corporation is based in Bothell Washington.  They are a provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and GIS solutions serving the commercial, government and public utility sectors.  The company’s patented image capture processes and 3D modeling algorithms coupled with property-centric analytic tools empower end-user workflows with scalable, efficient and highly accurate answer sets in support of property claims, risk management, construction, emergency response, assessment, corridor mapping and more.