SBA Announces National Small Business Week; Bellevue & Seattle Both Skipped Again

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Aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and others are invited to attend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events held May 12-16, 2014.  Unfortunately, both Bellevue and Seattle were left out again. Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business […]

SBA Improves Small Businesses Access to 7(a) and 504 Loan Programs; Enhances Job Creation

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U.S. small businesses will gain improved access to two major government-guaranteed loan programs once a final rule to that effect issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration becomes effective April 21, 2014. The SBA recently published a Final Rule on the Federal Register that eliminates or revises several requirements for its two main loan programs, […]

SBA Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

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Winners to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C., May 15-16 WASHINGTON – From architecture to bakeries, to consulting firms and woodworking – these are just a few of the businesses that will be recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year in Washington, D.C., May 15-16. Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, […]

SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program Helps Small Businesses Win Over $6.1 Billion in Contracts in FY 2013

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With the help of the Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program small construction firms were awarded in fiscal year 2013 more than $1.2 billion in contracts. This number represents a 61 percent increase over fiscal year 2012.  SBA also guaranteed bonds for public and private contract bids valued at $4.9 billion, resulting in a […]

Taxpayers Urged to Take Advantage of IRS Free File for Online Tax Assistance & E-Filing Available at www.IRS.gov/freefile


Comprehensive tax preparation and e-filing is available to 70 percent of taxpayers, thanks to Free File – a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies called the Free File Alliance. Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and […]

Initiative To The People Protecting And Strengthening RCW 69.51A

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The challenge with the medical use of cannabis in Washington is that it was approved by the people, not a compassionate legislature. In 1998, Washingtonians approved I-692 (RCW 69.51A) allowing a “60-day supply” for qualifying patients. The legislature directed the department of health to define what a “60-day supply” meant. At first they came back […]

Washington Leaders Decry State’s Latest SEPA-Scope Decision

Leaders of Keep Washington Competitive recently voiced renewed concerns about the State Department of Ecology’s plan to again drastically expand the scope of the environmental review process for a bulk-commodity terminal proposed for Southwest Washington. The agency made the same decision last year for a terminal in Whatcom County. “Altering Washington’s long-standing and effective process […]

No Honeymoon for Janet Yellen

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Axel Merk, Merk Investments  February 11th, 2014 On Janet Yellen’s first day on the job as Fed Chair, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 326 points; 10-year Treasury yields fell to a mere 2.58%. While a day does not set a trend, let alone create a legacy, there is no honeymoon for Janet Yellen. Volatility, […]

Cannabis Action Coalition Letter to Washington State Legislators

As you’re probably aware, the medical cannabis community is extremely upset with the legislature’s rush to force medical cannabis patients into the I-502 system.  This would effectively end the current medical cannabis system in the State of Washington. We believe that the assumptions from the LCB and the Marijuana Work Group used in drafting these […]

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Husband Mark Kelly to Join Supporters of Background Checks at Tuesday State House Hearing on Initiative 594

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OLYMPIA—Former Congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabby Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will testify in support of Initiative 594 to expand criminal background checks during a State House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. Giffords was brutally shot during a rampage that killed 6 and injured 13 others while meeting with constituents in her Tucson […]

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