Klingenberg named ‘Lion of the Year’


Jillian Klingenberg (second from right) was recently named “Lion of the Year”. With Jillian are (from left) Lion President Eric Warn, Lion District Zone Chair Bonnie Manning and Heritage Bank branch manager Jay Mayer.


Jillian Klingenberg, Heritage Bank Lakewood’s assistant branch manager, was recently named Lakewood First Lion Club “Lion of the Year” for 2014, for her efforts on behalf of the club’s apple sales and crab feed.

State attorney general visits ambulatory surgery center in Seattle

David Fitzgerald, CEO of Proliance Surgeons, Inc.(left), with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

By Bela Friedman

Seattle, Wash. – Proliance Surgeons, Inc., P.S., a physician-owned medical group that owns and operates 19 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) throughout the Puget Sound region including the Lakewood Surgery Center at 7308 Bridgeport Way W., in Lakewood, recently hosted a visit from Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Ferguson’s visit included a tour and briefing with administrators, physicians and other healthcare professionals at Seattle Surgery Center, a Proliance Surgeons’ facility. Proliance Surgeons conducted a similar tour for U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in October. [Read more…]

Deadline approaching for BBB’s $10,000 scholarship

DuPont — The deadline for Better Business Bureau’s 2015 Students of Integrity Scholarship is quickly approaching. High school seniors in the Northwest have a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship by creating a 90-second video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers.

“BBB values the importance of higher education and teens who personify high ethics,” BBB CEO Tyler Andrew said. “We believe this scholarship will enable a student to pursue both in a fun and creative way.” [Read more…]

‘2014 Disaster Year-in-Review: Valuable Lessons & Best Practices’

While the U.S. was spared from epic disasters in 2014, major floods occurred in Michigan, New York, Arizona and California. Those storms caused significant property damage and economic losses to small businesses, and some of them faced temporary shutdowns.

The factors that can cause financial losses to small businesses on the heels of a destructive weather event exist every day. A solid business continuity plan will protect your organization and your assets while ensuring a quick recovery if a disaster occurs. [Read more…]

Supporting millennial entrepreneurs

SBA Regional Administrator Calvin Goings

Millennials, born between 1980 and the mid-2000s, are the largest generation in the United States, representing one-third of the total U.S. population in 2013. Millennials are a technologically connected and diverse generation. Their unprecedented enthusiasm for technology has the potential to spark change in traditional economic institutions and the labor market. [Read more…]

Potter named FISH Food Banks executive director

Sue Potter

The Board of Directors of FISH Food Banks of Pierce County has appointed of Sue Potter as Executive Director.

Sue Potter stands on more than two decades of experience in the non-profit sector. She joined the Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity affiliate in 2009, where she served as Director of Development & Communication for five years. Her responsibilities included administering individual, corporate and foundation donations, special events, community outreach, and home sponsorships. In addition, Sue was responsible for directing all marketing efforts for both the affiliate and its retail store. [Read more…]