Business

Washington unemployment rate continues its upward climb

Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in June, up from May’s revised rate of 9.1 percent, according to the state Employment Security… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Eric Minkes of Seattle prepares to begin work on one of the machines at Orion Industries in Federal Way. Orion Industries is getting a new training program from the Kent-based Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound.

Kent program aims to fill the worker gap

As Baby Boomers begin to retire from the workforce, one field that is feeling the effect is manufacturing, which is losing older workers faster than… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Eric Minkes of Seattle prepares to begin work on one of the machines at Orion Industries in Federal Way. Orion Industries is getting a new training program from the Kent-based Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound.

Kent Chamber of Commerce welcomes new Kent school superintendent

The Kent Chamber of Commerce Education Committee will host a reception for Edward Lee Vargas, the new superintendent of the Kent School District, from 5-6:30… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Jimmy Nguyen

Kent’s Hong Kong Market offers ethnic flavor

Everybody has foods that remind them of home, comfort foods that become favorites and familiar stand-bys in the kitchen.But for those not from around these… Continue reading

Jimmy Nguyen
(From left to right) Kent Chamber of Commerce executive director Andrea Keikkala

New Kent Kidney Center brings dialysis close to home

Three times a week, Gary Ruggles of Covington has to come in for dialysis. It’s a four-hour-and-15-minute procedure each time to have his blood pumped… Continue reading

(From left to right) Kent Chamber of Commerce executive director Andrea Keikkala

New Kent Downtown Partnership director takes the helm

New Kent Downtown Partnership executive Director Barbara Smith began her new job last week, taking over for Jacquie Alexander who retired after seven years in… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

Toolbox seminar July 8 at Kent Chamber

The Kent Chamber of Commerce’s next Marketing Toolbox Seminar is scheduled for 8 a.m. July 8 at the Chamber Offices, 524 W. Meeker St. July’s… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Danay Mims

After the fire: Hairstylist friends reunite to create new salon for Kent

When the building which housed Catwalks Salon on Meeker Street burned down more than two years ago, it left not only a hole in the… Continue reading

Danay Mims

East Hill Partnership meeting set for July 8

The next meeting of the East Hill Partnership is scheduled for 3 p.m. July 8 at the Golden Steer Restaurant, 23826 104th Ave. S.E.This committee… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

New summer networking added to Commerce calendar

The Kent Chamber of Commerce has added two additional events to its summer networking calendar.The first runs 5-7 p.m. July 8 at the Chamber office,… Continue reading

Jacquie Alexander addresses the crowd during the Kent Downtown Partnership’s annual auction June 20 at the Kent Senior Center.

In her words: Kent Downtown Partnership Director Jacquie Alexander says goodbye

(Information about a retirement party for Alexander follows this column.)Working for the Kent Downtown Partnership has been my greatest joy! I have so loved being… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Jacquie Alexander addresses the crowd during the Kent Downtown Partnership’s annual auction June 20 at the Kent Senior Center.
Breakthisrecord.com owner Jeff Huffman attempts to set a new milestone for eating three cheeseburgers while Mike Chaffeur watches the clock. Huffman accomplished the mission

Pennies up the nose: Kent Internet biz has a record-breaking deal for you

How many pennies can you stick up your nose? Is it more than 17?How about Ding-Dongs? Can you eat two of them in less than… Continue reading

Breakthisrecord.com owner Jeff Huffman attempts to set a new milestone for eating three cheeseburgers while Mike Chaffeur watches the clock. Huffman accomplished the mission

Business Briefly for the week of June 13

set for June 20The Kent Downtown Partnership will host its annual dinner and auction at 5:30 p.m. June 20 at the Kent Senior Activity Center.Among… Continue reading

Business briefs for week of June 6

Chamber to host seminar on brandingThe next Kent Chamber of Commerce Marketing Toolbox Seminar is scheduled for June 10 and will feature a discussion of… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2009
  • BY Wire Service

KDP auction is June 20

The Kent Downtown Partnership will host its annual dinner and auction 5:30 p.m. June 20 at the Kent Senior Activity Center.Among the items available will… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2009
  • BY Wire Service
Rayan Chepuri
Rayan Chepuri
There was a full house at the ShoWare Center for theProblem Solvers Job fair Thursday. There were 70 employers

Job fair at Kent’s ShoWare Center sees thousands of applicants

They descended on Kent from all over the region with one goal in mind: Finding a job.Thousands of job-seekers began lining up early May 14… Continue reading

There was a full house at the ShoWare Center for theProblem Solvers Job fair Thursday. There were 70 employers

Kent Downtown Partnership to see new director

The Kent Downtown Partnership has selected Barbara Smith of Shelton, Wash., as the group’s new executive director.Smith will replace Jacquie Alexander, who is retiring at… Continue reading

Elisa Hope of Sorrisi Decor is introducing a new line of Tooth Fairy Pillows in 12 designs

Helping the Tooth Fairy – and African children

Like most good ideas, the kernel of Elisa Hope’s new business grew out of a need at her house.One night two years ago, the mom… Continue reading

Elisa Hope of Sorrisi Decor is introducing a new line of Tooth Fairy Pillows in 12 designs
Greg Haffner of the Curran Law Firm studies a display for the city's transportation plan May 21 during a Roundtable discussion hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at the ShoWare Center.

Developer fees could pave the way for better Kent roads

More than 30 members of the business community and Kent city government were on hand May 21 at the ShoWare Center for a Kent Transportation… Continue reading

Greg Haffner of the Curran Law Firm studies a display for the city's transportation plan May 21 during a Roundtable discussion hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at the ShoWare Center.