Business

EDC presents cyber security workshop for businesses

Cybersecurity is not just for large businesses. Small and mid-sized businesses are…

  • Dec 7th, 2016

 

Kristy Bredin

Bredin is new herbalist at Healing Arts Center

A recent transplant from Waldron Island, Kristy Bredin is a new practicing herbalist at the Healing Arts Center in Eastsound.

  • Jul 5th, 2016

 

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New chef at West Sound Café

West Sound Café will open for the 2016 season re-energized by new chef Dirul Shamsid-Deen.

  • Apr 5th, 2016

 

Contributed photoChef Raymond Southern.

Rosario Resort hires new chef

Rosario Resort and Spa has announced the hiring of Chef Raymond Southern as Executive Chef.

  • Nov 30th, 2015
Contributed photoChef Raymond Southern.
Contributed photoLenore Bayuk.

Economic developent council offers workshop on government contracts

Are you interested in doing business with the government? Join the San Juan Economic Development Council for a two-hour seminar on San Juan Island, which will provide information on the goods and services that state and federal agencies buy, and how they buy them. The workshop will also cover San Juan County's designation as a HUBZone by the Small Business Administration, which gives local businesses an edge over others competing for government contracts.

  • Nov 25th, 2015
Contributed photoLenore Bayuk.

Economic Development Council to offer free workshop on business planning and financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Orcas Island Library.

  • Nov 4th, 2015
Sustainable Forest Products

Sustainable forest products on Blakely Island

Dave Snavely’s world has come full circle.In 1984 he graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in forest science. He spent the next 23 years working as a general contractor, and met Tom Crowley while working on Blakely Island.

  • Oct 14th, 2015
Sustainable Forest Products

VP Mike Greene steps down from Rock Island

Rock Island Communications founder Mike Greene, who has most recently been serving as vice president of technology, has announced that he will be leaving the company as of Oct. 15.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015

EDC contest

Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the first annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council.

  • Sep 15th, 2015

San Juan County finances review

With all this good news, you must be asking yourself why I’m always whining about county revenues not keeping up with expenditures.

  • Sep 9th, 2015
New ‘Made in the San Juans’ brand

New ‘Made in the San Juans’ brand

The San Juan Islands Made brand was established to help protect the integrity and value of locally manufactured, fished and timbered goods.

  • Sep 4th, 2015
New ‘Made in the San Juans’ brand
Andrew Nigretto and Keegan Cookston have just opened Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services on Orcas.

Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services opens

The two, who are born and raised on Orcas, have opened Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services.

Andrew Nigretto and Keegan Cookston have just opened Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services on Orcas.
Darrell Brayer

New owner of San Juan Insurance

Darrell Brayer has purchased San Juan Insurance Services and moved the agency to a new location at 19 Fishing Alley Suite B, off Main Street, next to the Washington Federal building.

  • Jul 9th, 2015
Darrell Brayer
Christine Lee's art.

Orcas Island artist’s work featured on beer bottles

An Orcas Island artist has been selected by the Blue Moon Brewing Company to help celebrate the company's 20 years of brewing.

  • Jul 9th, 2015
Christine Lee's art.

EDC to hold luncheon

Noted economists Dr. Hart Hodges and Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman will be featured guest speakers at the Economic Development Council’s annual “Economics” luncheon.

  • Jun 9th, 2015
April Pollock

New ice cream shop opens in Eastsound

April Pollock is the manager of Clever Cow Creamery, an ice cream shop, which is opening early June in the Eastsound Square on the street side.

  • May 26th, 2015
April Pollock
A mosasaur fossil featured at the center. Mosasaurs were giant

Orcas Wild Interpretative Center opens in Eastsound

Orcas Wild, a new interpretive wildlife center, is opening in Eastsound across from the Episcopal Church on Main Street.

A mosasaur fossil featured at the center. Mosasaurs were giant

Glamping is now at Moran

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with Wanderlust Camps to offer a new style of luxury camping at Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

  • Apr 29th, 2015

Island Hospital ranks third for quality

Island Hospital ranked third in Washington for earning high scores for quality from Medicare patients who received care in 2013, according to an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In the survey, 79 percent of Island’s patients scored their care a 9 or 10.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015

Money management classes

The Orcas Island Library is hosting a series of money management classes from April 21 to 30. All classes are free and open to the public.

  • Apr 15th, 2015

EDC inventors workshop

Entrepreneurs with inventions in all stages of product development are invited to a dynamic full-day workshop on getting products from idea to market.

  • Apr 14th, 2015

Shakespeare Fest line-up

The Orcas Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Shakespeare Festival April 7 to 11. Below is the line-up of events.

  • Mar 31st, 2015

EDC inventors workshop

Entrepreneurs with inventions in all stages of product development are invited to a dynamic full-day workshop on getting products from idea to market.

  • Mar 31st, 2015

Fashion Fairy Consignment is closing

Fashion Fairy Consignment is closing Fashion Fairy Consignment has closed its doors and Misty Cruz and Josh Holley will be opening a new consignment shop in the same space.

  • Mar 20th, 2015

Cherry T’s has new owners

Cherry T’s Children's Consignment will be operating under new ownership starting April 1.

  • Mar 18th, 2015
Dr. Carrie Feuer

New therapy practice opens

Dr. Carrie Feuer has begun a new private practice in Eastsound after almost a year of volunteering her services one day a week at the Orcas Family Health Center.

  • Mar 18th, 2015
Dr. Carrie Feuer
One of the small homes

A new way of building

Portable homes with a light development footprint are gaining popularity, and Issa Wild is hoping to be at the forefront of the movement.

One of the small homes
Stephen Forsythe.

Personal training gym opens

Stephen Forsythe opened a gym on Orcas because he wants to help people get healthy.

  • Mar 10th, 2015
Stephen Forsythe.

‘Business Boot Camp’ for women

Women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the EDC’s Women’s Business Boot Camp, an workshop to tune up or startup businesses, on Wednesday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Brickworks in Friday Harbor.

  • Feb 26th, 2015

Hogstone’s Blackinton nominated for James Beard award

Jay Blackinton of Hogstone Wood Oven has been nominated for Rising Star of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.

  • Feb 24th, 2015

Orcas Chamber 101

Most people know that Orcas has a chamber of commerce. But its exact purpose is not always clear. Susan Gudgell, chamber board president, is hoping to change that.

Workshop on L&I

Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for a free workshop on “Everything About Your L&I Account” on Wednesday, March 4 from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Feb 11th, 2015

New cleaning service opens

Mrs. Kays has been operating on Orcas Island since 2013. The business offers residential and commercial cleaning and organizing services.

  • Feb 4th, 2015

Workshop on business planning and financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. until noon. Advance registration is required.

  • Jan 28th, 2015

‘Budgeting, saving, investing’

Do you feel you’re stuck in a financial pattern that will never change? Do you understand the basics of budgeting, saving and investing? Unfortunately, surveys have shown that most people do not.

  • Jan 24th, 2015

Choosing a business entity

The San Juan County Economic Development Council, in partnership with Islanders Bank and Lake Kennedy McCulloch, CPAs, will present a free workshop on choosing a business entity.

  • Jan 15th, 2015
Bill Patterson raises goats with the Lums on Orcas. Goat is on his menu.

New location, same Italian flair

When talking about his new venture, chef Bill Patterson uses words like synergy, simpatico and serendipity.

Bill Patterson raises goats with the Lums on Orcas. Goat is on his menu.
Amber Rose is starting her own insurance business on Orcas Island.

Going out on her own

While Amber Rose was working as an insurance agent's assistant in her early 20s, she wanted to learn more about the business.

  • Jan 15th, 2015
Amber Rose is starting her own insurance business on Orcas Island.

Quickbooks workshop

The San Juan County Economic Development Council, in partnership with Islanders Bank and Lake Kennedy McCulloch, CPAs, will present a free workshop on QuickBooks on Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the San Juan Library.

  • Dec 29th, 2014
Orcas Island is joining in the Renaissance movement of small-craft liquor production.

Distillery launched on Orcas Island

Orcas Island is joining in the Renaissance movement of small-craft liquor production. Long-time island residents Charlie West and Carie DeRuiter are excited to be launching a boutique distillery.

  • Dec 9th, 2014
Orcas Island is joining in the Renaissance movement of small-craft liquor production.