Brown Bear is open for business

Despite a harrowing car accident, a Las Vegas couple opens new bakery on Orcas Island

How is business this year?

The San Juan County Economic Development Council would like to know how local businesses are doing in 2013.

  • Jul 16th, 2013

Coffee drive-thru opens in Eastsound

Coffee-on-the-go is coming to Orcas and friends of long-time islander Amanda Sparks can't wait.

  • Jul 2nd, 2013

Senator Cantwell meets with islander Jill Blankenship

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) met with the winner of the Small Business Administration’s 2013 Washington state Small Business Person of the Year award recipient Jill Blankenship on June 20.

  • Jun 25th, 2013

Print shop now open for summer

It will only be here for a brief time and they are going to make the most of it.

Insurance with a smile

Michele Wiley admits it’s a funny thing to be enthusiastic about, but that doesn’t stop her from loving her job.

It’s all about the artists at Springboard

It’s all about the hand-made at Libi Geddes’ new store Springboard in Eastsound.

  • May 17th, 2013

Blakenship named ‘Small Business Person of the Year’

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2013 Washington state Small Business Person of the Year is Jill Blankenship. She is the chief executive officer of Frontline Call Center in Eastsound, Wash.

  • Apr 29th, 2013

‘Europe in Crisis’ lecture

The Orcas Library will host “Europe in Crisis – the Future of the Euro” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Apr 25th, 2013

OICF to host workshop on nonprofit financials

The Orcas Island Community Foundation presents “Nonprofit Financial Statements - Part 2” with Erin Welch of Jacobson Jarvis and Co. on Thursday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Apr 24th, 2013

‘Money Smart Week’ at Orcas Library

Money Smart Week is coming to the Orcas Library for the second year.The program started as a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago program 10 years ago. After partnering with the American Library Association, Washington state has been doing it for three years. The focus is free, unbiased consumer financial education.

  • Apr 17th, 2013

Social media for businesses

“Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media Marketing” will be presented on Thursday April 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Victorian Room, Outlook Inn

  • Apr 4th, 2013

Mijitas: blending cultures in the kitchen

Mijitas means “My Darlings.” It is named for their daughters Lucy, who is four and Emilia, who is three. Both girls can’t wait to work in their parents’ restaurant. Lucy wants to “pass the food” and Emilia would like to be a chef.

Wood’s Cove is closing

"I have been in this great spot for 20 years, so now, I will take some time off on Orcas Island," said owner Ginny Lu Wood. "

  • Mar 28th, 2013

Island arborists learn safety

Employees from Baisch Tree Service, Island Skyline Tree Care, Rainshadow Consulting and Shaner Excavation and Tree Service LLC participated in the day-long class.

  • Mar 28th, 2013

Friel awarded CNE designation

Sandi Friel of T Williams Realty has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert designation by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Business financing workshops

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Tuesday, March 5, from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

  • Feb 26th, 2013

EDC workshop: learn to build your own website or blog

The San Juan County Economic Development Council is sponsoring a workshop on building a website or blog using WordPress, Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the San Juan Island Library, 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Jan 23rd, 2013

‘Eventide Arbor Care’ opens on Orcas

Austen Ater has opened Eventide Arbor Care on Orcas Island.

  • Jan 15th, 2013

EDC business workshop

The San Juan County Economic Development Council, in partnership with the Island County EDC and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for APICS training in supply chain management.

  • Jan 8th, 2013

New web design business

SilverLining is a new graphic and web design business owned and operated by Krista Bouchey.

  • Dec 5th, 2012

From seed to harvest

Luke Huffstodt is a walking encyclopedia of hydroponics.

Sallie Bell is back in town

A long-time islander is back in business. Artist Sallie Bell has reopened Monkey Puzzle with a new focus: beads. They are from her collection that she's been adding to since 1980.

  • Nov 26th, 2012

EDC offers workshop on marketing on a shoestring

Need to get the word out about your business, but don’t have a big marketing budget? The San Juan County Economic Development Council will host a workshop on how to market your business inexpensively and effectively on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Orcas Island Library community room.

  • Nov 23rd, 2012

Workshop on using WordPress

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a three-hour workshop on building a website or blog using WordPress. The workshop will be held at the San Juan Island Library’s community room on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Nov 6th, 2012

Healing Arts Center to hold raffle

The Healing Arts Center is holding a “Harvest Raffle” starting on Nov. 2. The practitioners are donating seven gift certificates for any one-hour service. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

  • Oct 30th, 2012

Vocal freedom offering at the Healing Arts Center

Orcas Islander Khadoma Colomby is offering a new service at the Healing Arts Center called “vocal freedom.”

  • Oct 30th, 2012

For the love of style

New owner of Aurora’s consignment store is looking ahead to a future of helping people find their fashion

The women EMT and firefighters of Orcas Fire

Orcas Fire is currently seeking volunteer firefighters to serve the community.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012

SJC Economic Development Council workshop on financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on San Juan Island on Monday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the community room of the San Juan Island Library in Friday Harbor.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012

Total eclipse of the heart

Denise Wilk runs a charter business and a gift shop in Eastsound

Keeping business all in the family

Debra Post and Keri Lago are a mother-daughter duo who own Cherry T’s kids’ consignment store. The women say they feel lucky to run a business together.

Hops and dreams at 33 Hope Lane

Island Hoppin’ Brewery opens on Orcas Island. Locals and visitors will be able sample quality microbrews made on Orcas Island, starting Sept. 21.

  • Sep 12th, 2012

New owners for water business

The sale of Pure Island Water, Inc. was completed at the end of June. It is now under the ownership of Kirk and Paula Huffman.

  • Aug 22nd, 2012

UW student at med center

“These weeks on Orcas Island will be the most time I’ve ever spent in a small, rural community,” said Conor Senecal, a second-year University of Washington medical student who is nearing the end of a month-long study program at Orcas Medical Center.

  • Jul 3rd, 2012

Workshop on business planning, financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs on Orcas on Tuesday, June 19, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Jun 8th, 2012

Consulting, therapy firm opens

Clarity Connection, LLC, a management and human resources consulting and coaching firm, which opened in late 2011 has announced the launch of a new mental health therapy arm of the business.

  • Jun 5th, 2012

Two new therapists on Orcas

Two new mental health therapists have joined the Orcas Island healing community this spring.

  • May 15th, 2012

Goat creamery opens on Orcas

Bill and Jenny Myers have created the first goat dairy on Orcas.

Intern at Orcas Family Health

There has been a new face working at the Orcas Family Health Center and shopping the aisles of the market. Julie Yates is a nurse practitioner student from Seattle University who will be completing her clinical rotation at OFHC in the coming weeks.

  • May 8th, 2012