Children’s business fair at Alderwood Mall showcases future entrepreneurs

What started as a backyard idea turned into children’s business Fair Sunday at Lynnwood’s Alderwood Mall, showcasing the unique skills of future entrepreneurs aged 6 to 15. The young vendors at the Kirkland Children’s Business Fair created a business plan and designed products that included baking goods, T-shirts, paintings, hair decorations, jewelry and crafts. More…

Reminder: Community Transit to discuss Lynnwood pilot project at June 16 chamber meeting

Community Transit’s Lynnwood Pilot Project is the topic of the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce virtual luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. You can register for the luncheon here. Community Transit and the City of Lynnwood are working together to test new transportation services within the city. The goal is to identify public transit services…

Snohomish PUD launches electric vehicle charger rebates for business customers

Snohomish County PUD is now offering commercial, industrial and multi-family customers a rebate for the purchase and installation of qualifying Level 2 connected Energy Star electric vehicle (EV) chargers at their facilities. Rebates apply to both new and existing facilities: New construction facilities are eligible for a $500 rebate per port. Existing facilities requiring infrastructure…

1st Security Bank adopts new home mortgage closing program

Mountlake Terrace-based 1st Security Bank said Wednesday it has adopted a new Hybrid/eNote program to increase the efficiency of its mortgage closing process while decreasing its environmental impact. The platform enables home mortgage clients to conveniently sign most of their closing documents from any location with web access, resulting in a faster, more secure process…

Lynnwood-based small businesses receive grants from Comcast Rise program

Two Lynnwood businesses — Anointed Hands and Da Dessert — are among 69 Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses in Washington that will be awarded technology and/or marketing resources as a part of the Comcast RISE program. Thee recipients of this latest round of grants are part of nearly 2,500 entrepreneurs nationwide who…

Local couple’s card game lets you laugh at 2020

After a year of self-isolating and mask wearing, many are left to wonder how they are expected to mentally and emotionally process a challenging year that included a pandemic, toilet paper shortages and murder hornets. According to Lynnwood High School alumnus Jonathan Noble and his girlfriend Kathryn Christensen, the best way is with a laugh….

Small Business Administration reopens grant applications for shuttered venue operators

The U.S. Small Business Administration on April 26 will reopen the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief. “We recognize the urgency and need to get this program…

Sponsor spotlight: Get your contractor or employee classification right

As a small business owner, you may face the issue of whether to classify workers as employees or as independent contractors. Classifying your workers as independent contractors generally saves you money. That’s because you avoid paying employment taxes and benefits on their behalf. If the IRS determines that you misclassified your employees as contractors, you…

SBA to increase lending limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount…

Applications for small business grants available starting March 29.

The City of Lynnwood announced Wednesday that another round of government grants for small businesses will be open for application March 29. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have been forced to close or reduce their occupancy. As the state moves into Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, more relief is…

Service excellence topic of March 25 Lynnwood Chamber virtual breakfast meeting

As your teams return to the office, how can you ensure that your customers receive the level of service they expect and deserve? Aaron Nelson of Inspired by Aaron will address that question during the Thursday, March 25, Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce BYOBreakfast meeting. The free virtual breakfast will run from 8-9 a.m. You can register…

2021-22 Lynnwood Business Directory available online

The 2021-22 City of Lynnwood Business Directory– a collaborative resources developed by the City of Lynnwood and the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce — is now available online. City staff recommend it as a resource to connect with businesses in and around the greater Lynnwood area. Paper copies of the directory will be available throughout the…

Propeller Airports CEO sees a brighter future on horizon for Paine Field

Propeller Airports CEO Brett Smith believes things are about to take off again at Everett’s Paine Field. During a virtual presentation to the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, Smith said that despite reduced passenger counts, flight routes and other challenges associated with COVID-19, he is optimistic about the airport’s future. Propeller Airports built and manages…

Concern for Neighbors Food Bank receives Good Neighbor donation from State Farm agents

After hearing about recent thefts impacting the Concern for Neighbors Food bank in Mountlake Terrace, a group of local State Farm insurance agents made a sizeable donation to assist. On different days in late February, thieves stole computers, a van (since recovered) and several thousand dollars of gift cards from the food bank, which serves…

Scene in Lynnwood: Ribbon cutting for Cariloha

Cariloha has opened at a new location near Nordstrom at the Alderwood Mall. Combining Carribean style “with the spirit of aloha,” the store features bedding, clothing and bath goods made from sustainable bamboo. Learn more about Cariloha here.   

Only three weeks left for small businesses, non-profits to apply for a forgivable PPP loan

Time is running out for small businesses and non-profits to secure a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. The Washington Economic Development Association, the National Development Council and leaders of the Washington Small Business Recovery Working Group encourage organizations to visit SmallBizHelpWA.com for available resources. Businesses interested in this assistance should: Find a lender at SmallBizHelpWA.com…

Snohomish PUD offering free energy-saving bundles to businesses

Snohomish PUD business customers with one or more facilities in the utility’s territory can receive a free energy-saving bundle for each business location they operate in Snohomish County. Last fall, the PUD began offering three distinct bundles of energy-efficiency products for local businesses. Each bundle targeted a separate segment of customers who were highly impacted…

CarLotz opens in Lynnwood  

CarLotz, the nation’s largest consignment-to-retail, used-vehicle marketplace, recently announced it has opened a store in Lynnwood. The store, located at 20612 Highway 99, is the company’s first on the West Coast. Here’s a summary of our conversation with CarLotz’ co-founder and CEO, Michael Bor. Tell us about CarLotz.   CarLotz was founded because we were frustrated with…

Schools superintendent to speak at Lynnwood Chamber breakfast meeting Feb. 24

The Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce’s virtual breakfast previously scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25 has been moved to Wednesday, Feb. 24. Speakers are Edmonds School District Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas and Ty Reed of Workforce Snohomish: There is no cost for the meeting, which will run from 8-9 a.m. via Zoom. You can register here.