Beware of scams related to federal stimulus payments

The Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday sent out an alert noting that the federal government is seeing an increase in scams related to federal stimulus payments, including phone calls, text messages and emails phishing for information. According to the chamber, the messaging includes variations of language such as “in order to receive your/your client’s stimulus payment via direct…

Sponsor spotlight: New coronavirus law requires small business to provide paid leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a new law passed in late March that offers COVID-19 assistance for both employees and employers. This new law provides businesses with fewer than 500 employees the funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Here…

State unemployment insurance applications increased 843 percent over previous week

The Washington State Employment Security Department reported Thursday that it saw 133,464 new claims for unemployment benefits for the week of March 15-21, an increase of 119,310 claims — or a 843% — over the previous week. “This data shows the enormity of the situation unfolding in our state,” said Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “The velocity and…

State launches web form to clarify essential businesses under governor’s stay-at-home order

Washington State today launched an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The proclamation goes into effect at midnight tonight, closing non-essential businesses for the next two weeks. State officials continue to emphasize that the state COVID-19 web…

MLT restaurant fundraiser focuses on hot meals for area senior citizens

Mountlake Terrace’s 44th Street Sliders said that between now and March 31, it will donate a hot meal to senior citizens for every meal purchased at the restaurant. “With your help, I want to keep my team members employed a social distance and provide 1,500 meals to seniors citizens in South Snohomish County in the…

Goodwill, TJ Maxx and related stores announce temporary closures

In addition to the closure of many other major retail chains announced earlier this week, two other stores said Thursday they are suspending operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All Seattle-area Goodwill stores — including those in Edmonds and Lynnwood — will be closed from March 19 until at least April 2. And the CEO…

Area grocery stores adapting to COVID-19 challenges

Welcome to grocery store shopping in the age of COVID-19. What used to be a simple trip to the store is now preceded by a list of worries including whether the items on your list will still be on the shelves, and if you’ll be limited in how much you can purchase. Once you get…

Federal disaster assistance loans available to state small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday it is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in many Washington counties, including Snohomish County. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions…

Inaugural breakfast in Lynnwood April 21 for SnoCo Women in Business

  A new organization, SnoCo Women in Business, is holding its an inaugural breakfast Tuesday, April 21 in Lynnwood. Open to all Snohomish County residents — women and men — the goal is to provide “a unified community for collaboration, education and empowerment supporting the business success of women.” The event will be at SERVPRO…

State provides resource list for businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus

If your business or employment situation is being impacted by the Covid-19 coronavirus, here’s a partial list of state resources that the governor’s office has compiled: Financial assistance The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) can work with impacted companies that request an extension on tax filing. The law grants the Department authority to extend…

Scene in Lynnwood: Ribbon cut for Ashley Furniture Homestore

The Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce Friday morning hosted a ribbon-cutting for Ashley Furniture Homestore. During the event, the store also congratulated Sally Stegmeier, the winner of its $5,000 scratch-off promotion. The store is located at 18601 Alderwood Pkwy., in the former Lynnwood Toys ‘R Us.

North Lynnwood QFC will close March 7

Shoppers in north Lynnwood will have one less grocery store to choose from next month, when the QFC at 17525 Highway 99 closes its doors for good on March 7. Signs have just been installed in the store informing customers of the closing, and announcing a storewide sale of up to 40 percent off beginning…

Wednesday: HR recruiting topic of Lynnwood Chamber meeting

Just six tickets remain for the Wednesday, Feb. 19 Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce meeting featuring Melissa Anderson, HR recruiter for Community Transit. Her topic will be “Recruiting 101: How to Find the Best Employees.” The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for…

Alderwood Mall Papyrus store going out of business

The Papyrus store at Alderwood Mall will be closing by the end of February, part of a shutdown that will affect all 254 retail stores. Approximately 1,100 employees nationwide will be unemployed. Parent company Schurman Fine Papers, of Tennessee, has filed for bankruptcy. Poor retail performance as well as high operating costs contributed to the…

BankWork$ program offers free training for bank-related jobs

Jump start your banking career with YWCA BankWork$, a free program in Snohomish County that provides training for bank-related jobs, such as teller, customer service representative or personal banker, in eight weeks. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years old, have a GED or high school diploma, be proficient in English, know basic computer…

Learn how to start a business this spring at Edmonds CC’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs and “wantrepreneurs” can learn how to start their own business this spring at Edmonds Community College’s new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The center will serve as a hub where community members can network, connect with resources and take classes. The inaugural course, PRIMER, will cover entrepreneurship and small business essentials. “Our instructors are…

Comcast names Roy Novosel vice president of engineering for Washington state

Comcast has appointed Roy Novosel as its new vice president of engineering, based at Comcast’s statewide headquarters in Lynnwood. In his role, Novosel will manage the network, engineering and construction teams, and one of the state’s largest converged, fiber-optic networks. Novosel is a technical operations, construction and network engineering executive with 20 years of experience…

Dick’s Drive-In to celebrate 66 years with 19-cent burgers in Edmonds Jan. 30

To celebrate its 66th anniversary, Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants is rolling back the price on burgers to the original 19-cent price, with the special price available at the Highway 99 and 220th Street Southwest location this Thursday, Jan. 30. The restaurant notes that because last year’s 19-cent day “brought almost too many customers out to celebrate,” this…