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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 This Week's Paper

It’s Just Business: UWT business plan competition reaches out to veterans

The Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) at University of Washington-Tacoma has launched its first ever business plan competition. With the goal to create future business leaders in Pierce County, and Tacoma in particular, the competition is open to all colleges and universities in the South Sound and members of the broader community as well.  The winning team will receive in-kind services from businesses in the area and a cash prize that can be used as seed money for their entrepreneurial project.
VIBE Director Thomas Kuljam said that this competition is in keeping with his efforts to help create “an epicenter of entrepreneurial culture” in the South Sound and to help people think outside the box when it comes to doing something with their time and talents that satisfies their soul as much as their… Read Full Story

BUSINESS
Be Well - Inside & Out

Rainier Medical is a weight loss and wellness clinic originally opened by Dr. Valerie Sutherland MD in University Place. Sutherland, along with her team of health and wellness professionals, have helped community members all across the Puget Sound to loose 11,100 pounds among all their patients and counting. Exciting news at Rainier Medical is that this past week a second location in Puyallup at 16515 Meridian Ave. E. was opened. This new location will help to serve the larger Pacific Northwest with all the great health and wellness services offered by Sutherland and her team.
Rainier Medical Office Manager Alyssa Rivera states, “On… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
Business Spotlight: Adorned Abode

With the gift-giving season approaching, many people are looking for gifts that are unique, that a person may not expect and with a craft-y charm. This is where Adorned Abode, a fresh new shop in Freighthouse Square, comes into play.
Adorned Abode is a shop that specializes in unique gifts for men, women and children, as well as unique sections such as gifts a bride can buy for bridesmaids.
The store features hand-crafted items from artists not just around the local area, but also state and country-wide. Among the more unique aspect… Read Full Story

More Business
“The spirit behind using secret shoppers isn’t to bust your employees or to make for a “gotcha!” moment when the employee may not handle things correctly, but rather to see whether your own policies are being implemented and i
It’s just business: SECRET SHOPPERS
By William Manzanares

It’s pretty much a given that if you are an entrepreneur, you are a very busy person. For those who have families to tend to, multiple business locations to maintain or other areas in life that don’t allow for spending every working hour of the day on site, it can be difficult to keep an eye on…

Little trainees (from left) Isaiah, William, Dorian, Isabella and Amelliah now have had their first taste of the working world and loved it.
It’s Just Business
By Matt Nagle

As a lifelong entrepreneur, it is no secret that William Manzanares has a passion for business. This, of course, includes working for success for himself and his employees but there are others out in the broader community that he also wants to help succeed – the youth. “Mentoring our young people…

It’s Just Business: The Minimum Wage
By William Manzanares

Last year when Dan Price, founder and CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments, announced that he would raise the company's minimum salary to $70,000 a year, he was roundly praised by many – and roundly criticized by others, notably his own customers. It seems…

It’s Just Business: The cost of being cheap
By William Manzanares

 In a lot of ways, service industry businesses – restaurants, auto repair shops, beauty salons, etc. – are unique ventures with their own set of challenges and rewards, and number one among these is the people who walk through the door. Service industry businesses depend on the lifeblood…

KID POWER. Vanessa Manzanares (right) and dad William (left) talk a lot about her future and that of other kids her age, with self-employment being as viable an option as becoming a doctor or lawyer.
It’s just business
By William Manzanares

With fall having arrived and school now back in full swing, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get kids interested in business – how to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in young people starting at the earliest age possible. Myself, I was engaging in business transactions going back…

It’s Just Business: Employee retention
By William Manzanares

 In the April 29 Tacoma Weekly article “Local entrepreneur talks about the quandary of hiring,” I discussed my three-tier hiring procedure that has worked out rather well for me despite the difficulties of finding quality people to hire. Granted, it’s not a perfect system but I can say…

It’s just business
By William Manzanares

When big companies fail, we always seem to hear about or read an analysis of why from an outside observer – “business experts” and the like – but never really from someone inside the company laying out exactly why the business had to close. It could be that people just don’t want to face…

It’s just business
By William Manzanares

When big companies fail, we always seem to hear about or read an analysis of why from an outside observer – “business experts” and the like – but never really from someone inside the company laying out exactly why the business had to close. It could be that people just don’t want to face…

SHINING. Forgeous Jewelers is a new face in the Fircrest community, but have already established themselves as experienced jewelry repair men.
Business Spotlight: Forgeous Jewelers
By Derek Shuck

Residents of Tacoma have a new option when it comes to jewelery customization and repair. Forgeous Jewelers, located at 1001-B Regents Blvd. in Fircrest opened two weeks ago and is already making a splash in the community. Forgeous Jewelers does nearly everything in-house, instead of sending it to…

Be Well - Inside & Out
By Erica Cooley Special to Tacoma Weekly

Rainier Medical is a weight loss and wellness clinic originally opened by Dr. Valerie Sutherland MD in University Place. Sutherland, along with her team of health and wellness professionals, have helped community members all across the Puget Sound to loose 11,100 pounds among all their patients and…