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MBDA Business Center in Tacoma helps minority-owned enterprises flourish

The MBDA is connecting Cassandra Williams to the right resources to grow her Love by the Slice Baking and Catering Company. I Photo by Georgena Frazier.

November 22, 2016 - 12:43pm

‘Employee engagement’ a hot topic but experts say you need a plan

As the labor market continues to evolve into an employee market, job seekers have more latitude and control on selecting employers where the chances for greater engagement is possible, says management trainer Darryl Warren. | Photo courtesy of Darryl Warren

November 17, 2016 - 12:31pm

In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

John Connor


In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

Jordan Monroe


New Rover report card puts pet parents’ minds at ease

Rover dog walker Madisyn Schultz uses the new report card app on daily excursions with her pet pals. | Photo by Miles Erickson.

November 8, 2016 - 10:06am

Herb rush: Ballot initiatives could set marijuana business ablaze

The harlequin cannabis strain is known for its high levels of cannabidiol, a compound that's been shown to have therapeutic applications.

October 28, 2016 - 4:08pm

Giving workers more flexibility can extend lives, study finds

Celadon Trucking’s Gordon Day is taking advantage of a new company policy that allows drivers to take their cats and dogs on the road with them. An Indiana University study found that giving workers in high-stress jobs additional freedom isn’t just a morale booster but could also help them live longer. | Photo courtesy of Celadon Trucking

October 27, 2016 - 3:58pm

Marijuana business is like the Wild West, but women, minorities are welcome

Industry leaders believe in better living through tax revenues, corporate policies, activist efforts and other measures involving cannabis. Pictured is a medical marijuana dispensary in NE Portland. | Photo courtesy of Tony Webster.

October 20, 2016 - 7:15pm

Big things are cooking at Central Eastside food hub

Members of the NW Food Buyers Alliance learn about greenhouse-grown produce during a field trip to Stone Boat Farm in 2015. Farmers are happy to help buyers explore which fruits and vegetables are in season, what preparations work well for different varieties, and what keeps customers coming back. | Photo courtesy of Shawn Linehan.

October 14, 2016 - 3:58pm

Ballot measure aims to improve high school graduation rates and help kids find careers

Butch Stetson, an auto shop teacher at Silverton High School, works on rebuilding a classic car engine with Remington Kuenzi, a recent Silverton graduate. | Photo courtesy of Steve Dipaola.


October 7, 2016 - 4:45pm