Monday, April 14, 2014

Exporting to Expand into New Markets

UPDATE:  Cancelled for future Rescheduling.

The Pierce County Economic Development Department is hosting an EXPORT FORUM. The FORUM is for companies new to exporting and those exporting that might want to expand to new markets.

Exporting provides opportunities to broaden and deepen your customer base, taking advantage of shifting worldwide economic trends.  Washington firms have access to an array of public and private services which can help you negotiate the seemingly formidable obstacles.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

JL Darling Receives 2014 Tahoma Business Environmental Award

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber annually recognizes entrepreneurial efforts that meet a high standard of excellence for environmental, preservation and protection accomplishments through its Tahoma Business Environmental Award. 

Jason Landmark and John Mattingly, JL Darling

This afternoon, at the Chamber Luncheon, the 2014 award was presented by award sponsor Tom Taylor Jr., Taylor-Thomason Insurance, to JL Darling LLC. 

JL Darling LLC has invested heavily in refining their manufacturing process for their world-famous products that result in minimal pollution and waste during production. Rite in the Rain is a patented, environmentally-responsible, all-weather writing paper that sheds water and enable writing anywhere and in any weather.

Founder Jerry Darling developed the early version of Rite in the Rain to address the hassle of soggy and illegible paperwork that has plagued outdoor professionals. The Rite in the Rain All-Weather Writing Paper is a substrate created for use in outdoor writing situations and is manufactured with the most durable yet recyclable components available.

With their Rite in the Rain paper products being designed to have ultra-low impact on the environment, the water based coating process emits only steam and all mill offcuts are recycled back into the paper-manufacturing stream. A hundred percent of printing inks they use are soy based. Rite in the Rain 20 and 32 pound papers also meet archival criteria meaning that it will last several hundred years under normal use.  Yet, even with Rite in the Rain’s durability, the product is as recyclable as standard paper.

JL Darling LLC products are used around the globe in situations ranging from desert warfare to rainforest insect research.

Co-presidents of JL Darling LLC, Scott and Todd Silver, are proud that Rite in the Rain All-Weather Writing Paper is still manufactured here in Tacoma.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chamber Announces Tahoma Business Environmental Award Nominees

The Chamber annually recognizes entrepreneurial efforts that meet a high standard of excellence for environmental, preservation and protection accomplishments through its Tahoma Business Environmental Award.

The 12th Tahoma Business Environmental Award, sponsored by Taylor-Thomason Insurance, will be presented at the Chamber Luncheon Featuring Tahoma BusinessEnvironmental Award event on April 11, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Allenmore Public Golf Course, 2125 S Cedar Street.

Nominees for the award are:

  • Cartridge World
  • Earthwise Architectural Salvage
  • The Harmon Brewing Company
  • J.L. Darling Company
  • Kirmac Collision Services
  • Light Dental Studios
  • NW Furniture Bank
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Regence BlueShield
  • Sperry Ocean Dock
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity
  • University of Puget Sound
In addition to the award presentation, the Luncheon will feature speakers representing the intersection of business and the environment. The Prairie Line Trail at UWT Station, presented by Milt Tremblay and Lorna Mauren, University of Washington Tacoma and Metal Recycling & the Environment, presented by Louise Bray, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Calling All Major Employers

The Economic Development Board is seeking updates and unidentified major employers for their annual list of major employers.  Gain recognition for your firm's success and impact on our local economy.  Share you info with the EDB:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mimimum Wage Debate at UW Tonite

The Washington Policy Center first ever  debate, tonight at the University of Washington!

The debate, also hosted by its Young Professionals group and new UW club, WPC Young Professionals @ UW, will bring together national and local experts to discuss if an increased minimum wage is an opportunity creator or job killer.

The event is open to everyone, and is free to attend! To register online and/or pass along this invite to anyone you think would be interested in attending – including young people (those who this policy will greatly impact), see below for event details.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

University of Washington
Kane Hall
7:00 p.m.
FREE to attend

Hear the experts debate
today's hottest policy issue!

Click here to register  - or contact Lisa Jansen.