My passion for business management and consulting has fueled my desire for business law-making. The bills pertaining to business are important to me because I can sympathize, not only with the employers, but also the employees.
Save the date! February 17. I'll be in Arlington and Sultan for a town hall meeting, read below for more information.
My career in business consulting and managing was quite the journey.
It all started with the purchase of a restaurant called The Dutch Cup in 1981. I managed and owned The Dutch Cup for 20 years before selling and moving on to work for Northwest Agricultural Business Center.
The Snohomish County Economic Development Council was the next stop in my journey. My role in this organization was that of a business consultant. A very proud moment of mine was when the Herald described me as the “economic angel.” Meeting with start-up and existing businesses throughout the 39th District was an incredible and rewarding part of my job. I truly care about the businesses in our district and their ability to achieve their goals. I've been able to help many businesses market and distribute their products. Working at this job allowed me the opportunity to hone my business skills and it prepared me for my next challenge.
My next job was with a program called Northwest Women's Business Center. It was during my time there that I was given the opportunity to attend a conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This is where I learned about a great program called GROW Nebraska. GROW Nebraska is an organization that's mission is to provide maintainable economic development throughout Nebraska. When I heard about this program I fell in love. I knew there was a need in Washington State for a similar business development program. In 2010, I started an organization much like this one in Washington called GroWashington. GroWashington is a small business development center and retail incubator, which serves all of Snohomish County including Everett.
Since that time, I've had to step down from my position at GroWashington, to focus on my duty to represent the people of the 39th District. Because of my business background, I am aware of the struggles that both the business employers and employees experience. I want to inform you that I am here, advocating for you!
Business bills update.
This session, I've introduced a few bills that may be of interest to you.
HB 2568: This bill was brought to me by the Downtown Monroe Association. It is a consolidation for an art activity liquor license which allows the holder to sell wine by the glass, bottle, or can. This bill has been referred to the Commerce and Gaming committee.
HB 2275: The Youth Internship Opportunity Act establishes a youth internship pilot program in qualified restaurants and grocery stores. This bill has been referred to the Labor and Workplace standards committee.
HB 2822: This bill would penalize the intentional misrepresentation of a service animal.
HB 2830: Restaurants and grocery stores would have to establish procedures for paying their employees during the training period. This training certificate would only apply to employees 25-years or younger or those returning to the workforce after five-years of unemployment.
Save the date! February 17.
As promised above, I'll be at the Sultan Town Hall from 10 am – 12 pm and Arlington's Hadley Hall from 4 pm – 6 pm. Stay tuned, I will be sending out more information in the weeks to come.
Thanks for reading my weekly business newsletter. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
It is an honor to serve as your state representative.