Bellevue Business of the Day is Rainmaker Signs

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Rainmaker Signs logoBellevue Business Directory and the Bellevue Business of the Day.  Rainmaker signs is a full service custom signs, vehicle graphics, wall and window graphics, and displays company. They listen well, are responsive to your needs and proactively offer ideas to improve performance. Rainmaker places a high value on getting the job done, right and on-time, consistently and

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New Nursery Takes Over in Mill Creek

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Once there was Wileywood Nursery, then My Garden and now in the same location on the Bothell Everett Highway is the new nursery in town called Li’l Sprout. Opened in November, this is Li’l Sprouts first garden season serving the people of Mill Creek and surrounding areas.

Steve Compton, who has always had a passion for the natural world, worked in the garden center industry for many years. Pursuing his interest for plants,

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Music & Arts Acquires Mills Music Stores in Seattle Area

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 Music & Arts, the largest band and orchestra instrument retailer and lesson provider, has increased its presence in Washington State to 13 stores with the addition of six Mills Music locations. Effective immediately, Mills Music locations in Bellevue, Bothell, Burien, Issaquah, Kent and Redmond are now part of the Music & Arts family of stores. This acquisition comes on the heels of the retailer acquiring seven Music Center stores in Washington in February, making Music & Arts the largest music retailer and lesson provider in the state.

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Hotels in Best Seattle Location - The Roosevelt Might Not Be Beat

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By Joe C. Kennedy

The RooseveltThe Roosevelt is a boutique 151 room hotel located in the central core of downtown Seattle, directly across the street from Pacific Place.  I recently had the opportunity to stay at The Roosevelt and had a tour of the property from General Manager John Mathews.

One of the interesting facts I learned about The Roosevelt is that it was built in 1929, is an historic landmark and was named after Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States of America, who served as our President from 1901-1909.  He was also our nation’s youngest President to date, having started his first term at the tender age of 42, taking over after President William McKinley.  (Kennedy was the youngest President to be elected to office).

The Roosevelt is a Coast Hotels & Resorts property, which operates a number of hotels in Canada, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and in Washington.  The Roosevelt is one of three Seattle properties they manage and they have an Eastside presence with the Coast Bellevue Hotel.

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CoroCall HD Video Conferencing Selected by SCTE

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The Mount Rainier Chapter of the Society of Telecommunications Engineers has chosen to use Kirkland-based CoroWare's CoroCall Business Class HD Video Conferencing service to save precious company resources - specifically time and money.

Until this year the Mt. Rainier Chapter SCTE technical training sessions were conducted using in-person training sessions.  Attendees would typically travel to a central meeting location, taking valuable time away from their cable technician working hours.

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Cedarbrook Lodge - Your Seattle Business Conference Center

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Boutique Hotel and Business Conference Center is Hidden Gem,
Oh So Close to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

By Joe Kennedy

I recently had the pleasure of enjoying an overnight stay at the multiple award-winning Cedarbrook Lodge.  This hotel and conference center is hidden away at the end of a non-descript residential street in the community of SeaTac, just barely separated from the very busy SeaTac Strip by 18 acres of very peaceful wetlands – but worlds away from the hustle and bustle of that major thorough fair that runs in front of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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April's Photography is Eastside Business of the Day!

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April does some really cool stuff with her photos - including
color highlights of black and white photos - you HAVE to check
it out (here's a pic from her site):

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WA Dems Tout Bill that Encourages Film Production & Jobs - Or Does It?

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The Washington State Democrats are touting their work to encourage film production and jobs in Washington - but are they really putting their money where their mouth is?  According to a media release I published at BellevueBusinessJournal.com - the bill that they are talking about and that was recently passed in the Senate was simply a renewal of a tax incentive program to meant to lure the film industry to work in our state.

But this renewal is far from encouraging any new jobs at all.  While they say that it keeps our state competitive, they also say that when the state first adopted this tax incentive program for the film industry, that Washington was one of only 14 states with a similar program - now there are 44.  Does simply renewing the same tax benefits to the film industry that they've had for 10 year really give them ANY incentive at all?

Or should Washington State stand up and really go out of our way to encourage film production and all other types of businesses to come here to work and hire in our fine state?  We need the jobs - our government needs to do more to bring them here.  That's my opinion - what's YOURS?

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