Business in Brief

Learn about the signs of our times

Business owners face a limited number of options for highway signs in the Scenic Aisle Way of Island County, but the county and the Washington Department of Transportation have some specific categories available to businesses to consider as they address their visibility with the public.

Join the Island County Economic Development Council and the Freeland Chamber of Commerce for a free workshop where business owners can ask questions and address their concerns with state and county officials who deal with the sign issue. The meeting is Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8:30 a.m. at the Puget Sound Energy office in Freeland, 1794 Main St. Call 678-6889 for information.

Porter joins mortgage company

Alaska USA Mortgage Company welcomes Rhonda Porter, senior mortgage loan originator, to its Oak Harbor office.

“Rhonda’s extensive experience in real estate lending and her reputation in the community provide a perfect complement to our team. Her dedication and service to her clients are an asset to our office,” said Lyn Bankowski, assistant vice president and senior mortgage loan originator for Alaska USA Mortgage Company in Oak Harbor.

Porter brings over 20 years of lending, title and escrow experience to Alaska USA Mortgage Company. She she takes pride in working with customers to provide home financing that best fits their needs. Porter is a member of the Northwest Washington Women’s Council of Realtors and the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

The Oak Harbor office is located at 650 NE Midway Blvd, Suite 101. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Nichols named top employee

Dignitaries, family, friends and employees gathered to honor Amanda Nichols, LPN, as Frontier Management’s company-wide first Employee of the Year Award.

Nichols was chosen from nominations submitted by Frontier’s 23 communities and 1,400 employees. The reception was held Oct. 24 at HomePlace Special Care Center in Oak Harbor, where she has been a nurse for seven years.

“Amanda has shown this dedication to memory care residents and their family members. She is a conscientious nurse, who communicates well with physicians and her fellow caregivers,” said a news release.

In addition to many employees, residents and their families, the event was attended by Frontier’s CEO, Greg Roderick. Local dignitaries included Oak Harbor Mayor, Jim Slowik, City Council members Jim Palmer and Bob Severns.

Burley ships to military

Burley Funeral Chapel in Oak Harbor is making it easy to send packages to our troops overseas this holiday season.

Participants simply provide items for a care package, such as toiletries, food and clothing. Burley provides the box, customs form, instructions and pays for the cost of shipping.

There are three easy steps: First, stop by to get a starter kit complete with box, custom forms and instructions; second, fill the box with your choice of approved goodies and complete the customs form; third, return the box and customs form to Burley and they’ll take care of the shipping.

Burley Funeral Home is located at 30 SE Ely Street. Stop by or call 675-3192 for more information.

Women hear combat arms vet

Spring Rohem of Salon Spring in Freeland is hosting the next “Whidbey Women” business conference Thursday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bayview Cash Store off Highway 525 on South Whidbey.

“This will be a great evening for meeting other business people for networking,” Rohem said. Jim Freeman, local celebrity host, will give the opening introductions.

Featured speaker is business expert, financial consultant and South Whidbey resident Nina Fenton talking on, “Why a changing economy and difficult times is not always bad.” Fenton brings 25 years of leadership experience that ranges from being the first woman officer to command a NATO combat arms unit to serving several years in a senior executive capacity with Fortune 500 corporations and private enterprises.

Tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the door if available. For information call 360-730-1469.

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