Oak Harbor toy store holds grand opening | Biz Beat

It’s Your Turn toy store in downtown Oak Harbor held a GRAND OPENING Friday, which will continue today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Mar 2, 2012

Nicholson signs anthology at Oak Harbor bookstore | Biz Note

Wind & Tide Bookshop on Pioneer Way will host a BOOK SIGNING today for Sharon Nicholson, the author of “Their Place in History: An Anthology of WWII Autobiographies.”

  • Mar 2, 2012

Weekly Oak Harbor club eases job hunting pains

Finding a job is a full-time job, according to T.J. Larrick, and those searching can use the helpful hints and leads found at Job Club. Larrick, employment specialist for the Department of Social and Health Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, meets with the unemployed, under-employed and those looking for a better job every Monday at 1 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Library for free.

Gray whale watching season begins for Whidbey Island

Local tour groups are gearing up for the annual return of some popular visitors to Saratoga Passage. Gray whales are making their annual trip to the area in search of easy eats. They spend most of the spring feeding in the passage, which provides a chance for whale watchers to get a close look at the marine mammals.

Discover if storm can lead to tax extension | Biz Beat

Tax return FILING EXTENSIONS may be available to businesses affected by the recent winter storm. Extension requests can be made to the Department of Revenue by calling 1-800-647-7706.

  • Feb 10, 2012

Learn to finance a business | Biz Beat

A FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 15, at WiFire in Freeland.

  • Feb 10, 2012

Driver improvement class offered | Biz Beat

AAA will offer a DRIVER IMPROVEMENT course Thursday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Regency in Oak Harbor.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Excel and repair classes offered by builders group | Biz Beat

Two workshops geared toward the BUILDING INDUSTRY will be put on by the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association and the North Puget Sound Association of realtors in February and March.

  • Feb 8, 2012

Valentine event hosted by Coupeville tea shop | Biz Beat

Coupeville NATURAL AND TEA & TREASURE will host a special Valentine event Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Feb 3, 2012

Dutch business channels German food | Biz Beat

A TOUCH OF DUTCH in Coupeville will be expanding and adding German foods to its inventory this spring along with best selling International Chocolates from a variety of countries.

  • Feb 3, 2012

Officers installed at annual chamber meeting | Biz Beat

The Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce's ANNUAL MEETING and installation of officers, originally scheduled for Jan. 20, has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 16.

  • Feb 3, 2012

Learn about Earned Income Tax Credit | Biz Beat

The IRS has launched its annual outreach campaign aimed at assisting Americans who earned $49,078 or less to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

  • Feb 3, 2012

Disaster support available for Whidbey storm victims | Biz Beat

FEDERAL DISASTER SUPPORT may be available to Island County farmers who saw agriculture losses from excessive rain, flooding, below normal temperatures, high winds, frosts and freezes in 2011.

  • Feb 3, 2012

Whidbey Island prepares for electric cars

Whidbey Islanders are starting to get a charge out of an emerging technology. A couple of businesses across the island are busy installing the initial charging stations and town leaders are designing regulations to accommodate electric cars.

New panels double solar energy output at Greenbank Farm

Solar energy is becoming a larger part of Whidbey Island’s publicly owned farm. Workers from Whidbey Sun and Wind have been busy this month installing two more solar arrays at the Greenbank Farm. The new panels will double the energy the solar panel project produces. Two solar panels currently produce 25 kilowatts of power, which will go up to 50 kilowatts when the new panels get connected to the grid this week.

Native plant sale helps Whidbey Conservation District programs

Whidbey Island Conservation District is accepting orders now through Jan. 30 on an assortment of Western Washington native plants.

  • Jan 24, 2012

Whidbey Bank sails through rough economy

Washington Banking Company, the holding company of Whidbey Island Bank based in Oak Harbor, will report its end of year earnings later this month. Jack Wagner, president and CEO of Washington Banking Company, said he could not speculate on the results but did say the first three quarters of 2011 were good despite a sluggish economy.

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The short happenings of businesses on Whidbey and beyond.

  • Jan 6, 2012

Celebrate the new ferry | Biz Beat

Washington State Ferries will celebrate the KENNEWICK’S completion Friday, Jan. 6, at the ferry terminal in Port Townsend.

  • Dec 30, 2011

Vintage trading post moves | Biz Beat

MICHAEL-JOHN’S TRADING POST in Oak Harbor has moved to a new location.

  • Dec 30, 2011