Business

Bankowski wins Realtor award

Lyn Bankowski, senior mortgage loan originator and assistant vice president at Alaska USA Mortgage Company in Oak Harbor, was recently recognized by the Washington Association of Realtors as their 2008 Affiliate of the Year.

  • May 22, 2009

Business in brief

Edwards joins WindermereWindermere Real Estate announces the addition of sales associate Nerell Edwards to its Whidbey Island-Oak Harbor office.Edwards was formerly a Realtor with Coldwell… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2009

Hospital seeks student interns

Whidbey General Hospital’s Student Intern Program is available to students who are or will be 18 years old or older as of June 22, 2009. Students of good academic standing who are interested in healthcare careers can discover first-hand the spectrum of work and work possibilities in these critically needed fields. Selected students will be hired to work at Whidbey General in the department which best matches their career interests.

  • May 8, 2009

Sunday markets offer plenty to Whidbey Island residents

The Sunday Farmers Markets at the Greenbank Farm have started and this year there are some new and exciting things happening.

  • May 5, 2009

Whidbey bank earns 5 stars

Whidbey Island Bank, Oak Harbor, has earned the highest 5-Star Superior rating for financial strength and stability from Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm.

  • Apr 21, 2009

Make your own moonshine

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center will host an educational workshop for producers interested in micro-distilling. The workshop will run from Friday, June 12 through Saturday, June 13 at the Padilla Bay Foundation in Skagit County.

  • Apr 9, 2009
Jack Ng

Business Expo draws a crowd

Spring-like weather ushered in the semi-annual Members’ Business Expo, held indoors March 25 at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. Thirty-seven businesses of all types showed their best and catered to the senses at the evening expo, backed by live music. “This is by far the best booth,” 9-year-old Mariela Torres said as she played with an over-sized pen at the Life Without Limits booth.

  • Mar 31, 2009
Jack Ng
John Mclain tells about his new book

Islander tells how to start your own home business

Writer John Mclain of Oak Harbor has seen people fail, and succeed, at executing their small business dream. After being "downsized" himself, he successfully started a national media consulting business and Web design firm. While Mclain's last novel and screenplay were both fictional, his latest non-fiction book is timed to the economy. He authored "How to promote your home business," which also touches on small businesses.

  • Mar 30, 2009
John Mclain tells about his new book
Mike Miller

Wieners signal spring’s arrival

Blue skies, longer days and the savory smell of Polish hotdogs lingers in the air. Spring is here. The seasonal shift marks a culinary change in Oak Harbor, and the return of The Weiner Wagon, owned by 20-year Oak Harbor resident Mike Miller.

  • Mar 25, 2009
Mike Miller

Sign code update may light up Oak Harbor electronically

Small town Oak Harbor may get a bigger city feel if the council decides to amend its sign code.The proposed changes, recommended by the planning… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2009

Edwards joins Windermere

Windermere Real Estate announces the addition of sales associate Nerell Edwards to its Whidbey Island-Oak Harbor office.

  • Mar 19, 2009

Make your own moonshine

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center will host an educational workshop for producers interested in micro-distilling. The workshop will run from Friday, June 12 through Saturday, June 13 at the Padilla Bay Foundation in Skagit County.

  • Mar 19, 2009

Severns chairs state board

The Washington State Bar Association recently nominated Robert T. Severns of Chicago Title Co., Oak Harbor, as chair of the Limited Practices Board.

  • Mar 19, 2009
Kim's Cafe owner Kim Sittner prepares a meal at her new restaurant.

Coupeville Wharf gets a Vietnamese twist

After spending years selling salad rolls at local farmers markets, Kim and Randy Sittner are making the move into a more traditional, sit-down restaurant. The Greenbank couple recently took over the restaurant out at the Coupeville Wharf and renamed it Kim's Cafe.

Kim's Cafe owner Kim Sittner prepares a meal at her new restaurant.
Therapist Susan Yorton provides low-cost therapy to local families.

Oak Harbor counselor looks to lower costs

Veterans of war, men and women facing marital problems, and others who may feel depressed, anxious or traumatized have few therapeutic options in Oak Harbor, particularly if they fall into a low income bracket.

  • Jan 23, 2009
Therapist Susan Yorton provides low-cost therapy to local families.
Discount Party owner Nancy Fey

Party time ends for popular store

The party’s over for Nancy and Mark Fey’s Oak Harbor Discount Party store. This fete has raged since day one when the door first opened 19 years ago, and it’s going out with a bang.

  • Jan 16, 2009
Discount Party owner Nancy Fey
Oak Harbor High School senior Tiersha Cutler stocks produce at Safeway Wednesday morning. She was one of 40 DECA students who descended on the local supermarket to gain real world work experience.

The Safeway to learn business

Safeway is doing more than selling food to hungry islanders. Employees at the Oak Harbor supermarket are giving eager business students some much-needed real-world experience.

Oak Harbor High School senior Tiersha Cutler stocks produce at Safeway Wednesday morning. She was one of 40 DECA students who descended on the local supermarket to gain real world work experience.

Business in Brief

Peoples hires Tony SteadmanPeoples Bank has hired Tony Steadman as vice president and commercial lending officer for the Bank’s Skagit-Island County Business Banking Team.Steadman has… Continue reading

  • Jan 9, 2009
Peggy Timmins walks down Pioneer Way Thursday afternoon. Businesses were trying to stay open despite the inches of snow and freezing temperatures.

Snow slows businesses, but they keep selling

Several inches of snow and frigid temperatures put a damper on holiday shopping the week before Christmas. Despite the difficult driving conditions and poor weather, many store owners were keeping their businesses open this week.

Peggy Timmins walks down Pioneer Way Thursday afternoon. Businesses were trying to stay open despite the inches of snow and freezing temperatures.

Oak Harbor’s top green businesses

Green Business Award winners were announced by Mayor Jim Slowik at the November chamber of commerce meeting. Mailliard’s Landing Nursery came in third for their organic compost and community service.

  • Dec 12, 2008