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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Waste Management picks Oak Harbor for 120 jobs

A lot of good jobs with benefits are coming to Oak Harbor. Waste Management of the Pacific Northwest announced plans Tuesday to open a regional customer service center in Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor business expo brings out local flavors

With the economy lagging, more and more people are seeking advice on how to invest their money. Randy Wall of Penn Cove Financial said during Thursday’s Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Members Expo that he’s seeing more inquiries about his services.

Business in Brief

Learn about the signs of our timesBusiness owners face a limited number of options for highway signs in the Scenic Aisle Way of Island County,… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2008

Looking for jobs in scarce market

School district budget cuts affect more than the student body, it affects the local economy, too.Richard Andrews, a licensed groundskeeper, was laid off Sept. 1… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2008

Business in Brief

Gallery grand opening tonightThe newest fine arts gallery on Whidbey Island is open for business.The grand opening of the Garry Oak Gallery is Saturday, Oct.… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2008

Whidbey wares spark interest at Biz Expo

Even with the national economy tanking, Whidbey Island residents may be looking more toward local services to meet their needs.Thousands of people came to Coupeville… Continue reading