TVW Nominated for Economic Courage Award July 23, 2021 update: The Thurston EDC awarded Economic Courage Awards at the Hootenanny on Thursday, July 22. Learn more here: https://thurstonedc.com/hootenanny/. *Photo Courtesy TVW At the Thurston EDC, we define ‘Economic Courage’ as a leader, a business, nonprofit or organization that, while facing economic uncertainty [...]
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Investor Spotlight: Express Employment Professionals We recently sat down with Reid Bates, owner of Express Employment Professionals. Enjoy our conversation below! Thurston EDC Investor Spotlight Q&A: Express Employment Professionals EDC: How long have you been in business? RB: Express Employment Professionals first opened their doors in Olympia in 1983, but I purchased the business [...]
Sandstone Distillery Nominated for an Economic Courage Award Photos from left to right: "Every drop of alcohol we made for months and months went into hand sanitizer. Hell of a thing to do with what could’ve been a nice bourbon or vodka," said John. Justin and John Bourdon. [...]
Olympia Chef Competes on On Discovery+ Chopped Next Gen Elise Landry and Adam Wagner first visited downtown Olympia when considering a move to the city to live and open a restaurant. They stopped by Harts Mesa on Columbia Street and ate. Little did they know [...]
Serendipity Children's Center July 23, 2021 update: The Thurston EDC awarded Economic Courage Awards at the Hootenanny on Thursday, July 22. Learn more here: https://thurstonedc.com/hootenanny/. The childcare sector is a critical underpinning of our economy – local, regional, and state. In fact, many would argue that childcare and early learning systems are the underpinnings [...]
INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT: PRINT NW Print NW is the largest commercial printer in South Sound and the seventh-largest in Washington State. Owners Jeff Stallings and Ned Witting credit their growth to industry diversification, a terrific workforce, forward-thinking technology investments, and a blend of employee experience and energy. In October, Print [...]
Local Investing Opportunities Networks (LIONs) A growing number of people are forming local investment groups to invest in local businesses. The groups tend to fall into two types: Investment Clubs and LIONs. A local investing network is a community-based investment group such as angel investors or micro-lenders with a hyper-local focus. The concept was [...]
Investor Spotlight: A Conversation with Matthew Mauer of Puget Sound Energy We recently had the chance to speak with Matthew Mauer, Senior Government Affairs Representative with Puget Sound Energy. Enjoy our conversation below: EDC: Where were you before you joined PSE? MM: Before joining PSE, I was the Director of External Affairs [...]
Business Spotlight: Windfall Architectural Products We recently sat down with Scott Royer of Windfall Architectural Products. Windfall manufactures products from sustainably-sourced materials, including salvaged wood. Learn more in our conversation below! Thurston EDC: Tell us a little about your company and what you make? Scott: Windfall Architectural Products is [...]
Thurston EDC: Tell us about your business. Renee Linder: We are a painting and general contractor providing high-performance coatings, pigment sealers, water\anti-graffiti repellents, and exterior and interior painting services. Our customers are large general contractors – such as Turner Construction Company, and we currently hold painting contracts for various state agencies. Thirty years ago, [...]