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A Salute to in Business in the Lower Valley

National Business Women's Week




A special supplement to the Daily Sun News October 22, 2015

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Women in Business

October 22, 2015

Elizabeth Alba

Elizabeth Alba

workplace mishap made  all the difference for Elizabeth Alba, director of finances for the city of Sunnyside. Alba fell while working at a Sunnyside resident care facility and while recovering from her injuries was given the opportunity to help with bookkeeping. “I’ve always enjoyed working with numbers,” she said. Since then she has forged a 15-year career helping local governments crunch numbers. It all started when she went to work for the city of Prosser in 2000 after having worked for a year as a bookkeeper at a Sunnyside photography business. Prosser promoted Alba to accounts payable/payroll clerk and from there she went to work for city hall at her hometown, Grandview as first a utility billing clerk and then deputy city clerk/treasurer. After 10 years with Grandview, Alba in 2012 began work for the city of Toppenish as a deputy finance director. It was in 2014 she took a job with the city of Sunnyside as a financial analyst. This fall the city promoted her to finance director following David Layden’s retirement. The transition to Sunnyside’s top finance officer comes just as the city is in the midst of planning a budget for 2016. That means Alba is not only tasked with her new job – which includes supervising employees in her department - but responsibilities from her old job until the city hires a new financial analyst. It all makes for a busy time

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by John Fannin

Elizabeth Alba is all smiles at her new job as Sunnyside’s director of finances, even as responsibility and paperwork stack up during the city’s busy budget planning season.

for the Grandview School Board member. But she’s been aiming for this moment for years. “Yeah, I feel kind of like this is the peak of my career,” Alba says of being Sunnyside’s director of finances. And it’s a career arc that didn’t happen by accident. That’s because all along her path she has made efforts to hone her accounting abilities. That includes earning not one, but two, degrees in 2006 from CWU; accounting and business administration. Alba also has a Master’s of Business Administration in finance earned in 2011 from Walden University. It’s all a long, long way from the Grandview girl who grew up dreaming of becoming a secretary. “That’s what I thought I always wanted…but when I became a secretary I knew I wanted more,” she smiles. - John Fannin can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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RANDVIEW – Linda Freepons is just beginning to recover from hosting a huge media event she organized for the Bleyhl Farm Service Country Store in Grandview. The first ever “Ladies Night Out” held earlier this month was an occasion to celebrate the store’s shoppers, as well as promote the country store’s merchandise targeted for female customers. Freepons, who has worked for Bleyhl Farm Service, Inc. for the past 11 years, said the event was a big success. Not only did the debut marketing event showcase the different types of merchandise available in the Bleyhl store, women were made aware of other services of-

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Linda Freepons, Bleyhl Farm Service’s advertising coordinator and organizer of the recent “Ladies Night Out” special event at the Grandview store, is happy that her first sales event for women was such a success. More than 250 customers visited the store for the event held Oct. 1. Not one to rest on her laurels, Freepons is now busy putting together the farm service co-op’s “coats for kids” campaign. She said the campaign will run through Christmas at each of the company’s five locations.

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October 22, 2015

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by John Fannin

aylor Swofford knows a thing or two about winning over the public. As a Sunnyside Christian High School junior, the former Taylor Gardner won over judges to become crowned Miss Sunnyside for 2006-07. As public relations and marketing manager for Mabton-based Hops Direct, LLC., her audience is a worldwide one…far beyond the bright lights of the SHS auditorium stage. In marketing for Hops Direct, Gardner has talked hop shop at the local farm with visitors from Belgium, England and Japan. “I work to build and maintain a positive representation for

Since joining the company in 2004, as a bookkeeper/secretary at the Grandview store, Freepons has seen her job grow and expand in step with the cooperative’s expansion. “During the past 10 years Bleyhl’s retail division has experienced tremendous growth as it has worked to meet the changing needs of the company’s orchardists and vineyard operators,” she said. Bleyhl’s administrative support and technology has had to grow and keep up too, she explained. “About three years ago, my position changed to advertising

Hops Direct within the craft beer industry and beyond,” Swofford says of her role with the local company. “I use social media marketing platforms to help educate brewers and craft beer connoisseurs about hop farming from a farmer’s perspective.” That education includes providing tours of the farm during hop harvest. “The brewing community today is interested in more than just the equipment and technicalities behind the farm - they want to hear the story, what makes the farm special, the history and heart soul behind it all…I truly enjoy sharing this with them,” she says. A highlight is representing Hops Direct at the annual Craft Brewers Conference, which next spring will be in Philadelphia, Penn. “It is one of my favorite and most anticipated events of the year. I will have prepped and planned the marketing and booth designs around the event, travel and lodging, visits to local breweries and customers while we are there….it is very rewarding to see it all come together.” Swofford prepped for her career by earning a degree in communications, public relations and marketing from WSU. A former Miss Sunnyside, Taylor Swofford’s work with Hops Direct, LLC includes leading brewers on tours

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see "Miss Sunnyside" next page of the farm and in reviewing different types of hops.

fulltime,” Freepons said. Today her job includes designing all of the company’s print ads. “Currently we advertise in The Good Fruit Grower magazine, the Daily Sun News, Giant Nickel Good Will coupon book and register tape coupons at the Toppenish Safeway store,” she said. In addition, Freepons also has the responsibility for writing and editing the co-op’s newsletter, which is published three times each year. She also maintains the company’s website and social media programs, which include Facebook, email blasts, Twitter and Pinterest.

Freepons’ own background in communications makes her the perfect person for her myriad of duties. Following graduation from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in hand, she began working in community weekly and daily newspapers in the Yakima Valley. She left the journalism field in 1990 to raise a family. After a 15-year break, she rejoined the workforce. Her organizational skills, coupled with her writing skills have greatly aided her in tackling Bleyhl’s need to capture its customers’ attention. Freepons realizes the modern

media overload makes it difficult to capture people’s attention. So in addition to using social media and traditional methods of broadcasting the farm supply enterprise’s message, Freepons also maintains and coordinates video ads at the new fuel pumps at the Grandview store. “This is my latest adventure,” she said, adding the advanced technology pumps were installed this past August. “While customers fill their gasoline tanks they can watch a farm report, get the latest weather forecast and learn about special sales inside the store,” she

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explained. Freepons, whose husband, Tom, is busy with an agricultural excavating service, enjoys raising chickens. When her hens are laying, she is generous with the bounty of eggs. Her co-workers and friends are often the recipients of dozens of her homegrown eggs. “I also have some turkey hens that I purchased here at Bleyhl, naturally,” she said. “I’m excited for them to start laying eggs too,” she laughed.

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Marketing, staging photos for promotional campaigns like this one, is an important element of Taylor Swofford’s role at Mabton-based Hops Direct, LLC.

Her education also includes a brewers short course at UC Davis. It also helps that Swofford is from the Sunnyside area. “Growing up in an agricultural area, I am fortunate to have a good perspective on small-town businesses reaching a global market,” she says. “I have a passion for multigenerational family owned businesses whose products are locally grown and internationally known.” That’s not to say there aren’t challenges in marketing hops. Swofford notes it can be difficult to explain low crop yields due to heat and drought. “This proves to be difficult when a crowd simply doesn’t under-

stand the reasons behind the low yield. It is all part of Mother Nature.” Swofford, who this month marks her first wedding anniversary with husband Brenen, says crop yields – low or otherwise – requires a person in marketing to go with the flow. And that’s her advice to anyone seeking a career in public relations. “Prepare to be flexible, let your creativity flow in all you do,” she says. “If you are truly passionate about whom and what you work for then you will shine.” - John Fannin can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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Mexico, she was born south of the border and spent her early life there. Her family had a good status in Mexico. “I wanted to be an attorney,” she said. “I took accounting classes in Mexico and considered being a CPA.” She was doing well in school and enjoying life as a teenager when her family moved back to the U.S. due to a family member’s medical issues. “I hated it,” she said. “I asked why they had taken me.” The family headed to the Lower Yakima Valley because members of her extended family were well established in the area, having lived here for more than three generations. Her parents eventually were able to help her obtain her citizenship, but not until she was an adult. Sandoval admits she lost her way for a bit due to rebellion against the drastic turn her life had taken. She rejected her family, but eventually a woman in Sunnyside helped her out by giving her and her children a place to stay and encouraging her. “I was working two jobs, in the fields and as a waitress,” she said. “I had to clean tables because I wasn’t old enough to serve beer.” She couldn’t speak English, but a teacher at YVCC, where


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eticia Sandoval was worried when, after being open for a couple of days, her insurance agency in Sunnyside only had a handful of customers. But her worries were groundless. “After five months I had to hire help,” she said. “The agency was paying for itself in two months.” Sandoval claims she has been very lucky in business. However, to succeed she’s had to work through a lot of difficulties, including learning an entirely new culture and language while still a teenager. Although her parents lived in both the United States and

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she was taking classes, told her to read as much as possible. So she began to read anything English she could get her hands on: newspapers, books or pamphlets. Her voracious reading got her to the point where she could read something in English and easily translate it to Spanish, but she wasn’t able

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she meet a friendly CPA that she started to really learn how to speak in English. The CPA hired Sandoval on the spot, then helped her get past the fear of speaking English poorly. “She wondered why I was so quiet when she was talking in English,” Sandoval said. “After I told her my fears, she helped see "Insurance agent" next page


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me learn to pronounce what I was already reading and understanding.” As a result, Sandoval eventually opened her own shop, a clothing store, in 2001. She had two employees and was doing well for a time, but she experienced more misfortune and closed the shop in 2004. She immediately started to work for an eye doctor in Sunnyside and found herself promoted to a technical position right away. Sandoval continued to take classes and pursue a higher education, finally going to school full-time in 2009 to learn how

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to become a CPA. A supervisor at Mid-Columbia Bank, where she did her banking, noticed her and tried to convince her to apply for a job. “I wasn’t looking for work,” she said. “But he kept telling me, ‘we have a position, just let me know when you are ready’.” Eventually she decided to apply and was hired the next day. “I’ve always been very lucky when I’ve gotten hired,” she said. “I never seem to go through the whole interview process. I needed help interviewing when I hired my own employees because I hadn’t

gone through it myself!” She worked in the Sunnyside office of Mid-Columbia for a couple of years, then found a different job. To her surprise, once she left, Mid-Columbia closed down its Sunnyside branch. After her non-compete clause ran out, she decided to open her own insurance agency in Sunnyside. “I made arrangements to save up for the office,” she said. “My husband was very supportive. I don’t need money for anything else but the rent. This business has a low start-up cost. The important thing is knowledge.” Sandoval is continuing her

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higher education while expanding her business. She currently serves more than 500 customers and will be moving her office next door soon. She said she doesn’t expect to become rich as an insurance agent, but she’s very satisfied with her work. She said she enjoys navigating the difficult world of finance for her customers and making sure they understand their coverage. She said it’s important to her that people have a single point of contact to work with. “I like to have a personal re-

lationship with customers,” she said. “I don’t want them to feel like just a number and have to deal with a different agent every time they need help.” Sandoval claims she’s been lucky, but she also continued to fight for her future after various setbacks and mistakes. She believes other people can do the same. “Yes, you can,” she said. “If I did it with no English, no papers, no nothing... anyone can do it.” ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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hellie Speck didn’t plan on becoming a business owner, but when the opportunity arose 30 years ago, she ended up taking the leap. “I never wanted my own business,” she said. “When I moved to the valley, my grandpa offered to help me buy a salon. I said, ‘No, thanks,’ but then a shop came up for sale in Grandview.” Speck said she started cosmetology classes after high school, when she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She decided to try beauty school for a year and find out if she liked it. As it turned out, she loved it. “It was what I wanted to do,”

she said. After completing beauty school, she worked at a salon in Ellensburg, where she was raised, for a few years before her family relocated to the Lower Valley due to her then-husband’s job. The family ended up in Grandview, and Speck started working at a salon in Sunnyside. Speck said her boss was considering buying the Grandview salon but decided against it, so she took the chance instead. “I thought it would be nice to work and live in the same town,” she said. In addition to owning the salon in Grandview, Speck also tried to expand, buying a salon in Sunnyside. She said it drove her crazy, commuting between the two shops. “Bigger is not always better,” she said. She owned the Grandview salon for about 15 years, but eventually she grew tired of dealing with payrolls and paperwork. She sold the salon with an eye toward leaving the area, but she didn’t get far. She leased a station at her old salon, which freed her from the problems of being a business owner. “Nowadays people lease a chair,” she said. “When I owned the salon I had seven or eight employees, paid at 55

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Shellie Speck

Shellie Speck’s small shop is adjacent to her home on Saul Road in Sunnyside. The business was a compromise between wanting to continue working at hair styling and a desire to stay close to home.

percent. I bought all the equipment, all the product. I paid for everything. I never really saw a profit. “If I could have leased chairs instead, I think I’d still have the salon.” While leasing a chair gave her more freedom, she discovered a downside when she married Scott Speck and moved to Sunnyside. She was commuting daily to Grand-

view, but the family’s isolated home was a target for burglars. “We were hit twice while I was away at work,” she said. “Then one day I was home and answered a knock on the door. It was a guy who obviously wasn’t expecting a person to be around. He claimed to be a metal worker who fixes fences, but he was driving a tiny car. I decided I didn’t want to leave the house unattended.”

She convinced her husband to build her a shop on the property. She jokes that he took the opportunity to build a nice huge garage for himself. The shop is where Speck now spends her days. “I’ve been here about eight years,” she said of Shellie’s Hair Design and Gifts at 1504 Saul Road in Sunnyside. “I love it,” she said. “I see "Perfect workplace" next page

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Shellie Speck opens a gate on the Speck property in Sunnyside. Her one-person hair salon is on the property along with an arena, which is the venue for the annual Sort 4 the Cause fundraiser.

wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a perfect place for me.” In addition to styling hair, Speck also sells gifts at her small shop, including purses and specialty treats, like pepper jellies. “I have a lot of neat gifts for Christmas,” she said. “I pick out what I like. Sometimes I find something new and try that out.”

In addition to her salon, Speck has also devoted a lot of time in the past five years to Speck’s Arena. While the family has held events there for many years, more recently she’s helped to organize and host the annual Sort 4 the Cause fundraiser at the arena, raising money for local groups helping in the fight against cancer.

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In addition to hair styling, Shellie Speck sells a number of gift items at her shop on Saul Road, including purses and lotion.

This year the event raised $45,000 that was distributed to three different agencies. “It’s a big event, right here in Sunnyside,” she said. “The money is going to good causes. It’s great to be able to hold it here.” Shellie Speck competes in the annual Sort 4 the Cause, held at Speck’s Arena in Sunnyside. Speck helps to organize the event, which this year raised $45,000 for three different agencies that help families deal with cancer and other lengthy illnesses.

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Bleyhl Farm Service Inc. Proud of Our Gals! 1. Debbie Underwood (Pasco) & Jessica Kelley (Grandview office) 2. Prisma Romero, Yasenia Gomez, Janay Murbach (Grandview) 3. Kattie Blanchard, Stacey Clark, Megan Koerner (Zillah & Toppenish) 4. Donna Schmitt & Patty Bautista (Petroleum) 5. Debra Villanueva, Amanda Montelongo, April Dominguez (Sunnyside & Water Systems)





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Dawn Meyer

Grandview woman dedicated to helping those with special needs

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by Jennie McGhan

RANDVIEW – When she graduated from Grandview High School, Dawn Meyer envisioned herself becoming a veterinarian’s technician. But, life took her down a different path…one that involves helping people with special needs. “I began my career at Sunny Haven in Sunnyside,” said Meyer, now the director of SL Start. The then fresh-faced 18-year-old was earning money for college, while serving the residents of the care facility as an assistant. About a year later, after her promotion to supervisor, she discovered her

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SL Start Director Dawn Meyer watches as Patrick McCarthy works on his laptop computer. She said her agency is looking for a desk that will accommodate his wheelchair so he can use the computer more easily.

responsibilities dramatically changed. Meyer said the state determined individuals with special needs would be better served living more independently. Sunny Haven closed and

two other agencies were established in the Lower Valley to serve the needs of those for whom Meyer was caring, SL Start in Grandview and Community Living in Sunnyside. Meyer took a job with Com-

munity Living. But, she said, it was a wakeup call. “I was 19-years-old, looking at one of the homes that had been assigned to and I started crying because I didn’t know

how to start a home,” Meyer said, stating she felt a sense of being lost and bewildered. One of the residents there started unpacking items and placing them in their appropri-

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Schreiner Title Company

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Suzanne Moore Owner

Isabel Bedolla-Roos Twenty-four years in this business means lots of experience in real estate to offer you, the customer, the Best! I am determined to provide our customers the quality and professional service they deserve. Being born and raised here makes for strong bonds to our beautiful lower Yakima valley along with our DK Bain Real Estate team which helps generate a considerable portfolio of perspective buyers and sellers. I enjoy volunteering and giving back to our community, by serving as President of the Board of Directors for ‘Inspire Development Centers’ and President of the ‘Lower Valley Association of Realtors.’ I would like to acknowledge and thank everyone for their participation in my immense success!

Suzanne has owned The Inkwell for 9 years. The Inkwell & Paper Co. serves lower valley businesses with all their office needs – from paper clips to chairs, inks and toners, promotional items, business cards, and custom printing. The Inkwell has competitive prices and offers free local delivery for lower valley businesses. By shopping local your money stays in our communities. Online ordering, fax, email, or call in for fast friendly service! Thank you for the opportunity to serve your business.

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Teresa Vargas has been with TJ’s 15 years and Brittan Moore 2 years. Teresa is TJ’s office manager and Brittan is in sales and marketing. TJ’s Refrigeration has been in business since 1994. TJ’s is a family business owned and operated by Joe Tovar and has proudly served all over the greater Central and Eastern Washington area. TJ’s certified technicians and professional staff is specifically trained to help each customer. We offer senior citizen discounts.



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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Small Business Committee has passed U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2015. The bill was also co-sponsored by chairman and ranking member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2015 would help women who are small business owners to start and grow their businesses through increased business training and counseling opportunities. The bill is also designed to improve women entrepreneurs’ access to the global market. The bill also targets women-owned small businesses in minority and economically disad-

vantaged communities. “Women-owned businesses are growing three times faster than their counterparts, while facing real challenges getting access to capital,” said Cantwell (D-WA). “Today’s legislation helps level the playing field by making sure women entrepreneurs have access to the training and counseling to start and expand their business. “These businesses will help us continue to grow our economy with new, innovative solutions, and I will continue to fight for their success in the Senate,” said Cantwell Specifically, the bill authorizes the Office of Women’s Small Business Ownership to grant up to $250,000 per women’s business center (WBC) in order to address the many barriers woman busi-

ness owners and entrepreneurs face bringing the authorization levels up to speed with other Small Business Administration (SBA) programs. Despite being the fastest growing sector of business, Cantwell said women-owned businesses have still vast inherent potential for growth. In addition, the Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2015 is designed to remove traditional barriers to women small business owners’ access to capital and training. Cantwell explained it simplifies the processes for program application and grants, reduces the paperwork burden on small-business owners and increases the transparency through enhanced peer accred-

itation. More women today own businesses than ever before, yet they only account for 4 percent of all commercial loan dollars, 17 percent of SBA loans and 4.2 percent of venture capital. Programs like WBC, said Cantwell, are critical to the success of women-owned enterprises in establishing self-sufficiency, participation in international markets and identifying gaps where participation could be increased. Last year, Cantwell, as chair of the Senate Small Business Committee, issued the 21st Century Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship report on the challenges and actions needed to women’s entrepreneurial success and entryway into the

market. Following last year’s report, Cantwell introduced legislation to address three components found necessary to unlock the success of femaleowned businesses - increasing access to federal contracts, increasing access to capital and improving the training and counseling programs that support them. Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) are a national network of almost 100 educational centers throughout the U.S. and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. Cantwell said WBCs seek to equalize access to resources for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique impediments in the business world.

ate places. “That’s when I realized they were capable of contributing to their own needs and to society,” said Meyer. Watching the people she was serving experience life and learn to live independently, she discovered, changed her mind about pursuing a career as a veterinarian’s technician. “We didn’t have any idea what the people we supported were capable of until we started seeing it before our eyes,” Meyer said.

Throughout the years, she said she has found her relationship with the people she helps is the reward for her dedication to them. There have been challenges throughout the more than 25 years she has worked for the various agencies that work with people who have special needs. “I admit I have been looked over for key positions, and I have been asked to train men chosen for those positions,” Meyer said. But, she never stopped doing what she loved. She

proved her own capabilities and about 10 years ago began working at SL Start. In 2006, she became the agency’s director. “I am strong and a forward person…I’m not afraid to keep pushing with the idea things will get better,” said Meyer. Also challenging is the time required of her. She said she has to be available at all hours of any given day because those she works with may need her. “My work is rewarding

though…I get to witness the difference I am making in the lives of others…when it gets monotonous being in the office, I shut everything off, close my door and go visit homes to chat with the people I serve,” Meyer said. Without the support of her family and the community, she wouldn’t be able to enjoy her work nearly as much as she does. Meyer said her family understands she may be called away from them at any given time. The Grandview Parks and Rec-

reation Department helps her, too. She said the community partner helps to organize dances, which serve as community service projects for high school students. Also, one of the local churches has welcomed the people Meyer serves, giving them a place where they are accepted and loved. “This is a great community,” she said.

Lower Valley Therapeutic Massage

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Co-Owner Mary has been co-owner since 2002 and office manager for the past ten and a half years. Bos Refrigeration is your local Trane dealer. We service all brands of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Mary works with her professionally trained service representatives to make sure customers get the quick, efficient service they deserve.

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Trade your 30 minute commute to the office for a 30 second walk to the barn... I did! Women across the country are raising alpacas for fun and profit. Prized for their luxurious fiber, alpacas are gentle, intelligent, eco-friendly, perfect for small acreage and thoroughly enjoyable. Jennifer Ely, and husband John, specialize in mentoring new owners to succeed in the growing U.S. alpaca livestock and fiber markets. Want to know more? Call today to schedule your farm tour!

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Ana Garza

Sweet idea leads to successful business for Sunnyside woman

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by Jennie McGhan


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orking in the local fruit warehouses was tiresome and didn’t always afford Ana Garza of Sunnyside the chance to spend as much time with her children as she wanted to. Even though she was supporting her children the best she could, Garza wasn’t entirely happy with the work she was doing. It was a trip to Texas that changed life as she knew it. “I had a tamarindo apple,” said Garza. The tasty treat appealed to her and she decided to try making tamarindo apples at home, letting her family enjoy them. “They encouraged me to start making them for other people…

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Mom’s Candy Apples owner Ana Garza feels her talent for making sweet treats is a blessing from God.

“Holy” Pies! Deli and Coffee

Kerri Greene

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The women at Sunnyside Tire Factory are the backbone of the company. Nancy Greene is co-owner of the Tire Factory and Kerri Greene is part of the management team. They are there to answer any of your questions and keep the flow of business going so that you get prompt courteous service.


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Leo and April Burris bought “Coffee Shack” in May 2014, and April changed the name to “Stir Crazy!” Along with her two employees, Courtney and Kayla, she serves up hot and cold Espresso’s, Big Trains, Italian Sodas, lemonade, teas, Smoothies and more than 30 flavored Red Bull drinks to customers 7 days a week. Come by for your favorite drink and a BIG SMILE to go!

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Hairworks has been serving the community for 30 years. We are a salon for all ages. Our stylists are contiinually keeping up their education. They can help you with the latest cuts, colors and styles. Make an appointment today for a new look by one of our talented stylists. You can also check out our website for more information at

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rofessional, reliable and friendly are just a few of the words that describe the Yakima Federal Savings and Loan Association’s Sunnyside staff. They are uniquely qualified to serve you, the customer. And Yakima Federal’s solid reputation in the Valley is something they’re proud of. If you need checking, savings accounts, certificates of deposit, or home and auto loans stop in today.

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Secretary of State 2001. Kim Wyman is As Secretary, an odd duck, so to Wyman heads one speak. She’s the only of the most diverse Republican to hold offices in state gova statewide office in ernment. any of the three west Her responsicoast states. bilities include Kim Wyman is overseeing elections, Washington’s 15th corporation and Secretary of State, charity filings, the currently serving her Washington State kim Wyman first term. Elected in Library, Washington 2012, she is the second female Talking Book & Braille Library Secretary of State in Washing- and the State Archives. She also ton history, and the only woman oversees a number of special proin statewide executive office at grams, including the Combined this time. Fund Drive for charitable giving Prior to being sworn into by public employees, the Adthis office, Wyman served as dress Confidentiality Program Thurston County Elections Di- to protect victims of domesrector for nearly a decade and tic violence and stalking, and Secretary of State Kim Wyman speaks at a leadership forum in Granger this past September. The secretary was elected county auditor in see "Civil engagement" page 15 is the only Republican to hold statewide office on the west coast.

my sister would get orders for them at her place of business… and then, I was receiving requests for caramel apples,” Garza said. The requests began pouring in and she said she couldn’t find the right caramel, “…so I decided to try making my own.” The rest, as it is said, is history. Garza found herself fulfilling more orders, selling her candied apples from her car. The list of recipes and flavors grew and within six months, she found herself in the position to

open her own storefront…what is now known as Mom’s Candy Apples. She now has more than 40 recipes for candied apples, pretzel sticks, hand-dipped rice crispy treats and turtle candies. “This isn’t something I have done all my life…God blessed me with it,” said Garza who likes to share her faith with others. Owning her own business, she said, gives her that freedom. She can bid her customers farewell in her customary way, saying, “God Bless you,” as they exit the store.

“If I worked for someone else, I wouldn’t be able to do that,” Garza noted. Owning one’s own business, she admits, can be challenging. Her goal is to make sure all her treats are affordable to her customers, while making enough money to support her daughters. Garza said finding the right balance requires planning and creativity. “I need to support my kids, but I don’t want my customers to feel as though my apples are overpriced,”

she said. Supporting the community, too, is important to her. Garza said she has giveaways on a regular basis so she can give back to the community. Many of the giveaways are posted on the Mom’s Candy Apples Facebook page. “I like that I can support people when they are having fundraisers and benefits,” Garza said, noting she often makes basket arrangements for special causes. Most of all, Garza said, she en-

joys her customers. She said she enjoys having the time to get to talk with those who visit her shop, getting to know them and “…building relationships. “Sunnyside is big, but it isn’t,” she said. Because the community isn’t overly populated, Garza said she feels there are more personal connections with people. “God has truly blessed me.” ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email


360 Driving School

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omen In Business, what a wonderful sound that reverberates when we hear these words. As a women in business I am constantly meeting deadlines, as I multi task, running 5 corporations as well as my household. One day I found myself humbled when a student of 360 Driving, Maria Concepcion Montel came to us because she had been trying to learn to drive and was having no luck. In fact by the time she came to us not only did she not have the knowledge of the laws or how to drive she had gotten in a car trying to learn and as she backed out into the street pressed on the gas full throttle and spun out of control. Of course this left Maria in a state of mind that she was not ever going to drive again. As fate would have it her friend Lionila Marin wanted to get her driver’s license and brought Maria as support to 360 Driving School. Maria then decided to get her license also and thus the positive journey began with Maria. Marias journey was very challenging yet rewarding. Maria would panic and let go of the wheel when she saw a car coming and her turns were out of control ending up on the sidewalk. So I took Maria and put her in our golf cart to learn the basics and especially the importance of staying on the correct side of the road, reminding her we did not live in England. Pretty soon Maria lost her fear and moved into a vehicle learning the skills and obtaining the knowledge needed to get her driver’s license. Maria is a reminder to me that with perseverance and dedication we can realize our dreams by our accomplishments.


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October 22, 2015

Laura Gomez

Sunnyside woman helps keep truckers in compliance

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hen Laura Gomez was still in high school she set her sights on becoming a nurse. Upon graduation, the Sunnyside woman began attending Columbia Basin College to pursue that dream. But then her life took a Uturn. Gomez said she was actually working in her chosen field, when she became overwhelmed by the number of requests she received from area trucker drivers seeking her expertise in handling their road-related paperwork. Going to college, while working at an area hospital and handling piles of permit forms and mileage logs forced her to make a career changing decision. Today, she is the owner of One Stop Trucking Services, a specialized service that helps independent truck owner/operators stay in compliance with state and federally required paperwork. “It’s paperwork they need completed in order to stay on the road,” said Gomez. Actually, it is a bit more than just bookkeeping services, she explains. Gomez also helps new owner/operators set up their logs. Her business, located on Morgan Road in Sunnyside, is the result of a huge need by newly licensed and experienced drivers for her organizational and business skills. With nearly 15 years of experience, her skills

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A Sunnyside businesswoman and mother, Laura Gomez is the owner of One Stop Trucking Services, a specialty firm that caters to the paperwork needs of commercial truckers. She often takes her son, Lyxander, to work with her at her Morgan Road business.

are in high demand. “My advertising is largely word-of-mouth, from one driver to the next,” she explained. Gomez now handles the paperwork of more than 100 local and regional owner/operator truck drivers, who have to maintain a myriad of reports and daily logs for state transportation authorities. In addition, she alerts her clients to changing regulatory requirements and ensures that all out-of-state transportation permits are properly filed in a timely fashion. “It’s the kind of paperwork the owner/operators don’t learn about while attending CDL driving schools,” Gomez explained. Large trucking firms have entire departments to handle those details, she said. “A lone driver needs someone to navigate the world of paper,” she said. “That’s what I do,” she said. Gomez admits she shouldn’t

be surprised that she is now handling a variety of reporting for independent truck drivers. After all, she began learning the trade by helping her father with his dispatch-

ing business while still in high school. She helped drivers who worked for her father’s West Valley Transportation and Washington State Logistics

dispatching business. It didn’t take her long to learn the processes for filing permits, as well as maintaining mileage logs and submitting quarterly see "Compliance" next page

Innovation Resource Center

Karen’s Floral LLC

Innovation Resource Center Emmanuel Beauty Salon

Sandra Muller Owner

Visit Sandra at her salon in Sunnyside for quality haircare at affordable prices! The shop also carries beauty products such as Nexxus and Jafra. Walk-in or make an appointment with Sandra soon and look your best!

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Marie Elena Guerrero, MSW, CDP Innovation Resource Center offers Outpatient Drug & Alcohol treatment. Our services are certified by the State Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery. Services offered in English/Spanish. ▪ All Drug & Alcohol Assessments ▪ Including Dept. of Transportation (DOT) Commercial Drivers License (CDL) ▪ Alcohol/Drug Information School (A/DIS) ▪ Urinalysis (UA’s) 214 S. 6th St., #3 ▪ Sunnyside Mon-Fri 9-6 ▪ Weekends by Appointment

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Kara Tucker and Brandy Ridenour

Karen’s Floral has been in Kara’s family for 33 years. Let us create something special. Come in for personal gifts and ready-made bouquets, call or see more options online. We deliver! Karen’s also offers custom corsage bracelets and garters at their ‘Bling Bar’!


802 W. Wine Country Road • Grandview, WA 98930 Wedding Bouquets and Floral Arrangments Rentals: Archway, Baskets, Candleabras

Order flowers anytime! Shop online 24 hours a day!

L-R (Back row): Carmen, Anita, Diana, Ana, Fernanda, Rosa, Rosalva, Marina. (Front row): Marisol

El Valle Family Mexican Restaurant

Panda Bear Childcare LLC Socorro Bazaldua, Owner and daughter-in-law‘Cat’ Bazaldua We are a family-owned and operated center. Our goal is for every child in our care to grow and flourish, achieving their potential in a safe, comfortable and educational environment. In addition, we try our best to get the children and their families involved in the community. We offer quality preschool and school-age programs. We are participants in the Washington Early Achiever’s Program.


CHILDCARE LLC 320 North 6th Street Sunnyside


Our “Women in the Workforce” are there Happy Hour ready to serve the Yakima Valley with the 3-6 Mon.-Sat. finest Mexican food for your dining pleasure. Monday night We treat you like family. The plates are Drink Specials Football $ 00 Domestic Macho Beers..... 3 Buffet hot and the portions are big! $ 50 Imported Macho Beers..... 3 $ 00 $ 95 Well Drinks.................... 3 Sunday 11-3 & Monday Night Football Regular Margaritas.......... $350 All-you-Can-Eat! Flavored Margaritas......... $375 Food & Drink Specials! In the Bar only.


410 Yakima Valley Highway Sunnyside


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Legacy Washington, the history programs and special exhibits that tell the state’s intriguing stories. Wyman said she didn’t grow up wanting to hold a state office. “I didn’t choose this path,” she said. “It wasn’t on my radar.” She was the first person in her family to go to college and when she went to Germany with her military husband, that schooling gave her the opportunity to work while overseas. She continued to take jobs relating to records and soon discovered she has a passion for elections. “I’ve spent the last 23 years trying to get people registered to vote,” she said. “It’s important for everyone to vote, it’s our opportunity to pick the leaders in our communities.” Wyman encourages voters to vote in odd year elections. She said those elections tend to have a greater direct impact on people’s lives.

“Local leaders tell you how fast you can drive, what your kids can read in school,” she said. “The president rarely takes any action that affects you directly, but more people vote when the presidency is at stake.” Wyman promotes civility and civic engagement and is committed to connecting people with their government. She encourages people to invest in those around themselves. “If you earn people’s respect, it will come back to you tenfold,” she said. Wyman explained that she became a county auditor because, as an elections supervisor during a nasty recount, she was polite to everyone involved despite emotions running high on all sides. The Republican party asked her to run for the county auditor position because she was able to earn the respect of both sides of the debate. She enjoys mentoring stu-

dents and participates in leadership development organizations, including the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute, the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State programs and the YMCA Youth Legislature Program. Wyman is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Leadership from City University, Seattle. She is a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator (CERA) from The Elections Center and Auburn University. Wyman and her husband John came to Washington when he was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion at (then) Fort Lewis after being stationed in Ansbach, Germany. The Wymans reside in Thurston County with their two children.

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road tax reports. Once she graduated from high school, more drivers came to her for help on the recommendation of other drivers she had helped. Gomez’s One Stop Trucking Services now also provides professional services to Ya-

kima Valley truckers as well as truckers working in Oregon and in western Washington. Most of the drivers’ reports are emailed or mailed to her Sunnyside office. “I haven’t met all of my drivers as much of the transfer of

paperwork is done electronically,” Gomez said. “My services help truckers stay on the road,” she said. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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The staff at the Daily Sun News includes many multi-talented women! They are active in their communities, schools and churches, and involved with their families. They are a part of many tasks and responsibilities from the front office, to the content, layout, printing, mailing and delivery of your paper each day. Stop by to place your classified, birthday or business ad. We’re here Monday through Friday to help you with your advertising, subscriptions or story ideas.

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Front row left to right: Jessie Lustre, Carina Farias, Monica Romero, Yolanda Zavala, Elva Moreno, Lisa Padilla, Josie Rodriguez, Christina Berger, Veronica Herrera, Julie Anderson. Back row: Marivel Sandoval, Jeana Johnson, Susan Bussert, Darla Westenberg, Kristi Cantu, Leticia Alcazar, Kelsea Stamschror, Delia Saenz, Rachel Lopez. Not Pictured: Monika Orosco, Delilah Bermudez.

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Providing High Quality Health Care and Commitment To Your Family And Our Community For More Than 60 Years.

Swofford & Halma Clinic 2303 Reith Way, Sunnyside, WA Phone (509) 837-3933 • Fax (509) 837-3885 SE HABLA ESPAÑOL


Education. Accountability. A Healthier You. Along with our Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program we’re also offering The Slim Down Program, a unique and affordable Weight Loss Program designed to equip you with the skills needed for long term and sustainable weight loss. Get Slim, Get Active, Start Now! Join Us Monday Evenings 6-7 pm RSVP to reserve your spot

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PMH Medical Center

October 22, 2015

A Salute to Women in Business  
A Salute to Women in Business  

In recognition of National Business Women’s Week