July 2022 Business Connection

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Business Connection Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce

Thank you for another fun and successful golf tournament.

Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce Bill Marcum CEO

k July 2022

Volume 14 • Issue 7 Business Connection is published monthly by the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce 105 N. Minor Road • Kelso, WA 98626


Best Ball:

Chamber Golf Classic once again exceeds everyone's expectations


he Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Chamber Golf Classic June 20 at Three Rivers Golf Course. We had a full field – 31 teams, 124 golfers representing more than 80 businesses – for this fun event. The weather was cloudy and 68...perfect. Sure beat the heck out of the 94 degrees last year. Special thank you to Cowlitz PUD Warm Neighbor Corporate Program for being the presenting sponsor of the tournament.

This year’s lunch was provided by The Shamrock Spirits and Grill. Jon Rodman and staff did an incredible job preparing the burgers for all the golfers...WOW! Thank you Jon. Lloyd Smith was the team photographer this CONTACT US year, taking photos 360-423-8400 of every team that The Shamrock Spirits and Grill crew provided an amazing lunch! kelsolongviewchamber.org participated, and Reprographics provided each person with a printed copy of their team photo. Each person can To advertise, call Bill Marcum share, print or put on their phone, really, do whatever they would like with the photo. And thank 360-423-8400 or you to our photo sponsors: Propel Insurance, Gibbs and Olson and Evergreen Home Loans. bmarcum@kelsolongviewchamber.org Ad Deadline 20th of Each Month For more Golf Classic, see page 2 Bill Marcum, CEO Julie Rinard, Project Manager Pam Fierst, Bookkeeper


Golf Classic from page 1

We had over 60 items donated for the raffle and auction that were awarded during the banquet. All in all, we had over 35 sponsors and 20 volunteers to help make this a full day of fun. For a complete list of our sponsors: cart, photograph, hole and much, much more please see page 3. Thank you to all of you for your sponsorship. There were some people in attendance who had played golf before and they played well enough to capture a trophy. In the Gross Division, first place went to the Carl’s Towing team, second place went to Stirling Honda and third place went to Strum Homes. In the Net Division, first place went to the team from CalPortland, second place to PeaceGolf and third place to the Pacific NW Metal Recycling.

Gross Division winners – Carl's Towing

Express Professionals for sponsoring the Hole In One. We also did not have a winner in our $5,000 Putting Contest sponsored by Fibre Federal Credit Union. I want to give a shout out to Lance Satcher and his team at the Three Rivers Committee member Dave Taylor Golf Course. They did an amazing job of setting up the course and making sure our hole sponsors were in place and had whatever they needed prior to golf. The Elks prepared the awards banquet dinner back at the lodge and WOW, was it good. The steaks were a huge hit with everyone. Thank you, Ginger, for coordinating all the food and the cooks. I also want to thank Foster Farms for the use of their barbecue grill and the cooler trailer, which kept the food cold until it was time to cook, and the 200 bottles of water they brought. And a huge thank you to Pacific Office Automation and Foster Farms for the sponsoring the tee prizes. Every player received a sleeve of Bridgestone golf balls and two poker chip ball markers. And finally, a heartfelt thank you to Chamber staff – Julie, Pam, Alex and Jolene. They prepared the tee prize bags (124), checked in all the golfers (124), set up the registration, worked the dinner, collected and raffled off the prizes, coordinated payments and made sure our golfers had a good time. A full 14-hour day for them. Thank you all very much.

Net Division winners – CalPortland Karen Sisson stood by me as I announced my retirement

I also want to say thank you to the Golf Classic Committee of Dave Taylor, Barry Verrill, Scott Fischer and Karen Sisson. We start working on this tournament in March, meeting every other week until May, and then weekly to make sure everyone who attends is going to have a great day. Special thank you to our Ambassadors, who volunteer for much of the duties. The red coats are always optional for the tournament, but most had on their red polo shirts and assisted with raffle ticket sales and registration. We did not have a winner in our $10,000 Hole in One contest but a BIG thank you to 2 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | July 2022

I announced at the awards banquet this is my last Chamber Golf Classic as CEO. I plan to retire the end of February 2023, so an extra HUGE thank you to the business owners and managers who have helped me put this event on for the past 11 years. Your support means a lot to me. Thank you. Next year I hope to be enjoying the tournament from the other side of the table...with a cold beverage and the opportunity to win a raffle item or two. See you on the course in 2023!

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T hank You to our 2022 Sponsors

Title Sponsor Hole 1 Red Canoe Credit Union

Hole 15 Global Security

Flag Sponsor Kyle Strum Partners

Hole 2 Stewart Title

Hole 16 Les Schwab

Score Card Sponsor The Daily News

Hole 3 ServPro of Longview

Hole 17 Pawn Shop & More

Hole 4 Riverwoods Chiropractic

Hole 18 American Workforce Group

Scoreboard Sponsor Lower Columbia Contractors Association

Hole 5 Sho’me Real Estate

Tee Prize Sponsor Pacific Office Automation

Hole 6 Three Rivers Eye Care

Hole in One Express Employment Professionals

Hole 7 Carl’s Towing and Repair Hole 8 Futcher Group CPAs Hole 9 McDonald’s of Longview Hole 10 Edward Jones - Nick Lemiere Hole 11 D & C Lemmons Hole 12 State Farm—Scott Fischer Hole 13 Heritage Bank Hole 14 Bud Clary Automotive

Putting Contest Fibre Federal Credit Union

Registration Table Cowlitz County Title Door Prize Sponsors Bob’s Sporting Goods PNW Metal Recycling, Inc. Dinner Sponsor Twin City Bank

19th Hole Sponsor Signature Transport

Lunch Sponsors Shamrock Grill & Spirits Elam’s Home Furnishings & Sleep Center

Cart Sponsor CalPortland

Dessert Sponsor Coldwell Banker - Bain

Driving Range Sponsor Cascade Title

Special Thank You to: Dave Taylor, Master of Ceremonies & Golf Committee

Swag Sponsor Ilani Resort Photo Sponsors Propel Insurance Lloyd Smith Reprographics Gibbs & Olson Evergreen Home Loans LV West

Kelso Longview Elks Lodge Staff & Volunteers Lance Satcher, Head Pro Three Rivers Golf Club & Staff Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce Staff, Ambassadors & Volunteers


February 15: Peoples Injury Network Northwest March 8: CCRC—The Mediation Center April 12: Cowlitz Indian Tribe May 10: Kelso Longview Elks Lodge #1482 June 14: Canterbury Park July 12: Fidelity National Title August 9: The Jewelers Bench, Inc. September 13: Lower Columbia Longshoremen’s Federal Credit Union October 11: Frontier Rehabilitation & Extended Care Center November 8: Stewart Title December 13 Holiday Mixer: Kelso Longview Elks Lodge #1482 Interested in hosting Business After Hours? Contact the Chamber at 360-423-8400 or email jrinard@kelsolongviewchamber.org

Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce Julie Rinard

Project Manager

Lisa Straughan, President Express Employment Professionals Marlene Johanson, President Elect Heritage Bank Marc Silva, Vice President Columbia Bank Neil Zick, Treasurer Twin City Bank

Building business connections – after hours


et’s talk business – after hours. Are you taking advantage of our most popular networking event? Business After Hours offers fun networking in a casual and relaxed environment.

Your business or organization will benefit from increased contacts and resources.

Chris Roewe, Past President Woodford Commercial Real Estate

Here are few tips for networking at Business After Hours.

Michael Claxton, Legal Counsel Walstead Mertsching

at 5:30 p.m. ahead of the crowd. Get your raffle and drink tickets and be ready for

It’s easiest to start a conversation before everyone has settled into groups. Arrive conversations. Wear your professional name tag or use the sticky name tag provided at registration.

David Cuddihy The Daily News

Everyone wants to know who you are, so be sure to include your last name and the

Duane Dalgleish Cowlitz PUD

that it is in the direct line of vision when you shake hands.

name of your business if you write on a name tag. Wear your name tag on your right so See a group you don’t know very well? Try stepping in and saying something like,

Jason Gentemann Foster Farms

“May I join you?” It works – they are there to network, too. Not sure where to start?

Rich Gushman Gibbs & Olson

Ambassador (look for the red coats) and ask them to introduce you to people they

Keenan Harvey City Council, Kelso Nick Lemiere Edward Jones Cherelle Montanye St. John/PeaceHealth John Paul KUKN-KLOG-101.5 The Blitz Bruce Pollock Bicoastal Media Ted Sprague Cowlitz Economic Development Council Michael Vorse Minuteman Press John Jabusch Cowlitz County Commissioner

Find the food and drinks, where there are always people gathered. Seek out an know. Help us make sure everyone is included. If you see someone standing alone, introduce yourself. It’s easy to ask them a question about their business when it is identified on their name tag. They will be glad you did. Chamber members are eager to learn about your business. They may ask about your product or service. Be ready with a quick summary. Some Chamber members bring flyers, brochures or other materials that can be helpful for people who would like to know more. Business cards are still important after all these years. They are a great way to exchange contact information. Write a quick note on the back of the cards you collect, add them to your contacts and follow up within the next several days. Challenge yourself to meet as many new people as you can and reconnect with those you already know. Plan to leave with news about what is happening here in Kelso and Longview, and other ways you can do business with Chamber members. A variety of Chamber members host Business After Hours one evening a month throughout the year. See the schedule of hosts for 2022 in this issue. Hosts provide the venue, food, drinks, prizes and networking opportunities. Advance tickets are just $15 ($25 at the door). Plan to take full advantage of these two hours after work every month. You and your company will benefit from your relationship building efforts. Kelso Longview Business Connection | July 2022 | 5

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Workforce Southwest Washington turns 20, get to know us


ou may have heard of Workforce Southwest Washington (or WSW as we call ourselves), but not know much about the organization or confuse it with another organization that has a similar name, WorkSource. Here’s some information to help. Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) is the Local Workforce Development Board designated by federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation as the policy, planning and oversight body for the public workforce system in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Clark counties. WSW is one of 12 workforce development boards in the state of Washington. Approximately 593 workforce boards operate across the U.S. This video from the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) explains more about local workforce development boards. WSW is also a nonprofit organization that provides funding to businesses, economic development, education, communitybased organizations and nonprofits to provide employment services and training to youth and adults seeking jobs or skills for career advancement. Over the years WSW has partnered with and provided funding to Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, Lower Columbia College, Educational Service District 112, Habitat for Humanity, Partners in Careers, Next and WorkSource, to name a few. WorkSource is a network of local, nonprofit and state organizations that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers in Washington state. There are approximately 60 WorkSource sites across the state. WSW provides oversight and funding for the WorkSource centers in Kelso and Vancouver. WSW also provides services to help companies recruit, train and retain workers. The Business Services team at WSW invests in and works closely with the Cowlitz Economic Development Council. It partners with the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments, the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce and other business, trade and professional organizations. One of WSW’s roles is matching the needs of local businesses with a skilled and trained workforce. This contributes to regional economic health and prosperity. Since 2003, WSW has invested more than $120 million in southwest Washington. As WSW celebrates its 20th anniversary (the organization was founded in June 2002), we pledge to continue building strong partnerships to develop the economy and support business growth and recovery, provide opportunities for economic mobility and challenge systems that bar individuals from 6 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | July 2022

economic prosperity. ECONOMIC MOBILITY Historically underrepresented individuals and families with low- and middleincomes are often excluded from the economic opportunities critical to success. Access to quality jobs and training through programs funded by WSW creates a skilled workforce and opportunities to grow small businesses to sustain a strong local and regional economy. Through WSW’s investments in 2020-21: •

1,940 services were provided to youth and adult job seekers to help them improve their skills, find jobs or advance in their careers

$4.2 million was invested in training and career services for youth and adult job seekers

445 individuals were placed into jobs with a median annual salary of $38,276

60 percent of individuals placed into jobs made more than $17 per hour

During an unprecedented time, WSW’s investments advanced economic mobility by training and placing people in quality jobs in high-demand sectors and helping companies grow and recover. BUSINESS GROWTH As the local workforce development board, WSW is positioned to propose solutions to meet business challenges. The WSW Business Services team can refer, connect and convene partners, including industry, economic development, education and workforce to get companies to the right resources quickly. In southwest Washington, healthcare, construction, For more WSW, see page 7

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manufacturing and technology are industries with high wages, projected growth and demand for skilled workers. WSW’s investments in these sectors provides quality job opportunities for individuals while meeting the needs of businesses for talent. In 2020-21: •

WSW invested $474,375 in training for existing and new employees of in-demand industries to support business growth and sustainability 201 businesses received employee training, recruiting and placement assistance, layoff aversion and other services through WSW and our partners at WorkSource

WSW INVESTMENTS Although WSW receives federal workforce funds to invest in the community, these are not sufficient to meet local needs and are often encumbered with restrictions. To ensure flexibility to respond to the specific needs of our community, WSW submits multiple applications each year seeking grant funding from federal, state, local and private sources to bridge the gap in federal funds and ensure our

community has the workforce development resources it needs. During its 20 years, WSW has seen significant changes and responded to them with innovation and a dedication to making our local workforce system more accessible and creating a region where economic prosperity and growth exists for every person. We hope you will visit our 20th anniversary timeline to see some of our prior innovations and accomplishments. The WSW Business Services team can assist your company with its workforce needs. Contact them with questions, to request assistance or to find out how your company can access workforce development services. •

Manufacturing: Alyssa Joyner, senior project manager for manufacturing, 503-410-0408, ajoyner@workforcesw.org

Healthcare, Technology, Professional Services: Sean Moore, senior project manager for healthcare and technology, 360762-8569, smoore@workforcesw.org

Construction and all other industries: Darcy Hoffman, director of business services, 360-608-4949, dhoffman@ workforcesw.org

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Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments Bill Fashing

Executive Director

Invest today in a local network


n investment network is “an innovative, community-led, peer-to-peer investment network that connects local investors who have capital with local business owners who need capital,” according to the Washington State University (WSU) extension office. The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG), the Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC), and others are working to promote and develop a local investment network to bring residents together and cooperatively build wealth within our community by using local capital to build the local economy. The Lower Columbia Investment Network (LCIN) held two networking sessions over the past year with additional meetings planned for the fall. During the summer months efforts are focused on local business support to help prepare firms who are seeking local capital funds to aid their businesses. For information about the local investment network, go to https://www.cwcog.org/lcin/. There you will find links for the Local Investor Application and Local Business Application and other background on the program. Lower Columbia Investment Network

matched investment opportunities. I want to start or grow a business in the Lower Columbia area… Any businesses based in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties are welcome to seek out funding partners by becoming a member of the LCIN. Business owners will be sharing detailed information about their business with the prospective investor, must submit an Investment Opportunity Submission Form, and will be pitching their idea(s) to investor members. The LCIN provides an excellent alternative to banks or other commercial lenders by offering businesses the opportunity to borrow money from their neighbors, customers, and others interested in their success. Updated information on the program is provided at www.cwcog. org. If you would like to be included on the mailing list for future meetings, please contact us.

The CWCOG and area economic development partners are continuing to develop a program to promote local investments in local businesses. The Lower Columbia Investment Network connects local investors, who want to see their money improve Cowlitz and Wahkiakum communities, with local business owners or entrepreneurs in need of capital to grow or start a business. Membership is easy and free, please contact me or Monica Seidl at cwcog@cwcog.org for more information. LCIN members understand that keeping their funds local facilitates economic self-sufficiency and job growth within Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Business opportunities are distributed to members as they are received, and members come together for business profile and networking events several times per year. Watch local media for additional information and/ or email cwcog@cwcog.org to get on the email notification list. Information is included below for both possible investors and for possible business interests. I want to invest in Lower Columbia businesses… Anyone interested in investing their money in a Cowlitz or Wahkiakum county community business is welcome to join the LCIN. It is not a bank or loan fund and members do not make collective investment decisions but is a wonderful way to see where your money is going, who it is helping, and the direct impact it makes. While not a venture fund, a bank, or a financial institution it does consists of individuals who support surrounding businesses by investing locally – putting their funds to work within their neighborhoods. The CWCOG acts as a matchmaker for the opportunities, and members work directly with businesses on 8 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | July 2022

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Welcome summer! Some things you want to know

he Washington Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Washington Festivals and Events Association (WFEA) and ArtsWA, is administering a $3.5 million grant program to provide festivals, events and celebrations across the state. Funding assists businesses and nonprofits that are dependent to maintain their operations on the economic activity created through conventions hosted in Washington state. Learn more at https://commercegrants.com/ Sign up for updates at the bottom right of the Washington State Department of Commerce Emergency Grants page at https:// commercegrants.com/ More businesses are pursuing Small Business Association (SBA) 504 loans. Here’s what to know about the program: The SBA has seen a surge in interest in its traditional loan programs since the close of the Paycheck Protection Program. The SBA 504 loan program for owner-occupied business premises and equipment can be a great choice. Here’s an article from Forbes detailing what businesses need to know and which businesses are eligible – https://www.forbes.com/advisor/business-loans/sba504-loans/

Log in and check the status of your quarter one report, if you had payroll. While you are logged in, double-check if you have a credit or a balance on your account – this will help you accurately submit payments in the future. New to reporting? Learn more and create an employer account. Selling your Business: What you Need to Know A regional business brokerage reached out to us to provide a very brief economic update, as it relates to business sales. 1.

There is still a lot of cash on the street and investors are looking for good businesses to buy. What is “good”? Profitable, room for growth, solid team, transparent and transferrable.


Still a seller’s market if the seller is fully prepared.


The seller’s deal team (The right attorney, the right CPA, the right financial planner, etc.) is critical to the success of a seller’s exit.


Buyers are performing deep financial and operational due diligence on sellers.


The active marketplace has attracted some participants who might not be fully prepared to be of service. Warning signs include:

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave How to Check Paid Leave Wage Report Status

A limited review of the company’s financial data,

A paid leave employer account shows the status of all wage reports filed.

Going to market prematurely and unprepared,

Leaving the buyer and seller to negotiate their own terms without adequate preparation

Log in, view your Wage Submission History and review quarterly wage reports.

Leaving the seller to work with the buyer’s attorney through due diligence,

What the status means:

Failing to navigate sensitive and delicate situations with the appropriate care

How to check your wage report status

1. Pending: You started submitting wages, but you haven’t submitted yet. 2. Processed: You’ve successfully reported for that quarter. 3. Rejected: Click Record Errors to review the file errors. Correct the errors in your file and resubmit. The status will change to processed within 48 hours if the report is successfully submitted. If you have trouble filing or correcting a rejected report, call the Customer Care Team. Don’t see a report? If you had payroll but do not have a report filed, upload any missing wage files and submit them. 10 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | July 2022

Some great resources for sellers and buyers to support financing options: 1.

Be sure to investigate the Linked Deposit Program for business buyers, a great way to provide lower interest rates to minority and women business buyers:


Business buyers should take a look at the Collateral Support programs, which: •

Encourages lenders to provide short-term loan

For more Petrick see page 11


Our Commercial Loans aren’t automated or handled online. It’s all person to person. We simplify an otherwise complicated process by navigating our members every step of the way. We offer commercial real estate loans, construction loans, vehicle and equipment loans, and business lines of credit, all designed with your needs in mind.

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Bring your business to Fibre Federal for Business Plus Checking, Business Online Banking, Remote Deposit, low-cost loans, and incredible member service.

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approvals to small businesses that might otherwise not qualified due to lack of collateral. •

Gives a business another chance for loan approval if they previously were rejected due to insufficient collateral.

Allows a business to keep its relationship at its current bank.

May be combined with the Linked Deposit Program through the Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises, which may result in lower interest.

Get Inspiration and Small Business Tips: Watch This Video! How do you keep your business growing while navigating challenges? Continued opportunities in global markets and federal government export assistance have helped many U.S. companies stay successful in recent years. Did you miss our Go Global webinar last month? Three U.S. exporters described their experiences and shared tips for business success. Government trade experts discussed programs and services that are available to help you map out a winning export strategy. Watch “Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Times: Celebrating U.S. Small Businesses in the Global Marketplace.” Be safe, enjoy your summer and remember the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is here to serve your business. Questions about selling or buying a business? Contact me, your SBDC adviser, at jerry.petrick@wsbdc.org to learn more. This information was gathered from several sources and provided by Jerry Petrick, senior certified business adviser with the Washington Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) serving southwest Washington. We provide confidential business advisory services at no cost to the business. To schedule an appointment email: jerry.petrick@wsbdc.org

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Cowlitz Economic Development Council Lindsey Cope Vice President

Class success points toward expansion


submitted the Cowlitz Economic Development Counci’s (CEDC) final report to the Washington State Microenterprise (WSMA) Association for the spring small business classes with Lower Columbia College (LCC) and the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG). The funding was provided by the WSMA thanks to a grant made by the Washington State Department of Commerce. These classes were a continuation of the small business workshops we began in the spring of 2021. Due to those classes’ success, this grant, and our partners, we were able to expand the small business classes to include a completely online option and to waive many fees for attendance. Some interesting outcomes from these classes include:

20 percent of participants have already seen an increase in gross revenue

37.5 percent of participants stated it will assist with their expansion

1 business was started

1 business expanded

5 jobs were created

12 jobs were saved

1 participant was connected to the Lower Columbia Investment Network (LCIN), which resulted in a private investment of more than $10,000

The participants were encouraged to rate their business confidence before and after the courses on a scale of 1 to 10. Before the courses, the average was 6.1. After the courses, the average increased to 8.1.

We look forward to expanding these courses alongside the LCIN with the CWCOG. We anticipate our next investor night event to be held in the fall.

62 percent of participants were a part of a historically underserved demographic

To keep up with these and our other initiatives be sure to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cowlitzedc

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LCC to hold summer open house July 22


ower Columbia College (LCC) is holding a Summer 2022 Open House from 4-7 p.m. July 22. The event is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the event is to provide a sampling of available

programs and services at LCC, and allow future and incoming students the opportunity to ask questions in a fun, informal, and in-person setting. Student services staff will be on hand to provide hands-on assistance with onboarding, registration, financial aid and more.

students. LCC faculty will provide demonstrations and activities for students interested in healthcare, biology, the performing arts, and welding and other industrial trades. Attendees can also learn about LCC’s applied bachelor’s programs as well as scholarship opportunities. Free smoothie samples will be provided in the college’s gym and fitness center, where attendees can meet and talk with LCC student athletes. The grand re-opening of the Alan Thompson Library will also occur during the open house. Attendees can also learn more about the LCC Cares campaign,

The event will include food and prizes in multiple locations, campus tours, and “College 101” information for incoming

an opportunity for new, returning or continuing students to “take a class on us,” made possible by pandemic relief funds provided by the federal government. The LCC Cares campaign is intended

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to encourage people who have been “on the fence” about starting or returning to college to take the next step. We are offering hundreds of in-person classes this fall quarter, which starts Sept. 19. In-person services are also available on LCC’s fully reopened campus. More information about the LCC Cares campaign is available at lowercolumbia.edu/lcc-cares.

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Escrow Officer

Escrow Officer

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Escrow Assistant

Carrie Staggs

Escrow Assistant

Steve Quaife

County Manager

LCC’s Summer 2022 Open House is a family-friendly event. The event was scheduled to coincide with the Black Bears vs. Raptors baseball game starting at 6:35 p.m. on LCC’s David B. Story Field (see cowlitzblackbears.com for information about Black Bears

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Policy Typist

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parking lots C and H, the Quad, and more. For locations, please see the LCC campus map at lowercolumbia.edu/map. Information about the event is available at lowercolumbia.edu/ future.

Kelso Public Schools

Longview Public Schools

Mary Beth Tack

Dan Zorn


Hats off to the Class of 2022


s another school year comes to a close, we send the Class of 2022 off with well-wishes and high hopes for them and their futures.

On June 11, 327 Hilanders earned their high school diploma.

Twenty-seven (8 percent) of them also earned an associate’s degree from Lower Columbia College. One hundred thirteen students (35 percent) were recognized for academic achievement and scholarships. Seventy-seven seniors (24 percent) received scholarships. Of the $1.9 million in scholarship awards for the Class of 2022: •

91 scholarships totaling $166,860 were awarded by Kelso Public Schools Foundation

54 awards were given from community organizations totaling $94,460

19 colleges and universities gave a total of $891,061 for athletic and academic scholarships

4 scholarships totaling $720,000 were awarded by branches of the military

We are so proud of the accomplishments of every student in our district. Whatever path they take from here, be it entering the trades, an apprenticeship, the military, college, or career, we are pretty sure we’ll be seeing great things from them. Clear paths. Bright futures. No limits.

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School opportunities open up during summer


want to start this column by thanking our community and parents for their patience and support this school year as we navigated through the pandemic and worked to meet health and safety mandates while delivering instruction in ways to meet the needs of our families. With all its challenges, the year has gone very well. By the end of the school year, we were back to normal and able to celebrate the Class of 2022 with traditional graduation ceremonies. The graduation ceremonies for all of our high schools were outstanding. We are very proud of the Class of 2022 for persevering through the past four years and graduating on time. It may come as a surprise that summer is a very busy time for school districts. Summers are full of activity as we close out the school year and plan for the next, make repairs to our facilities, deliver the summer feeding program to hungry kids in our community, and offer both summer school and credit recovery opportunities. This summer, you will see considerable work being done on our schools, from new playgrounds being installed at our elementary schools, to security vestibules being built in the entrances of several schools, and roofs being replaced. Thanks to the help of local contractors, most of the summer projects should be done by the first quarter of the coming school year. Our summer school program this year is geared toward our youngest learners whose foundational years of learning were interrupted by to the pandemic. Those students who are not at grade level in first and second grade have been invited to enroll. There will also be summer school for middle school students who are currently in fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth grade who wish to attend. The middle school program is partnering with Longview Parks and Recreation to offer programming that is fun and engaging with plenty of peer interaction. Both the elementary and middle school summer programs will run from July 6 through July 29. The programs are full day and include free meals. Our high schools will be offering credit recovery opportunities this summer as well. Our summer programs have proven to help students continue growing and are very important to keeping our students moving forward academically. We are fortunate our instructional and support staff do such a great job making sure summer programming is possible. In looking ahead to 2022-23, school will start Aug. 31. Parents who are enrolling their students in our district for the first time are encouraged to enroll early. Enrollment can be completed online for convenience or people may come into the district office at 2715 Lilac St. to enroll. This fall, Longview Public Schools is introducing a new,

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For more Longview schools see page 17

Longview schools from page 16

exciting educational program called Kinder Bridge. This prekindergarten program is designed for children who are four years old and who do not qualify for state or federal preschool programs in our area. It is designed to offer extensive literacy experiences, reading readiness activities, play-based learning, positive peer interactions, problem solving skills, and managing feelings. Children will learn how to follow rules and expectations in the school setting and how to respond to and regulate their own needs. These are important skills to learn as student’s transition into kindergarten. We are very excited to bring this program to benefit our students and families. I would like to close this column by wishing our community and families a safe and enjoyable summer. We will be working diligently to get the 2022-23 school year off to a strong start.

The Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce would like to THANK the following loyal members for renewing their partnership with us this month. Animal Health Services, Inc, PS Behrends Body Shop Bob's Sporting Goods Collins Architectural Group, PS Day Wireless Systems Fiesta Bonita Mexican Grill and Cantina Foster Farms Global Images Graphic Design and Marketing Hilander Dental

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must admit that spring with all its rain made me feel a bit uneasy about going into summer. Olaf from the Disney movie “Frozen” stated it perfectly, “I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved the idea of summer, and sun, and all things hot!” I admit that my kids think I’m part reptile, and that my husband is ever searching for the perfect real estate for me – on the sun. Mostly, besides the sunshine, summer to me means – longer days, family time, barbecuing, day tripping, vacation, sunsets, beach time, and lots of outings. By now, summer fun calendars have been circulated and plans are well underway for a grand slam summer of joy in the Longview area! Aside from spending time at the Mint Valley Golf Course, or at Longview Parks and Rec activities, there’s Kelso’s Catlin Rotary water spray park, Willow Grove Park and boat launch, and 17 local playgrounds where you can picnic, play, splash, or cool down. Black Bear games at Lower Columbia College, Longview Outdoor Gallery, shopping in historic downtown Longview, fishing, boating, and nearby hiking and ocean beaches are also favorites.

his month, I want to review the significant items and issues the Kelso City Council dealt with in the first half of 2022. Four councilors were sworn in earlier this year. Kim

Lefebvre and I were re-elected, Brian Wood was newly elected and LaDonna Page was appointed to fill a vacancy. The Council elected me as mayor and re-elected Kim as deputy mayor. Council liaisons were appointed to the required committees. The Council Code of Conduct and Council Rules were updated and approved. The Strategic Plan was reviewed and updated for the first time since 2019. The Council also directed the city manager to explore hiring a federal lobbyist. To deal with the City’s most pressing issue, the Council approved an improved water connection with the City of

There’s only one thing keeping any of us from truly diving in and enjoying summer in the Longview area. That's right – you've got to show up!

Longview and approved a contract for an evaluation of the

Here’s a sneak peek at where some of the fun begins in the Longview area:

Cooperation for the Spirit Lake-Toutle/Cowlitz River System

• Farmers Market: Saturdays, April 16-Oct. 29, and Tuesdays, May 10-Sept. 13 • Oceans of Possibilities reading program at the Longview Public Library, June 15-Aug. 13 • Summer concerts at Lake Sacajawea, 6-8 p.m. at Martin’s Dock. The lineup includes: July 7 – Abbey Road (Beatles Tribute) July 14 – Mainstreet (Bob Seger Tribute) July 21 – Eagle Eyes (Eagles Tribute) July 28 – Hit Factory (America's Top Cover Band)

Ranney water system. Kelso also joined the Declaration of Collaborative. Project work included acceptance of the West Main work, approval of the Oak Street/ Pacific Avenue street and utilities improvements, a decision to rebid the Tam O’ Shanter 3 parking improvements, requesting a cost review for repairs of Lads and Lassies Park, and receiving a presentation of the Pavement Management System. The Council also approved the Body Camera Agreement with

Aug. 4 – Carl Wirkkala & the Whistle Punks (Country)

the police department and awarded $30,000 to Community

Aug. 11 – Long Live Rock (Classic Rock)

House on Broadway for rent assistance for Kelso citizens. One

• Cowlitz County Fair, July 27-30 at the Cowlitz County Event Center and fairgrounds • Summer movies at Lake Sacajawea, 7:30 p.m. Movies will be: Aug. 12 – “Luca” For more Longview see page 19 18 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | July 2022

of the most important decisions was to approve the rezoning of the Segale property from commercial to light industrial. This is expected to finally get some economic development on the property.

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Aug. 19 – “How to Train Your Dragon” Aug. 26 – “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

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• Squirrel Fest, Aug. 20 at Civic Circle in Longview


• Unique Tin Car Show, Aug.27 at the Cowlitz County Event Center I am looking forward to seeing you at these outstanding events. Be safe, be kind, and get out and make some memories this summer.



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reface: All too often the big picture (aka unintended consequences) is ignored, and in government this behavior is nearly exclusively pursued. We can see that as we navigate from one crisis to the other, blaming some previous administration for the current troubles. That accusation likely is correct, but the new administration overwhelmingly only makes it worse because it follows the same mantras that have been driven into the public mind. Carl Sagan said: “One of the sadder lessons of history is: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we reject any evidence of the bamboozle. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

The unintended consequences of subsidizing demand and restricting supply is legion, yet that is what has happened to us over the years, with a crescendo in the current time. There is an adage that states: “Do not ascribe to malice what can be attributed to stupidity.” The stupidity of the people in charge is a result of the system. As Thomas Sowell explains: “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

Inflation: We may be on the eve of many, probably disastrous decisions at every level of government as the people struggle to deal with inflation and shortages, the former know only to us old people, the latter unknown to us old people until now. One of the decisions being discussed is price controls; I call this the Venezuela policy. When you kill supply, as in fossil fuels, while you implement means to increase demand, as is being considered with price supports, energy payments to individuals, and tax reductions, you make matters unstable and worse. These unsustainable policies destroy nations. Homelessness: For some time, and now quite at the forefront, the issue of homelessness plagues us. We could start by dumping the politically correct phrase of “experiencing homelessness,” versus being homeless. When we “experience,” we elicit a sense of exogenous forces in control, rather than the endogenous forces of our choices. Who can be blamed for exogenous forces! What did these homeless people do with their K-12 education, roughly (using 2020 dollars) $250,000 of taxpayer largesse? Thomas Sowell: “The great escape of our times is escape from personal responsibility for the consequences of one’s own behavior.”

The issue of the homeless camp has impact on nearly everyone in the county. That impact is negative for all except those in the camp who get what they want at the expense of everyone else. During a hearing, after much discussion, I asked a resident of the Alabama Camp, what is the number one thing you get from the camp: Her answer was 20 | Kelso Longview Business Connection | July 2022

“freedom.” I assume that meant freedom from responsibility, freedom from daily chores, freedom from taxes, freedom from laws, etc. Thomas Sowell - “The welfare state shields people from the consequences of their own mistakes, allowing irresponsibility to continue and to flourish among ever wider circles of people.”

This intangible but destructive consequence of our policy on homelessness, the weakening of our sense of responsibilities and sense of carrying our own water, is now manifest in our society. Thomas Sowell - “One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”

Status of the Alabama Camp proposal: The much talked about joint effort between the county and the city of Longview suffered another setback late this June when the CHOB (Community House on Broadway) proposal was turned down by all parties involved. The email received by the commissioners about this issue only urged that the proposal be rejected. The emails came from people who wanted a housing first solution all the way to those who said disband the camp and do nothing else. Most of the discussion about the Alabama Camp is about welfare not about homelessness. If homelessness were the focus, then there are many other avenues to pursue. While it may have been legitimate to use Document Recording Funds for this proposal, I felt it was not in keeping with the concept of reducing homelessness. The only way to do that is to reduce the ratio of demand to supply, and the proposal likely would do the opposite. For now, a committee of a County Commissioner John Jabusch, a Longview Council Member Ruth Kendall, and Gena James will be exploring defining the vision and the goals better. A concept is to have a targeted solution that will address the fact that there are many reasons for the occupants of the camp and homeless in general. I am not hopeful, because the thinking has not yet come to grips with reality, one part of which is explained in this quote: Milton Friedman - “Doing good with other people’s money has two basic flaws. In the first place, you never spend anybody else’s money as carefully as you spend your own. So a large fraction of that money is inevitably wasted. In the second place, and equally important, you cannot do good with other people’s money unless you first get the money away from them. So that force – sending a policeman to take the money from somebody’s pocket – is fundamentally at the basis of the philosophy of the welfare state.” ~ Milton Friedman

Given inflation and the general malaise that it brings and will bring to the economy, I worry about the many who live on a fixed income and have no options for re-entering the work force. We may see the need for real assistance due, at this point, to exogenous forces.

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L&I webinars are a chance to learn about key employment laws

A series of upcoming webinars from the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) provide workers and employers the opportunity to learn more about the state’s employment laws. The sessions cover worker’s rights, white-collar overtime rules, isolated worker protections and the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act. There also are webinars in English and Spanish to explain the agricultural overtime law that took effect this year. Led by Employment Standards Program staff, each webinar last about 45 minutes, and includes time for questions at the end. To register for any of these sessions, go to the Workshops/Training web page and search for the webinar by its title in the “Event Title” drop-down menu. Here is a look at the upcoming webinar schedule: Employer Guide to Workers’ Rights •

July 13 at 10 a.m.

Aug. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 at 10 a.m.

Equal Pay and Opportunities Act •

July 21 at 9 a.m.

Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.

Sept. 15 at 9 a.m.

Isolated Worker Protections •

July 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Aug. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

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July 27 at 10 a.m.

Aug. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.

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July 6 at 10 a.m.

Aug. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 at 10 a.m.

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Sacha marks 45 years of service with the City of Longview The mayor, council and City of Longview congratulate City Manager Kurt Sacha as he marks 45 years of service to the City July 1.

Sacha has been employed with the City since July 1977, where he began his career in the street maintenance department. In 1978, Sacha transferred to traffic engineering. Shortly thereafter, in 1980, he was appointed as assistant finance director, and then appointed finance director in 1999. Sacha served a dual role as finance director and assistant city manager from 2015 to 2018, and was then appointed as city manager. “Working alongside Kurt has been a true pleasure,” said Mayor MaryAlice Wallis. “Kurt’s genuine care for community and his exceptional career as finance director for the City positioned him perfectly to serve as our city manager. His kind and thoughtful leadership and financial skillset have blessed the City, staff, and Council immensely.” Through his time at the City of Longview, Sacha has served in many roles from repairing our roads, to hiring others to repair the roads, to working for the city council that hired him to lead over 350 employees within the City. We are honored Kurt has chosen to work alongside all the City staff for 45 years. Kurt’s example is one of exemplary service. The City celebrates Kurt’s 45 years of service.

Washington Retail joins attorney general for crime task force launch

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Aug. 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Recently, Washington Retail joined Attorney General Bob Ferguson in Seattle for a press conference announcing his newly formed Washington Organized Retail Crime Theft Task Force.

Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.

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For the announcement, Ferguson convened law enforcement, prosecutors, and retailers to thwart the growing problem in Washington state. The task force will work to improve coordination and collaboration between law enforcement agencies to address crimes that span multiple jurisdictions, put employees in harm’s way, and wreak economic damage to our state. In his remarks, Ferguson said, “The tentacles of organized retail crime affects all Washingtonians. It’s going to take a statewide effort to get arms around it and address it.” Washington Retail President and CEO Renée Sunde added, “There has never been a more critical time in Washington State to address the impacts of Organized Retail Crime (ORC) on public safety and the safety of our customers and retail employees. As the retail industry recovers from the pandemic and workforce challenges remain.” An analysis from the Retail Industry Leaders Association estimates Washington retailers lost $2.7 billion to organized retail crime in 2021. ORC has become a top issue for Washington Retail members

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as criminals have become increasingly brazen and violent in their attacks on retail stores throughout Washington state. It has threatened public safety, the safety of our customers, and retail employees. “Many of our frontline retail workers have witnessed these outrageous crimes in action and have faced physical threats,” Sunde said. As more thefts are turning violent – and even deadly – in retail stores, the multibillion-dollar problem has led to increased prices for shoppers, lost tax revenue, and product shortages as we continue recovering from the impacts of the pandemic. Washington state isn’t alone in the battle. Over the past few years, several states have launched ORC task forces. The efforts of these task forces have been highly effective in prosecuting several multimillion-dollar cases. Nationally, ORC’s financial impact is estimated at $69 billion annually. According to the National Retail Federation, 75 percent of retailers have seen an increase in ORC since 2020. The attorney general has committed to convening quarterly meetings for at least a year. The first task force meeting will be held July 7.

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n June 16, the Longview Downtowners kicked off its 2022-23 operational year with an in-person meeting at Mill City Grill. Thank you to Trina and Mill City Grill for always providing exceptional service and a great space to meet.

discussing our upcoming pub crawl event, Harvest Festival, and more.

We had a lot to discuss with new events and businesses happening as we head into summer. First and foremost, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest downtown Longview businesses and business owners:

Don’t forget to eat local, drink local, shop local, and shop downtown Longview!

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The Lemon Drop – 1175 Hudson St.

Todd and Jessica Wade, in partnership with the Kelso Business and Community Association, held a plaque dedication for Bill Ammons. The ceremony took place at 308 S. Pacific Ave., June 23.

Scythe Brewing – 1217 3rd Ave. Keebler Coffee Roasters – 1101 Commerce Ave. Kathie’s Clutters and Crafts – 1315 Commerce Ave. J Squared Barrel House – New owners Andy and Katie Gerson – 1520 Commerce Ave. HALO Salon and Boutique – New owner Leanna Villanueva – 1215 Commerce Ave. We also took delivery of our downtown Longview flower baskets that were meticulously cultivated by the Castle Rock FFA. We are fundraising to cover the costs of the baskets. So far, we have fundraised $1,175 thanks to the following sponsors: Teague’s Interiors – 1309 Hudson St. Body Rock Dance Space – 1317 Hemlock St. Dapper Dandelion – 1339 Commerce Ave., Suite 110 Pucci Pups – 1171 3rd Ave. Can Do Electric – 1133 14th Ave. Beauti Lounge – 1339 Commerce Ave., Suite 208 Angie Wean Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid – 1338 Commerce Ave., Suite C Posh on Commerce – 1262 Commerce Ave. JoJo + CoCo Boutique – 1267 Commerce Ave. Wander Shoe Boutique – 1267 Commerce Ave. We still have $1,435 to go. If you would like to donate to help us, please contact me at 360-423-9921 or cope@cowlitzedc.com. Sponsors receive a post on our social media, will be listed on our website under 2022 Flowers Sponsors and will be listed in our articles for our partners. July 21 will be our next Longview Downtowners meeting at 3 p.m. upstairs a Mill City Grill. Anyone interested in the promotion, preservation, and development of downtown Longview and its surrounding areas are welcome. We will be

Ammons is a Kelso legend and a household name, having taken over the Pacific Barber Shop from his father in 1977 and retiring in 2019. Bill and his father served Kelso through philanthropic initiatives, charitable acts, and taking an active role in area politics. Ammons may be most recognizable for the events he was involved in like bringing the Portland Trailblazers to Longview in 1970 to fundraise for the Progress Center; organizing brown bag lunch drives to feed the hungry; collecting thousands of coats for kids; fundraising to take children to professional sports games; leading days of kindness; and hosting governmental forums. Bill and his father’s legacy in Kelso were memorialized with a permanent plaque installation at the place of their famous $4 haircut barber shop. The ceremony was led by another local fixture, Kirc Roland, of KUKN, KLOG, and The Blitz, and featured an appearance by Gov. Jay Inslee and former Fire Chief Dave LaFave. Inslee awarded Ammons a Washingtonian of the Day Award. Refreshments were provided after the event by Todd and Jessica Wade. Our sincerest thank you to the City of Kelso for their assistance in traffic control and safety measures, Inslee and his staff for taking the time to come to honor Ammons, Roland for being the master of ceremonies, LaFave for sharing his work with Bill, the Main Event Party Store for their beautiful balloon installation to frame the podium, Pat Palmer and Copies Today for the timeline of some Ammon’s accomplishments, and KUKN, KLOG, and The Blitz for the public address system. If you are interested in the economic and community development of Kelso, we hope you will join us on the fourth Thursday of the month as we discuss initiatives to bring new life to our beloved Kelso. This spring we are registering to participate in the Growing Vibrant Communities program within America in Bloom. The development of this program over the next year will allow us to pursue the full America in Bloom program like our northern neighbors in Castle Rock. Meeting information can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kelsobca. Kelso Longview Business Connection | July 2022 | 27

Josh Carter, KLOG-KUKN-The Blitz, presents Niki Shaylor, Big Dog Janitorial, with a vacation-themed gift basket

Pam and Darrell Whittle, Realty One Group Pacifica, take a break from networking to meet Chef McGrady

Business After Hours Hosted by Koelsch Communities Eric McCrandall, Family Health Center; Diane Craft, Koelsch Communities; Jeanne Devitt, Canterbury Park; Roy Gawlick, Edward Jones; Bailey Roberts, Fibre Federal Credit Union. Roy won this great raffle prize from Canterbury Park.

Sondra Sampson, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consutant, gets Chef McGrady’s autograph

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Koelsch Communities hosted Business After Hours at Canterbury Park in June. Tickets were complimentary and guests received the royal treatment. Chef Darren McGrady, personal chef to the British royal family, spoke about his partnership with Koelsch Communities and his experiences serving the royal family for 15 years.

Sean Kiffe, NORPAC, with a basket of Red Leaf gifts

Chef Darren McGrady presented his specialties enjoyed by the British royal family

Ribbon Cuttings Thank you to these Ambassadors who participated in ribbon cutting celebrations during June! Josh Carter KLOG-KUKN-The Blitz Kelly Godden Speciality Rents and Events Kerri Guitteau Cowlitz Black Bears

Celebration of Student Art Installation Mint Valley Elementary School

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