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KELSO LONGVIEW

Vol. 4, No. 1 • Jan. 2012

Business Connection Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce • Longview Downtowners

Unemployment tax rates to plummet in 2012

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n the past couple of years, the Employment Security Department didn’t have much good news to share about unemployment taxes, but that’s finally turning around. In 2012, unemployment rates will decline in all 40 rate classes by an estimated average of 13 percent. If your business had no layoffs Paul Trause in the past four Washington Employment years — putting Security Commissioner you in RateClass 1 — your tax rate will drop by 71 percent (from 0.49 percent in 2011 to 0.14 percent in 2012). The most you’ll pay on an employee for the entire year is $53, compared to $182 in 2011. Businesses whose layoff experience puts them at the top end of the rate structure also will enjoy a rate reduction in 2012, albeit a smaller one. Even businesses that are moving into higher rate classes due to recent layoffs may experience lower tax rates if they move up only a few rate classes. Altogether, businesses will pay $207 million less in unemployment taxes in 2012.

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The reductions are a result of two factors. You may recall that the state legislature and Governor Gregoire adopted a bill last February that reversed the expected tax increase in 2011 for most businesses. Those changes remain in place and will continue to suppress tax rates in 2012. In addition, the size of the state’s unemployment benefits fund is factored into the tax-rate calculations. We still have one of the healthiest funds in the nation, and Washington’s employers are reaping the rewards. During the recession, about three dozen states bankrupted their benefits funds and had to borrow billions of dollars to cover unemployment benefits. Some are still borrowing. Although the nation is technically in economic recovery, the states with outstanding loans are facing tax hikes, benefit cuts and other measures to stabilize their unemployment systems. Here in Washing-ton, it’s nice to know that’s one thing we don’t have to worry about right now.

Chamber enters new year with new leader

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he KelsoLongview Bill Marcum Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to announce the selection of Bill Marcum as its new president and CEO, replacing retiring president Rick Winsman. “After an extensive search, we have found the right person, with strong local ties, to lead the Chamber in serving our local businesses during these challengcont page 2

CONNECT WITH LEGISLATORS

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

There’s plenty of time to book passage ~ join us to set sail for success! See page 6

MARK YOUR CALENDARS January 4

Education Committee Meeting

Chamber’s legislative updates begin January 9

January 9

usinesses often feel the impact of decisions made by our State legislators In its role as the “Voice of Business,” the Chamber is doing its part to influence legislative decisions affecting your ability to do business in Washington State.

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You’re invited to the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee’s weekly Legislative Breakfast Briefing, beginning January 9, 2012 and continuing every Monday thereafter through the end of the legislative session. Each week, contact is made with our local legislators, either in person or by conference call, for an update on the bills and issues currently under consideration. We encourage Chamber members to attend our monthly committee meetings, as well as our weekly Legislative Update meetings to discuss your concerns with our legislators.

JANUARY - APRIL

Member2Member Monthly Mailing Deadline January 9

Legislative Briefing Breakfasts January 10

Longview Downtowners January 11

Lower Columbia Professionals Committee Meeting January 12

Ambassador Meeting January 17

Business after Hours TUNE IN every WEDNESDAY

Your Chamber Connection KEDO AM1400 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Contact the Chamber to schedule YOUR ten-minute business spotlight! FREE COUNSELING & GUIDANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS (existing or being formed) Provided by S.C.O.R.E., an adjunct of the Small Business Administration. Counseling is by appointment only. Call 360.699.1079

IN THIS ISSUE

Legislative Update Breakfast Monday’s • 7:00 AM Monticello Hotel, LaRiviere Room

Business Briefs . . . . . . . . . . 2

APRIL - DECEMBER

Around the Watercooler . . . . 4

Legislative Committee Meetings Last Monday of each month Monticello Hotel, LaRiviere Room 12 Noon

Downtown Longview . . . . . . . 3

Business Toolbox . . . . . . . . . 4 Open for Business . . . . . . . . 5 Chairman’s Message . . . . . . . 5


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Brent Arnold joined Cowlitz PUD October 10 as its new marketing coordinator. He was previously the advertising sales manager for the Journal-Advocate newspaper in Sterling, Colorado. At the PUD, Arnold will oversee advertising, website, and marketing programs for new services the PUD will begin to introduce in late 2012 with the completion of its new customer information system and automated metering.

Andrew has been at the PUD since 1997 and including previous work there, has 21 years of experience at the utility. In his new role he oversees billing, meter reading, credit services, tellers and customer service functions. Andrew also continues to manage external communications for the PUD.

Dave Andrew is now the director of customer services at Cowlitz PUD.

Got

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Send info on promotions, expansions, significant happenings and personnel achievements to: ajohnson@kelsolongviewchamber.org Submissions may be edited for length, style and consistency. New members: Call the Chamber office, 360-423-8400, to arrange to be interviewed for a “mini-feature” in an upcoming issue of the Kelso Longview Business Connection.

Chamber seeks hosts for 2012 Business After Hours Business After Hours events are the area’s premier networking opportunities, offering guests the chance to meet people representing products and services in a relaxed, social setting. The Chamber’s most successful networking program and a monthly highlight on the Chamber’s calendar, Business After Hours are held at different members’ businesses in our area. They offer attendees the opportunity to meet and network with their fellow members as well as providing the host the chance to highlight their products and services.

What’s in it for you? • Business After Hours provides a way to develop new business contacts with an average of 100 people in attendance at each event • You can gather business ideas and network with fellow Chamber members • Allows for the perfect opportunity to show off a new business and get valuable leads in a relaxed, after-work setting • A great venue for developing business relationships and sharpen your networking skills in an atmosphere that is new, fun and ever-changing Light refreshments and beverages are served. Representatives of the Chamber’s Ambassador committee volunteer to greet guests and manage the registration table.

Interested?

Contact the Chamber at 360-423-8400 or e-mail ajohnson@kelsolongviewchamber.org. or fax in this completed form 360423-0432. Company Name:________________________________________________ Contact:_______________________________________________________ Phone:____________________ Email:_______________________________ 2012 Month you are interested in hosting: January 17th_____

February 14th______

November 13th______

Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce 1563 Olympia Way Longview, WA 98632 360-423-8400 Phone • 360-423-0432 Fax ajohnson@kelsolongviewchamber.org www.kelsolongviewchamber.org www.facebook.com/KelsoLongviewChamber The Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce is a business organization with member companies representing businesses in Cowlitz County. For information on joining, see page 6.

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ing times”, said Frank McShane, chairman of the Chamber Board. Marcum is a veteran marketing and operations executive with 31 years in the newspaper business, nine of those years in Longview as director of advertising and marketing at The Daily News. In 2001 the Natt Family, former owners of The Daily News, offered Bill the opportunity to publish the Enumclaw Courier-Herald in Enumclaw, Washington. In 2003 he started the Bonney Lake Courier-Herald in Bonney Lake, Washington. In 2008, Bill helped the Natts sell the two weekly newspapers to Black Press. He accepted the advertising director position at the East Oregonian in Pendleton, Oregon, in October 2010. An active Rotarian for the past 26 years, Marcum also served on the boards of the Longview Chamber (before the merger), the Enumclaw Chamber and was a member of Longview Rotary Club (morning club). A board member of the Enumclaw Healthcare Foundation for the past 10 years, he was committed to bringing health care to those who could not afford it and passionate about raising funds to accomplish this goal. Bill’s wife, Brenda Marcum, worked for 18 years with Bratrud-Middleton Insurance (now Propel Insurance) in Longview. Many may remember her as the puppy raiser for Canine Companions, with a puppy under her desk most of the time. In 2009 she changed careers and jobs, working for PeaceHealth St.

John Medical Center, greeting patients and scheduling appointments for Team B. “This opportunity with the KelsoLongview Chamber of Commerce allows me to come back to an area I love and use the experience I have gained over the last 31 years to help businesses to be more successful,” Marcum said. “I am excited for this new challenge and I look forward to working with all the businesses in Longview and Kelso once again.” Marcum will be starting his new role on January 23, 2012. Please join in welcoming Bill and Brenda back to our community and look for Bill to be contacting the membership to find out how the Chamber can assist you best.

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t was a Very Good Year the Longview Downtowners celebrated at their December general meeting. Longview City Councilman Ken Botero highlighted the numerous activities that took place in Downtown in 2011. •Janice Forbes (Highlander Cycling facilitated a Strategic Planning Workshop in January. Seventeen business owners and volunteers attended the all day Sunday session. •Downtown LIVE, nine weeks of summer family fun on Friday nights, was back for the second year. Events included the Community Market, Cardboard Boat Regatta, Pug Parade, Eat and Greet, Sip and Stroll, Dash for Cash bicycle races, Urban Adventure and Slow Car Crawl. •The Second Annual Longview Grand Prix Criterium, organized by Highlander Cycling, was held in the Civic

Center in conjunction with the First Annual Squirrel Festival. •The Longview Outdoor Gallery (LOG) Task Force installed 11 public sculptures on Commerce Avenue. The sculptures will be displayed for two years. LOG is raising money to purchase one of the sculptures and invites the public to vote for their favorite. •Zombies invaded Longview in October during the Harvest Festival and Zombie Apocalypse. This event was organized by Anna Groff (DIY Party Supply) and brought 500 children and more than 900 zombies downtown. •The Christmas Parade and Civic Center Tree Lighting became an all day event this year. The Daily News sponsored a Gingerbread Haus Contest in The Merk and Downtown LIVE holiday activities included two bazaars, Santa’s workshop, St Nick’s Treasure Hunt and pedi-cab rides. •Downtown businesses hosted a Holiday Open House for the first time in many years. The businesses were open until 9pm on December 9, offering music, treats and special sales. The Longview Downtowner Board expressed a sincere thank you to everyone who contributed their time, talent, ideas and actions to make this one of the best years ever.

Fabulous Holiday Windows The Longview Downtowners also revived the holiday window contest. Three members of the LOG task force judged the windows and presented the awards at the December general meeting. First prize was awarded to the Gift Cottage, second prize to The Pet

Works, and third prize to The Red Hat Thrift Store. Banda’s Bouquets, Things with Bling and the Hospice Thrift Store received honorable mentions.

New Year’s Resolution for Businesses The Small Business Development Center is offering a free class: “Invigorating Your Business in 2012.” This is recommended for business owners who have good revenues but no profit, declining gross margins or tight cash flow each month. The class will be given on January 19 from 7:30 – 9am at Lower Columbia College, Administration Building, Heritage Room. Seating is limited. Register by January 16 at http://wsbdc.org/training-calendar.

The Never-ending Issue The City of Longview has printed a flyer describing Downtown parking changes effective January 1. The major changes are that most two-hour on-street parking spaces will change to three hours, permits for most City lots will no longer be available and most City lots will have a mix of three-hour and 72-hour parking. For a copy of the flyer go to www. mylongview.com or call the Longview Police Department’s Parking Enforcement Office at 360-442-5800. Laurel Murphy worked with other key volunteers to accomplish Downtown’s new Longview Outdoor Gallery of sculptures. She lives in Kalama.

Special thanks to everyone who helped Downtown in 2011, including (but not limited to) the following: •Doug Harvey for his leadership! For persevering through many obstacles to ensure our continued success and progress. •Wendy Kosloski for her non-wavering participation and attendance in all our initiatives and activities. For holding First Thursday. For organizing and holding the Squirrel Trek and St. Nick’s Treasure Hunt, two very popular activities. •Ron Kosloski for keeping excellent tabs on Downtowners’ financial health and reporting it faithfully every meeting... and for his level-headed contributions to every idea and outcome. •Gitta Makinster for being a wonderful Secretary and keeping and distributing in a timely manner detailed notes and for always lending a helping hand to every project and bringing a fresh perspective to many areas of opportunity or blocks to progress. •Ken Botero for his unwavering support of the Downtown and the Longview Downtowners, for championing our causes with the City Council. •Dennis and Beverly Guilliams for recording and capturing all our activities this year, and for bringing the information kiosk to Downtown. •John Brickey for championing Downtown projects and facilitating progress in working with the City and its requirements. •Arleen Hubble for the Christmas Parade. •Amy Fischer and Cathy Zimmerman for the Gingerbread Haus contest and for having it Downtown. And for attending Downtowners’ meetings!

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What new business would you like to come to our area that would specifically help your business thrive?

By Jerry D. Petrick

Invigorating Your Business in 2012

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hat kind of year did your business have?

How do you know if you had a “good” year? Compared to what?

As the New Year begins, many of us will engage in reflection and evaluation of our lives, families and friends. If you are a business owner, part of your year-end ritual probably includes at least a cursory look at the health and future of your business. Many of us stop looking shortly after we determine whether it was a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ year. If it was a “good” year, we breathe a sigh of relief and cross our fingers that the New Year will also be “good.” However, if we had a ‘bad’ year we rationalize, ignore, panic, or feel compelled to take action; we may not know what to do but we need to do SOMETHING!

Do you have a business plan, budget, projections, and accurate, timely financial data? If you don’t have these critical business basics in place how do you know how your business is performing and how to improve?

“Our customers are people and businesses in transition . . . anyone just coming to the area, or downsizing. So any business growth, especially if it creates jobs, will be good for us.”

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Let’s talk about some steps you can take to look at the health of your business and determine what to do or stop doing. The following areas are most commonly the cause of financial distress in business.

“I’d like to see some major industry come into the area. If they do well we all get residual benefit because employment goes up.”

Low Cash

We have all heard the adage “cash is king” Why is that so? Cash gives us flexibility to take advantage of opportunities like trade discounts; negotiate more favorable terms than your competition etc. More sales does NOT equal more cash; in fact, it is very common that a company with rapidly growing sales will find itself challenged to make payroll on a monthly basis and/ or show low or no net profit. To determine where your cash is or has gone, look carefully at your balance sheet. Some causes of low or declining cash are: High current liabilities, too much inventory or too much customer credit.

Low Gross Margins

How well do you know your true costs? Do you have “hidden”costs in your business? Hidden costs are those you incur do to inefficiencies in your business operations. Things that contribute

Joel Hansen, President KLOG/KLYK/THE WAVE, Kelso

“Any large employer that could offer jobs in our community. People earning money spend money. ”

Aaron Dawson

President Opsahl, Dawson CPAs, Longview

“We handle immense volumes of special organic materials and make things that clean the air, clean the water . . . things like bio swales, bio filters. So anything that helps home building (locally, as well as nationally) affects our business.”

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“Anything involving real estate or that makes people buy real estate, whether it’s another office building or residential. First, we have to get rid of the foreclosures so we can start building again. That will probably take another couple of years. Improvement by 2012-2013 is what we’re looking at.”

Terry Woodruff

Asst. Manager, Cowlitz County Title Co., Longview

“I’d like to see any people-intensive business like light assembly and retail. That would help our business because they all need the Internet.”

Frank McShane

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“Around the Water Cooler” is a regular feature of Kelso-Longview Business Connection. Watch for our roving reporter this month at a water cooler near you.


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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

Looking ahead to our new year T

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Chamber ambassadors, local dignitaries and friends celebrate milestones of local businesses with ribbon cutting and certificate presentation ceremonies.

he Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce is really looking forward to 2012; looking forward in two ways:

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We believe we will see opportunities for growth both in the local economy and in the activities and events of the Chamber and this month we are transitioning leadership of the Chamber to Bill Marcum, who brings new energy and new ideas to increase the value and impact of our activities and events. The Christmas shopping season proved to be an improvement. The Shop Local program had great participation. Unemployment numbers are slowly improving and housing activity is ticking up. A regional farm supply company, Wilco, has chosen Kelso as the site of its new store. New stores and restaurants keep popping up around the community. There is definitely life out there in our economy. The Legislative Breakfast sessions with our elected officials and lobbying resources are starting on Monday morning, January 9, at 7 am at the Monticello Hotel. These sessions will be held each Monday morning of the Washington legislative session. This is a unique opportunity for our members to address their concerns directly with our representatives. We are changing the date of the next Business to Business Expo to May 17th. This will allow for increased planning and preparation to make this year’s event even larger and more successful than last year’s. It will also allow our new president to be fully involved in bringing his marketing and advertising background to bear. Finally, it should provide less of a weather challenge than we experienced last year. I look forward to each of you getting a chance to meet and work with our new Chamber president, Bill Marcum. He has significant experience in growing and promoting business. More than that, though, he has repeatedly demonstrated full involvement in his community, including his previous experience living here in Longview. I am sure you will welcome Bill and Brenda back to Longview and please give him the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and talents we saw in our selection process. Thanks, and let’s make it a great year together.

American Family Insurance agent Penny Parvi and staff members, with Kelso Longivew Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors at her Customer Appreciation/ Open House/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on December 15. “I have been an agent now in Longview since May of 2010,” said Parvi. “My office was a little small and business is good and I have grown. I was able to move just two doors down from my old office. I was able to keep the same address. That makes everyone happy!”

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Business Toolbox to low or declining gross margins include: • • • • • •

Thursday, May 17, 2012 (Note the date change) Cowlitz Regional Conference Center 1900 – 7th Avenue, Longview Business Expo: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Afterhours Reception at the Expo: 5 – 8:00 p.m.

Businesses of Kelso and Longview, last call for boarding the Cowlitz County Regional Business Expo 2012! Cruise to Success in the New Year and sign up as an exhibitor TODAY. This event is unique not only because it provides the perfect opportunity to network business-to-business, but because it’s a reprise of an historic event. Last year, for the first time ever, all the chambers in Cowlitz County joined forces to cross city lines in support of local commerce! ALL vendors are automatically entered to win a GRAND PRIZE Multi-Media Marketing Package worth more than $5,000 in graphic design work, printing, promotional materials, website design, video production, online, print and radio advertising.

Your business doesn’t fit the Business Expo? Feel FREE to come and walk through the event and visit with other businesses in the area. You may also buy separate tickets to the county-wide Afterhours Reception in the evening; tickets are $20 per person and you’re automatically entered to win the GRAND PRIZE Cruise for Two to Tropical Destination! Don’t miss your opportunity to jump on board and be a part of this event. Your local Chambers of Kelso/Longview, Kalama, Castle Rock, and Woodland want you to be there. For more information go to www.cowlitzcountybizexpo.com or www.facebook.com/CowlitzCountyBizExpo or contact Amy Johnson at 360-423-8400.

Poor pricing Bookkeeping errors Shrinkage Low productivity Poor buying No cash discounts on payables

THANK YOU!

Every industry has different dynamics at play that impact margins and profitability; things like seasonality and fixed costs. Knowing what is common in your industry for companies of your size is critical to identify how competitive your operations are. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Advisor has access to industry benchmark information for many industries and will help you analyze and diagnose issues in your operation.

Low Net Profits

I’m always fascinated by this area – my assumption is that most business owners are in business, at least in part, to generate wealth for themselves, their families and communities. However, so many appear to be satisfied as long as their gross sales are growing; without regard to the profitability of those sales. Let’s take a look at what contributes to low net profits despite increasing sales: • Low gross margin • Low sales • Poor expense control • High interest expense • High hidden costs

The Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce thanks all the sponsors who helped make this program a success for its fourth year: Banda’s Bouquets, Capstone Cellars, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Copies Today/ Speedy Litho, Cowlitz River Rigging, Nick Lemiere – Edward Jones, Elder Options, Esteem Salon, Estetica Day Spa, Exclaim Media, Farm Dog Bakery, Global Images Graphic Design & Marketing, Heritage Bank, Highlander Cycling, Hospice Thrift Shop, Koelsch Senior Communities, Knotty Wares, Lemondrop Photography, Mama Nano’s, Mike Wallin – Realtor Prudential NW Properties, omOriginals Marking!, Paisley Duck Quilting & Design, Judy’s Restaurant & Catering, Parr’s Cars & RV’s, Payton’s Produce, PSA Healthcare, Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, Twin City Bank, Umpqua Bank, Valley Bugler Newspaper, Mr. C’s Photography, Office Depot, Regis Salon, and ZoJo Coffee.

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All of these elements — Cash, Gross Margin, and Net Profit — are critical for your When you shop local, you are helpbusiness success and together make up ing rebuild the community – supportyour business ecosystem. My encourageing your neighbors and contributing ment to you is to use the arrival of 2012 to the local tax base. Thank you to as your trigger to look at your business the community for choosing to spend in a new, more insightful, way. Many of your money in Cowlitz County. us spend virtually all of our time working “IN” our business versus working “ON” our business. Let’s commit to spending more time working ON our business in 2012. The great news is you are not alone in this effort. The SBDC Business Advisor is here to provide you with professional, no cost, confidential, appointment based business advice. I invite you to take advantage of this resource…your competition probably is!

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Have a prosperous New Year!

Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce 1563 Olympia Way • Longview, WA 98632

Membership Application

Business Name:

Street Address:

City, State, Zip:

Mailing Address (if different from above):

Company Website:

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Primary Contact:

Jerry D. Petrick, is Business Advisor with Longview SBDC. Contact him at 360-442-2946 or jerry.petrick@wsbdc.org

Title:

Contact Email:

Membership cost is based upon number of employees and level of membership. Gold Circle (Premium): Business name highlighted in directory, 50% off mailing label purchase, brochure insertion in relocation packets, special recognition plus Basic. Basic: Direct marking through business mailing lists, referrals to visitors, potential new residents & businesses, listing in the annual Preferred Business Directory, monthly newsletter to keep you informed, networking opportunities, Advocacy through action committees, Candidate Forums and Action Alerts. (Call Chamber office for specific benefits)

Costs for Membership: Number of Employees 1-4 5-10 11-15 16-20

Gold Circle $356 $394 $442 $485

Basic Membership $238 $264 $292 $323

One-time enrollment fee $50

Contact the Chamber office at 360-423-8400 for detailed explanation of benefits at each level and exact costs

CEDC Annual Meeting January 26, 2012

11:30 am: Registration Noon - 1:15 pm: Lunch/Program Cowlitz Regional Conference Center Keynote presentation by Buxton (Nationally respected retail/ industrial analytics company)

Cost: $35 individual • $250 table of 8 Please register by calling 360-423-9921 or email Kim Nelson: nelson@cowlitzedc.com - Sponsorship opportunities are available Contact Ted Sprague at 360-423-9921 or sprague@cowlitzedc.com

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Lower Columbia Professionals Committee

2012 Board of Directors OFFICERS Frank McShane, Chair Cascade Networks, Inc.

Aaron Dawson Opsahl Dawson & Co.

Dale Lemmons, Immediate Past Chair Interstate Wood Products Jerri Henr y, Treasurer Futcher - Henry Group

Carey Mackey Red Canoe Credit Union David Schaafsma De De Brill Community Home Health and Hospice

Mike Claxton, Legal Counsel , Walstead Mertsching

Erik Guttormsen Fibre Federal Credit Union

DIRECTORS John Anderson, Anderson & Anderson Advisory, LLC

Gretchen Taylor Stewart Title Jason Meunier Twin City Bank

David Campbell, City of Longview Sarah Cave, PeaceHealth Diane Craft, Koelsch Senior Communities Joel Hanson, KLOG/KUKN/TheWAVE

Jennifer Dawson, Opsahl Dawson & Co. Julie Laird

Mike Julian, Kelso Theatre Pub

Keri Verhei Elder Options

Bianca Lemmons Cowlitz County Title

Lonnie Knowles Stewart Title

Julie Rinard Community Home Health & Hospice

Nick Lemiere Edward Jones

George Raiter Cowlitz County Commissioner

Nita Rudd, Cascade Title Company

Denny Richards, City of Kelso

Russ Chittock, Russ Chittock American Family Ins. Agency

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Chamber Ambassador Committee Russ Chittock American Family Insurance Lisa Allen, Banda's Bouquets Nick Lemiere, Edward Jones Sherr y Bean, Employers Overload D'Dee Kuanoni Express Employment Professionals Diana Loback, Global Images Graphic Design & Marketing Jeni Quiriconi, HeartSong Massage Jim Zonich, Kelso Hardware Marine Tom Iverson, KLOG/KUKN

Diane Craft Koelsch Senior Communities Carrie Medack National City Mortgage Kathy Kyllonen NW Continuum Care Center Aman Wasu Prudential NW Properties Pam Fierst Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center Myrna Rak, SignMasters, Inc. Lonnie Knowles, Stewart Title Glenda Ashe, Twin City Bank Jason Meunier, Twin City Bank Donna Hughes, WorkSource


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