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etting Spotlight on business

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Amy, Phil and Christine of Nault Jewelers in Issaquah

Eastside Pediatric Dental office, located in Issaquah, was designed with children in mind featuring a comfortable reception area and an area for children to play or watch movies movie before their appointment. Donna J. Quinby, DMD, MSD, SallySue M. Lombardi, DDS, MSD, John R. Liu, DDS Scott and Kim Bobson The city of Sammamish is voted as the country’s friendliest City due to its friendly businesses, neighbors and events including the Sammamish Farmers Market and Sammamish Nights hosted by the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to, Building Community One Business at a Time!

The Historic Alexander House on Gilman Boulevard, home to the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, the Issaquah Visitor Information and Tourism Center and the Award Winning Salmon Days Festival. The Chamber supports the local economy, promotes the community, provides networking opportunities and serves as the voice of business to government. For networking, membership, business support and volunteer opportunities, contact us at Photo by Michael Johnson

A supplement to the Issaquah–Sammamish Reporter

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Getting to know you


Honda Super Sale. businesses play Honda SuperLocal Sale. ISSAQUAH HONDA-KUBOTA

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Financing Down Payments* Until April 2013 Issaquah Honda KubotaPLUS is a Washington family owned and operated business that started in 1986. It is among Washington’s leading authorized dealers $500 Instant Kubota Bucks** of Kubota tractors and Honda Power Equipment.

Here at Issaquah HondaORKubota we$999.00 stand behind ** the products we sell and the service is provided by our Instant Kubota Bucks up factory-trained technicians. We to service every brand we sell and others as well. Check with us for all your repair and replacement needs! EU2000 EM5000 Honda OurIssaquah large selection of equipmentKubota and parts can be shipped to you anywhere. In addition to our sales, service, quiet - 53 to 59 dB(A) - 5000 watts $729.00 120/240V 1745- Super N.w. Mall St. $999.00 1745- N.W. St. and parts departments weMall also have a rental tractors, generators, Lightweight (less than 47 department which includes - Honda-exclusive iAVRand lawn and Issaquah, WA 98027 Issaquah, WA 98027 garden equipment. With a huge stock of new and used equipment in the showroom and voltage outdoors on the lot lbs.) (intelligent auto (425) 392-5182 - Eco-Throttle Runs to 15selections of equipment ofregulation) Issaquah Honda Kubota offers one- of the up widest any dealership in the greater Puget (425) 392-5182 Hr on 1 Gals of Fuel - 120/240V Selector Switch Sound area. - Power for microwave, - Electric start (battery 1745 N.W. Mall St. • Issaquah 425-392-5182 refrigerators, hair dryer, and included) with recoil back-up AC units - 3 Year Honda Warranty

$1,000 EM5000


- Super quiet - 53 to 59 dB(A) - Lightweight (less than 47 lbs.) - Eco-Throttle - Runs up to 15 Hr on 1 Gals of Fuel - Power for microwave, refrigerators, hair dryer, and small AC units

- 5000 watts 120/240V - Honda-exclusive iAVR (intelligent auto voltage regulation) - 120/240V Selector Switch - Electric start (battery included) with recoil back-up - 3 Year Honda Warranty

- 6500 Watts (54.1/27.1 A) 120/240V of Honda Inverter Power - 120/240V Selector Switch - Super Quiet - 60 dB(A) - Eco-Throttle - Runs Up to 14 Hours on 4.5 gals. Of Fuel - 3-Year Warranty

*$0 down, 0% A.P.R. financing for terms up to 60 months on purchases of select new Kubota ZG, ZD, ZP, BX, B, L, M, and TLB Series from available inventory at participating dealers through October 31, 2012. “No payments until April 2013” does not mean any payments are waived. Contract balance will be spread over the remaining months in the term following the deferral period, and payments will vary depending on contract start date. Example: A 60-month contract term at 0% A.P.R. will require between 54-56 payments ranging from a minimum of $17.86 to a maximum of $18.52 per $1,000 borrowed. 0% A.P.R. interest is available to customers if no dealer documentation preparation fee is charged. Dealer charge for document preparation fee shall be in accordance with state laws. Only select Kubota and select Kubota performance-matched Land Pride equipment is eligible. Inclusion of ineligible equipment may result in a higher blended A.P.R. Not available for Rental, National Accounts or Governmental customers. 0% A.P.R. and low-rate financing may not be available with customer instant rebate (C.I.R.) offers. Financing is available through Kubota Credit Corporation, U.S.A., 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503; subject to credit approval. Some exceptions apply. Offer expires 10/31/2012. See us for details on these and other low-rate options or go to for more information. **Customer instant rebates (C.I.R.) of $300 to $2,500 are available on cash or finance purchases of eligible Kubota equipment through Kubota Tractor Corporation. $500 Instant Kubota Bucks applies to promotional rate financing. Dealer subtracts rebate from dealer’s pre-rebate selling price on qualifying purchases. Subject to dealership inventory. Sales to governmental agencies, independent rental centers, and dealer owned rental fleets do not qualify. Some exceptions apply. Customer instant rebates are not available after completed sale. C.I.R. availability ends 10/31/2012. Optional equipment may be shown.


©Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2012


- Honda GC160 4-Cycle


- Easy-to-use Chute Direction Control - Clears up to 55 tons/hour - Throws snow up to 26 feet - Large 20" wide clearing width, 12" high - 2 Year Residential / 1 Year Commercial Warranty

- 28" clearing width, 20" clearing height - Exclusive Honda - Variable Speed Hydrostatic Drive - Moves up to 55 Tons per Hour! - Metal Auger housing - 3 Year Commercial


Issaquah Honda Kubota

Today, The Reporter is featuring an eight-page pull-out that we call Spotlight on Business. In it you will find information about many of the people who work behind the counters, windows and cubicles in businesses here. The smiling people you’ll meet on these pages are the owners, managers and employees who keep our business community running every day. You already may know many of them as your neighbors, friends, or even relatives. They, like everyone who lives and works here, are part of $729.00 our community. EU6500 As our area continues to struggle of4-Cycle the Great Recession, it’s more HS928TA - Hondaout GC160 - 6500 Watts (54.1/27.1 A)even to support our local business. The money - 28" clearing 20" important than theywidth, raise Easy-to-use Chute Direction 120/240V of Honda Inverter clearing height Control Powerthe taxes they pay help keep and our community as desirable as it is. - Exclusive Honda - Variable - Clears up to 55 tons/hour - 120/240V Selector Switch Speed Hydrostatic Drive snow up to 26 feet - Super So Quiet take- 60a dB(A) tour of and meet or-- Throws reacquaint yourself with these “friends - Moves up to 55 Tons per Large 20" wide clearing - Eco-Throttle - Runs Up to Hour! width, 12" high the goods and services and neighbors. ” Fuel They are here -to provide youhousing need 14 Hours on 4.5 gals. Of - Metal Auger 2 Year Residential / 1 Year - 3-Year Warranty - 3 Year Commercial on a daily basis. And, when youCommercial stop inWarranty to shop, be sure to say “hi. ”

Issaquah honda Kubota

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1745 N.W. Mall St. • Issaquah (425) 392-5182

*Read the owner’s manual before operating Honda Power Equipment. Not all dealers carry all products. Consult your local Yellow Pages. The Honda Power Equipment Visa® credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases charged with approved credit at participating merchants. Regular minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional (special terms) period. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date at the APR for Purchases if the purchase balance is not paid in full within the promotional period. For newly opened accounts, the APR for Purchases is 27.99%. This APR may vary with the market based on the U.S. Prime Rate and is given as of 04/01/2012. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. If you use the card for cash advances, the cash advance fee is 5.00% of the amount of the cash advance, but not less than $10.00. Offer expires 12/31/2012.


Our knowledgable staff is ready to assist you with our NAPA Know How. Please come see us for all your automotive, truck, industrial and marine needs.

Introductory Program





Only $39.99 (FREE uniform)


Names from L to R) Jerry, Kevin, Eunice, Kurt and Tom

20 1st Avenue Northwest Issaquah, WA 98027 • 425-392-7561


• Great Physical Conditioning Self Defense • Release Stress • Family Fun • Weapons Training • Private Classes Available • Competition Training • Great for All Ages!

List your home with List your home withSammamish SammamishRealty! Realty! Over 500 homes sold in Sammamish


20+ years of experience


Support your local real estate office! Scott, Kim & Justin Bobson Scott: (425) 864-9700 Kim: (425) 864-9699 Justin: (425) 647-4165

Scott, Kim & Justin Bobson

Scott: (425) 864-9700


Let our Family Help Your Family!


Friday, February 22, 2013



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Small-business owners optimistic There’s no doubt that small businesses are a driving force in the American economy. And because they feel the shifts in the economy so acutely, the insight of small business owners can provide a real-time picture of what’s going well and where potential problems lie. The semi-annual Bank of America Small Business Owner Report explores the concerns, aspirations and perspectives of small business owners across the country, revealing messages of both optimism and caution. Hopes are high among small business owners for a profitable 2013 - more than half of those surveyed said they anticipate their revenue will increase in the next year. And most small business owners also feel they are in a good position in regards to capital, with 70 percent saying they have what they need to run their businesses effectively. In addition to revenue, small business owners were optimistic about hiring and staffing in 2013. In a challenging job market, 31 percent of small business owners say they plan to hire within the next year, which is good news for those seeking employment. A mere 3 percent said they had plans to reduce staff numbers.

The optimism revealed in those numbers isn’t the whole story. Pragmatic concerns about the outlook of the economy are still on the minds of many business owners. More than half said they have concerns about the effectiveness of government leaders, commodities prices, health care costs, the recovery of consumer spending and the strength of the U.S. dollar. Despite those concerns, small business owners are not considering changing career paths. On the contrary, twothirds of small business owners say they don’t regret their decision to go into business. When it comes to keeping their own fiscal houses in order, many small business owners admit they look for outside guidance – and only 29 percent ranked themselves as “very savvy” when it comes to managing their finances. To make those critical decisions and plans, they rely on accountants, other small business owners, bankers and financial advisors. – Brandpoint


ISOMEDIA Business Internet Services presented a check for $2,100 to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank on Feb. 8. The donation was generated by residents who upgraded their internet connections, and new residents who signed up for HFN service between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012. Right to left are Tim Diller of Port Blakely Communities; Bruce Straughan, President of ISOMEDIA; Stephen Milton, CEO/CTO of ISOMEDIA; Larry Norton, President of Highlands Council; Cori Kauk, Executive Director of Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and an Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank volunteer. COURTESY


Cut Loose Caboose

BARBER SHOP Our Services Include: • • • • • •

Routine Maintenance Winterization Spring Tunes Engine Rebuilds & Replace Outdrive Rebuilds & Replace Electrical Repair & Installations Trailer Repair


BBB Rating A+


280 Juniper St, Issaquah, WA 98027 | 425-392-2748


Over 25 years in business!

240 NW Gilman Blvd Suite #1C • Issaquah


Tues - Fri: 10 am - 6 pm Sat: 10 am - 3 pm Closed from 1 - 2 pm daily 742826

Congrats John R. Liu, DDS Recipient of the 2013 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Pediatric Dentist of the Year Award Thank you for choosing us to help your child develop a positive attitude towards dental care and to help your child achieve a lifetime of excellent oral health. Our office specializes in caring for the oral health needs of all children from infancy through high school, including children with special health care needs. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care with patience and understanding in a warm, caring and friendly environment. As pediatric dentists, we feel a child is never too young to establish good oral hygiene habits and start down the road of good oral health. Together, we will invest in your child’s dental future. We look forward to meeting you and your child. See you soon!

Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Donna J. Quinby, DMD, MSD, SallySue M. Lombardi, DDS, MSD, John R. Liu, DDS


185 NE Gilman Blvd, Issaquah WA • 425-392-4048 MEMBERS American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Getting to know you

Cloud computing seen as productivity boost in 2013 Small businesses seem optimistic about Kevin Lisota, CEO and co-founder of increasing sales and hiring in 2013 and are findwell, a real estate startup in Seattle, looking to squeeze more productivity out makes comprehensive use of Microsoft of limited time, staffing and resources. Exchange Online for its shared calendars, For these reasons, finding the right busisupport for multiple email boxes and ness tools that can grow with you but also mobile messaging. “Our agents need to be work well with the tools you already use are able to send and receive email on all sorts essential to helping your business focus on of devices from anywhere they happen to what you do best – serving your customers. be,” Lisota says. “The sync capabilities of Having the right tools – such as businessExchange Online mean that I can easily Microsoft is offering a 90-day free trials of class email, online meetings, remote access enable my employees to get email on all Office 365 are available through the end of to documents, shared calendars and shared their phones and computers from any Web February. contacts – to create, collaborate, connect browser.” and help manage day-to-day tasks can help Imagination Yoga, a small, family“I downloaded the trial version and fell cut costs and increase productivity. owned business in Portland, Ore., teaches in love,” says Chaundra Smith, founder of Naturally Me, a small company in a “kindness-based” curriculum instructing Naturally Me. “I had no hesitations moving children on yoga concepts and storytellDurham, N.C., that makes natural beauty Me to the cloud because it’s from there a Sliding Shower Enclosure Without ing a Header?? products, uses Microsoft Office 365 to hold IsNaturally to spark their creativity and get them Microsoft , so it felt safe and secure. ” regular-Web conferences. exercising.

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“Like most small businesses, we thought that the tools available with a service like Office 365 would be outrageously expensive and impossible for us to attain on our own,” says Jon Hopkins, co-founder of Imagination Yoga. “But that’s definitely not the case with Office 365, which makes everything easy to set up and use at an affordable price.” Having the right tools to improve communication and collaboration can make even the most challenging things, such as increasing that bottom line, seem more manageable. A cloud-powered small business is more nimble and prepares you to adapt to changing business needs – now and in the future. – Brandpoint

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is family owned and operated full service Issaquah Glass, glass shop serving the Inc. community for nearly30200 49 years. Back in 1965, and SE 79th Street, #130 Lee / Issaquah, WA 98027 Helen Bergsma openedphone Issaquah425-392-3741 Glass in 425-392-5333 fax their basement. Since then, our dedicated employees and fleet of glass trucks are ready to handle any glass need you may have.

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(from left to right): Colleen Hardy, RN, Director of Clinical Services, Holly Hanken, TCU Manager, Chris Bosworth, Administrator, Maricor Gonzales-Lim, PT, Director of Therapy

3725 Providence Point Drive SE Issaquah, WA 743280

30200 SE 79th Street, #130 Issaquah, WA 98027 425-392-5333

Skilled Nursing


Compassionate 24-hour nursing care Individual preferences and choices honored Spiritual care Enriching programs, social activities and field trips

Short-stay Rehabilitation • Transitioning from hospital to home • Physical, occupational and speech therapies • Comprehensive planning for safe and successful return to home • Dedicated professional staff


Please visit our showroom and see our display of windows, picture glass, table tops, shelves, shower enclosures, skylights, mirrors and more. We’re in the Exit #22 Business Park. Take exit #22 near Preston or call 425-392-5333 for directions.

Providing exceptional skilled nursing care in the Issaquah/Sammamish community for 27 years.

At Red Gate Preschool,we provide . . .

• Ample hands-on activities • Opportunities that foster friendships and social skills • An interaction with and appreciation of nature in our wonderful farm setting

Gossypium opened its door in February 2013 to serve our friends and neighbors in the Issaquah, Washington area.

• Facilitate, guide, encourage, and nurture each child’s self-esteem and competence

Red Gate Preschool

“Where children & nature come together”


25328 SE Issaquah-Beaver Lake Rd Sammamish, WA 98075

425-392-0323 •

355 NW Gilman Blvd Suite 102 • Issaquah 98027 425-557-7878


Serving children ages 3 to 5 in a farm setting since 1995

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Seven big trends for small businesses to watch in 2013 Today, if you tell someone you’ll be in touch, he or she may not only ask when, but how. Modern technology has dramatically changed the way we communicate. Check out these leading trends set to amplify in 2013: Trend 1: Look to the clouds Everyone is talking about cloud technology these days, which basically means remote computing, leveraging the Internet. This is great news for small and mediumsized businesses because cloud-based systems provide a plethora of tools, save costs and minimize maintenance. Online cloud services commonly used by small businesses include Skype, Dropbox and Google Docs. Trend 2: Era of social media Social media’s growth continues to

boom. It’s cost effective and connects you to customers in ways never before possible. Use Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and blogs as part of your business’ social media program. The relationships you can build with key customers and the feedback they provide is invaluable. Trend 3: Workplace is everywhere Technology enables people to stay connected and work from virtually anywhere, meaning the terms “off the clock” or “away from the office” are going extinct. Whether you’re working from home, at the office, or in a coffee shop, it is vital to be accessible at all times, especially if you run a small or medium-size business. Trend 4: Video conferencing grows Traveling is costly and time-consuming. Video conferencing is a low-cost way to

meet with customers, prospects and suppliers from virtually anywhere with computer and Internet access. Common video conferencing resources include Skype, ooVoo and Cisco WebEx, making it easy to communicate with individuals or groups. Trend 5: Apps keep things moving Apps are not just fun and games – many are made specifically for the mobile office, making on-the-go work easy. Plantronics Instant Meeting app, for example, allows one-click access to conference calls from a smartphone - no need to remember long conference codes and leader PINs when you’re out and about. Trend 6: Talk just got cheaper Long distance phone calls to employees, customers and prospects can quickly increase a phone bill. Internet-hosted

phone systems are becoming more popular because they are low cost, flexible and low maintenance. Skype is a good example of a voice-over-Internet service that allows individuals to communicate through video, voice and instant messaging using a headset. Trend 7: Devices talk among themselves Think how much more effective your communications would be if all your devices worked together. Fortunately, that now is happening and the technology trend is aptly called Unified Communications (UC). It delivers voice, email, SMS, video conferencing and document sharing into a single interface so that you easily can relay any or all of your data to others. – Brandpoint

The Law Office of Kelly Kenn, P.S. Kelly Kenn has served King County, including Issaquah, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, North Bend, Snoqualmie, and the entire Eastside for over 10 years. She is dedicated to serving her clients and is committed to this community.

Our care centers on the basic principals of solid manual therapy, extensive patient education, and your unique home exercise program. All of our physical therapists combine skilled “hands on” therapy with movement, exercise, and education to create individualized treatment to meet your unique needs.

• Personal Injury • • Wrongful Death • • Estate Planning • • Probate •

730 NW Gilman Blvd Suite C108 425-391-6794

385 NW Dogwood Street • Issaquah 98027 • 425-392-0351

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Nault Jewelers is a small family-owned and operated business that started in Kansas in 1971. They moved to Issaquah in 1990 and have had a store here since. They specialize in re-creating your old pieces of jewelry into dazzling new ones. If you are looking for a store where you are treated as someone special, look no further. Nault’s have a beautiful selection of jewely to choose from, both new and vintage.

1175 NW Gilman Blvd, #B4 • Issaquah 425-391-9270

Stop by and see Phil, Christine and Amy today.



Acute and Sports Injuries • Spine Problems • Performing Arts Rehabilitation Headaches and TMJ • Women’s Health • Vestibular Rehabilitation Foot/Ankle Care & Orthotics • Certified Pilates and Feldenkrais Exercise • Metabolic Testing

When you contact the office with a personal injury claim, estate planning needs, or probate matters, you can expect to receive dedicated, personalized service. Regardless of your injury, need, or question, we will always give you an honest, realistic evaluation or answer. We work closely with each client to carefully explain the options and possible outcome. This firm values integrity in every conversation with clients and in practice as a whole. 740932

At Balance Physical Therapy our mission is to provide you with outstanding care and to ensure that you are treated with respect and compassion. Locally owned since 1998, Balance Physical Therapy’s primary commitment is to our patients and our community.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Getting to know you A Fur Affair Inc. A great place to have your dog groomed • • • • • • •

“You may find Civilized Nature to be a little different than your average “pet supply store”

Sammamish Highlands Shopping Center 648-228th Ave NE • Sammamish 98074

Since our beginning in 2002, we have developed a dedicated team with over 50 years of combined experience in animal care, nutrition and health information, who truly believe in the philosophy of an holistic approach of Health, Behavior, and Play to help your pets thrive. 741981

Civilized Nature • 608 228 Ave NE • Sammamish 425-868-3737 •

Over 35 years experience Certified groomers Veterinary Recommended A+ Better Business Bureau Personal Attention Staggered Appointment Times Express Service Available

Call today for an appointment 425.868.7155 or schedule online at

Klahanie Service Center

Who says love is just for Valentine’s Day? Athena Urology & Urogynecology is proud to introduce Athena Aesthetics and our Double the Love event



Thursday, February 28th from 4-8 pm!

Please contact us at and one of our staff will contact you to schedule an appointment for Aesthetic services.

425-313-3057 • 4598 Klahanie Dr SE • Issaquah


6520 226th Pl. SE, Suite 205 Issaquah, WA 98027

Family-owned Klahanie Service Center uses the most up-to-date diagnostic and repair equipment to service your Asian, domestic or European vehicle. Six Master Certified ASE technicians, with a combined experience of 100+ years, top off the perfect combination of location, experience and friendly service. Klahanie Service Center offers you the flexibility of early drop-off and late pick-up of your vehicle. We also offer Chevron gasoline, diesel fuels and a convenience store.


Space is limited for this very special event, so please contact us at to reserve your spot!

During our Double the Love event, we will be hosting an informal presentation and question and answer opportunity on physician grade skin care products, facial fillers and Botox® from 4-5 pm. From 5-8 pm, we will be providing information on two prescription skin care lines (Vivite® and Skinmedica®), and offering a 20% discount on product purchases. We will also be offering a number of complementary and reduced pricing specials, inclucing anti-aging glycolic peels (Vivite®) for eligible participants, and special Botox® pricing of $10 per unit (value $15-18 per unit) and for Juvederm® facial filler, $400 per syringe (value $600). These prices can be used on the evening of the event, or ‘banked’ for future use for up to 100 units of Botox® and 4 syringes of Juvederm®.

Sonny & Macky Thank the community ...for your continued support. They’re creating new dishes for you everyday. 3 Years in Issaquah 40 Years in the restaurant business! Loo

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Getting to know you After 30 Years In One Location, WE HAVE MOVED! Activities Include: Center Classes Assessments Camps School Classes After School Enrichment (including van pick up)

Quads Tournaments

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22510 SE 64th PL. Suite B130 Issaquah, WA, 98027


1480 19th Avenue NW Issaquah • 425-392-3012


Personalized Healthcare That is Right for You “I can only say good things about NaturoMedica. The clinic is unique. I take my whole family there- my husband and my children. My NaturoMedica doctor changed my life. I feel like I am living the life that I am supposed to live.“ – Kristina Sheridan (Maple Valley) Optimal Health by Design

At NaturoMedica we provide individualized medical care in a warm and welcoming environment. Our therapies are aimed at treating the underlying cause rather than just the symptoms.

(425) 557-8900 2830 228th Ave SE, Suite C Sammamish, WA 98075


Over 30 Years Experience



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Brad Stensland

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We’d love to hear from you! O

ur Mission at the Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter is to inform, educate and to tell the continuing story of the communities we serve and the people who live in it. In addition to our weekly local news, feature stories, sports updates, briefs and information that the residents of Issaquah and Sammamish need to know, we also strive to cover the ever-changing dynamic news of the local business community.

William Shaw, Publisher 425.888.2311

Craig Groshart, Editor 425.453.4233


When you have business news, new staff, grand openings or re-openings, remodels, expansions, awards or other (non-advertising/ marketing) items of local interest, please fill out the form below and get us a copy! We’ve also included some helpful tips on how to write a press release below.

Business News Briefs


Types of News — Please Check One:

❑ New Business / Branch / Franchise, etc.

❑ Promotion / Recognition of Employees

❑ New Location

❑ New Employees

❑ Other: __________________________

Business Name: ________________________________________________________________________ Owner / Manager: ______________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________ City: __________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________ Contact: ________________________ Opening Date: (If Applicable)______________________________ Number of Employees: ____________ Type of Business: _______________________________________________________________________

ANNOUNCING A NEW BUSINESS OR RELOCATION Briefly Note Circumstances: ______________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________

ANNOUNCING A NEW EMPLOYEE OR PROMOTION Employee Name: _______________________________________________________________________ New Title: ____________________________________________________________________________ Issaquah / Sammamish Resident:

Please send a photo along with this slip if you have one.


If ❑ NO >> City: __________________________________

Previous Position: ______________________________________________________________________ Revelant Skills / Experience: ______________________________________________________________ Other Comments or Details: _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________

Press releases are one of the easiest, least expensive and most effective ways to keep the media –and through them, the public—up-to-date on your company and its events. As you can see here, there are some basic rules for writing press releases that work. Newsworthy: Press releases read like news – not sales or marketing promotions. If they read like advertising, editors will ignore them. Concise: Keep press releases short, just one or two pages, if possible.

Orderly: Write “more” at the bottom of the first page if there are multiple page. Use END, or -30- at the end of the last page, even for one-page press releases.

Catchy: Write an interesting lead that gets to the point, and fast. Everything of critical importance should be in the headline and the first paragraph. If it doesn’t pique the reader’s interest immediately, don’t expect anyone to wade through the rest.

Responsive: When reporters contact you, respond promptly. The reporter who calls you may be working on a story for tomorrow’s paper or writing an article for an online news site that will be posted that day. If you call back too late, you won’t make it into the story.

Jargon-Free: Your press release should be easily understood by anyone reading it. Get rid of unnecessary jargon. Current: Include the release date or “For Immediate Release” at the top of page one under the contact information and write “NEWS RELEASE” IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER. Targeted: Know your audience. Instead of sending your press release to a wide audience, develop a targeted list of the journalists and publications that cover the subject matter and are likely to be receptive by the readers.

Actionable: Include a contact name with telephone number and an e-mail address.

Attachments: Include a photo caption, sources, contact and a release date. Timely: Take deadlines and lead times into account. Newspaper need copy daily, and wire services and Web sites can generate new copy hourly. Distribution: The Reporter Newspapers prefer you email your press release. Follow up: Reporters receive numerous press releases on a daily basis. If you decide to follow up with a phone call, tell them immediately the topic of the release and the exact date you sent it to them.

Press Release Basics:


Your Name Business Name Phone Number E-Mail Address Web Address FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TODAY’S DATE (or if embargoed, indicate requested date of release)

Headline here of what the topic is. First Paragraph is the interesting lead that gets to the points, Everything of critical importance should be in the headline and in the first paragraph. Informational paragraphs to follow. Use END at the end of your press release or -30-

Press release contact: Craig Groshart • • 425-453-4233

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spotlight on Business - 2013 Getting to know you