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Gearing Up for 2015 Legislative Session

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, December 19, 2014

Written by Glenn Coil, Senior Manager, Public Policy & Research

In 2014, we have made great progress in building recognition of the vital need for a statewide multi-modal transportation revenue package that includes strategic investments in Snohomish County's North Puget Sound Manufacturing Corridor, home to the densest manufacturing job cluster in the western United States. Snohomish County contributes $36.2 billion to the state’s economy, second only to King County.

For the 2015 legislative session, EASC, in collaboration with its regional partners and business investors, will continue to strongly advocate for a transportation investment package that funds the region’s highest priority economic development needs.

We do, however, recognize that other investments are needed too, such as funding for pre-K-12 and higher education, and that those investments must be strategically balanced with transportation infrastructure needs.


This urgency for action on regional needs is recognized throughout the County. In recent days, the Everett Herald has published two editorials highlighting the united effort that we are advocating for: "Cities' strong case on budget" and "Carbon tax or gas tax, state transportation package must pass.


For more information, or to discuss our 2015 project list, contact Glenn Coil at

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Frequency Marketing

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, December 05, 2014
Written by Casey Davis, Investor Relations & Small Business Development Manager 
It is the buying season and thus a great time to engage with your customers, gather pertinent customer information and introduce customer retention programs. Now is the time to focus on Frequency Marketing.  Frequency marketing is a promotional strategy designed to reward regular customers as well as those who buy in large quantities. The rewards vary but the main goals of a frequency promotional program are repeat sales and customer loyalty. There are many ways companies use frequency marketing to prompt customers to buy more of their products.  We spoke with  Neeshad Thakkar, Everett TCBY and one of our investors about how he is growing his business.
Using proven methods, such as loyalty cards, is a great place to start.  Neeshad says that at TCBY, Loyalty cards keep customers coming back as “their dollar not only gets them a treat now, but are working to earn additional discount for future visits.” Consumers find value in these programs and often will go out of their way to use a product or service that is earning them “points”.
During the early stages of his business, Neeshad’s goal was to make sure customers coming in the store become recurring customers. He used coupons which they can use for their next purchase.  “This worked great; we got lot of those coupons back and saw steady flow of recurring customers.”
Thanks Neeshad for sharing your success story. TCBY is located at 1405 SE Everett Mall Way, #D.
Do you have a program that has worked well for your business? Share your success stories with Casey and you may find business recognized in one of these articles or our social media outlets.

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Are Your Customers Your Saleforce?

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, November 14, 2014

Written by Casey Davis - Manager, Small Business Development & Investor Relations

According to an article in Inc magazine, one of the ways to grow your business is to turn your customers into salespeople. This is especially true for small and streamlined businesses without a dedicated salesforce, who should look to their customers for referrals. Inc Magazine suggests that you first need an excellent product or service that your customers can truly appreciate and find value in suggesting to their network.  Next you need to analyze your customer base to see who is already referring business your way (you may be surprised that your high purchase customers might not be the ones who are referring you.) After that you need to provide effective ways for them to refer your business. Some examples include:

  • discounts when for your customer when a referral uses your service
  • a bring a friend option for event or sales
  • special training or events for customers who provide referrals
  • and recognizing them in your media information.

And finally a personalized thank you is always appropriate. 

Why ask for referrals? According to Marty Palecki, Palecki Enterprises and EASC investor (member), “Personal referrals are essential and extremely effective in growing small business.  In today's experience economy customers and clients prefer quality, and trust the word of those they know.” Marty goes on to say, “the majority of my new clients for business consulting and/or professional & executive coaching have come from individuals - not advertising or marketing events. One of the reasons I am an investor in EASC is because this organization provides a network of trusted resources.”

Do you have an example of a referral program that has worked for you? Send your emails to Casey Davis at so we can share them on our social media.

Tags:  business  casey davis  connection  Small Business 

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Economic Alliance Snohomish County PTAC Client Wins Major Navy Contract

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, September 26, 2014

Written by Jean Hales, Small Business Programs Director / PTAC Government Contracting Assistance Specialist

Economic Alliance Snohomish County is proud to announce that one of the clients in its PTAC program, Sound & Sea Technology, Inc. was awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), multiple award contract totaling $99,000,000 for worldwide ocean services by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC), located in Port Hueneme, CA.  The term of the contract will be up to 42 months.

It is the fourth Navy contract Sound & Sea Technology has won since it was founded in 1999. The prior three contracts consisted of $125 million dollars in task orders and over 330 projects successfully executed on nearly every continent.  “We’ve had a long and successful relationship with the U.S. Navy and we are very pleased to continue that support under this new contract,“ said Judith Meggitt, President.  “We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to accomplish the EXWC mission.” 

“The hardworking folks at Sound & Sea Technology are a great example of small business ingenuity, tenacity and integrity,” says Snohomish County PTAC director Jean Hales. “It’s not easy to do business with the government, but when there is a fit as in this case, the extra effort pays off and results in job growth. We extend our hearty congratulations to Sound & Sea Technology for continuing to be a leader in their field."

Tasking under the new contract is expected to cover a wide range of capabilities including: Harbor/Port Security Systems; Specialized and Fleet Moorings; Underwater Instrument Array Design; Installation; Inspection and Repair (Magnetic Silencing Facilities); Submarine Cable projects; Ocean System concept development; design; analysis; provide hardware; installation and repair; Ocean Work Platform Support; Heavy Load Handling Engineering; Offshore Structure/Buoy Projects; Seafloor Engineering Projects; Marine Power Systems; Ocean Energy Generation Projects such as wave energy, offshore wind and tidal; Underwater Construction Tools; Environmental Investigations and Permitting Support for Ocean Projects; Other Ocean Engineering Support; Nearshore and Across-the-Beach Load and Logistics Handling Systems; Nearshore and Inshore Naval Expeditionary Mission Systems.

Sound & Sea Technology, Inc. is a woman-owned small business headquartered in Lynnwood, Washington, with a division located in Ventura, California, and affiliated operations in Cork Ireland, specializing in ocean engineering for complex undersea systems, for port and harbor security and renewable marine energy.  The company provides ocean engineering, systems engineering and program management support worldwide to the U.S. Navy, other government agencies, and firms that develop, build and install systems and equipment in the ocean.

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Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area continues to have amongst the lowest unemployment rate in U.S. in January

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, March 21, 2014
Written by Glenn Coil - Senior Manager, Public Policy & Research

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its January labor force and unemployment report for January 2014 on Friday.  As previous reports have reflected, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metropolitan division continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. In January, the Seattle-Everett area had an unemployment rate of 5.4%, ranking 5th lowest nationally. Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland, had the lowest rate, 4.6 percent.

In Snohomish County, WA ESD reports that the County unemployment rate in January was 6%, which was up from 5.4%  in December, but down from January 2013’s rate of 6.6%.  Snohomish County had 265,400 jobs in January, a gain of 1,200 from January 2013.

WA ESD reports that “Year-to-year growth was observed in leisure and hospitality, government, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, retail trade, other services, professional and business services and wholesale trade. Year-to-year declines were observed in manufacturing, information, education and health services. Construction did not change over the year.”

More details about Snohomish County can be found on WA ESD’s Labor Area Summary webpage.

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Washington STEM Summit & STEM Network Meeting

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, December 06, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Senior Manager, Public Policy & Research

EASC continues to advocate for improving our education systems, including adopting and incorporating STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles into the curriculum.  The goal is to increase the critical thinking and related skills of local students needed to compete for 21st century jobs as well as make Snohomish County schools attractive to employers and employees looking to locate here.

This week EASC participated in a STEM summit at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond WA, where speakers discussed the need for and success of STEM education. Speakers included Ms. Abshir, a student at Rainer Beach High School, Brad Smith of Microsoft, and Gov. Jay Inslee. The afternoon was filled with workshops including topics such as "Raising Awareness and Spreading Success (of STEM)” and ”Creating Models for a Robust and Diverse STEM Pipeline.”

The next day EASC attended a STEM network meeting at the Brightwater Center near Maltby to share best practices of other local STEM networks, and to begin the creation of the Snohomish County STEM network. EASC is currently working with Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS), utilizing a grant from WA STEM, to develop a STEM network business plan that will lead to a Snohomish County STEM network.



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EASC joins aerospace and civic leaders at AFA 8th Annual Governor’s Aerospace Summit

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, October 04, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager

This week, EASC helped support Aerospace Future’s Alliance in hosting their 8th Annual Governor’s Aerospace Summit at Comcast Arena in Everett. The event had over 250 attendees from the aerospace industry, including the CEO of Zodiac Aerospace, who flew in from France.  

The highlights of the Summit included Governor Inslee proposing new tax incentives that would extend existing aerospace B&O tax rates to 2040, if Boeing chooses to locate the 777x program in Washington. It would also benefit existing and future aerospace related businesses.  

Aviation Technical Services (ATS), located at Paine Field, was honored as Aerospace Company of the Year. Matt Yerbic, CEO and president of ATS, as well as EASC Trustee, shared when receiving the award "It’s great to be recognized among our peers within our state’s aerospace community. We are proud to support technical jobs within Washington and drive the growth of aerospace in this state and beyond.”

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State Legislators and local elected leaders tour Snohomish County transportation projects

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, September 20, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager

On Thursday September 12th, Governor Inlsee kicked off the Snohomish County Legislative Tour of Transportation Projects.

The tour showcased  17 projects within the North Puget Sound Manufacturing Corridor that need funding to maintain and improve the economic vitality and competitiveness of Snohomish County. These projects, when completed, will help attract and retain aerospace and advanced manufacturing businesses, increase freight mobility, and enhance connectivity to job centers.

In attendance at the kick off at the Lynnwood Transit Center  were about 100 people including Mayors and Councilmembers of the cities and towns of Snohomish County, members of the business community and well as passers-by waiting for their buses, many of whom expressed their interest in seeing a healthy regional transportation network.

The tour was conducted using a Community Transit bus which was filled to capacity. Among the State Legislators in attendance was Sen. Tracey Eide, Vice-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. Tour sites included the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal, the Paine Field/ Boeing Manufacturing/Industrial Center, Port of Everett, Everett Community College/WSU  and  the Marysville Gateway/ 429/I-5 interchange.

The tour stopped at Arlington Airport and the proposed Manufacturing Industrial Center, where currently 60% of the jobs are in manufacturing. While there, leaders from the local business community, including MicroGreen, Outback Power, Bowman and Wal-mart, expressed their need and desire to see a transportation package passed that will help them expand their businesses and create jobs.
The tour was conducted by Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC), in partnership with Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation (SCCIT). EASC is leading a coalition of business, government, labor and environmental leaders as they press the WA legislature to pass a statewide Transportation Funding Package in a special session this Fall.

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Help support a Transportation Funding Package for Snohomish County

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, September 06, 2013
Help support a Transportation Funding Package for Snohomish County

EASC is leading a coalition of business, government, labor and environmental leaders as they press the WA legislature to pass a Transportation Funding Package in a special session this Fall.


Events include:

Thursday September 12th, 12pm: Lynnwood Transit Center
20100 48th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Please join EASC as Governor Inslee’s kicks off the Snohomish County Legislative Tour of Transportation Projects.

The tour will showcase projects that need funding to maintain and improve the economic vitality and competitiveness of Snohomish County. These projects, when complete, will help attract and retain aerospace and advanced manufacturing businesses, increase freight mobility, and enhance connectivity to job centers. After the kick-off, State Legislators, local elected officials and business leaders will depart for the tour.


Wednesday September 18th, 6pm: Snohomish County, Robert Drewel Building
3000 Rockefeller Ave., 1st floor, Everett, WA 98201

EASC is coordinating efforts to advocate for Snohomish County transportation projects at the Senate Transportation Leadership Forum being held in Everett.

Senate Transportation Committee co-chairs Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, are conducting a statewide listening tour aimed at gathering input from Washington residents on building a new package of transportation projects. The  public meeting will  feature presentations from regional transportation officials, as well asan  opportunity for public comment.


Other efforts to help include contacting your legislator urging them to pass a comprehensive transportation package.
Visit the Keep Washington Rolling website to Take Action TODAY.

Click here to download our NPSMC map for a list of key transportation projects in Snohomish County.


For more information about these upcoming events, or about EASC's efforts on Transportation in Snohomish County, contact Glenn Coil at 425-248-4214 or

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Highlights from SCCIT & Advocacy Board meetings

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, August 23, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager

This week EASC hosted the monthly Board meeting of the Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation (SCCIT). The discussion this week centered on the upcoming Legislator’s Transportation Projects Bus Tour, which will occur September 12 from noon to 4pm. Governor Inslee will kick off the event, which starts at the Lynnwood Transit Center, and will consist of state and local legislators, public officials, and members of the business community touring the County’s road and transit network and potential transportation projects that will increase the livability and business attractiveness of the County.

If you are interested in joining the Bus tour, please contact Glenn Coil.

EASC also conducted its quarterly Advocacy Board meeting. There was a discussion of the past legislative session. EASC was complimented for keeping the transportation funding conversation alive, even though legislation has yet to be passed. Our CEO, Troy McClelland, gave an update on the 777X and why winning the production is beneficial to the local economy.

The Board also reviewed the "Legislative Agenda Regional Priorities” list and discussed what needs to be fine-tuned for the 2014 session.

The next Advocacy Board meeting will be November 20th, 2013.

Tags:  advocacy  EASC  Economic Alliance Snohomish County  glenn coil  weekly news 

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