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AMERICAN BUILDING MAINTENANCE BALCOM & MOE BANK OF THE WEST BASIN SOD, INC. BENTON FRANKLIN FAIR & RODEO BENTON FRANKLIN HEAD START BENTON FRANKLIN AMERICAN RED CROSS CAMPBELL & COMPANY COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON ASSOCIATED BROKERS COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE COLUMBIA INDUSTRIES DENTALWEST CONGRESSMAN DOC HASTINGS EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS GRAND CENTRAL COFFEE STATION HARVEY-MONTEITH INSURANCE HAYDEN HOMES, LLC JUST ROSES MID-COLUMBIA WAREHOUSES, INC. NORTHWEST CPA GROUP, PLLC OCÉ PASCO ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS SPENCER S. JILEK, DDS STERLING SAVINGS BANK TIPPETT COMPANY OF WASHINGTON TRAC TRI-CITIES RETIREMENT INN WASHINGTON PHYSICAL THERAPY, PLLC
in an inside job at many Local Businesses
In 2006, security firm Jack L Hayes International’s annual Retail Theft Survey of 23 major national retailers showed that one out of every 27.9 employees had been arrested for stealing from their employer. There were 66,507 employee theft arrests. The average case value was up to $851.44. It’s not a fun subject. No one wants to think about it. But for some reason business losses to fraud and theft are growing. Startlingly. No one wants to think that a trusted employee might be dishonest, let alone a thief, but the numbers are far too high to ignore. There are companies that are being effectively “stolen” out of business by employees. Franklin County Prosecutor Steve Lowe would like to help you avoid being the next victim. At the next Pasco Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on Monday, August 11th, Lowe will address the Chamber membership on preventing losses from employee theft and fraud. The subject is far too complex to cover
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exhaustively in a 45-minute presentation but Lowe says that he will deliver several specific, useful ideas that will change your business or organization’s shrinkage numbers. For many local businesses, that could be the difference between profitability and closed doors. Please RSVP now for the August chamber luncheon… 547-9755 or e-mail email@example.com.
An Uncertain Economy
Darrick Dietrich, President Pasco Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to the August edition of the Pasco Chamber Newsletter. Today’s economic environment appears clouded with uncertainty and inflationary pressures. While the impact of rising energy and commodity costs are impacting us all, our region seems to be adapting fairly well. Regardless of the economic situation, it always makes sense to support local businesses. Your Pasco Chamber is the best forum in which to
build and strengthen those local relationships. Please consider taking advantage of the networking opportunities at our monthly luncheon or the monthly Building Bridges networking event. These events are fun and help build important business relationships. On a different subject, I would like to present an issue that is very important to our community. As we head into the last month of summer, many of our school children
are not equipped with basic supplies that they need in order to succeed—things like pencils, notebooks, crayons, paper, glue and tape. Without these, many children struggle to succeed. Please join with your fellow Chamber members to help make a difference by ensuring that our children arrive with everything they need on that first day of school that is coming up so quickly. For a complete list of suggested supplies or to make a
donation please contact the Chamber office at 547-9755. The Pasco School District serves the most ethnically, socio-economically and linguistically diverse student population in the state. Your donation will truly make a difference to a child. Let’s make August the month to help our school children succeed. Thanks!
Baker Boyer Bank has been named one of the Top 200 Community Banks in the country for 2007 by US Banker. The bank was also listed as one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For by Washington CEO magazine. Juan De La Rosa of In-Home Medical, Inc. is now a certified Assistive Technology Specialist. That recognizes his ability to properly fit clients with high-end power chairs and specialty wheel chairs. Sara Nelson Design, Ltd. received four national Health Care Marketing In-Home Medical awards recently. Steve Anderson of HAPO Community Credit Union has been promoted to Executive Vice-President and COO. Mike Miller of Moon Security has been elected president of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.
Community First Bank has opened on Road 100. The bank is headquartered in Kennewick and has branches in Richland and Connell. This branch is managed by Karen Brittain. Debbie Bone-Harris is a Karen Brittain finalist in the 8th biennial Pacific Northwest Quiltfest. Her “wearable art” piece entitled “Coral Kelp” (detail shown to the left) will compete with 290 quilts and wearable art entries on August 8-10 “Coral Kelp” in Seattle. Petland has opened in the Road 68 Plaza shopping center. The franchise, owned by Dan and Patty Miner, offers both pets and pet supplies.
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Events | Activities | Fun things to do
August 2 | 7:30 pm | Columbia Park Movies on the River - Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (G) August 2 & 8 | 8:00 pm | CBC Summer Showcase - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum August 3 & 7 | 8:00 pm | CBC Summer Showcase - Fiction August 4-6 | CBC Esvelt Gallery Art Exhibit - Stephen Chalmers: Dump Sites August 9 | 7:30 pm | Columbia Park Movies on the River - Nim’s Island (PG) August 19-23 | Fairgrounds Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Tri-City Dust Devils play 14 home games in August at Gesa Stadium. Get your tickets online at: www.tricity.dustdevils.milb.com. Preston Premium Wines presents Vino Notte each Friday evening in August. Vino Notte features live music from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on the deck if the weather is lovely; indoors, if not. Wine is sold by the bottle or by the glass and a limited menu of hors d’oeuvres and desserts is available.
No cover charge. No age restriction. No outside food or beverage. Winery is open ‘til 10 pm.
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I seem to attend the wrong events. I seldom get any business. How can I find better events to attend? If you had a magic wand, which professionals would you want at the next meeting you attend? Nearly everyone answers, “Those who would buy my product or service.” That is prospecting. Change your thinking... Would you rather have a room full of professionals who would buy from you or a room full of professionals who have a Rolodex full of people who would buy from you?
Pasco Farmer’s Market is open each Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon at Fourth and Columbia Streets.
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Ed Ray was the Grand Marshal of Pasco’s Grand Ol’ Fourth Parade last month.
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Standing atop sixty years of experience in the insurance business and sixty years of living and working in Pasco, Ed Ray enjoys an excellent view…but he’s looking forward, not backward. Beyond the usual retirement point, he both works with longtime clients every day and makes time to develop innovative new projects. And it’s not just a way to stay busy. Ray is pursuing a passion to make things better for people by breaking new ground—in the insurance industry and elsewhere. One of Ray’s newer projects saves businesses money on their insurance costs by allowing them to effectively become their own insurance company. Another project in which he has an interest helps companies provide health insurance coverage for part-time workers and those with multiple jobs. Both projects came about from combining decades of insurance experience with a willingness to find new ways to do things in a very traditional industry. Building Bridges Networking is a joint project of the Tri-Cities Hispanic and Pasco Chambers of Commerce. Those who’ve participated in past events have found the event to be highly valuable and attendance is growing with each event! Mark your calendar for the next Building Bridges: August 13 | 8:00-8:45 am Fiesta Mexican Restaurant | Road 68, Pasco
To sponsor an upcoming event and/or to RSVP call: 547-9755
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