South Sound Business Report

Since January 2004, Business Examiner Media Group has presented this informative business television show focused on local business leaders and issues in South Puget Sound.

Co-hosts Jeff Rounce and Holly Smith Peterson interview guests for insight and perspective on South Sound business news and events. South Sound Business Report can be seen on Seattle’s KSTW CW-11 each Sunday at 9 a.m. and at other times on select cable TV systems in the region. 

View the most recent programs on our YouTube channel.

Archives of South Sound Business Report

Past editions of the South Sound Business Report are listed here. Links to each episode is provided where available. We are working on streamlining our archive from another format, please contact us if you would like to see an episode that is listed but not provided. Some episodes are also available on KBTC.ORG

March 2013 – “Industrial Machining

As today’s economic headlines highlight Services and High-Tech or Software, the South Sound continues to host a robust and growing industrial sector, with fabrication and machine shops reporting record order backlogs.  This episode visits three local employers which also face challenges finding skilled machinists and craftspersons needed to manufacture their customers’ futures.

February 2013 – “JA BizTown

5th grade students from Gig Harbor’s Voyager Elementary School put their economics studies into practice during their day operating BizTown, the experiential learning classroom at Junior Achievement of Washington’s BizTown in Auburn. Operating in jobs roles, they see the Free Enterprise system in action. Guests interviewed include:

February 2013 – “Go-Local Tacoma

Local merchants and professional service businesses are the backbone of every community. Go-Local Tacoma is a main street level organization that celebrates local, independent businesses through a yearly trade show. Guests interviewed include numerous local business owners/proprietors in addition to:

January 2013 – “Hotels & Lodging Industry

Washington is heading into another year without any state government efforts to promote visitors and the tourism industry, as legislators eliminated those programs in a tight budget scenario.  Representatives of several hotels and private sector advocates answer whether they've seen a drop-off in visitors.

January 2013 – “Legislature & Business

As 2013 State Legislature gathers in Olympia, four different lawmakers offer their outlook for what business interests should be concerned about in the crunch to build a 2013-2015 budget and find $1 billion additional for basic education.

  • Rep. Richard DeBolt, House Minority Leader
  • Rep. Steve Kirby, chair, House Business & Financial Institutions Committee
  • Rep. JT Wilcox, House GOP Leader, small business/farm operator
  • Sen. Karen Keiser, chair Senate Health & Long-Term Care committee

December 2012 – “5 County Regional Economic Outlook

Economic development leaders of five South-Central Washington counties gathered in December for a Regional Economic Forecast and Innovation Expo, with various local Vitality Index reports issued. 

December 2012 – “City Budgets & Business

As city leaders struggle to find a balanced budget for 2013-2014, there is often a turn to the business sector for additional revenue.

  • Tacoma City Councilman Marty Campbell, an experienced small business owner, discusses the challenges for municipalities from a private sector viewpoint.
  • Gary Brackett, Government & Business manager for Tacoma. Pierce County Chamber speaks from the commercial viewpoint.
  • City of Kent imposed its first B&O tax on businesses this year and Pres. Ken Sharp of Kent Area Chamber explains why that business advocacy group worked with the city to formulate it.
  • Mayor Mike Grayum of DuPont talks about the struggle to pay for city services that residents demand, and businesses increasingly are being required to fund in part.

December 2012 – “Life Cycle Assessment

Conversations around evaluating all the environmental impacts from creation of a product or service, so that all can see a transparent disclosure about its impacts to our world.

November 2012 – “Business Networking

Visits with representatives of four different types of organizations through which business owners connect with each other:

October 2012 – “Small Business

Update on state of Small Businesses in South Sound and their importance to election campaigns through interviews with:

  • Reid Bates, Express Personnel Professionals
  • Martin Hamilton, Aircare Solutions Group
  • Dan Phillips, 4th Dimension Computers
  • Priscilla Terry, Prime Locations
  • Jace Munson, Berschauer Philips Construction
  • Mariella Cummings, Physicians of SW Wash.
  • Dan Penrose, City of Lakewood

October 2012 – “Auto Repair Business

As Americans have “tightened their belts,” recent years have increasingly seen them repair, rather than replace, their personal vehicles.  This trend has benefited automotive repair shops, small businesses that have themselves been challenged by the economy.

In this episode, we visit with the operators of three local auto repair operations and a tool vendor who supports them, plus an auto technician instructor from a technical college where classes are full of students eager to enter this career field.

  • Robert Collier, RC's Auto Repair
  • Brian Smith, Gig Harbor Automotive
  • Mike Whyte, Matco Tools representative
  • Wayne Bridges, Clover Park Technical College instructor
  • Mark & Rolf Simons, Rolf's Import Auto

September 2012 – “Globe Awards:  International Trade

World Trade Center Tacoma selects recipients of awards related to local engagement in global commerce.  Executive Director Anthony Hemstad explains the program, as well as the importance of The Boeing Company (Exporter of the Year) and retiring Congressman Norm Dicks as a champion (G.F. Train Commemorative Award) of the South Sound.

Highlights of these other Globe Award honorees are also included:

  • Grakon LLC, Importer of Year 
  • Access the USA LLC,  Service Provider of the Year
  • Johnny's Fine Foods, Emerging Business of the Year
  • Secretary of State Sam Reed, (retiring) Lifetime Achievement

September 2012 – “Women of Influence

Honorees of this Business Examiner recognition program for women who hold prominent leadership positions and contribute to community growth are featured. Included are:  

  • Tanya Andrews, CEO Children’s Museum of Tacoma
  • Rachael Costner, CEO of Women’s Resource
  • Maureen Fife, CEO Habitat for Humanity Tacoma-Pierce County
  • Dyann Lyon, USANA independent dealer and charitable advocate
  • Jasmin Shackelford, US Navy assigned to U.S.S. Nimitz
  • Neel Parikh, executive director Pierce County Library District

Also appearing: Steve Maxwell, CEO KeyBank South Puget Sound; George Cargill, Tri-West Healthcare; and persons speaking in support of each WOI honoree.

August 2012 – “Experts (People, Passion – and Bosses)

Conversations with:

  • Joe Sullivan, founder/CEO of Market Insights, discusses how People, Passion and Profits are related in any business operation.  
  • Jim Hessler and Steve Motenko, co-hosts of The Boss Show podcast and co-owners of Path Forward leadership training, explain how their on-demand, Internet-based “radio” show sheds light on the dynamics of workplace leaders in fun ways.   

August 2012 – “40 Under Forty 2012

Video vignettes of the 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound named in the Business Examiner recognition event.  Also, Andrew Barkis, 2004 alumnus, and Jeff Ivey, SBA & business lender at sponsor Harborstone Credit Union, on the importance of providing recognition to community leaders.

Featuring the faces & voices of 24 of the 2012 class  of 40 Under Forty, plus Andrew Barkis (Class of 2004) and Jeff Ivey, Harborstone Credit Union's business lending specialist.

July 2012 – “Outdoor Recreation

Summer is a glorious time for both tourists and local residents to enjoy outdoor recreation opportunities in the South Sound. Conversations with:

  • Roger Andrascik, Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park acting assistant superintendent
  • May Kay Nelson, executive director
  • Perry Heck, American Heritage Campground
  • Joe Hyer, owner, Alpine Outfitters retail store

July 2012 – “Incubator Businesses

Conversations with newer businesses housed in Small Business Incubators located in Olympia and Tacoma:

  • Corey Lopardi, Pardiman Productions
  • Jason Robertson, J Robertson & Associates
  • Jeff & Kelly Smith-Chambers, Visiting Angels
  • Jeff Goodwin, eDiscovery Cloud
  • Chris Free, Rapport Benefits Group
  • David Brandon, Lighthorse Electric
  • David Shaffert, CEO, Thurston Chamber (sponsor of incubator)
  • Tim Strege, CEO of William Factory Small Business Incubator in Tacoma

June 2012 – “Health Care Champions 2012

Individuals and groups from the medical sector are profiled as each was honored in Health Care Champions recognition events for Pierce-South King Counties and Thurston-Mason Counties.  

Pierce, South King & Thurston County Health Care Champions honorees:

  • Charlie Keck, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2012 Thurston County Health Care Champions
  • Lynne P. Clark, M.D., P.S., winner of Distinguished Service Award in 2012 Pierce & South King County Health Care Champions
  • RotaCare Free Clinic, winner of Community Impact Award in 2012 Pierce & South King County Health Care Champions
  • Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center @ Madigan Army Medical Center, winner of Military Service Award in 2012 Pierce & South King County Health Care Champions
  • John Masterson, winner of Innovative Community Service Award in 2012 Thurston County Health Care Champions
  • St. Francis Outpatient Oncology Clinic, Tony McLean, president of St. Francis Hospital, winner of Support Services Award in 2012 Pierce & South King County Health Care Champions
  • Madigan as member of Tacoma Trauma Trust, LTC(P) Matthew Martin, Madigan Trauma Medical Director, winner of Emergency Services Award in 2012 Pierce & South King County Health Care Champions
  • Greg Blackner, MD, winner of Healthcare Safety Net Award in 2012 Thurston County Health Care Champions
  • Jonathan Seib, winner of Community Impact Award in 2012 Thurston County Health Care Champions

June 2012 – “Fast Growing Companies 2012

Leaders of companies selected in Business Examiner’s Fast Growing Companies of South Sound are interviewed about their success in growing revenue and jobs through the Great Recession.

South Sound businesses honored for extraordinary growth in calendar year 2011:

  • Kevin Almon, Vital Mechanical Service, Kent
  • Mark Beardemphl, KMB Design Studio, Olympia
  • Chad Stoker, CodeSmart, Lacey
  • Alfie & Larry Treleven, Sprague Pest Solutions, Tacoma
  • Bob Hunton, managing partner of Moss Adams, CPA (event co-sponsor)

June 2012 – “JBLM Community Impacts

Military commanders at Joint Base Lewis McChord recently joined with City of Lakewood and other surrounding communities to study economic impacts of 40,000 soldiers, airmen, their families and retired personnel.

  • Dan Penrose, City of Lakewood
  • Tom Knight, Garrison chief of staff JBLM
  • Michael Grayum, mayor of DuPont
  • Greg Howell, retail store owner retail store DaRelm at Tacoma Mall

May 2012 – “Thurston EDC Awards

Interview guests are those honored by Thurston County Economic Development Council as Business of the Year in small, medium and large categories as well as Non-Profit of the Year. 

  • Dan Jones,
  • Renee Ries, CEO of Fairchild Records Search
  • Casey Cochrane of Puget Sound Energy
  • Dale Richardson of Fair Harvest Helpers in Yelm.
  • Sandra Miller, general manager of Olympia Governor Hotel (EDC Chair)

May 2012 – “Shellfish

Aquaculture, the underwater farming industry, generates $107 million in annual revenues within Washington state. Production of oysters, clams, mussels and goeducks directly employs 3,200 residents, most of them in the South Sound.

Thomas Bloomfield of Chelsea Farms near Shelton explains new developments in aquaculture business, the farming of mussels, oysters and other underwater crops. Hedia Adelsman, executive at State Department of Ecology, outlines effort to address changing chemistry of ocean waters (linked to global climate change) that are impacting aquaculture. Xinh Dwelley, proprietor of Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House in Shelton, speaks to consumer demand for shellfish on the menu as a market demand for aquaculture efforts.

April 2012 – “Housing

Mortgage interest rates remain low, but so do housing values as we recover from the Great Recession's impacts on residential real estate.

Reeder talks about the residential housing market condition in South Sound, concerning apartments and single family residences available for rent and lease. Current situation in the home sales marketplace addressed by Allen, who believes the worst of market slump has passed.

  • Brian Reeder, CEO of Reeder Management Services
  • Mike Larson, broker with Harold Allen Realtors in Lakewood

April 2012 – “Top Places To Work

Interview guests include Brian Vance, CEO of Heritage Bank; Paul Doty, managing partner of Doty, Beardsley & Rosengren CPAs; David Morris, CEO of Dillano’s Coffee Roasters; and David Duea, CEO at HopeSparks.

Video visits to Large, Medium, Small Business and Non-Profit Agency winners in 2012 Top Places to Work recognition program. Discussions of the importance that workplace culture and employees have to the success of a business or other agency.

March 2012 – “Manufacturing

Interview guests are Fernando Belair of Gerbing’s Heated Clothing in Tumwater and John Bowser, CEO of NewWood Inc. located at Satsop Development Park in Elma.

Belair recounts the evolution of Gerbing’s from its beginnings as a machine shop supplier to The Boeing Co. decades ago into its current prominence as the leading manufacturer of outdoor wear that is heated electrically for the comfort of its users. Harley Davidson Motorcycles has given these products its exclusive endorsement and the company has recently begun to move its manufacturing operations back from China to North Carolina.

NewWood is a two-year-old company that produces building panels from recycled wood waste and recycled plastic wastes.  The products are stronger than wood and resist water or other contaminations far better than standard plywood or other OSG-manufactured panels.  Orders are strong, but ramp-up financing remains a challenge for the company.

March 2012 – “Transportation Museums

Interview guests include Teri Thorning, executive director of Olympic Flight Museum in Tumwater, and Paul Miller, chief operating officer of LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma.

Discussion covered classic airplanes and helicopters as well as other items on display at the Flight Museum, which holds its annual Air Show and Community Open House in June.  Second segment provides preview look inside $64 million new automobile museum adjacent to Tacoma Dome that will hold its grand opening the first weekend of June 2012.

January 2011 – “Grad Nation”

Education achievement and Building a Grad Nation highlights this episode.

In-studio guests include Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and former mayor Karen Vialle, who is newly elected to the Tacoma School Board. Both participate on the Mayor’s Education Task Force and advocated for greater engagement by business to strength local schools and help reduce a 30% non-graduation rate.

University of Washington Tacoma Chancellor Debra Friedman continued the conversation with an endorsement of work to strengthen high schools that are under stress.  She also discussed efforts to expand opportunities for students to earn a degree despite the reduction of state funding for universities.

January 2011 – “2012 Economic Outlook”

In-studio guests include Arun, Raha, Ph.D., the chief economic and revenue forecaster for State of Washington.  Also Paul Turek, Ph.D., labor market analyst for State Employment Security Department.

Discussion covered what fundamentals caused the Great Recession, its continuing impacts on the South Sound economy and government revenues, as well as encouraging signs that (hopefully) show better times lie ahead. From the jobs perspective, guest identified particular employment impacts of the downturn and which vocations are showing growth and hiring.

December 2011 – “Alaska & Pacific Northwest”

Gary Brackett, manager for business and trade development at Tacoma Pierce County Chamber, shares the deep extent of commerce connection between Puget Sound ports and the economy of Alaska, which must import most of its supplies and equipment needs.  

Harry McDonald, CEO of Anchorage-based Carlile Transportation Systems, talks about the family- and employee-owned logistics company with terminals in Houston, Minnesota, Alberta and its largest outside of Alaska at Port of Tacoma.  He also has observations on the economy in the 49th state, which may soon be seeing a rebirth of energy-providing growth.

November 2011 – “Faith-Based as Businesses”

In-studio guests are Denny Hunthausen, regional vice president of Catholic Community Services, and Ross Hjelseth, representing Life Center church in Tacoma.

As government agency budgets are increasingly squeezed, groups within the faith community have been expanding their delivery of services to residents challenged to have basic needs met in the face of a weak economy and expanded joblessness.

October 2011 – “Homebuilders – Construction”

In-studio guests include Laura Worf, executive officer of Olympia Master Builders, and Stuart Drebick, a commercial builder and trustee of OMB.  Also Tiffany Spiers, executive officer at Master Builders of Pierce County.

Guests discuss the massive impacts to construction-related jobs and builders since the beginning of Great Recession in late 2008. Unemployment benefits are running out for many and industry experts do not predict full recovery in housing markets before 2014.

October 2011 – “Women of Influence”

Carol Anderson, of Seattle District office for U.S. Small Business Administration, and Miriam Barnett, executive director of YWCA Pierce County, are in-studio guests.  Each was named a Woman of Influence 2011 within this annual recognition program produced by Business Examiner.

Six additional notable women also honored as WOI recipients appear in video interviews.

September 2011 – “Forestry Education & China”

In-studio guests include Professor Lisa Hoffman, UW-Tacoma, discussing the China of Today & Tomorrow for its implications of International Trade through Washington ports. Video profiles of CID-BioScience, Boeing Fabrication and Costco Wholesale as recipients of 2011 Globe Awards from World Trade Center Tacoma.

Instructor Todd Bates of Grays Harbor College’s Satsop Forestry program with student Michael Switzer described the industrial classroom learning to prepare forestry technicians. These vocations are important to the Pacific Northwest maintenance of healthy forest lands to supply international demand for timber resources.

September 2011 – “Globe Awards (International Trade)”

In-studio guests include Anthony Hemstad, World Trade Center Tacoma; Pierson Clair, CEO of Brown & Haley candy named Exporter of Year; and Skip Smith, president of Smith-Western Co., Importer of the Year.

World Trade Center named five companies winners of Globe Awards recognizing accomplishments in International Trade by firms based in Washington state.

August 2011 – “40 Under Forty”

In-studio guests include Andrew Barkis, CEO of Olympia’s Hometown Properties Management and judge for this program;  Candy Hall, Mathias Eichler, James Beck and Dr. Chad Krilich, all members of this group of young community leaders.

The 40 Under Forty program has honored outstanding leaders in each of the past eight years, recognizing their occupational and community accomplishments.

August 2011 – “Camp Goodtimes”

In-studio guests include Paul Knox, executive director at United Way for Thurston-Mason Counties; Mike Jones, DVM, and Karyn Whitacre, Lindquist Dental Clinics for Children, both as members of Tacoma Rotary #8.

Major feature of this episode is video visit to Camp Goodtimes, a program of American Cancer Society held on Vashon Island. Children cancer survivors and their siblings attend summer camp for one week under full medical care and with assistance of community volunteers such as two dozen members of the Rotary Club of Tacoma.

July 2011 – “International Trade to China”

In-studio guests include Riley Moore, Ph.D., assistant professor of Economics at Saint Martin’s University, and Anthony Hemstad, executive director of World Trade Center Tacoma..

Moore has traveled to China with local business and government leaders on trips organized by Economic Development Council of Thurston County, as well as additional travels to teach at St. Martin’s partner university in Shanghai. Hemstad posits that South Sound connections have real impact in developing export and export opportunities.

July 2011 – “Health Care Champions

In-studio guests include Dr. Cole Mason, president of Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, and Brad Berger, co-owner and managing partner, Cornerstone Financial Strategies. They discuss those chosen as 2011 Health Care Champions along with current issues in medical sector.

In addition, video vignettes of the following HCC honorees are included:  Dr. Jon Peterson, Dr. Patrick Hogan, Dr. Gary Gowin, Vantage Physicians, Bridges Center for Grieving Children, Kevin Anderson of Wesley Homes, Dr. Frank Senecal.

June 2011 – “Industrial Lands”

In-studio guests include Monte Decker, vice president of CB Richard Ellis commercial and industrial real estate, who explains the impact on jobs creation from development of property for industrial uses. 

In addition, Roger Fish of TransAlta Centralia shows work being done at the mammoth coal mining land reclamation project in Lewis County.  Bill Lotto, representing Industrial Park at TransAlta, explains plans for turning 1,000 acres into a planned industrial park over the next 20 years.

June 2011 – “2011 State Legislature”

In-studio guests include State Senator Derek Kilmer (D-26), Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27) and J.T. Wilcox (R-2) discussing what was accomplished by the 2011 regular and special sessions of the legislature. Jenkins and Wilcox also shared their reflections as first-term members of the state House of Representatives.

In addition, Don Brunnell, CEO of Association for Washington Business, discussed the implications for private sector business operations from decisions made by legislators.

May 2011 – “Top Places To Work”

In-studio guests include Lee Fenton, senior partner HR at BLRB Architects, Miriam Barnett, CEO of YWCA Pierce County, and Duke York, CEO of York Enterprises.

Each company was honored as a 2011 Top Place to Work in the South Sound and guests discuss the elements of their success that make for satisfied and productive employees, which bring success to the employer.

May 2011 – “Communications Technology”

In-studio guests include Darrell Bowman, CEO of My Network Company in Tacoma and national Small Business Veterans Champion of the Year, plus Brian Haynes, CEO of Rainier Connect and UWT Small Business Leader of the Year.

Technology is such a broad and rapidly changing topic, this program features individuals recognized as leaders of South Sound businesses engaged in the Technology and Communications sectors.  Each has also recently been honored for their commitment to community service as a smart business strategy.

April 2011 – “Lawyers”

In-studio guests include Salvador Mungia, immediate past president of Wash. State Bar Association and partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell, and Brett Purtzer, current president of Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and partner at Hester Law Group.

The business of law has suffered much the same kind of contraction during the Great Recession as most other industries and that has brought change to the profession as America celebrates Law Day.  Reductions in levels of work from clients have caused many law firms to reduce their numbers of attorneys, and graduation from law school is no longer an easy guarantee of a lucrative position.

In addition, Jeff Hall, the state’s administrator of courts, shares the outlook for funding of justice efforts throughout Washington as the governor and legislature work to reduce a $5 billion budget deficit.

April 2011 – “Fast Growing Companies”

In-studio guests include Bob Hinton, managing partner for Tacoma office of Moss Adams, and Michael Cade, executive director for Economic Development Council for Thurston County.

Each of the past six years, Business Examiner has recognized South Sound-based businesses that recorded the largest expansion as measured in growth of gross revenues and size of their workforce. The certified public accountants and business advisors at Moss Adams identify the honorees from data submitted by the nominees. For 2011, Coldwell Banker Danforth real estate of Federal Way, NoteWorld in downtown Tacoma and Vital Mechanical Service were named and are featured in this episode, along with #1 CodeSmart Inc. of Lacey.

In addition, Earth Friendly Products, The Rants Group and Harbor Wholesale Grocery are highlighted for being named businesses of the year by the Thurston EDC.

March 2011 – “Philanthropy in Recession”

In-studio guests include Rose Lincoln Hamilton, CEO of Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and former corporate giving officer, and John Masterson, CEO of Behavioral Health Resources in Olympia.

More than 1.5 million organizations and groups are registered with the Internal Revenue Service as nonprofit and charitable units, whose activities comprise 5 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product each year.  In the world of the Great Recession and ever diminishing government programs funding, their challenge is to continue efforts to serve clients and deliver services, even as revenues are squeezed.  Experts say the successful ones are learning how to operate their nonprofit more like a business.

In addition, Jay Thomas, vice president of Community Education & Resource Development for United Way of Pierce County, outlines changes taking place in community needs fund-raising, and how volunteer hours can substitute for donated dollars from persons with more time than money to give.

March 2011 – “Aviation”

In-studio guests include Rod Wetherbee, CEO of Safety in Motion, a business at Pierce County Airport Thun Field near Puyallup that offers full-motion flight simulator training as well as pilot instruction, charter and rental aircraft.

David Kilcup, president of Gig Harbor-based International Jets, Inc., spoke of the growing need for airline pilots, in particular, since Federal Aviation Administration rules include mandatory retirement at 66 years. From his 24 years of aviation experience, this former airline operator explains that the U.S. needs some 49,000 new trained commercial pilots per year and existing training programs do not generate that many.

In addition, Bill Coyner, chief instructor pilot for Clover Park Technical College’s aviation training program, featured the pilot training and aircraft mechanics programs offered there. Their graduates face high-demand career opportunities, and that is only expected to increase dramatically in the next five years.

March 2011 – “Business Anniversaries”

100th of Public Ports in Washington and 50th for School of Business at Pacific Lutheran University

In-studio guests include Gundar J. King, PhD, dean emeritus of PLU School of Business, who described why the private liberal arts institution of higher education chose in 1960 to create an accredited program focused on business topics. PLU will hold 50th year observance with workshops and gala dinner on March 12, 2011.

Bill McGregor, president of the Port of Olympia Commission, explained from his perspective of 30-plus years working in the maritime industry why the State of Washington gains much from its 75 public port districts, especially those with waterfront transportation elements. A centennial dinner to mark the anniversary of public port districts will be held March 14 in Olympia.

In addition, Jim Amador, marine terminal manager for Port of Olympia, talked about the importance of jobs being created by rapidly expanding waterfront activities there.  He also showed longshoremen and their loading activities associated with the first out-bound shipment of logs destined for China after leaving the South Sound port.

February 2011 – “Buy Local”

In-studio guests include Marie Poland, president of Buy Local in Thurston County, and Patricia Lacy-Davis, president of Tacoma’s Go-Local effort. Periodically over the years, grassroots efforts to stimulate the buying of locally produced goods and services arise, often during recessions. While embraced strongly by advocates, the real financial impacts of these efforts are difficult to quantify

In addition, Chuck Hellar, retired principal of Chuckal’s Office Products in Tacoma and an early vocal advocate for supporting local businesses, recalls the gains made in first 10 years as well as what remains to be done.

February 2011 – “Tourism”

In-studio guests include Mike Goomi, general manager of Tacoma’s Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, and George Sharp, executive director of Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau. Travel-related spending in Washington rose to $15.2 billion in 2010 and the industry generates almost $1 billion in sales tax revenue for state and local governments. What is the future given budget proposals to end state promotional activities?

In addition, Dale Rush, Concierge at Hotel Murano in Tacoma, tells what visitors to the South Sound want to see and do, and how residents can improve the experience for tourists.

January 2011 – “Main Street Merchants”

In-studio guests include Jeanne Carras, owner of Bonaventure Shoes in Olympia and president of Olympia Downtown Association.  Also Patricia Lecy-Davis, owner of Embellish salon and leader go Go-Local Tacoma downtown merchants promotion.

In addition, Mike Gowrylow, spokesman for state Department of Revenue, and Jan Teague, president of Washington Retail Association, participate in this program.

January 2011 – “Economic Forcast”

In-studio guests are Professors Douglas Goodman and Bruce Mann from University of Puget Sound who have produced the Pierce County Economic Index for the past 23 years. They share their forecast for the new year. Professor Riley Moore of St. Martin’s University is the author of Thurston County Economic Vitality Index and he outlines the year ahead for the greater Olympia region.

In addition, business leaders from both Tacoma-Pierce County and Olympia-Thurston County offer their own reports of 2010 successes and challenges, along with their specialized views of what lies ahead in 2011.

December 2010 – “Hispanic Economy”

In-studio guests are Rose Mednick, co-owner of Signs By Tomorrow and board member of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Julio Quan, editor of El Aguila bi-lingual newspaper, and Martha Cerna with Northwest Womens Business Center.  In this program, we visit El Jalapino, a multi-faceted Tacoma business that also has outlets in Renton.

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin comprise the largest – and fastest growing sector – in Washington’s population at more than 10 percent.  Increasingly, we are also seeing Hispanic-owned businesses emerge and extend their marketing focus to the whole community, beyond the ethnic origins.

November 2010 – “Small Business Incubator”

In-studio guests are Tim Strege, executive director of Tacoma’s Wm. B. Factory Small Business Incubator, and D’Wayne Buckley, owner of Buckley Construction and tenant firm of the incubator.

Recessionary times frequently see increased numbers of new start-up businesses as unemployed persons create their own next job as entrepreneurs. 

SSBR visits Federal Way where a recently opened South Sound Regional Small Business Incubator host new firms and we meet one of the new business leaders. Thurston County Chamber also hosts an incubator in downtown Olympia and our report presents three entrepreneurs based there.

November 2010 – “Courts Funding”

Panel guests Hon. Bryan Chushcoff, presiding judge at Pierce County Superior Court, and Maralise Hood Quan, executive director of Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution.

Budgets for Superior Courts were reduced in half of Washington’s 39 counties in FY 2009 and one-third are expecting to face further cuts in FY 2010. Court administrators have reduced staff and/or salaries and adding furloughs to the court calendars. Guests discuss the impacts felt by judges, attorneys and citizens, as well as alternative forms of resolving disputes without going to court.

October 2010 – “Women of Influence”

In this program the eight 2010 Women of Influence are highlighted. It includes interviews with Rising Stars Amber Thiel and Melanie Manista-Rushforth, plus WOI honoree Renee Ries and Lifetime Achievement recipient Lilly Warnick. 

October 2010 – “Health Care Robots

Panel guests Mark Adams, MD, of Franciscan Health System and Claire Spain-Remy, MD, of MultiCare Health System.

Robot-assisted surgery is an example of technology bringing positive change to medical treatments in the South Sound. The guests, each vice presidents of their respective health care networks, also discuss expanding capabilities for residents to reach appropriate treatments within their own communities and avoid disruptive trips to other metropolitan hospitals. 

September 2010 – “Networking”

Panel guest Jay Gallinatti, CEO of Konnects Inc., and Thomas Pierson, CEO of Federal Way Chamber of Commerce.

In recent years, “social media” has become a heavily-used buzz word in the business world as tools like Facebook, YouTube, Flicker, LinkedIn and Twitter empower individuals and companies to make connections. Most agree that these virtual networking forms must supplement, not replace face-to-face interactions to have the most impact. 

August 2010 – “Higher Education”

This episode features the presidents of two independent private universities discussing higher education in view of economic challenges and state budget cutbacks.

Panel guest Ronald Thomas, Ph.D., was named the 13th president of University of Puget Sound in 2003. Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D., joined Saint Martin’s University in Lacey as president in 2009

With taxpayer-funded colleges facing fiscal challenges, the several independent institutions in the South Sound find their enrollment requests are expanding, despite the somewhat misinformed public impression that their costs are prohibitive for the typical student. In actuality, the SSBR guests explained, a greater proportion of student support and financial aid may result in the student/family investment in a degree being somewhat lower in a private school. 

August 2010 – “Small Brewery”

This episode discusses the brewing history of the South Sound and an emerging trend toward successful micro-breweries.

Panel guest Pat Nagle founded Harmon Brewing Company in Tacoma in 1977, later adding The Hub restaurant and early this summer, a second brewing facility in The Tap Room.

Industry data from 2008 found 113 brewing establishments in Washington state with a total economic impact of $2.995 billion. Several others have joined Olympia’s Fish Brewing and Harmon since then, including start-up 7 Seas Brewing of Gig Harbor, to account for at least 17 South Sound breweries today. 

July 2010 – “40 Under Forty”

Panel guests include honorees attorney Lisa Voso and entrepreneur Aaron Jacobs. Also on this episode are government agency spokesperson Janelle Guthrie and entrepreneur Travis Hull.

This program, 40 Under Forty, has honored South Sound individuals in business, the professions, nonprofit and government leadership positions, each linked in separate accomplishments by their relative youth – younger than 40 years of age.

July 2010 – “Military”

Panel guests include Carlene Joseph, president of the local Military and Business Alliance. Also on this episode is Gary Brackett, business and trade manager for Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.

They discuss the effects on the South Sound from the redeployment home to Joint Base Lewis McChord of some 18,000 solders this summer and fall. They have spent the past year in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, and return now to their families and communities, with an urge to spend, in many cases.

June 2010 – “Health Care Evolution”

Jim Geist, CEO, Capital Medical Center in Olympia at the beginning of May this year.  Dr. Stephen Sorsby, M.D., is Regional Medical Director and President of US HealthWorks Medical Group of Washington.

June 2010 – “Non Profit World”

Mark Starnes, the president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.  Carolyn McDougal, president and CEO of Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children.

May 2010 – “Small Business Administration”

Calvin W. Goings was appointed Regional Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and Patrick Connor was named NFIB/Washington state director.

May 2010 – “Jobs”

April 2010 – “25 Years in Business”

December 2009 – “Fast Growing Companies”

November 2009 – “Family Business”

October 2009 – “Women of Influence”

September 2009 – “Business Profiles”

August 2009 – “40 Under Forty”

July 2009 – “Financial Literacy”

  • Lyn Peterson, Dept. Financial Institutions
  • Dani Small & LaTasha Smith, Goodwill
  • David Moore, JA Enterprise Village

June 2009 – “Health Care Champions 2009”

  • Tom DiDonna, MGH registered nurse
  • Dr. Khai Tran, Carol Milgard Breast Center
  • Korean Women's Association & Fransiscan Navigators
  • Skip Steffan, Olympia Union Gospel Mission
  • MultiCare+Madigan
  • Good Samaritan Hospital + EMS
  • Dr. Gordon Klatt, Distinguished Service Award

May 2009 – “Optimism & Recovery”

April 2009 – “2009 Top Places to Work”

March 2009 – “Health Care- New and Innovative Care Options”

February 2009 – “South Sound's Wood Products Industry”

January 2009 – “2008 Fastest Growing Companies”

December 2008 – “The Christmas Tree Business”

  • Segment 1: “Tree wholesalers” featuring Mark Steelhammer, KLM Tree Farms
  • Segment 2: “Real or not?” featuring Denise Roosendaal, Puget Sound Christmas Tree Association

November 2008- “Business in a Down Economy”

October 2008 – “2008 Women of Influence”

September 2008 “Effects of a Soft Market”

August 2008 – “2008 Forty Under 40”

July 2008“Military Impacts & Opportunities”

  • Segment 1: Brigadier General Doug Richardson, Mayor of Lakewood
  • Segment 2: Gary Brackett, manager of business and trade development, Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
  • Segment 3: Dr. John Walstrum, president, Clover Park Technical College

June 2008 – “South Sound Technology Companies”

  • Segment 1: Janine Terrano, Topia Technology
  • Segment 2: Jim Crabbe, Konnects
  • Segment 3: Mark Gilbaugh, Comcentric

May 2008 – “2008 Top Places to Work”

  • Segment 1: David Curry, Tacoma Rescue Mission, Top Place to Work- Non-Profit Organization
  • Segment 2: Randy Foster, Artisans Group, Top Place to Work- Small-Medium Business
  • Segment 3: Randy Rushforth, Rushforth Construction, Top Place to Work- Large Business

April 2008 – “Business of Manufacturing”

  • Segment 1: Jeff Gellert, Jesse Engineering – Tacoma
  • Segment 2: Dean Conti, Alpha Precision Machining – Kent


March 2008 – “Funeral Planning”


  • Segment 1: Jim Guecia, manager, New Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home
  • Segment 2: Corey Gaffney, General Manager, Gaffney Funeral Home
  • Segment 3: Clair Ferris, owner, Funeral Alternatives of Washington

Februrary 2008 – “Healthy Living”

  • Segment 1: Mike Williams, The Williams Group
  • Segment 2: Tani Loomis, Pierce County YMCAs
  • Segment 3: Lori Tanner, MultiCare Center for Healthy Living

January 2008 “2007 Fastest Growing Companies”

  • Segment 1: Kurt Graff, Northwest Commercial Bank, the 2007 Fastest Growing Company.
  • Segment 2, Rory Connelly, partner in BCRA, the 2007 Longevity Award Winner
  • Segment 3, Bob Hinton, managing partner at Moss Adams, partner in the 2007 Fastest Growing Companies program.

December 2007 – “Business of Art”

  • Segment 1: Interview with Myrna Orsini, Monarch Sculpture Park
  • Segment 2: Interview with Jeannine Sigafoos, Tacoma Glassblowing Studio
  • Segment 3: Interview with Kevin Keating, The Bronze Works

November 2007 – “Turning a Passion in to a Profitable Business”

  • Segment 1: Interview with Casey Schrum, one of the founders of Dinners Done Right
  • Segment 2: Interview with Paul Huff, a partner in Apple Homes

October 2007 – “Women of Influence”

  • Segment 1: Interview with 2007 honorees Claudia Thomas & Joyce McDonald
  • Segment 2: Interviews with 2007 honoree Laurie Jinkins and Rising Star recipients Lisa Skari and Heidi Grace Kress
  • Segment 3: Interview with Gary Yazwa and special tribute to 2007 Lifetime Achievement honoree Carol Berry Milgard

September 2007 – “The Future of Retail”

  • Segment 1: Steve Heim, GM, Tacoma Mall
  • Segment 2: Mariza Craig, Economic Development Director, City of University Place
  • Segment 3: Michael Davolio, Project Manager, Triway Enterprises

August 2007 – “BE's 40 Under Forty”

  • Segment 1 – Betsy Pozzanghera of LEAD Thurston County
  • Segment 2 – Stephanie Walsh of Lakewold Gardens
  • Segment 3 –Bryan Haynes of Rainier Connect

July 2007 – “The Nursing Business”

  • Segment 1: Barry White, MultiCare Health System
  • Segment 2: Barbara Newlin, Clover Park Technical College
  • Segment 3: Barbara Frye, WA State Nurses Association

June 2007 – “The Recreation Business”

  • Segment 1: Jeff Graham, Lost Lake Resort
  • Segment 2: Eric Lind, Great American RV
  • Segment 3: Joe Wisocki, Chambers Bay Golf Course

May 2007 – “The Horticulture Business”

  • Segment 1: Ben DeGoede, Windmill Gardens
  • Segment 2: Scott VanAusdal, Country Green Turf Farms
  • Segment 3: Scott Gruber, Calendula Landscaping

April 2007 – “Top Places to Work”

  • Segment 1: Kim Nakamura, president, Rushforth Taylor Construction
  • Segment 2: Tony Panagiotu, owner/president, Hughes Panagiotu P.S.
  • Segment 3: Charles Shelan, executive director, Community Youth Services

March 2007 – “South Sound Newspapers”

  • Segment 1: David Zeeck, executive editor/senior VP of news, The News Tribune (11 mb)
  • Segment 2: Ben Sclair, publisher, Suburban Times (9 mb)
  • Segment 3: John Winn Miller, The Olympian (9 mb)

February 2007 – “South Sound Labor Market”

  • Segment 1: “The Business Connection” featuring Pam Cone, The Business Connection/WorkSource (10 mb)
  • Segment 2: “Staffing Solutions” featuring Scott Sabo, LaborWorks (9 mb)
  • Segment 3: “Employment Solutions” featuring Connie Bordner, Thurston County Chamber (9 mb)

January 2007 – “Fastest Growing Companies”

  • Segment 1: “Building the South Sound” featuring Don Anderson, CEO of Washington Architectural Hardware (10 mb)
  • Segment 2: “Buying securely” featuring David Solomon, CEO of Fast Transact, Inc. (9 mb)
  • Segment 3: “What it takes” featuring Nancy Schauer, Moss Adams, LLP (9 mb)

December 2006 – “The Christmas Tree Business”

  • Segment 1: “Tree wholesalers” featuring Mark Steelhammer, KLM Tree Farms (7 mb)
  • Segment 2: “Real or not?” featuring Denise Roosendaal, Puget Sound Christmas Tree Association (9 mb)

November 2006 – “Retirement Planning”

  • Segment 1: “Retirement Options” featuring Ed Mawe, Franke Tobey Jones (10 mb)
  • Segment 2: “Care Management” featuring Mary Lynn Pannen, Sound Options (10 mb)
  • Segment 3: “Retirement & Insurance” featuring Jan Smith, GHB Insurance (9 mb)

October 2006 – “Women of Influence”

  • Segment 1: “Influential Women” featuring Dr. Sharon McGavick, Former CPTC President (9 mb)
  • Segment 2: “Jane Russell's Way” featuring Linda Gutman, Russell Investment Group (10 mb)
  • Segment 3: “Lifetime Legacy Continues” featuring Richard Woo, The Russell Family Foundation (9 mb)

September 2006 – “Golf”

August 2006 – “Real Estate”

July 2006 – “Public Works – Construction”

June 2006 – “40 Under Forty”

May 2006 – “Jobs & Unemployment”

April 2006 – “Top Places To Work”

March 2006 – “Small Business Incubator”

February 2006 – “Small Business”

January 2006 – “Economic Forecast”

December 2005 – “Skiing & Outdoor Recreation”

November 2005 – “Fastest Growing”

October 2005 – “Women of Influence”

September 2005 – “Golf”

August 2005 – “Restaurant Industry”

July 2005 – “40 Under Forty”

June 2005 – “Homebuilders”

May 2005 – “Top Places To Work”

April 2005 – “Personal Financial Planning”

March 2005 – “Tax Planning”

February 2005 – “Small Business”

January 2005 – “Legislative Preview”

December 2004 – “Economic Development in new year”

November 2004 – “Retail Shopping”

October 2004 – “Residential Real Estate & Mortgages”

September 2004 – “Technology”

August 2004 – “Automotive Repair & Air Pollution”

July 2004 – “International Trade”

Phone:  253-404-0891 x15