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Mountain Pacific Bank opens branch in Burlington

Mountain Pacific Bank held a grand opening June 4 for its branch at 110 Cascade Mall Drive in Burlington.

The bank has branches in Lynnwood, Everett and Seattle, according to the company’s website.

This is the first branch in Skagit County.

Cardinal Craft Brewing beer wins award

Skagit Valley College’s Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy’s Smokey the Beer Smoked Scotch Ale won a silver award in the Smoke Beer category at the 2019 North American Brewers Association International Beer Awards for Excellence in Brewing.

The competition was held May 29-31 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and included more than 1,900 entries.

The Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy was established four years ago and was the first to be offered among the state’s community and technical colleges, according to a Skagit Valley College news release.

Anacortes chamber to meet

The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Anacortes Lutheran Church, 2100 O Ave.

Register at Costs are $18 with RSVP or $20 at the door.

Burlington chamber luncheon includes barbecue

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19 at the park behind the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave.

The meeting will include a barbecue and business card bingo.

Costs are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. An additional $3 will be charged for those who pay at the door.

To RSVP, call 360-757-0994 or email

EDASC hosts free QuickBooks workshop

A QuickBooks workshop will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 20 at the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, 204 W. Montgomery St., Mount Vernon.

Chris McGee of ProFound Impact will host the workshop.

Info session set for opportunity zones

The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County will host Skagit County’s first opportunity zone information session from 4 to 6:30 p.m. June 25 at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Center, 2300 Market St., Mount Vernon.

Opportunity zones are the product of a new tax law offering investors preferential capital gains tax treatment for projects that create housing, jobs or both in economically distressed census tracts, according to an EDASC news release.

The event will feature experts from the National Development Council, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and tax experts. Mayors from Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes and Mount Vernon will highlight the goals for their respective opportunity zones.

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